62 To him Yeshua said, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and keeps looking back is fit to serve in the Kingdom of God.”
I cannot fall back on past success and consider myself actively working for the Kingdom. Adonai commands that I actively show proof of my trust through action. Abba grant that I be that strong worker.
After summoning the emissaries and flogging them, they commanded them not to speak in the name of Yeshua, and let them go. The emissaries left the Sanhedrin overjoyed at having been considered worthy of suffering disgrace on account of him. And not for a single day, either in the Temple court or in private homes, did they stop teaching and proclaiming the Good News that Yeshua is the Messiah.
Kefa and Yochanan suffered for their trust in ADONAI and yet in that suffering they rejoiced because it reaffirmed that their trust was true. How often have I failed to see a difficulty as an affirmation of my trust in God but took it as another set back to keep me from Him. It is how we as believers allow ourselves to view our circumstance on whether we live with the Joy of the Lord, or the pain of chains of our own making. Abba let me always praise You and keep You in the forefront of my mind, heart and soul. Let me never quit praising You in all things by letting me see Your hand in all things. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
But Kefa and Yochanan answered, “You must judge whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than God. As for us, we can’t help talking about what we have actually seen and heard.”
Lord let me be as bold as Kefa and Yochanan, declaring the blessings You have given me through Your Ruach HaKodesh and testifying to the power of Your leadership in my life. Fill my life with Your presence so that there is nothing more for me to talk about or testify to. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
“Brothers, I know I can say to you frankly that the patriarch David died and was buried—his tomb is with us to this day. Therefore, since he was a prophet and knew that God had sworn an oath to him that one of his descendants would sit on his throne, he was speaking in advance about the resurrection of the Messiah, that it was he who was not abandoned in Sh’ol and whose flesh did not see decay. God raised up this Yeshua! And we are all witnesses of it!
Kefa tells us how to witness to others! Plainly, frankly, directly, keep our witness of the Ruach’s movement in our lives simple for others to understand. We don’t have to use big ecumenical words or make long apologetics for ADONAI. He is God, He will reveal Himself as He pleases we need only give truthful testimony like that of Kefa and the other Talmidim of what God has done in our lives and let the Ruach do the rest in convicting those who hear us in to turning back to Him. Lord let me be loving but blunt in my testimony of Your works so there can be no confusion that You have moved mightily in my life. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
As they were staring into the sky after him, suddenly they saw two men dressed in white standing next to them. The men said, “You Galileans! Why are you standing, staring into space? This Yeshua, who has been taken away from you into heaven, will come back to you in just the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”
To often I have been stunned by a movement of ADONAI, be it a hard word of correction, or just something so overwhelming I can’t think or move and just want to stand in that moment forever. This is how I see the Talmidim when Yeshua returned to ADONAI. Yet God in all His love for us does not want us to stand still, to become stagnate, lukewarm. For the Talmidim he sent two men to urge them on in obedience to Yeshua, for us it may be a friend calling or some stranger crossing our path that points to the next thing to be done. There is always something to point us to the next part of our relationship with God. Abba let me see clearly where You will lead me in the days ahead. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
He said to them, “Foolish people! So unwilling to put your trust in everything the prophets spoke! Didn’t the Messiah have to die like this before entering his glory?” Then, starting with Moshe and all the prophets, he explained to them the things that can be found throughout the Tanakh concerning himself.
To understand ADONAI we must first remove all preconceived notions we have of him. These two men were fleeing Yerushalayim because they did not see the manifestation of the Lord that they were wanting to see. Instead they were witness to the reconciling of man to God but failed to understand it. It is only after having the scriptures fully explained by the living Word, Yeshua, that they understood, he had to come suffering for their sins first before he could liberate a nation. Lord let me always dig deeper into Your Word so I may serve You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen,
A song of ascents. By David:
ADONAI, my heart isn’t proud;
I don’t set my sight too high,
I don’t take part in great affairs
or in wonders far beyond me.
No, I keep myself calm and quiet,
like a little child on its mother’s lap—
I keep myself like a little child.
Isra’el, put your hope in ADONAI
from now on and forever!
It is that moment of complete trust that we put in ADONAI that our salvation and succor is complete. Keeping focused on the simple things that we must face day to day and entering into time spent with ADONAI day to day will keep us from all manner of worries and concerns that would otherwise drag us into sin and confusion. For me that time of being a child in God’s lap is in the morning praying and reading His word, when I fail on occasion to do that the rest of my day is blah at best and chaos at worst till I have come back to our Father for restoration. It is only in Him that I have hope for forever. Abba Thank You for Your Word and its embodiment in Yeshua. Lord Thank You for the goading of the Ruach in my spirit to keep me near to You. Lord never let me stop spending time with You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Within the hearing of all the people, Yeshua said to his talmidim, “Watch out for the kind of Torah-teachers that like to walk around in robes and be greeted deferentially in the marketplaces, the kind that like to have the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at banquets, the kind that swallow up widows’ houses while making a show of davening at great length. Their punishment will be all the worse!”
The body of believers are to be wary of religious leaders who hoard money for their own benefit. Who seek fame and notoriety over service and devotion to duty before ADONAI. These are the ones that will lead the body into apostasy and serving the Abomination of Desecration. We as believers must remove ourselves from such leaders and cling to the Word so that ADONAI writes it on our hearts. Abba let me look only to You so I can understand the fruit of the people You place in my life. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
When Yeshua had come closer and could see the city, he wept over it, saying, “If you only knew today what is needed for shalom! But for now it is hidden from your sight. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will set up a barricade around you, encircle you, hem you in on every side, and dash you to the ground, you and your children within your walls, leaving not one stone standing on another—and all because you did not recognize your opportunity when God offered it!”
Even though Yeshua was speaking about Yerushalayim, this statement stands for us as well. How many times have we been battered, surrounded by enemies and misfortunes that break us down and bring trouble to our families “all because you did not recognize your opportunity when God offered it!” We as believers must always be searching after ADONAI and seeking to serve Him in all things or the worldly distractions of this life will destroy us and our witness and in doing that may remove our name from the book of life. Lord let me always seek Your peace and not be blinded to the ways of Your guiding hand. Let me see You in all things and in all these things praise You. Lord strengthen me in times of trouble and let me be a bulwark for those in need of Your love. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
That night, the king couldn’t sleep; so he ordered the records of the daily journal brought, and they were read to the king. It was found written that Mordekhai had told about Bigtana and Teresh, two of the king’s officers from the group in charge of the private entryways, who had conspired to assassinate King Achashverosh. The king asked, “What honor or distinction was conferred on Mordekhai for this?” The king’s servants answered, “Nothing was done for him.”
ADONAI hears our prayers just as He heard the prayers of the children of Israel throughout the kingdom of Achashverosh. The Jews under the leadership of Mordekhai had been fasting and praying for three days that salvation for their race would come and God in His mercy disturbed the King’s sleep so that He could change the king’s mindset about His people. It was Mordekhai’s prior good service that laid the foundation for Ester’s request to be accepted. Abba I praise You for Your good timing in our lives. Let everything I do serve You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Praise God in his holy place!
Praise him in the heavenly dome of his power!
Praise him for his mighty deeds!
Praise him for his surpassing greatness!
Praise him with a blast on the shofar!
Praise him with lute and lyre!
Praise him with tambourines and dancing!
Praise him with flutes and strings!
Praise him with clanging cymbals!
Praise him with loud crashing cymbals!
Let everything that has breath praise ADONAI!
At no time are we to stop praising ADONAI. In everything and with everything we have we are to praise God in all that He has given us. For it is in this praise that set us apart from the selfishness of the world. Lord never let me forget everything You have done not only for me but for everyone who will trust You. Never let me forget to sing Your praises all the days of my life. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.