Just my understanding of God’s Word

Luke 9:62

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.

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Convicted

Matthew 10:32-33
“Whoever acknowledges me in the presence of others I will also acknowledge in the presence of my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others I will disown before my Father in heaven.
 
God forgive me for my failures to stand up for You. How many times have I caved to the pressures of this worldly life, seeking the wide and easy path of destruction over the narrow and hard path of salvation. Forgive me of my laziness and sloth in searching out Your will for my life. I ask this all in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Closing the Day with God

Psalm 63:6-7
I am as satisfied as with rich food;
my mouth praises you with joy on my lips
when I remember you on my bed
and meditate on you in the night watches.
 
I begin my day with prayer and study of ADONAI’s Word but unlike David I don’t always end my day with the same. I have been missing out of the feeling of satisfaction in taking time to praise and be thankful to God for the day I have had. Lord forgive me for my shortcomings and let this strengthen me into focusing more on Your hand in my life. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Commitment

Matthew 8:21-22
Another of the talmidim said to him, “Sir, first let me go and bury my father.” But Yeshua replied, “Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead.”
 
We can have nothing to tie us to this world and truly serve the kingdom of God. We must hold nothing back from ADONAI when we come to trust in Him. Lord let me always be faithful to You in all ways, I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Action Required

Matthew 7:24-27
“So, everyone who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on bedrock. The rain fell, the rivers flooded, the winds blew and beat against that house, but it didn’t collapse, because its foundation was on rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand. The rain fell, the rivers flooded, the wind blew and beat against that house, and it collapsed—and its collapse was horrendous!”
 
I am called not only to hear God’s Word but to act. It is my actions that place me in the cleft of the rock and under ADONAI’s protection. To only hear and do nothing is to fail. Lord let me put all You have given me into action. Fill me with Your Spirit so that I may always serve You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Communion

Psalms 34:9
Taste, and see that ADONAI is good.
How blessed are those who take refuge in him!
 
This verse has so much more meaning once we understand that participating in communion that Yeshua established makes us holders in that sacrifice. Taste the blood and the flesh of the sacrifice and know we are forever bound to Him who frees us from sin! Lord I praise You in all that You have done for me. I could not achieve anything without Your love and guidance. Thank You with all my being, amen.

Strong Tower

Psalms 59:17-18
But as for me, I will sing of your strength;
in the morning I will sing aloud of your grace.
For you are my fortress,
a refuge when I am in trouble.
My Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for God is my fortress, God, who gives me grace.
 
I have to start my day with prayer and studying God’s Word. When I fail to do that it throws my whole day off. It is digging into the Word of ADONAI that creates the strong tower around myself so that when setbacks do happen they are not devastating but just minor speed bumps to remind me to trust always in ADONAI. Lord thank You for the confrontation in my life in that it keeps me close to You. Look over and protect all Your people in the days ahead, in Yeshua’s name I pray, amen.

Appearance

Matthew 3:4-6
Yochanan wore clothes of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Yerushalayim, from all Y’hudah, and from the whole region around the Yarden. Confessing their sins, they were immersed by him in the Yarden River.
 
People could look at Yochanan and know he was a prophet. I actually wonder if people can look at me and know I trust in ADONAI. Lord let me live my life fully for You so there is no doubt who I serve. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Standing Firm

1 Samuel 17:27-30
The people answered with what they had been saying, adding, “That’s what will be done for the man who kills him.” Eli’av his oldest brother heard when David spoke to the men, and it made Eli’av angry at him. He asked, “Why did you come down here? With whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is! You just came down to watch the fighting.” David said, “What have I done now? I only asked a question.” He turned away from him to someone else and asked the same question, and the people gave him the same answer.
 
When we step out in trust in doing God’s work, almost simultaneously the nae-sayers emerge. Now whether it is out of fear, like David’s brother, or just pure malice, they know why what we are doing is wrong and just what we should be doing instead. Yet if we are doing God’s service, then like David we ignore the condemnation and move on in what we are supposed to do. In David’s case ADONAI used it to lead to the freeing of Israel from Philistine oppression. Abba let me always follow Your will and not be distracted by my own or others fears. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Appearance/Truthfulness

1 Samuel 15:30
Then Sha’ul said, “I have sinned; but in spite of that, please show me respect now before the leaders of my people and before Isra’el by coming back with me, so that I can worship ADONAI your God.”
 
Sha’ul is confronted by Sh’mu’el for not completely destroying the Amalekites (thereby allowing Haman to be born). Sha’ul when confronted with his sin is unrepentant but is still more concerned with appearances insisting Sh’mu’el accompany him so they can worship before the nation of Israel. How many times in my life I have sinned but felt just as comfortable sitting in the pew the next service like nothing ever happened. There must be repentance and restoration to ADONAI for sin to leave the camp of our spirit so that the Ruach HaKodesh can come and minister to us or we will be just as hollow as Sha’ul in our faith. Lord never let me slip back to my unfaithfulness before You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Trust

1 Samuel 14:6
Y’honatan said to his armor-bearer, “Come on, let’s go across to the garrison of these uncircumcised people. Maybe ADONAI will do something for us, since ADONAI can rescue with a few people as easily as with many.”
 
Y’honatan trusted in ADONAI and with that trust started toward the enemy not knowing the outcome but assured that it would be for God’s glory. We need to show others as believers we have that same trust. There will be times that difficulties will happen and we can not see the end results but if we move forward trusting that ADONAI will deliver then we have no need to fear, knowing His glory will be revealed. Lord let me show the world the same trust Y’honatan had and hold fast to Your leadership in my life. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.