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.
The man from whom the demons had gone out begged that he might go with him; but Yeshua sent him away, saying, “Go back to your home and tell how much God has done for you.” He went away proclaiming throughout the whole town how much Yeshua had done for him.
Once we have experienced the power of ADONAI through trusting in Yeshua we are required share with others not dwell in that one moment. Though the demon possessed man from Gerasene begged to stay with Yeshua, he went out as commanded through his own community bringing others to trust as well. It is by our testimonies that others will want to seek ADONAI through His son Yeshua. Lord let me lift You up in all that I do so my life is the opening to others as I bear daily witness to You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
As the sparrow finds herself a home
and the swallow her nest, where she lays her young,
[so my resting-place is] by your altars,
ADONAI-Tzva’ot, my king and my God.
I only find true comfort when I am kneeling before ADONAI laying out my praise and pains to Him. I have tried hiding in the bottle and chasing after bad relationships in the past, but they cannot compare to the peace, the shalom I find in Him. I regret that I have let the worries of the times pull me away from spending more time in prayer and soaking in His presence and with His help I will spend more time in the days to come. Lord keep me going as I struggle to keep on Your narrow path. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
But the news about Yeshua kept spreading all the more, so that huge crowds would gather to listen and be healed of their sicknesses. However, he made a practice of withdrawing to remote places in order to pray.
There is something to be said for the gathering together in great congregations where the Ruach can move among the people and healing and inspiration among the body of believers happens. Even Sha’ul encourages us to come together as congregations to support one another. Yet Yeshua himself always took time to remove himself from the crowd and pray and worship with ADONAI alone. Without this withdrawing from the noise of the crowd how can we ever hear the still low whisper of ADONAI’s love fill our lives. For weeks now I have struggled as I have been pruned into a new level of prayer that I would have thought at the beginning of summer, was good enough, but how can anything be good enough when I constantly give into the hustle and bustle of the crowds, be it work crowds, worship crowds, friend crowds or family crowds and fail to remove myself from these crowds to seek His face. Lord forgive me for my weak and superficial prayers. For looking for the plaster over the sore but not at fixing the sickness underneath. Lord help me to find the time to spend with You so that I am embolden to share Your Word and shine Your Light into this world. I ask this all in Yeshua’s name, amen.
When day had come, he left and went away to a lonely spot. The people looked for him, came to him and would have kept him from leaving them. But he said to them, “I must announce the Good News of the Kingdom of God to the other towns too—this is why I was sent.” He also spent time preaching in the synagogues of Y’hudah.
Like Yeshua I must make time for prayer and spending time alone with Him so that I can face the challenges of the days ahead. Lord You have helped me to be faithful in this. This year strengthen my prayers so that please You in all that I do. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Suddenly, the fingers of a human hand appeared and began writing on the plaster of the palace wall by the lampstand. When the king saw the palm of the hand that was writing, the king’s face took on a different look. As frightening thoughts rose up within him, his hip joints gave way and his knees started knocking together.
When ADONAI’s power is revealed it is the condition of our hearts that determine our reaction. In this case as the hand wrote on the wall in full view under the light of the lamp stand, the king immediately knew in his soul that he had offended ADONAI, even though he could not read the words. It is the openness of which ADONAI deals with us that exposes the very core of our sinful nature, yet He has given us a way of reconciliation through the sacrifice of Yeshua so that we might stand in the God’s light forever. Abba let me always see Your hand as You move among the nations. Let me recognize and be able to understand the words You give us like Daniel did. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
“‘This is the territory you are to divide among the tribes of Isra’el. You are to divide it by lot as an inheritance both to you and to the foreigners living among you who give birth to children living among you; for you they are to be no different from the native-born among the people of Isra’el—they are to have an inheritance with you among the tribes of Isra’el. You are to give the foreigner an inheritance in the territory of the tribe with whom he is living, ‘says Adonai ELOHIM.
Oh God my God I cannot wait to be gathered into Your reward. To be blended into the one new man that is the bride of Your Salvation. This alone gives me hope in this world of desperation and toil. Thank You ADONAI for seeking one even like me. Praise Your Holy Name, amen.
You, child, will be called a prophet of Ha’Elyon;
you will go before the Lord to prepare his way
by spreading the knowledge among his people
that deliverance comes by having sins forgiven
through our God’s most tender mercy,
which causes the Sunrise to visit us from Heaven,
to shine on those in darkness, living in the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the paths of peace.”
The child grew and became strong in spirit, and he lived in the wilderness until the time came for him to appear in public to Isra’el.
This was Z’kharyah’s blessing over his son Yochanan the Immerser at his birth. What an inspiration of divine commission and purpose. From the very moment of his birth his father spoke into him a life of service to ADONAI. Not only that he kept Yochanan separate from worldliness until it was time for his commission from God to start. Oh God why couldn’t have I seen this example before, we as a nation thrust our children too quickly in acting as adults before they understand the consequences of these actions. God and my children forgive me for not sheltering you more fully from the slings and arrows of this sinful world until you were ready to face them with Ha’Elyon’s favor. Lord how can I recapture failings of the past to correct them in Your eyes save through the trusting the sacrifice of Yeshua. Let me cling to Your mercy, I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had passed away, and the sea was no longer there. Also I saw the holy city, New Yerushalayim, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. I heard a loud voice from the throne say, “See! God’s Sh’khinah is with mankind, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and he himself, God-with-them, will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will no longer be any death; and there will no longer be any mourning, crying or pain; because the old order has passed away.”
Oh God Oh God, my spirit cries out for this time. How I desire to stand fully in Your presence and experience the fullness of Your love. Abba, I thank You for the healing and comfort Your Ruach gives me now but it only makes me desire more of You. Lord let me remain in the book of life so that I may one day stand worthy before You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Next I saw a great white throne and the One sitting on it. Earth and heaven fled from his presence, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, both great and small, standing in front of the throne. Books were opened; and another book was opened, the Book of Life; and the dead were judged from what was written in the books, according to what they had done. The sea gave up the dead in it; and Death and Sh’ol gave up the dead in them; and they were judged, each according to what he had done. Then Death and Sh’ol were hurled into the lake of fire. This is the second death—the lake of fire. Anyone whose name was not found written in the Book of Life was hurled into the lake of fire.
None of us will be able to stand before ADONAI and make excuses for our actions in our lives. All will be known and judged, each according to what we have done. It is the condition of our hearts, whether we followed the mitzvah’s of ADONAI and consecrated ourselves to Him by accepting the sacrifice of Yeshua and trusting in the sacrifice that will keep our name from being blotted out of the book of life. Lord let everything I do in my life show Your glory. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Next I saw heaven opened, and there before me was a white horse. Sitting on it was the one called Faithful and True, and it is in righteousness that he passes judgment and goes to battle.
Dear God how can I even lift my face toward You, when you can see the very center of my heart. Lord You can judge me for all that I have sinned against You yet You sent Your Son to remove that sin so I can be judged righteous before You. Lord why sacrifice so much for someone like me? My heart cries out in fear and thankfulness for Your mercy. Lord keep me in Your hand so that I can remain faithful and true as Your salvation Yeshua. I ask this In Yeshua’s name, amen.