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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Face value

Matthew 18:21-35
Because of this, the Kingdom of Heaven may be compared with a king who decided to settle accounts with his deputies. Right away they brought forward a man who owed him many millions; and since he couldn’t pay, his master ordered that he, his wife, his children and all his possessions be sold to pay the debt. But the servant fell down before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ So out of pity for him, the master let him go and forgave the debt.
“But as that servant was leaving, he came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him some tiny sum. He grabbed him and began to choke him, crying, ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ His fellow servant fell before him and begged, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ But he refused; instead, he had him thrown in jail until he should repay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were extremely distressed; and they went and told their master everything that had taken place. Then the master summoned his servant and said, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt just because you begged me to do it. Shouldn’t you have had pity on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And in anger his master turned him over to the jailers for punishment until he paid back everything he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat you, unless you each forgive your brother from your hearts.”
 
In this parable Yeshua is teaching that we should not be two faced in our worship of ADONAI. If He is willing to forgive us our sins then we must be willing to forgive those who have wronged us. We cannot as confessed believers go for a couple of hours a week to a service and act one way before God only to leave and act another way before our fellow man. Lord keep me from imposing my imperfect will in my life but always following Your will for me. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Traditions

Matthew 15:1-6
​ Then some P’rushim and Torah-teachers from Yerushalayim came to Yeshua and asked him, “Why is it that your talmidim break the Tradition of the Elders? They don’t do n’tilat-yadayim (ceremonial washing of hands) before they eat!” He answered, “Indeed, why do you break the command of God by your tradition? For God said, ‘Honor your father and mother,’and ‘Anyone who curses his father or mother must be put to death.’ But you say, ‘If anyone says to his father or mother, “I have promised to give to God what I might have used to help you,” then he is rid of his duty to honor his father or mother.’ Thus by your tradition you make null and void the word of God!
 
Traditions are a great thing to pass down to our children and grandchildren. They create a connection to the past and create a place of comfort in our lives for the storms that we face. But sometimes traditions overpower what we should be doing for God. We become so focused on the mechanics of tradition that we forget we as believers must always look to help the widow and orphan and foreigner in our land. ADONAI no matter what I do, let me stay focused on You always, I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Shabbat

Matthew 12:9-12
Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue. A man there had a shriveled hand. Looking for a reason to accuse him of something, they asked him, “Is healing permitted on Shabbat?” But he answered, “If you have a sheep that falls in a pit on Shabbat, which of you won’t take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore, what is permitted on Shabbat is to do good.”
 
They will know us by our fruit, Yeshua and others repeat that multiple times when showing how to judge someone of following the will of God or their own selfish delusions. One of the first things is how we as believers treat Shabbat. If it is a day of a couple of hours of worship and then we are off to the next party or working for money that gets us no where, then I don’t believe we are keeping ADONAI’s day holy. Of course we can swing the other way and do absolutely nothing, but then there is no worship of ADONAI in that. Personally for me, I try to do good, help people, do things for my family, worship, pray and read the Word. By showing the world that we as believers keep Shabbat I believe is one of the first fruits that we show the world. Lord never let me to forget to fall into Your rest and honor Your Shabbat. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Foundation to action

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!”
 
It is not enough for me to read my bible and sit in Shabbat services and hear the Word of God. My knowledge of the Word is not what ADONAI is seeking from me. Instead I must put actions to those words, like the man who seeks the best location to build a house out of the way of the seasonal floodwaters, using knowledge and turning it to action. Abba do not let me be someone who is stingy with Your Word and keep it to myself. Let me be the the reflection of You that You would have others see in me. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Refining

Matthew 4:1-4
Then the Spirit led Yeshua up into the wilderness to be tempted by the Adversary. After Yeshua had fasted forty days and nights, he was hungry. The Tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, order these stones to become bread.” But he answered, “The Tanakh says,
‘Man does not live on bread alone,
but on every word that comes from the mouth of ADONAI'”
 
Even Yeshua in his earthly form went through a time of pruning so that he may focus more intently on His Father’s work. I don’t believe this was to remove sin in his life because he had no sin but so that he went through every stage of life as we do so he could be our perfect advocate, but this is just my opinion. Nevertheless the temptation did not come until Yeshua was physically weak from fasting. No challenge to our spirit comes when we are at our best but always when we think we are at our lowest. That is why we must rely on God’s Word in those times, that alone will sustain us just as it sustained our salvation Yeshua. Lord let me always lean on You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Power

2 Corinthians 13:4
For although he was executed on a stake in weakness, now he lives by God’s power. And we too are weak in union with him, but in dealing with you we will live with him by God’s power.
 
Sha’ul is writing about Yeshua’s power in us. In order for the Ruach to work the signs and miracles in us we have to submit ourselves to a power greater than our selfishness and admit that in that selfishness we have no true power but only the weakness of death. But once we submit that weakness and participate in the sacrifice of Yeshua then it is ADONAI’s power in us through the Ruach that lets us be the witness to the world that He has called us to be. Lord I acknowledge Your sovereignty in my life. Pull me closer to You so that I will have Your ways written on my heart and soul so that I can always serve You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Purify

2 Corinthians 7:1
​ Therefore, my dear friends, since we have these promises, let us purify ourselves from everything that can defile either body or spirit, and strive to be completely holy, out of reverence for God.
 
It could get any simpler than this, once we accept the promises of ADONAI through trusting in His Word then we must remove anything and everything that can defile us. We don’t do this for our own self aggrandizement but out of a reverence for the one who has removed our sin through the blood of Yeshua. Abba never let me forget the debt I own and the release I have been given in serving You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Reconciled to Serve

2 Corinthians 5:17-19
Therefore, if anyone is united with the Messiah, he is a new creation—the old has passed; look, what has come is fresh and new! And it is all from God, who through the Messiah has reconciled us to himself and has given us the work of that reconciliation, which is that God in the Messiah was reconciling mankind to himself, not counting their sins against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.
 
Our salvation to ADONAI through Yeshua grants us reconciliation to ADONAI so that we may stand before Him supernaturally sinless through the blood Yeshua shed. Yet with that reconciliation comes the commission to bring the message of salvation to the world. Without action our trust is stagnant and we miss out on the rewards God would give us.
Dear Lord never let me stop and forget whom I serve. ADONAI let me always do Your will, I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Intersession

Job 42:10
When Iyov prayed for his friends, ADONAI restored his fortunes; ADONAI gave Iyov twice as much as he had had before.
 
To me and I may be wrong but this is the whole point of the book of Job, Iyov in his own distress, forgot the distress of others and the need to continue to pray for them. We are to praise ADONAI in all things, including in those praises intercession for others, yet only in the past few years has that even come to mind in my own struggles. It was much easier just to wallow in my own pain instead of trying to help someone else out of thiers. Lord forgive me, for like Iyov I have heard about You with my ears, but now I see You and repent for my own failings. Abba remove anything of me that would make another stumble, I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.