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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Pride

2 Chronicles 32:25

However, Hizkiyahu did not respond commensurately with the benefit done for him, because he had grown proud; thus he brought anger on himself and on Y’hudah and Yerushalayim as well.

The writer tells us before this how ADONAI had just delivered the king, Yerushalayim and the nation of Judah from destruction by the king of Asher.  No faster than this miracle happen than King Hizkiyahu sin by not honoring ADONAI completely but puffed himself up in pride.   This wasn’t the pride of doing something well, where there is also humbleness and giving glory to ADONAI but something that comes from selfishness and anger when one is too self-centered to recognize ADONAI’s help in our lives.  It is this type of haughty pride that is the sin and it is this pride that will destroy not only the sinner but in the example of Hizkiyahu bring God’s anger on those around him too because teaches people not to trust God.  Lord I am a prideful man.  I have learned at Your goading to be humble but I have not learned all my lessons yet because I still get offended by others and harbor hurts from the past.  Heal me Lord and let my service and any praise I receive honor You.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Invested

2 Chronicles 31:4-6
He also ordered the people living in Yerushalayim to contribute the portion meant for the cohanim and L’vi’im, so that they would be submitting themselves to the Torah of ADONAI. As soon as the order was issued, the people of Isra’el gave in abundance from the firstfruits of the grain, wine, olive oil, honey and other agricultural produce; they brought the required tenth and more. The people of Isra’el and Y’hudah living in the cities of Y’hudah also brought the required tenth of oxen and sheep and the required tenth of consecrated gifts that had been dedicated to ADONAI their God, and piled them in heaps.
 
In order to truly worship ADONAI we must be fully invested in serving him. As Hizkiyahu restored the temple and obeying God’s Word to the people he ordered that the tithe be honored as well in accordance with Torah. The people donated with a joyful heart and were invested in the worship and restoration of God in their lives that within four months the storehouses were overflowing as reported by the chief cohan to the king. It is when we as believers become equally invested trusting the Word of ADONAI and acting on that trust that our soul is filled and we become the examples for others to trust God. Lord let me be as invested in worshiping and following You as King Hizikiyahu. Let the trust that You have given me be bold so that others will want to abandon this world for Your ways. I ask this Yeshua’s name, amen.

The Root of Contamination

2 Kings 17:41
So these nations mixed fearing ADONAI with serving their carved idols; likewise their children; and to this day, their descendants do the same as their ancestors did.
 
This was written after the destruction of the northern nation of Israel when the Assyrians had removed the nation and settled the area with their own people. The understood that there is a covenant between ADONAI and the land but they didn’t understand how to honor that covenant and bring it to fruit in their lives. The result, sin entering the worship of God, a condition that we as believers struggle with today where tradition trumps true, biblical worship. ADONAI has given us the way He wants to be worshiped through Torah and He sacrificed a part of Himself through Yeshua His Son to show us how to bring this Torah into our hearts, minds, and souls to truly and faithfully honor Him. Lord let me never forget how You have redeemed all of us to You if only we trust in the sacrifice of Yeshua and repent and go out in trust for You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

The Road

Isaiah 35:8-10
A highway will be there, a way,
called the Way of Holiness.
The unclean will not pass over it,
but it will be for those whom he guides—
fools will not stray along it.
No lion or other beast of prey
will be there, traveling on it.
They will not be found there,
but the redeemed will go there.
Those ransomed by ADONAI will return
and come with singing to Tziyon,
  on their heads will be everlasting joy.
They will acquire gladness and joy,
while sorrow and sighing will flee.
 
I want to write something deep and insightful but the truth is this stood out to me in my readings this morning and I do find a comfort in it, but I don’t know how to put it into words right now. For all the pain and sadness I have experienced in this life so far I still look to ADONAI for the day that I will travel on this road and come into everlasting joy. This is not to lessen the joy and gladness that God has given me in this life for He meets my needs always, it is just what I am looking forward to. Abba let this bless people as You would have it done. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Actions Required

James 1:22-25
Don’t deceive yourselves by only hearing what the Word says, but do it! For whoever hears the Word but doesn’t do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror, who looks at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But if a person looks closely into the perfect Torah, which gives freedom, and continues, becoming not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work it requires, then he will be blessed in what he does.

It is not enough to call oneself a believer and attend a service once a week for a couple of hours then fall back one’s selfish ways. If you read the Word and hear the Word preached then to demonstrate your trust in the Word you have to act upon the Word. Abba keep me from my own folly and let me lean only on Your Word. Let the blood Yeshua sacrifice make me whole to You so I can fulfill the work You would have me do. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Desire ADONAI

Isaiah 26:9
My soul desires you at night,
my spirit in me seeks you at dawn;
for when your judgments are here on earth,
the people in the world learn what righteousness is.
 
If we truly have put our trust in ADONAI then the desire of our hearts and soul should be Him and His ways. It has taken me many years to learn to spend time in prayer and study and I have many many more years to go. Yet I can say my desire to grow closer to Him has increased with every moment I spend with Him in prayer and study. Lord never let me lose the desire to pursue Your Word like Shlomo said as the “deer pants after water” let my heart, mind and soul stay focused on You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Pursue Righteous Peace

Hebrews 12:14-17
Keep pursuing shalom with everyone and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. See to it that no one misses out on God’s grace, that no root of bitterness springing up causes trouble and thus contaminates many, and that no one is sexually immoral, or godless like Esav, who in exchange for a single meal gave up his rights as the firstborn. For you know that afterwards, when he wanted to obtain his father’s blessing, he was rejected; indeed, even though he sought it with tears, his change of heart was to no avail.
 
We as believers are commanded to always seek peace, but not the acquiescing to letting others use and abuse us as they want but a peace that reflects the holiness of ADONAI. It is when we achieve this that others can see the work of God in our lives as a witness to what can be in their own lives. Too many times we have become the nation of “right now” wanting what we desire to satisfy a want like Esav, not realizing that our selfishness may take our true peace away and leave us wallowing in sin. Lord forgive me for my bitterness and hard heart against those who have wronged me. Let me release that hurt so I will only know Your peace, Your Shalom in my life and it will be a light to bring others too You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Trust

Hebrews 11:5-6
By trusting, Hanokh was taken away from this life without seeing death —”He was not to be found, because God took him away”—for he has been attested as having been, prior to being taken away, well pleasing to God. And without trusting, it is impossible to be well pleasing to God, because whoever approaches him must trust that he does exist and that he becomes a Rewarder to those who seek him out.
 
This is a great example of trusting over faith. Hanokh trusted in his relationship to ADONAI so that God for his part in this relationship took Hanokh so he did not feel the corruption and pain of death. It is our trust as the author defines in verse 1 “Trusting, being confident of what we hope for, convinced about things we do not see,” that defines us as believers. Lord nurture my trust to be stronger than any weapon the enemy may form against me. Hold me tightly and encourage me in my life to seek Your face. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Salvation

Hebrews 10:12-14
But this one, after he had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, sat down at the right hand of God, from then on to wait until his enemies be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has brought to the goal for all time those who are being set apart for God and made holy.
 
There is only one sacrifice, done for all time, for our sin, Yeshua’s sacrifice. Once we accept and trust in this fully like Avraham and Yitz’chak and Israel, like David, and Nathan and the prophets, like the Talmidim and Sha’ul then we are forgiven. Nothing we can do for ourselves can redeem us to ADONAI. Thinking that we do not need supernatural intervention for our salvation is the same selfish hubris that caused Havah to eat from the apple. Abba thank You for Your salvation through Yeshua. Thank You for everything in creation that points to His salvation offered through His blood. Lord let me cling to this selfless act as I face the trials of the day. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Restoration

Isaiah 14:1
​ For ADONAI will have compassion on Ya’akov—he will once again choose Isra’el and resettle them in their own land, where foreigners will join them, attaching themselves to the house of Ya’akov.
 
Yet another prophecy of Isaiah coming true in our lifetime. As Israel grows now for the first time more Jews live in Israel than the rest of the world. With this increase the will come the return of Yeshua as the nation turns back to ADONAI and all the nations will gather at Jerusalem to worship Him. Lord let this day come soon and let Your Son Yeshua reign forever. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.