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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Congregations

Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us keep paying attention to one another, in order to spur each other on to love and good deeds, not neglecting our own congregational meetings, as some have made a practice of doing, but, rather, encouraging each other.
 
I need people in my life. While I do take time alone to pray and study God’s Word, I need the comfort of people to keep me going in this world. I get filled the most when I go to our congregational meetings be it a Shabbat service or mid week Torah study. These two events in particular I get to talk to elders wiser than me who lift me up in my trust in ADONAI, children who keep my wonder in ADONAI fresh, and peers who comfort me in the hard times and encourage me in the good times so I can stand firm in my trust in ADONAI. Lord thank You for all the people You have placed in my life. To those You have had me witness to I pray that I was good enough, To those You have had me befriend I pray I am faithful enough, and to those You would have me serve I pray I am willing enough for Your use. I ask this all in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Food for Thought

Hebrews 5:12-14
For although by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the very first principles of God’s Word all over again! You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who has to drink milk is still a baby, without experience in applying the Word about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, for those whose faculties have been trained by continuous exercise to distinguish good from evil.
 
This is the difference of living as a believer biblically or culturally. Those stuck as a cultural believer acknowledge ADONAI they may even attend service weekly but beyond the two or three hours they spend with their congregations they do not pursue the Word of God or pray with purpose. They are continually looking for the message of salvation but never want to move beyond that into service of their fellow man and of God. Continuously suckling on the milk of the very first precept of salvation and never even trying to eat the meat of service. But those who do taste and see the meat of serving ADONAI oh the blessings they receive from that wondrous meal! Lord let me serve You always. Convict me when I go astray distracted by concerns that I should know You have already taken care of. Lord give me a heart for people I would have otherwise not even thought of. I ask this all in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Redemtion

Philemon 1:15-19
Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a brief period was so that you could have him back forever, no longer as a slave but as more than a slave, as a dear brother. And that he is, especially to me. But how much dearer he must be to you, both humanly and in union with the Lord!
So if you are in fellowship with me, receive him as you would me. And if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge it to me.
I, Sha’ul, write with my own hand. I will repay it.
 
What an example of redemption! Haven’t we all as slaves of sin run away from ADONAI only to return to Him through His love and forgiveness as displayed to us through Yeshua just as Sha’ul displayed it to Onesimus. It is the acceptance of Yeshua’s sacrifice on the stake that removes the stain in our lives so we can once again stand pure and holy before God in service. Abba thank You again for seeing all that needed to be done to bring this people back to You. Thank You for Your Word and the the living embodiment Yeshua. Lord thank You for taking leadership in my life, infilling me with the Ruach haKodesh as a guide for the days ahead. Bless Your Holy name, amen.

Steadfast

2 Timothy 4:5
But you, remain steady in every situation, endure suffering, do the work that a proclaimer of the Good News should, and do everything your service to God requires.
 
This is Sha’ul’s command to Timothy but it is pertinent to everyone who believes. Our heart, mind and soul should always be focused on serving ADONAI. We are to be the go to people when someone is suffering through troubles and rejoice when troubles come our way because we are commanded to praise God in all things. We are the people who announce the Word so it can convict others to come to a understanding of God and His salvation through Yeshua and the ones who stand on all the promises of that Word as we live out our lives. Dear Lord let me be obedient like Timothy, letting everyone who I meet see Your love for them in me. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Stop Argueing

Titus 3:9-10
But avoid stupid controversies, genealogies, quarrels and fights about the Torah; because they are worthless and futile. Warn a divisive person once, then a second time; and after that, have nothing more to do with him.
 
How much more happier I have become when I stopped arguing with people about ADONAI. I am of Irish descent so I do love to argue a point into the ground but to continually confront a person who just wants to argue the same thing over and over again without learning and moving forward to bring people into the same rut they choose to wallow in, that is the person Sha’ul is telling us to avoid when the Word does not take root in their heart. Lord let me have the discernment to uplift the people who have come to faith in You through Yeshua’s sacrifice and avoid the people who just want to hear their own selfish voice pontificate. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

The Standard

1 Timothy 3:1
​ Here is a statement you can trust: anyone aspiring to be a congregation leader is seeking worthwhile work.
 
I love this verse, this is the standard that I believe all who trust in ADONAI should follow. Not that we would all become Priest, and Rabbis but that in the following verses Sha’ul gives Timothy the standards that we must strive for. Loving only one wife, managing our finances, raising God loving children and one who has consistently seeks the Lord’s leadership in their life. When I married my wife I told her this is the standard we are to reach for. ADONAI in His mercy may never place us at the head of a congregation but we need to live like this to be ready if called. I believe this is the standard that would see all of our societies fulfilling “love your neighbor” if we pursued it. Lord thank You for Your guidance in our lives. Bless all who love Your Word which is Yeshua, amen.

Prayer

Colossians 4:2
Keep persisting in prayer, staying alert in it and being thankful.
 
Sometimes it is just as simple as that, and as hard. I know in my life I am busy as a one armed paper hanger but lately I have been making time for prayer. It is not easy and there is always an excuse not to but when I do there is a peace to my spirit and a feeling of fullness in ADONAI. Lord keep helping me press to the mark that You would have me achieve, I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Selflessness

Philippians 2:3-4
Do nothing out of rivalry or vanity; but, in humility, regard each other as better than yourselves— look out for each other’s interests and not just for your own.
 
As believers if we set aside our own selfish concerns and look after the well being of our fellow believers then we have multiplied the concern for our own well being as they, our fellow believers, show their concern for us. The very way ADONAI had structured our trust in Him removes our need for selfish desires and yet sees to all our needs. I am a little ashamed that I have missed this point as many times as I have read Philippians. Dear Lord thank You for the comfort of Your Word. Lord let me always cling to it as I grow in Your leadership in my life. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Stay Involved

Ephesians 5:15-17
Therefore, pay careful attention to how you conduct your life—live wisely, not unwisely. Use your time well, for these are evil days. So don’t be foolish, but try to understand what the will of the Lord is.
 
Why are such simple statements by Sha’ul so hard to do. Or is it the routine of day to day life that can lull us away from God’s Word. For myself routine is nice and keeps things going but I find if I don’t journal and study God’s Word then it becomes more of a rut than a routine. I start to withdraw and become lazy and let more and more things slip. Yet when I do journal and look for ways to serve ADONAI then my days are filled and I don’t fall into the rut of isolation. Lord Your Word is an ever fascinating discovery for me. Let me dwell always in Your Word. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Shelfishness

Ephesians 4:17-19
Therefore I say this—indeed, in union with the Lord I insist on it: do not live any longer as the pagans live, with their sterile ways of thinking. Their intelligence has been shrouded in darkness, and they are estranged from the life of God, because of the ignorance in them, which in turn comes from resisting God’s will. They have lost all feeling, so they have abandoned themselves to sensuality, practicing any kind of impurity and always greedy for more.
 
This is the folly of sin, when a person places more emphasis and power on their own selfish thinking than seeking ADONAI’s will in their lives. Because they have lost the spiritual fulfillment they now must fill that void with physical fulfilment, be it sexual immorality, drugs, the occult, pursuit of money, whatever, but each day in sin they become more callous, more tolerant and thus have to look for a even bigger, deeper, greater sin for fill the hole that in truth can only be filled by the indwelling of ADONAI through the Ruach HaKodesh. God forgive me for being one of these people. Lord let those still in sin be convicted to search You out and come to know You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.