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.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven, only those who do what my Father in heaven wants. On that Day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord! Didn’t we prophesy in your name? Didn’t we expel demons in your name? Didn’t we perform many miracles in your name?’ Then I will tell them to their faces, ‘I never knew you! Get away from me, you workers of lawlessness!’
It is not our actions alone that determine our salvation, but a condition of our heart. Many will have done things thinking they are purchasing their salvation by their own actions but until they actually allow God to circumcise their heart and accept the sacrifice of Yeshua it amounts to too little too late. Lord let my heart always serve You. Do not let me feel any aggrandizement like the P’rushim and Torah-teachers of Yeshua’s time. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Matthew 4:1, 17 Then the Spirit led Yeshua up into the wilderness to be tempted by the Adversary.
From that time on, Yeshua began proclaiming, “Turn from your sins to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near!”
The interceding verses tell how Yeshua was tested in the desert by the Adversary. There was a time and a place for Yeshua’s ministry so that salvation for us could be fully realized but first there was a crucible so that His message could be received. We may not see the crucible, the refining time for what it is in the moment but if we stand on the Word that God has given us only the dross of the world will burn away. Lord let me always stand firmly on Your Word. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
2 Corinthians 11:27-29
I have toiled and endured hardship, often not had enough sleep, been hungry and thirsty, frequently gone without food, been cold and naked. And besides these external matters, there is the daily pressure of my anxious concern for all the congregations. Who is weak without my sharing his weakness? Who falls into sin without my burning inside?
How I have failed to stand up to this example of Sha’ul. Sure, I have worried about all my physical needs and the needs of my family and friends. I have even had deep concern for the congregation I am apart of and sister congregations that serve along with us. But to share my weakness fully, to lose what would seem like my control or to truly ache when someone falls away into sin, to cry out even as I am forced to abandon them to their sin so they might be convicted and come back to God. I fail at that. Lord let me take Sha’ul’s example and burn for the salvation of the world. Let me ache and cry out not just for my family but for all that You have called to be Your people. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
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 couldn’t 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.
2 Corinthians 6:14-16
Do not yoke yourselves together in a team with unbelievers. For how can righteousness and lawlessness be partners? What fellowship does light have with darkness? What harmony can there be between the Messiah and B’liya’al? What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? What agreement can there be between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God—as God said,
To many congregations has sought out appeasement instead of righteousness. Time and again ADONAI has told us to cast off the ones that refuse to follow His commands so that we may stand before Him cleansed and ready for the service we are called to do. Still they would rather cling to old sinful ways and lie and say they are “loving the sinner and not the sin” yet how can one when you tolerate the sin in the first place. Yeshua himself in the Revelation of John condemned the body for tolerating that Jezebel woman and failing to cast her out in her sin so that her sin may convict her of need of salvation and she could return and sin no more. Lord give me strength to stand firmly on Your Word in my life. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
1 Corinthians 15:1-2
Now, brothers, I must remind you of the Good News which I proclaimed to you, and which you received, and on which you have taken your stand, and by which you are being saved—provided you keep holding fast to the message I proclaimed to you. For if you don’t, your trust will have been in vain.
Salvation can be lost. It is not just saying the sinner’s prayer and checking a box for fire insurance against an eternity in hell, but a daily struggle against our worldly sinful nature by putting our trust in the sacrifice of Yeshua to redeem us back into the presence of ADONAI. As Sha’ul said we must hold fast to our trust, never letting go of God’s direction and influence in our lives. To help us ADONAI in His mercy has given us His Word and prayer so that we may humble ourselves and hear Him as He speaks to us not like in the days of Moshe and the prophets, but like the days of Avraham, directly to each one of us through the Ruach so we all may become part of the body of believers. Lord stoke in me Your fire and let Your crucible remove all doubt and sin from my life so that I may always joyfully serve You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
ADONAI answered Iyov out of the storm:
“Stand up like a man, and brace yourself;
I will ask questions; and you, give the answers!
“Are you impugning my justice?
Putting me in the wrong to prove yourself right?”
How many times have I accused God of ruining my life. How many times have I like Iyov dared to say ADONAI was unjust in the pain and tsuris I was going through at that moment. Yet if I as I look back I can see now my own selfishness or the selfishness of another put me in those situations and in was the hand of God that preserved me during that time so I could come out the better for it. Abba thank You for Your saving hand and for the justice that You have established for all time. Lord let me continue to walk in Your ways. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Then ADONAI answered Iyov out of the storm:
“Who is this, darkening my plans
with his ignorant words?
Stand up like a man, and brace yourself;
I will ask questions; and you, give the answers!
Just like Iyov, all of us will have a moment when we will be called into accounting with ADONAI. Every dark deed and sinful selfish thought will be revealed, but so to whether we participated in the trust of the sacrifice of Yeshua ha Mashiach. That is when the goats will be culled out of the body and only those who trust remain. Lord strengthen my trust so that I cannot help but to serve You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
1 Corinthians 10:1-5
For, brothers, I don’t want you to miss the significance of what happened to our fathers. All of them were guided by the pillar of cloud, and they all passed through the sea, and in connection with the cloud and with the sea they all immersed themselves into Moshe, also they all ate the same food from the Spirit, and they all drank the same drink from the Spirit—for they drank from a Spirit-sent Rock which followed them, and that Rock was the Messiah. Yet with the majority of them God was not pleased, so their bodies were strewn across the desert.
Sha’ul reminds us that not everyone will be save who claim to be believers. Just as the example of the nation of Israel when they left slavery, only Y’hoshua and Kalev were found worthy of that generation to enter the land of promise. Yet all the nation saw the hand of God moving to lead and defend them, to cleanse them and call them His own and still no one over 20 could let go of their selfish desires to give their life to God except Y’hoshua and Kalev. It is only when we give over everything to ADONAI that we can truly serve Him. Abba protect me from myself when I am tired or lazy and only give miserly of myself to You. Let me always be wholehearted when I approach You to serve and focused like Y’hoshua and Kalev to know You are always there. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.