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.
Mal’akhi (Malachi) 2:9
“Therefore I have in turn made you
contemptible and vile before all the people,
because you did not keep my ways
but were partial in applying the Torah.”
It is when we start to pick and choose what we will obey from ADONAI’s Word that we fail ourselves in obedience, fail others in the body with our comradeship and fail the world in our witness. God calls us to complete obedience to His Will in our lives so that the nations will come to know Him. Failing that we will become like the priest in Mal’akhi’s time whereby our actions in failing to keep God’s Word will be seen with contempt and hatred by the very world we are preaching too. Lord do not let me stray from the path that You have set me on but let me keep humbly too Your Word. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
For ADONAI watches over
the way of the righteous,
but the way of the wicked
As a believer serving in a community of believers, I have come to know story after story how ADONAI through the Ruach HaKodesh have preserved people through the storms of life. Even in those times before I understood His love for me God was keeping me under His loving protection. Lord thank You for Your caretaking of me. Keep me living in Your will, I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
“Therefore one of the men who have accompanied us all the time that the Lord Yeshua went in and out among us— beginning with His immersion by John until the day He was taken up from us—must become a witness with us of His resurrection.”
People are not just called into service of God. They are groomed for the ministry He has chosen for them through their piety and commitment to service for Adonai. Dear Lord guide my hands in serving you as you would have me do. Strengthen me to see through the challenges and encourage me in my refinement as I strive to learn Your Word and inscribe it on my heart. I ask this all in Yeshua’s name, amen.
That same day, two of them were going toward a village about seven miles from Yerushalayim called Amma’us, and they were talking with each other about all the things that had happened. As they talked and discussed, Yeshua himself came up and walked along with them, but something kept them from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you talking about with each other as you walk along?” They stopped short, their faces downcast; and one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only person staying in Yerushalayim that doesn’t know the things that have been going on there the last few days?”
There are times we can get so wrapped up in the problems we are facing we forget to see God standing right there with us just like Cleopas and Shim’on. They knew without an iota of doubt that Yeshua was going to establish His Kingdom. What they forgot was it was already foretold that there would be suffering for the Messiah before He would establish His reign. Feeling so hurt and betrayed they could not even see God there comforting them through the Words of Yeshua as He explained this quoting the Tanakh. Yet as they settled in for the evening and let themselves have a moment of peace with God in their presence then they knew and was filled with such revelation and spiritual power they immediately with no fear of a seven mile trip on foot in the dark, raced back to share it with the rest of the brethren. Despair has placed me in the same tailspin as Cleopas and Shim’on, even with Ruach HaKodesh speaking and ministering to me in my pain I just don’t see it until I stop in peace and set all the worry aside and just focus on the simple, like a piece of bread as someone is blessing it and then, in that moment I see all that God has done for me and will do for me so that I have to share with all I can. Lord even in my darkest times let me be like David and call out only to You for my rescue. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Nechemyah (Nehemiah) 4:7-9
So in the lower parts of the space behind the wall, I stationed men according to their families, with their swords, spears and bows. After inspecting them, I stood up and addressed the nobles, leaders and the rest of the people: “Don’t be afraid of them! Remember Adonai, who is great and fearful; and fight for your brothers, sons, daughters, wives and homes.” When our enemies heard that the plot was known to us, and God had foiled their plans, we all returned to the wall, everyone to his work.
As the body of believers, we cannot look to outside sources to protect us. Just as today all the kingdoms and principalities were aligned against them in Nechemyah’s time. Yet instead of sending to yet another foreign power for protection, he stood up men from his own people to guard in front of their homes. People invested in protecting the body as a whole. It is the same for us today, whether physically or spiritually people within the body of believers need to take station in the gap and safeguard Adonai’s people until the work is done. Lord give the strength of heart to stand for You in the gap. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Nechemyah (Nehemiah) 1:8-9
Remember, please, the word you gave through your servant Moshe, ‘If you break faith, I will scatter you among the peoples; but if you return to me, observe my mitzvot and obey them, then, even if your scattered ones are in the most distant part of heaven, nevertheless, I will collect them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen for bearing my name.’
As believers one of the things we must do is declare the Word of the Lord back to Him as Nechemayah does here, reminding God of His promise to His people. Not that ADONAI has ever forgotten one iota of any of His promises but that we as believers can show our trust in the Word that has been given to us. For us hearing the promise out loud quickens our hearts and re-enforces our spirit to embolden us to stand even more firmly on the Rock of our Salvation. For God it shows others where our trust lies. Lord let me always stand firmly on the promise of Your Word so that it is written on my heart forever. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
“There will appear signs in the sun, moon and stars; and on earth, nations will be in anxiety and bewilderment at the sound and surge of the sea, as people faint with fear at the prospect of what is overtaking the world; for the powers in heaven will be shaken. And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with tremendous power and glory. When these things start to happen, stand up and hold your heads high; because you are about to be liberated!”
These are the very times we live in! Blood Red Moons on Pesach and Sukkot, Eclipses, the Revelation 12 sign in the sky have all appeared in the last ten years calling for a turning back to ADONAI. Yet instead nations boil with unrest, people focus on the false doctrine of global warming when God has already promised never to flood the whole earth again. People know there is a powerful move of the spirit, the Ruach of God in the earth but most have fallen so far from the Word they don’t know how to respond. We as believers must stand without fear of all the turmoil around us, rejoicing that our God is returning for His bride so that the world can know one last time there is a God in Isra’el!! Lord let Your Ruach fill all the lands of the earth and let Your People who are called by Your name humble themselves and worship You forever. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
The Torah-teachers and the head cohanim would have seized him at that very moment, because they knew that he had aimed this parable at them, but they were afraid of the people.
When the body of believers are united in trust and in spirit with ADONAI there is nothing any worldly convention can do to stop them. Lord let Your people come together in unity!! I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Every day he taught at the Temple. The head cohanim, the Torah-teachers and the leaders of the people tried to find a way of putting an end to him; but they couldn’t find any way of doing it, because all the people were hanging onto his every word.
When we speak the Word of God there is nothing on this world that can stop it. No matter what God’s Word will break through all the chains and impediments of sin if one is willing to hear. Lord let me be attentive to Your Word and let me speak that truth to the world. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Also, to some who were relying on their own righteousness and looking down on everyone else, he told this parable: “Two men went up to the Temple to pray, one a Parush and the other a tax-collector. The Parush stood and prayed to himself, ‘O God! I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity—greedy, dishonest, immoral, or like this tax-collector! I fast twice a week, I pay tithes on my entire income, … ‘ But the tax-collector, standing far off, would not even raise his eyes toward heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God! Have mercy on me, sinner that I am!’ I tell you, this man went down to his home right with God rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but everyone who humbles himself will be exalted.”
It is not our position in the congregation, it is not the things that we do that so others can know our piety, it is not even the words that we speak, but it is the condition of our hearts that makes us one of God’s anointed. We as believers are to come before ADONAI with fear and trembling knowing that we in our own power do not deserve to be in His presence but by trusting in the Word He promised us through the sacrifice of Yeshua we may be given a place at the table. Lord let me never forget it is not my hand I find my salvation but by the grace that You have shed Your blood through Yeshua to erase all my sins. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.