In spite of

1 Timothy 4:12
Don’t let anyone look down on you because of your youth; on the contrary, set the believers an example in your speech, behavior, love, trust and purity.
 
As believers all of us have something that we believe that will hold us back from serving Adonai. For Timothy it was his youth, for me it is something else but there is some weakness there that on our own we would not be able to serve but through God’s strength by the indwelling Spirit we can overcome our limitations and serve with distinction. Dear God You fill me with Your awesomeness how can I do anything but serve You. Thank You Adonai for using my weakness as a show of Your strength. Amen.

Seeing

2 Kings 6:15-17
The servant of the man of God got up early in the morning; on going outside, he saw an army with horses and chariots surrounding the city. His servant said to him, “Oh, my master, this is terrible! What are we going to do?” He answered, “Don’t be afraid—those who are with us outnumber those who are with them!” Elisha prayed,”ADONAI, I ask you to open his eyes, so that he can see.” Then ADONAI opened the young man’s eyes, and he saw: there before him, all around Elisha, the mountain was covered with horses and fiery chariots.
 
Too many times I have been like the servant, see only the obstacles in my walk with God and not like Elisha, being able to see Adonai preserving me, that is until after the fact. Abba thank You for all the goadings and course corrections You have given me so far. Lord fill me a spirit like Elisha, always ready and able to serve and see You. Let me live a life that brings honor to you as Sha’ul wrote to Timothy. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Anger

1 Timothy 2:8
Therefore, it is my wish that when the men pray, no matter where, they should lift up hands that are holy—they should not become angry or get into arguments.
 
How many times have my prayers been cold and insufficient because of the anger I was holding on to. Sha’ul tells us it is okay to be angry but it should only be in the moment like a lightning strike and then gone not something we nurture day after day. It is this prolonged anger that becomes the idol in our lives replacing the love of the Father for something that can cut us off from everyone. Lord cleanse me and keep me worthy of Your service. Forgive me for my vendettas and forgive me as I forgive and release the anger in me. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Gobbledygook

1 Timothy 1:4-7
Have them stop devoting their attention to myths and never-ending genealogies; these divert people to speculating instead of doing God’s work, which requires trust. The purpose of this order is to promote love from a clean heart, from a good conscience and from sincere trust. Some, by aiming amiss, have wandered off into fruitless discussion. They want to be teachers of Torah, but they understand neither their own words nor the matters about which they make such emphatic pronouncements.

As believers it is of the utmost importance that we read and re-read the Word. Only then can we discern through some of the gobbledygook that is out there whether a person is speaking truth or just trying to gain false honor. Lord keep me from such pratter and convict me when I get pompous, let all I do serve You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Work

Colossians 3:23
Whatever work you do, put yourself into it, as those who are serving not merely other people, but the Lord.
 
As believers the way we work for other people is just as much a witness for Adonai as our words are. I know I have failed at this many times not thinking about showing God to the world but getting wrapped up in my own selfishness of being lazy, or tasked with what I think is beneath me so only doing half-hearted work. Lord forgive me when I get discouraged and lose my focus on You and let my selfishness take over. Refresh me Abba so no matter what work I am doing it reflects Your Word in my Life so others may come to know you. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Support

Colossians 2:2-3
My purpose is that they may be encouraged, that they may be joined together in love, and that they may have all the riches derived from being assured of understanding and fully knowing God’s secret truth, which is—the Messiah! It is in him that all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are hidden.
 
Sha’ul is talking about the congregations he prays for but it is an example to all of us. We should be praying for each other lifting each member so they can gain all the treasures of wisdom by trusting in Yeshua’s sacrifice. Lord keep me convicted in praying for others than myself. Let Your Spirit guide me in spreading Your Word. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Stirring

Colossians 1:28-29
We, for our part, proclaim him; we warn, confront and teach everyone in all wisdom; so that we may present everyone as having reached the goal, united with the Messiah. It is for this that I toil, striving with all the energy that he stirs up in me so mightily.
 
Adonai stirs us to action just as He did Sha’ul. When we are commissioned for a purpose by God it drives us day after day. It is in this service that we can succeed by being obedient to Him. Lord let me be worthy of such a calling, don’t let me sit on the sidelines as some bench warmer but stir up the Spirit in me so that I too may move mightily forward for Your Word. I ask this all in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Generations

1 Kings 15:4-5
Nevertheless, for David’s sake ADONAI his God gave him a lamp burning in Yerushalayim by establishing his son after him and making Yerushalayim secure. For David had done what was right from ADONAI’s perspective; he had not turned away from anything he had ordered him to do, as long as he lived, except in the matter of Uriyah the Hitti.
 
This was written about David’s great grandson, three generations removed from David. Aviyam was a terrible king, expanding idolatry and temple prostitution throughout all of Judah, still Adonai did not destroy his kingdom for David’s sake and because of how he had led his life. When we are right with God and live as He has called us our blessings that we receive echo through the generations so all may come to know Him! Dear Lord let me be like David blessing my family through all the generations, I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Following

Philippians 3:13-16
Brothers, I, for my part, do not think of myself as having yet gotten hold of it; but one thing I do: forgetting what is behind me and straining forward toward what lies ahead, I keep pursuing the goal in order to win the prize offered by God’s upward calling in the Messiah Yeshua. Therefore, as many of us as are mature, let us keep paying attention to this; and if you are differently minded about anything, God will also reveal this to you. Only let our conduct fit the level we have already reached.
 
As long as we are here in this world we as believers are to keep striving to become more like Yeshua. It is His example and His actions that we should desire in all things in our life.
Lord let me live always for You and not tolerate evil in myself but expel it through Your Ruach HaKodesh. I ask this all in Yeshua’s name, Amen.

Helping each other

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.
 
How easy is it to focus on our own needs. I know I fall in that trap often. Yet as believers we are commanded to take care of one another. Some how as a body I think we fail in this more than we succeed. Lord open my heart so that I can be a servant to all and not just who I choose. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.