1 Corinthians 15:9-11
For I am the least of all the emissaries, unfit to be called an emissary, because I persecuted the Messianic Community of God. But by God’s grace I am what I am, and his grace towards me was not in vain; on the contrary, I have worked harder than all of them, although it was not I but the grace of God with me. Anyhow, whether I or they, this is what we proclaim, and this is what you believed.
Like Sha’ul it is our testimony that is unique to each one of us and lets us proclaim all that ADONAI has done for us through the blood of Yeshua and the infilling of Ruach HaKodesh. By telling others what God had done for us and showing others how that has changed our lives is how we give our testimony so all may come to know the loving deliverance of the hand of God in their lives. Lord let me be that light on a hill as a beacon of Your love for everyone. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Shof’tim (Judges) 3:9-11
But when the people of Isra’el cried out to ADONAI, ADONAI raised up a savior for the people of Isra’el; and he rescued them; this was ‘Otni’el, the son of Kalev’s younger brother K’naz. The spirit of ADONAI came upon him, and he judged Isra’el. Then he went out to war, and ADONAI gave Kushan-Rish’atayim king of Aram into his hands; his power prevailed against Kushan-Rish’atayim. So the land had rest for forty years, until ‘Otni’el the son of K’naz died.
The first judge to deliver Isra’el from oppression was a gentile. “Otni’el (God is my strength/helper) is the very definition of the One New Man Sha’ul writes about in Ephesians! As Isra’el falls away into idolatry, Othni’el leads them back to true worship and destroys their oppressors. As gentiles this our commission to defend Isra’el until they return to ADONAI and bring blessings to the nations. Nothing new under the sun. God’s plan is in His book! Lord thank You for letting me see new revelation each day in Your Word. Praise Your holy name, amen.
Isra’el served ADONAI throughout Y’hoshua’s lifetime and throughout the lifetimes of the leaders who outlived Y’hoshua and had known all the deeds that ADONAI had done on behalf of Isra’el.
The nation of Isra’el only stayed faithful to ADONAI while those men who had personally see the miracles of God were alive. It is the personal relationship between us and God that preserves us in our trust in Him. If we are not praying and studying His Word daily how can a personal relationship exist between us and God. Without that personal relationship wont we start to wander away from truth and like sheep just look for what makes us happy in the moment, not caring for the wolves of sin and death just around the corner. Lord I journal and pray but I need more of You in my life. Fill me Lord so that I am so full of Your blessing that it runs over to the people around me. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
1 Corinthians 9:25-26
Now every athlete in training submits himself to strict discipline, and he does it just to win a laurel wreath that will soon wither away. But we do it to win a crown that will last forever. Accordingly, I don’t run aimlessly but straight for the finish line; I don’t shadow-box but try to make every punch count.
I must not let myself get distracted but like Sha’ul run straight for the finish line which is to serve ADONAI with all my heart, mind and soul. I must not let the sins of this world rope-a-dope me into wasting my energy and strength on nothings when I could be working for God’s glory. Lord let me stay focused on You and step into every opportunity You grant me with Your strength, wisdom and power. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
1 Corinthians 8:5-6
For even if there are so-called “gods,” either in heaven or on earth—as in fact there are “gods” and “lords” galore— yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom all things come and for whom we exist; and one Lord, Yeshua the Messiah, through whom were created all things and through whom we have our being.
For all the things people place in front of their worship of ADONAI there is still simply one truth, there is only one God and there is only one Lord in our lives, Yeshua. We can worship food, sex, money, or be given over to complete selfishness and worship ourselves, it does nothing to change the fact that God is God and there is no other. Lord let me always be focused on You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Y’hoshua blessed him and gave Hevron to Kalev the son of Y’funeh as his inheritance. So Hevron became the inheritance of Kalev the son of Y’funeh the K’nizi, as it is to this day; because he followed ADONAI the God of Isra’el completely. (Hevron was formerly called Kiryat-Arba; this Arba was the greatest man among the ‘Anakim.) Then the land had rest from war.
It was Kalev a gentile to fight the final battle for the Promised Land. What a prophetic vision that in this time it is to the Gentiles to call our Jewish bothers and sisters to jealousy so they will fight spiritually for a return to ADONAI and the land will know rest from war. Lord let me be one to serve You in bringing this battle for the souls of the world to an end and fall into Your rest. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.