Communion

Psalms 34:9
Taste, and see that ADONAI is good.
How blessed are those who take refuge in him!
 
This verse has so much more meaning once we understand that participating in communion that Yeshua established makes us holders in that sacrifice. Taste the blood and the flesh of the sacrifice and know we are forever bound to Him who frees us from sin! Lord I praise You in all that You have done for me. I could not achieve anything without Your love and guidance. Thank You with all my being, amen.
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Strong Tower

Psalms 59:17-18
But as for me, I will sing of your strength;
in the morning I will sing aloud of your grace.
For you are my fortress,
a refuge when I am in trouble.
My Strength, I will sing praises to you,
for God is my fortress, God, who gives me grace.
 
I have to start my day with prayer and studying God’s Word. When I fail to do that it throws my whole day off. It is digging into the Word of ADONAI that creates the strong tower around myself so that when setbacks do happen they are not devastating but just minor speed bumps to remind me to trust always in ADONAI. Lord thank You for the confrontation in my life in that it keeps me close to You. Look over and protect all Your people in the days ahead, in Yeshua’s name I pray, amen.

Appearance

Matthew 3:4-6
Yochanan wore clothes of camel’s hair with a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. People went out to him from Yerushalayim, from all Y’hudah, and from the whole region around the Yarden. Confessing their sins, they were immersed by him in the Yarden River.
 
People could look at Yochanan and know he was a prophet. I actually wonder if people can look at me and know I trust in ADONAI. Lord let me live my life fully for You so there is no doubt who I serve. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Standing Firm

1 Samuel 17:27-30
The people answered with what they had been saying, adding, “That’s what will be done for the man who kills him.” Eli’av his oldest brother heard when David spoke to the men, and it made Eli’av angry at him. He asked, “Why did you come down here? With whom did you leave those few sheep in the desert? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is! You just came down to watch the fighting.” David said, “What have I done now? I only asked a question.” He turned away from him to someone else and asked the same question, and the people gave him the same answer.
 
When we step out in trust in doing God’s work, almost simultaneously the nae-sayers emerge. Now whether it is out of fear, like David’s brother, or just pure malice, they know why what we are doing is wrong and just what we should be doing instead. Yet if we are doing God’s service, then like David we ignore the condemnation and move on in what we are supposed to do. In David’s case ADONAI used it to lead to the freeing of Israel from Philistine oppression. Abba let me always follow Your will and not be distracted by my own or others fears. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Appearance/Truthfulness

1 Samuel 15:30
Then Sha’ul said, “I have sinned; but in spite of that, please show me respect now before the leaders of my people and before Isra’el by coming back with me, so that I can worship ADONAI your God.”
 
Sha’ul is confronted by Sh’mu’el for not completely destroying the Amalekites (thereby allowing Haman to be born). Sha’ul when confronted with his sin is unrepentant but is still more concerned with appearances insisting Sh’mu’el accompany him so they can worship before the nation of Israel. How many times in my life I have sinned but felt just as comfortable sitting in the pew the next service like nothing ever happened. There must be repentance and restoration to ADONAI for sin to leave the camp of our spirit so that the Ruach HaKodesh can come and minister to us or we will be just as hollow as Sha’ul in our faith. Lord never let me slip back to my unfaithfulness before You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Trust

1 Samuel 14:6
Y’honatan said to his armor-bearer, “Come on, let’s go across to the garrison of these uncircumcised people. Maybe ADONAI will do something for us, since ADONAI can rescue with a few people as easily as with many.”
 
Y’honatan trusted in ADONAI and with that trust started toward the enemy not knowing the outcome but assured that it would be for God’s glory. We need to show others as believers we have that same trust. There will be times that difficulties will happen and we can not see the end results but if we move forward trusting that ADONAI will deliver then we have no need to fear, knowing His glory will be revealed. Lord let me show the world the same trust Y’honatan had and hold fast to Your leadership in my life. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Humbled by Grace to Power

2 Corinthians 12:7-10
Therefore, to keep me from becoming overly proud, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger from the Adversary to pound away at me, so that I wouldn’t grow conceited. Three times I begged the Lord to take this thing away from me; but he told me, “My grace is enough for you, for my power is brought to perfection in weakness.” Therefore, I am very happy to boast about my weaknesses, in order that the Messiah’s power will rest upon me. Yes, I am well pleased with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions and difficulties endured on behalf of the Messiah; for it is when I am weak that I am strong.
 
There are things in our lives that humble us, make us feel less than what ADONAI would have us be. Things that if left unchecked almost convince us that we deserve death forever for the sins that we have commited. Even Sha’ul great evanglizer to the Goyim had such. Yet it once we put our full trust in ADONAI and accept that Yeshua’s sacrifice redeems us to Him. Those very things that kept us from God become the bedrock of our testimony of salvation so that others may see the light of life in our lives. Lord keep me in Your will, let me dwell on Your Word and live as You would have me live as a servant for You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Prayer with Power

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?
 
I think that I am really interceding for Israel and the nations and then I read how Sha’ul suffered in his prayers. I am humbled and thankful for the bounty ADONAI has given me. Lord give me the same ache that Sha’ul had for Your children and stoke my prayers to You daily. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Infilling

1 Samuel 10:6-10
Then the Spirit of ADONAI will fall on you; you will prophesy with them and be turned into another man! When these signs come over you, just do whatever you feel like doing, because God is with you. Then you are to go down ahead of me to Gilgal, and there I will come down to you to offer burnt offerings and present sacrifices as peace offerings. Wait there seven days, until I come to you and tell you what to do.”
As it happened, as soon as he had turned his back to leave Sh’mu’el, God gave him another heart; and all those signs took place that day. When they arrived at the hill, and there in front of him was a group of prophets, the Spirit of God fell on him and he prophesied along with them.
 
As Sa’ul accepted the commision that ADONAI had given him through Sh’mu’el, he was filled with the Ruach so as to have the anointing of ADONAI to fulfill that commision as king of Israel. We to are commissioned to serve when we accept ADONAI’s salvation through trusting in Yeshua’s sacrifice and it is our own infilling of the Ruach HaKodesh that all that we need to serve in that new role of servanthood. Lord thank You for all Your gifts in my life and salvation You have given me in Yeshua. Let me always see Your hand in my life and open my spirit to hear Yours as You remove the worldly dross of my life. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Preparing for Battle

1 Samuel 7:3-4,10-11
Sh’mu’el addressed all the people of Isra’el; he said: “If you are returning to ADONAI with all your heart, then be done with the foreign gods and ‘ashtarot that you have with you, and direct your hearts to ADONAI. If you will serve only him, he will rescue you from the power of the P’lishtim.” So the people of Isra’el banished the ba’alim and the ‘ashtarot and served only ADONAI.
 
As Sh’mu’el was presenting the burnt offering, the P’lishtim advanced to attack Isra’el. But this time, ADONAI thundered violently over the P’lishtim, throwing them into such confusion that they were struck down before Isra’el. The men of Isra’el went out from Mitzpah, pursuing the P’lishtim and attacking them all the way to Beit-Kar.
 
Before anything I must remove the items of adulterous worship in my life and serve only Him. It is only when I am in accord with ADONAI then He advances in all my battles and He gives the victory and I just clean up and accept the reward. Lord keep me always in Your hand so I may serve you with all that I have. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.