True Forgiveness

Tehillim (Psalms) 130:1b-4


ADONAI, I call to you from the depths;

hear my cry, Adonai!

Let your ears pay attention

to the sound of my pleading.

Yah, if you kept a record of sins,

who, Adonai, could stand?

But with you there is forgiveness,

so that you will be feared.

From the moment I stepped openly into the selfishness of my heart and sinfully put myself before God in my life till the time I understood my failure in my obedience to ADONAI, there has not been enough time in my life to earn my way back into His loving grace. Only by His forgiveness through the blood shed by Yeshua could that part of my life be blotted out and my name remain in the Lamb’s book of Life. Lord what can I do but like David praise Your holy name! Let Your ears hear my thankfulness for Your forgiveness as well. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Servant Leading

M’lakhim Alef (1 Kings) 12:7

They said to him, “If you will start today being a servant to these people—if you will serve them, be responsive to them and give them favorable consideration, then they will be your servants forever.”

This is the foundation of great leadership not that one has so many people to serve him but that he owes a debt of service to everyone who joins the ranks of the lead.  ADONAI made this such a foundation in His creation that gave part of Himself through Yeshua ha Mashiach as a servant to all to reconcile us back to Him forever.  Lord keep me humble and act as Your servant in all things that You entrust to me.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Live by the Word

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14


13 Here is the final conclusion, now that you have heard everything: fear God, and keep his mitzvot; this is what being human is all about. 14 For God will bring to judgment everything we do, including every secret, whether good or bad.[Here is the final conclusion, now that you have heard everything: fear God, and keep his mitzvot; this is what being human is all about.]


We all are created to worship and commune with God. Anything we do by our own strength, build a building, paint a picture, write a book will eventually collapse, fade away, or be forgotten. Yet our worship of our Creator who is eternal will never end, how do we worship, by understanding and maintaining the rule of His Word in our lives. Lord help to keep me close to You. Remind me daily to study Your Word. Preserve me when I am tired or frustrated to lean only on You. I ask this in Yeshua’s might name Amen.

Be Humble, Gentle and Patient

Ephesians 4:2-6

Always be humble, gentle and patient, bearing with one another in love, and making every effort to preserve the unity the Spirit gives through the binding power of shalom.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as when you were called you were called to one hope.  And there is one Lord, one trust, one immersion, and one God, the Father of all, who rules over all, works through all and is in all.

I fail at being humble, gentle and patient.  Too many times I expect people to be at the same distance down the path with their trust in ADONAI that I am at and in that expectation get crushed and exasperated when they stumble and I have to wait for them to catch up.  Of course, when an elder and wiser believer exposes my own failing as I wander off the path into selfishness, I then get indignant and hurt that such a fault is exposed.  Yet it is God’s peace, His shalom that will keep us bound together as one with Him through the Ruach HaKodesh as long as we remember to treat each other as we treat our own self.  Lord forgive me for my shortcomings and give me a heart to always keep Your shalom.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

United in God

Ephesians 2:19-22

So then, you are no longer foreigners and strangers. On the contrary, you are fellow-citizens with God’s people and members of God’s family.  You have been built on the foundation of the emissaries and the prophets, with the cornerstone being Yeshua the Messiah himself.  In union with him the whole building is held together, and it is growing into a holy temple in union with the Lord.  Yes, in union with him, you yourselves are being built together into a spiritual dwelling-place for God!

When we trust in the sacrifice of Yeshua we become bound into each other making a place for the Ruach to fill among us until that time we are gathered back into ADONAI’s presence.  In spite of our flaws there is a grafting that occurs that holds us together as one like mortar between bricks but is only strong when built upon the foundation of Yeshua, His ways, His teachings, His example of binding the Word into action.  When we cling to this cornerstone there is nothing in this world that can tear us down.  Lord let me be firmly placed on You, I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Must

Mishlei (Proverbs) 31:8-9

Speak up for those who can’t speak for themselves,

 for the rights of all who need an advocate.

  Speak up, judge righteously,

 defend the cause of the poor and the needy.

It is strange that I notice this in my reading today.  Many places throughout the Word I see where ADONAI commands us to protect and help the widow and orphan and foreigner among us, but never have I seen it so bluntly stated.  It does not matter who is oppressed or suffering, if I truly trust in God, I must advocate for everyone and do so righteously.  Lord forgive me for failing to speak up in the past.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Speak Truth

Mishlei (Proverbs) 12:18-19

Idle talk can pierce like a sword,

 but the tongue of the wise can heal.

    Truthful words will stand forever,

 lying speech but a moment.

Gossip and misconceptions can destroy relationships and with todays social media explosion can reach so many more and be as devastating as a nuclear bomb before truth comes out.  Yet truth does always come out and that instant of destruction is but a time of refinement for the righteous and one more notch of regret for the wicked.  As we the body of believers make our way through all the stressors in our life let us always seek the path of truth and words that edify our families, communities and nation.  Lord let me speak to Your truth always and let it be the light of my path to You.  I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Apart

Genesis 39:11-15
However, one day, when he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men living in the house was there indoors, she grabbed him by his robe and said, “Sleep with me!” But he fled, leaving his robe in her hand, and got himself outside. When she saw that he had left his robe in her hand and had escaped, she called the men of her house and said to them, “Look at this! My husband brought in a Hebrew to make fools of us. He came in and wanted to sleep with me, but I yelled out loudly. When he heard me yelling like that, he left his robe with me and ran out.”

Never should two people of the opposite sex be left alone together outside of marriage. It gives way to the possibility of sexual assault or as in Yosef’s case sexual slander which led to his imprisonment. Lord in this world of so much pain give us wisdom to stay apart from such folly. I ask this in Yeshua’s name amen.

Salvation

Galatians 2:21
I do not reject God’s gracious gift; for if the way in which one attains righteousness is through legalism, then the Messiah’s death was pointless.
 
It is only through the blood of the sacrifice one can be saved from the judgement of the sin one has committed. It is not by attendance to a religious service, or donating to charities, or just being a “good guy”. Salvation only comes by participating in the sacrifice of Yeshua, that trusting in His shed blood to atone for our sin, and accepting the infilling of the Ruach haKodesh to keep us in the safety and comfort of ADONAI’s hand. Lord let me never forget that You have made the path straight for me and I am the one that is prone to wander. Keep me on the narrow path and let me focus on the race so that I may hear also “you have run the race, fought the good fight, so come into your rest my good and faithful servant.” I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.