Work Diligently

1 Timothy 4:15-16
Be diligent about this work, throw yourself into it, so that your progress may be clear to everyone. Pay attention to yourself and to the teaching, continue in it, for by so doing you will deliver both yourself and those who hear you.
 
I have been diligent about a lot of things. I can get wrapped up in things that I find enjoyable or I see a reward at the end. Yet it wasn’t until I truly understood the overwhelming love of ADONAI through Yeshua’s sacrifice that I have dedicated myself to serving God. By following closely to His Word have I be able to deal with the setbacks and troubles of this life and come out better for it. Lord let my life always be an example for others to see Your love for them in everything You do. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
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Seek First

2 Chronicles 20:2-4
Y’hoshafat was told, “A huge army from beyond the [Dead] Sea, from Aram, is on its way to fight you; right now they are in Hatzatzon-Tamar” (that is, ‘Ein-Gedi). Y’hoshafat was frightened, so he determined to seek ADONAI. He proclaimed a fast throughout all Y’hudah, and Y’hudah assembled to seek help from ADONAI; they came from all the cities of Y’hudah to seek ADONAI.
 
When the whole nation comes together and seeks ADONAI, great things can happen. In this case Judah was delivered from the alliance of 3 kingdoms meant to destroy them. In our time who can know the blessings that God will provide if we just humble ourselves and pray. Lord let me always look to Your leadership in my life. Keep me from trusting my own understanding but to seek Your counsel in all things. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Overflowing

2 Kings 4:1-7
​ The wife of one of the guild prophets complained to Elisha. “Your servant my husband died,” she said, “and you know that he feared ADONAI. Now a creditor has come to take my two children as his slaves.” Elisha asked her, “What should I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?” She answered, “Your servant has nothing in the house but a flask of oil.” Then he said, “Go, and borrow containers from all your neighbors, empty containers; and don’t borrow just a few! Then go in; shut the door, with you and your sons inside; and pour oil into all those containers; and as they are filled, put them aside.” So she left him and shut the door on herself and her sons. They brought her the containers while she poured. When the containers were full, she said to her son, “Bring me another container”; but he answered, “There isn’t another container.” Then the oil stopped flowing. She came and told the man of God; and he said, “Go, sell the oil, and pay your debt; then you and your sons can live on what’s left.”
 
Lord let my trust be like this woman, not just gathering a few containers to get by but to round up every empty container I can find to be filled with the oil of Your love. Lord let my cup continue to run over until that very last day that You have given me on this earth. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Music

2 Kings 3:15
But now, bring me a musician.” As the musician played, the hand of ADONAI fell on Elisha;
 
ADONAI in His wisdom has given us music to lead our hearts and minds into praise, worship and even the prophetic. But just like everything we as mere humans touch this can be corrupted. The music one chooses should always edify and never destroy one’s soul. Lord I have listened to things I am now ashamed of and said they were good. Forgive me in my folly and preserve me as I set the things of my old life away. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Witnessing

Colossians 4:5-6
Behave wisely toward outsiders, making full use of every opportunity— let your conversation always be gracious and interesting, so that you will know how to respond to any particular individual.
 
Sha’ul is telling us how to witness to non-believers. Be kind, be gentle, look into the heart of the matter, not just the surface emotions. Let our good and comforting word directed from the Ruach reach their heart and give them the opportunity to resolve themselves to ADONAI through the blood shed by Yeshua. Lord let me humble myself so I may be this good servant. You know I have been brash and crass when speaking to people, humble my heart and let me be a good example of Your Word. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Father’s Day

Colossians 3:21
Fathers, don’t irritate your children and make them resentful, or they will become discouraged.
 
I cannot tell you how many times my wife recited this verse to me while our children were growing up. Looking back I can see that my own father stood by this verse in dealing with me and my little brother. I guess it is God driven that this verse came up in my journaling today. Lord thank You for the men that You have put in my life to raise me so that I may be a father to others. Keep me focused on Your will as I empart Your love to the next generations. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Filled

1 Kings 19:7-8
The angel came again, a second time, touched him and said, “Get up and eat, or the journey will be too much for you.” He got up, ate and drank, and, on the strength of that meal, traveled forty days and nights until he reached Horev the mountain of God.
 
ADONAI never lets us begin a work without first giving us the complete sustenance we need to see that work through to the finish. Lord thank You for seeing to our needs in our time and place. Thank You for letting us rest and revive on Your shabbat. Amen.

Continue in Trust

Colossians 1:21-23
In other words, you, who at one time were separated from God and had a hostile attitude towards him because of your wicked deeds, he has now reconciled in the Son’s physical body through his death; in order to present you holy and without defect or reproach before himself— provided, of course, that you continue in your trusting, grounded and steady, and don’t let yourselves be moved away from the hope offered in the Good News you heard.
 
Salvation comes into our life only once through the sacrifice of Yeshua. Yet we are to tend to that salvation to pursue it and grow inside it’s hedge that it places around our heart so that we are true sons and daughters of God. It is not enough to pray for forgiveness once and live as you always have, there has to be change to our life. We have to ground ourselves to the rock that is ADONAI like a technician grounds himself to the earth so as not to damage the computers he is working on. We do this by daily prayer and study of His Word and in that we will always know how to stand for God. Lord let me always be in connection with Your will and freely submit my own to Your leadership in my life. Forgive me when I become stubborn and start to wander away but please bring me quickly back to You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Supplied with Peace

Philippians 4:6-7
Don’t worry about anything; on the contrary, make your requests known to God by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving. Then God’s shalom, passing all understanding, will keep your hearts and minds safe in union with the Messiah Yeshua.
 
It is hard not for me to worry even though Sha’ul tells us not to. We are to pray for our needs and then go on sometimes just doesn’t ease my mind. Then I caught the two extra words “with thanksgiving.” By dwelling on all that I am thankful for I see the hand of ADONAI in all that I need and I am satisfied He will do so again and again. It is then I feel a peace that from a worldly view of bills and taxes is complete chaos, yet for me is calm. And in this calm I can focus once again on the Word. Lord thank You for Your sustenance and thank You for Your peace in that comfort. Lord let me always be satisfied with all You provide and not chasing after money instead of You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Distracted

1 Kings 13:16-18
He replied, “I cannot return with you or partake of your hospitality, nor will I eat food or drink water with you in this place; because it was said to me by the word of ADONAI, ‘You are not to eat food or drink water there, and you are not to go back by the way you came.'” The other said to him, “I too am a prophet, just like you; and an angel spoke to me by the word of ADONAI and said, ‘Bring him back with you to your house, so that he can eat food and drink water.'” But he was lying to him.
 
A prophet called by ADONAI was commissioned to speak out against the altar raised by Yarov’am in rebellion against the Word of God. He was given direct and distinct orders from ADONAI and was successful in delivering the message he was entrusted but failed to finish. I think too many of us believers want the pop and the flash without the work. Without staying the course when it calls for us to clean up after everyone else while they are all out having a party we will never know those times when God will speak to us in the quiet. This messenger got taken in by a lie and died because of it. As believers we must see through the lie and live. Lord grant Your discernment on me so that I always see the path that You would have me take. Do not let me be deceived but rely fully on You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.