Remorse

Numbers 14:39-42
When Moshe told these things to all the people of Isra’el, the people felt great remorse. They arose early the next morning, came up to the top of the mountain and said, “Here we are, and we did sin, but now we’ll go up to the place ADONAI promised.” Moshe answered, “Why are you opposing what ADONAI said? You won’t succeed! Don’t go up there, because ADONAI isn’t with you. If you do, your enemies will defeat you.
 
There is a cost for sin, we can be like the nation of Israel when they rebelled against ADONAI and not invaded the land as directed. We can with remorse but still sinful rebellious thoughts try to do what on the outside looks righteous, but because our spirit isn’t right is still defying God. Or we can accept that we missed an opportunity to serve and accept those consequences of that failure and move on in repentance before ADONAI. Lord let me accept all the correction You have given me and keep me from doing things that hinder Your kingdom. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
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Shabbat

Mark 2:27
Then he said to them,”Shabbat was made for mankind, not mankind for Shabbat;
 
In my opinion this verse means that the important thing isn’t that we take time to worship ADONAI, but in that worship, that honest worship that sets aside everything else, ADONAI restores us so we can do His work. Lord let me never forget You have given me all that I need in this life. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Thankfulness

Mark 1:40-44
A man afflicted with tzara’at came to Yeshua and begged him on his knees, “If you are willing, you can make me clean.” Moved with pity, Yeshua reached out his hand, touched him and said to him, “I am willing! Be cleansed!” Instantly the tzara’at left him, and he was cleansed. Yeshua sent him away with this stern warning: “See to it that you tell no one; instead, as a testimony to the people, go and let the cohen examine you, and offer for your cleansing what Moshe commanded.”
 
The leper’s testimony was to be seen fulfilling the Word of God as given through Moshe not telling the people who could doubt that he was ever sick. While we know his healing was a testimony to others because it is in the gospel of Mark, how much more powerful it would have been if the leper had obeyed in his healing. We all done this I think, prayed for deliverance and once delivered forget to honor ADONAI as He would be honored but do it our own selfish way. Lord forgive me for not giving You the full honor You deserve for answered prayers. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

God’s lead

Numbers 9:15-19
On the day the tabernacle was put up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, that is, the tent of the testimony; and in the evening, over the tabernacle was what appeared to be fire, which remained until morning. So the cloud always covered it, and it looked like fire at night. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tent, the people of Isra’el continued their travels; and they camped wherever the cloud stopped. At the order of ADONAI, the people of Isra’el traveled; at the order of ADONAI, they camped; and as long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle, they stayed in camp. Even when the cloud remained on the tabernacle for a long time, the people of Isra’el did what ADONAI had charged them to do and did not travel.
 
Lord I have asked You into my heart and have trusted the sacrifice of Yeshua. I ask You now to lead me as you led the nation all those years ago. Settle over my heart and burden me when I need to stay and tend to a matter and rise up and relieve me when I need to move from a matter. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Missing the boat

Acts 27:9-12
Since much time had been lost, and continuing the voyage was risky, because it was already past Yom-Kippur, Sha’ul advised them, “Men, I can see that our voyage is going to be a catastrophe, not only with huge losses to the cargo and the ship but with loss of our lives as well.” However, the officer paid more attention to the pilot and the ship’s owner than to what Sha’ul said. Moreover, since the harbor was not well suited to sitting out the winter, the majority reached the decision to sail on from there in the hope of reaching Phoenix, another harbor in Crete, and wintering there, where it is protected from the southwest and northwest winds.
 
This has been much of my life, hearing the word from ADONAI but paying more attention to worldly men and matters. Like the men with Sha’ul it has never turned out well in the long run. And like these men, maybe I had to go through that pain to bring me to belief. Still I struggle with these issues today, unexpected bills, past life choices coming to fruition now, low tolerance for people who remind me of bad times. Yet in that struggle I now lean on ADONAI to show me as David said in the 23rd Psalm;
ADONAI is my shepherd; I lack nothing.
He has me lie down in grassy pastures,
he leads me by quiet water,
he restores my inner person.
He guides me in right paths
for the sake of his own name.
It is only in my trust for God and in the salvation of Yeshua that I have found true peace. Lord thank You for all that You have given me in this life, love of family, children, strong friends, and a place to worship You wholly. Lord keep me on this path that I am on because like all sheep I am prone to wander if left alone. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Witnessing at all times

Acts 26:28-32
Agrippa said to Sha’ul, “In this short time, you’re trying to convince me to become Messianic?” Sha’ul replied, “Whether it takes a short time or a long time, I wish to God that not only you, but also everyone hearing me today, might become just like me except for these chains!”
Then the king got up, and with him the governor and Bernice and the others sitting with them. After they had left, they said to one another, “This man is doing nothing that deserves either death or prison.” And Agrippa said to Festus, “If he hadn’t appealed to the Emperor, he could have been released.”
 
Sha’ul was living out Yeshua’s words in Mark 13:9-11 “But you, watch yourselves! They will hand you over to the local Sanhedrins, you will be beaten up in synagogues, and on my account you will stand before governors and kings as witnesses to them. Indeed, the Good News has to be proclaimed first to all the Goyim. Now when they arrest you and bring you to trial, don’t worry beforehand about what to say. Rather, say whatever is given you when the time comes; for it will not be just you speaking, but the Ruach HaKodesh.”
This is our example to not hold back but let the Ruach flow through us so all may come to know ADONAI. Lord forgive me when I have been too selfish to follow through with Your Word but let me be the witness You would have me to be all the time. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Service

Numbers 4:46-48
The census of the L’vi’im, whom Moshe, Aharon and the leaders of Isra’el enumerated by their clans and families, all those between thirty and fifty years old who were part of those working to serve and working to carry loads in the tent of meeting, yielded a total of 8,580 persons.
 
Even though there was only one High Priest (Aharon) and one prophet (Moshe) it took 8,580 men of maturity to assist them with the Tabernacle and performing the sacrifices for the people. All of us have a role to play inside the body of believers, it is finding that role and doing the best we can at it that honor ADONAI. Lord let me serve You with all my being and be ready for Your work at all times. Let me have the heart of David Your beloved when I answer Your call. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Open Doors

Acts 23:22-24
The commander let the young man go, cautioning him, “Don’t tell anyone that you have reported this to me.” Then he summoned two of the captains and said, “Get two hundred infantry soldiers ready to leave for Caesarea at nine o’clock tonight, and seventy mounted cavalry and two hundred spearmen; also provide replacements for Sha’ul’s horse when it gets tired; and bring him through safely to Felix the governor.”
 
This was Sha’ul’s open door to Rome, the seat of the Goyim that He was called to teach to. We as believers may not always see the storm as a good thing but as Sha’ul reminded us in Romans 8:28 Furthermore, we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called in accordance with his purpose. Lord let me always praise You in all things and let me understand and see where You would have me serve. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Pathways

Psalm 25:10-11
All ADONAI’s paths are grace and truth
to those who keep his covenant and instructions.
For the sake of your name, ADONAI,
forgive my wickedness, great though it is.
 
The paths of our lives if we keep to ADONAI’s covenant and instructions is one of safety and security. One that keeps us in His Hand and shields us from great harm. But when we sin we leave that path and try to forge our way alone and in the ditches and weeds only crying out to ADONAI to save us when we can go no farther. Thank You God for answering me in my distress and sending Your people to bring me back to You. Forgive me for my wandering heart and chasing after worldly desires instead of doing what You have called me to do. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Forgiveness

Acts 21:39-40
Sha’ul said, “I am a Jew from Tarsus in Cilicia, a citizen of an important city; and I ask your permission to let me speak to the people.”
Having received permission, Sha’ul stood on the steps and motioned with his hand to the people. When they finally became still, he addressed them in Hebrew:
 
After being beaten, bound by chains and dragged from the Temple through the city, Sha’ul still had a heart for his people. Asking the civil authority if he could have permission to speak to the crowd He calls out to the Jew first even after all this to have them turn back to ADONAI. Dear God give me such backbone as this that I would still welcome a people that had given me so much pain. Lord let forgiveness and mercy be my watchwords in how I conduct my life. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.