Give ADONAI his due, you families from the peoples;
give ADONAI his due of glory and strength;
give ADONAI the glory due to his name;
bring an offering, and enter his courtyards.
Worship ADONAI in holy splendor;
tremble before him, all the earth!
Say among the nations, “ADONAI is king!”
The world is firmly established, immovable.
He will judge the peoples fairly.
I am commanded by the psalmist to give ADONAI his due. Only by placing Him ruler of my life over all other things will I be able to enjoy His shalom and comfort while being protected by His strength and power. How do I give ADONAI his due, by accepting Yeshua as my sacrifice for my sin, worshiping Him will all my being and following His mitzvah’s that He established. In doing all this proclaim to other that ADONAI is King and Ruler of all things, so others may come to know Him. ADONAI let me be faithful in declaring Your Word and worshiping You in all things. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
“I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener. Every branch which is part of me but fails to bear fruit, he cuts off; and every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes, so that it may bear more fruit. Right now, because of the word which I have spoken to you, you are pruned.
I hate pruning, digging among the branches of a tree or bush to cut out the sick and unhealthy ones so the plant might thrive. Yet Yeshua tells us that as soon as we hear the truth of His Word from ADONAI we are pruned. Convicted we cut out the bad and unhealthy aspects of our lives that sin dwells in, for me alcohol was one, and in that empty spot in our lives we let Yeshua place something new that binds in and fills the hole that was there, grafting in His love where sin once ate away at the stem of our soul. Also, this is ongoing, at any point where we the branches of ADONAI’s love fail to bring forth fruit we can be removed from the root of Yeshua so that the body stays healthy. We must embrace our pruning so that we remain healthy in the body of believers and that we contribute to that body being healthy as well. Lord, let me see the good in the pruning and not dwell on the pain of losing something that made me comfortable but yet could keep me from You. I know You are a loving Father and only want me to grow stronger and fuller in You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Here is what ADONAI says: “As for all my evil neighbors who encroach on the heritage I gave to my people Isra’el as their possession, I will uproot them from their own land, and I will uproot Y’hudah from among them. Then, after I have uprooted them, I will take pity on them again and bring them back, each one to his inheritance, each one to his own land. Then, if they will carefully learn my people’s ways, swearing by my name, ‘As ADONAI lives, ‘just as they taught my people to swear by Ba’al, they will be built up among my people. But if they refuse to listen, then I will uproot that nation, uproot and destroy it,” says ADONAI.
Here is ADONAI’s promise to the nations, that they will have to pay for misleading Israel but that if they give up their false worship of idols and come to know and worship ADONAI, He will establish them along with Israel forever. To fail to do that is to be separated from ADONAI forever. Salvation whether for the nations or an individual is the same listen to and heed the Word of ADONAI, failure to do so is death. Lord You have let many nations fall against the Rock of Your protection for Your people. Lord don’t let me stumble, but cling to that Salvation through Yeshua’s sacrifice, and always seek Your face. Abba let my witness speak to my nation so that the Apple of Your eye is protected, and we will rejoice in Your Holiness together. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Here is what ADONAI-Tzva’ot, the God of Isra’el, says: “Improve your ways and actions, and I will let you stay in this place. Don’t rely on that deceitful slogan, ‘The temple of ADONAI, the temple of ADONAI- these [buildings] are the temple of ADONAI.’ No, but if you really improve your ways and actions; if you really administer justice between people; if you stop oppressing foreigners, orphans and widows; if you stop shedding innocent blood in this place; and if you stop following other gods, to your own harm; then I will let you stay in this place, in the land I gave to your ancestors forever and ever. Look! You are relying on deceitful words that can’t do you any good. First you steal, murder, commit adultery, swear falsely, offer to Ba’al and go after other gods that you haven’t known. Then you come and stand before me in this house that bears my name and say, ‘We are saved’—so that you can go on doing these abominations! Do you regard this house, which bears my name, as a cave for bandits? I can see for myself what’s going on,” says ADONAI.
ADONAI does not want the two hours out of our week for worship, He wants us 24/7. Really is it worship to show up for service and turn around and commit sin as soon as you leave the parking lot? No! He wants us to love and respect Him so much that it can be seen by others in our daily lives. Abba keep me from my worldly ways and remain focused on You, not just on Shabbat but throughout my daily walk with You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
Nevertheless, many of the leaders did trust in him; but because of the P’rushim they did not say so openly, out of fear of being banned from the synagogue; for they loved praise from other people more than praise from God.
How different the gospels might have been if these leaders of the Jewish people had the tenacity to stand up for what they believed in, if they truly exercised their trust in ADONAI. Still they thought the praise of men was more important than God’s. Yet who am I to judge for I cannot count the times I have failed to stand firm in my trust in ADONAI when it was just easier to fold to the will of the crowd that was around me. Not to bring attention to myself when I disagreed with public opinion or followed others into sinful acts just to be “one of the guys”. ADONAI TZ’VAOT, Lord of Host, forgive me for not trusting Your strength and power in my life through Your Ruach. Thank You for giving me a congregation that encourages and supports me in my walk with You. Lord embolden me so that I am no longer moved by the need for acceptance in this world but fully committed to serving You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
How long must I see that signal
and hear the shofar sound?
“It is because my people are foolish—
they do not know me; they are stupid children,
without understanding, wise when doing evil;
but they don’t know how to do good.”
I feel like Jeremiah did when he wrote this. He and the few others that still trusted and worshiped ADONAI could see where He was leading the nation that had forgotten Him. Today we have so many that deny God’s existence in the name of science and free will, and in their apostasy our world burns for it. The Southwest and West Coast have seen the worst fire season on record, but then they said that last year and the year before and still will not turn back to God. Earthquakes batter states that in the past never felt them and people still want to say science has caused this not ADONAI. Storms have and will batter the East Coast but again no one will look to God as to why this is happening. We must heed the examples God’s people; the Jewish Nation gave us; Forget ADONAI and the very land will rebel against you in His Name. Lord please forgive us and let us return once again to You. Let there be a great outpouring in this land where we once again as a nation honor You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
13 They took the man who had been blind to the P’rushim. 14 Now the day on which Yeshua had made the mud and opened his eyes was Shabbat. 15 So the P’rushim asked him again how he had become able to see; and he told them, “He put mud on my eyes, then I washed, and now I can see.” 16 At this, some of the P’rushim said, “This man is not from God, because he doesn’t keep Shabbat.” But others said, “How could a man who is a sinner do miracles like these?” And there was a split among them.
People like the P’rushim (Pharisees) get so wrapped around the axel about those own rules they miss the miracles of God. And this one, healing a man blind from birth was one of the identifiers of the Mashiach, the Messiah! Lord keep my eyes always focused on you, and not get lost in the rules and traditions we make. I ask this in Yeshua’s name amen.