Support

Romans 15:1-2
So we who are strong have a duty to bear the weaknesses of those who are not strong, rather than please ourselves. Each of us should please his neighbor and act for his good, thus building him up.
 
As being a member of the body of believers Sha’ul tells me I have to be responsible to the others around me. That I have to in love treat people where they are at. I am an alcoholic, and a violent one at that. I do not drink anymore because I am not happy with whom I become when I indulge my selfish desire. I was invited to a dinner party by a friend who knowing of my abstinence, and in deference to me, asked if having alcohol for the other guest would be a problem. I don’t drink because it brings out my sinful nature, my friend out of concern for me was going to ban all drink for that night so I could dine with them and they support me in that time. That is the concern we are to show our brothers and sisters in Yeshua, supporting them no matter where we are in our walk. That is the love we are to show one another. Abba let me be as thoughtful as the people You have placed in my life to teach me by showing me Your Word in action. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
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Righteous Trust

Romans 9:30-32
So, what are we to say? This: that Gentiles, even though they were not striving for righteousness, have obtained righteousness; but it is a righteousness grounded in trusting! However, Isra’el, even though they kept pursuing a Torah that offers righteousness, did not reach what the Torah offers. Why? Because they did not pursue righteousness as being grounded in trusting but as if it were grounded in doing legalistic works. They stumbled over the stone that makes people stumble.
 
When legalistic obedience to a religion’s traditions trumps the trust we are supposed to have in ADONAI’s sovereignty in our lives, then apostasy occurs. How many have fallen away from God because they are wrapped upped in theological debates that mean nothing and forgetting to pursue the Word which is embodied by Yeshua. Dear Lord let my trust always be the anchor that binds me to You. Lord do not let me fall into the trap that my actions are enough without trust. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Sustenance

Romans 8:31-32
What, then, are we to say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare even his own Son, but gave him up on behalf of us all—is it possible that, having given us his Son, he would not give us everything else too?
 
If ADONAI who separated part of Himself and gave the world Yeshua to resolve our sin so we could return to Him, why would He who loves us that much deny us anything else we need. I have really never thought about this before but now it makes David’s psalm even more clear because God wants to give us everything to live, still waters not raging storms, green pastures not wastelands of selfish abandon. Oh God forgive me for not fully realizing Your sustenance for those of us who trust in You. Forgive me for not fully engaging my trust. Abba You are the loving Father, who blesses those who bless You. Praise and honor and glory are Yours forever, amen.

Understanding

Romans 1:20-23
For ever since the creation of the universe his invisible qualities—both his eternal power and his divine nature—have been clearly seen, because they can be understood from what he has made. Therefore, they have no excuse; because, although they know who God is, they do not glorify him as God or thank him. On the contrary, they have become futile in their thinking; and their undiscerning hearts have become darkened. Claiming to be wise, they have become fools! In fact, they have exchanged the glory of the immortal God for mere images, like a mortal human being, or like birds, animals or reptiles!
 
The bible is not required to introduce ADONAI to us, His very creation tells us that ADONAI is real and He is the Lord of All. Too many stop here and know of God but fail to get to know God as a personal friend and savior through Yeshua’s sacrifice, I know I did for many many years. By just recognizing the introduction through creation but failing to search ADONAI out in scripture has let our selfish natures take over and worship what we create instead of THE CREATOR. Abba forgive us of our folly for thinking as a nation that we are worthy of self worship. Forgive us as a nation for placing the science and culture that You have given us as more important than placing our trust in You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Idle

2 Thessalonians 3:6-12
Now, in the name of the Lord Yeshua the Messiah we command you, brothers, to stay away from any brother who is leading a life of idleness, a life not in keeping with the tradition you received from us. For you yourselves know how you must imitate us, that we were not idle when we were among you. We did not accept anyone’s food without paying; on the contrary, we labored and toiled, day and night, working so as not to be a burden to any of you. It was not that we hadn’t the right to be supported, but so that we could make ourselves an example to imitate. For even when we were with you, we gave you this command: if someone won’t work, he shouldn’t eat! We hear that some of you are leading a life of idleness—not busy working, just busybodies! We command such people—and in union with the Lord Yeshua the Messiah we urge them—to settle down, get to work, and earn their own living.
 
I have to work or I will be the negative example Sha’ul is writing about. In those times that I have become excessive idle is when I fail and sin the most. Not just in failing to observe ADONAI’s laws but actually answer the question “did God really say that?” wrong and thus sin. This tool, this tradition of journaling has helped keep me busy and focused on what God would have me do. Serving in a trusting congregation fills other time that could be idle and being wed to a believing and praying wife and blessed with believing children and grandchildren fills the rest of my time. Thank You Abba for all that You have given me so that I will not fail in my trust of Your salvation which is Your Word, Yeshua and the sacrifice that He made for our sins. Keep me occupied in Your will, I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Press on

1 Thessalonians 2:14-15
For, brothers, you came to be imitators of God’s congregations in Y’hudah that are united with the Messiah Yeshua—you suffered the same things from your countrymen as they did from the Judeans who both killed the Lord Yeshua and the prophets, and chased us out too. They are displeasing God and opposing all mankind by trying to keep us from speaking to the Gentiles, so that they may be delivered. Their object seems to be always to make their sins as bad as possible!
 
As believers we follow by example of those who have brought Yeshua’s salvation to us. What we tend to gloss over is the fact that people had to struggle against sin and sinners to bring us that message. Sha’ul tells us that “For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm.” We must always keep pressing to the mark so others may know ADONAI’s love for them. Dear Lord let us all who trust in You be the light You would have us be to drive back the darkness. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Test of Time

Matthew 24:1-2
As Yeshua left the Temple and was going away, his talmidim came and called his attention to its buildings. But he answered them, “You see all these? Yes! I tell you, they will be totally destroyed—not a single stone will be left standing!”
 
There is nothing that we as mankind can create that stands up to God’s Word. The Word spoke all creation into existence and walked with Adam in the garden, gave itself to Moshe to govern the people, inspired the prophets to speak truth to the world, and finally gave form to itself in the body of Yeshua to be sacrificed and remove all sin from the earth. Nothing man has created through engineering or science can ever equal that. ADONAI Echad, Lord You are complete in all that You do. Nothing can compare to the complexities of Your creation. Lord I praise You this morning for how great You are. Lord please bless us as we move through our lives to serve You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Eternal Life

Matthew 22:29-32
Yeshua answered them, “The reason you go astray is that you are ignorant both of the Tanakh and of the power of God. For in the Resurrection, neither men nor women will marry; rather, they will be like angels in heaven. And as for whether the dead are resurrected, haven’t you read what God said to you, ‘I am the God of Avraham, the God of Yitz’chak and the God of Ya’akov’?He is God not of the dead but of the living!”
 
I don’t understand a lot about our eternal life. I read the Word and I know we will be worshiping ADONAI and there will be a new heaven and new earth. But the one thing I know to the very bottom of my bones is that it will be a life worth living forever. Lord I pray that in this time of refining that You have given me in this earthly life that I am able to live a life worthy of You, but I can only do this with Your salvation and help through the Ruach. So fill me Lord and keep me in Your hand. I ask this in Yeshua’s name as He taught us, amen.

Face value

Matthew 18:21-35
Because of this, the Kingdom of Heaven may be compared with a king who decided to settle accounts with his deputies. Right away they brought forward a man who owed him many millions; and since he couldn’t pay, his master ordered that he, his wife, his children and all his possessions be sold to pay the debt. But the servant fell down before him. ‘Be patient with me,’ he begged, ‘and I will pay back everything.’ So out of pity for him, the master let him go and forgave the debt.
“But as that servant was leaving, he came upon one of his fellow servants who owed him some tiny sum. He grabbed him and began to choke him, crying, ‘Pay back what you owe me!’ His fellow servant fell before him and begged, ‘Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.’ But he refused; instead, he had him thrown in jail until he should repay the debt. When the other servants saw what had happened, they were extremely distressed; and they went and told their master everything that had taken place. Then the master summoned his servant and said, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt just because you begged me to do it. Shouldn’t you have had pity on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And in anger his master turned him over to the jailers for punishment until he paid back everything he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat you, unless you each forgive your brother from your hearts.”
 
In this parable Yeshua is teaching that we should not be two faced in our worship of ADONAI. If He is willing to forgive us our sins then we must be willing to forgive those who have wronged us. We cannot as confessed believers go for a couple of hours a week to a service and act one way before God only to leave and act another way before our fellow man. Lord keep me from imposing my imperfect will in my life but always following Your will for me. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.