Missed Opportunities

Luke 19:41-44
When Yeshua had come closer and could see the city, he wept over it, saying, “If you only knew today what is needed for shalom! But for now it is hidden from your sight. For the days are coming upon you when your enemies will set up a barricade around you, encircle you, hem you in on every side, and dash you to the ground, you and your children within your walls, leaving not one stone standing on another—and all because you did not recognize your opportunity when God offered it!”
 
How many times has ADONAI wept over me for failing to see the opportunities that He has placed in my path. My trust being so weak in my youth and my rebellion in later life has let me miss so many things that could have been differently had my trust been fully engaged. Lord forgive me for my past failings and let me be always now doing as You would have me do. Calm the biting tongue in me and let me always use words of encouragement to others so that they will not have the regret I have for failing to see Your work in my life, I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
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Calling

Luke 18:35-43
As Yeshua approached Yericho, a blind man was sitting by the road, begging. When he heard the crowd going past, he asked what it was all about; and they told him, “Yeshua from Natzeret is passing by.” He called out, “Yeshua! Son of David! Have pity on me!” Those in front scolded him in order to get him to shut up, but he shouted all the louder, “Son of David! Have pity on me!” Yeshua stopped and ordered the man to be brought to him. When he had come, Yeshua asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said, “Lord, let me be able to see.” Yeshua said to him, “See again! your trust has healed you!” Instantly he received his sight and began following him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they too praised God.
 
As those who put their trust in ADONAI we must be like the blind man. We cannot be content just asking once and moving on especially when others seek to keep us from relying on God. Instead we must continuously seek God and cry out to Him at all times, not so He can hear us but so that we are always focused on His will in our lives. ADONAI never let me stray away from the path that You have set before me. Quicken my spirit with Your Ruach so I will never grow tired of following You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Use

Luke 16:10
“Now what I say to you is this: use worldly wealth to make friends for yourselves, so that when it gives out, you may be welcomed into the eternal home.
 
We are to use what ADONAI gives us to further His kingdom. To hoard things for ourselves, to set aside things for just our personal preservation will be all the reward we get with that kind of selfish heart, alone with only inanimate things that we worshiped instead of God. Instead we should share in all the bounty that we are given so that the world may come to know the Love of God for all. Lord never let me be so self-centered that I forget to take care of the ones You love, the widow, orphan, and foreigner in the land. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Salt

Luke 14:34-35
Salt is excellent. But if even the salt becomes tasteless, what can be used to season it? It is fit for neither soil nor manure—people throw it out. Those who have ears that can hear, let them hear!”
 
When a person comes to trust it is like the salt in Yeshua’s example. Yet if that salt of trust in mixed in with that person’s continued sinning and ignoring ADONAI’s commandments then the salt of trust loses it’s taste and becomes useless. Lord never let me be useless to Your service. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Kingdom

Luke 13:18-21
So he went on to say, “What is the Kingdom of God like? With what will we compare it? It is like a mustard seed that a man took and planted in his own garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds flying about nested in its branches.”
Again he said, “With what will I compare the Kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with a bushel of flour, then waited until the whole batch of dough rose.”
 
As believers when we come to trust in the sacrifice of Yeshua and accept the indwelling of the Ruach, it is then the Kingdom of ADONAI fills us. Just like the example Yeshua gave, there is nothing we do that isn’t touched by our understanding of the Kingdom. Abba fill me more so that there is no doubt in others that I stand for You and Your love in this land. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Words

Luke 12:11-12
“When they bring you before the synagogues and the ruling powers and the authorities, don’t worry about how you will defend yourself or what you will say; because when the time comes, the Ruach HaKodesh will teach you what you need to say.”
 
Never worry about witnessing to others about ADONAI’s power and love. God will always place the words that you need to speak on your heart. Abba thank You for Your guidance through the Ruach. Praise Your Holy Name, amen.

Light

Luke 11:33-36
“No one who has kindled a lamp hides it or places it under a bowl; rather, he puts it on a stand, so that those coming in may see its light. The lamp of your body is the eye. When you have a ‘good eye,’ [that is, when you are generous,] your whole body is full of light; but when you have an ‘evil eye,’ [when you are stingy,] your body is full of darkness. So take care that the light in you is not darkness! If, then, your whole body is filled with light, with no part dark, it will be wholly lighted, as when a brightly lit lamp shines on you.”
 
Many have said that we have to protect our “eye gate”, keep from seeing things that would bring us to sin and there is much merit in that. Yet in this passage Yeshua is explaining that our eye shines out as well. When we are filled with the Ruach haKodesh and looking to the well being of others, the light in our eyes sees hope and love and brotherhood. Other pick up on this and see there is a difference that they are interested in. When we become selfish and self-centered focusing everything that happens about us, that light of love and brotherhood is extinguished so there is nothing left but the darkness of separation and loneliness. Lord let me always walk in Your love and compassion. Let it shine out from me like a beacon in someone’s storm. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

God First

Haggai 1:7-9
“Here is what ADONAI-Tzva’ot says: ‘Think about your life! Go up into the hills, get wood, and rebuild the house. I will be pleased with that, and then I will be glorified,’ says ADONAI. ‘You looked for much, but it came to little; and when you brought it home, I blew it away. Why?’ asks ADONAI-Tzva’ot. ‘Because my house lies in ruins, while every one of you runs to take care of his own house.
 
ADONAI is chastising the nation of Judah for failing to rebuild the temple, the very reason He allowed them to return to the land. Instead they focused on their own creature comforts and neglect their duty to God. The same holds true for us, when we place God as the center of our lives and worship Him as He has called us to do, then life becomes easier to live. Deny God and daily one has to struggle to attempt to find satisfaction, only to fail day in and day out. Abba keep me on the narrow road where You are my focus first and foremost in all that I do. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Selflessness

Luke 9:23
Then to everyone he said, “If anyone wants to come after me, let him say ‘No’ to himself, take up his execution-stake daily and keep following me.
 
Yeshua isn’t telling us that we only have to do this one time and we are good, but daily every waking moment we have we have to choose to follow Him. I have failed at this my whole life. In my youth misunderstanding grace, I thought one baptism and I am done, my ticket punched, good to go. Then as I truly started to study the Word, I get convicted of all kinds of things that I never thought of being wrong before. It is only in daily prayer and study do I find myself drawing nearer to ADONAI. Yet to do so I daily have to set aside my selfishness and focus to follow Him, just as Yeshua said. Abba You hold all the wisdom of the earth, how can I argue with You. Keep me Lord and focus me to always follow You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Beginnings

Ezra 3:4-6
They observed the festival of Sukkot as written, offering daily the number of burnt offerings prescribed for each day, and afterwards the regular burnt offering, the offerings for Rosh-Hodesh and those for all the designated times set apart for ADONAI, as well as those of everyone who volunteered a voluntary offering to ADONAI. From the first day of the seventh month, they began offering burnt offerings to ADONAI, even though the foundation of ADONAI’s temple had not yet been laid.
 
This passage is about the first time the nation Judah returned to the land after 70 years. This population didn’t wait for buildings to be built, or certain rituals to be performed but went immediately to praising and worshiping ADONAI. We to should do this not wait for an event or date or being in a certain building but we should praise God with all our being first above everything else as we start new each day. Lord keep me focus on serving You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.