Responsibilities

1 Samuel 3:13
For I have told him that I will execute judgment against his family forever, because of his wickedness in not rebuking his sons, even though he knew that they had brought a curse on themselves.
 
The judgement that ADONAI pronounced on Eli and his family is two fold. First he condemns the higher authority of the family in this case Eli, as the head of the family he did nothing to try to correct these disobedient sons. Especially since they were commissioned to serve ADONAI in HIS temple. Then God holds the sons responsible for their actions. As a father and grandfather I must give correction when it is needed to fail to do so is to sin like Eli and get lost in my own selfishness. Yet no matter the amount of correction I give every child will be judged by their own actions so they too must come to terms with serving ADONAI. Lord let me be like Sh’mu’el and not let any of Your Word fall to the ground. Grant that I always see Your hand and direction in my life. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
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Reconcile to God

1 Samuel 2:25
If a person commits a sin against another person, the judges can mediate between them. But if a person commits a sin against ADONAI, who can intercede for him?” However, they wouldn’t pay attention to what their father said, because ADONAI had decided to kill them.
 
Even though Eli is chastising his sons in this statement it has power of conviction for us all. We can reconcile any wrong we do to another person. They are here with us so it can be rectified, but with ADONAI there is nothing we can do to cleanse ourselves before Him. Eli’s sons were defiling their relationship with ADONAI for the short-sided gratification of their own selfishness, the same of any of us when we sin against God. It is only through the salvation provided through Yeshua that we can be reconciled to Him, and only then rectified in our relationship to him. Lord let me always walk in Your righteousness as Yeshua has taught us. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Actions Speak

Ruth 3:11
And now, my daughter, don’t be afraid. I will do for you everything you say, for all the city leaders among my people know that you are a woman of good character.
 
It was Ruth’s actions that commended her to Bo’az and the whole community, not her words. Her faithful companionship of Naomi, Her diligence in work, and her submission of hebraic laws all stood as marks of great character.  As James wrote faith without actions is dead. Lord remove from me my laziness when I just say a good thing but not follow it up with actions. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Light

2 Corinthians 4:5-6
For what we are proclaiming is not ourselves, but the Messiah Yeshua as Lord, with ourselves as slaves for you because of Yeshua. For it is the God who once said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has made his light shine in our hearts, the light of the knowledge of God’s glory shining in the face of the Messiah Yeshua.
 
Once I have fully trusted ADONAI in all His saving grace through the sacrifice of Yeshua, how can I not share His Glory. It is not me or my accomplishments but God’s own saving power that I brag about. It is His light and love others see for by myself I am nothing. Lord let me always give You the glory for all the successes in my life. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Unveiled

2 Corinthians 3:15-16
Yes, till today, whenever Moshe is read, a veil lies over their heart. “But,”says the Torah, “whenever someone turns to ADONAI, the veil is taken away.”
 
How can the Word be revealed to us unless we first reveal our hearts to God. Lord circumcise my heart to hear Your Word at all times. Strengthen my body to serve as You would have me serve. Fill my spirit so I will not fail You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Provision

Judges 15:18-19
Then he felt very thirsty, so he called on ADONAI, saying, “You accomplished this great rescue through your servant. But am I now to die from thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?” Then God made a gash in the crater at Lechi, and water came out. When he had drunk, his spirit came back; and he revived. This is why the place was called ‘Ein-HaKorei [the spring of him who called], and it is there in Lechi until now.
 
When we give all that we have in serving ADONAI provision is given just as it was for Shimshon (Samson) after slaying the thousand P’lishtim with a jawbone of a donkey who were trying to kill him. Lord let me always trust in Your care. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

From Pruning to Encouragement

2 Corinthians 1:3-4
Praised be God, Father of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, compassionate Father, God of all encouragement and comfort; who encourages us in all our trials, so that we can encourage others in whatever trials they may be undergoing with the encouragement we ourselves have received from God.
 
As believers the trials we go through are two fold. First to provide the pruning so the dross of this worldly sinful life is cut off from us so that we can grow fully in ADONAI’s grace and love. Secondly so that we can help and encourage other believers who are enduring similar trials so that the pruning in their lives comes to fruition too. Abba let me be a source of comfort to any who need Your love and encouragement and strengthen me with Your Ruach in those times that I am tested. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Community

1 Corinthians 16:15-18
Now, brothers, you know that the household of Stephanas were the first people in Achaia to put their trust in the Messiah, and they have devoted themselves to serving God’s people. I urge you to submit yourselves to people like these and to everyone who works and toils with them. I am glad that Stephanas and Fortunatus and Achaicus are here, because they have helped make up for your not being here. They have refreshed my spirit, just as they have yours. I want you to show appreciation for people like these.
 
As believers we must submit ourselves one to another to promote unity and sense of purpose. Find good men of standing and add to the work they are doing for ADONAI, just as the three mentioned left their homes and aid Sha’ul in what he was called to do. It is when we come together that the Ruach can minister and others will know ADONAI intimately. Lord let me always serve You in what You would have me do and not what I want in my own jealous spirit. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

His Presence

Psalm 42:9
 
9 By day Adonai commands his grace,
and at night his song is with me
as a prayer to the God of my life.
 
God never leaves us. We may try to run away, deny that He exists, or replace Him with something false but He is still there. Once I realised He was always there for me His song opened in my heart letting me worship in prayer to Him. Abba thank You for Your overwatch of my life. Thank You for the comfort and care that You give me in this life. All glory and honor to You in this season that You commanded as we remember Your hand passing over Your children and freeing them from the bondage of slavery. Amen.

Testing

Judges 6:17
Gid’on replied, “If indeed you favor me, would you mind giving me a sign that it is really you talking with me?
 
We are to test the spirits that are speaking to us to ensure that we are truly speaking with God. This is not the same as when Israel tested ADONAI at Massah, foolishly exasperating ADONAI, but with our heart soul and mind honestly seeking His leadership in our lives. It is only when we lay fleeces out like Gid’on that we will be able to discern if the word is from God or not. Lord I have always tried to seek You in this past decade and I am ashamed that it took me this long to heed Your Word. Look after me and let me hear clearly all that You would have me do. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.