Selfishness

Leviticus 20:4-5
If the people of the land look the other way when that man sacrifices his child to Molekh and fail to put him to death, then I will set myself against him, his family and everyone who follows him to go fornicating after Molekh, and cut them off from their people.
 
There is no question that our country is morally bankrupt these days. From destroying the covenant of marriage to rise of riots and violence for the most trivial of reasons. As believers we fail to save our babies as evil people use abortion to control and destroy populations. My own mother has told me if abortion was available in 1965 I would not be here (according to her father’s wishes). It seems obvious to me that this is one of the reasons ADONAI has turned His face away from us. Oh God forgive me for not doing more to stand up against the undefendable actions of selfishness in this world. Forgive me for wallowing in my own selfishness for not wanting to get involved. Lord set a fire in this nation to return back to You and Your ways. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.
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Chaos

Acts 19:28-34
Hearing this, they were filled with rage and began bellowing, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” Soon the whole city was in an uproar. As one man, the mob rushed into the theater, dragging along Gaius and Aristarchus, Sha’ul’s traveling companions from Macedonia. Sha’ul himself wanted to appear before the crowd, but the talmidim wouldn’t let him. Even some of the officials of the province, friends of his, sent a message begging him not to risk entering the theater. Meanwhile, some were shouting one thing and others something else, because the assembly was in complete confusion, and the great majority didn’t even know why they were there. Some of the crowd explained the situation to Alexander, whom the Jews had pushed to the front. So Alexander motioned for silence, hoping to make a defense speech to the people. But as soon as they recognized that he was a Jew, they began bellowing in unison, “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” and they kept it up for about two hours.
 
Just like today when we see protest in our own country. If they are sourced from hate and bigotry the protest collapses into violence and rioting. There is nothing new under the sun. Lord let us abandon our selfish views and come together as one under Your leadership. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Intercession

Leviticus 16:17
No one is to be present in the tent of meeting from the time he enters the Holy Place to make atonement until the time he comes out, having made atonement for himself, for his household and for the entire community of Isra’el.
 
I believe this is the example of how we are to intercede for others with ADONAI. First it has to be personal, we can’t just be in agreement with others we have to be engaged and I believe as Yeshua stated “when you pray, go into your room, close the door, and pray to your Father in secret.” You have to confess yourself before all things, confess the failings of your family then you can stand in the gap for others. Lord let me treat this as important as breathing, let my intercessions be heard as You would have them stated Lord so Your will is done. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Witnessing

Acts 17:26-29
“From one man he made every nation living on the entire surface of the earth, and he fixed the limits of their territories and the periods when they would flourish. God did this so that people would look for him and perhaps reach out and find him although in fact, he is not far from each one of us, ‘for in him we live and move and exist.’ Indeed, as some of the poets among you have said, ‘We are actually his children.’ So, since we are children of God, we shouldn’t suppose that God’s essence resembles gold, silver or stone shaped by human technique and imagination.
 
This is how we are to witness. Just as Sha’ul quoted Greek poetry to the High Council of Athens so must we all find a common ground to speak to people about ADONAI. This does not mean we as believers we practice any customs foreign to God, but we find the things people are already doing of know about God and build from there. Abba please give me wisdom in my words. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen

Praise in all things

Acts 16:25
Around midnight, Sha’ul and Sila were praying and singing hymns to God, while the other prisoners listened attentively.

Even after being beaten, stripped, flogged and imprisoned Sha’ul and Sila continued to praise ADONAI.  While witnessing to the others in bondage the supernatural broke out and even the captors came to know and trust in God. Lord let me have the strength to praise You in all things, do not let me wallow in selfish pity or pain but always focus on You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name amen.

Obstacles

Acts 15:16-21
‘”After this, I will return;
and I will rebuild the fallen tent of David.
I will rebuild its ruins,
I will restore it,
so that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord,
that is, all the Goyim who have been called by my name,”
says ADONAI, who is doing these things.’
All this has been known for ages.
“Therefore, my opinion is that we should not put obstacles in the way of the Goyim who are turning to God. Instead, we should write them a letter telling them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from fornication, from what is strangled and from blood. For from the earliest times, Moshe has had in every city those who proclaim him, with his words being read in the synagogues every Shabbat.”
 
As people come into the kingdom many times we are overwhelmed by the traditions that express our trust in God. I always fall back to what Ya’akov as head of the first body of believers, not to put obstacles but in love teach them daily from the Word of God as given to Moshe. The Torah sets the framework for Yeshua’s sacrifice, Yeshua’s sacrifice absolves all the sin explained in Torah. One does not work without the other, so let God’s Word speak to all our hearts in unison. Lord do not let my humanness cause a brother or sister to stumble away from You. But if I do cause someone to fall let it be fully into Your arms. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Commitment

Acts 14:19-20
Then some unbelieving Jews came from Antioch and Iconium. They won over the crowds, stoned Sha’ul and dragged him outside the city, thinking he was dead. But as the talmidim gathered around him, he got up and went back into the town. The next day, he left with Bar-Nabba for Derbe.
 
What power of the Ruach moving in Sha’ul. How can I compare when I get offended when people challenge my faith with mere words let alone stones. Lord help me to be as strong as Sha’ul through Your Spirit within me. Let me not only survive the battles but reenter the strongholds of denial and continue Your service. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Details

Leviticus 1:10
“‘If his offering is from the flock, whether from the sheep or from the goats, for a burnt offering, he must offer a male without defect.
 
I am stuck and amazed at the detail of ADONAI’s word. Yeshua had said the congregation would be divided into sheep and goats and the one needed for offering must be without defect. I am amazed how God’s law, Torah points to the Mashiach, Yeshua! Lord Your name is great and greatly to be praised. There is nothing that does not catch Your eye and points to Your salvation in Yeshua. Abba keep building the trust in me so I may always serve You. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

Awareness

Acts 12:13-17
He knocked at the outside door, and a servant named Rhoda came to answer. She recognized Kefa’s voice and was so happy that she ran back in without opening the door, and announced that Kefa was standing outside. “You’re out of your mind!” they said to her. But she insisted it was true. So they said, “It is his angel.” Meanwhile, Kefa kept knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were amazed. Motioning to them with his hand to be quiet, he told them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison and said, “Tell all this to Ya’akov and the brothers.” Then he left and went elsewhere.
 
Kefa had been imprisoned by Herod and the body of believers had been praying intensely for his release. One person recognized ADONAI had answered their prayers but didn’t act correctly in telling the others. The others not looking for that answer disbelieved the truth, some even tried to explain it away incorrectly. But truth in the body of Kefa himself kept knocking until the answer could be shared by all. How many times have I been every part of this story, I see the answered prayer but don’t let the answer enter into my house, I hear of the answer from someone I didn’t expect and dismiss it, or worse yet add a lie to it, until finally it bangs it way into my spirit. Lord let me see Your answers immediately, remove any of my selfishness and shortsightedness to see only Your will. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.

My Rock

Psalms 19:13-15
Who can discern unintentional sins?
Cleanse me from hidden faults.
Also keep your servant from presumptuous sins,
so that they won’t control me.
Then I will be blameless
and free of great offense.
May the words of my mouth
and the thoughts of my heart
be acceptable in your presence,
ADONAI, my Rock and Redeemer.
 
I am nothing without ADONAI. For all my strength, all my knowledge and all my will power, I cannot keep myself from sin. It is only by the trusting in the sacrifice of Yeshua and the indwelling of the Ruach that I can stand firm the face of selfishness. Lord without You I am nothing, thank You for Your salvation through Your only son, Yeshua. Lord fill me and keep me in Your hand all my days, I ask this in Yeshua’s name, amen.