Accountability! Integrity!


Do you hold yourself accountable? Do you live with integrity? Do you look at yourself before you try to keep others accountable and make sure they have integrity? How do you respond when you break a promise? How do you respond when others do? You are responsible! You are accountable! You are answerable! So, be honest! Be honorable! Be of good character! Provide and produce unity! Be a peace maker! Be an ambassador of reconciliation! And see how the world around you changes! Not based on feelings, but based on truth! Let God’s light shine and flood the darkness, so that there will be no darkness in you! Live with that light shining out of you so that others realize there is a difference! You aren’t dimming your light down to meet your surroundings, but rather you are shining your light that others may see and look to God!

This is the day that the Lord has made, so let’s rejoice and be glad in it!


Today’s reading begins with more of the rules and regulations in the book of Exodus…

1“If a thief found breaking in is struck so that he dies, there is no bloodguilt for him. 2But if the sun has risen, there is bloodguilt, and he is to make full restitution. If he has nothing, then he must be sold for his theft. 3If the item is found in his hand alive—whether ox, donkey or sheep—he is to pay double. 4“If a man causes a field or vineyard to be eaten by letting his animal loose, and it feeds in another man’s field, then he is to make restitution from the best of his own field and the best of his own vineyard. 5“If fire breaks out and spreads among thorns, so that stalks of grain, standing grain or the fields themselves are consumed, then the one who lit the fire must make full restitution. 6“If a man entrusts his neighbor with money or items for safekeeping, and it is stolen out of the man’s house, when the thief is found, he must pay double. 7If the thief is not found, then the master of the house is to present himself to God, to see whether he has laid his hand on his neighbor’s goods. 8For any transgression—whether ox, donkey, sheep, clothing, or anything else lost—when someone says, ‘This is mine!’ the case of both parties is to be brought before God. The one whom God convicts is to pay double to his neighbor. 9“If a man entrusts his neighbor with a donkey, ox, sheep or any animal to care for, and it dies, is hurt or taken away with no one seeing, 10then there must be an oath before Adonai between the two of them, to determine whether or not he has laid his hand on his neighbor’s goods. The owner is to accept it with no restitution. 11But if indeed it was stolen from him, he is to make restitution to the owner. 12If it is torn in pieces, let him bring it as evidence. He is not required to pay for what has been torn to pieces. 13“If a man borrows anything belonging to his neighbor, and it is harmed or dies in the absence of the owner, he must make full restitution. 14But if the owner is present, he is not required to pay restitution. If it was rented, it is covered by the rental fee. 15“If a man seduces a virgin who is not engaged, and lies with her, he must pay a dowry for her to be his wife. 16But if her father utterly refuses to give her to him, he must weigh out silver equal to the dowry for virgins. 17“You must not permit a sorceress to live. 18“Anyone who lies with an animal must surely be put to death. 19“Anyone who sacrifices to the gods, except to Adonai alone, is to be put under a ban of destruction. 20“You must not exploit or oppress an outsider, for you were outsiders in the land of Egypt. 21“You must not mistreat any widow or orphan. 22If you mistreat them in any way, and they cry out to Me, I will surely hear their cry. 23My wrath will burn hot, and I will kill you with the sword. So your wives will become widows and your children will become orphans. 24“If you lend money to any of My people, to the poor among you, you are not to act like a debt collector with him, and you are not to charge him interest. 25If you ever take your neighbor’s cloak as a pledge, you are to return it to him before the sun goes down, 26for that is his only covering, his cloak for his skin. What will he sleep in? When he cries out to Me I will hear, because I am gracious. 27“Do not despise God, or curse a ruler of your people. 28“Do not hold back the fullness of your crops or your vintage. You are to present the firstborn of your sons to Me. 29“Do the same with your cattle and with your sheep. For seven days it is to be with its mother, and on the eighth day you are to give it to Me. 30“You are to be a holy people for Me. You must not eat any flesh torn by beasts in the field. You may throw it out to the dogs.

–from Exodus 22

Live to a higher calling! Live to a brighter level! Allow others to see your work and glorify your Heavenly Father!

97O how I love Your Torah! It is my meditation all day. 98Your mitzvot make me wiser than my enemies —for they are mine forever. 99I have more insight than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. 100I have gained more understanding than all my elders, for I have kept Your precepts. 101I kept my feet from every evil way, in order to follow Your word. 102I do not turn away from Your rulings, for You Yourself have taught me. 103How sweet is Your word to my taste— yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104From Your precepts I get discernment, therefore I hate every false way. 105Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 106I have sworn and confirmed to observe Your righteous rulings. 107I am severely afflicted. Keep me alive, Adonai, according to Your word. 108Please accept the freewill offerings of my mouth, Adonai, and teach me Your rulings. 109My soul is continually in danger, yet I have not forgotten Your Torah. 110The wicked have set a snare for me, yet I did not stray from Your precepts. 111Your testimonies I have as a heritage forever, for they are my heart’s joy. 112I turned my heart to do Your decrees, forever, to the very end. 113I hate double-minded ones, but Your Torah I love. 114You are my hiding place and my shield —in Your word I hope. 115Away from me, evildoers, so I may keep the mitzvot of my God! 116Sustain me according to Your word, so I may live, and let me not be ashamed of my hope. 117Support me and I will be saved, and study Your decrees continually. 118You despise all who wander from Your decrees, for their deceitfulness is in vain. 119All the wicked of the earth You remove like dross. Therefore I love Your testimonies. 120My flesh shudders for fear of You, and I am in awe of Your judgments. 121I did what is just and right. Do not leave me to my oppressors. 122Guarantee Your servant’s well-being. Do not let arrogant ones oppress me. 123My eyes fail, longing for Your salvation and for Your righteous word. 124Deal with Your servant as befits Your loving kindness, and teach me Your statutes. 125I am Your servant, give me discernment, so I may understand Your testimonies. 126It is time for Adonai to act— they have violated Your Torah! 127Therefore I love Your mitzvot more than gold, more than pure gold. 128Therefore I esteem all Your precepts as right in every way —every false way I hate. 129Your testimonies are wonderful. Therefore my soul obeys them. 130The unfolding of Your words gives light, giving understanding to the simple. 131I opened my mouth wide and panted, for I longed for Your mitzvot. 132Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is fitting to those who love Your Name. 133Direct my footsteps in Your word, and let no iniquity get mastery over me. 134Redeem me from human oppression, and I will keep Your precepts. 135Make Your face shine on Your servant, and teach me Your decrees. 136Streams of water run down from my eyes, because they do not observe Your Torah.

–from Psalms 119

Let’s put our trust in God! Let’s allow the truth to set us free! Let’s not allow our feelings to manipulate us and get us off track! Let’s live life in the spirit! Being born again, let’s live life differently from how it used to be! Have you asked Jesus into your heart? Are you still in process? Stick with it and be transformed! Are you seeking? Keep going and you will find! Are you asking? Keep going and you will get answers! Are you knocking? Don’t give up for it will be opened to you! — don’t stop pursuing after God! and His ways!

Life in the Spirit

1Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Messiah Yeshua. 2For the law of the Spirit of life in Messiah Yeshua has set you free from the law of sin and death. 3For what was impossible for the Torah—since it was weakened on account of the flesh—God has done. Sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as a sin offering, He condemned sin in the flesh— 4so that the requirement of the Torah might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Ruach. 5For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Ruach set their minds on the things of the Ruach. 6For the mindset of the flesh is death, but the mindset of the Ruach is life and shalom. 7For the mindset of the flesh is hostile toward God, for it does not submit itself to the law of God—for it cannot. 8So those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9However, you are not in the flesh but in the Ruach—if indeed the Ruach Elohim dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Ruach of Messiah, he does not belong to Him. 10But if Messiah is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the Spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11And if the Ruach of the One who raised Yeshua from the dead dwells in you, the One who raised Messiah Yeshua from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Ruach who dwells in you. 12So then, brothers and sisters, we do not owe anything to the flesh, to live according to the flesh. 13For if you live according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Ruach you put to death the deeds of the body, you shall live. 14For all who are led by the Ruach Elohim, these are sons of God. 15For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall again into fear; rather, you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16The Ruach Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God. 17And if children, also heirs—heirs of God and joint-heirs with Messiah—if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
–from Romans 8

So let’s live as children of God, adopted in thanks to the incredible love and sacrifice of Jesus! Let’s live our lives with love and sacrifice so that others may come to hear, see, and learn about the love of Jesus! Let’s not be distracted or held back because of the challenges of today for we know that the glory of what is yet to come will far exceed it! Let’s put our hope and trust in the future that we have been promised thanks to the love and sacrifice of Jesus! Let’s shine our light into this world by living like Jesus did with love and sacrifice! Let’s make a difference! Let’s be light in this dark world! Let’s shine bright – yes it may be uncomfortable or hard, but it is worth it! Don’t just dim it down to fit in, the world around you needs to the light! Live without the weight of condemnation! Live in the love that is God! Don’t give up! In this world we will have troubles, but don’t lose hope for Jesus has already overcome the world! Consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds since in the end when it has finished it’s work you will be complete and lacking nothing!

The Coming Glory

18For I consider the sufferings of this present time not worthy to be compared with the coming glory to be revealed to us. 19For the creation eagerly awaits the revelation of the sons of God. 20For the creation was subjected to futility—not willingly but because of the One who subjected it—in hope 21that the creation itself also will be set free from bondage to decay into the glorious freedom of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation groans together and suffers birth pains until now— 23and not only creation, but even ourselves. We ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Ruach, groan inwardly as we eagerly wait for adoption—the redemption of our body. 24For in hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25But if we hope for what we do not see, then we eagerly wait for it with perseverance. 26In the same way, the Ruach helps in our weakness. For we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Ruach Himself intercedes for us with groans too deep for words. 27And He who searches the hearts knows the mind of the Ruach, because He intercedes for the kedoshim according to the will of God. 28Now we know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to His purpose. 29For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30And those whom He predestined, He also called; and those whom He called, He also justified; and those whom He justified, He also glorified. 31What then shall we say in view of these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32He who did not spare His own Son but gave Him up for us all, how shall He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34Who is the one who condemns? It is Messiah, who died, and moreover was raised, and is now at the right hand of God and who also intercedes for us. 35Who shall separate us from the love of Messiah? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36As it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.” 37But in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38For I am convinced that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Messiah Yeshua our Lord.
–from Romans 8

 

 

 

 

 

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How will you live?


Do you understand the purpose and intention? What is the law about? How will you live? What will be your foundation? What will be your north star to living? Why were they created if they isn’t a benefit? Who was the source of the law? Was it someone with a hidden agenda and so it needs to be removed or repealed? What it something for the greater good? What was it based on? Was it based on Biblical standards? Was it based on warm fuzzy feelings? What drives the decisions? Are some people doing things so they feel better but in the long run it won’t help those it’s supposed to and will hurt others? There are processes in place when things need to be changed and updated. There are ways to get them changed! Some rules are created to make the government money and don’t really help the people. Some rules are created to help the people and don’t really help the people. Some need to be reworked. Some need to be removed. The rest need to be obeyed! They also need to be enforced! Do you realize what state your corner of the world is in? Do you believe the news or the PR or do you know what the stats and the reality is? Check the facts! Check the truth! The Truth will set you free!

So let’s take a look at today’s reading…

Ordinances for the Covenant

1“Now these are the ordinances which you will set before them. 2“If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve for six years, and in the seventh he is to go free, without payment. 3If he comes in by himself, he is to go out by himself. If he was married, then his wife will go out with him. 4If his master gave him a wife, and she bears him sons or daughters, the wife and her children will be her master’s, and he will go free by himself. 5“But if the servant plainly states, ‘I love my master, my wife and my children, and I will not go out free,’ 6then his master is to bring him to God, then take him to a door or to a doorpost. His master is to pierce his ear through with an awl, and he will serve him forever. 7“If a man sells his daughter to be a maidservant, she is not to go free as the male servants do. 8If she does not please her master who has selected her for himself, then he is to allow her to be redeemed. He will have no power to sell her to a foreign people, seeing as he has dealt deceitfully toward her. 9If he betroths her to his son, he must give her the rights of a daughter. 10If he takes another wife, he is not to diminish her food, her clothing, or her marriage rights. 11If he does not provide these three to her, then she is to go free without payment. 12“Whoever strikes a man so that he dies must surely be put to death. 13But if he did not hunt him down, yet God caused it to happen, then I will appoint for you a place where he may run. 14If a man presumes to kill his neighbor with craftiness, you are to take him from My altar and put him to death. 15“Anyone who strikes his father or his mother must surely be put to death. 16“Anyone who steals a person and sells him, or is found with him under his hand, must surely be put to death. 17“Whoever curses his father or his mother must surely be put to death. 18“If people quarrel, and one strikes the other with a stone or with his fist, and the other does not die but lies in bed, 19if he rises again and walks around on his staff, then the one that struck him he will be cleared. But he must pay for the loss of his time and help him to be thoroughly healed. 20“If a man strikes his male or female servant with a staff, who dies by his hand, he must surely be punished. 21Notwithstanding, if the servant gets up in a day or two he will not be punished, for he is his property. 22“If men fight, and hit a pregnant woman so that her child is born early, yet no harm follows, the one who hit her is to be strictly fined, according to what the woman’s husband demands of him. He must pay as the judges determine. 23But if any harm follows, then you are to penalize life for life, 24eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25burn for burn, wound for wound, blow for blow. 26“If a man strikes the eye of his male or female slave and destroys it, he must let him go free for the sake of his eyesight. 27If he strikes out his slave’s tooth, he must let him go free for the sake of his tooth. 28“If an ox gores a man or a woman so that they die, the ox must surely be stoned, and its meat is not to be eaten, but the owner of the ox will be cleared. 29If the ox was given to goring in times past, and a warning has been given to its owner, yet he has not kept it pent up, and it has killed a man or a woman, then the ox must be stoned and its owner must also be put to death. 30If instead a ransom is placed on him, then he is to pay for the redemption of his life whatever is demanded. 31Whether it has gored a son or daughter, this rule is to be applied to him. 32If the ox gores a male or female slave, he is to pay 30 shekels of silver to their master, and the ox is to be stoned. 33“If one uncovers a pit or digs a pit and does not cover it, and an ox or a donkey falls in, 34the owner of the pit must pay compensation. He is to give money to the owner, and the dead animal will be his. 35“If one man’s ox hurts another’s ox so that it dies, they are to sell the live ox and divide the price. They are also to divide the dead one. 36Or if it becomes known that the ox was given to violence in times past, and its owner has not kept it pent up, he must surely pay ox for ox, and the dead animal will be his own. 37 If a man steals an ox or a sheep, and kills it or sells it, he is to pay five oxen for one ox or four sheep for one sheep.
–from Exodus 21
So let’s draw closer to God! Let’s measure things against His standards! Let’s compare what we are being told against God’s Word! Let’s consider where we are how to move closer to God and accomplish His ministry of GRACE and FORGIVENESS! Let’s take a hold of what Jesus has provided us in calling us to a higher level! Let’s press forward trying to be servant leaders! Let’s press forward trying to help people in need, holding people accountable who need it, holding people to the higher standards so that we can raise the average and help the world become a better place to live!
49Remember the word to Your servant, on which You have made me hope. 50My comfort in my affliction is this: Your word has kept me alive. 51The arrogant have viciously ridiculed me, yet I did not turn away from Your Torah. 52I remember Your judgments from of old, Adonai, and comfort myself. 53Burning indignation grips me, because of the wicked who forsake Your Torah. 54Your decrees have become my songs in the house where I dwell. 55In the night I remember Your Name, Adonai, and keep watching over Your Torah. 56This is my own: that I keep Your precepts.
57Adonai is my portion. I promised to guard Your words. 58I have entreated Your favor with all my heart. Be gracious to me according to Your word. 59I have considered my ways and turned my feet back to Your testimonies. 60I hasten and do not delay to obey Your mitzvot. 61The ropes of the wicked are coiled around me, but I did not forget Your Torah. 62At midnight I rise to praise You, because of Your righteous rulings. 63I am a companion of all who fear You, of those who observe Your precepts. 64The earth is full of Your loving kindness. Adonai—teach me Your decrees.
65You do good to Your servant, Adonai, according to Your word. 66Teach me good sense and knowledge, for I trusted in Your mitzvot. 67Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.68You are good and keep doing good— teach me Your decrees. 69Though the proud smeared a lie on me, with all my heart I keep Your precepts.70Their minds are insensible, but Your Torah is my delight. 71It is good for me that I was afflicted, so that I may learn Your decrees. 72The Torah from Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
73Your hands have made me and formed me. Give me understanding that I may learn Your mitzvot. 74Those in awe of You see me and rejoice, because I put my hope in Your word. 75I know, Adonai, Your judgments are just. In faithfulness You have afflicted me. 76May Your loving kindness comfort me, according to Your promise to Your servant. 77Let Your tender mercies reach me, Let me live, for Your Torah is my delight. 78May the proud be put to shame for wronging me with a lie, but I will meditate on Your precepts. 79Let those in awe of You return to me— those who know Your testimonies. 80My heart will have integrity in following Your decrees, so that I would not be ashamed.
81My soul faints with longing for Your salvation, but I still hope in Your word. 82My eyes are worn out longing for Your promise, saying, “When will You comfort me?” 83Though I became like a wineskin dried in smoke, I do not forget Your decrees. 84How many are the days of Your servant? When will You execute judgment on my persecutors? 85The proud have dug pits for me— that is not in accord with Your Torah! 86All Your mitzvot are faithful. They persecute me with a lie—help me! 87They almost finished me off on earth. But I—I will not forsake Your precepts. 88Revive me with Your loving kindness, so I may keep Your mouth’s testimony.
89Forever, Adonai, Your word stands firm in the heavens. 90Your faithfulness endures from generation to generation. You established the earth, and it stands. 91Your judgments stand today, for all things are Your servants. 92If Your Torah had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. 93I will never forget Your precepts. For with them You have kept me alive. 94I am Yours, save me! For I have sought out Your precepts. 95The wicked wait for me to destroy me. But I will study Your testimonies. 96I have seen a limit to all perfection, yet Your commandment is boundless.
–from Psalms 119
We need to in the Word! We need to know it so we won’t be fooled! We need to be seeking God for wisdom to know what are of men and what is of God! We need to be realizing the benefits of His ways! His ways are higher than our ways! His ways are better than our ways!
His ways are for our benefits! His ways are to protect us! His ways are to guide us! So let’s try it His way!
Let’s consider this through today’s reading and God’s Word!

Two Laws at War

1Or do you not know, brothers and sisters (for I speak to those who know law), that the law is master over a person as long as he lives? 2For the married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives; but if the husband dies, she is released from the law concerning the husband. 3So then, if she is joined to another man while her husband is living, she will be called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is free from the law—so she is not an adulteress, though she is joined to another man. 4Therefore, my brothers and sisters, you also were made dead to the Torah through the body of Messiah, so that you might be joined to another—the One who was raised from the dead—in order that we might bear fruit for God. 5For when we were in the flesh, the sinful passions that came through the Torah were working in our body parts to bear fruit for death. 6But now we have been released from the law, having died to what confined us, so that we serve in the new way of the Ruach and not in the old way of the letter. 7What shall we say then? Is the Torah sin? May it never be! On the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the Torah. For I would not have known about coveting if the Torah had not said, “You shall not covet.” 8But sin, taking an opportunity, worked in me through the commandment all kinds of coveting. For apart from the Torah, sin is dead. 9Once I was alive apart from the Torah; but when the commandment came, sin came to life 10and I died. The commandment meant for life was found to cause death. 11Sin, taking an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me. 12So then, the Torah is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good. 13Therefore did that which is good become death to me? May it never be! Rather it was sin working death in me—through that which is good—so that sin might be shown to be sin, and that through the commandment sin might become utterly sinful. 14For we know that the Torah is spiritual; but I am of the flesh, sold to sin. 15For I do not understand what I am doing—for what I do not want, this I practice; but what I hate, this I do. 16But if I do what I do not want to do, then I agree with the Torah—that it is good. 17So now it is no longer I doing it, but sin dwelling in me. 18For I know that nothing good dwells in me—that is, in my flesh. For to will is present in me, but to do the good is not. 19For the good that I want, I do not do; but the evil that I do not want, this I practice. 20But if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I doing it, but sin that dwells in me. 21So I find the principle—that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good. 22For I delight in the Torah of God with respect to the inner man, 23but I see a different law in my body parts, battling against the law of my mind and bringing me into bondage under the law of sin which is in my body parts. 24Miserable man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? 25Thanks be to God—it is through Messiah Yeshua our Lord! So then, with my mind I myself serve the Torah of God; but with my flesh, I serve the law of sin.
–from Romans 7
So let’s walk out today in alignment to the call God has put on our lives! Let’s grab a hold of that truth! And let’s live lives that will glorify Him in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen!

Rule and Regulations


When people make up rules and regulations, what do you think their intentions are? When people setup boundaries is it to keep stuff in or keep stuff out? When people setup rules and regulations, are they doing it to stop people from doing them or to protect people from the consequences of those actions? When rules and regulations are out there do you understand the intent? When rules and regulations are out there do you follow them? What is the decision point for you?

Well, God created rules – aka the 10 commandments. He did it not to keep people from being able to have a good life, but to prevent the consequences of bad decisions from hurting them. He didn’t provide them as guidance or good ideas, but rather He gave them to Moses as commandments for the people to follow. The 10 commandments are where average is supposed to be. Jesus came and He calls us to a higher calling. He came perfect – you may hear it put as sinless – He didn’t do anything that would have broken any of the 10 commands for He didn’t come to abolish the Law, He came to fulfill the Law! He came as the ultimate savior since we are all sinners and fall short of the glory of God – we have all broken the 10 commandments and are up for judgement if we haven’t turned to Jesus! None of us are perfect and as such are in a place of judgement unless we turned to Jesus, the free gift from God! So let’s turn to Jesus before it is too late! Let’s receive by faith through grace the redeeming power of Jesus to restore our lives back to God! Let’s walk in alignment to Jesus’ commandments to step up above the 10 commandments! Let’s live our lives out with LOVE! Let’s answer the call to live at a higher standard! In Matthew 5, we read how Jesus says:

20 “For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

In Matthew 5, we read how Jesus says:

21“You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER ‘ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ 22“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.

In Matthew 5, Jesus says:

27“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; 28but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

Jesus is calling us to a higher standard to keep us from the consequences of our decisions.

When God gave Moses the 10 commandments, it wasn’t to put a damper on their lives, it was to protect them from the consequences of their actions. Today’s Word starts with Moses and God and the 10 commandments, so let’s check it out…

The Ten Words

1Then God spoke all these words saying, 2“I am Adonai your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
3“You shall have no other gods before Me.
4Do not make for yourself a graven image , or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above or on the earth below or in the water under the earth. 5Do not bow down to them, do not let anyone make you serve them. For I, Adonai your God, am a jealous God, bringing the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6but showing lovingkindness to the thousands of generations of those who love Me and keep My mitzvot.
7“You must not take the Name of Adonai your God in vain, for Adonai will not hold him guiltless that takes His Name in vain.
8“Remember Yom Shabbat, to keep it holy. 9You are to work six days, and do all your work, 10but the seventh day is a Shabbat to Adonai your God. In it you shall not do any work—not you, nor your son, your daughter, your male servant, your female servant, your cattle, nor the outsider that is within your gates. 11For in six days Adonai made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Thus Adonai blessed Yom Shabbat, and made it holy.
12“Honor your father and your mother, so that your days may be long upon the land which Adonai your God is giving you.
13“Do not murder.
14“Do not commit adultery.
15“Do not steal.
16“Do not bear false witness against your neighbor.
17“Do not covet your neighbor’s house, your neighbor’s wife, his manservant, his maidservant, his ox, his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
18All the people witnessed the thundering and the lightning, and the sound of the shofar, and the mountain smoking. When the people saw it, they trembled and stood far off. 19So they said to Moses, “You, speak to us, and we will listen, but do not let God speak to us, or we will die.” 20So Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid, for God has come to test you, so that His fear may be in you, so that you do not sin.” 21The people stood far off, while Moses drew near to the thick darkness where God was. 22Then Adonai said to Moses, “Say this to Bnei-Yisrael: You yourselves have seen that I have spoken to you from heaven. 23Do not make gods of silver alongside Me, and do not make gods of gold for yourselves. 24You are to make an altar of earth for Me, and there you will sacrifice your burnt offerings, your fellowship offerings—your sheep and your cattle. In every place where I cause My name to be mentioned I will come to you and bless you. 25When you make for Me an altar of stones, do not build it from cut stone, for if you use a tool on it, you will have profaned it. 26Nor are you to go up to My altar on steps, so that your nakedness would not be uncovered while on it.”
–from Exodus 20

So let’s consider the intention and be willing to align with God’s will and God’s call on our lives! Let’s allow His Word to be a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path! Let’s allow His Word to be the guard rails that keep us in the zone! Let’s live lives that will glorify Him and have Him exalted to the world around us! Let’s allow our good works to glorify Him! Let’s walk out life His way! Let’s gain the benefits! Let’s avoid the snares and pitfalls!

Learn Torah Letter by Letter

1Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the Torah of Adonai. 2Happy are those who keep His testimonies, who seek Him with a whole heart, 3who also do no injustice, but walk in His ways. 4You have commanded that Your precepts be kept diligently. 5Oh that my ways were steadfast to observe Your decrees! 6Then I would not be ashamed, when I consider all Your mitzvot. 7I will praise You with an upright heart as I learn Your righteous judgments. 8I will observe Your statutes. Never abandon me utterly!
9How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to Your word. 10With my whole heart have I sought You —let me not stray from Your mitzvot. 11I have treasured Your word in my heart, so I might not sin against You. 12Blessed are You, Adonai. Teach me Your statutes. 13With my lips I rehearse all the rulings of Your mouth. 14I rejoice in the way of Your testimonies above all wealth. 15I will meditate on Your precepts, and regard Your ways. 16I will delight in Your decrees. I will never forget Your word.
17Do good to Your servant that I may live and keep Your word. 18Open my eyes, so I may behold wonders from Your Torah. 19I am a temporary dweller on earth— do not hide Your mitzvot from me. 20My soul is crushed with longing for Your judgments at all times. 21You rebuke the proud, who are cursed, who wander from Your mitzvot. 22Take scorn and contempt away from me, for I have kept Your testimonies. 23Though princes sit and talk against me, Your servant meditates on Your decrees. 24For Your testimonies are my delight— they are also my counselors.
25My soul clings to the dust. Revive me according to Your word! 26I told of my ways and You answered me. Teach me Your statutes. 27Help me discern the way of Your precepts, so I may meditate on Your wonders. 28My soul weeps with grief. Make me stand firm with Your word. 29Turn me away from the deceitful way, and be gracious to me with Your Torah. 30I have chosen the way of faithfulness. I have set my heart on Your judgments. 31I cling to Your testimonies. Adonai, do not put me to shame! 32I run the course of Your mitzvot, for You open wide my heart.
33Teach me the way of Your decrees, Adonai, and I will follow them to the end. 34Give me understanding, that I may keep Your Torah and observe it with all my heart. 35Help me walk in the path of Your mitzvot—for I delight in it. 36Turn my heart to Your testimonies and not to dishonest gain. 37Turn my eyes away from gazing at vanity but revive me in Your ways. 38Fulfill Your word to Your servant, which leads to reverence for You. 39Make the disgrace I dread pass away, for Your judgments are good. 40Behold, I long for Your precepts. Revive me by Your righteousness.
41May Your loving kindnesses come to me, Adonai— Your salvation according to Your word— 42so I may answer the one taunting me, for I trust in Your word. 43Never snatch out of my mouth a word of truth, for I hope in Your judgments. 44So I may always keep Your Torah, forever and ever, 45and walk about in freedom. For I have sought Your precepts. 46I will speak of Your testimonies before kings, and never be ashamed. 47I delight in Your mitzvot, which I love. 48I reach out my hands for Your mitzvot, which I love, and meditate on Your decrees.
49Remember the word to Your servant, on which You have made me hope. 50My comfort in my affliction is this: Your word has kept me alive. 51The arrogant have viciously ridiculed me, yet I did not turn away from Your Torah. 52I remember Your judgments from of old, Adonai, and comfort myself. 53Burning indignation grips me, because of the wicked who forsake Your Torah. 54Your decrees have become my songs in the house where I dwell. 55In the night I remember Your Name, Adonai, and keep watching over Your Torah. 56This is my own: that I keep Your precepts.
57Adonai is my portion. I promised to guard Your words. 58I have entreated Your favor with all my heart. Be gracious to me according to Your word. 59I have considered my ways and turned my feet back to Your testimonies. 60I hasten and do not delay to obey Your mitzvot. 61The ropes of the wicked are coiled around me, but I did not forget Your Torah. 62At midnight I rise to praise You, because of Your righteous rulings. 63I am a companion of all who fear You, of those who observe Your precepts. 64The earth is full of Your loving kindness. Adonai—teach me Your decrees.
65You do good to Your servant, Adonai, according to Your word. 66Teach me good sense and knowledge, for I trusted in Your mitzvot. 67Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word. 68You are good and keep doing good— teach me Your decrees. 69Though the proud smeared a lie on me, with all my heart I keep Your precepts. 70Their minds are insensible, but Your Torah is my delight. 71It is good for me that I was afflicted, so that I may learn Your decrees. 72The Torah from Your mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
73Your hands have made me and formed me. Give me understanding that I may learn Your mitzvot. 74Those in awe of You see me and rejoice, because I put my hope in Your word. 75I know, Adonai, Your judgments are just. In faithfulness You have afflicted me. 76May Your loving kindness comfort me, according to Your promise to Your servant. 77Let Your tender mercies reach me, Let me live, for Your Torah is my delight. 78May the proud be put to shame for wronging me with a lie, but I will meditate on Your precepts. 79Let those in awe of You return to me— those who know Your testimonies. 80My heart will have integrity in following Your decrees, so that I would not be ashamed.
81My soul faints with longing for Your salvation, but I still hope in Your word. 82My eyes are worn out longing for Your promise, saying, “When will You comfort me?” 83Though I became like a wineskin dried in smoke, I do not forget Your decrees. 84How many are the days of Your servant? When will You execute judgment on my persecutors? 85The proud have dug pits for me— that is not in accord with Your Torah! 86All Your mitzvot are faithful. They persecute me with a lie—help me! 87They almost finished me off on earth. But I—I will not forsake Your precepts. 88Revive me with Your loving kindness, so I may keep Your mouth’s testimony.
89Forever, Adonai, Your word stands firm in the heavens. 90Your faithfulness endures from generation to generation. You established the earth, and it stands. 91Your judgments stand today, for all things are Your servants. 92If Your Torah had not been my delight, I would have perished in my affliction. 93I will never forget Your precepts. For with them You have kept me alive. 94I am Yours, save me! For I have sought out Your precepts. 95The wicked wait for me to destroy me. But I will study Your testimonies. 96I have seen a limit to all perfection, yet Your commandment is boundless.
97O how I love Your Torah! It is my meditation all day. 98Your mitzvot make me wiser than my enemies —for they are mine forever. 99I have more insight than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. 100I have gained more understanding than all my elders, for I have kept Your precepts. 101I kept my feet from every evil way, in order to follow Your word. 102I do not turn away from Your rulings, for You Yourself have taught me. 103How sweet is Your word to my taste— yes, sweeter than honey to my mouth! 104From Your precepts I get discernment, therefore I hate every false way.
105Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. 106I have sworn and confirmed to observe Your righteous rulings. 107I am severely afflicted. Keep me alive, Adonai, according to Your word. 108Please accept the freewill offerings of my mouth, Adonai, and teach me Your rulings. 109My soul is continually in danger, yet I have not forgotten Your Torah. 110The wicked have set a snare for me, yet I did not stray from Your precepts. 111Your testimonies I have as a heritage forever, for they are my heart’s joy. 112I turned my heart to do Your decrees, forever, to the very end.
113I hate double-minded ones, but Your Torah I love. 114You are my hiding place and my shield —in Your word I hope. 115Away from me, evildoers, so I may keep the mitzvot of my God! 116Sustain me according to Your word, so I may live, and let me not be ashamed of my hope. 117Support me and I will be saved, and study Your decrees continually. 118You despise all who wander from Your decrees, for their deceitfulness is in vain. 119All the wicked of the earth You remove like dross. Therefore I love Your testimonies. 120My flesh shudders for fear of You, and I am in awe of Your judgments.
121I did what is just and right. Do not leave me to my oppressors. 122Guarantee Your servant’s well-being. Do not let arrogant ones oppress me. 123My eyes fail, longing for Your salvation and for Your righteous word. 124Deal with Your servant as befits Your loving kindness, and teach me Your statutes. 125I am Your servant, give me discernment, so I may understand Your testimonies. 126It is time for Adonai to act— they have violated Your Torah! 127Therefore I love Your mitzvot more than gold, more than pure gold. 128Therefore I esteem all Your precepts as right in every way —every false way I hate.
129Your testimonies are wonderful. Therefore my soul obeys them. 130The unfolding of Your words gives light, giving understanding to the simple. 131I opened my mouth wide and panted, for I longed for Your mitzvot. 132Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is fitting to those who love Your Name. 133Direct my footsteps in Your word, and let no iniquity get mastery over me. 134Redeem me from human oppression, and I will keep Your precepts. 135Make Your face shine on Your servant, and teach me Your decrees. 136Streams of water run down from my eyes, because they do not observe Your Torah.
137Righteous are You, Adonai, and Your judgments are upright. 138You have commanded righteousness, Your testimonies, and great faithfulness. 139My zeal has consumed me, because my foes forgot Your words. 140Your word is thoroughly refined, and Your servant loves it. 141I am insignificant and despised, yet I have not forgotten Your precepts. 142Your justice is righteousness forever, and Your Torah is truth. 143Trouble and anguish have overtaken me, yet Your mitzvot are my delight. 144Your testimonies are righteous forever —make me understand, so I may live.
145I cried out with all my heart, “Answer me, Adonai! I will keep Your decrees.” 146I cried out to You, “Save me, and I will keep Your testimonies.” 147I am up before dawn, crying for help— I put my hope in Your word. 148My eyes are up before every night watch, as I meditate on Your word. 149Hear my voice with Your loving kindness. Revive me, Adonai, with Your judgments. 150Pursuers of wicked schemes draw near— they are far from Your Torah. 151You are near, Adonai, and all Your mitzvot are truth. 152Long ago I learned from Your testimonies that You founded them firmly forever.
153See my affliction and rescue me, for I do not forget Your Torah. 154Defend my cause and redeem me. Restore my life through Your word. 155Salvation is far from the wicked, for they do not seek after Your decrees. 156Great are Your mercies, Adonai. Restore my life with Your judgments. 157Many are my persecutors and my foes. Yet I do not turn from Your testimonies. 158I see the treacherous and loathe them, because they do not keep Your word. 159See how I loved Your precepts. Restore my life, Adonai, with Your loving kindness. 160Truth is the essence of Your word, and all Your righteous rulings are eternal.
161Princes persecute me for no reason, but my heart is in awe of Your words. 162I rejoice in Your word, as one who finds great spoil. 163I hate and abhor falsehood, but Your Torah I love. 164Seven times a day I praise You, because of Your righteous judgments. 165Great peace have they who love Your Torah, and nothing causes them to stumble. 166I hope for Your salvation, Adonai, and do Your mitzvot. 167My soul has observed Your testimonies and I love them exceedingly. 168I observe Your precepts and Your laws, for all my ways are before You.
169Let my cry come to You, Adonai. Grant me understanding by Your word. 170Let my supplication come before You. Deliver me, according to Your promise. 171My lips utter praise, for You teach me Your statutes. 172My tongue sings of Your word, for all Your mitzvot are righteous. 173Let Your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen Your precepts. 174I long for Your deliverance, Adonai, and Your Torah is my delight. 175Let my soul live and praise You, and may Your rulings help me. 176I have strayed like a lost sheep— seek Your servant. For I did not forget Your mitzvot.
–from Psalms 119

Who are you going to serve? Will you serve God? Will you serve your selfish desires? Will you serve others? Will you serve good plans? Will you serve God’s calling? Who will you serve? Who is your master? Are you doing it out of love? Are you doing it out of need to? Are you doing it out of have to? Are you doing it for the money? What is your motive? What is your intention?

Who Is Your Master?

1What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may abound? 2May it never be! How can we who died to sin still live in it? 3Or do you not know that all of us who were immersed into Messiah Yeshua were immersed into His death? 4Therefore we were buried together with Him through immersion into death—in order that just as Messiah was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. 5For if we have become joined together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also will be joined together in His resurrection— 6knowing our old man was crucified with Him so that the sinful body might be done away with, so we no longer serve sin. 7For he who has died is set free from sin. 8Now if we have died with Messiah, we believe that we shall also live with Him. 9We know that Messiah, having been raised from the dead, no longer dies; death no longer is master over Him. 10For the death He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life He lives, He lives to God. 11So also continually count yourselves both dead to sin and alive to God in Messiah Yeshua. 12Therefore do not let sin rule in your mortal body so that you obey its desires. 13And do not keep yielding your body parts to sin as tools of wickedness; but yield yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your body parts as tools of righteousness to God. 14For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace. 15What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be! 16Do you not know that to whatever you yield yourselves as slaves for obedience, you are slaves to what you obey—whether to sin resulting in death, or to obedience resulting in righteousness? 17But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you wholeheartedly obeyed the form of teaching under which you were placed; 18and after you were set free from sin, you became enslaved to righteousness. 19I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you yielded your body parts as slaves to uncleanness and lawlessness, leading to more lawlessness, so now yield your body parts as slaves to righteousness, resulting in holiness. 20For when you were slaves of sin, you were free with regard to righteousness. 21So then, what outcome did you have that you are now ashamed of? For the end of those things is death. 22But now, having been set free from sin and having become enslaved to God, you have your fruit resulting in holiness. And the outcome is eternal life. 23For sin’s payment is death, but God’s gracious gift is eternal life in Messiah Yeshua our Lord.
–from Romans 6

What will you believe? Will you believe everything you hear? Will you get tossed around like the waves of the sea? Will you allow yourself to be tossed around by the theme of the day? Will you allow yourself to moved by the new thing? What will be your foundation? What will be the rock you will stand on? Will you complete the work God has for you to do?

 

The Conspiracy Grows

1Now it happened that when Yeshua had finished all these words, He said to His disciples, 2“You know that Passover comes in two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be executed.” 3Then the ruling kohanim and elders of the people were gathered together in the court of the kohen gadol named Caiaphas. 4They plotted together in order that they might seize Yeshua by stealth and kill Him. 5“But not during the festival,” they were saying, “so there won’t be a riot among the people.”

A Woman Anoints Yeshua for Burial

6Now while Yeshua was in Bethany at the house of Simon ha-Metzora, 7a woman came up to Him with an alabaster jar of very expensive oil. And she poured it on His head as He was reclining at the table. 8But when the disciples saw this, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9It could have been sold for a lot, and the money given to the poor!” 10But Yeshua, knowing this, said to them, “Why do you cause trouble for this woman? She’s done Me a mitzvah. 11You always have the poor with you, but you won’t always have Me. 12For when she poured this oil on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial. 13Amen, I tell you, wherever this Good News is proclaimed in all the world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

Betrayed and Sold for Silver

14Then one of the Twelve, the one called Judah of Kriot, went to the ruling kohanim 15and said, “What are you willing to give me if I hand Him over to you?” And they weighed out thirty shekels of silver for him. 16From then on, Judah began looking for a chance to hand Him over. 17Now on the first day of matzah , the disciples came to Yeshua, saying, “Where do You want us to prepare for You to eat the Passover?” 18He said, “Go into the city to a certain man, and tell him, ‘The Teacher says, “My time is near; at your house I am to keep the Passover with My disciples.”’” 19The disciples did as Yeshua had ordered them, and they prepared the Passover. 20Now when it was evening, Yeshua was reclining at the table with the Twelve. 21As they were eating, He said, “Amen, I tell you, one of you will betray Me.” 22And being very sorrowful, they began, each one, to say to Him, “I’m not the one, am I, Master?” 23And He replied, “The one who dipped his hand in the bowl with Me, he’s the one who will betray Me. 24The Son of Man indeed goes, just as it is written about Him; but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been better for that man if he had not been born!” 25And Judah, the one betraying Him, replied, “I’m not the one, am I, Rabbi?” Yeshua said to him, “You’ve said it yourself.” 26Now while they were eating, Yeshua took matzah ; and after He offered the bracha, He broke and gave to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.” 27And He took a cup; and after giving thanks, He gave to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; 28for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the removal of sins. 29But I say to you, I will never drink of this fruit of the vine from now on, until that day when I drink it anew with you in My Father’s kingdom.” 30After singing the Hallel, they went out to the Mount of Olives. 31Then Yeshua said to them, “This night you will all fall away because of Me; for it is written, ‘I will strike the Shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ 32But after I am raised up, I will go before you to the Galilee.” 33But Peter replied to Him, “Though all fall away because of You, I’ll never fall away.” 34Yeshua said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before a rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” 35“Even if I must die with You,” Peter says to Him, “I’ll never deny You!” And so said all the disciples.

“Your Will Be Done”

36Then Yeshua comes with them to a place called Gethsemane, and He tells the disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray.” 37And He took along Peter and Zebedee’s two sons, and He began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38Then He tells them, “My soul is deeply grieved, even to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with Me.” 39Going a little farther, He fell face down and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me! Yet not as I will, but as You will.” 40Then He comes to the disciples and finds them sleeping; and He tells Peter, “So couldn’t you keep watch with Me for one hour? 41Keep watching and praying, so that you won’t enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42Again for a second time He went away and prayed, saying, “My Father, if this cannot pass away unless I drink it, let Your will be done.” 43And again He came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44So He left them again and prayed a third time, saying the same words once more. 45Then He comes to the disciples and says to them, “Still sleeping? Taking your rest? Look, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is being delivered into the hands of sinners. 46Get up, let’s go! Look, My betrayer is near.”

Taken into Custody

47While Yeshua was still speaking, here came Judah, one of the Twelve, and with him a big crowd with swords and clubs, from the ruling kohanim and elders of the people. 48Now His betrayer had given them a sign, saying, ‘The One I kiss, He’s the One—seize Him!’ 49And immediately Judah drew near to Yeshua and said, “Shalom, Rabbi!” and kissed Him. 50“Friend,” Yeshua said to him, “do what you’ve come to do.” Then they came up and threw their hands on Yeshua and seized Him. 51And suddenly, one of those with Yeshua stretched out his hand and drew his sword, and he struck the kohen gadol ’s servant and cut off his ear. 52Then Yeshua said to him, “Put your sword back in its place! For all who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. 53Or do you suppose that I cannot call on My Father, and at once He will place at My side twelve legions of angels? 54How then would the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?” 55At that hour Yeshua said to the crowds, “Have you come out with swords and clubs, to capture Me as you would a revolutionary? Every day I sat teaching in the Temple, and you didn’t seize Me. 56But all this has happened so that the writings of the prophets would be fulfilled.” Then all the disciples fled, abandoning Him. 57Now those who had seized Yeshua led Him away to Caiaphas, the kohen gadol , where the Torah scholars and elders had gathered. 58Peter was following Him from a distance as far as the courtyard of the kohen gadol . And after going inside, he was sitting with the guards, to see the outcome.

Yeshua’s Trial Begins

59Now the ruling kohanim and all the Sanhedrin kept trying to get false testimony against Yeshua so they could put Him to death. 60But they found none, though many false witnesses came forward. At last two came forward 61and said, “This fellow said, ‘I’m able to destroy the Temple of God and rebuild it in three days!’” 62The kohen gadol stood up and said to Yeshua, “Have You no answer? What’s this they’re testifying against You?” 63But Yeshua kept silent. The kohen gadol said to Him, “I charge You under oath by the living God, tell us if You are Mashiach Ben-Elohim!” 64“As you have said,” replied Yeshua. “Besides that, I tell you, soon after you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of power and coming on the clouds of heaven.” 65Then the kohen gadol tore his clothes and said, “Blasphemy! Why do we need any more witnesses? Look, you’ve heard the blasphemy. 66What’s your verdict?” “Guilty,” they answered. “He deserves death!” 67Then they spat in His face and pounded Him with their fists. Others slapped Him and demanded, 68“Prophesy to us, you Messiah! Which one hit You?”

Peter Denies Yeshua

69Meanwhile, Peter was sitting in the courtyard. A servant girl came over to him and said, “You also were with Yeshua of the Galilee.” 70But he denied it before everyone, saying, “I don’t know what you’re talking about!” 71When he went onto the porch, another servant girl saw him and said to those who were there, “This man was with Yeshua ha-Natzrati.” 72Again he denied it with an oath: “I don’t know the Man!” 73A little while later, some of the bystanders approached Peter and said to him, “Surely you’re one of them, too—your accent gives you away.” 74Then he began to curse and to swear an oath: “I do not know the Man!” Right then, a rooster crowed. 75Then Peter reminded himself of the word Yeshua had said: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny Me three times.” And he went away and wept bitterly.
–from Matthew 26

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t try to carry it all on your own!


None of us were created to go it alone! None of us were setup to do it all by ourselves! That’s why we have one another! Are you willing to look out for the good of others? Are you willing to speak up? Are you willing to speak out? That’s why there are people in our lives who will speak truth in love after seeing how we are living in order to help. Are you willing to allow others to help? Are you willing to give up some control? Are you willing to delegate?

Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. For we are each responsible for our own conduct. Those who are taught the word of God should provide for their teachers, sharing all good things with them. Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit. So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith. notice what large letters i use as i write these closing words in my own handwriting. Those who are trying to force you to be circumcised want to look good to others. They don’t want to be persecuted for teaching that the cross of Christ alone can save. And even those who advocate circumcision don’t keep the whole law themselves. They only want you to be circumcised so they can boast about it and claim you as their disciples. As for me, may I never boast about anything except the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. Because of that cross, my interest in this world has been crucified, and the world’s interest in me has also died. It doesn’t matter whether we have been circumcised or not. What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. May God’s peace and mercy be upon all who live by this principle; they are the new people of God. From now on, don’t let anyone trouble me with these things. For I bear on my body the scars that show I belong to Jesus. Dear brothers and sisters, may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

–from Galatians 6:1-18

Today’s reading takes this from the leadership and delegation side…Work with God and figure out who you can ask to step up and help. Work with God to help you find people who have integrity, honesty, who fear and trust God, and who are capable. Who could be part of managing the different parts, the different areas, the thousands, hundreds, fifties, and tens. Let them deal with the smaller items so that you can focus on the bigger ones based on their abilities.

Jethro’s Advice

1Now Jethro, the priest of Midian and Moses’ father-in-law, heard about everything God had done for Moses and for His people Israel, and how Adonai had brought Israel out of Egypt. ( 2Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, had taken in Moses’ wife Zipporah, after he had sent her away 3with her two sons. One was named Gershom because he said, “I have been an outsider in a foreign land,” 4and the name of the other was Eliezer because he said, “For my father’s God is my help , and delivered me from the sword of Pharaoh.”) 5So Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, came with his sons and his wife to Moses into the wilderness where he was encamped at the mountain of God. 6He had told Moses, “I, Jethro your father-in-law, am coming to you, along with your wife and her two sons.” 7So Moses went out to meet his father-in-law, then bowed down and kissed him. They asked each other about their welfare, and went into the tent. 8Moses told his father-in-law all that Adonai had done to Pharaoh and to the Egyptians for Israel’s sake, as well as all the travail that had come upon them along the way, and how Adonai delivered them. 9Jethro rejoiced for all the goodness that Adonai had shown to Israel, since He had delivered them out of the hand of the Egyptians. 10Jethro said, “Blessed be Adonai, who has delivered you out of the hand of the Egyptians and out of the hand of Pharaoh, and has delivered the people from under the hand of the Egyptians. 11Now I know that Adonai is greater than all gods, since they had acted arrogantly against them.” 12Then Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, presented a burnt offering and sacrifices to God. Aaron also came along with all the elders of Israel to eat bread with Moses’ father-in-law before God. 13The next day, Moses sat to judge the people, and they stood around Moses from morning till evening. 14When Moses’ father-in-law saw all that he did for the people, he said, “What’s this you’re doing to the people? Why sit by yourself, alone, with all the people standing around from morning until evening?” 15Moses answered his father-in-law, “It’s because the people come to me to inquire of God. 16When they have an issue, it comes to me, and I judge between a man and his neighbor, so I make them understand God’s statutes and His laws.” 17But Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you’re doing is no good. 18You will surely wear yourself out, as well as these people who are with you, because the task is too heavy for you. You cannot do it alone, by yourself. 19Now listen to my voice—I will give you advice, and may God be with you! You, represent the people before God, and bring their cases to God. 20Enlighten them as to the statutes and the laws, and show them the way by which they must walk and the work they must do. 21But you should seek out capable men out of all the people—men who fear God, men of truth, who hate bribery. Appoint them to be rulers over thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 22Let them judge the people all the time. Then let every major case be brought to you, but every minor case they can judge for themselves. Make it easier for yourself, as they bear the burden with you. 23If you do this thing as God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all these people will go to their places in shalom.” 24So Moses listened to his father-in-law and did everything he said. 25Moses chose capable men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, hundreds, fifties and tens. 26They judged the people all the time. The hard cases they brought to Moses, but every small matter they judged themselves. 27Then Moses let his father-in-law depart, and he went on his way to his own land.
–from Exodus 18

Are you in a position where you need to be able to delegate? Are you in a position where you need to have a tough conversation with someone? Are you willing to do what is best for the two of you? Are you willing to do what is best for the greater good? Consider where you are at! Consider what is needed! Consider what can be done! Ask God for wisdom! Act out in wisdom and in truth, speaking in love!

Will you remember what God has done? Will you trust Him? Will listen to His voice? Will you obey what He commands?

Theophany at Sinai

1In the third month after Bnei-Yisrael had gone out of the land of Egypt, that same day they arrived at the wilderness of Sinai. 2They travelled from Rephidim, came into to the wilderness of Sinai, and set up camp in the wilderness. Israel camped there, right in front of the mountain. 3Moses went up to God, and Adonai called to him from the mountain saying, “Say this to the house of Jacob, and tell Bnei-Yisrael, 4‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I carried you on eagle’s wings and brought you to Myself. 5Now then, if you listen closely to My voice, and keep My covenant, then you will be My own treasure from among all people, for all the earth is Mine. 6So as for you, you will be to Me a kingdom of kohanim and a holy nation.’ These are the words which you are to speak to Bnei-Yisrael.” 7So Moses went, called for the elders of the people, and put before them all these words that Adonai had commanded him. 8All the people answered together and said, “Everything that Adonai has spoken, we will do.” Then Moses reported the words of the people to Adonai. 9Adonai said to Moses, “I am about to come to you in a thick cloud, so that the people will hear when I speak with you, and believe you forever.” Then Moses told the words of the people to Adonai. 10Adonai said to Moses, “Go to the people, and sanctify them today and tomorrow. Let them wash their clothing. 11Be ready for the third day. For on the third day Adonai will come down upon Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. 12You are to set boundaries for the people all around, saying, ‘Be very careful not to go up onto the mountain, or touch the border of it. Whoever touches the mountain will surely be put to death. 13Not a hand is to touch it, but he will surely be stoned or shot through. Whether it is an animal or a man, it will not live.’ When the shofar sounds, they may come up to the mountain.” 14Then Moses went down from the mountain to the people, consecrated them, and then, they washed their clothing. 15He said to the people, “Be ready for the third day. Do not draw near your wives.” 16In the morning of the third day, there was thundering and lightning, a thick cloud on the mountain, and the blast of an exceedingly loud shofar. All the people in the camp trembled. 17Then Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet God, and they stood at the lowest part of the mountain. 18Now the entire Mount Sinai was in smoke, because Adonai had descended upon it in fire. The smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace. The whole mountain quaked greatly. 19When the sound of the shofar grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God answered him with a thunderous sound. 20Then Adonai came down onto Mount Sinai, to the top of the mountain. Adonai called Moses to the top of the mountain, so Moses went up. 21Then Adonai said to Moses, “Go down and warn the people, lest they break through to see Adonai, and many of them die. 22Even the kohanim who come near to Adonai must consecrate themselves, so that Adonai does not break out against them.” 23Moses said to Adonai, “The people cannot come up to Mount Sinai, for You are the One who warned us, saying, ‘Set boundaries around the mountain, and consecrate it.’” 24Then Adonai said to him, “Go down. You are to come back up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the kohanim and the people break through to come up to Adonai, or He will break out against them.” 25So Moses went down to the people and told them.
–from Exodus 19

Will you remember? Will you forget? Will you obey? Will you disobey? Will you trust? Will you fear? How will you choose to live? Will you take time to daily grasp the glory of God? Will you take a moment to look around and thank God? Will you balance our your time to ensure you are actually working on the right things?

Glory from Heaven and Torah

1For the music director, a psalm of David. 2The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky shows His handiwork. 3Day to day they speak, night to night they reveal knowledge. 4There is no speech, no words, where their voice goes unheard. 5Their voice has gone out to all the earth and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens He pitched a tent for the sun. 6It is like a bridegroom coming out of his bridal chamber. It is like a strong man rejoicing to run his course. 7It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other end. Nothing is hidden from its heat. 8The Torah of Adonai is perfect, restoring the soul. The testimony of Adonai is trustworthy, making the simple wise. 9The precepts of Adonai are right, giving joy to the heart. The mitzvot of Adonai are pure, giving light to the eyes. 10The fear of Adonai is clean, enduring forever. The judgments of Adonai are true and altogether righteous. 11They are more desirable than gold, yes, more than much pure gold! They are sweeter than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. 12Moreover by them Your servant is warned. In keeping them there is great reward. 13Who can discern his errors? Cleanse me of hidden faults. 14Also keep Your servant from willful sins. May they not have dominion over me. Then I will be blameless, free from great transgression. 15May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable before You, Adonai, my Rock and my Redeemer.
–from Psalms 19

How will you glorify God today? How will you live so that He is glorified? God is good! His plans are good! His purpose is good! So put your hope and your trust in Him!

Shalom with God through Messiah

1Therefore, having been made righteous by trusting, we have shalom with God through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah. 2Through Him we also have gained access by faith into this grace in which we stand and boast in the hope of God’s glory. 3And not only that, but we also boast in suffering—knowing that suffering produces perseverance; 4and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5And hope does not disappoint, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Ruach ha-Kodesh who was given to us. 6For while we were still helpless, at the right time Messiah died for the ungodly. 7For rarely will anyone die for a righteous man—though perhaps for a good man someone might even dare to die. 8But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Messiah died for us. 9How much more then, having now been set right by His blood, shall we be saved from God’s wrath through Him. 10For if, while we were yet enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved by His life. 11And not only that, but we also boast in God through our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Yet Sin Reigns through Death

12So then, just as sin came into the world through one man and death through sin, in the same way death spread to all men because all sinned. 13For up until the Torah, sin was in the world; but sin does not count as sin when there is no law. 14Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those who had not sinned in a manner similar to the violation of Adam, who is a pattern of the One to come. 15But the gracious gift is not like the transgression. For if many died because of the transgression of one man, how much more did the grace of God overflow to many through the gift of one Man—Yeshua the Messiah. 16Moreover, the gift is not like what happened through the one who sinned. For on the one hand, the judgment from one violation resulted in condemnation; but on the other hand, the gracious gift following many transgressions resulted in justification. 17For if by the one man’s transgression, death reigned through the one, how much more shall those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the One, Messiah Yeshua. 18So then, through the transgression of one, condemnation came to all men; likewise, through the righteousness of one came righteousness of life to all men. 19For just as through the disobedience of one man, many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of one man, many will be set right forever. 20Now the Torah came in so that transgression might increase. But where sin increased, grace overflowed even more— 21so that just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness, to eternal life through Messiah Yeshua our Lord.
–from Romans 5

In the good times and the bad. In the easy times and the tough times. Consider it pure joy when you face trials of many kinds. Remember to be an overcomer as Jesus overcame the earth.

So let’s be ready! Let’s come prepared! Let’s bring what we need so that we are ready for the day in which we live! Let’s be prepared! Let’s put on the full armor of God! Let’s be filled up so that we can endure what is going to happen! Let’s not be surprised! Let’s not miss out! Let’s be prepared and rejoice! Do not grow weary in doing what is right!

Parable of the Ten Virgins

1“Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3For when the foolish ones took their lamps, they took no oil with them. 4But the wise ones took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5“Now while the bridegroom was taking a long time, they all got drowsy and started falling asleep. 6But in the middle of the night there was a shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’ 7Then all those virgins got up and trimmed their lamps. 8Now the foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, since our lamps are going out.’ 9But the wise ones replied, ‘No, there won’t be enough for us and for you. Instead, go to those who sell, and buy some for yourselves.’ 10“But while they were going off to buy, the bridegroom came. And those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut. 11Now later, the other virgins came, saying, ‘Sir, Sir, open up for us!’ 12“But he replied, ‘Amen, I tell you, I do not know you.’ 13Therefore stay alert, for you know neither the day nor the hour.”
–from Matthew 25

Let’s not waste the gifts and talents God has given us! Let’s not lose the hope that is within us! Let’s multiply! Let’s increase! Let’s be good stewards of what we have been given! Let’s glorify God!

Parable of the Talents

14“For it is like a man about to go on a journey. He called his own servants and handed over his possessions to them. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey. 16“Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them and gained five more. 17In the same way, the one with two gained two more. 18But the one who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19“Now after a long time, the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20The one who had received the five talents came up and brought another five talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed me five talents. Look, I’ve gained five more.’ 21His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful with a little, so I’ll put you in charge of much. Enter into your master’s joy!’ 22“The one who had received the two talents also came up and said, ‘Master, you handed me two talents. Look, I’ve gained two more.’ 23His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful with a little, so I’ll put you in charge of much. Enter into your master’s joy!’ 24“Then the one who had received the one talent also came up and said, ‘Master, I knew that you are a hard man, reaping where you didn’t sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25So I was afraid, and I went off and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ 26“But his master responded, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! You knew that I reap where I didn’t sow and gather where I scattered no seed? 27Then you should have brought my money to the brokers, and when I came I would have received it back with interest. 28Therefore take the talent away from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29For to the one who has, more shall be given, and he shall have an abundance. But from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 30Throw the worthless servant out, into the outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”
–from Matthew 25

So let’s be ready! Let’s be prepared! And let’s see the glory of God!

The Righteous Judge

31“Now when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them from one another, just as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33And He will put the sheep on His right, but the goats on His left. 34Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger and you invited Me in; 36I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’ 37“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You? Or thirsty and give You something to drink? 38And when did we see You a stranger and invite You in? Or naked and clothe You? 39When did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40“And answering, the King will say to them, ‘Amen, I tell you, whatever you did to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’ 41Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Go away from Me, you cursed ones, into the everlasting fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels. 42For I was hungry and you gave Me nothing to eat; I was thirsty and you gave Me nothing to drink; 43I was a stranger and you did not invite Me in; naked and you did not clothe Me; sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.’ 44“Then they too will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not care for You?’ 45Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Amen, I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me.’ 46These shall go off to everlasting punishment, but the righteous into everlasting life.”
–from Matthew 25

 

 

Wondering what to do?


You got this far and now what? You wonder how will you get through it? You wonder how you will get what it will take to make it through?

Imagine living through the various trials and challenges. Imagine seeing your freedom realized. Imagine seeing the Red Sea part so you can escape on dry ground. Imagine getting into the wilderness. Now what? What will you eat? How will you survive?

Where do you turn? Will you remember the miracles of the past and trust God for them? Will you pray and praise Him? Will you wine and complain? Will you trust rather than worry? Will you depend on God for today? Will you not worry about tomorrow and just trust Him for your needs today? Today’s reading begins at just such a time, let’s see how faithful God is…

Manna From Heaven

1They journeyed on from Elim, and the entire community of Bnei-Yisrael came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after leaving the land of Egypt. 2But the whole congregation of Bnei-Yisrael murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. 3Bnei-Yisrael said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of Adonai in the land of Egypt, when we sat by pots of meat, when we ate bread until we were full. But you have brought us into the wilderness, to kill this entire congregation with hunger.” 4Then Adonai said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. The people will go out and gather a day’s portion every day, so that I can test them to find out whether they will walk according to My Torah or not. 5So on the sixth day, when they prepare what they bring in, it will be twice as much as they gather day by day.” 6So Moses and Aaron said to all Bnei-Yisrael, “In the evening you will know that Adonai has brought you out from the land of Egypt, 7and in the morning, then you will see the glory of Adonai. For He heard your complaining against Him. What are we? You complain against us?” 8Then Moses said, “Adonai will give you meat to eat in the evening and enough bread to fill you in the morning, since Adonai hears your complaints that you mutter against Him, what are we? Your complaining is not against us, but against Adonai!” 9Moses said to Aaron, “Say to all the congregation of Bnei-Yisrael, ‘Come near before Adonai, because He has heard your complaining.’” 10Then, as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of Bnei-Yisrael, they looked toward the wilderness, and the glory of Adonai appeared in the cloud. 11Adonai spoke to Moses saying, 12“I have heard the complaining of Bnei-Yisrael. Speak to them saying, ‘At dusk you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know that I am Adonai your God.’” 13So when evening fell, quails came up and covered the camp. Moreover, in the morning there was a layer of dew all around the camp. 14When the layer of dew was gone, on the surface of the desert was a thin, flake-like frost, as fine as the frost on the ground. 15When Bnei-Yisrael saw it, they said one to another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Then Moses said to them, “It is the bread that Adonai has given you to eat. 16This is the word that Adonai has commanded. Every man is to gather according to his needs, an omer per person, according to the number of people per household. Each man is to take it for those who are in his tent.” 17Bnei-Yisrael did so, and some gathered more, some less. 18When they measured it with an omer, those who gathered more had nothing left over, and those that gathered less did not lack at all. Every man gathered according to his appetite. 19Also Moses said to them, “Let no one save any of it until the morning.” 20However, they did not listen to Moses. Some of them preserved it until the morning—but it bred worms and rotted. So Moses was angry with them. 21So they gathered it morning by morning, each man according to his needs, and as the sun became hot it melted. 22On the sixth day they gathered twice as much bread, two omers for each individual. So all the leaders of the community came and informed Moses. 23But he said to them, “This is what Adonai has said. Tomorrow is a Shabbat rest, a holy Shabbat to Adonai. Bake whatever you would bake, and boil what you would boil. Store up for yourselves everything that remains, to be kept until the morning.” 24So they set it aside until the morning, just as Moses instructed, and it did not rot nor were there any worms. 25Then Moses said, “Eat that today, because today is a Shabbat to Adonai. Today you will not find it in the field. 26You are to gather it for six days, but the seventh day is the Shabbat, and there will be none.” 27Yet on the seventh day, some of the people went out to gather and they found none. 28Adonai said to Moses, “How long will you refuse to keep My mitzvot and My Torah? 29See, Adonai has given you the Shabbat, so on the sixth day He gives you the bread of two days. Let every man stay in his place, and let no man go out on the seventh day.” 30So the people rested on the seventh day. 31The house of Israel named it manna . It was white like coriander seed and tasted like wafers made with honey. 32Then Moses said, “This is what Adonai has commanded. Let a full omer of it be kept throughout your generations, so that they may see the bread with which I fed you in the wilderness, when I brought you out from the land of Egypt.” 33Moses said to Aaron, “Take a jar and put a full omer of manna inside. Store it up before Adonai, to be kept throughout your generations.” 34Just as Adonai commanded Moses, Aaron stored it up in front of the Testimony, to be preserved. 35Bnei-Yisrael ate the manna for 40 years. They ate the manna until they came to an inhabited land, when they came to the borders of the land of Canaan. 36Now an omer is the tenth part of an ephah.
–from Exodus 16

Don’t forget how much you can trust God! Don’t forget how He has and will meet your needs! Don’t forget what He’s done in you and through you and for you! Trust Him because He is trustworthy and faithful! Don’t worry about it – lean into and onto God! Will you stand by the leader God has given you? Will you come alongside and hold up their arms to ensure that victory is achieved? Don’t be a whiner! Don’t be a complainer! Trust God! Don’t allow trials and tests to trip you up!

Test and Quarreling

1All the congregation of Bnei-Yisrael journeyed from the wilderness of Sin in stages, according to the command of Adonai, and camped in Rephidim, but there was no water for the people to drink. 2So the people quarreled with Moses and said, “Give us water to drink.” And Moses said to them, “Why do you quarrel with me? Why do you test Adonai?” 3But the people thirsted for water there, and they complained against Moses and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt? To kill us with thirst, along with our children and cattle?” 4So Moses cried out to Adonai saying, “What am I to do for these people? They are about ready to stone me.” 5Adonai said to Moses, “Walk before the people, and take of the elders of Israel with you, along with your staff with which you struck the river. Take it in your hand and go. 6Behold, I will stand before you, there upon the rock in Horeb. You are to strike the rock, and water will come out of it so that the people can drink.” Then Moses did just so in the eyes of the elders of Israel. 7The name of the place was called Massah and Meribah, because of the quarreling of Bnei-Yisrael, and because they tested Adonai saying, “Is Adonai among us, or not?”

War Against Amalek

8Then the Amalekites came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. 9Moses said to Joshua, “Choose men, go out, and fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10So Joshua did as Moses said, and fought the Amalekites, while Moses, Aaron and Hur went up to the top of the hill. 11When Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed. But when he let down his hand, the Amalekites prevailed. 12Moses’ hands grew heavy, so they took a stone, put it under him, and he sat down. Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on each side. So his hands were steady until the sun went down. 13So Joshua overpowered the Amalekites and his army with the edge of the sword. 14Adonai said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book, and rehearse it in the hearing of Joshua, for I will utterly blot out the memory of the Amalekites from under heaven.” 15Then Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Adonai-Nissi. 16Then he said, “By the hand upon the throne of Adonai, Adonai will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.”

You realize that everything is God’s? The earth and everything in it and on it! You realize He made it all and know how it all works and can use it for His glory! Will you allow Jesus to work in and through you to prepare you to be able to meet with God?

The King of Glory

1A psalm of David. The earth is Adonai’s and all that fills it— the world, and those dwelling on it. 2For He founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers. 3Who may go up on the mountain of Adonai? `Who may stand in His holy place? 4One with clean hands and a pure heart, who has not lifted his soul in vain, nor sworn deceitfully. 5He will receive a blessing from Adonai, righteousness from God his salvation. 6Such is the generation seeking Him, seeking Your face, even Jacob! Selah 7Lift up your heads, O gates, and be lifted up, you everlasting doors: that the King of glory may come in. 8“Who is this King of glory?” Adonai strong and mighty, Adonai mighty in battle! 9Lift up your heads, O gates, and lift them up, you everlasting doors: that the King of glory may come in. 10“Who is this King of glory?” Adonai-Tzva’ot—He is the King of glory! Selah
–from Psalms 24

Do you realize what it will take? Faith! Not works, just faith! Will you have and show your trust and confidence in God? Will you believe in the things unseen and hoped for? Will you trust God with it all? Believing credited Abraham with righteousness and to be called a friend of God!

Abraham Set Right by Faith

1What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 2For if Abraham was set right by works, he has something to boast about—but not before God. 3For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” 4Now to the one who works, the pay is not credited as a gift, but as what is due. 5But to the one who does not work, but trusts in Him who justifies the ungodly, his trust is credited as righteousness— 6just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 7“Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven and whose sins are covered. 8Blessed is the man whose sin Adonai will never count against him.” 9Is this blessing then only on the circumcised, or also on the uncircumcised? For we say, “trust was credited to Abraham as righteousness.” 10In what state then was it credited? While circumcised, or uncircumcised? Not while circumcised, but while uncircumcised! 11And he received the sign of circumcision as a seal of the righteousness of the trust he had while he was uncircumcised, so he might be the father of all who are trusting while uncircumcised—that righteousness might be credited to them as well. 12Also he is the father of the circumcised, to those not only circumcised but also walking in the footsteps of the trust of our father Abraham before his circumcision.

Trusting in the Promise

13For the promise to Abraham or to his seed—to become heir of the world—was not through law, but through the righteousness based on trust. 14For if those who are of the Torah are heirs, trust has become empty and the promise is made ineffective. 15For the Torah brings about wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there a violation. 16For this reason it depends on trust, so that the promise according to grace might be guaranteed to all the offspring—not only to those of the Torah but also to those of the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all 17(as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”). He is our father in the sight of God in whom he trusted, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence that which does not exist. 18In hope beyond hope, he trusted that he would become the father of many nations according to what was spoken—“So shall your descendants be.” 19And without becoming weak in faith, he considered his own body—as good as dead, since he was already a hundred years old—and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20Yet he did not waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God. Rather, he was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. 21He was fully convinced that what God has promised, He also is able to do. 22That is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23Now not only for his sake was it written that it was credited to him, 24but for our sake as well. It is credited to us as those who trust in Him who raised Yeshua our Lord from the dead. 25He was handed over for our transgressions and raised up for the sake of setting us right.
–from Romans 4

So will you believe it? Will you live it? Will you?

Will you choose before it is to late? Will you be prepared before it is too late? We all have a chance to choose! Some will choose to believe and be saved! Some will choose to not believe! Some will choose to wait on making any decision. Choose wisely and before it is too late! Watch for the signs! Don’t be fooled! Let’s be faithful that we may spend eternity with God!

1Now when Yeshua went out and was going away from the Temple, His disciples came up to point out to Him the Temple buildings. 2“Don’t you see all these?” He responded to them. “Amen, I tell you, not one stone will be left here on top of another—every one will be torn down!”

Signs of the End of Time

3As He was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things happen? What will be the sign of Your coming and of the end of the age?” 4Yeshua answered them, “Be careful that no one leads you astray! 5For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will lead many astray. 6You will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must happen but it is not yet the end. 7For nation will rise up against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. And there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. 8But all these things are only the beginning of birth pains. 9“Then they will hand you over to persecution and will kill you. You will be hated by all the nations because of My name. 10And then many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one other. 11Many false prophets will arise and lead many astray. 12Because lawlessness will multiply, the love of many will grow cold. 13But the one who endures to the end will be saved. 14This Good News of the kingdom shall be proclaimed in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come. 15“So when you see ‘the abomination of desolation,’ which was spoken of through Daniel the prophet, standing in the Holy Place (let the reader understand), 16then those in Judea must flee to the mountains. 17The one on the roof must not go down to take what is in his house, 18and the one in the field must not turn back to get his coat. 19Woe to those who are pregnant and to those who are nursing babies in those days! 20Pray that your escape will not happen in winter, or on Shabbat. 21For then there will be great trouble, such as has not happened since the beginning of the world until now, nor ever will. 22And unless those days were cut short, no one would be delivered. But for the sake of the chosen, those days will be cut short. 23“Then if anyone says to you, ‘Look, here’s the Messiah,’ or ‘There He is,’ do not believe it. 24For false messiahs and false prophets will rise up and show great signs and wonders so as to lead astray, if possible, even the chosen. 25See, I have told you beforehand. 26“So if they say to you, ‘Look, He is in the wilderness,’ do not go out. Or, ‘Look, He is in the inner rooms,’ do not believe it. 27For just as lightning comes from the east and flashes as far as the west, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man. 28For wherever the carcass is, there the vultures will gather. 29“But immediately after the trouble of those days, ‘the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light and the stars will fall from heaven and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.’ 30Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the land will mourn, and they will see ‘the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven’ with power and great glory. 31He will send out His angels with a great shofar, and they will gather together His chosen from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

Watching for Messiah’s Return

32“Now learn the parable from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33So also, when you see all these things, know that it is near, at the door. 34Amen, I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all these things happen. 35Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. 36But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven nor the Son, except the Father alone. 37“For just as the days of Noah were, so will be the coming of the Son of Man. 38For in those days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day Noah entered the ark. 39And they did not understand until the flood came and swept them all away. So shall it be at the coming of the Son of Man. 40Then two men will be in the field, one taken and one left. 41Two women will be grinding at the mill, one taken and one left. 42Therefore stay alert; for you do not know what day your Lord is coming. 43But know this, that if the master of the house had known what time the thief was coming, he would have kept watch and not let his house be broken into. 44So you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

The Faithful Servant

45“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom the master put in charge of his household to give them food at the proper time? 46Blessed is that servant whose master finds him so doing when he comes. 47Amen, I tell you, his master will put him in charge of all his possessions. 48But if that wicked servant says in his heart, ‘My master is taking a long time,’ 49and he begins to beat his fellow servants, and he eats and drinks with drunkards, 50the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know. 51And he will cut him in two and assign his place with the hypocrites, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
–from Matthew 24