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 Spirit1Therefore, 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 Glory18For 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