In this world there will be many things that will try to tempt you into doing things you shouldn’t! In this world there will be many things that will try to tempt you into doing things you will regret! In this world the devil who comes to rob, steal, and destroy will be trying to pull you away from God in order to bring you to the fiery pits with him since He know that his destination has been determined and he loses. So don’t fall for this trickery! Don’t allow the fear he tries to create to take root! Trust in God! In all your ways acknowledge God and He will make your path straight! People with integrity walk safely! So let’s take hold of that and when we are being tempted, let’s call to God to get insight, wisdom, direction, and discernment so that we will walk with Him and in alignment with His will and His way!
Today’s reading continues in the book of Proverbs…
1My son, pay attention to my wisdom. Incline your ear to my insight, 2that you may maintain discretion and your lips may preserve knowledge. 3For a seducing woman’s lips drip honey and her mouth is smoother than oil. 4But in the end she is bitter as wormwood, sharp as a double-edged sword. 5Her feet go down to death, her steps lead straight to Sheol. 6She does not keep straight to the path of life, her paths are crooked —but she does not know it. 7So now, my sons, listen to me and do not turn aside from the words of my mouth. 8Keep your path far from her and do not go near the door of her house— 9lest you give your strength to others and your years to one who is cruel; 10lest strangers feast on your strength, your labors go to a foreigner’s house. 11At the end of your life, you will groan, when your flesh and body are spent— 12and you will say, “How I hated discipline! How my heart spurned reproof! 13I would not listen to my teacher’s voice or incline my ear to my instructors. 14I was almost in utter ruin amid the community and congregation.” 15Drink water from your own cistern and running water from your own well. 16Should your springs flow in the streets, your streams of water in public squares? 17Let them be yours alone and not shared with strangers. 18May your fountain be blessed and may you delight in the wife of your youth. 19A lovely hind, a graceful doe— may her breasts satisfy you always, may you always be captivated by her love. 20Why, my son, be captivated by a seducing woman? Why embrace a foreigner’s bosom? 21For a man’s ways are before the eyes of Adonai, and He observes all his paths. 22The iniquities of a wicked man will ensnare him. The cords of his sin will hold him down. 23He will die for lack of discipline, led astray by his own great folly.
–from Proverbs 5
God has called us on purpose for a purpose! He created us on purpose with purpose for a purpose! So do not be tricked! Do not be fooled! Let’s finish the race strong! Let’s not grow weary in doing good! Trust in the Lord and He will renew your strength!
1My son, if you have become a cosigner for your neighbor, if you have shaken hands in pledge with a stranger, 2if you are trapped by your own words, ensnared by the words of your mouth, 3then do this, my son, and free yourself, since you fell into your neighbor’s hand: Go, humble yourself, plead with your neighbor! 4Allow no sleep to your eyes, nor slumber to your eyelids. 5Escape like a gazelle from the hunter’s hand, like a bird from the snare of the fowler.
Laziness and Perversity
6Go to the ant, you slacker— consider its ways and be wise! 7It has no commander, no overseer or ruler. 8Yet it prepares its provisions in summer and gathers its food at harvest. 9How long will you lie there, slacker? When will you get up from your sleep? 10A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep— 11and your poverty comes like a bandit and your need like an armed man. 12A scoundrel, a wicked man, is one who goes around with a perverse mouth, 13winking his eyes, shuffling his feet, pointing his fingers, 14who continually plots evil with deceit in his heart stirring up strife. 15Therefore his disaster will come suddenly —in an instant he will be broken, with no remedy. 16Six things Adonai hates, yes, seven are abominations to Him: 17haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, 18a heart that plots wicked schemes, feet that run to evil, 19a false witness who spouts lies, and one who stirs up strife among brothers.
A Father’s Warning Against Adultery
20My son, keep your father’s mitzvah, and forsake not your mother’s teaching. 21Bind them on your heart continually— tie them around your neck. 22When you walk, they will guide you. When you lie down, they will watch over you, and when you wake up, they will speak to you. 23For the mitzvah is a lamp, Torah a light, and corrective discipline the way of life, 24keeping you from the immoral woman, from a wayward wife’s smooth tongue. 25Do not lust in your heart after her beauty or let her captivate you with her eyelids. 26For on account of a prostitute one is reduced to a loaf of bread; a man’s wife preys on your precious life. 27Can a man scoop fire into his lap without burning his clothes? 28Or can a man walk upon hot coals without scorching his feet? 29So is he who goes to another man’s wife. No one who touches her will go unpunished. 30Men do not despise a thief if he steals to satisfy himself when he is starving. 31Yet if he is caught, he must repay sevenfold, giving up all the wealth of his house. 32He who commits adultery with a woman lacks sense. Whoever does so destroys himself. 33He will find disease and disgrace. His shame will never be wiped away. 34For jealousy enrages a man and he will show no mercy in the day of revenge. 35He will not accept any compensation, he will not consent, even if your bribe is great.
–from Proverbs 6
So let’s be of good character and take care of one another! Let’s do as Jesus taught us! Love God and Love people! Let’s do as the prophets kept point people back when they slid away! Love God and Love people! Let’s make a difference in this world around us! Let’s not grow weary in doing good work! Let’s not show favoritism but love to everyone! Let’s allow others to see our faith in the way we live! Let’s allow our works to speak for our faith so that even if we don’t say anything others will see it and glorify our Father in heaven!
Honor the Poor Person
1My brothers and sisters, do not hold the faith of our glorious Lord Yeshua the Messiah while showing favoritism. 2For if a man with a gold ring and fine clothes comes into your synagogue, and a poor person in filthy clothes also comes in; 3and you pay special attention to the one wearing the fine clothing and you say, “Sit here in a good place”; and you say to the poor person, “Stand there,” or “Sit by my footstool”; 4haven’t you made distinctions between yourselves, and become judges with evil thoughts? 5Listen, my dear brothers and sisters. Didn’t God choose the poor in this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the Kingdom that He promised to those who love Him? 6But you have dishonored the poor person. Isn’t it the rich who oppress you and drag you into court? 7Don’t they blaspheme the good name by which you were called? 8If, however, you fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you do well. 9But if you show favoritism, you are committing sin and are convicted by the Torah as transgressors. 10For whoever keeps the whole Torah but stumbles in one point, he has become guilty of all. 11For the one who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not commit murder.” Now if you do not commit adultery but do commit murder, you have become a transgressor of the Torah. 12So speak and act as those who will be judged according to a Torah that gives freedom. 13For judgment is merciless to the one who does not show mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Show Faith with Works
14What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone says he has faith, but does not have works? Can such faith save him? 15If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, 16and one of you says to them, “Go in shalom, keep warm and well fed, ” but you do not give them what the body needs, what good is that? 17So also faith, if it does not have works, is dead by itself. 18But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith without works and I will show you faith by my works. 19You believe that God is one. You do well. The demons also believe—and shudder! 20But do you want to know, you empty person, that faith without works is dead? 21Wasn’t Abraham our father proved righteous by works when he offered up Isaac his son on the altar? 22You see that faith worked together with his works, and by the works his faith was made complete. 23The Scripture was fulfilled that says, “And Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness”—and he was called God’s friend. 24You see that a man is proved righteous by works and not by faith alone. 25And likewise, wasn’t Rahab the prostitute also proved righteous by works when she welcomed the messengers and sent them out another way? 26For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
–from James 2
Trust God when He sends you! Live with the authority God has given you so that you can speak life into people! Live with the authority God has given you so that you can speak and watch even the demons obey you because you are speaking in Jesus’ name! Don’t go out into battle unprepared! Pray up! Fill up! Be prepared! Put on the full armor of God!
Sending Out the Twelve
1Now when Yeshua called the twelve together, He gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases.
2He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal. 3And He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey—no walking stick, no travel bag, no bread, no money, nor even to have two shirts. 4Whatever house you enter, stay there and depart from there. 5And whoever does not receive you, when you leave that town, shake off the dust from your feet as a witness against them.” 6So they went out and began traveling throughout the villages, proclaiming the Good News and healing everywhere. 7Now Herod the tetrarch heard all that was happening. He was very confused, because some were saying that John had been raised from the dead, 8but others that Elijah had appeared, and others that some prophet from among the ancients had arisen. 9But Herod said, “I beheaded John, but who is this about whom I hear such things?” And he kept trying to see Him.
A Hungry Crowd in a Desolate Place
10When the emissaries returned, they described to Yeshua all they had done. Then He took them along and withdrew privately to a city named Bethsaida. 11But the crowds found out and followed Him. So Yeshua welcomed them and began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those in need of healing. 12Now the day began to wind down, and the twelve came and said to Yeshua, “Send the crowd away, so they might go into the nearby villages and countryside and find food and lodging; for we are in a desolate place here.” 13But Yeshua said to them, “You give them something to eat!” But they said, “We have no more than five loaves of bread and two fish, unless we go to buy food for all these people.” 14For there were about five thousand men. Then Yeshua said to His disciples, “Have the people recline in groups of about fifty each.” 15They did so, and all reclined. 16And He took the five loaves and the two fish; and looking up to heaven, He offered the bracha and broke them. And He kept giving them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17Then they all ate and were satisfied. And what was left over was picked up, twelve baskets of the fragments.
Secrets Revealed to the Disciples Alone
18Once when Yeshua was praying alone and His disciples were near, He put a question to them, saying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” 19They replied, “John the Immerser, but others Elijah, and others that some prophet from among the ancients has arisen.” 20Then He said to them, “But who do you that say I am?” Then Peter answered and said, “The Messiah of God.” 21But Yeshua warned them, and He ordered them not to tell this to anyone, 22saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and ruling kohanim and Torah scholars, and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” 23Then Yeshua was saying to everyone, “If anyone wants to follow Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross every day, and follow Me. 24For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. 25“For what does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses or forfeits himself? 26For whoever is ashamed of Me and My words, the Son of Man will be ashamed of him when He comes in His glory and the glory of the Father and the holy angels. 27But I tell you truthfully, there are some standing here who will never taste death until they see the kingdom of God.”
Glorified on a Mountain
28About eight days after these teachings, Yeshua took Peter, John, and Jacob with Him and went up the mountain to pray. 29While He was praying, the appearance of His face changed, and His clothing flashed like white lightning. 30And behold, two men were talking with Him, Moses and Elijah. 31Appearing in glory, they were speaking of Yeshua’s departure, which was about to take place in Jerusalem. 32Now Peter and those with him were overcome with sleep. But when they awakened, they saw Yeshua’s glory and the two men standing with Him. 33And as they were leaving Yeshua, Peter said to Him, “Master, it’s good for us to be here. Let’s make three sukkot: one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah”—not knowing what he was saying. 34While he was yet saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them; and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35Then a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son, the One I have chosen. Listen to Him!” 36And after the voice happened, Yeshua was found alone. They kept quiet and told no one in those days any of the things they had seen.
Coming Down from the Mountaintop
37On the next day as they came down from the mountain, a large crowd met Yeshua. 38Suddenly a man from the crowd shouted out loudly, saying, “Teacher, I’m begging You to look at my son, for he’s my only child! 39You see, a spirit takes hold of him, and he immediately screams. It throws him into convulsions with frothing. It hardly ever leaves him—it’s crushing him! 40I begged Your disciples to drive it out, but they couldn’t.” 41Then answering, Yeshua said, “O faithless and twisted generation, how long shall I be with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.” 42And while the boy was still approaching Yeshua, the demon knocked him down to the ground and threw him into convulsions. But Yeshua rebuked the unclean spirit, healed the boy, and restored him to his father. 43And all were amazed at the mighty power of God. But as everyone was marveling at all He was doing, He said to His disciples, 44“Put these words into your ears: the Son of Man is about to be delivered into the hands of men.” 45But they did not understand this statement; it was yet concealed from them so they could not grasp it. And they were afraid to ask Him about this statement. 46Now a dispute began between the disciples as to who might be the greatest among them. 47But Yeshua, knowing the reasoning of their heart, took a child and set him by His side. 48He said to them, “Whoever welcomes this child in My name, welcomes Me. And whoever welcomes Me, welcomes the One who sent Me. The one who is the least among all of you is the one who is great.” 49John replied, “Master, we saw someone driving out demons in Your name, and we tried to stop him because he doesn’t follow along with us.” 50Yeshua said to him, “Do not stop him, for he who is not against you is for you.”
Samaria Turns Yeshua Away
51When the days were approaching for Him to be taken up, Yeshua was determined to go up to Jerusalem. 52He sent messengers before Him, and they went and entered a Samaritan village to make His arrangements. 53But they did not receive Him, because He was focused on going up to Jerusalem. 54When His disciples Jacob and John saw this, they said, “Master, do You want us to command fire to come down from heaven and consume them?” 55But Yeshua turned and rebuked them. 56Then they moved on to another village. 57As they were traveling on the road, someone said to Him, “I will follow You wherever You go.” 58But Yeshua said to him, “Foxes have dens and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.” 59He said to another, “Follow Me.” But that one said, “First let me go and bury my father.” 60But Yeshua said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead. But you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61Then another also said, “I will follow You, Master, but first let me say goodbye to those in my home.” 62But Yeshua said to him, “No one who has put his hand to the plow and looked back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
–from Luke 9