Are you ready? Are you living life to your fullest potential? Are you prepared? Are you loving? Are you caring? Are you sharing? Are you making a difference? Are you ready in your heart? Is it settled in your heart and your mind? Do you know?
It’s time to get ready!
Do you have your eyes on the right prize? Do you have your mind on the right goal? Do you have your heart set on the right purpose? If you don’t, you could be setting yourself up for a heap of trouble.
Prophet Against Bethel
1Unexpectedly, a man of God came from Judah to Bethel with the word of Adonai while Jeroboam was standing by the altar to burn incense. 2He cried out against the altar with the word of Adonai and said: “O altar, altar, thus says Adonai, behold, a son shall be born to the house of David, Josiah by name, and upon you will he sacrifice the priests of the high places who burn incense on you, and human bones will be burned upon you.’” 3The same day he gave a sign, saying, “This is the sign that Adonai has spoken, the altar is about to be split apart and the fat ashes on it will be poured out.” 4Now when the king heard the word of the man of God, which he proclaimed against the altar in Bethel, Jeroboam stretched out his hand from the altar saying: “Seize him!” But the hand which he stretched out against him withered—he could not even draw it back to himself. 5The altar also was split apart and the fat ashes poured out from the altar, just as was the sign that the man of God gave with the word of Adonai. 6So the king responded by saying to the man of God: “Please seek the face of Adonai your God, and pray for me, so my hand may be restored to me!” So the man of God sought the face of Adonai and the king’s hand was restored to him, becoming as it was before. 7Then the king said to the man of God: “Come home with me and have something to eat, and then, I will give you a reward.” 8But the man of God said to the king: “Even if you give me half your house, I will not go with you nor will I eat bread or drink water in this place. 9For so I was charged by the word of Adonai, saying, ‘You are to eat no bread, nor drink water, nor return by the way by which you came.’” 10So he took another road and did not return by the way he had come to Bethel. 11Now one old prophet was living in Bethel. His son came and told him all the deeds that the man of God had done that day in Bethel and all the words that he had spoken to the king they related to their father. 12Then their father asked them: “Which way did he go?” For his sons had seen which way the man of God that came from Judah went. 13Then he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me!” So they saddled the donkey for him and he rode away on it. 14Then he went after the man of God and found him sitting under an oak tree. He said to him, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?” “I am,” he said. 15“Come home with me,” he said to him, “and eat bread!” 16But he said: “I cannot return with you nor go with you, nor will I eat bread or drink water with you in this place. 17For it was said to me by the word of Adonai: You shall eat no bread nor drink water there, nor should you return back by the way by which you came.” 18So he said to him: “I also am a prophet like you. An angel spoke to me with the word of Adonai saying, ‘Bring him back with you to your house that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (He lied to him.) 19So he went back with him and ate bread in his house and drank water. 20Now while they were sitting at the table, the word of Adonai came to the prophet who had brought him back, 21and he cried to the man of God that came from Judah saying, “Thus says Adonai: Because you rebelled against the word of Adonai, and did not keep the commandment which Adonai your God commanded you, 22but turned back, ate bread and drank water in the place of which He said to you, ‘Eat no bread and drink no water,’ your carcass will not enter the tomb of your fathers.” 23So after he had eaten bread and after he had drunk, he saddled the donkey for him, for the prophet he had brought back. 24But when he was gone, a lion met him along the way and killed him. So his carcass was thrown on the road with both the donkey and the lion standing beside the carcass. 25Then, men passed by and saw the carcass thrown on the road with the lion standing by the carcass. So they came and told it in the town where the old prophet lived. 26Now when the prophet who had brought him back from the road heard it, he said: “It is the man of God who defied the word of Adonai; therefore Adonai gave him to the lion which mauled him and killed him, according to the word Adonai spoke to him.” 27Then he spoke to his sons saying: “Saddle the donkey for me!” So they saddled it. 28Then he went and found his carcass lying on the road, with the donkey and the lion standing by the carcass. The lion had not eaten the carcass nor mauled the donkey. 29Then the prophet picked up the carcass of the man of God, he laid it on the donkey and brought it back to the town of the old prophet to mourn and to bury him. 30He laid his carcass in his own tomb and they mourned over him saying, “Oy , my brother!” 31After burying him, he said to his sons, “When I die, bury me in the tomb where the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones. 32For the message he declared by the word of Adonai against the altar in Bethel, and against all the shrines of the high places which are in the towns of Samaria, will surely come to pass.” 33Even after this, Jeroboam did not turn back from his evil way, but once again, he appointed priests for the high places from among all ranks of the people. Whoever wanted to be a priest, he consecrated him for the high places. 34So this matter became sin against the house of Jeroboam, in the end, wiping it out and destroying it from the face of the earth.
–from 1 Kings 13
We need to be obedient to the Word of God! We need to take hold of His wisdom! Partial obedience is disobedience!
1Now when Rehoboam arrived at Jerusalem, he assembled the House of Judah and Benjamin, 180,000 chosen men who were warriors, to fight against Israel in order to restore the kingdom back to Rehoboam. 2But the word of Adonai came to Shemaiah the man of God saying: 3“Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, and to all Israel in Judah and Benjamin saying, 4‘Thus says Adonai, You shall not go up nor fight against your kinsmen. Let everyone return to his house for this matter is of Me.’ ” So they listened to the words of Adonai and returned from marching against Jeroboam.
Reign of Rehoboam
5Rehoboam lived in Jerusalem and built fortified cities for defense in Judah. 6He built up Beth-lehem, Etam, Tekoa, 7Beth-zur, Soco, Adullam, 8Gath, Mareshah, Ziph, 9Adoraim, Lachish, Azekah, 10Zorah, Aijalon and Hebron, which are fortified cities in Judah and in Benjamin. 11He also strengthened the fortified towns and put commanders in them, along with stores of food, oil and wine. 12He also put shields and spears in every town, and made them very strong. So he held Judah and Benjamin. 13Moreover, the kohanim and the Levites from all their territories throughout Israel presented themselves to him. 14The Levites even abandoned their pastures and their possessions and came to Judah and Jerusalem because Jeroboam and his sons had rejected them as kohanim to Adonai, 15and had appointed his own priests for the high places, for the he-goats and for the calves that he had made. 16Those from all the tribes of Israel, who had set their hearts to seek Adonai, followed the Levites to Jerusalem to sacrifice to Adonai, the God of their fathers. 17So they strengthened the kingdom of Judah and supported Rehoboam the son of Solomon for three years, for they walked in the way of David and Solomon for three years. 18Rehoboam married Mahalat the daughter of Jerimoth the son of David and of Abihail the daughter of Eliab the son of Jesse. 19She bore him sons: Jeush and Shemariah and Zaham. 20After her he took Maacah the daughter of Absalom and she bore him Abijah, Attai, Ziza and Shelomith. 21Now Rehoboam loved Maacah the daughter of Absalom more than all his wives and concubines—for he took 18 wives and 60 concubines and fathered 28 sons and 60 daughters. 22Rehoboam appointed Abijah the son of Maacah as chief and commander among his brothers, for he intended to make him king. 23He also wisely dispersed some of his sons throughout the territories of Judah and Benjamin to all the fortified cities and he gave them plenty of food and sought many wives for them.
–from 2 Chronicles 11
Forgiveness is the key to true freedom! Forgiveness is the key to redemption! Without forgiveness, we allow anger, bitterness, and frustration to take root and eat us up from the inside out. Jesus is the redeemer!
Forgiveness and Full Redemption
1A Song of Ascents. Out of the depths I cry to You, Adonai! 2Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive to the sound of my supplications. 3If You, Adonai, kept a record of iniquities— my Lord, who could stand? 4For with You there is forgiveness, so You may be revered. 5I wait for Adonai, my soul waits, and in His word I hope. 6My soul waits for my Lord, more than watchmen for the morning, watchmen for the morning. 7O Israel, wait for Adonai. For with Adonai there is lovingkindness, and with Him is full redemption, 8and He will redeem Israel from all its iniquities.
–from Psalms 130
We need to be ready! We need to be prepared! We need to have things aligned! We can’t put it off! We need Jesus! We need to be living for Jesus! We need to be making a difference daily! It’s based on our calling! It’s based on God’s plan and purpose for us and our lives! We can’t give up! We can’t give in! We must persevere! We must allow patience to work in and through us! We need to be all in! We can’t be in the middle or sitting on the fence! We need to be all in so that we are prepared and ready for what is yet to come!
Sardis: Coming Like a Thief
1To the angel of Messiah’s community in Sardis write: “Thus says the One having the seven spirits of God and the seven stars: I know your deeds—you have a reputation for being alive, but you are dead. 2Wake up, and strengthen what remains that was about to die. For I have not found your deeds complete in the sight of My God. 3So remember what you have received and heard—keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come upon you. 4“But still, you have a few people in Sardis who have not stained their clothes. They will walk with Me in white, because they are worthy. 5The one who overcomes thus will be dressed in white clothes; I will never blot his name out of the Book of Life, and will confess his name before My Father and His angels. 6He who has an ear, let him hear what the Ruach is saying to Messiah’s communities.
Philadelphia: I Have Loved You
7To the angel of Messiah’s community in Philadelphia write: “Thus says the Holy One, the True One, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, and who shuts and no one opens: 8I know your deeds. Behold, I have set before you an open door that no one is able to shut—because you have little power, but you have kept My word and have not denied My name. 9Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of satan—who say they are Jewish and are not, but lie—behold, I will cause them to come and bow down before your feet, so that they acknowledge that I have loved you! 10“Because you have kept My word about patient endurance, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is coming upon the whole world to test those who dwell on the earth. 11I am coming soon—hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown. 12The one who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the Temple of My God, and he will never leave it. And on him I will write the name of My God and the name of the city of My God—the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God—and My own new Name. 13He who has an ear, let him hear what the Ruach is saying to Messiah’s communities.”
Laodicea: Standing at the Door
14To the angel of Messiah’s community in Laodicea write: “Thus says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Originator of God’s creation: 15I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. Oh, that you were either cold or hot! 16So because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I am about to spew you out of My mouth. 17For you say, ‘I am rich, I have made myself wealthy, and I need nothing.’ But you do not know that you are miserable and pitiable and poor and blind and naked. 18I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire so that you may be rich, and white clothes so that you may dress yourself and so the shame of your nakedness will not be revealed, and eye salve to anoint your eyes so that you may see. 19Those whom I love, I rebuke and discipline. Therefore, be zealous and repent. 20Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me. 21To the one who overcomes I will grant the right to sit with Me on My throne, just as I myself overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22He who has an ear, let him hear what the Ruach is saying to Messiah’s communities.”
–from The Revelation 3
Do you know who you are serving? Do you know who is leading your steps? Do you know why you do what you do? Don’t be fooled! Don’t get tricked! Don’t be mislead! Hold onto the truth for the truth will set you free!
1On one of the days while Yeshua was teaching the people in the Temple and proclaiming the Good News, the ruling kohanim and the Torah scholars, together with the elders, confronted Him. 2And they spoke, saying to Him, “Tell us by what authority are You doing these things? Or who is the one who gave You this authority?” 3But answering, Yeshua said to them, “I also will ask you a question, and you tell Me: 4the immersion of John—was it from heaven or from men?” 5They reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why didn’t you believe him?’ 6But if we say, ‘From men,’ then all the people will stone us, because they are convinced that John is a prophet.” 7So they answered that they didn’t know where it came from. 8And Yeshua said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.” 9Then He began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and went on a journey for a long time. 10And at the season, he sent a servant to the tenants so that they would give him part of the vineyard’s fruit. But the tenants beat him up and sent him away empty-handed. 11So he proceeded to send another servant. They beat him too and treated him shamefully, and they sent him away empty-handed. 12And he proceeded to send a third one. They wounded this one too, and they threw him out. 13“Now the master of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my son, whom I love. Probably they will show him respect.’ 14But when the tenants saw him, they discussed the matter among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir! Let’s kill him so the inheritance will be ours.’ 15So they threw him out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the master of the vineyard do to them? 16He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” But when they heard this, they said, “May it never happen!” 17Then Yeshua looked right at them and said, “Then what is this that has been written, ‘The stone which the builders rejected, this has become the chief cornerstone’? 18Everyone who falls on that stone will be shattered; but the one upon whom it falls, it will crush him.” 19The Torah scholars and the ruling kohanim tried to grab Him that very hour, because they realized that He spoke this parable against them—but they feared the people.
Silencing the Opposition
20Now they watched Him and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, in order to trap Him in His words so they could hand Him over to the power and authority of the governor. 21And they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You tell it straight and You teach it straight. You show no partiality, but teach the way of God according to the truth. 22Is it permitted for us to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 23But carefully considering their treachery, Yeshua said to them, 24“Show me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?” And they said, “Caesar’s.” 25Then He said to them, “Well then, give to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” 26And they could not trap Him in His words in the presence of the people. Astonished by His answer, they kept silent. 27Then some of the Sadducees (who deny there is a resurrection) came and questioned Yeshua. 28“Teacher,” they said, “Moses wrote for us that ‘if a man’s brother dies’ having a wife ‘but no children, then his brother should take the widow and father children for his brother.’ 29Now there were seven brothers, and the first took a wife and died childless; 30and the second 31and the third took her, but in this same way, each of the seven brothers died and left no children. 32Finally the woman died too. 33So in the resurrection, whose wife is she? For all seven had married her.” 34Yeshua said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35But those considered worthy to reach the olam ha-ba and the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. 36For they can no longer die, because they are like angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37But at the burning bush even Moses revealed that the dead are raised, when he calls Adonai ‘the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38Now He is God not of the dead but of the living, for to Him they all are living.” 39Some of the Torah scholars replied, “Teacher, You have said it well.” 40For they no longer dared to question Him about anything. 41Then Yeshua said to them, “How can they say that the Messiah is Ben-David? 42For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, ‘Adonai said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, 43until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.”’ 44David then calls Him ‘Lord’; so how is He his son?” 45Then with all the people listening, Yeshua said to the disciples, 46“Beware of the Torah scholars, who like to walk around in long robes. They love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and places of honor at feasts. 47They devour widows’ houses and make long prayers as a show. These men will receive greater condemnation!”
–from Luke 20