Understanding…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John 3:

9Nakdimon (Nicodemus) replied, “How can this happen?” 10Yeshua (Jesus) answered him, “You hold the office of teacher in Isra’el, and you don’t know this? 11Yes, indeed! I tell you that what we speak about, we know; and what we give evidence of, we have seen; but you people don’t accept our evidence! 12If you people don’t believe me when I tell you about the things of the world, how will you believe me when I tell you about the things of heaven? 13No one has gone up into heaven; there is only the one who has come down from heaven, the Son of Man. 14Just as Moshe (Moses) lifted up the serpent in the desert, so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15so that everyone who trusts in him may have eternal life.

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/jhn.3>

*Words in parentheses are the English word for the Hebrew placed by the author.

Many still do not understand things of the earth.  And miracles thrill but they are not truly understood.  Until one enters into the Spirit by believing what Jesus says, one cannot understand. Things of the Spirit confound those outside Christ.

Miracles and signs are pursued and the Christ on the cross and its message are lost.  Jesus was lifted up and gave himself for all mankind.  All mankind continues to be split between those who believe and those who do not.  Anyone who trusts in Christ may have eternal life.

Wisdom says come to God daily to worship Him and ask the Holy Spirit for understanding as one searches scripture.  Jesus is there; throughout the Word he is presented and can be seen.  Who he is and what he does informs the seeker of truth and a way of living that lasts from now till and through eternity.

Pray – Teach me, Adonai, the way of your laws; keeping them will be its own reward for me.

Repent – I repent for often seeking the ways of mankind for understanding.

Ask – Give me understanding; then I will keep your Word; I will observe it with all my heart.  Guide me on the paths of your ways for I take pleasure in it.

Yes – See how I long for your precepts; in your righteousness, give me life!

Source: John 3 and Psalms 119:34-37

Spiritual sight…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John 3:

1There was a man among the P’rushim (Pharisee), named Nakdimon (Nicodemus), who was a ruler of the Judeans. 2This man came to Yeshua (Jesus) by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know it is from God that you have come as a teacher; for no one can do these miracles you perform unless God is with him.” 3“Yes, indeed,” Yeshua (Jesus) answered him, “I tell you that unless a person is born again from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.”

4Nakdimon  (Nicodemus) said to him, “How can a grown man be ‘born’? Can he go back into his mother’s womb and be born a second time?” 5Yeshua (Jesus) answered, “Yes, indeed, I tell you that unless a person is born from water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God. 6What is born from the flesh is flesh, and what is born from the Spirit is spirit. 7Stop being amazed at my telling you that you must be born again from above! 8The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but you don’t know where it comes from or where it’s going. That’s how it is with everyone who has been born from the Spirit.”

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/jhn.3>

*Words in parentheses are English for the Hebrew placed by author

There is sight and then there is sight!   We see and navigate about our space.  We don’t necessarily pay close attention if the territory is familiar.  When it provides a challenge our vision is more acute.  And if there is the potential for danger, it is sharp.

“unless a person is born again from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”  The vision is limited, in fact, it is non-existent in one moving through life without knowledge of God.  If this one is born of the Spirit, however, not only do they see the kingdom, they can now enter the Kingdom.  ” unless a person is born from water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God.  ”

Spiritual vision is likened to the wind.  We cannot see the wind; we do see its effects.  Spiritual birth is not seen with physical eyes but the physical individual can see its effects.  When an individual is truly born of the Spirit that will be evident to all who see them.

Ah, Lord we need to SEE!!

Pray – Born of the Spirit, I have vision greater than what I was physically born with.  Help me use it!!

Repent – I repent for times I move through my comfortable space without really looking.  I miss so much the Spirit would show me.

Ask – Wholeheartedly I am calling on you; answer me Adonai; I will keep your laws.  I am calling on you; save me; and I will observe your instructions.  I rise before dawn and cry for help; I put my hope in your word.  My eyes are open before night watches, so that I can meditate on your promises. Psalms 119:145-148

Yes – Give thanks to Adonai, for he is good for his grace continues forever.  Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his grace continues forever. Give thanks to the God of gods, for his grace continues forever. Psalms 136:1-3

Source:  John 3 and Psalms

House of Prayer

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John 2

13It was almost time for the festival of Pesach (Passover)  in Y’hudah,(Judah) so Yeshua (Jesus)went up to Yerushalayim.(Jerusalem) 14In the Temple grounds he found those who were selling cattle, sheep and pigeons, and others who were sitting at tables exchanging money. 15He made a whip from cords and drove them all out of the Temple grounds, the sheep and cattle as well. He knocked over the money-changers’ tables, scattering their coins; 16and to the pigeon-sellers he said, “Get these things out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market?” 17(His talmidim (disciples) later recalled that the Tanakh (Holy Scripture) says, “Zeal for your house will devour me.” ) 18So the Judeans confronted him by asking him, “What miraculous sign can you show us to prove you have the right to do all this?” 19Yeshua answered them, “Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up again.” 20The Judeans said, “It took 46 years to build this Temple, and you’re going to raise it in three days?” 21But the “temple” he had spoken of was his body. 22Therefore, when he was raised from the dead, his talmidim (disciples) remembered that he had said this, and they trusted in the Tanakh (Holy Scripture) and in what Yeshua (Jesus) had said.

23Now while Yeshua (Jesus)was in Yerushalayim (Jerusalem at the Pesach (Passover)  festival, there were many people who “believed in his name” when they saw the miracles he performed. 24But he did not commit himself to them, for he knew what people are like — 25that is, he didn’t need anyone to inform him about a person, because he knew what was in the person’s heart.

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/jhn.2>

*Words in parenthesis are English for the Hebrew added by me.

Someone’s always looking for a sign, miracles, supernatural experiences as if they are necessary to validate who God is.  He knows the heart whether it seeks Him or the event that is big enough for news!! He did not commit himself to them…knew their hearts.  This is told to the believer as a gentle warning.  God loves us but he is looking for heart commitment, not followers of the sensational .  The miracles stop and the people leave. With heart commitment, people don’t need miracles to stay.  They enjoy them with everyone else, but the Master is who they take real, lasting joy in.

Pray – May I never be guilty of turning my temple into anything other than God’s house, a house of prayer.

Repent – I repent for taking my temple and using it for my pleasure or gain rather than giving it to you wholeheartedly.

Ask – Take up residence in this temple, make it clean and useful for Your kingdom.

Yes – Give praise to the name of Adonai!  Servants of Adonai, give praise!  You who stand in the house of Adonai, in the courtyards of the house of our God, praise Yahweh, for Adonai is good; sing to His name, because it is pleasant.

Source:  John 2 and Psalms 135:1-3

 

increased confidence…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John 2:

1On Tuesday there was a wedding at Kanah(Cana) in the Galil (Galilee) ; and the mother of Yeshua (Jesus) was there. 2Yeshua (Jesus) too was invited to the wedding, along with his talmidim.(disciples) 3The wine ran out, and Yeshua’s (Jesus) mother said to him, “They have no more wine.” 4Yeshua (Jesus) replied, “Mother, why should that concern me? — or you? My time hasn’t come yet.” 5His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6Now six stone water-jars were standing there for the Jewish ceremonial washings, each with a capacity of twenty or thirty gallons. 7Yeshua (Jesus) told them, “Fill the jars with water,” and they filled them to the brim. 8He said, “Now draw some out, and take it to the man in charge of the banquet”; and they took it. 9The man in charge tasted the water; it had now turned into wine! He did not know where it had come from, but the servants who had drawn the water knew. So he called the bridegroom 10and said to him, “Everyone else serves the good wine first and the poorer wine after people have drunk freely. But you have kept the good wine until now!” 11This, the first of Yeshua’s (Jesus) miraculous signs, he did at Kanah (Cana) in the Galil;(Galilee) he manifested his glory, and his talmidim (disciples)came to trust in him. 12Afterwards, he, his mother and brothers, and his talmidim (disciples)went down to K’far-Nachum (Capernaum) and stayed there a few days.

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/jhn.2>

*Words in parenthesis are added by me to translate.

“Saved the best for last.”  This saying is applied freely today along with “the latter will be better than the first.”  Surely as the believer grows in the spirit the last is better than the first.  The old creation is dead, the new is come.

The sign of the wine increased confidence in the community that is forming around Christ.  Trust in Him is building.  As each community that is  formed to meet and encourage one another places their trust completely in Christ, they too begin  to grow in confidence.  As they get to know Him and what He does, their faith grows and they find they too can do the works He has done.

Pray – I believe You, God.  You are who You say You are, You do what You say You will do, I am who You say I am and I can do all things through You.  Your Word is alive and active in me.  I believe You God.

Repent – I repent for those times I lack confidence in Your ability to work through me.

Ask – Give me the strength to grasp the love of the Messiah so that I, with all God’s people, may be empowered to do what you give me to do.

Yes – The righteous call out and You, O Lord, hear and save them from all their troubles.  Taste and see that God is good, how blessed are those who take refuge in him!

Source: John 2 and Psalms

 

 

 

 

I have seen and testified …

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John:

The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world! “This is He of whom I said, ‘After me comes a Man who is preferred before me, for He was before me.’  “I did not know Him; but that He should be revealed to Israel, therefore I came baptizing with water.”  And John bore witness, saying, “I saw the Spirit descending from heaven like a dove, and He remained upon Him.  “I did not know Him, but He who sent me to baptize with water said to me, ‘Upon whom you see the Spirit descending, and remaining on Him, this is He who baptizes with the Holy Spirit.’  “And I have seen and testified that this is the Son of God.”

Eyewitness accounts passed along for the benefit of all who come after.   The Word in flesh, meant for sacrifice. The sacrifice that would atone for sin. There is a greater death than the death of this life.  The wages of sin is death; a death of separation from God for eternity.  Because Jesus came, God’s message to His creation has been carried world-wide, no longer confined to Israel.

Pray – I am so blessed for I am able to know you even from a distance in time and trust you as David did from a distance.  With David I can say “I am dying to know your salvation, my hope is in your word.

Repent – I repent for the moments of doubt that come with thoughts I have not taken captive and made obedient to You, Lord.

Ask – Teach me good judgment and knowledge, because I trust your Word.

Yes – You are good, and you do good; teach me your laws.  It is for my good that I have been humbled; it was so I could learn your laws.

Source: John and Psalms

In the beginning was the Word,…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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When you push back against God’s Word, you push against God.  His Word illuminates and divides right from wrong; good from evil; what is beneficial from what destroys.  When you attempt to ‘balance’ his Word with anything else, you diminish it and him.  His Word brought us into being and His Word gives us purpose – the ability to praise him.  We are blessed to have his Word in printed form; it has always existed as He has.

From John:

1In the beginning was the Word,

and the Word was with God,

and the Word was God.

2He was with God in the beginning.

3All things came to be through him,

and without him nothing made had being.

4In him was life,

and the life was the light of mankind.

5The light shines in the darkness,

and the darkness has not suppressed it.

6There was a man sent from God whose name was Yochanan. 7He came to be a testimony, to bear witness concerning the light; so that through him, everyone might put his trust in God and be faithful to him. 8He himself was not that light; no, he came to bear witness concerning the light.

9This was the true light,

which gives light to everyone entering the world.

10He was in the world — the world came to be through him —

yet the world did not know him.

11He came to his own homeland,

yet his own people did not receive him.

12But to as many as did receive him, to those who put their trust in his person and power, he gave the right to become children of God, 13not because of bloodline, physical impulse or human intention, but because of God.

14The Word became a human being and lived with us,

and we saw his Sh’khinah,

the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son,

full of grace and truth.

15Yochanan witnessed concerning him when he cried out, “This is the man I was talking about when I said, ‘The one coming after me has come to rank ahead of me, because he existed before me.’”

16We have all received from his fullness,

yes, grace upon grace.

17For the Torah was given through Moshe;

grace and truth came through Yeshua the Messiah.

Because of this we live, breathe, move and have our being.  Because of this we have light.  Giving warning and pointing God’s people back to Him and His Word is not to divide but to encourage, counsel, and reunite all to the Oneness of Christ, God, Holy Spirit and his body, the community of believers.  When the enemy begins to suggest there is something more than what is given; it is meant to divide.  The same deception was used in the beginning suggesting there was more than the garden, more than the life God had given.

That more brought sin; and the more sought today may lead away from not toward God.  If focus in anything shifts from God and his Word, deception has a toehold.  Be aware, be alert!

Have nothing to do with the deeds produced by darkness, but instead expose them…everything exposed to the light is revealed clearly for what it is…live wisely, not unwisely.  Use your time well…don’t be foolish but try to understand what the will of the Lord is. – Taken from Ephesians.

Pray – God, I want to imitate You as Your child.  I wish to live a life of love, just as also the Messiah loved me.  May my life be a sweet fragrance in sacrifice to You.

Repent – I repent for seeking outside of You, for fulfillment.  I repent for looking in places other than Your Word.

Ask – Your Word is honey to my lips, water to my soul. Renew my strength in keeping with your Word.  Keep deceitful ways far from me, and favor me with your law.  I choose the way of trust, faith; I set your rulings before me.  I cling to your instruction…you have broadened my understanding!

Yes – I will delight myself in your ways, in your works, which I have loved.  I will lift my hands to your ways, which I love; I will meditate on your Word.  I seek you in the morning, noon time and evening; step by step you lead me and I will follow You all my days.

Source: John and Psalms

 

 

The voice in the wilderness continues…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans
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From John:

18No one has ever seen God; but the only and unique Son, who is identical with God and is at the Father’s side — he has made him known.

19Here is Yochanan’s testimony: when the Judeans sent cohanim and L’vi’im from Yerushalayim to ask him, “Who are you?” 20he was very straightforward and stated clearly, “I am not the Messiah.” 21“Then who are you?” they asked him. “Are you Eliyahu?” “No, I am not,” he said. “Are you ‘the prophet,’ the one we’re expecting?” “No,” he replied. 22So they said to him, “Who are you? — so that we can give an answer to the people who sent us. What do you have to say about yourself?” 23He answered in the words of Yesha‘yahu the prophet,

“I am

The voice of someone crying out:

‘In the desert make the way of Adonai straight!’”

From <https://www.bible.com/bible/1275/jhn.1>

Where there is famine, there is desert; where the desert is there is famine.  My people are destroyed for want of knowledge.  Because you rejected knowledge, I will also reject you as priests for me.  Because you forgot the Word of God, I will also forget your children.  There is a famine in the land; a famine of hearing the Word of God.  God’s people are starving, they prefer the junk food and sweet meats of messages that tickle their ears.

The voice in the wilderness continues to cry out in the desert ‘make  the way of the Lord straight.’  There is a continual need for the message of Jesus to be shared.  Make the message clear to all people.  Share the Word of the Gospel.  The voice did not find a need to answer the question “who are you?” rather repeatedly deflected that arrow to point it to Christ.

Enough of ‘me’ and more of ‘thee’.

Pray – I treasure Your word in my heart, so that I won’t sin against You.  Blessed are You, Adonai!

Repent – I repent for not sharing Your message as I should.  I repent for the times I closed my mouth when attacked for Your message.

Ask – Don’t take away completely my power to speak the truth; I will speak Your message without being ashamed.

Yes – Be exalted, God, above heaven!  May Your glory be over all the earth!

Source: John, Hosea and Psalms