You are… so good!
Thank You Father for the Lamb who was slain… but lives…undefiled…pure…in whose blood is life…eternal life… for those who claim it…who are under it… and… washed clean by it.
We thank You Father…for the Gift…Your Spirit You give who yolks with us… Who comforts …who teaches…and who sounds the alarm.
We are continually on watch for anything that would separate us from You and when He sounds the alarm… at the presence of sin… we turn away and repent of it… Father strengthen us to do it… may it be our joy to do it.
May this be the way we live Father…ever being transformed…preparing ourselves for that coming Day…when we present ourselves humbled…and humbly before You… and You judge to complete the perfecting of Your faithful created ones…glorifying them and making them…us…
able to be near You… face to face with You… and tabernacle with You… forever.
All powerful, just and merciful, forgiving and loving God…
“…Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts;
And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the Way Everlasting…”
In Yeshua’s name we pray… Abba… Dear Father,
Psalm 139:23-24 AKJV
One thing to remember in this time set apart for remembrance is
“…the joy of ADONAI (Yahweh) is your strength…” Nehemiah 8:10 CJB.
It was the first day of the seventh month and the people had gathered together
“with one accord…and asked Ezra the Torah-teacher to bring the scroll of the Torah of Moshe, which ADONAI had commanded Isra’el… he read from it to the men, the women and the children who could understand…Ezra blessed ADONAI, the great God; and all the people answered, “Amen! Amen!” as they lifted up their hands, bowed their heads and fell prostrate before ADONAI with their faces to the ground… “Today is consecrated to ADONAI your God; don’t be mournful, don’t weep.” For all the people had been weeping when they heard the words of the Torah…”Go, eat rich food, drink sweet drinks, and send portions to those who can’t provide for themselves; for today is consecrated to our LORD. Don’t be sad, because the joy of ADONAI is your strength.
In the midst of ruins being rebuilt the memory of how things had once been must have been vivid in their minds, Solomon’s temple, the city of Jerusalem, a land flowing with milk and honey and how turning away from the very Torah being read brought destruction and exile.
Maybe their thoughts went back further to another speaking of Torah by Yahweh at Sinai before a gathered together people who inherited a promised land and memories of how those people were prone to stray and suffered because of it.
Or even further to creation and how disobedience resulted in exile from the Garden for those at that time.
Those thoughts and who knows what others, brought them to tears. Were they thinking “Look what we’ve come to. What a miserable state of affairs. What now?”?
But Ezra, Nehemiah and the L’vi’im told them no, that this was a set apart day for Yahweh. This was to be a holy day, not a day of sadness, a day to celebrate.
They were made to understand the words that had been proclaimed to them and so “…the people went off to eat, drink, send portions and celebrate…” Nehemiah 8:12 CJB.
Maybe what they saw and understood in the words proclaimed to them was God’s faithfulness to His desire that they be His people and He be their God and that it was his joy to bring that about.
So, In spite of the memory of God’s blessings towards them and their continual falling away, there they were, returned to the land, returning to Yahweh’s Ways, rebuilding homes, walls, and the temple, being positioned to once again be fruitful and multiply. Maybe they understood that, hope was born and it turned their mourning into dancing.
Well here we are. The first day of the seventh month is upon us. It is a day of complete rest for, among other things, remembering. Remembering may lead to mournfulness and tears, just as it did then, but we in covenant with Him, we have the benefit of His forgiveness. He has not changed. It is still His purpose and joy that we be His people and He be our God. We need not be downhearted.
His joy is our strength. It is His gift to us when we take joy in Him.
Father, You are so good.
Help us to remember the things we have done wrong Father, right along side of the forgiveness You grant to our repentant hearts.
May our joy, because of that forgiveness, outweigh the guilt we feel for our wrong doings.
May we continue to grow as a people in whom You are well pleased.
May it be that You take joy in us and grant us strength in all circumstances as we take joy in You…Father we pray,
In Yeshua’s name,
May God’s love be in us all.
“…make Your way straight before me…” Psalm 5:9(8)
Sleep will be sweet when the day’s labors are completed before You.
As the planet turns Father night is continually approaching, day is continually dawning… somewhere… and prayers are continually rising up to You.
Who is like You…that You are intimately with each and every soul, listening as inner voices and physical voices utter praise to You, express deep despair to You, lay at Your feet humbly, requests and heartfelt thanksgiving…listening Father as You are asked for direction, for strength to endure…being quietly there as one who has no words simply seeks to spend time with You in comfortable, silent, companionship. Present with You in prayer Father…there is nothing we cannot talk to you about, no feeling we cannot express. We are safe. We can be completely honest and without fear. We come to You with everything because we know Father…we know…You see and understand even when we fumble about… clumsily unable to put into words everything on our hearts. But You know and You help us to figure it out. When we talk to You Father…time doesn’t matter, how long it takes to put those next words together doesn’t matter, if we don’t say things just right…it doesn’t matter… for
“…before I speak even a word, Yahweh, Abba, You know all about it already…”
I Father, just needed someone…You Father…to listen.
All that was of concern before entering into prayer melts away and is forgotten, the weight is lifted the deeper into this time we go with You. We know we are in a good place… All is well… Thank You Father.
Thank You for this time together Father. It makes Your Way straight and we able to travel it.
May we be a source of glory for You.
In Yeshua’s name we pray,