Finding Peace in the Prince of Peace
April 11, 2020
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Faith is needed for what we cannot see or touch. Faith is like a sense that enables us to "see" the invisible, spiritual world around us. It is one of the three greatest gifts, along with hope and love. There is no way to please G-d without faith. He wants us to trust Him and believe His truths and put our faith in Him. We are in the midst of a pandemic which has shaken the entire world. We can and should have faith that throughout this whole trial His plan is perfect and if we trust in Him we will see better days.
April 8, 2020
Job 38 1-7
Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said:
"Who is this who darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
Now prepare yourself like a man;
I will question you, and you shall answer Me."
"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding.
Who determined its measurements?
Surely you know!
Or who stretched the line upon it?
To what were its foundations fastened?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the morning stars sang together,
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?"
Job, in despair, cried out to the Lord for answers. There is an old saying that says "do not ask questions you do not want the answers to." Yet despite being humbled and chastened by G-ds reply Job took joy in the fact that the Lord finally showed Job that He was present in Job's trials.
We too can take comfort and rest through this trial knowing that G-d is present and will bring us through. It is oftentimes better to just trust Him than ask Him why.
What, Me Worry?
April 3, 2020
Matthew 6 25-34
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?”
“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?”
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.”
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.”
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
I know that it is easy to fall into the trap of worrying about things, but the truth is that we have little control over most of the things we tend to worry about and I know that worry does not come from our Lord, but from the evil one. Consider this passage spoken by Messiah Yeshua. This is not a suggestion, it is a command. Do not worry about your life or food or clothing, because our lives are about more than worldly things. We are told that our Father in heaven knows our needs and we are to replace worry with a concern for the kingdom of G-d. What this verse commands is a commitment to find and to do the will of G-d and this commitment must come first.
"If you put God’s kingdom first, and do not think that your physical well-being is a worthy object to live your life for, you then may enjoy all these things. He promises heavenly treasure, rest in divine provision, and fulfillment of God’s highest purpose for man – fellowship with Him, and being part of His kingdom."
April 2, 2020
John 14 1-4
“Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.”
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.”
John 14 6
“I am the Way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”
Take comfort in knowing that Yeshua is the Way and He is preparing a place for us and He is also preparing us for that place. The promise of heaven is only awesome because we will be in eternity with our Creator and our Savior!!
April 1, 2020
Malachi 4 1-6
"For behold, the day is coming, burning like an oven, and all the proud, yes, all who do wickedly will be stubble. And the day which is coming shall burn them up," says the LORD of hosts, "That will leave them neither root nor branch.""But to you who fear My name the Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings; and you shall go out and grow fat like stall-fed calves. You shall trample the wicked, for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this," says the LORD of hosts."Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.""Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD. And he will turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers, lest I come and strike the earth with a curse."
Matthew 25 31-34
“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left.Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
The book of Malachi is the last book in the Old Testament, and the last chapter ends with the word curse. Malachi also reminds us to remember the Law of Moses and predicts the return of Elijah in the last days. Some think that these two men are the two witnesses predicted in the book of Revelations.
I have also shared the words of Yeshua from the book of Matthew, which is in stark contrast to the ending of Malachi. Yeshua's words speak of the blessed hope and promise we have in our Messiah.
We watch what is happening in the world today and it is easy to lose sight of Messiah, and to dwell on the bad that is happening. Today I am asking each of you who read this to consider all of the blessings you have going on right now in your life and to dwell on these blessings and give thanks to the Lord throughout the day, I would also love for each of you, if you are so inclined, to share at least one blessing you are experiencing today with me via email and I will share them with the group.
Remember that our G-d reigns and He has given us much to be thankful for. We are not of this world, we are just passing through.
Trial by Fire
March 31, 2020
Daniel 3 19-27
Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. Therefore, because the king’s command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace.
Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” “Look!” he answered, “I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.”
Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, “Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here.” Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire. And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king’s counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them.
We are facing a time of trial and tribulation. Many of us are facing fear, illness, loss of employment and loss of income. Many of us feel trapped at home and miss human contact and are struggling to occupy our days. The world is in a panic.
When we read the about the fiery trial faced by these 3 young men we are shown that even in the midst of a seemingly overwhelming trial we can put our faith and trust in the Most High G-d and He can and will see us through to the other side.
The apostle Paul said that to live is Messiah and to die is gain. I encourage each of you to stand on G-d's word and rest in His promises. True peace comes from knowing His truth and trusting in His word. True contentment comes from knowing that G-d has a plan for each of us and that it is a good plan.
Yeshua said that He would not leave us or forsake us. Do you believe that?