Exuberant Declaration of Faith

ELUL Day 15

The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked came against me To eat up my flesh, My enemies and foes, They stumbled and fell. Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident. One thing I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord , And to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.

Psalm 27:1-5

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Radical Discipleship

ELUL Day 13

The Biblical month of Elul is about Discipleship. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. On Wednesday we celebrated 9/11. A small group of men, in the hundreds did this because they believed their Koran. They did this because of their faith. Evil though it may be it was because of dedication. If we don’t disciple our children someone and somebody will. Our next door neighbors are Mormon. Their oldest son gets up every morning to go to seminary at 6:30 before school to learn scriptures and the Book of Mormon. Wow what dedication! How many Christian families have this kind of purposeful discipline to teach their children the Scriptures.

Speaking of 9/11, Rabbi Joseph Shulman said, “This is reality! What can we, the disciples of Yeshua, Jews and non-Jews, do to change this sad and very destructive reality that is besetting the whole human race around the world? Here are some good principles that I want to share with you that might help.

A half-hearted man can never succeed to win a war with a fully dedicated and wholehearted person![ quote] The dedication factor is as important as having a better weapon and better trained soldier.

A “milk-toast” Christianity that is promoting halfhearted, weak, and soft, half-dedicated Christians will never win a battle with someone who is really willing to die, explode himself, in order to show his dedication and commitment to his god.

Reading the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation, you see that God demands His servants and communities to be singleminded and totally dedicated to the God, our Father, the Creator of the Universe. And to be motivated by love for humanity. What could be clearer than the demand of Yeshua from His disciples:”

“He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.” – Matthew 10:37 [NKJV]

Shalom!

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Helping A Stranger Change a Tire

ELUL Day 12

We are in the Biblical Month of Elul. This is the month to be kind, thoughtful and courteous to everyone including the stranger. At Yom Kippur which is October 9, 2019 according to Hebrew understanding, God looks at our book of records to determine whether we live or die, receive blessings, and walk in favor for the new year 5780. So during this month we should make sure we have done the least of commandments of caring even for the stranger like Yeshua’s parable to the young Lawyer and the Good Samaritan in Luke 10:25-37. Another words, take time to help change a strangers tire. Or any other help for a stranger.

May you walk in the blessing, grace and mercy, and favor of our Lord. Shalom

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Appointed Time of Mercy

ELUL Day 11

The Tribe of Gad,

Appointed Mercy from the hand of God

The month “The King Is in your Field”

The month to Fix what is wrong

The month to find your place in the company of the Lord

The “mother” month of nurturing the promises of God

Constellation Virgo (the virgin) I am my beloved and He is mine

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Birthday of Creation

ELUL Day 10

The first mention of the month of Elul in the Bible is found in Nehemiah 6:15 when Nehemiah and the Jewish people finished the rebuilding of the Wall around Jerusalem. This would have been on 25th day of Elul. This is also the day when in Genesis Creation began ending six days later on the First day of the Biblical Month Tishri. Tishri 1 is Rosh Hashanah the Feast of Trumpets Is celebrated as the Birthday of Creation.

Create in me a clean heart. May the Walls of your heart be strong and tall to walk in the very creation God has purposed for you and your life.

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Intimate Closeness With God

ELUL Day 9

The first letters of the Hebrew verse, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” (Song of Song 6:3) spell out Elul in Hebrew, signifying that there is an intimate and loving closeness between God (my Beloved) and His people during this last month of the Biblical calendar. (By the way, this is a wonderful mantra to repeat and sing during this month during meditation.)

Elul is the month of spiritual preparation for the High Holy Feast of Tabernacles. This is the inner work of spiritual accountability and returning to one’s true essence (known as teshuvah, “repentance”) done during this month affects our capacity to stand before God and draw down blessings for the coming Biblical year of 5780.

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ELUL Day 8 Paul’s Conversion

ELUL Day 8:

In Hebrew the month of Elul is the month of “turning toward God and Repenting. The Hebrew Word is “Teshuvah.” The blowing of the Trumpet (shofar) daily is a calling to one’s life and others who hear the trumpet blast to prepare your self for God and the return of Yeshua. Acts 9 is a picture of true Conversion. My prayer is that we see a revival of conversion in our churches, nation, and world like Acts chapter 9.

a. Paul regarded his conversion experience as a pattern for all believers: Although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief … However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. (1 Timothy 1:13,16).

b. If Paul’s conversion is a pattern, then we can share his experiences. First, Jesus must confront us with Himself, with our sin and rebellion against Him, even the sins which were done in ignorance. Then we must humbly wait for the work within us that only He can do.

c. Saul’s conversion reminds us that at its core, salvation is something God does in us. What we do is only a response to His work in us.

d. Saul’s conversion reminds us that God finds us, even when we are not looking for Him.

e. Saul’s conversion reminds us that God looks for people to cooperate in the conversion of others, even when they are not really necessary, except as a demonstration of the importance of the family of God.

f. Saul’s conversion reminds us that it isn’t enough that we be broken before God, though that is necessary. God’s desire is to only use brokenness as a prelude to filling.

Shalom!

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