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The Greatest Gift of All

April 28, 2011

Abba, during this time of year we are reminded of the leaven of sin in our lives. We all have it and we must all work to clean it out…and keep it out. We know we cannot do it all by ourselves. We need Your help!

Thank You, Abba, for the help You give us! You have sent us Your Son, Yeshua, to pay the price for our sinfulness. To those who have entrusted their spiritual well-being to Yeshua, You have given us His righteousness…and You have called us Your children…something we don’t deserve. You have filled us with Your Ruach/Spirit.

Abba, I thank You for the feasts You have given Your people to teach us more about who we are and who You are…feasts to show us something more about You and Your plans for us. Thank You for giving us things to celebrate with You! Thank You for the Resurrection of Yeshua! I thank You and praise You for Your love and mercy.

Abba, please touch all who need You. Open the eyes and hearts of both nonbelievers and believers so that they can see (and know) that You love them so deeply…so incredibly…not as they can be, but as they are. Thank You, too, that You never leave us as we are. You are always working in our hearts to change us more and more into the image of Yeshua.

Abba, during this time when we are reminded of Yeshua’s victory over death and sin, please help every one of us to really know deep in our hearts all that means. Help us to see the great price paid for us…out of Your amazing love.

There are so many things happening in the world. If it were not for Your love for us, it could be a terrifying world to live in. And for some…it is very scary. It is a world of persecution, of torment, of torture. Strengthen those people, Abba. Help them to sense Your presence in ever deeper ways.

Abba, there are things happening in our country. Many of us are trusting You totally for Your provision. Please help us to so deeply know Your love for us that we keep our eyes and hearts focused on You and Your kingdom…not on our needs. Help us to KNOW You…intimately…deeply.

Please comfort those who mourn. Comfort those who have lost loved ones…who have lost forever dreams of reconciliation. Comfort those who have lost hope and restore to them the joy of Your salvation. Comfort those who are afraid…those who are seeing the precariousness of life. Comfort those whose hearts are crying.

As we face uncertain futures in this world, please help us to always remember the certainty of Your love for us and the certainty of our future with You.

Deliver us from fear…for Your perfect love casts out all fear.

Deliver us from our sinfulness…for You always make a way of escape.

Help us to always walk in Truth. Help us to always live the Truth that Yeshua IS the Way, the Truth and the Life…no matter what “life” throws at us. Help us to always remember that NOTHING happens to us that is not either caused by You or allowed by You. You are sovereign. You are L-rd. You are King. You are the Creator of the universe.

Thank You, Yahweh, for loving us SO much!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Dawn Phenix permalink
    April 29, 2011 2:19 pm

    Sis, that was a beautiful prayer.
    Can you explain something to me, when you have time. At the beginning of your thoughts, you said we must all work to keep the sin out of lives. Where does scripture say this?
    I tried to live like that for many years, and concluded that I couldn’t do it, no matter how hard I tried. I had to surrender my sin and talk to Jesus and let Him cleans me and change me. It was all done by Him, He didn’t need my help at all. He transformed me by His Spirit alone. If I tried to do anything to help Him it didn’t work. I let go and let God tell me what was and wasn’t sin. I thought I was sinning all the time, but God only corrects me, and so gently, when I loose my peace. I had to stop judging myself.
    But, if it says that somewhere I want to check it out, and make sure I’m walking as I should with the Lord.

    love you

    • April 29, 2011 5:49 pm

      Hi, sis, good question. There are admonitions in scripture that we are not to sin.

      In John 5, after Yeshua healed a man, we read: Afterwards Yeshua found him in the Temple court and said to him, “See, you are well! Now stop sinning, or something worse may happen to you!” He tells the woman caught in adultery in John 8 … Yeshua said, “Neither do I condemn you. Now go, and don’t sin any more.”

      The word “repent” means “to change one’s mind or purpose”. In other words, to turn around…from sin to G-d. The law was given to us as a teacher to show us what sin is. It also helps to show us that we cannot perfectly keep the law…not on our own. We are imperfect. Only perfection can enter heaven. That is why we need Yeshua. We need the Messiah to cover our sin. However, that is not a license to sin!

      2Co 7:10 tells us Pain handled in God’s way produces a turning from sin to God which leads to salvation, and there is nothing to regret in that! But pain handled in the world’s way produces only death. We are to turn from sin. We do have a choice…now that we have the Ruach HaKodesh/Holy Spirit. We are told that G-d always provides a way out of temptation. 1Co 10:13 No temptation has seized you beyond what people normally experience, and God can be trusted not to allow you to be tempted beyond what you can bear. On the contrary, along with the temptation he will also provide the way out, so that you will be able to endure. The passage is specifically speaking of idolatry…but, in actuality, isn’t idolatry anytime we put something or someone ahead of G-d and His will for us?

      G-d knows we will not do this perfectly…even with the indwelling Ruach. Although we have been brought to life in the spirit and are new creatures, we still have our fleshly patterns and habits from which to turn. That is why we are told in 1 John: If we claim not to have sin, we are deceiving ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we acknowledge our sins, then, since he is trustworthy and just, he will forgive them and purify us from all wrongdoing. If we claim we have not been sinning, we are making him out to be a liar, and his Word is not in us.

      We are called to not sin. The bad news is that we will sin at times, but the good news is that we can run to Him and receive forgiveness. Did you know that sin is an archery term that means “miss the mark”. It means we miss the bullseye. There are times we do that simply out of being imperfect people who are but dust. Romans 1 talks about those who “practice” sin. The word “practice” carries the meaning of being willful. These are people who choose to sin. They are not only not struggling with sin, they are reveling in it.

      I encourage you to read the book of Romans and ask our Abba to open your eyes and heart to what He is saying. Ask Him to remove any false teaching you may have heard that may be causing you to be confused and unable to see.

      While we cannot change ourselves…only He can…we do have the freedom to co-operate (repent when He reveals our sinfulness to us). Another thing to remember is that our position with G-d is determined by what we do with Yeshua. We are called to accept what He has done and then to obey Him as best we can. We do not obey to earn brownie points…because we can’t! We obey out of love and trust that our Abba is refining us and changing us into the image of His Son! He is doing an amazing work in us!

      I hope this answers your question. If not, please feel free to ask more! 🙂

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