“I’m Not Who I Want to be Yet!”
Today we’re fasting from NEAR-SIGHTEDNESS, that blinds us from FOCUSING on our FORWARD PROGRESS, but continues to make us think, “I’m Not Who I Want to be Yet!” This is our 7th day of counting the Omer [referring to the Barley Harvest], as a “Countdown to Shavuot” The 49-day “Counting of the Omer” from the Day of Firstfruits retraces our ancestors’ seven-week spiritual journey from the Exodus to Sinai.
The idea of counting each day represents SPIRITUAL PREPARATION and anticipation for the giving of the Torah which was given by God on Mount Sinai at the beginning of the month of Sivan, around the same time as the holiday of Shavuot. The Sefer HaChinuch [which means “Book of Education” or Dedication, like Chanukah] states that the Jewish people were only freed from Egypt at Passover in order to receive the Torah at Sinai, an event which is now celebrated on Shavuot, and to fulfill its laws. Thus the Counting of the Omer demonstrates how much a Jew desires to ACCEPT THE TORAH in his own life.’
Let’s change today:
1. ENJOY THE JOURNEY: Exodus 12:36-7 And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians. Then the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children – Numbers 33:1-2 These are the journeys of the children of Israel, who went out of the land of Egypt by their armies under the hand of Moses and Aaron. Now Moses wrote down [“journaled”] the starting points of their journeys at the command of the Lord. And these are their journeys according to their starting points:
2. START AT THE STARTING POINT: THE TORAH, as HaShem’s Instruction, gives us the STARTING POINT of Creation, Mankind, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the 12 Tribes of Israel, and the Nation of Israel, as Moses hands the baton to Joshua and they enter the Promised Land. We must start at THE BEGINNING and read, journal and apply Scriptures until we see the Fulfillment of HaShem’s REVELATION to His CREATION.
3. COMMIT TO THE COVENANT: The Bible is a “Book of COVENANTS“, and involves people, places, kings, kingdoms, priests, sacrifices, marriages and ministries. Almost every area of life is affected by the concept of COVENANT. The “cutting of COVENANT” is the biblical practice used by all of our forefathers who understood that relationship with God required sacrifice, and COVENANT is established on COMMITMENT.
Let’s Come into Agreement:
Set Aside Time for Prayer & Conversation with God – Commit to spending quality time with the Lord everyday, and preferably starting early in the morning.
Read God’s Word Daily – Commit to consistent Bible reading time everyday. Using Our Yearly Torah Cycle for Shabbat, or The One Year Bible has a good reading plan.
Have Personal Study Time – Commit to diligently studying the Bible, and weekly Discipleship in the Scriptures, by “Modeling the Messiah”, in submission to local leadership.
Meditate & Memorize Bible Verses – Commit to the meditation and memorization of selected Bible verses on a daily or weekly basis.
Journal Your Journey – Commit to journaling your daily readings, prayer requests and personal experiences as you journey on your search for significance, in a desire to please Avinu [Our Father]!
Think It, Say It & Do it!:
I CHOOSE to SEE BEYOND the NEAR-SIGHTEDNESS of my own EFFORTS, and COMMIT to the COVENANT of HaShem, as He sets me apart with HIS PEOPLE as a HOLY NATION [Goy Kadosh]. I WILL ENJOY my JOURNEY, as I JOURNAL my STARTING POINT, and WALK like Abraham, in the Footsteps of Messiah, in Yeshua’s Name! Shalom Y’all!