“I Can’t See My Way Out of My Situation?”
Today we’re fasting from the thought that says, “I Can’t See My Way Out of My Situation?” This is our 11th day of counting the Omer [referring to the Barley Harvest], as a “Countdown to Shavuot [Pentecost]”. The 49-day “Counting of the Omer” from the Day of Firstfruits, retraces our ancestors’ seven-week spiritual journey from the Exodus to Sinai. ELEVEN Hebraically signifies a REMNANT. ELEVEN is an odd number, ONE beyond the Perfect TEN, and ONE less than the Number TWELVE. The Twelve Tribes minus Dan [first tribe judged for idolatry after entering the PROMISED LAND – Judges 18:14-31], represents a REMNANT, and are listed without Dan in 1 Chron. 1-9 & Revelation 7:4-8. This is mirrored in the NEW COVENANT [Brit Chadashah], in the “Gospels”, when Yeshua picks 12 Disciples, and one betrays him, Judas Iscariot, leaving a REMNANT of Disciples who could be anointed as APOSTLES after the Resurrection and “Pentecost” [Feast of Weeks: Shavu’ot – Deut. 16:16]. Rabbi Saul [“Apostle Paul”], speaking of Israel, said “It’s the same way in the present age: there is a REMNANT, chosen by grace”. That REMNANT the Adversary [“The Dragon”] hates, and tries to destroy [Rev. 12:3-9,17]. This is we must SUBMIT to HaShem, RESIST the Enemy, and he must FLEE, in the Name of Yeshua!
Let’s change today:
1. SUBMIT, RESIST, AND BE FREE: James, or Jacob [Ya`akov in Hebrew – Jacobos in Greek] therefore SUBMIT to God. RESIST the devil and he will FLEE from you. DRAW NEAR [Hebrew root: KARAV] to God and He will DRAW NEAR to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you DOUBLE-MINDED. Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
2. RENEW YOUR MIND & DON’T BE DOUBLE-MINDED: Rabbi Saul [Paul] taught us to RENEW or MIND, which in the Greek is a METAMORPHOSIS, like the TRANFORMATION of a Caterpillar changing into a Butterfly. We need to “cocoon” ourselves with the WORD of HaShem, to SEE REAL CHANGE! James [Jacob], a bondservant of God and of the Lord [Yeshua Messiah], to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. My brethren, count it all JOY when you fall into various TRIALS, knowing that the TESTING of your FAITH produces PATIENCE. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. If any of you lacks WISDOM, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in FAITH, with NO DOUBTING, for he who DOUBTS is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a DOUBLE-MINDED man, unstable in all his ways.
3. WALK BY FAITH AND NOT BY SIGHT: Our Physical Life functions on FIVE SENSES, which is a picture of FAITH, which that also functions with FIVE SENSES:
a. SEEING – “For we walk by faith, not by SIGHT” – 2 Cor. 5:7
b. HEARING – “Faith comes by HEARING….the Word of God” – Rom. 10:17
c. SMELLING – “Prayers of the saints [intercession]………sweet-SMELLING incense [aroma]” – Psalm 141:1-8; Rev. 8:3-4
d. TASTING – “TASTE and SEE that the Lord is good…Blessed is he who puts his TRUST [FAITH] in Him” – Psalm 34:8
e. TOUCHING – “Woman with the ISSUE of blood” was healed by HER FAITH [we she TOUCHED the TASSEL of HIS HEM] – Luke 8:43-48 (Read Numbers 15:37-41; Deut. 22:12; Zech. 8:23; Mal. 4:2 [“wings” in Hebrew is the same word for “corners” of the garment a “Jew” would cover themselves with, known as a “TALLIT“, or “PRAYER SHAWL”, which had a TASSEL on each CORNER.
Think It, Say It & Do it!:
I will SUBMIT to HaShem, RESIST the DEVIL, HE will FLEE, and I will be FREE! As I RENEW my MIND, and RENOUNCE DOUBLE-MINDEDNESS, I learn to WALK by Faith, HEAR the WORD for FAITH, SMELL my LIFE in FAITH, TASTE & TRUST with FAITH, and TOUCH MESSIAH’s TASSEL [hem] through FAITH, in Yeshua’s Name! Shalom Y’all!