“I Can’t Recover from the Tragedies in My Life!”
Today we’re fasting from the thought that says, “I Can’t Recover from the Tragedies in My Life!” This is our 12th 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. TWELVE Hebraically signifies GOVERNMENT, and ORGANIZATIONAL RULE. TWELVE in English arises from the Germanic compound twalif “two-leftover”. In Hebrew TWELVE is 2+10 [Sh’tem Esreh].The Twelve Tribes that entered the PROMISED LAND, divided into TEN and TWO, after King Solomon died. This was foreshadowed by the “TWELVE SPIES”, one from each TRIBE [Numbers 13:1-16]. The “SPIES” were divided in their view of the PROMISED LAND, again TEN & TWO. The SPIES that believed that they could POSSESS the LAND of ISRAEL, were only TWO: JOSHUA & CALEB. JOSHUA, [in Hebrew: YEHOSHUA – in ARAMAIC: YESHUA], is the same Name as the MESSIAH. This is why the MESSIAH picked TWELVE DISCIPLES that would one day rule over the TWELVE TRIBES [Matt. 19:28].
Let’s change today:
1. DEFINE “WHAT IS A TRAGEDY?”:
a. An EVENT causing great SUFFERING, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, crime, or natural catastrophe
b. A DRAMA or literary work in which the main character is brought to ruin or SUFFERS extreme SORROW, especially as a consequence of a TRAGIC FLAW, MORAL WEAKNESS, or INABILITY to COPE with unfavorable CIRCUMSTANCES.
There are Three Parts to a TRAGEDY or DRAMA:
♦ Reversal: A situation seems to be developing in one direction then suddenly reverses to another (everything looks great, but then turns out to be bad)
♦ Recognition: A change from ignorance to awareness, often of some horrible event or secret
♦ Suffering: A destructive or painful act
What changes an unfavorable CIRCUMSTANCE or EVENT to a “DRAMA”? When someone is unaware, or ignorant of a TRAGIC CHANGE, his or her response can create DRAMA. This can be due to an inability to COPE with what seems to be an unfavorable CIRCUMSTANCE.
2. TRIUMPH OVER YOUR TRAGEDIES:
a. Now thanks be unto God, which always causes us to TRIUMPH in [Messiah], and makes manifest the [SWEET SMELLING] savour [aroma] of his knowledge by us in every place – 2 Cor. 2:14.
b. Therefore be imitators of God as dear children. And walk in love, as [Messiah] also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a SWEET SMELLING aroma – Eph. 5:1-2.
c. Having wiped out the handwriting of requirements [dogmas: “man-made rules”, NOT THE TORAH] that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the “CROSS“. Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, TRIUMPHING over them in it.
3. SEE YOUR OBSTACLES AS CHALLENGES THAT MAXIMIZE YOUR POTENTIAL:
a. LOOKING unto [YESHUA], the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God – Hebrews 2:12.
b. The “CROSS” was YESHUA’S OBSTACLE, and ISRAEL’S STUMBLING BLOCK, that YESHUA TRIUMPHED in for US! When He had called the people to Himself, with His disciples also, He said to them, “Whoever desires to come after Me, let him DENY HIMSELF, and take up his CROSS, and follow Me. CRUCIFIXION was the ROMAN DEATH PENALTY for rebels against the ROMAN EMPIRE. For Jewish Believers to follow the “Jewish Messiah”, or the “New King of Israel”, which was a threat to Rome, they would be put to death, or would have to “BEAR THEIR CROSS”.
Think It, Say It & Do it!:
I REFUSE to turn a TRAGIC CIRCUMSTANCE into a TRAGEDY or DRAMA. I CAN’T CONTROL my CIRCUMSTANCE, but I CAN CONTROL my RESPONSE to it! I CHOOSE to TRIUMPH OVER MY TRAGEDIES, and SEE MY OBSTACLES AS CHALLENGES, in Yeshua’s Name! Shalom Y’all!