“Why am I not Experiencing More?”
Today we’re fasting from the thought that says, “Why am I not Experiencing More?” Today is the 17 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.
EIGHTEEN Hebraically it is numbered by Chet ח (#8: Number of NEW BEGINNINGS). 10 the letter Yud י, (#10: DIVINE ORDER), The numbers together spell the Hebrew word “LIFE”, CHAI חַי. Pictographically Yud י is a Hand, and Chet ח is a Fence, or Enclosure, like a “SHEEPFOLD”, to protect the LIFE of the SHEEP. Our Messiah taught that a GOOD SHEPHERD leaves the 99 SAFE SHEEP, to FIND one that is LOST, and bring it back to the FOLD.
FOUR STEPS TO EXPERIENCING “MORE”:
Step 1 – KNOW THAT YOU HAVE WHAT YOU NEED: Simon Peter, a bondservant and apostle of [Yeshua the Messiah], to those who have obtained like PRECIOUS FAITH with us by the RIGHTEOUSNESS of our God and Savior [Yeshua the Messiah]: GRACE [same word for FAVOR – CHEN] and PEACE [SHALOM] be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of [Yeshua] our Lord, as His Divine Power HAS GIVEN US ALL THINGS that pertain to LIFE and GODLINESS, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue – 2 Peter 3:1-3. Rabbi Saul [Paul] in Romans 8:32 reminds us that it is HaShem’s desire for us to have ALL THINGS, while Simon Peter clarifies that we actually already HAVE ALL THINGS that pertain to LIFE and GODLINESS.
Step 2 – SEEK THE GIVER, NOT THE GIFT: Matthew 6:33 But SEEK first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and ALL these THINGS shall be ADDED to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. As reflections of the Father, created in the Image of God, our great fulfillment is found in “SEEKING first the Kingdom of God”, and displaying His Righteousness [or righteous ways] to the World around us. We are Covenant Members and rightful citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Step 3 – KNOW THAT EL SHADDAI IS OUR SUFFIENCY: Our Sufficiency is found in our Heavenly Father, and in all the resources of the Kingdom of Heaven. EL SHADDAI שַׁדַּי אֵל is “Almighty God” & the “Sufficient God” Gen. 17:1; Ex. 6:3. This is the “Name”, or revelation of the Father that was revealed to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob [Ex. 6:3], since HaShem was their SUPPLIER. In fact, Yeshua taught his disciples that those who are “poor in spirit” are heirs of the Kingdom of Heaven. Rabbi Saul [Paul] taught the Philippians that God is the SUPPLIER of all of their NEEDS, right after he praised them for being the only congregation that supported him in the beginning of his ministry of sharing the “Good News” of Messiah.
Step 4 – REMEMBER THAT THE “POWER TO GET WEALTH” IS TO ESTABLISH THE “ABRAHAMIC COVENANT”:
a. “And you shall REMEMBER the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you POWER TO GET WEALTH, that He may ESTABLISH His COVENANT which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. Then it shall be, if you by any means FORGET the Lord your God, and follow other gods, and serve them and worship them, I testify against you this day that you shall surely perish-Deut. 8:18-19
b. Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died. Then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage, and they cried out; and their cry came up to God because of the bondage. So God heard their groaning, and God REMEMBERED His covenant with ABRAHAM, with ISAAC, and with JACOB. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God acknowledged them- Exodus 2:23-25
REMEMBER that ABRAHAM was BLESSED to be a BLESSING [Gen. 12:1-3]!
Think It, Say It & Do it!:
I KNOW that I have what I NEED for LIFE [Chai] and GODLINESS, which allows me to SEEK HaShem as the GIVER, SUPPLIER and SUFFIENCY of ALL THINGS. I have been GIVEN the POWER TO GET WEALTH TO ESTABLISH the COVENANT of ABRAHAM, as I am BLESSED to be a BLESSING as he was, in Yeshua’s Name! Shalom Y’all!