“Why is my life not improving?”
Today we’re fasting from the thought that says, “Why is my life not improving?” This is our 10th 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. TEN Hebraically signifies the perfection of DIVINE ORDER. TEN is one of the perfect numbers, and is the Number of GENERATIONS, from Adam to Noah [Noah was PERFECT in his GENERATION – Gen. 6:8-9]. Of course, it is also the Number of GENERATIONS, from Noah’s son, Seth to Abram/Abraham [Abram was asked by HaShem to be PERFECT in his GENERATION – Gen. 17:1-5]. Notice that both groups of TEN GENERATIONS started off “rocky”, and end in PERFECT ORDER. HaShem established HIS ORDER at Sinai with the TEN WORDS [EX. 19:7-9; 20:1; DEUT. 4:10-12], or as they are commonly known, the TEN COMMANDMENTS. TEN PLAGUES relinquished Pharaoh’s hand upon ISRAEL in EGYPT, to create HaShem’s PERFECT ORDER for His People. DIVINE ORDER requires HUMAN RESPONSIBILITY, just like the TEN FINGERS that HaShem gave every HUMAN being. The TENTH letter in HEBREW is “YUD“, which a picture of a HAND. This is why HaShem requires the TITHE, or TENTH [Gen. 14:20; Lev. 27:30; Mal. 3:10; Matt. 23:23; Heb. 7:5-9], which blesses the rest. Let’s change today:
1. START GIVING HASHEM THE TENTH OF YOUR TIME, TALENT & TREASURE: Most people complain that there life is not IMPROVING, yet they have not really STARTED a NEW PATTERN, to see NEW RESULTS! Remember yesterday’s devotional on Day 9, that encouraged us to JOURNAL our JOURNEY! That means it’s going to take TIME, like a SEED that gets PLANTED, ROOTED and GROUNDED in GOOD SOIL. The SEED is the WORD of GOD, the SOIL is our HEARTS, and getting ROOTED and GROUNDED means getting “PLUGGED IN”, and not DIS–CONNECTED because of DIS-COURAGE-MENT!
2. PREPARE, PLAN, PROCEED & PURSUE: William A. Ward said, “PLAN purposefully. PREPARE prayerfully. PROCEED positively. PURSUE persistently.” “And you, Solomon [King Sh’lomo] my son, know the God of your father and serve Him with a WHOLE HEART and with a WILLING MIND for the Lord searches all hearts and understands every PLAN and thought. If you SEEK Him, He will be FOUND by you, but if you forsake him, he will cast you off forever – 1 Chron. 28:9 This is why Solomon said, “Without counsel PLANS fail, but with many advisers they SUCCEED” – Prov. 16:1-3 The PLANS of the HEART belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. COMMIT your work to the Lord, and your PLANS will be ESTABLISHED.
3. BE COMMITED TO REAL CHANGE IF YOU WANT YOUR LIFE TO IMPROVE: Prov. 16:1-3 The PLANS of the HEART belong to man, but the answer of the tongue is from the Lord. All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the spirit. COMMIT your work to the Lord, and your PLANS will be ESTABLISHED. King David wanted to build HaShem a House for His Divine Presence to dwell, but break in COMMITMENT caused him to Lust, COMMIT Adultery, Murder, and Cover up his Broken Covenant with HaShem. “But God said to me, ‘You shall not build a House for My Name, because you have been a man of war and have shed blood.’” Rabbi Paul [Rav Shaul] used the Temple, as the House of God, as a picture of HaShem’s Dwelling Presence living in Believers Today! And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? 2 Cor. 6:16-18 For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.”
Think It, Say It & Do it!: I will give HaShem the TENTH of my TIME, TALENT & TREASURE, as I PREPARE, PLAN, and PROCEED to PURSUE my PURPOSE. I AM COMMITED TO REAL CHANGE, and instead of complaining I DECLARE MY LIFE WILL IMPROVE, in Yeshua’s Name! Shalom Y’all!