40 Day Devotional


Day 40 of 40 Day Fast from Negative Thinking 2

Day 40

The Eneny always tries to get us to say, “I feel like the Enemy is Tempting or Attacking Me!”

Today is the 40 Day of counting the Omer [referring to the Barley Harvest], as a “Countdown to Shavuot [Pentecost -50th Day]”.  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 Day that commemorates HaShem giving us the Torah [Exodus 19 & 20], is the same Day that He have us the Holy Spirit Outpouring in Acts 2:1-4.

FORTY is Hebraically speak of a Waiting Period for Testing, or Incubation.

13th HEBREW LETTER –MEM מ #13 : It is used to represent the NUMBER 40 [ARBA’IM in Hebrew]: MEM comes the same as root as MAYIM [water]. In its ancient pictographic look it is a symbol of water m.

It rained water down from heaven for FORTY DAYS & NIGHTS that flooded the Earth in the days of Noah.

A child spends FORTY WEEKS in the womb before it’s born.

It “rained” down “bread from heaven”, as manna, for FORTY YEARS, as well as water from the Rock, as Israel left Egypt and wandered in the Wilderness, on their way to the Promised Land. Moses [Moshe] their leader was trained in all the wisdom of Egypt for FORTY YEARS, fled to Midian and became a SHEPHERD for FORTY YEARS, to then become a SHEPHERD over the “SHEEP of Israel” for a final FORTY YEARS, totaling 120 yrs. at his death.

Moses [Moshe] was in the SHEKHINAH GLORY in Mount Sinai for FORTY DAYS & NIGHTS when HaShem gave us the Torah, and another FORTY DAY & NIGHTS after Moses smashed the two tablets.

It took the 12 “spies” FORTY DAYS to search out [survey] the Promised Land, just like Moses, Elijah & Yeshua fasted for FORTY DAYS & NIGHTS.

Yeshua was also seen on the earth for FORTY DAYS of HIS GLORIOUS APPEARING after His resurrection.

THREE PRINCIPLES FOR PASSING THE TEST:

Step 1 – READ, MEDITATE & STUDY THE PRINCIPLES OF YOUR TEXTBOOK.

a. Exodus 24:7  And he took the book of the covenant [Torah], and READ in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient.

b.  Isaiah 34:16  Seek out of the book of the LORD, and READ: not one of these shall fail, none shall lack its mate; for My mouth has commanded, and His Spirit has gathered them.

c.  1 Tim. 2:15 STUDY and be eager and do your utmost to present yourself to God approved (tested by trial), a workman who has no cause to be ashamed, correctly analyzing and accurately dividing [rightly handling and skillfully TEACHING] the WORD of TRUTHAmplified Psalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the SECRET PLACE of the Most High [EL ELYON] shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty [SHADDAI]. I will say of the Lord, “He is my REFUGE and my FORTRESS, My God, in Him I will trust.”

d.  Joshua 1:8 This book of the Law [Torah] shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall MEDITATE on it by day and by night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall act wisely.

e. 1 Timothy 4:15  MEDITATE on these things; be in these things in order that your improvement may appear to all.

Step 2 – SEE TEMPTATIONS AND SIMPLY A TEST:

a.  Matthew 4:1-2 Then [Yeshua] was led by the Spirit up into the wilderness, to be TEMPTED by the Devil. And when He had fasted FORTY DAYS and FORTY NIGHTS, He was afterwards hungry.

b. Hebrews 4:15  For we do not have a high priest who cannot be touched with the feelings of our infirmities, but was in all points TEMPTED just as we are, yet without sin.

c. 1 Cor. 10:13  No TEMPTATION has taken you but what is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be TEMPTED above what you are able, but with the TEMPTATION also will make a way to escape, so that you may be able to bear it.

d. James 1:12-14  Blessed is the man who endures TEMPTATION, because having been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. Let no one being TEMPTED say, I am TEMPTED from God. For God is not TEMPTED by evils, and He TEMPTS no one. But each one is tempted by his lusts, being drawn away and seduced by them.

Step 3 – APPLY THE PRINCIPLES OF YOUR TEXTBOOK [THE WORD OF GOD]:

a. Rom 2:13-15  For it is not the hearers of the Law who are just before God, but the DOERS of the Law will be justified. For when the nations, who do not have the Law, do by nature the things of the Law, these, not having the Law, are a law unto themselves, who show the work of the Law [Torah] written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and the thoughts between one another accusing or even excusing one another.

b. James 1:22-25 But become DOERS of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if anyone is a hearer of the Word and not a DOER, he is like a man studying his natural face in a mirror. For he studied himself and went his way, and immediately he forgot what he was like. But whoever looks into the Perfect Law of liberty (The Law [Torah] is Perfect” – Psalm 19:7) and continues in it, he is not a forgetful hearer, but a DOERS of the work. This one shall be BLESSED in his doing.

Think It, Say It & Do It!:

I READ, MEDITATE & STUDY THE PRINCIPLES OF MY TEXTBOOK, the Word of God, as I SEE MY TEMPTATIONS AS SIMPLY A TEST, and APPLY ITS PRINCIPLES in Yeshua’s Name! Shalom Y’all! 


Day 39 of 40 Day Fast from Negative Thinking

Day 39

“I don’t experience HaShem’s Presence when I pray!”

Let’s reject the negative thought that says, “I don’t experience HaShem’s Presence when I pray!”

Today is the 39th Day of counting the Omer [referring to the Barley Harvest], as a “Countdown to Shavuot [Pentecost -50th Day]”.  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 Day that commemorates HaShem giving us the Torah [Exodus 19 & 20], is the same Day that He have us the Holy Spirit Outpouring in Acts 2:1-4.

THIRTY is Hebraically numbered by the:

12th HEBREW LETTER –LAMED ל #12 : It is used to represent the NUMBER 30 [SH’LOSHIM in Hebrew]: It comes the root LAMAD [to study and learn]. It is pictographically a “OX GOAD” [to prod the animal along; or a teaching rod] or “SHEPHERD’S STAFF”, that speaks of the AUTHORITY to TEACH or LEAD. This is the age of the PRIESTHOOD, and RABBINICAL AUTHORITY.

PLUS WE ADD THE 9th HEBREW LETTER TET#9 ט: It is used to represent the NUMBER 9 [TISH’AH for masculine, and TESHA for feminine in Hebrew]:

NINTH HEBREW LETTERTET ט #9: Number of the Spirit: [NINE Hebraically refers to the finality of the flesh, and new life in the Spirit. The ancient drawing of the number NINE resembles a wind pattern, which is another symbol of the Holy Spirit. TET is pictographically a “SNAKE” or something “Coiled in a Circle”, just like the shape of the NUMBER NINE.

There are NINE Fruits of the Spirit – Gal. 5:22-23, NINE Gifts of the Spirit – 1 Cor. 12:4-11, and NINE Spiritual Beatitudes – Matt. 5:1-12.

Together the LAMED, an “Ox Goad” , or “Shepherd’s Staff: [from LAMAD: to learn] and TET [a “Coiled Circle” that looks like a SNAKE, is a “SOD”, or hidden revelation of the Shepherd who is wounded by the SERPENT, which foreshadows YESHUA pierced, or “Bruised by the head of the Serpent” [Gen. 3:15].

There are THIRTY-NINE books in the Hebrew Scriptures [known as the “Old Testament”], point to Messiah as a “Suffering Servant” [Isaiah 52:13-53:12], and reveal His “Atoning Work”.

Many believe that Yeshua took THIRTY-NINE [40 lashes minus one] lashes on his back for our healing. Actually the Bible doesn’t say how many stripes were on His back. The Torah does give us the number FORTY for judicial punishment in a flogging. Saul of Tarsus [“Apostle Paul”] submitted himself to the judicial court of the Sanhedrin, and received “FORTY minus ONE”, on five occasions [2 Cor. 11:24]. To except ONE stripe from the FORTY was a very ancient canon, “showing leniency”, among the Jewish judges, as we learn from Jewish Historian, Josephus in Antiquities book 4, chpt. 8, section 21, who mentions the same thing: πληγας μιας λειπουσης τεσσαπακοντα FORTY stripes, except ONE. John Albrecht Bengel, 17th century Bible scholar, say that the lashes were administered by a thirteen strokes with a triple lash [13×3=39], to avoid exceeding FORTY stripes.

THREE PRINCIPLES FOR EXPERIENCING OUR SHEPHERD’S PASSION FOR PRAYER:

Step 1 – MODEL MESSIAH, AND PRAY IN THE SECRET PLACE OF EL ELYON [“MOST HIGH”]:

a. Matthew 6:6-7 But you, when you PRAY, go into your room, and when you have shut your door [to all distractions], PRAY to your Father who is in the SECRET PLACE, and your Father who sees in SECRET will reward you openly…

b.  Psalm 91:1-2 He who dwells in the SECRET PLACE of the Most High
[EL ELYON] Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty [SHADDAI]. I will say of the Lord, “He is my REFUGE and my FORTRESS, My God, in Him I will trust.”

Step 2 – MODEL MESSIAH, AND PRAY THE “ROYAL PRAYER” THAT YESHUA TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES:

a.  Matthew 6:9-13 In this manner [after this model], therefore, PRAY: Our Father in heaven [“Avinu Shebashamayim”], hallowed [holy: “kadosh”] be Your Name. Your Kingdom come.
Your will be done
on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our debts,
as we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
For Yours is the Kingdom and the Power and the Glory forever. Amen.

b. King David prayed this “ROYAL PRAYER” to Avinu, Our Father, being His “Royal Son”:

1 Chron. 29:10-16 Therefore David blessed the Lord before all the assembly; and David said: “Blessed are You  Lord [Baruch atah Adonai], God of Israel [Elohei Yisrael], our Father [Avinu], forever and ever. Yours, O Lord, is the greatness,
the power and the glory,
The victory and the majesty;
For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;
Yours is the kingdom, O Lord,
And You are exalted as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You,
and You reign over all.
In Your hand is power and might;
In Your hand it is to make great
and to give strength to all. “Now therefore, our God [Eloheynu],
we thank You
And praise Your Glorious Name. But who am I, and who are my people,
That we should be able to offer so willingly as this?
For all things come from You,
and of Your own we have given You…

c. Isaiah 63:16 Doubtless you are Our Father[Avinu],  though Abraham was ignorant of us, and Israel does not acknowledge us. You, O LORD, are Our Father [Avinu], Our Redeemer [Go’alenu] from Everlasting is Your Name.

d. Isaiah 64:8 But now, O LORD, You [are] Our Father [Avinu],  we [are] the clay, and You our potter; and all we [are] the work of Your hand.

Step 3 – PRAY UNTIL THE JOY OF HIS PRESENCE COMES, AND HASHEM IS PLEASED:

a. Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is FULLNESS of JOY;
At Your right hand are PLEASURES forevermore.

b. Psalm 95:2 Let us come before HIS PRESENCE with THANKSGIVING, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms.

c. Phil 4:4-9 REJOICE in the Lord always. Again I will say, REJOICE! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing [Don’t worry!], but in everything by prayer and supplication, with THANKSGIVING, let your requests be made known to God; and the Peace [Shalom] of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through [Messiah Yeshua]. Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

d. Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the PRESENCE of his GLORY with EXCEEDING JOY,

Think It, Say It & Do It!:

I MODEL MESSIAH, AND PRAY IN THE SECRET PLACE OF EL ELYON, AND PRAY THE “ROYAL PRAYER” THAT YESHUA TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES, and call HaShem AVINU, the way King David did! I PRAY UNTIL THE JOY OF HIS PRESENCE COMES, AND HASHEM IS PLEASED, in Yeshua’s Name! Shalom Y’all!


Day 38 of 40 Day Fast from Negative Thinking 1

Day 38

“My Financial Needs are not being met!”

Let’s reject the negative thought that says, “My Financial Needs are not being met!”

Today is the 38th Day of counting the Omer [referring to the Barley Harvest], as a “Countdown to Shavuot [Pentecost -50th Day]”.  The 49-day “Counting of the Omer” from the Day of Firstfruits retraces our ancestors’ seven-week spiritual journey from the Exodus to Sinai.

THIRTY is Hebraically numbered by the:

12th HEBREW LETTER –LAMED ל #12 : It is used to represent the NUMBER 30 [SH’LOSHIM in Hebrew]: It comes the root LAMAD [to study and learn]. It is pictographically a “OX GOAD” [to prod the animal along; or a teaching rod] or “SHEPHERD’S STAFF”, that speaks of the AUTHORITY to TEACH or LEAD. This is the age of the PRIESTHOOD, and RABBINICAL AUTHORITY.

PLUS WE ADD THE 8th HEBREW LETTER CHET#8 ח: It is used to represent the NUMBER 8 [SH’MONAH for masculine, and SH’MONEH for feminine in Hebrew – from Shemen: oil; to be fully ripe, or plump like an olive]:

It is pictographically a “FENCE” or a “BOUNDARY”, just like the HEBREW WORDChai”, meaning “life” [protected by a “fence”]. This is what the rabbis, and “Sages of Blessed Memory”, were instructed to do: “Make many disciples, and put “fences” around the commandments [of the Torah], to protect “life”, and the intergrity of HaShem’s Holy Word. Eight Hebraically refers to NEW BEGINNINGS, and speaks of a FRESH START, like the EIGHT PEOPLE on NOAH’S ARK.

Together the LAMED, an “Ox Goad” , or “Shepherd’s Staff: [from LAMAD: to learn] and CHET [a “FENCE” that creates a “BOUNDARY”, like a sheepfold], speaks of the SAFE-ZONE of PROTECTION that the SHEPHERD .

THREE PRINCIPLES OF EXPERIENCING THE SHEPHERD OF ISRAEL’S PROVISION:

Step 1 – SEEK FIRST HASHEM’S KINGDOM AND KNOW THAT ALL BLESSINGS COME FROM HIM:

a. Matthew 6:33 But SEEK FIRST the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these THINGS shall be ADDED to you.

b.  James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

Step 2 – DECLARE HASHEM’S COVENANTAL PROMISE OF PROVISION OVER YOUR LIFE:

a.  Psalm 23:1-3 The LORD is my SHEPHERD; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside the still waters. He RESTORES my soul. He leads me in the paths of righteousness. For His Name’s sake.

b. David DECLARED HaShem as, the “SHEPHERD of Israel” (Psalm 80:2). In addition, he refers to Israel as, “the SHEEP of His pasture” (Psalm 100:3). A psalm can have several levels of meaning, and the Midrash on Psalm 23 teaches that this psalm is also the song of Israel. Israel is saying, “Hashem is my SHEPHERD,” and the Midrash [rabbinical explanation] explains that this is a reference to the way Hashem guided Israel and provided Israel with all its needs during the journey from Egypt to the Promised Land.

c. Ezekiel 34:11 ‘For thus says the LORD GOD [the True SHEPHERD ]: “Indeed I Myself will SEARCH for My SHEEP and SEEK them out.

d. Ezekiel 34:11 I will FEED them in a good pasture, and their fold shall be on the high mountains of Israel. There they shall lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture they shall feed on the mountains of Israel. I will FEED My flock, and I will cause them to LIE DOWN [REST], says the Lord GOD. I will SEEK the lost, and bring again those driven away, and will BIND up the broken, and will STRENGTHEN the sick….

Step 3 – WALK IN OBEDIENCE TO HASHEM AND EXPECT HIS ABUNDANCE:

a. Deuteronomy 28:1-14 “If you listen closely to what Adonai your God says, observing and obeying all his mitzvot [COMMANDMENTS] which I am giving you today, Adonai your God will raise you high above all the nations on earth; and all the following BLESSINGS will be yours in ABUNDANCE – if you will do what Adonai your God says: “A BLESSING on you in the city, and a BLESSING on you in the countryside. “A BLESSING on the fruit of your body, the fruit of your land and the fruit of your livestock – the young of your cattle and flocks. “A BLESSING on your grain-basket and kneading-bowl. “A BLESSING on you when you go out, and a blessing on you when you come in. “Adonai will cause your enemies attacking you to be defeated before you; they will advance on you one way and flee before you seven ways. “Adonai will order a BLESSING to be with you in your barns and in everything you undertake; he will BLESS you in the land Adonai your God is giving you. …”Adonai will give you great ABUNDANCE of good things – of the fruit of your body, the fruit of your livestock and the fruit of your land in the land Adonai swore to your ancestors to give you. Adonai will open for you his GOOD TREASURE, the sky, to give your land its rain at the right seasons and to BLESS everything you undertake. You will lend to many nations and not borrow; Adonai will make you the head and not the tail; and you will be only above, never below – if you will listen to, observe and obey the mitzvot [COMMANDMENTS] of Adonai your God…

b. 1 John 3:22 …Whatever we ask, we RECEIVE from Him, because we keep His COMMANDMENTS and do those things that are PLEASING in His sight….1 John 5:2-3 By this we know that we love the children of God, whenever we love God and keep His COMMANDMENTS. For this is the love of God, that we keep His COMMANDMENTS, and His COMMANDMENTS are not burdensome.

c.  2 Cor. 9:10-12 He who PROVIDES both seed for the planter and bread for food will SUPPLY and MULTIPLY your seed and INCREASE the harvest of your tzedakah [RIGHTEOUS ACT OF GIVING].  You will be enriched in every way, so that you can be generous in everything. And through us your generosity will cause people to thank God, because rendering this holy service not only PROVIDES for the NEEDS of God’s people, but it also overflows in the many thanks people will be giving to God.

Think It, Say It & Do It!:

I SEEK FIRST HASHEM’S KINGDOM because ALL BLESSINGS COME FROM HIM! I DECLARE HASHEM’S COVENANTAL PROMISE OF PROVISION OVER MY LIFE, as I WALK IN OBEDIENCE TO HASHEM AND EXPECT HIS ABUNDANCE, in Yeshua’s Name! Shalom Y’all!


Day 37 of 40 Day Fast from Negative Thinking

Day 37

“Has HaShem’s Presence left me!”

Let’s reject the negative thought that says, “Has HaShem’s Presence left me!”

Today is the 37th Day of Counting the Omer [referring to the Barley Harvest], as a “Countdown to Shavuot [Pentecost -50th Day]”.  The 49-day “Counting of the Omer” from the Day of Firstfruits retraces our ancestors’ seven-week spiritual journey from the Exodus to Sinai.

THIRTY is Hebraically numbered by the:

12th HEBREW LETTER –LAMED ל #12 : It is used to represent the NUMBER 30 [SH’LOSHIM in Hebrew]: It comes the root LAMAD [to study and learn]. It is pictographically a “OX GOAD” [to prod the animal along; or a teaching rod] or “SHEPHERD’S STAFF”, that speaks of the AUTHORITY to TEACH or LEAD. This is the age of the PRIESTHOOD, and RABBINICAL AUTHORITY.

PLUS WE ADD THE 5th HEBREW LETTERZayin ז #7: Is used to represent the NUMBER 7 [SHIV’AH for masculine, and SHEVA for feminine in Hebrew]: It is pictographically a “SWORD” that is used to “cut covenant, or a “WEAPON” to defeat an enemy. SEVEN Hebraically speaks of PERFECTION or COMPLETION, like the REST of the SEVENTH DAY of the Sabbath [Shabbat].

Together the LAMED, an “Ox Goad” , or “Shepherd’s Staff: [from LAMAD: to learn] and ZAYIN [a “SWORD” that SEVERS, and makes the SEPARATION from 6 Days of Labor, and the 7th Day of REST; or “cuts a COVENANT”] speaks of the DIVINE REST that HaShem gives to those who are in COVENANT with Him, and submit to His AUTHORITY.

THREE PRINCIPLES FOR EXPERIENCING HASHEM’S PRESENCE:

Step 1 – LIVE & REST IN HASHEM’S PERFECT WILL & EXPERIENCE HIS DIVINE PRESENCE:

a. Exodus 33:14-15 He answered, “Set your mind at rest – my PRESENCE will go with you, after all.” Moshe replied, “If your PRESENCE doesn’t go with us, don’t make us go on from here.

b.  Living in the Divine Purposes of God is accomplished by the constant goal-setting of tenacious believers who crave the PRESENCE of God, yet are never satisfied with the knowledge they have already attained. Their spiritual craving for “Every Word that proceeds from the Mouth of God” causes an insatiable desire to know Him, and live in His Perfect Will allowing them to EXPERIENCE His DIVINE PRESENCE.

Step 2 – KNOW THAT HASHEM’S SHEKHINAH DWELLS OR ABIDES AMOUNG, WITHIN, AND UPON HIS PEOPLE:

a.  Exodus 25:8-9 And let them make Me a sanctuary, that I may dwell [SHAKHAN] among them. According to all that I show you, that is, the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furnishings, just so you shall make it.

b. SHEKHINAH is derived from the Hebrew verb שכן. In Biblical Hebrew the word means literally to settle, inhabit, or dwell, and is used frequently in the Hebrew Bible. (See Exodus 40:35, “Moses could not enter the Tent of Meeting, for the cloud rested [SHAKHAN] upon it, and the glory of the Lord filled the Tabernacle.” See also e.g. Genesis 9:27, 14:13, Psalms 37:3, Jeremiah 33:16), as well as the weekly Shabbat blessing recited in the Temple in Jerusalem (“May He who causes His name to dwell [SHAKHAN] in this House, cause to dwell among you love and brotherliness, peace and friendship”).

c. ORTHODOX JEWISH PRAYER FOR HASHEM’S PRESENCE:

Be pleased, Oh LORD our God, with your people Israel and with their prayers. Restore the DIVINE SERVICE [of WORSHIP] to the inner sanctuary of your TEMPLE, and receive in love and with favor both the fire-offerings of Israel and their prayers. May the WORSHIP of your people Israel always be acceptable to you. And let our eyes behold your RETURN in mercy to Zion. Blessed are you, Oh LORD, who RESTORES his DIVINE PRESENCE to Zion.

d. 2 Cor. 6:16 And what agreement does a TEMPLE of God [in Jerusalem] have with idols? For you are [metaphorically] “the temple of the living God“, as God has said, “I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.”

Step 3 – ALLOW THE SHEKHINAH GLORY & PRESENCE OF AVINU [OUR FATHER] IN MESSIAH TO SHINE THROUGH YOU:

a. John 1:14 The Word became a human being and lived with us, and we saw his SHEKHINAH, the SHEKHINAH of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. CJB

Same verse in NKJV: And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt [“tabernacled”] among us, (and we beheld His GLORY, the GLORY as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

b. The Greek Alphabet is borrowed from the Semitic Hebrew tongue [language]; just as SKEN’O’O [Greek] is obviously a borrowed word cognate from SHAKAN [Hebrew], meaning to “dwell, remain, abide or tabernacle”. This the “root” to the SHEKHINAH.

This reveals that the Messiah is not only anointed to be Our High Priest, but is also the Word of God, “tabernacling” among us, as an earthly manifestation of God’s “SHEKHINAH GLORY” and DIVINE PRESENCE in human flesh.

c.  2 Cor. 3:18; 4:6-7 But we all, with unveiled FACE, beholding as in a mirror the GLORY of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from GLORY to GLORY, just as by the Spirit of the Lord….For it is the God who commanded LIGHT [SHEKHINAH GLORY] to SHINE out of darkness, who has SHONE in our HEARTS to give the light of the knowledge of the GLORY of God in the FACE of [Yeshua the Messiah]. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

Think It, Say It & Do It!:

I KNOW THAT WHEN I LIVE IN HASHEM’S PERFECT WILL, I EXPERIENCE HIS DIVINE PRESENCE or SHEKHINAH THAT DWELLS OR ABIDES AMOUNG, WITHIN, AND UPON ME! I WILL ALLOW THE SHEKHINAH GLORY & PRESENCE OF AVINU [OUR FATHER], IN MESSIAH, TO SHINE THROUGH ME, in Yeshua’s Name! Shalom Y’all!


Day 36 of 40 Day Fast from Negative Thinking

Day 36

“I feel disconnected, and have a hard time experiencing real love!”

Let’s reject the negative thought that says, “I feel disconnected, and have a hard time experiencing real love!”

Today is the 36th 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.

THIRTY is Hebraically numbered by the:

12th HEBREW LETTER –LAMED ל #12 : It is used to represent the NUMBER 30 [SH’LOSHIM in Hebrew]: It comes the root LAMAD [to study and learn]. It is pictographically a “OX GOAD” [to prod the animal along; or a teaching rod] or “SHEPHERD’S STAFF”, that speaks of the AUTHORITY to TEACH or LEAD. This is the age of the PRIESTHOOD, and RABBINICAL AUTHORITY.

PLUS WE ADD THE 6th HEBREW LETTER – VAV#6 ו: It is used to represent the NUMBER 6 [SHISHAH for masculine, and SHESH for feminine in Hebrew]: It is pictographically a “HOOK” of CONNECTION. VAV is also the HEBREW WORD for “and”, which is conjunction  that connects, people, places and things. The SIXTH DAY of Creation, revealed MANKIND [Adam], who was the CONNECTION between HEAVEN and EARTH, just like the first VAV in the Torah [Gen. 1:1] is the word “AND” that CONNECTS HEAVEN and EARTH. This NUMBER of MAN revealed ADAM as the Apex of HaShem’s Creation.

Together the LAMED [from LAMAD: to learn] and VAV [“HOOK” of CONNECTION] speaks of The LOVE CONNECTION that we should have with HaShem, Our Heavenly Authority, and Yeshua, Our Shepherd, and His Earthly Authorities, or leaders in our life.

THREE STEPS OF CONNECTION!

Step 1 –KNOW THAT HASHEM IS THE SOURCE OF LOVE!

a. 1 John 4:7-9 Dear friends, let us love one another, for LOVE comes from GOD. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because GOD IS LOVE. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him

b.  From the first pages of Genesis, God reveals His desire to have an intimate and meaningful relationship with His Creation. He infused the essence of Himself within each person that He created. This is why we crave love, and desire to experience love in a deep and significant way. Our Maker is a God, Who is LOVE! He doesn’t just have love for us; He is LOVE! Anything we have can be taken away; but what “IS” will always “BE”! That means that God is the SOURCE of all LOVE, and the FATHER that cares for all His Children.

Step 2 – KNOW THAT REAL LOVE IS COVENANTAL AND GIVES ALL:

a. Deuteronomy 6:4“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! 5 You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. 6“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.   NKJV

b. God is a Covenantal Creator, and He doesn’t create without first considering the proper relationship or covenantal boundaries that protects His Prized Possession. He is a Jealous, or Zealous God, Who is impassioned over His People. This perfect ZEAL reveals God’s perfect Plan that He has premeditated on our behalf. The Bible is the written revelation of that purpose and plan.

c. Moses gave Israel a covenant that reveals the greatest principle that a true believer must follow. This reveals that love is experienced on three levels:

  1. Spirit – love the LORD your God with all your heart
  2. Soul – love the LORD your God with all your soul
  3. Body – love the LORD your God with all your strength [might, resources]

d. Yeshua confirmed that this [“The Shema” – Deut. 6:4-9] was greatest principle  for us to follow:

Mark 12:28 Then one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, perceiving that He had answered them well, asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?” 29 [Yeshua] answered him, “The first of all the commandments is: ‘Hear, O Israel, the LORD our God, the LORD is one.  30 And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’    NKJV

Step 3 – ALLOW YOURSELF TO EXPERIENCE REAL LOVE, AND BE RESTORED TO WHOLENESS BY THE GOD OF PEACE [SHALOM: WHOLNESS]:

a. Paul understood this principle and declared that it should be the life long goal of a believer:

1 Thes. 5:23 And may the God of peace Himself sanctify you through and through [separate you from profane things, make you pure and wholly consecrated to God]; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved sound and complete [and found] blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).       Amplified Bible

b. Paul used the virtue of “peace” to describe the complete work of God in the life of a true believer. This is because “peace” in Hebrew means “to complete, or make whole”, and in Greek in refers to joining parts to make to create oneness, or wholeness.

c. Let’s revisit Paul’s principles and terms found in 1 Thes. 5:23:

1 Thes. 5:23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.     KJV

1. Wholly – holoteles – complete until the end [holo + teleos]; holo = whole, all  + teleos = end, finish,

2. Whole – holokleros – complete in every part [holo + kleros]; holo = whole, all  + kleros = portion, part,

d. The God of Peace [shalom: wholeness] will set us apart, and sanctify us in each part or area of our spirit, soul and body, as He integrates them to function as a whole. The Hebrew word for love is “Ahavah”, and it describes each aspect of love as a whole. The wholeness of man is described in unifying parts in Greek thought, and is the focus of 1 Thes. 5:23.

  1. Spirit – agape: heart-felt, unconditional Divine love [from agapao – to love much]
  2. Soul – phileo: mental & emotional affection; brotherly love
  3. Body – eros: physical love and affection

Think It, Say It & Do It!:

I KNOW THAT HASHEM IS THE SOURCE OF LOVE, and that REAL LOVE IS COVENANTAL AND GIVES ALL! This is why I MUST ALLOW MYSELF TO EXPERIENCE REAL LOVE, AND BE RESTORED TO WHOLENESS BY THE GOD OF PEACE [SHALOM: WHOLNESS], in Yeshua’s Name! Shalom Y’all!