Shabbat is the Jewish Sabbath. Shalom is used as a salutation by Jews at meeting or parting, meaning peace. It really means so much more though. It means to be safe in mind, body, or estate. True Biblical Shalom refers to an inward sense of completeness or wholeness. It means rest, quietness, tranquility, safety, prosperity, wholeness, well-being and protection. The Sabbath is a day of rest, quietness, and peace. It’s a time to cease from hard labor and any kind of wearisome work. It’s a time to reflect and meditate on the Lord, His goodness and His promises in His Word. We are to rest in the Lord and in His presence by faith. This is to be done by faith because believing faith rests. It says in God’s Word, that “we who have believed do enter into His rest.” Another scripture says, “He satiates the weary and replenishes every sorrowful soul.” He refreshes, replenishes, and revitalizes you in these times of rest. He will fill you with His strength and His presence. He will also give you renewed hope. This Sabbath rest is a form of loving the Lord and obeying His commandments. It’s a time of seeking Him and drawing near to Him. It’s a special time to spend with the Lord where you can worship your Creator, not the creation. It is a time that the Lord set apart as Holy and appointed for you to rest. It is a time you can become One with Him. You will be in agreement with Him and will be following Him in His footsteps, so to speak, for He rested on the seventh day from His creation which He created and made. It’s a time to have Holy intimacy with Him in a loving relationship with Him as you Seek Him, Fellowship with Him, Worship Him and Draw Closer to Him to Get to Know Him More.
(Exodus 20:8-11) “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.”
(Lev.19:18) “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the Lord.”
Love is the Key:
Love lives and exists in kindness. It manifests itself in kindness, even towards those who may seem very difficult for you to love. It manifests in patient mannerisms. It is in knowing (experiencing) and believing (believing and knowing). It is in knowing and believing God’s love. You must know and believe His love for you, that you are loved! God loves you! You are loved and accepted in the Beloved (His Beloved Son). The Lord loves you! We must truly know and believe how much God loves us. When we know how deeply He loves us we will be able to love Him and then we can walk in love towards those around us. Forgiveness is also a part of love. Love also manifests itself in forgiving those who have hurt us or done us wrong. The Lord does not want us to take vengeance (revenge) by trying to “pay them back for what they did”, but we are to give it over to the Lord. He doesn’t want us to hold any grudges of anger or unforgiveness because that only hurts ourselves and holds us in bondage to those people and what they did wrong. We must release them to the Lord and forgive them. We must forgive the offenders and not be bitter or resentful towards them. This will bring freedom in our lives as we walk in love and forgive. You must choose and decide to forgive them by faith even if you don’t ” feel” like it. We can’t go by feelings but we must do things by faith, which works only through love. If you are still having a hard time forgiving them you can ask the Lord to help you and He will.
Lord, I thank you for Your love for me and all that You have done for me. I thank You that You forgive me for my sins. I ask that You help me to forgive (from my heart) those who have hurt me and wronged me. I choose to forgive them by faith and obedience to Your Word. I ask that You heal my heart. Heal my hurts and wounds. I ask that You fill me up with more of Your love in Jesus Name. Amen.
(John 10:7) “Then Jesus said to them again, Most assuredly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep.”
Is it door number one? Or door number two? Have you ever wanted a door to open in your life but not sure which one is the right one for you? When I say “door”, it could be a door of opportunity such as a job, the right location for a place to live, or a relationship etc. There are many different ” doors” and things that knock, but which one is right for you or for me? In John 10:7, Jesus says, that He is the door of the sheep. It continues in John 10:9,”If anyone enters by Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. Jesus gives life and the doors that He brings will also bring forth life to you. He is a Good Shepherd to His people (His sheep) and He only wants good things for you. If you are not sure about which one is right for you, then go to the Lord to pray about it. He promises in His Word to direct your steps. Jesus is The Christ. This means, The Anointed One and His Anointing. Jesus lived and walked in The Spirit perfectly. He was completely filled, saturated with, and Anointed with Holy Spirit. He is our Perfect example. We are also to live and walk in The Spirit. Many years ago I had a vision. It was a doorway entrance but there was no door attached to it. Then I saw this really bright light shining in the doorway, which was God’s Presence, and His Glory from Holy Spirit. I then realized that it must be, The Door of His Spirit, which is by faith. So we must always seek to know Him, to know the right way and to come through the right Door of The Spirit in every area of our lives.
Lord, I ask that You direct my steps. I ask that You give me wisdom. I ask that You help me to find, and to know the right way. I ask that You help me to go through the right “doors” of the good things that You have for me. I ask that You help me to enter through The Door of Your Spirit in Jesus Name. Amen.
(Exodus 28:30) “You shall put the Urim and the Thummim in the breastplate of judgment, and they shall be over Aaron’s heart when he goes in before the Lord. And Aaron shall bear the judgment of the children of Israel over his heart before the Lord continually.”
What is The Urim and Thummim? This means Lights and Perfections. Light is illumination, shining brightness, and glowing radiance. It’s a natural agent that stimulates sight and makes things visible, understanding of a problem or mystery, and enlightenment. Perfection is a flawless state where everything is exactly right. It can also be the action of making something perfect. It’s without fault or flaw. Perfection is a perfect condition. The highest degree of proficiency, skill or excellence, a perfect embodiment or example of something and maturity. It’s the state of being complete and correct in every way. In the Old Testament/Old Covenant it was in the breastplate worn by the high priest that was attached to the ephod of his garment. It was a type of revelation and discernment from the Lord. I looked this up online and it showed a picture of two stones. One white stone and one black stone. I believe that there was something supernatural that occurred when the high priest prayed for the children of Israel or would inquire of the Lord about things. I think one of the stones would supernaturally light up to give an answer to the high priest. I think it would be like a yes or no answer. The white stone represented that it was from the Lord and would be to proceed, and to go forward with what they prayed about. The black stone represented that it was not from God and not to proceed. Today, in The New Testament/New Covenant of God’s Grace it is different. We don’t have to go to a human high priest like they did then but each of us can go directly to the Lord who is our true High Priest. We can go to Him for anything. He will speak to us, enlighten us, give us direction and discernment from Holy Spirit.
Lord, I ask in the Name of Jesus that You lead me and guide me. Give me clear discernment and direct my steps. I ask that You help me to know You and follow You. I ask that You keep me in Your ways and place me on the right path that You have for me in Jesus Name. Amen.
(Is.49:14-16) “But Zion said, The Lord has forsaken me, And my Lord has forgotten me. Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My Hands; your walls are continually before Me.”
Has anyone ever felt left out or forgotten? I’ve felt like that at times but the Lord has been faithful. It’s one thing to feel left out, forgotten, or forsaken by people but to feel like the Lord has forgotten you, left you, or totally abandoned you by forsaking you, that is different. That is a scary thought and a scary place to be. People can be wishy-washy sometimes. One minute they’re with you and the next minute they’re not. People come and go. Even Joseph in the bible was forgotten by people when he was left in prison for a couple of years but the Lord was with him. God never forgot about him. God was faithful to Joseph. Joseph knew that the Lord was with him so he also remained faithful to the Lord and trusted Him. God remembers you and He does care about what you go through in your life. At times it may seem or appear that He has forgotten or forsaken us but He hasn’t. He is working in each of us, in our hearts and lives. He is also working behind the scenes to bring things together in the right order, the right way at just the right time. That is why sometimes things take a little longer than we like though and we must be patient for God to answer our prayers. He says in His word that He will never leave us or forsake us. This scripture says that even a mother may forget her own baby that she gave birth to but He will not forget you and me. He says, He has inscribed us on the palms of His Hands. Our walls are continually before Him. That means He has you and me etched and engraved into His Hands. He couldn’t forget you if He wanted to. He doesn’t want to forget you because He loves you. Our walls are continually before Him. Everything about each of us and our lives are before Him. Yes, God does remember you!
Lord, I ask that You help me to know that You are near. Help me to sense Your Presence and to know You more. I pray that You help me to know that You are faithful and that You will never leave me or forsake me in Jesus Name. Amen.
(Hebrews 11:6) “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Have you ever wanted to please your earthly, biological dad? There may be some people that don’t have good dads and you may be trying to gain their approval. It might seem like nothing you say or do is pleasing to them. You may not even have a good role model to look up to. I want to tell you that you have a Heavenly Father who loves you very much. He is just waiting for you to come to Him. He is the “Perfect Father”. He is loving, kind, gentle, and good. He is very good. It is “Father God”. How can we ever please God? You might be thinking, if I haven’t been able to please my earthly dad, how can I possibly please God? This scripture is telling us that ” faith” is what pleases God. Faith works through love. He wants us to get to know Him. He wants us to Believe, Have Faith, and Trust Him, because those are the things that are pleasing to Him. So are you ready to come to this loving Heavenly Father? We are to believe when we come to Him. This scripture also says, He is a rewarder of those (He blesses those) who diligently seek Him. He wants to have a relationship with you, to do you good and bless you as you seek Him.