“Return to the stronghold, You prisoners of hope. Even today I declare That I will restore double to you.” Zechariah 9:12
At times we find ourselves wandering around in hopeless situations, trying to do things on our own power. The LORD is always calling us to return to Him, call upon Him and be a prisoner of His hope, not slaves to this lost world!
“The LORD their God will save them in that day, As the flock of His people. For they shall be like jewels of a crown, Lifted like a banner over His land.” Zechariah 9:16
Yes the LORD will save us when we call on Him! WHEN? Right now is that day call on Him and be saved, let His banner of hope and joy be seen flying over you. The LORD is the God of hope and restoration, let us stand in His stronghold today!
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
Today let us not let the cares and tares of the world distract us from the hope of the LORD! Don’t get caught up in the grind of daily life, instead let us stand in the strongholds of the LORD, and have a blessed day being a prisoner of His hope!
“Yes, many peoples and strong nations Shall come to seek the LORD of hosts in Jerusalem, And pray before the LORD.” Zechariah 8:22
One day all people will realize the LORD the creator of the universe is God! One and all will seek Him and worship Him! Every tongue, tribe and nation will bow before Him!
“Look to Me, and be saved, All you ends of the earth! For I am God, and there is no other.
I have sworn by Myself; The word has gone out of My mouth in righteousness, And shall not return, That to Me every knee shall bow, Every tongue shall take oath.” Isaiah 45:22-23
Unfortunately we are not there yet! So what we get to do is be a light in a dark world, which seems to be getting darker! But as we read our bibles we know the end! ‘EVERY KNEE WILL BOW’ So knowing that one day this will happen lets get out there and be the reflection of the light of the LORD!
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16
Today take the opportunity to reflect the glorious light of the LORD where ever you go and with whoever you can! The world is dark, but our LORD is light! Have a blessed day reflecting His glorious light!
“Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land.” Leviticus 25:9
The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) was a day were sacrifices were made to the LORD for the nation of Israel and the High Priest went into the Holy of Holies to make atonement for the nation! Now that the temple is gone it’s a day of fasting and looking inward, to repent and ask for forgiveness!
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9
For us who believe in the LORD who have accepted Yeshua as LORD and Savior, this should be a day of realizing how much you’ve been forgiven of, when you do your heart should sound a trumpet of Jubilee! It’s also a day were we can reflect, repent and be restored by the LORD!
“Humble yourselves in the sight of the LORD, and He will lift you up.” James 4:10
Our flesh always tells us we don’t have to or don’t need to, but the LORD shows us we get to! Take some time in the next day, fast, remove something from your daily routine and seek the LORD!
“And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:13
Have a blessed day Shabbat Shalom!
“Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘Execute true justice, Show mercy and compassion Everyone to his brother.” Zechariah 7:9
It really is hard to show justice, mercy and compassion to people who just hate! They hate God, they hate you for loving God and they even hate their country! Here the LORD tells us to show compassion and love OUCH!
“But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” Luke 6:28-29
As we look around us we see the world becoming more vile and filled with hate! The LORD calls us to be His loving light, reflectors so to speak of His great mercy, grace and love! Let us be careful of how we react to the situations going on around us! Let us shine for the LORD reflecting His glory.
“The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.” Psalm 145:8
This is how our LORD is, so let us reflect who He is today and not get all caught up in the hatred and vileness of the world! Have a blessed day!
“So he answered and said to me: This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by My spirit, ‘ Says the LORD of hosts.” Zechariah 4:6
What the LORD is saying is we can’t do things by our might, our abilities, and by power of our own strength! The idea here is we can’t do things on our own abilities and knowledge, the term self made man doesn’t work! We need the LORD!
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways, says the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8
The ways of the LORD are so different from our ways, we really need to get onto His way of thinking not ours!
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:9
If you been doing things by your own might and power, and feel your getting nowhere then its time to drop it and let the LORD take over!
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7
So let us walk in the Spirit of the LORD, by His might and power today! It sure will take the stress out of your day! Have a blessed day in the LORD!