Tomorrow May Never Come!

Do you trust Heavenly Father with every day, every moment of your life? Do you make plans and then feel distraught when things don’t turn out the way you think they should? Do you spend your entire day fretting about things that you have absolutely no control over? Think of the months and years of people’s lives wasted as they’re spent worrying about money, politics, children, the latest fashions, the latest technology. Becoming obsessed about the latest and greatest new vehicle or desiring newer/bigger house to hold more things (a vicious circle back to money and how do you pay for it?) Do you worry about what people think of you and do you focus on your self image? Don’t you realize that worry brings you into a place of darkness…a place where you have forgotten about your faith and trust in Heavenly Father? First of all, you must realize that tomorrow is not in our hands. No one on this planet knows what tomorrow brings. The only thing we know about “tomorrow” is that it’s unknown to us and is only known to the Father. The one thing we do know is that we can trust HIM with more than tomorrow…we can trust the Father with our eternity.

Jesus – Yeshua instructs you about your future by giving you two simple choices: Believe in Him and Obey!

John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

Matthew 6:33-34 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you. 34 Therefore don’t worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Jesus – Yeshua tells us in no uncertain terms that we have no power over tomorrow! We really do have enough going on today that we need to be focused on or need to be concerned with without worrying about what’s going to happen tomorrow. One thing is for certain…worry will never provide a solution to your problems, He commands us to seek the Kingdom of God first, and of course, that means seeking the King of that Kingdom, Jesus Christ the Messiah – Yeshua HaMashiach (Hebrew). When we seek His righteousness, this also means obeying His commands. And when we believe and obey, God will add “all these things” for our tomorrow.

Proverbs 27:1 Don’t boast about tomorrow, for you don’t know what a day might bring.

Hebrews 9:27-28 And just as it is appointed for people to die once—and after this, judgment— 28 so also the Messiah, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring salvation to those who are waiting for Him.

There’s no getting around it…everyone on this earth has an appointment with death and if you’re a Christian, you also know that judgment will follow. So everyday that we live we must be sure we’re in a right relationship with Heavenly Father. We can share the Gospel of Jesus – Yeshua and sing praises of thanksgiving about our gift of eternity because of our Savior’s work on the cross at Calvary.

James 4:13-16 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will travel to such and such a city and spend a year there and do business and make a profit.” 14 You don’t even know what tomorrow will bring—what your life will be! For you are like smoke that appears for a little while, then vanishes. 15 Instead, you should say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.

Every day of our life, we need to pray as Jesus taught us… for the Father’s will to be done and then accept that whatever happens, it’s HIS plan. Remember no matter what happens, we need to obey Heavenly Father, and then fully trust in Him. Have “NO FEAR”! If we open our eyes, we can’t help but witness His miracles all around us every moment of our existence, so why would we think that we need to run for the hills or hide. It’s ALL in HIS HANDS!

Isaiah in the Old Testament and Paul in the New Testament both brought forth this prospect to an obstinate people: “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die”. They aren’t telling people it’s okay to be immoral, to the contrary…I see these verses as an exhortation to the people who believe that they have “all the time in the world” to make up their mind to live a life for Heavenly Father and reflect Jesus in their thoughts actions and deeds. They are being reminded that their lives are truly “just a vapor” that could end any moment.

When Paul was writing to the church at Corinth, he was telling them how the gospel and our salvation completely depends on the sinless life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Paul wrote, “What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (1 Cor 15:32). His point is that if salvation and being raised from the dead are not true, we might as well eat and drink (quite frankly…go ahead…paint the town red – party hearty!), because tomorrow we die. Paul’s commentary is in reference to the belief that some held then and some still hold today that this is all there is.

Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Of course, it’s only natural for mankind to talk about tomorrow and the things we have planned to do or places we plan to go, but no one knows if tomorrow will even come for any of us, so when the plans we make or things change, there’s no point in being disappointed, because Heavenly Father always has a plan…he knows the “beginning and the end”. We must learn to accept the fact that we are not in control, learn to be patient and just get through today in faith and confidence; knowing full well that HE keeps all of HIS promises and that HE Loves us…

So the next time, you’re feeling anxiety and you’re losing sleep over a situation that you can’t control…STOP! PRAY and GIVE it to your Father in Heaven! Only HE has the “POWER” over what will happen. But keep in mind too, that HIS time clock may not be your time clock and when you pray for HIS WILL to be done…LET IT GO and live for today.

Happy New Year!

I pray that 2021, your faith in Christ brings you nearer to our Father in Heaven!

YHWH’s Appointed Holy Days ~ Levitcus 23

Scriptures from the NIV (New International Version)

The Appointed Festivals

23 The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the Lord, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.

The Sabbath

“‘There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a sabbath to the Lord.

The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread

“‘These are the Lord’s appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times: The Lord’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. On the fifteenth day of that month the Lord’s Festival of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast. On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work. For seven days present a food offering to the Lord. And on the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.’”

Offering the Firstfruits

The Lord said to Moses, 10 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest. 11 He is to wave the sheaf before the Lord so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath. 12 On the day you wave the sheaf, you must sacrifice as a burnt offering to the Lord a lamb a year old without defect, 13 together with its grain offering of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour mixed with olive oil—a food offering presented to the Lord, a pleasing aroma—and its drink offering of a quarter of a hin of wine. 14 You must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain, until the very day you bring this offering to your God. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.

The Festival of Weeks

15 “‘From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks. 16 Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the Lord. 17 From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the Lord. 18 Present with this bread seven male lambs, each a year old and without defect, one young bull and two rams. They will be a burnt offering to the Lord, together with their grain offerings and drink offerings—a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord. 19 Then sacrifice one male goat for a sin offering and two lambs, each a year old, for a fellowship offering. 20 The priest is to wave the two lambs before the Lord as a wave offering, together with the bread of the firstfruits. They are a sacred offering to the Lord for the priest. 21 On that same day you are to proclaim a sacred assembly and do no regular work. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.

22 “‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the Lord your God.’”

The Festival of Trumpets

23 The Lord said to Moses, 24 “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts. 25 Do no regular work, but present a food offering to the Lord.’”

The Day of Atonement

26 The Lord said to Moses, 27 “The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present a food offering to the Lord. 28 Do not do any work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the Lord your God. 29 Those who do not deny themselves on that day must be cut off from their people. 30 I will destroy from among their people anyone who does any work on that day. 31 You shall do no work at all. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live. 32 It is a day of sabbath rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath.”

The Festival of Tabernacles

33 The Lord said to Moses, 34 “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the Lord’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days. 35 The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work. 36 For seven days present food offerings to the Lord, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present a food offering to the Lord. It is the closing special assembly; do no regular work.

37 (“‘These are the Lord’s appointed festivals, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for bringing food offerings to the Lord—the burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings required for each day. 38 These offerings are in addition to those for the Lord’s Sabbaths and in addition to your gifts and whatever you have vowed and all the freewill offerings you give to the Lord.)

39 “‘So beginning with the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to the Lord for seven days; the first day is a day of sabbath rest, and the eighth day also is a day of sabbath rest. 40 On the first day you are to take branches from luxuriant trees—from palms, willows and other leafy trees—and rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. 41 Celebrate this as a festival to the Lord for seven days each year. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come; celebrate it in the seventh month. 42 Live in temporary shelters for seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in such shelters 43 so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in temporary shelters when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.’”

44 So Moses announced to the Israelites the appointed festivals of the Lord.

Do You Feel Chained to Your Sin?

Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Do you feel truly heartbroken when you recognize that you’ve sinned against God and your fellowman? Do you say to yourself – I will never do that again and then you turn around twice and find yourself chained to the sin that you are trying to escape from? Has that sin become the “thorn” in your side that has brought you to despair because of your weakness and therefore acknowledges your need for a SAVIOR?

If this describes your life’s journey and the path that you find yourself on, at some point in time, you need to “let go and let God”! There’s only one escape from the prison of the sinner and that’s to give yourself over entirely to faith and trust in Jesus – Yeshua (Hebrew translation). Once you’ve done this, repentence and the “heartbroken” grief you feel will set you free from the prison of sin. Jesus came and died for the sinner…that’s you and me! For all have sinned! Read what the Apostle Paul tells us…

Romans 3:21-2421 But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;22 Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

The Apostle Paul also tells us in Romans 5:6-7 For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

John 3:36 The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who refuses to believe in the Son will not see life; instead, the wrath of God remains on him.

Thankfully, there’s still some time…Heavenly Father is still waiting for us to accept His gift of His SON and ultimately the gift of “eternal life”! I don’t know how He could have made it any easier for us or explained it clearer than what He has done through Scripture and through the perfect life that Jesus lived. When we accept this gift, we become disciples (followers of Christ) our role is to show others through our faith, obedience and the sharing of the Gospel of Salvation, the joy we feel at the momentous return of Jesus and HIS Kingdom.

John 15:12-14 This is my commandment, That ye love one another, as I have loved you. 13Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. 14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.

Jesus the Messiah – Yeshua Ha Mashiach laid down HIS Life for us and if you become a disciple of Jesus and when you look at yourself in the mirror, you should be seeing the reflection of HIS righteousness as we have none of our own! So NOW is the time to ask for the Father in Heaven’s forgiveness and allow His Spirit to work in you the miracle of a true heart broken desire to turn your life around.

Matthew 13:15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. YES! Emmanuel means GOD with Us! The Son of God came once as a baby that grew into a man who showed us how God wants us to live and taught us that LOVE is the key to HIS SALVATION. He suffered the consequences of our sins…a most hideous death on the cross. The next time He comes, He’ll be coming as the KING of KINGS!

WOW! Don’t wait until tomorrow to ask Jesus into your life…tomorrow may never come! Jesus is returning soon! Are you ready?

Warning against Deliberate Sin!

Hebrew 10:26-30 For if we deliberately sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries. 28 If anyone disregards Moses’ law, he dies without mercy, based on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much worse punishment do you think one will deserve who has trampled on the Son of God, regarded as profane the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know the One who has said, Vengeance belongs to Me, I will repay, and again, The Lord will judge His people.

The Number 3 ~ Shelosh

In the Hebrew language the number three (shelosh) means harmony, new life, and completeness. The number 3 is used 467 times in the Bible, but less than the number 7 which is used 860 times. Nevertheless, it’s a significant number in so many ways. I don’t plan on listing all 467 times the number 3 is used in the Bible. Here are some examples. The Seraphim (six winged creatures) around the throne say “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY.

Isaiah 6:3 And one called to another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts; His glory fills the whole earth. Heavenly Father’s number is three, Father; Son; Holy Spirit.

Matthew 28:19 Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus taught us three things: Faith, Hope and Love.

Man is a three: body, soul, spirit.

1 Thessalonians 5:23 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely. And may your spirit, soul, and body be kept sound and blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Revelation 8:13 I looked again and heard an eagle flying high overhead, crying out in a loud voice, “Woe! Woe! Woe to those who live on the earth, because of the remaining trumpet blasts that the three angels are about to sound!”

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there among them.” I want to bring to light a few other number 3’s Abraham, Isaac & Jacob. Asinstructed by Pontius Pilate, they placed a sign above Jesus on the cross.

John 19:20 states that this was written in 3 languages: Hebrew, Latin and Greek and was put on the cross of Jesus. The 3rd day: Jesus rose after three days.

1 Cor.15:4 (In Jewish culture, three days past the time of death indicated they were truly dead. Jesus truly conquered death by not rising until the third
day. Because we’re staying home and staying safe, I thought it would be fun to have some Bible exercises to do…inspiration to study.

So if you feel like some fun ~ NAME the:

• 3 Samaritans in the NT Lk.10:33; Lk.17:15-16; Jn.4:7
• 3 arks found in the scriptures. Gen.7:1; Ex.2:3; Ex.25:10
• 3 times Tabernacle/Temple destroyed. 1Sam.4:3-4; Jer.7:12; Dan.1:1; Mt.24:2
• 3 times when we see Jesus coming in the clouds. Mt.24:30; Ac.1:11; Rev.1:7
• 3 men who had 12 sons named in Genesis. Gen.22:20-24; Gen.25:12-16; Gen.49:1-27
• 3 men who never died. Gen.5:21-24; 2Kin.2:11; Heb.7:3
• 3 animals that talk in the Bible. Gen.3:1; Num.22:28; Rev.8:15
• 3 men who killed a lion. Jdg.14:15; 1Sam.17:36; 2Sam.23:20
• 3 men who fasted for 40 days and 40 nights. Ex.34:28; 1Kin.19:8; Mt.4:2
• 3 times where we see midwives. Gen.35:17; Gen.38:28; Ex.1:1
• 3 Nazarites mentioned in the Bible. Jdg.16:17; 1Sam.1:11-28; Lk.1:13-15
• 3 places where we see women named Tamar. Gen.38:6; 2Sam.13:1; 2Sam.14:27 • 3 times in the OT when God disturbed the sun. Ex.10:21-29; Jos.10:12; 2Kin.20:9
• 3 times God fed a multitude with food left over. 2Kin.4:43; Mt.14:13-21; Mt.15:32 39
• 3 times God speaks from heaven glorifying Jesus. Mt.3:17; Mt.17:5; Jn.12:28
• 3 times when we see God’s finger writing a message. Ex.31:18; Dan.5:24; Jn.8:6
• 3 proper names of angels mentioned in the Bible. Dan.10:21; Lk.1:19; Rev.12:9
• 3 OT incidents symbolic of NT baptism. Gen.6-8; (1Pe.3:21) Ex.14; (1Cor.10:3)