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Daily Devotions

Ezra set his heart to seek the Torah of Adonai, to observe and to teach its statutes and ordinances in Israel.

Ezra 7:10

Are you familiar with phrases about having our “daily devotions”? Where did that term originate? We don’t know when the word “devotions” was first used for periods of Bible study and prayer, but it’s appropriate. The word “devotion” means “earnest affection for a person or a cause.” It’s a better term than the word “commitment.” We can be committed to a cause out of sheer duty; but to be devoted implies commitment plus affection.

When we’re devoted to learning God’s Words, it helps to have the right study tool. The primary tool is having a Bible. Many also use a personal notebook to record their thoughts. A concordance (either online or in a book format) can help locate all the occurrences of a particular word in Scriptures. It’s rewarding to devoting ourselves to this study in observance of God’s Bible and teaching it to others. As you study your Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit, and live out the truths that God reveals to you, you will discover new stability, strength and confidence.

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Essential Weekly Prayer



I do this for my immediate family since I KNOW that I have authority in that realm, and then I ask God to extend it to my more extended family and spiritual children to whatever degree possible since I have SOME authority there (BMF, BMSN, BY@DCI).


This is the general idea. Without representative authority, you may pray and see no changes. For my family, I have my wife’s agreement and blessing to do this weekly prayer.


Realize that this is a weekly meeting between you and God. It’s an appointment that you don’t want to miss because of the intensity of the war that we are engaged in. Start off your time with thanksgiving and praise, and then move into repentance.


From there, start praying through the full armor of God in Ephesians 6:10-20.


Since you’ll be doing this weekly; pray with a focus of “permanent steps forward in spiritual growth” in each area of the armor.  For example, when you pray on the armor, ask that all of your family members and all of your community members grow in the following attributes over the next seven days.


  1. Helmet of Salvation – Appreciation for my salvation this week and growth in your ongoing redemption process
  2. Shield of Faith – becoming more confident and trusting in You, more faithful in obedient actions

iii. Sword of the Spirit – gaining more insight in the Bible, using it in a timely fashion and             only for redemptive purposes

  1. Breastplate of Righteousness – becoming a more righteous leader in my family, career, etc.
  2. Belt of truth – improving in areas of only allowing truth to come inside and outside of me
  3. Good News of shalom – That everybody I interact with will receive the Peace of God through me



When you’re finished putting on the armor, ask the Lord if He’ll extend His Kingly scepter and accept you into His throne room. Be still and listen. There may be an extra repentance issue He may want to resolve with you first.  If He says yes, then use your imagination to picture the throne room of G-d in Rev 4.  Consider giving a “report” about your family, life, etc.


  1. Ask Him if it’s okay to move into your essential prayer. If He says yes, then specifically pray, “In the name of Yeshua … Satan, you and everyone in your kingdom (demons, principalities, unclean spirits, humans, and any other evil spirits) are forbidden from trying to influence me or my family this week, in any sort of way. I release angels right now that serve the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to come and hold all of you back, as well to remove you from our home and our car.  I release these angels to re-establish our hedge of protection around our home and car, where our sin or visitor’s sin has allowed the satanic realm rulership.”


  1. Then pray, “I release angels to escort all these different spirits away from our land and car. This is our land and car that the Lord has given to us.” (Occasionally you’ll have to do this nightly depending on what has happened in your home, etc.)


  1. Then pray in tongues for a bit and visualize all of these things starting to happen. Angels are time and space-bound, so give time for this to actually happen and pray in the Spirit. Know that it is taking place because you’ve spoken it, and you are standing before the Lord in a holy moment, and that He is honoring this because you’ve spoken it.


  1. Pray: “Now Holy Spirit, we invite you into our home and car to minister to us. I also release angels to re-open the portal from our home to heaven this week. I release angels to come and go freely here, fulfilling the assignments of God this week.  I release them to minister to our family, as well as go out from this portal to our neighborhood.”


  1. Pronounce a fatherly (motherly) blessing over family members.


  1. Now that all of the noise and distractions are taken out of the way, start talking with Him. You can trust that what you hear from Him is accurate, at least more so than at most other times during the week because of the repentance at the beginning, extension of the scepter, cleansing of the home, etc. Ask Him what He wants to talk about; surely there are things He wants to talk to you about.


  1. We have found that when we do this on a weekly basis we have fewer “accidents”, stressful scenarios, etc. We have also found that this weekly essential prayer will bring your family back to ground zero, instead of being “behind” or “in the hole.”


  1. There may be other “kingly” declarations He wants you to make while in this authoritative position. Ask Him for any of those.
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Yom Kippur


Leviticus 23:26-32 Adonai spoke to Moses, saying: “However, the tenth day of this seventh month is Yom Kippur, a holy convocation to you, so you are to afflict yourselves. You are to bring an offering made by fire to Adonai. You are not to do any kind of work on that set day, for it is Yom Kippur, to make atonement for you before Adonai your God. For anyone who does not deny himself on that day must be cut off from his people. Anyone who does any kind of work on that day, that person I will destroy from among his people. You shall do no kind of work. It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. It is to be a Shabbat of solemn rest for you, and you are to humble your souls. On the ninth day of the month in the evening—from evening until evening—you are to keep your Shabbat.”

Next Tuesday Evening, September 18,  starts Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur is a great opportunity to stand together with all who gather around the world on this day to accept this invitation from our God. We follow many of the historic traditions that have been practiced around the world since the time of the Temple. Interestingly, this is one of those times that God tells us: “It is a statute forever throughout your generations in all your dwellings”

On Yom Kippur we are instructed to deny ourselves. I find this as an opportunity to let my flesh know that God is in charge. Once again, we get to choose whether to accept this invitation of God. It will not add to your salvation nor will it add to God’s love for you. It is just an opportunity for us to stand together with all who choose to gather on this day and ask God to intervene on behalf of Israel and indeed, the whole world.

We do so in complete freedom. What a blessing.

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Rosh HaShannah

Rosh HaShannah

(Leviticus 23:23-25) Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,  “Speak to the children of Israel, saying: ‘In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it

This week we celebrate Yom Truah, now known as Rosh HaShannah. We are entering the biblical new year of 5779. Yom Truah (Rosh HaShannah) falls on the first day of the 7th month. The 7th Month is set apart as is the 7th day of each week and every 7th year. Our Rosh HaShannah Service is Sunday, September 9 at 7:45. All of our Services are at Beth Messiah Fruitville.

It is exciting to recognize we are in a new season of Evangelism and Kingdom growth even as we move into the new year! The past 2 years have been very exciting times for many of us. Mark the recent time of being stretched as a chance for a new beginning, a new opportunity, to move into a higher level in your relationship with God. His invitation is open to you to draw closer to Him. He is the answer to every question you have.

The Sabbath that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur is called the Sabbath of Return. Again, it is an invitation from God to return back to Him. He wants to have an intimate relationship with you. This is a great season to leave anything in the old season behind that held you back and expect God to make next year better for you.

It is all about God and it’s all about the Messiah.
Stay focused on the All!

As always, all are invited to our free services to share in the invitation of our God.

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The High Holy Days


Leviticus 23:1-2 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the Lord, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.

The High Holy Days are coming. As always, we get to choose to accept God’s invitation to meet in His Presence. Notice that all of the Designated Times belong to God. “My feasts, or My designated times”. The special times do not belong to Israel or the Jewish People. They belong to ADONAI our God. We should see each Holy Convocation as an opportunity to gather into God’s Presence. It is not for our salvation. Neither will God love us more for doing it. It should be seen just as a great opportunity.

Deuteronomy 30:19-20 “I call on heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have presented you with life and death, the blessing and the curse. Therefore, choose life, so that you will live, you and your descendants, loving ADONAI your God, paying attention to what he says and clinging to him – for that is the purpose of your life!

Observing the High Holy Days is about choosing life and blessing. It is about enjoying God’s reality to speak directly into our lives. Come to each service with the expectation that God wants to bless you. The more expectation you have, the more you will receive from God. These times are to bless you, indeed, an opportunity to bless all of Israel.

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Sukkot, The Feast of Tabernacles


Adonai spoke to Moses saying: “Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, and say, On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Feast of Sukkot, for seven days to Adonai. On the first day there is to be a holy convocation—you are to do no laborious work. So on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruits of the land, you are to keep the Feast of Adonai for seven days. The first day is to be a Shabbat rest, and the eighth day will also be a Shabbat rest. On the first day you are to take choice fruit of trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and rejoice before Adonai your God for seven days. You are to celebrate it as a festival to Adonai for seven days in the year. It is a statute forever throughout your generations—you are to celebrate it in the seventh month. Leviticus 23:33-36, 39-41

Next week we celebrate Sukkot, Sunday September 23 at 7:30PM; beginning the Feast of Tabernacles. As always, at Beth Messiah Fruitville. The main focus of this time is joy. In my opinion, Sukkot is one of the most prophetic of the Appointed Times. Here are some samples of the prophetic picture of Sukkot:
“In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, you will have the Passover, a feast of seven days when matzah will be eaten. On that day the prince will prepare a bull as a sin offering for himself and for all the people of the land. He will prepare a burnt offering to Adonai for the seven days of the feast—seven bulls and seven rams without blemish daily for seven days and a male goat daily for a sin offering. He will prepare as a grain offering, an ephah for a bull, an ephah for a ram and a hin of oil for each ephah. He will do this in the seventh month, on the fifteenth day of the month, during the Feast, for seven days, for sin offering as well as burnt offering, grain offering as well as oil.” Ezekiel 45:21-25

Tying the joy of Passover to the joy of Sukkot in the prophetic picture of a “redeemed people”!

And possibly a future prophetic picture:

“Then all the survivors from all the nations that attacked Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, Adonai-Tzva’ot, and to celebrate Sukkot. Furthermore, if any of the nations on earth do not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, Adonai-Tzva’ot, they will have no rain.” Zechariah 14:16-17

One of the great focuses of this festival is rain. It is a transition in Israel between the dry season and the rainy season. Hence the significance of Hoshana Rabbah! “On the last and greatest day of the Feast, Yeshua stood up and cried out loudly, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture says, ‘out of his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” Now He said this about the Ruach, whom those who trusted in Him were going to receive; for the Ruach was not yet given, since Yeshua was not yet glorified. When they heard these words, some of the crowd said, “This man really is the Prophet.” Others were saying, “This is the Messiah.” Still others were saying, “The Messiah doesn’t come from the Galilee, does He? Didn’t the Scripture say that the Messiah comes from the seed of David and from Bethlehem, David’s town?” So a division arose in the crowd because of Yeshua. John 7:37-43

So, enjoy this festival. And especially enjoy your relationship with God and the Messiah.

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Moadim – The Appointed Times

Moadim (The Appointed Times)

God called the light “day,” and the darkness He called “night.” (Genesis 1:5)

God created time. The natural beauty of the world declares the glory of God. “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky shows His handiwork.” (Psalms 19:1) God’s will is that we follow His directions. “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10) The High Holy Days are a part of God’s plans for us as community. “Speak to Bnei-Yisrael, and tell them: These are the appointed moadim of ADONAI, which you are to proclaim to be holy convocations—My moadim (designated times).” (Leviticus 23:2) The High Holy Days should not be viewed from our perspective as having to do with our performance. As we all know “it’s all about God and the Messiah”, so we approach this season in His freedom and love. God is the Lord of time, since He created it. He knows best how we should use our time. “Make the most of your time because the days are evil.”
(Ephesians 5:16)

It is imperative that we come into the High Holy Days with an attitude of appreciation and freedom that we have in the Messiah. “Therefore, do not let anyone pass judgment on you in matters of food or drink, or in respect to a festival or new moon or Shabbat. These are a foreshadowing of things to come, but the reality is Messiah” (Colossians 2:16-17) It is appropriate, therefore, that we celebrate these festivals in a way that is consistent with our Messianic faith and exalts the Person of Yeshua. The Moadim (Appointed Times) all find their fulfillment in Messiah. “Do not think that I came to abolish the Torah or the Prophets! I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. Amen, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or serif shall ever pass away from the Torah until all things come to pass.” (Matthew 5:17)

God’s Moadim (Appointed Times) remind us that He is Lord of the calendar, the King of creation, and that He is to be worshiped every day. God’s Appointed Times have a great deal to teach all who have crowned Him Lord of their lives.

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“But what God foretold through the mouth of all His prophets—that His Messiah was to suffer—so He has fulfilled. Repent, therefore, and return—so your sins might be blotted out” Acts 3:18 – 19

Connecting the dots is a children’s game. As a child draws a line, connecting the dots sprinkled across the page of his or her coloring book, a picture is created. Similarly the verses of the Bible can be connected in reveal Yeshua as Messiah.

The 1st dot is God’s creation of man. The 2nd dot is sin entering the world in the Garden. Next, there are many dots of the Patriarchs, Judges, wondering prophets and kings. A picture of need is woven throughout. Humankind is in need of a Savior. Broken and sinful, man is incapable of saving himself.

The 1st dot in the apostolic writings is the genealogy of Messiah in Matthew. This dot connects to all the dots of the past. Yeshua is born from the line of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And specifically from the tribe of Judah, in the lineage of David, which reveals the covenant of being a king/Savior. From this point the 4 historical accounts of the Gospels are filled with dot after dot, revealing the life and character of Yeshua. He came with truth and compassion, speaking accurate judgment; but offering forgiveness and mercy. As the line is drawn leading to Messiah’s death and resurrection, the picture is complete. Yeshua is our perfect Savior. He came to set us free and restore our relationship with God. Can you connect the dots in trust in Him today?

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Cars often reflect our lives

“For what was impossible for the Torah—since it was weakened on account of the flesh—God has done. Sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as a sin offering, He condemned sin in the flesh”Romans 8:3

The idea of the gasoline powered vehicle to be to be used for human and commercial transportation is a fabulous idea! In fact, a century of innovations and further inventions have made cars and trucks a permanent part of our everyday life. So why do we only tolerate them instead of loving them? It’s because cars break down and need repairs. Rubber wears out, metal breaks down, paint fades, wires break, and we crash these machines into one another. It’s not the idea of the vehicle that is bad; it’s the execution that breaks down.

“For I know that nothing good dwells in me—that is, in my flesh. For to will is present in me, but to do the good is not. For the good that I want, I do not do; but the evil that I do not want, this I practice. But if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I doing it, but sin that dwells in me. (Romans 7:18 – 20) So it is with the Torah of God. “So then, the Torah is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.” (Romans 7:12), yet we have a hard time implementing the concept. Vehicles are weak because of their parts and humans are weak because of our fallen human nature. If vehicle  inventors ever create parts that last forever, they will do for vehicles what Yeshua did for us; be strong, not weak, in the flesh.

The next time your car is in the shop, thank God that Yeshua is the permanent perfect keeper of God’s Torah. He did for us what we could never do for ourselves. The Torah tells me how crooked I am. Yeshua reveals the truth, sets me free, and tries to straighten me out. Live carefully!

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“Therefore submit to God. But resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Jacob 4:7

Comedian flip Wilson made this line famous: “The devil made me do it!” The characters in Wilson’s comedy routines often blamed the devil for leading them into trouble. While comedians are not usually a go-to source for biblical theology, Flip Wilson was partly right. The devil can’t make anyone do anything, but he can definitely tempt us and influence our choices. But we have defensive measures.

Yeshua’s encounter with Satan in the Judean wilderness is a proof text for the fact that Satan can tempt a child of God. This happened at the very beginning of Yeshua’s public ministry when a failure on His part would’ve been catastrophic. Satan tempted Yeshua 3 different times with 3 different enticements. But each time Yeshua rebuffed the offers and remain true to God’s word in God’s will. Though unsuccessful then, “And when the devil had completed every test, he departed from Him until another occasion.” (Luke 4:13) Jacob writes that if we do what Yeshua did: submit to God in obedient faith and resist the devil; Satan will flee from us. When we live clothed in the armor of God in obedient faith, Satan will be defeated. If you want to avoid sin, do not play games with temptation.