Shalom Segula (Treasured Possssion)
“Grace be unto you, and peace, from Elohim our Father, and from the Master Yeshua Messiah.” (1 Corinthians 1:3) It is always a joy to connect with our brothers and sisters at the beginning of a new Torah Calendar. There truly is oneness in the body knowing that we are reading the same portions each week. This is not to say that we don’t read other parts of Scriptures as the Spirit leads and directs, as we most certainly do, but that the foundational readings that we study from the same portions bind us together all around the globe.
We serve an Elohim that will “see to it” and we can trust that He knows far better than we do how to direct our lives. In the days we live it is imperative that we have our ear married to the voice of the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit). When the enemy is allowed to “breech the wall” of our trust that belongs to the Father, he can then wreak all kinds of havoc on our spiritual lives. We must be on guard to deceiving spirits that seek to divide us from the truth of Yah’s Word, His ways and His people!! There is strength when we’re walking together, picking one another up and being the solution rather than the problem.
Sometimes things seem harder than it was before, but when we look back at the children of Israel while they were in Egypt, we can learn some valuable truths. Moses was sent by Elohim to Pharaoh and said, “Thus says YHVH, let My people go…” Instead of letting them go Pharaoh said, “You are no longer to give the people straw to make brick as previously; let them go and gather straw for themselves. But the quota of bricks which they were making previously, you shall impose on them; you are not to reduce any of it. Because they are lazy, therefore they cry out, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to our El.’ Let the labor be heavier on the men and let them work at it so that they will pay no attention to false words.” (Exodus 5:1, 7-9) As we keep reading, they are repeatedly falsely accused of being lazy, the work load is heavier and they are being told that the word Moses is bringing to them is a lie/false. They thought their deliverer had come, but it sure didn’t look like it with the turn of events that happened. However, it was true that their deliverer had come and so were the words that Moses spoke.
Things are not always as they seem to us. Yah is surely doing more than one thing at a time. The very thing that made their situation harder is the very thing that built their strength and stamina for the journey that was ahead of them. One thing to bear in mind as well, the ten plagues did not happen one day after the next. It was at least a year and some evidence shows it could have been up to two years before they were delivered; so they were being driven for a long time.
Sometimes we try to ‘help Yah out’ by getting ourselves more comfortable and not allowing the Ruach (Spirit) to have its completed work and that shortchanges the purpose for which our heavenly Father intended. He is faithful to complete that which He has begun in us if we will stay surrendered to Him and trust His process because it is for our good and His glory. That is our continual prayer!!
Attached is the August Torah Calendar. As we read this month may we remember that “Whatever we do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Master Yeshua, giving thanks through Him to YHVH the Father.” (Colossians 3:17)
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Praise His Name!!
We love you with our whole hearts!!
Shalom & Blessings,
Pastor Mark & Tammy McLendon