“But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” (‭Luke‬ ‭9‬:‭62‬ NASB)


 Luke records the words of Jesus to a man called to be his disciple (Luke 9). The only problem was that he wanted to follow Him on his own terms. Jesus teaches, by way of a cultural illustration of His day that the plow man “takes hold” of the plow and does not look back. He teaches that committing to be a disciple of the Kingdom of God requires no compromise. Only by leaning forward and into the plow can one make a deep furrow in the ground and make progress. Only by fixing one’s eye on what is ahead can a straight row be made.

 There are many who have heard Yeshua’s call to “Come. Follow Me!” but they are distracted. They are “called but not convinced” that following Jesus is the only true life worth living. And yet, we read in Proverbs 21, “He who pursues righteousness and loyalty finds life, righteousness and honor” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭21‬:‭21‬ NASB).

There is a mystery that is disclosed to those who pursue God’s kingdom in Jesus, the Messiah… The things we formerly pursued PURSUE US.(See Matthew 6:33).


 The apostle Paul always had a Cross-cultural team of workers as he advanced the Kingdom of God. None stood out more in excellency of character as well as in potential apostolic function like Timothy. His mother was a godly Jewish women. His father was a Greek. Paul invested his time and attention modeling what true ministry and apostolic labor involved. No doubt, seeing his potential successor, he writes as a spiritual father to young

Timothy, to “flee the things of the world”. But he also exhorts,”But…you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith; TAKE HOLD [Caps. Mine] of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. (‭1 Timothy‬ ‭6‬:‭11-12‬ NASB).”

 We need to make full proof of our calling to eternal life. Unfortunately, many of those who use the name of “Christian” use it as nothing more than a badge of religion. They have no fruit of a relationship to Jesus, the One who has given his life in order to redeem them from this present dark world. Many are called but not yet converted.

What a terrible day it will be for those who stand alone before the King of kings and Judge of judges and have no fruit bearing witness to a life lived for Jesus.

“Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each man’s work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man’s work. If any man’s work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward” (‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭3‬:‭12-14‬ NASB).

Paul tells us that we are building an eternal home. The question is,”What materials are you using? I heard Leonard Ravenhill point out that, “Wood, hay, and stubble is that which is seen above the ground. Gold, silver, and precious stones are found beneath the ground.” What’s the point? Some build in time, for what men can see and applaud. Others live in light of eternity, with an eye for God’s approval alone. If we would hear, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”, we must “Take hold of that which is eternal life indeed”.


Yeshua(Jesus) tells us that “Many are called but few are chosen”…Fewer still are faithful. Why? Because they allowed the things of the earth to dim the light of eternity. Like the foolish virgins the light they had was going out. In other words, the light they had within them had become dark(Matthew 25). Many today, neither see where they are going nor can they lead others to His marvelous light. It’s time to “take hold of eternal life”. And when we do, we emit His light for others to find their way to the Savior of the world.


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“Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. (‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭13-14‬ NIV)


 In the Book of Proverbs, credited to the pen of King Solomon, Wisdom is described in the personification of a woman. The Hebrew scholars often refer to the “woman” as Scriptures.

“Take hold of Wisdom”. We recognize that true Wisdom must come from God.  Remember that Adam was incomplete without the woman. “But for the Man there was no helper suitable for him”(Genesis 2:20b NIV). Man was only made complete when “God brought the woman to the man”(See Genesis 2).  As the woman was brought to the man,so too, wisdom must be brought to us by the LORD God. Therefore, it requires faith to wait on wisdom to be given by God Himself. “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you”(‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭2-5‬ NIV)


 We will only receive the wisdom that comes from above as we wait on God through His Word. “My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline, and do not resent his rebuke, because the Lord disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in. Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her”(‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭11-15‬ NIV).

 The exhortation to “Take hold” of wisdom was the same admonition Solomon was given as a young child before his father. But in what way are we to understand that a young child could possibly take hold or grasp what would ultimately affect their future destiny?

 God’s Word (Hebrew word is Torah) means “Teaching and Instruction”. We are commanded to “Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life” (‭Proverbs‬ ‭4‬:‭13‬ NIV).


 God’s Word is different from any human document. It is a “living” document. It says of His Word (Personified as Wisdom), “Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her. Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her; those who hold her fast will be blessed”(‭Proverbs‬ ‭3‬:‭13-18‬ NIV).

God’s word is a “tree of life”.  It is interesting to notice that the language of the first book (Genesis) regarding the “Tree of life in the middle of the garden of Eden is seen as restored in the last book (The Revelation-See Chapter 22). In essence, we are either going to feed on “the Life of God”, through His Word. Or we will feed on “the Tree of the knowledge of good and evil”. One will bring us life, peace, riches and honor. The other will only bring death.   May we “Take hold” of that which gives wisdom and life.


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“This is what the Lord Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you’ ” (Zechariah 8:23 NIV).

 Zechariah the prophet (Post-exilic) was given a word to encourage God’s people who had been newly regathered into their Land. This word was regarding an End-time Revival!   There would come, at that time, such a spiritual hunger among the nations that they would literally take hold of the corner of a Jew’s prayer garment with it’s tassels, asking to follow them in order that they may come to a true knowledge of God.


This expression “Take hold” is found numerous times in the Holy Scriptures. One example that is significant is found in Psalms 35:

“Contend, O LORD, with those who contend with me; Fight against those who fight against me. Take hold of buckler and shield and rise up for my help. Draw also the spear and the battle-axe to meet those who pursue me; Say to my soul, “I am your salvation” (Psalms 35:1-3 NASB).

God has promised to contend with our enemies. He will “Take hold” and arm Himself to war on the behalf of His children.

The prophet Isaiah was divinely inspired to record, “And He saw that there was no man, And was astonished that there was no one to intercede; Then His own arm brought salvation to Him, And His righteousness upheld Him. He put on righteousness like a breastplate, And a helmet of salvation on His head; And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing and wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle. According to their deeds, so He will repay, Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies; To the coastlands He will make recompense. So they will fear the name of the LORD from the west And His glory from the rising of the sun, For He will come like a rushing stream Which the wind of the LORD drives. “A Redeemer will come to Zion, And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” declares the LORD. (Isaiah 59:16-20 NASB)

The LORD IS A Man of War…He fights for you!  The apostle John wrote,”You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is he who is in you than he who is in the world”(NASB).


Joshua received his ordination through Moses in the sight of all the people (See Deuteronomy 31).  This was an acknowledgement that the mantle of leadership was being transferred with honor.  Joshua had been both faithful and loyal to Moses’ leadership as well as to obeying the word of Adonai.  It also was done in a public way to strengthen Joshua’s hands so that he would “Take hold” of his new assignment.

“Now it came about after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, that the LORD spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ servant, saying, “Moses My servant is dead; now therefore arise, cross this Jordan, you and all this people, to the land which I am giving to them, to the sons of Israel. Every place on which the sole of your foot treads, I have given it to you, just as I spoke to Moses” (Joshua 1:1-3 NASB).


Joshua would lead the children of Israel into the Land God  said was theirs. Before you can “take possession” of your inheritance or new “land” you must dispossess the occupying forces. This requires an appropriate conquering mindset.

This mindset would not come by human agency. It would only come as they adhered to the Word of the LORD.  “This book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous! Do not tremble or be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go” (Joshua 1:8-9 NASB).

 In addition to God’s Word, there must be God’s presence. We see this strategically as Israel is about to cross over and deal with Jericho, the stronghold city in the Land.

Rahab, the harlot, spoke to the two spies sent by Joshua, “I know that the LORD has given you the land, and that the terror of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land have melted away before you. For we have heard how the LORD dried up the water of the Red Sea before you when you came out of Egypt, and what you did to the two kings of the Amorites who were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and Og, whom you utterly destroyed. When we heard it, our hearts melted and no courage remained in any man any longer because of you; for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath” (Joshua 2:9-11 NASB).

The children of Israel were about to  wage war against their enemies. But they were not alone. God went ahead of His people. He strengthened their hands in order for them to “Take hold” of the tasks and assignment given to them.  They were in fact the new generation in covenant with God through whom He would fulfill His purposes.  We must never forget…When a man of God dies nothing of God dies with him. Selah.


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“The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti” (Esther 2:17 NKJV).


 Esther’s beauty won king Ahashuerus heart, gaining the queenly crown. But it would take more than beauty to save her Jewish people from the king’s newly promoted official, Haman the Agagite. It would require of Esther a heart of self-sacrificing bravery to come into the king’s presence—Uninvited!


Wherever the kingdom of heaven is expressed in the earth, the kingdom of Satan will oppose it. Esther and her people were in captivity under Persian and Media Empire. Her uncle, Mordecai held an important cabinet post in Ahashuerus’ kingdom. Then we read of an adversary named Haman. “When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman was filled with wrath. But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him of the people of Mordecai. Instead, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahashuerus—the people of Mordecai” (Esther 3:5-6 NKJV).

 Haman did not want to merely destroy the Jews (To spite Mordecai). Nor was his desire to destroy the Jewish people because they had a poor “work ethic” or because they were a “backward and illiterate people”. Rather it was because they dared to live a separate lifestyle. They were a people of one Book (Esther 3:8), meaning that their conscience was captive to the Word of God.


Their identity and mandate as “The children of Israel” was to obey and spread the knowledge of the one true God and His ways among the nations.

“It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be [firmly] established as the highest of the mountains and shall be exalted above the hills, and all nations shall flow to it. And many people shall come and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us His ways and that we may walk in His paths. For out of Zion shall go forth the law and instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” (Isaiah 2:2, 3 AMP).”


Although the seeds of God’s kingdom have been sown in the earth…there is yet an ultimate manifestation of the kingdom soon to be come (See Hebrews 12:25-29). This was the meaning of our Lord’s first coming.

When Yeshua/Jesus came into the world, he came to the Jewish people as one of them. He lived among them as a Jew, laboring as a Jewish Carpenter, sharing their humiliations from the ruling Gentile nations. He was willing to take all the risks and challenges as an observant Jew. Although He was the Son of God, he did not exalt himself above his Israelite brethren. Rather He announced his mission. “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many” (‭Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭45‬ NASB).

Therefore, he was arrested and handed over to the Rome by the jealous Jewish religious leaders.


Ultimately, God had ordained that Yeshua/Jesus would become the scapegoat and ransom to redeem his people from their sin (See John 1:29; Philippians 2:5-11).

His sacrifice was not for the Jews alone but the sins of the whole world. What was done, seemingly at the hands of man, was a voluntary act of the Son of God. Again, although Jesus did this as a man, his actions were to declare himself on the LORD’S side. God accepted him both as Sin and the Sacrifice. “He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5‬:‭21‬ NASB). As the song puts it, “When He was on the cross…I was on His mind”.


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“As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it….David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”   (1 Samuel‬ ‭17‬:‭23, 26‬ NIV).


We are in times like the time of David. The battle lines have been drawn and there is no place to turn and hide. Our world has chosen to oppose God’s laws and ignore His moral codes of conduct. Like the giant Goliath of the Philistines they have said, mockingly, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man that we might fight together”(See 1 Samuel 17:10). “Winner takes all!” was the terms of the battle.

The question comes from King Saul, “Who will fight this man?” In essence, “Who is on the Lord’s side?”


Goliath was indeed a menacing foe. There is a mystery hidden in his description. He is named “Goliath of Gath”…”a champion”. He’s six cubit in height, clothed in brass armor, welding an iron spear weighing 600 shekels (See 1 Samuel 17:4-7). His height and weight seem to hint prophetically at Mr.”666″ in John’s Revelation; one who is “seemingly” invincible(See Rev.13).

Goliath is from “Gath” which in the original means “wine press”. He is the embodiment of all that is Anti-God/Anti-Christ; all that is destined to be judged, “tread upon in the wine press of the wrath of God”(Revelation 19:15).   Many will compromise with the Anti-Christ figure, jeopardizing their own soul’s eternal destiny. “A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise forever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name”(‭Revelation‬ ‭14‬:‭9-11‬ NIV).


David did not consider the size or reputation of Goliath. Nor did he go to meet his foe in his own armor or strength. He went in the armor of the LORD. “David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied”(1 Samuel‬ ‭17‬:‭45‬ NIV).

David sized up his opponent and realized that as big as Goliath was…And although armed only with his sling shot…”I can’t miss!” Someone said, “It’s not the size of the dog in the fight. But the size of the fight in the dog!”


David was very courageous. He did not considering his odds in the fight. Rather he considered the size of his God in the fight. By faith, he knew he was born for battle! He was not called merely to conquer. He was “more than a conqueror through Him who loved him” (Romans 8:37). His destiny was to reign over ALL God’s enemies.

We too are destined to reign through Jesus our Messiah. “Blessed and holy are those who share in the first resurrection. The second death has no power over them, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with him for a thousand years”(‭Revelation‬ ‭20‬:‭6‬ NIV).

It’s time to choose sides and decide what armor you will choose for the battle. Paul exhorts us, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes”(‭Ephesians‬ ‭6‬:‭10-11‬ NIV).

David’s example of faith and courage can help us decide, “Whose on the Lord’s side?”


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There is an interesting Scripture portion (Parashat) from the Old Testament reading this week (See Numbers 25). It is regarding a man God chose to honor named Pinchas (or Phinehas). He rose up to “Stop the plague” of death that began to spread through the Camp of Israel. Recall that children of Israel had fallen prey to the idolatrous practices of the Nations around them while on their way through the wilderness to the “Promise Land”.
Because of Phinehas’ love and zeal for the LORD, God gave him a special blessing; a “Covenant of peace” upon he and his family line. As a result of God’s blessing, his sons would be included as priests, ministering perpetually in God’s presence.
Phinehas’ decision to stand with the Lord God teaches a basic law or principle. Choices in life have consequences. Paul states it thus, “Whatever a man sows that shall he reap”(Galatians 6:7). What we choose today will determine outcomes for tomorrow. God says, “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants, by loving the Lord your God, by obeying His voice, and by holding fast to Him; for this is your life and the length of your days, that you may live in the land which the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them” (Deuteronomy 30:19, 20 NASB).
Do we realize that the dignity of being human is choice and that it can alter the course of our life, that of our children and the course of a nation? I remember a dream I had some time ago. In it I saw the Revolutionary Army come out of the forest with General George Washington at the front on his beautiful white horse. His men came out of the forest behind him, in perfect military fashion with the rifles and so forth. “What an awesome scene!” I thought as I witnessed his Army step onto the battlefield. Suddenly! The scene changes…I am now placed with another Army. King David and his men are leading it. They have the Ark of God on the battlefield. Although I did not see the enemy (In either vision), I could feel the atmosphere charged with anticipation of a great battle about to unfold. As I watched this scene, the day was moving toward evening. David and his mighty men lay down in the open field with no sense of fear or dread of the fight that was ahead. The Ark of God’s presence was in their midst. I was invited to join them as they lay down to rest for the night, which I did. When I awoke early that morning. David and his men and the Ark had already gone! It was at that moment I knew I was faced with a dilemma. I could join General Washington’s Army, which had come onto the field of battle. Or I could catch up with King David, his men and the Ark of God. What should I do? I knew that the first represented a natural battle that had brought great blessings bringing to birth a new nation. The other represented a spiritual battle that could results in great blessings for many Nations. I chose the latter, knowing that the only hope for our Nation is a true invasion of the kingdom of God in our Land.
We as a nation are faced with great and difficult challenges. The choices we must make in this hour will determine the course of the destiny this Nation and no doubt others. To borrow the words of Winston Churchill, “This could be our finest hour!” as a nation or our worst! Like Phinehas, you get to choose…”Who’s on the Lord’s side?”

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“The path of the righteous shines more and more until the full light of day”. (Proverbs 4:18).

When God wanted a people with whom He could fellowship He shows Moses a pattern in heaven. This pattern given was what has become known as Moses Tabernacle. It was really “God’s Tabernacle” shown to Moses. One of the most important pieces of furniture shown was the Menorah or Lampstand which was to be placed in the Holy Place or the Tabernacle of the Congregation.”The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to Aaron and say to him, ‘When you set up the lamps, see that all seven light up the area in front of the lampstand.’ ” Aaron did so; he set up the lamps so that they faced forward on the lampstand, just as the Lord commanded Moses. (Numbers 8:1-3 NIV)  

Aaron as the high priest was directly responsible for the Lampstand (Candlestick). He was to both carry it and care for the light or flame upon it. God spoke to him to see that the light not go out.  Today, we have a great high priest, Yeshua (Jesus) who sees that the Lampstand burns in the holy place of our hearts continually. The scriptures tell us that “The spirit of man is the candle of the Lord”. In other words, when we receive the life of Jesus Christ, the Spirit of God makes our spirit alive.  We come alive(Born again) by His Spirit (See John 1:12-13).   


No matter how many times Israel moved about in the wilderness, Aaron was responsible to see that the light travelled with them. Yeshua, both our great high priest and the true Lampstand goes with us on our journey.   He said,”I am the light of the world. He who follows me shall not walk in darkness”(John 8:12).  We need not fear that the darkness of this world will overtake us as long as we follow Yeshua (Jesus) the true Light source.  Paul wrote, “We are children of the light, children of the day not of the night” (1 Thessalonians 5:5).


Aaron and his sons were to make sure that the lamps on the top of the Lampstand were clean, with trimmed wicks and supplied with fresh, pure olive oil.  When (Yeshua) Jesus ministers to us it is by the agency of the Holy Spirit in our spiritual being.  There is a reason He is called the “Holy Spirit”.  It is because He does not represent man’s carnal interest, foremost, but  the primary interest of the Father and the Son’s (See Philippians 1:6; 2:13; John 16;12-15).  The more we walk in the fullness of His Holy Spirit the purer and brighter the flame shines.  This is the applied meaning of the Candlestick having buds, blossoms and fruit” on each of its golden branches (See Exodus 25:31-35).

The apostle Paul wrote, “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” (Galatians 5:22-25 NASB).   If we are true carriers of His light we are true bearers of His fruitful character and nature.


Aaron was to see that the flame was burning “evening and morning”.   Note the order. God’s order in creation was “The evening and the morning was the first day….The evening and the morning was the second day”,etc.(Genesis 1)  So, too, it is in the order of redemption.  Evening proceeds the morning, darkness is before the light.  Remember the children of Israel waited until night engulfed Egypt before they were liberated from their bondage.  So this applies to today.

There may be darkness around you, which suggests that you have to submit to its power. But never forget that evening proceeds morning. Light shines forth to swallow up the darkness and lead us to the perfect day. The captain of a seafaring vessel doesn’t hope that the Lighthouse is dimly lit when coming through thick midst and darkness.  He hopes that it is shining a brilliant light in order to bring the vessel safely into harbor!  So…Keep the pure oil in those lamps and keep the holy fire burning!


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