22:18) I can count all my bones:
They look and stare upon me.
22:19) They divide my garments among them,
They cast lots for my clothing.
22:20) But do not far from me, Yahua;
You are my help;
Hurry to help me.
22:21) Deliver my soul from the sword;
My precious life from the power of the dog.
22:22) Save me from the lionai??i??s mouth;
Yes, from the horns of the wild oxen you have answered me.
22:23) I will declare your name to my brothers.
In the midst of the assembly, I will praise you.
22:24) You who fear Yahua, praise Him!
All you descendents of Ya`akov, glorify Him!
Stand in awe of Him, all you descendents of Yisra`el!
22:25) For He has not despised nor abhorred the poverty of the afflicted,
Neither has He hidden His face from him;
But when he cried to Him, He heard.
22:26) Of you comes my praise in the great assembly.
I will pay my vows before those who fear Him.
22:27) The humble shall eat and be satisfied.
They shall praise Yahua who seek after Him.
Let your hearts live forever.
22:28) All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to Yahua.
All the relatives of the nations shall worship before you.
22:29) For the Kingdom is Yahuaai??i??s.
He is the ruler over the nations.
22:30) All the prosperous ones of the earth shall eat and worship.
All those who go down to the dust shall bow before Him,
Even he who cannot keep his soul alive.
22:31) Posterity shall serve Him.
Future generations shall be told about Yahua.
22:32) They shall come and shall declare His righteousness to a people that shall be born,
For He has done it.
A chain is only as strong as its weakest link
When I was at sea as an Engineer, it was a regular occurrence that we had to anchor, waiting to enter port, await orders or anchor in the lee of land pending a storm. The anchoring system consisted of a large, heavy anchor attached to a substantial chain that was, in turn, attached to the shipai??i??s hull at the point known as the ai???bitter endai??i??. Although a small boat relied upon its anchor to bite into a soft sea bed to be effective, a large ship relied upon the weight of chain (or cable) on the sea bed.
It was shortly after I became a Believer, that Father, through His Spirit, gave me a vision and prophetic word using a shipai??i??s anchor.
In the first part, He told me that every person was like a chain. Each aspect of our character could be likened to a link in a chain. Giving each link a strength rating of 0-10, I had, say, a Bible reading strength of 6, a sharing strength of 6, a witnessing strength of 6, a prayer life of 4 but a humility of 3. As the chain was only as strong its weakest link, my spiritual strength was 3, despite all my other strengths. My strengths could not bring up my weakest link, to average them out. Therefore, to improve my spiritual strength, Father had to teach me, through trials and experiences and other people, how to be more humble.
ai???According as each has received a gift, be ministering it among yourselves, as good stewards of the grace of Yahua in its various forms. If any man speaks, let it be as it were the oracles of Yahua. If any man serves, let it be as the strength which Yahua supplies, that in all things Yahua may be glorified through Yahshua the Messiah, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Ameyn. Beloved, do not be astonished at the fiery trial which has come upon you, to test you, as though a strange thing happened to you. Nevertheless, because you are partakers of Messiahai??i??s sufferings, rejoice; that at the revelation of His glory also you may rejoice with exceeding joy.ai??? (1 Peter 4:10-13).
Father wants all His children to be made perfect, as His Son Yahshua, was perfect. In all areas, the Master scored a 10. ai???but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men.ai??? (Phil. 2:7). When the Master was born, He laid aside all prerogatives of divinity, in order to be like us in every aspect. This included all the inherent weaknesses of Man. Beloved, as you search through Scripture, see how He turned those weaknesses into strengths. It did not come easy and He endured many trials, long periods being on the road, endless hours in prayer to Father. The Master knew that in His human form, He was weak but He also knew from where to draw strength. Hence the many times in Scripture that we learn He took Himself off to be alone with Father.
In the second part of the vision, Father showed me that every assembly and the Church Universal was also a chain made up of many links. Each link represented a person, and so, this chain was only as strong as the weakest member of the assembly. If in all areas I was a 6 but had a prayer life of 4, the brother or sister next to me may have been all 5ai??i??s, I was the weakest link in the assembly. However, through reading Scripture, listening to teachers and preachers speak and seeking Fatherai??i??s strength, my prayer life went up to 6, I was no longer the weakest link, my brother or sister next to me was. That is why we must all seek to build one another up so that our weaknesses may be rectified.
In serving Father with every part of His being, Father gave Him everything that was needed to carry out His ministry. This is why Father has made Him the Anchor of the Church Universal. He is looking for people to form His chain so that the Church Universal will not founder.
Beloved, we must search our souls diligently and seek Fatherai??i??s guidance to those areas of weakness. Look to that perfect example of the Master and draw upon Fatherai??i??s strength. What are our weaknesses? What about our brothers and sisters in Yahua? How can we build them up or let them help build us up?
For all who have not yet accepted the salvation offered by Father Yahua, why not?
There is a storm coming soon. Whether it is the end of your life or Messiahai??i??s return, a storm is about to break out.
Are you ready? How will you cope when the tempest strikes?
Only by true repentance and accepting His salvation through Messiah Yahshua, will you survive. There is no safe haven to run to; no other anchor strong enough. By accepting His salvation, it will not cause the storm to abate or fall away. On the contrary, the storm will hit all the harder. However, by being securely attached to the Anchor of life, drawing strength from Father, eternal survival is assured.
If you want to accept Fatherai??i??s offer of salvation through Messiah Yahshua, you need to ask Him in prayer along these lines. Use your own words but they must be genuine as Father knows our very hearts and nothing is hidden from Him.
ai???Father, I am a sinner who needs forgiveness through your Son, Messiah Yahshua. Please forgive me of all my past sins as I accept that, Messiah Yahshua my Saviour, has taken upon Himself my punishment. By your Spirit, help me to live a life worthy of His sacrifice. Thank you, Father, for making this way back to you.ai???Ai??
Father, we thank you for the power of your Word and that Word was made flesh in Messiah Yahshua so that in believing in His Life, Death and Resurrection we may have eternal life with you.
ai???A wise man has great power;
And a knowledgeable man increases strength.ai??? (Prov. 24:5).
Father willing, we will gather again next Shabbat.