Is the Word of Adonai your true plumb line for life? Are you measuring you attitudes and actions by the standards of living proclaimed in God’s Word? Have you had your annual heart health check-up? See if your heart is healthy and learn to develop attitudes of the heart which honor the L-rd.
Part 1 - The Attitude of Gratitude
Genesis 28:10–22; 2 Chronicles 14:1–6; Psalm 100:3-5; 136:1; Philippians 4:4; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; James 1:3
Rabbi Richard Freeman
When someone gives you a precious gift it motivates you to give back. Adonai’s promises of provision and blessing to Jacob motivated him to give an offering at Beth-El. When God pours into our lives, we should respond by giving our will, our thanks, and our praise. If we have already developed a habit of gratitude and thanksgiving by remembering to count our blessings - especially the forgiveness we have in Messiah Yeshua, we will be able to overcome any trials and troubles which come our way.
Part 2 - The Meaning of Mercy
Genesis 32:7-12, 24-40; Jeremiah 17:9; Matthew 18:21-35; Luke 6:45; John 6:44; Romans 12:3; Ephesians 2:1-8
Rabbi Philip Lanning
Jacob had to come to the end of himself and have an encounter with Yeshua before he realized that he was unworthy of Adonai’s mercy. When we truly have an encounter with Yeshua we will realize that we are unworthy of Adonai’s mercy and we must also give mercy to others. Mercy requires us to forgive where we have been wronged, let the other person off the hook of debt that we feel they owe us, and not overlook sin but instead provide an atonement for it.
Part 3 - Where Is Your Joy Level?
1 Kings 19:3-5; Job 3:11; Jeremiah 15:16; Psalm 1:1-3; 51:13-14; 55:6-8; John 15:9-11; Galatians 5:22-23; Philippians 4:4, 10-13; Titus 2:11-12; 1 Peter 4:12-13
Even the most mature of Adonai’s people experienced periods of joylessness. Job wished he had never been born, David wanted to escape reality, and Elijah asked Adonai to take his life. If these men struggled, how can we experience consistent joy in our lives? Focus on the Adonai in worship, align your life with the plumbline of Adonai’s Word, say no to sin and be filled with the Roach Ha-Kodesh, develop a heart of contentment, and surround yourself with a rejoicing family.
Part 4 - A Peaceful Heart
Genesis 41:1; Jeremiah 6:14; 8:11; John 14:27; Philippians 4:6-7; Colossians 3:15
Rabbi Richard Freeman
The “Shalom” of Adonai plays a vital role in so many areas of our lives. Sometimes Adonai quiets the storms of life and sometimes He lets the storms rage and He quiets His servants. Shalom teaches us as we wait on the Lord. It delivers us in times of distress. And it Helps guide us into the perfect will of G-d!