Rabbi’s Reflections – Tuesday, December 10, 2019 

Shalom *|FNAME|*,

It’s already 2pm and I don’t have the top part of the RR written yet.  I often say there is no such thing as a shortage in the kingdom of God.  

Rabbi Trail:  If we are experiencing a shortage, we should pause to inquire of the Lord how we have missed His purposes.  End RT.

Some time ago, I wrote about how much of the world we live in operates by what is called “a zero sum game.”  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero-sum_game 

A zero sum game is when the only way for one to win is for another to lose.   Monopoly is the classic example of a zero sum game.  It presumes all treasure is known and being used by someone so that the only way to increase your treasure is to take away someone else’s treasure.

The kingdom of God is not that way because God is the creator.  He alone invented the laws of physics, so He is not subject to the laws of physics.  The only thing God is subject to is His Word.  (Psalme 138:2)

His Word says… Philippians 4:19 My God will fulfill every need of yours according to the riches of His glory in Messiah Yeshua.

Let’s rest in that promise today.  It should not be too much of a challenge to see that God can do this without making someone else poorer.  We should rise as one and give glory to the King of kings.

Week 50
Memory Verse:  2 Timothy 2:15 Make every effort to present yourself before God as tried and true, as an unashamed worker cutting a straight path with the word of truth.

246   12/9      Monday:        1 Timothy 1-3

* 247 12/10    Tuesday:       1 Timothy 4-6

248   12/11    Wednesday:  2 Timothy 1-2

249   12/12    Thursday:      2 Timothy 3-4 

250   12/13    Friday:           1 Peter 1-2

Question of the day:  Can we explore this phrase… 1 Timothy 4:7b “train yourself in godliness?”

Answer:  Yes, let’s do it right now.  The connotation of Scripture is to connect physical training concepts to spiritual training.  We lift weights to get in shape so we can lift heavier weights.  Spiritually, God wants us to develop capabilities and increase capacities.  Let’s explore what those are.  They are referenced at the end of the chapter.

1 Timothy 4:14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, which was given to you through prophecy with the laying on of hands of the elders. 15 Practice these things—be absorbed in them, so that your progress may be clear to all. 16 Give attention to yourself and your teaching. Persevere in these things, for in doing so you will save yourself and those who hear you.

“Practice these things…” Why?  Because we improve our performance through practice.  Some might say, “But I don’t have to perform, I have grace.”  And we also have this verse (from the reading for tomorrow – I’m getting a little ahead of myself)… 2 Timothy 2:15 Make every effort to present yourself before God as tried and true, as an unashamed worker cutting a straight path with the word of truth.

How do we become proficient?  The same way you get to Carnegie Hall… practice, practice, practice.  

Rabbi Trail:  Training is a matter of becoming skilled.  When we are learning, our cerebral cortex is activated.  After training, the cerebellum is activated.  The cerebellum responds automatically without having to learn.  God wants us to be unashamed (like a basketball player at the free-throw line who makes the shot – after all, they’re free – so we need not be ashamed).  It is proven that the better free-throw shooters practice more.  But we’re talking about spiritual training.  The same principles apply.  End RT.

Yeshua has seen to it that you are gifted.  And I don’t care who you are, you are gifted.  To say you are not gifted is to call Yeshua a liar.  Ephesians 4:8 Therefore it says, “When He went up on high, He led captive a troop of captives and gave gifts to his people.”    

One last Scripture today… 2 Timothy 1:6 For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. 7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity but of power and love and self-discipline.

Own it!