Adar I 5779
We have entered the last month of the Hebraic calendar which is Adar 1 beginning February 5, 2019 and ending Wednesday March 6, 2019. This is a leap year when Adar 1 is followed by the additional month of Adar 2 that is added every three years in order to sync with the solar calendar. In a leap year, Purim is celebrated in the added month.
Adar means strength and power. The Tribe of Adar is Naphtali – “Sweetness is to me”. It’s meaning is a time of celebration that the curse of bitterness is overturned and is turned into sweetness. This is an overcoming month to experience joy! It is said in apocryphal writings that Naphtali instructed his sons to fear the Lord; to serve and to follow after Him.
What is the fruit the Lord is offering to us in this season of Adar? Sweet fruit instead of bitter fruit!
In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. Revelation 22:2a NKJV
Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the LORD, you His saints! There is no want to those who fear Him. Psalms 34:8-9 NKJV
Clue – Sweetness in overcoming joy!
What if the Lord is offering us the fruit of Joy from the tree of life this month? Joy is one of the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” Galatians 5:22 NKJV
Then he said to them, “Go your way, eat the fat, drink the sweet, and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10 NKJV
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” II Corinthians 12:9a NKJV
Clue – The root of bitterness
Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled; Hebrews 12:14-15 NKJV
During this Month of Adar, we have the choice to allow God to overturn our bitterness into the sweetness of joy if we will allow Him to do so.
Clue – The gift of repentance
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance. II Peter 3:9 NKJV
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance? Romans 2:4 NKJV
Ask the Lord to reveal any bitter fruit in your heart. Allow Him to search your heart and yield any bitterness that He exposes back to Him with genuine repentance. Ask Him to overturn any bitter offenses and evil decrees that have taken root in your heart and created bitterness. Ask Him to make your bitterness sweet. The sweetness in overcoming joy is the fruit to be tasted this month. Jesus Christ paid the ultimate price for our victory and joy by overcoming all sin and death. We pray that you will know the Lord’s freedom from the pain and sorrows of the fruit of bitterness as you celebrate the taste of joy in the sweet fruit from the tree of life in this month of Adar!
We have all tasted bitterness in our lives. Here is a testimony I would like to share. Beth Auman – Overcomer
Our lives were riddled with pain and loss until we met an amazing Woman of God who imparted wisdom from the ripe fruit of the tree of life into our lives. She spoke God’s Word over us, prayed and interceded for us and we received the instruction that we needed to produce and prosper. The prophetic instructions given to us in our situation from the Lord was the hope of fruitfulness.
After much loss we conceived and welcomed a beautiful daughter with great joy. She has been such an amazing gift and we praise the Lord everyday for her. Twelve years later, we welcomed our second daughter that has added more joy to our lives; another treasured gift of God.
When our oldest daughter conceived the first time she also suffered the same sorrowful loss I had before we had her. We cried out to the Lord and communicated with the fertile ministry of Apostles Chuck and Pam Pierce, in which we are aligned. They in turn sowed a both a monetary seed into our daughter’s life as well as a prophetic Word that she would bear a double portion of fruit in the month of Adar and that God would make bitterness sweet.
She conceived again and delivered our first grand daughter in the Month of Adar. We pondered what could be the meaning of a double portion? Two years later in Adar II our second granddaughter was born! We are now awaiting the birth of our third granddaughter and it is very likely she will also be born in this leap year of Adar II! Our hearts are leaping with joy!
Our blessings are literally overtaking us. We have experienced the overcoming power of the Lord, turning the bitter fruit of sorrows into the sweetness of joyous celebrations! We give all Praise, Honor and Glory to Adonai our Elohim through the blood of Jesus Christ our LORD and in His Name.
The Lord is opening the eyes of our understanding in how to partake of the ripe fruit on the tree of life for each month. We hope that you will embark on the Quest of the Overcomer as we discover the abundant blessings He has prepared for us. May your worship before Him be filled with sweetness and joy.
“Trust in the LORD, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness. Delight yourself also in the LORD, And He shall give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD, Trust also in Him, And He shall bring it to pass. He shall bring forth your righteousness as the light, And your justice as the noonday.” Psalms 37:3-6 NKJV
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(Photography obtained, purchased or taken by BethAuman and JoBeth Kested) Photo Art by Beth Auman)
Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life – By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested
© Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested 2019