…Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. Philippians 3:13-14 (NLT)
Have you ever heard the saying, “Don’t let your yesterday’s determine your tomorrow’s”? Are you trying to run your race still carrying the baggage and burdens of your yesterdays? You may remember watching how hard it is for a child learning to walk to keep from stumbling and falling when they keep looking back instead of focusing their eyes ahead. This scripture reminds us that in order to successfully run our race we need to stop looking back at the mistakes, problems, and even accomplishments or the joys of our yesterdays so we can reach for the blessings of today and the hope of our tomorrows. Therefore, in the Lord’s enabling grace, let go of anything in the past that would keep you from reaching for the future and the heavenly prize that is yours in Jesus, today! Selah, Ponder sand think on that.
Be watchful dear one’s because many times you open the door wide to this devil and welcome him in to steal, kill and destroy!
God’s Plan, Commandments and Word is Truth. We can have the abundant life that Jesus lived, died and rose again for us to have. He came to be First!
Close that door! Keep it closed!
Seek Jesus first! Keep seeking Jesus FIRST! Seek His Righteousness FIRST!
Matthew 6:3333 But [a]seek first [b]His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be [c]provided to you.
When you seek His Kingdom and His righteousness first, all these things – which is the abundant life that Jesus lived, died and rose again for us to have will be provided to you! You must be watchful and keep the door to the devil closed by seeking His Kingdom and Righteousness first! You must choose to do your part.
If you are seeking Jesus and your focus is on Jesus, no devil from hell can by any means harm you because your eyes will be locked on Jesus and you will receive what He has promised you! AMEN and AMEN
Lift up your voice and declare this over yourself.
Declaration: LORD, I declare that I will seek You and Your righteousness first. I set my own will and choose to believe Your Word, that You came that I may have life in it’s fullest measure. My focus is on You and I will keep the door to the devil closed. I now realize that it is only when I choose to focus on other things first, that I alone create a crack for that lying devil to come through! I choose to slam that door closed in the devil’s face in Your Holy name. I receive all that You have for me as I seek Your kingdom and righteousness first. I submit myself unto You LORD, I resist the devil and he must flee from me! (James 4:7 )In Your Holy Name! AMEN
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4:19-20 (NKJV)
Do you have difficulty believing that God really cares about any of the pressing needs you are currently facing? First of all, this verse profoundly declares that our God supplies ALL our need! But, if we are to understand that the doorway of His provision is in the glory of Jesus we may need to ask what is the glory? Biblically this often refers to the manifestation or the reality of God’s presence with us. Remember, one of the names of Jesus is Emanuel which means God with us. Therefore, there is a wealth of God’s provision for us as we grasp that Jesus is with us; our Prince of Peace, Wonderful Counselor, Friend of Sinners and our Savior. He is real, present and available to us in every circumstance today and everyday to meet ALL our needs. With renewed faith in His love for us, let us give worship, praise and glory back to our Father God. Yes, Amen!
Mount up, be Renewed, Restored, Refreshed as you wait on The LORD for He never slumbers nor sleeps! Be ready to run and not be weary and to walk and not faint!
This is not the time to give up or give in! Do not fear or shrink back! You are an Overcomer and Overcomer’s have something to overcome.
Abba Father we repent for our striving today. We choose to wait on you, to be renewed,refreshed, restored and mount up with wings like eagles. We choose to run, to soar, to walk or sit, we yield unto Your voice.
Give us eagle eyes to see from Your perspective and eagles ears to hear Your voice. We submit all of our somethings that we are waiting on You for, we resist the devil and demand that he flee from our lives and we draw ourselves unto YOU, watching to see what You will say in Jesus Name Amen
Blessings and Shalom-Love Beyond Measure, Beth Auman
Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name. When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble. I will save you and honor you. Psalm 91:14-15 (GW)
Isn’t it a wonderful feeling when you know you are loved? In loving relationships there is nothing we wouldn’t do for each other, especially when we receive a call for help. We will take food or clean a friends house in sickness, travel long distances to be with a hurting loved one and for some we are even willing to lay down our life in the face of danger. In these verses God declares how He responds to our love for Him. The Lord says that He will…rescue, protect, answer, be there, save and honor us. What an encouragement to know that the Almighty God desires our expressions of love for Him even in our weakness and imperfections. When we call out for God’s help in times of trouble and despair He lovingly responds back to us and makes these promises to meet our specific needs just because He knows we love Him! Thank You, Lord!
Halleluyah! Praise Adonai , my soul! I will praise Adonai as long as I live. I will sing praise to my God all my life. Don’t put your trust in princes or in mortals, who cannot help. When they breathe their last, they return to dust; on that very day all their plans are gone. Happy is he whose help is Ya‘akov’s God, whose hope is in Adonai his God. He made heaven and earth, the sea and everything in them; he keeps faith forever. He secures justice for the oppressed, he gives food to the hungry. Adonai sets prisoners free, Adonai opens the eyes of the blind, Adonai lifts up those who are bent over. Adonai loves the righteous. Adonai watches over strangers, he sustains the fatherless and widows; but the way of the wicked he twists. Adonai will reign forever, your God, Tziyon, through all generations. Halleluyah! Psalm 146:1-10 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%20146:1-10&version=CJB
Blessings and Shalom-Love Beyond Measure, Beth Auman
I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 (HCSB)
Have you ever been awed and captivated by the majestic beauty of the mountains? Some of us welcome the challenges of hiking and climbing mountains for the thrill of enjoying the breathtaking scenic beauty, the fresh smell of pine trees, and the enrapturing views from lofty peaks. But, sometimes we may face the treacherous slopes of life’s daunting dilemmas and mountains of difficulties that can seem impossible to climb. We need to be reminded that no matter how insurmountable our problems may be, the Lord is with us, He hears our cries and is able to lift us up higher than we ever thought we could climb on our own. Trust the Lord today to see your mountain of impossibilities as a mountain of opportunity to be overcome in the power of His might. Look up and hold out your hand to The Lord God Almighty, Who is already reaching out to you.
Excerpt from The Quest of the Overcomers by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested
What is the ripe fruit for us to partake this month of Elul? (Rev. 22:2a NKJV)
Clue — Mercy for repentance with forgiveness!
“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.” Micah 7:18 NIV
In Jewish history, God revealed Himself in great mercy in the month of Elul. It follows the two prior months where God dealt with the sins of the people in the wilderness at Sinai. Moses sought the mercy and favor of the Lord on behalf of the people because the Lord was ready to destroy them due to their unfaithfulness and idolatry (Genesis 32-33). The people repented and God mercifully forgave and made a new covenant with them. Moses then ascended Mount Sinai again to receive the “tablets of the covenant” to replace the ones broken when he saw the people’s idolatry.
The Hebrew letter YUD is associated with this month which means “God has appointed mercy from His hand.” We need to grab the mercy God is extending to each of us from His outstretched hand to us! This is a time to experience God’s mercy for repentance and forgiveness.
Jewish tradition teaches that the month of Elul is a particularly propitious time for repentance that builds through this month to the period of Selichot, to Rosh Hashanah, and finally to Yom Kippur. The word Elul means to search. Let us seek the Lord’s mercy and allow the Holy Spirit to search our hearts in the next 40 days to reveal any hidden sin for repentance in order for us to enter Adonai’s rest and to feast with Him on Yom Kippur; the Day of Atonement.
“Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” Hebrews 4:16
What does it mean that Elul is the month when “the King is in the field?”
Clue — He comes near to us and welcomes us to come!
There is an interesting Jewish phrase for this month that says, “The King is in the field.” For most of the year, the King dwelt in his palace, protected by high walls with guarded gates and only approachable with great difficulty through royal protocol. But, during one month of the year, the king would set up the royal tent in a field close to the people and all were welcomed to come. The proclamation was declared, “The King is in the field!” God is especially accessible and welcoming to us at this time. The King of Kings is close to us and bids us welcome! We can put aside all of our religious striving and spiritual pretenses. He draws near to our homes, our workplace and the everyday places where we are! He moves among his people and loves for us to approach him. This is a time where he lavishes his mercy, forgiveness and love upon us. “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine!”
The Constellation Virgo, the Virgin, is aligned with Elul and is traditionally linked with the scripture from Song of Solomon 6:3 “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine!” In Hebrew, the first letter of each word spells out the name of this month, ELUL! This is a fortuitous time when God is beckoning us to come and seek Him for special times of intimacy with Him!
“He has brought me to his banqueting place, And his banner over me is love [waving overhead to protect and comfort me]. Sustain me with raisin cakes, Refresh me with apples, Because I am sick with love.” Song of Solomon 2:4-5 AMP
Elul is the month that the King is in the field for us to come close to Him. We have access to our beloved during this month that we do not have during other months. It is the month to see the promises and blessings of God manifest; a month to receive rewards! We would all love it if Adonai would just give us what we want when we ask. That is not His way. We just walked through the time of dire straits during the month of Av. But, this is not a time to fear. Like the sons of Issachar, we must understand the signs of the times and expect to see exactly what He is uncovering for us to see. This is a time to receive His rewards, moments of breakthrough and to move forward with Him as the Overcomers He is calling us to be. How will you connect with Him this month? Will you draw near to Him and rest your head on His shoulder and receive His love for you?
We must find our way to “vav” ourself to Adonai this month. Vav is the 6th letter in the Hebrew alphabet and is a connecting letter. It is a hook, a spear, a tent peg and connects things together. The letter Vav in Hebrew literally implies the connecting between heaven and earth. This month of Elul is a special time of connecting Heaven and Earth; our hearts with His heart.
“Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.”Song of Solomon 1:4 KJV
Elul is also referred to as “the eye of the needle” month. God is not asking us to change everything all at once this month, but what little thing can we surrender or what little place can we open in our hearts to Him that we may have been holding on to? The challenge is to yield even the smallest thing or establish the smallest place completely dedicated to Him and let Him prove Himself to us in a BIG way! He is calling to us to, “Open up the eye of the needle and I will open to you the grand storehouses of my goodness!”
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.“ Jeremiah 29:11 TLB
To read more about Elul click here: http://faithtestimony.org/quest-of-the-overcomers-by-beth-auman-and-jobeth-kested/elul-5779/
Show me favor, God; for people are trampling me down — all day they fight and press on me. Those who are lying in wait for me would trample on me all day. For those fighting against me are many. Most High, when I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God — I praise his word — in God I trust; I have no fear; what can human power do to me? All day long they twist my words; their only thought is to harm me. They gather together and hide themselves, spying on my movements, hoping to kill me. Because of their crime, they cannot escape; in anger, God, strike down the peoples. You have kept count of my wanderings; store my tears in your water-skin — aren’t they already recorded in your book? Then my enemies will turn back on the day when I call; this I know: that God is for me. In God — I praise his word — in Adonai — I praise his word — in God I trust; I have no fear; what can mere humans do to me? God, I have made vows to you; I will fulfill them with thank offerings to you. For you rescued me from death, you kept my feet from stumbling, so that I can walk in God’s presence, in the light of life. Psalm 56:2-14 – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage?search=Psalm%2056:2-14&version=CJB
Blessings and Shalom-Love Beyond Measure, Beth Auman