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Elul – 5779 Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life

By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

The evening of August 31 we enter the month of Elul continuing through September 29. This is the twelfth month of the Jewish civil year and the sixth month of the ecclesiastical year on the Hebrew calendar. Elul is a month of 29 days and usually occurs in August – September on the Gregorian calendar. Elul is a strategic connecting month in preparation for the “high holy days” of the Fall Feasts.

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.

“Mercy triumphs over judgment.” James 2:13b

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

What should we aspire to become from the Tribe of Gad in this month?

Clue — Mighty Warriors!

The tribe of Gad is aligned with the month of Elul as the seventh son of Jacob by Leah’s maid Zilpah (Genesis 30:11). Gad means “good fortune.” His birth was celebrated by Leah with the declaration, “How fortunate!” In Genesis 49:19 (AMP) Jacob prophesied, “Gad—a raiding troop shall raid him, but he shall raid at their heals and assault them [victoriously].” The tribe of Gad were known as valiant warriors. They were described as being fierce as lions and swift as gazelles. The least was said to be equal to 100 others and the greatest said to equal 1000! They came to the aid of David and were named among his Mighty Men. From the tribe of Gad we are inspired to become spiritual warriors of valor willing to plunder the enemy’s camp instead of being plundered!

“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.Ephesians 6:10-11 NIV

A note from JoBeth:

A few years after I became a Christian, I was disillusioned with all the battles, increasing spiritual warfare and tribulations that I had not anticipated when I had asked Jesus into my life. As I was praying (really whining) to the Lord one day, that I had not signed up for warfare, but wanted the abundant life He promised in John 10:10! As strong as I have ever heard the Lord speak into my spirit, He informed me that whether I liked it or not I was in the Army of God and I could take up my weapons and learn to fight or live a very defeated, plundered life by the enemy! And, that it didn’t depend all upon me either! “So he said to me, ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.” (Zechariah 4:6b NIV) I am grateful to have learned that our battle is the Lord’s (2 Chron. 20:15), He is the Mighty Warrior who will train our hands for battle (Ps. 144:1), greater is He that is with us than our enemies against us (I John 4:4) and that we become more than conquerers because He loves us (Rom. 8:37)! In Him, we too can become Mighty Warriors!

“Blessed be the LORD my Rock, Who trains my hands for war, And my fingers for battle— My lovingkindness and my fortress, My high tower and my deliverer, My shield and the One in whom I take refuge, Who subdues my people under me.” Psalms 144:1-2

We all walk through tribulation. Jesus said that in this world we would have tribulation, but behold He has overcome this world (John 16:33). Amen! Jesus has already overcome for us and we must allow Him to search our hearts so that we can continually repent for our sin, be forgiven and move forward as Overcomers. Elul is a month for sharpening our ability to repent so that we can come before Adonai with clean hands and a pure heart.

Notes from Beth:

Recently, I really felt condemned by a friend. This individual is very accusatory in the way that they minister to others; not something that I respond to well. I really try to release everything to the LORD so that I can come before Him with clean hands and a pure heart to intercede for others. Not one of us can pray for and intercede for others if we are not willing to ask for forgiveness for our own faults and failures.

I will admit to you that many times I had difficulty letting go of this individual’s tendency to minister in this manner and it had become sandpaper to my very soul. I know from past experience that I had to yield this to the Lord and to find His strength in my weakness. I have learned that He always sends something sharp to get my attention to smooth my hard heart.

One day, while talking to the LORD, I asked Him to show this situation to me from His perspective. I was so thankful that I did this because He settled it with me once and for all. I could feel His smoothness replacing the hardness of my heart when I repented for looking at the other person as if they were sandpaper to my soul. In fact, they led me to Adonai in a way that I perhaps would have never known!

I began to pray differently and to ask Him what I could do each day in His Kingdom for Him instead of always petitioning for my wants. When we come before Him and repent quickly for anything that we have done amiss, He forgives, changes our perspective and then He can reveal His heart and His way of overcoming to us. He will gently lead us, not push us into His will. He does not push or shove. He does not condemn. He does however want to teach us throughout the month of Elul to bring everything to Him and allow Him to show us where we need to grow in our Journey of the Overcomers. Praise Adonai! In Yeshua’s Name, AMEN!

Adonai showed me that we are not to accept every invitation to minister with everyone who asks. Every opportunity is not our assignment. Adonai will show each of us exactly what our assignment is. Adonai knows our motives. He knows when others try to goad or guilt us into something. He knows our hearts and when we lay down ourselves and pick up His purpose for our lives, he will lead us and guide us in that which He has purposed for us. Oh, how important it is to take the opportunity this month to seek His face, grab His mercy and look for His overcoming grace and goodness!

Our prayer for you today is that you will focus on Adonai. Ask Him what work He has for only you in His Kingdom. Repent for ever putting your hands on work that was not meant for you. May you see His breakthrough, provision and rewards in all that He has for you. We pray that if you have needs that you will ask Him what you have in your hand to meet the needs of another. He will work everything out on your behalf as you care and minister to others. Our focus should always be on Him and always centered on His Kingdom.

Oh, Adonai, help each of us to find You in the field near us this month, extending Your hand of mercy for repentance with forgiveness. Connect our hearts closer to Your heart, able to hear Your voice and to know Your ways. Please help us to surrender any little thing we are holding on to that keeps us from your goodness and generous rewards. By your mighty power, and by Your Holy Spirit, strengthen us to be Your Mighty Warriors, knowing your heart and Your will to plunder Your enemies. May Thy Kingdom come and thy will be done in our lives and on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). Amen.

During the month of Elul Psalm 27 is read out loud everyday. Take time and read it to Adonai. Sing it to Him. Ask Him to reveal Himself through this Psalm to you in a new and revelatory way. Remember, The King is in the Field. Run out to meet Him. May we know Him more nearly as we read and declare these words during this strategic month of Elul.

Psalm 27 Complete Jewish Bible

A Psalm of Fearless Trust in God. 

“By David: ADONAI is my light and salvation; whom do I need to fear? ADONAI is the stronghold of my life; of whom should I be afraid? When evildoers assailed me to devour my flesh, my adversaries and foes, they stumbled and fell. If an army encamps against me, my heart will not fear; if war breaks out against me, even then I will keep trusting. Just one thing have I asked of ADONAI; only this will I seek: to live in the house of ADONAI all the days of my life, to see the beauty of ADONAI and visit in his temple. For he will conceal me in his shelter on the day of trouble, he will hide me in the folds of his tent, he will set me high on a rock. Then my head will be lifted up above my surrounding foes, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing, sing praises to ADONAI. Listen, ADONAI, to my voice when I cry; show favor to me; and answer me. “My heart said of you, ‘Seek my face.’” Your face, ADONAI, I will seek. Do not hide your face from me, don’t turn your servant away in anger. You are my help; don’t abandon me; don’t leave me, God my savior. Even though my father and mother have left me, ADONAI will care for me. Teach me your way, ADONAI; lead me on a level path because of my enemies — don’t give me up to the whims of my foes; for false witnesses have risen against me, also those who are breathing violence. If I hadn’t believed that I would see ADONAI ’s goodness in the land of the living,… Put your hope in ADONAI, be strong, and let your heart take courage! Yes, put your hope in ADONAI!” Psalm (Tehillim) 27:1-14 CJB

 

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All scriptures from the New King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.

Reference credit: “A Time to Advance” by Chuck Pierce with Robert and Linda Heidler  © 2011

(Photography purchased or taken by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested. Photo Art by Beth Auman)

© Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested 2019

Do you have an ear to hear? by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

Av is the month to hear. Are you listening? Have you taken your place at the watchtower; standing at your post watching to see what He says to you? This is a month of hearing and listening. In the Book of Revelation Jesus tells the 5th church, the church of Sardas, to remember what you have received and heard.  “Let the person who is able to hear, listen and follow what the Spirit proclaims to all the churches.” Revelation 3:6 (Voice)

Letter to Sardis – Revelation 3:1-6 (Voice)

The One: Write down My words, and send them to the messenger of the church in Sardis. “These are the words of the One who has the seven Spirits of God, the Perfect Spirit, and the One who holds the seven stars:

“I know the things you do—you’ve claimed a reputation of life, but you are actually dead. Wake up from your death-sleep, and strengthen what remains of the life you have been given that is in danger of death. I have judged your deeds as far from complete in the sight of My God. Therefore, remember what you have received and heard; it’s time to keep these instructions and turn back from your ways. If you do not wake up from this sleep, I will come in judgment. I will creep up on you like a thief—you will have no way of knowing when I will come. But there are a few in Sardis who don’t have the stain of evil works on their clothes. They will walk alongside Me in white, spotless garments because they have been proven worthy. The one who conquers through faithfulness even unto death will be clothed in white garments, and I will certainly not erase that person’s name from the book of life. I will acknowledge this person’s name before My Father and before His heavenly messengers. Let the person who is able to hear, listen to and follow what the Spirit proclaims to all the churches.”

We are to take our place at the watchtower, stand at our post and watch to see what He is saying.

 I will take my place at the watchtower. I will stand at my post and watch. I will watch and see what He says to me.   I need to think about how I should respond to Him When He gets back to me with His answer. Habakkuk 2:1  (Voice)

When we have questions for God, we should ask, then listen to hear what He has to say to us. As we continue our walk toward the 9th of Av and make our way through this narrow straight, we must watch and listen to see what our Abba will say. We must also respond to His instruction and revelation. As we trust in Him and come before Him with the assurance that His Word is true, He will instruct us as we move forward.

“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17 NKJV

“For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” Hebrews 4:12 NKJV

“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 NKJV

“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 NKJV

Through the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ we can enter into God’s promises for each of our lives, only if we trust Him, and respond in faith. Be aware during this month of anything that is trying to prevent you from hearing, listening and responding to His voice. Are you too busy? Are you praising and worshiping Him? Are you observing His day of Rest (Shabbat)? If we won’t take the time to be still and know that He is God and listen for His voice then how can we expect to move forward and not be taken out?

Adonai – We cry out today that You will give us ears to hear and how to respond to Your voice. We ask for forgiveness for our business and the hinderances of distractions that keep us from listening for Your instruction. We declare and decree that we want to fulfill Your purpose for our lives, and we want to receive all You have for us. We will trust You Adonai. Every single step of the way, in Jesus Name. Amen.

Keep Moving forward, follow the clues and be the Overcomer that Adonai created you to be.

Blessings and Shalom in Jesus

Love Beyond Measure,

Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life – Av 5779

By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

The month of Av is the fifth month of the Hebraic calendar. Av 5779 begins on Friday, August 2, 2019 and ends on August 30, 2019.

It is our intention in The Quest of the Overcommers, to not only share our researched facts regarding each month, but the revelation with insights fresh from the LORD Himself that we’ve received in the process. The month of Av presents a most amazing picture for us of the importance of our faith with obedience.

The word Av in Hebrew literally means “father.” It is derived from a root word meaning “to will” or to “desire.” As we will see, it is critical in this month of Av for us to willingly choose to desire our Father’s good plans to bless us. We must pay very specific attention to listen carefully, hear with discernment and to obey during this month in order to keep progressively moving forward in our Journey of the Overcomers.

Why is the Tribe of Simeon so significant to understanding the choices we face in the month of Av?

Clue – The importance of “hearing.”

“He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Matthew 11:15

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17

The Hebrew tribe of Simeon is aligned with the month of Av. Simeon means “to hear” or “be concerned.” Simeon was the second son of Leah, and was named Simeon “because God has heard that I am unloved and has given me this son also.” Simeon may have carried his mother’s wounds of offense because he became a man of violence. (Genesis 34:25-27) It would seem that he chose bitterness and anger instead of “hearing” of God’s goodness to his mother.

Perhaps Simeon was the instigator among Joseph’s brother’s scheme to kill him because he was his father, Jacob’s favorite son. He was the firstborn of Rachel, Jacob’s favorite wife; Leah’s younger sister. (Genesis 18-32) Could that be why Joseph held Simeon captive in Egypt until his brother’s retuned with his younger brother Benjamin? (Genesis 18:34). And, could it be that his root of bitterness and unrepentant attitudes permeated the tribe of Simeon generationally? It must be noted, that Moses did not give the tribe of Simeon a prophecy or blessing when he blessed all the other tribes before his death.

The month of Av is the lowest point in the Jewish year. Sadly, we will see that historically the month of Av is linked with tragic events, time and time again, because Israel did not rightly choose to “hear” the words of faith to overcome their fear and unbelief resulting in a terrible and repetitive generational curse. They doubted God’s ability to help them do what He told them to do.

What could be the ripe fruit from the Tree of Life we need for overcoming in this month of Av? (Revelation 22:2a)

Clue – Faith… for overcoming fear and unbelief!

”But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.” Hebrews 10:39 NIV

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:1, 6 NIV

 A look at Jewish history on the 9th of Av resulting in the persecution and death of multitudes of Jews:

Av 9 578 BC – Babylon destroys Solomon’s Temple.

Av 9 70 AD – The 2nd Temple is destroyed by the Romans.

Av 9 135 AD – The final crushing defeat of the Jews and Israel by Rome.

Av 9 1095 AD – The first Crusade is launched to free Palestine of Christ haters.

Av 9 1290 AD – Jews are expelled from England.

Av 9 1492 AD – Jews expelled from Spain under the Great Inquisition.

Av 9 1942 AD – Jews deported from the Warsaw Ghetto to Nazi death camps.

Av 9 2005 AD – Beginning of expulsion of all Jews from Gaza.

No one can look at this horrific sequence of events and consider them a coincidence!  Why would all this happen on this date?

Clue – Fear resulting in unbelief!

The 12 spies return with a report from the Promise Land

And they returned from spying out the land after forty days. Now they departed and came back to Moses and Aaron and all the congregation of the children of Israel in the Wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh; they brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. Then they told him, and said: “We went to the land where you sent us. It truly flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. Nevertheless the people who dwell in the land are strong; the cities are fortified and very large; moreover we saw the descendants of Anak there. The Amalekites dwell in the land of the South; the Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the mountains; and the Canaanites dwell by the sea and along the banks of the Jordan.” Then Caleb quieted the people before Moses, and said, “Let us go up at once and take possession, for we are well able to overcome it.” But the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we.” And they gave the children of Israel a bad report of the land which they had spied out, saying, “The land through which we have gone as spies is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people whom we saw in it are men of great stature. There we saw the giants ( the descendants of Anak came from the giants); and we were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” Numbers 13:25-33

 Jewish tradition has believed that God had led the Israelites to the borders of Canaan to enter the Promised Land in the month of Av. The 9th of Av is the tragic date that Israel chose unbelief based upon fear! The number 9 represents God’s completeness. Whereas, the 9th of Av was to have been a date to celebrate God’s completion of Israel’s deliverance from 400 years of captivity in Egypt into the Promise Land, instead it has become a month of foreboding associated with generations of death and destruction historically due to listening to the bad reports based in fear and choosing unbelief.

Even though Joshua and Caleb gave a good report, the people of Israel chose to listen to the bad report from the 10 other spies. They chose to “hear” and receive their fear instead of choosing faith to fulfill God’s promise. After experiencing all the miracles of deliverance from the Egyptians, through the Red Sea and receiving the daily manna, they doubted God’s ability to help them overcome the giants in the land. They chose not to believe in God’s ability to help them do what He had told them to do. The month of Av was to be a month to celebrate God’s Goodness throughout posterity; instead becoming a time of dread and fear.

After 40 years in the wilderness, where everyone from that generation died, God mercifully gave a new generation raised upon the miracles of God a second chance to enter the Promised Land.

“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the LORD, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool. If you are willing and obedient, You shall eat the good of the land; But if you refuse and rebel, You shall be devoured by the sword”; For the mouth of the LORD has spoken. Isaiah 1:18-20

 God designed the month of Av to be the month to enter into His Promise. Each of us by accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, through His Blood Sacrifice, has the opportunity to enter into the rich promises of the Word of God for abundant life. God’s promises are true. Jesus is LORD. And, we have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb out of the hand of the enemy!

 What is our hope to break patterns of unbelief, disobedience and the consequences of sin in our lives?

Clue – Repentance with Forgiveness.

“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9 NKJV

 The month of AV offers us the opportunity for self evaluation to recognize our need for repentance to break any generational curse that may be hindering us from choosing new life and blessings. Av is a month to stop struggling and stop wrestling with God. Don’t yield any longer to the doubts, fear and unbelief of the past. Accept the opportunity this month to break any generational curses or defeating patterns of sin. Ask Jesus for forgiveness and receive His finished work of the cross. Be a Curse Breaker and a History Maker!

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:14-15

We mourn for the decisions that the Jewish people made, yes. All that they have historically suffered is so very grievous and sad. We pray for them to come to know their Messiah, Jesus; and we LOVE them with God’s everlasting and never changing love. However, we see through the revelation offered to us from the ripe fruit from the Tree of Life to Fear Not, but choose Faith!

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’”Isaiah 41:10

 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom.” Luke 12:32 NASB

The Hebraic letter associated with this month of Av is the letter TET. It pictorially resembles a womb, representing the anticipation of new life. Also, the significant color and gemstone linked with the days of Av are green and Emeralds that represent new life and prosperity.

“Shall I bring to the time of birth, and not cause delivery?” says the LORD. “Shall I who cause delivery shut up the womb?” says your God. Isaiah 66:9

 “See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.” Deuteronomy 30:15-16 NIV

A personal note from JoBeth:

When I was 19 and just a couple of years into my new life in Jesus, I had a profound sense of a calling to the nations and was planning to join a discipleship program with Youth With A Mission (YWAM), a very new ministry sending young people in international missions at that time. The same day the decision had been made, I got a call offering me my previous “dream” summer job in an old mining tourist town in the mountains of Colorado. Without prayer or seeking any spiritual guidance, I immediately said, “Yes!” Sadly, it was a huge mistake and a summer filled with many wrong choices. I thought I had forever missed God’s plan for my life. After much sorrow and repentance, a couple years after my husband and I had gotten married and dedicated our lives to seek our call to missions, the LORD miraculously opened doors for us to serve with YWAM, mostly in Europe, for eight and half years. He is a merciful God of second chances!

Step into the blessings and all that God has planned for you in your Promised Land. Abba, Father, created you with purpose and has placed other people within your sphere of influence that are wandering in their wildernesses without hope, that only you can minister to. So lets move ahead in our Journey of the Overcomers by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. (Revelation 12:11)

Prayer and Declaration:

Thank You, God, for freedom from the curse of fear and unbelief! I declare that You are more than able to supply all my needs to walk according to Your commands. I choose to be a hearer of the Word and to believe God! Yes, there are giants in the land and I will see them without fear. Not by might nor by power, but by waiting on the Spirit of God to give me His One Word that will defeat and fell the giants that attempt to keep me from possessing my Promise Land! (Zechariah 4:6) I desire to see and partake of God’s best blessings for my life. I may not know exactly what that looks like but I trust that He will show me step by step as I continue moving forward with Him. I choose to be all that God created me to be today. I choose to move forward as an Overcomer! In Jesus Name, Amen!

“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.” Revelation 3:12-13

 

 

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All scriptures from the New King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.

Reference credit: “A Time to Advance” by Chuck Pierce with Robert and Linda Heidler  © 2011

(Photography purchased or taken by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested. Photo Art by Beth Auman)

© Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested 2019

 

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Tammuz 5779 Overcoming Fruit from the Tree of Life

By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

The Month of Tammuz is the 4th month on the Hebrew Calendar, with 29 days beginning at sunset on July 3rd and ends at sunset on August 2, 2019 – 5779.

This is a controversial month to many because Tammuz is actually the name of a Babylonian god, “the shepherd god”; originally king of Erech confined forever in the afterworld as a substitute for his consort Inanna or Ishtar. His mother, Semiramis, declared he was a miraculous conception by the rays of the sun when she became pregnant after her husband, Nimrod, died and was declared to be the sun god. Tammuz represents deception and idol worship.

How do we protect ourselves from deception and false idols in our lives this month?

Clue – The light of truth and allowing Adonai to help us see from His perspective.

The Hebrew letter for the month of Tammuz is CHET which means light radiating from your eyes. On the 4th Day – Elohim created the sun, moon and stars, which provided light for us to see. If our world view is blurred by troubles, doubts, fear and grief; or skewed by our pride then we are not able to see things clearly. When we receive the light of truth from Adonai’s perspective, our hearts and eyes are enlightened to see clearly His overcoming path for us. It will be important in the month of Tammuz to guard our hearts and eyes.

“See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess. “But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” Deuteronomy 30:15-18a,19 (NIV)

What is our ripe fruit from the Tree of Life that Adonai has provided for us in the month of Tammuz?

Clue – Worship!

Worship is the key to our breakthroughs and ability to overcome the weaknesses of our flesh and deceptions in this month of Tammuz. It is critically important this month to worship God as Who He says He is or we’ll tend to fall back into old patterns and to build our own “golden calves” for how we want to worship God.

“I will praise You with my whole heart; Before the gods I will sing praises to You. I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; for You have magnified Your word above all Your name.” Psalms 138:1-2

The Tribe of Reuben is associated with the month of Tammuz and means “Behold a son!” Reuben was Jacob’s first born son to his wife Leah. Sadly, we learn in Genesis 35:22 of Reuben’s moral failure when he slept with his mother’s maid, Jacob’s concubine. This cost him his inheritance as the first born that was then bestowed upon Joseph the first born son of Rachel, Jacob’s favorite wife. However, we can see in the rest of Scriptures concerning Reuben that he seemed to demonstrate repentance instead of bitterness by trying to protect Joseph from being killed by his brothers. He also acted honorably towards his father and continued to demonstrate leadership as the first born the rest of his life even though he had lost the position of inheritance.

“I bless the Lord who counsels me; even in the night my heart exhorts me. I set the Lord ever before me; with him at my right hand I shall not be disturbed. You are my inheritance oh Lord, my inheritance, oh Lord” Psalm 16:7-8

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delights in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholds him with his hand.” Psalm 37:23, 24

How can we guard against our weaknesses and moral failure?

Clue – Jesus, The LORD of the Breakthrough!

“The one who breaks open will come up before them; They will break out, pass through the gate, and go out by it; Their king will pass before them, with the LORD at their head.”” Micah 2:13

The Constellation of Cancer (the crab) is also aligned with the month of Tammuz. We must call upon Jesus, the LORD of the Breakthrough, and declare that every hindering shell around us will be broken! We will then become vulnerable to the Lord and dependent solely upon his power and strength to guide and protect us. It is important for us to break free of our self defensive shells this month to keep us from the moral failures that can rob us of our inheritance and personal Promised Land. 

“But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. I cried to the LORD with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill.  Salvation belongs to the LORD. Your blessing is upon Your people. Selah” Psalms 3:3-4,8

This is also the month that Moses sent spies to scout the Promised Land. After seeing the giants in the land they came back with a negative report based on their unbelief and lack of trust in the power and strength of the Lord. Their unbelief lead to 40 years of wandering and death in the wilderness for all but two of that generation who believed. It will be important for us this month to keep our focus on the power and strength of the Lord as we worship Him in spirit and truth. We must not yield to our doubts and fears. Fixing our gaze on God Almighty, we will overcome the giants before us that will try to keep us from inhabiting our Promised Land.

We are faced with a serious choice this month. We are cautioned that we will either focus on our “Tammuz” – the idols of pride, fear and failures in our lives to build our own false idols and yield to unbelief when Adonai allows us to see our “promised land;” or we will focus on the LORD and allow Him to renew, revive, rebuild and restore us to the path of life that He ordained for us from the beginning. The choice is ours.

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed ; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

The month of Tammuz is an opportunity to take a look at the “filmstrip” of our Overcoming Journey thus far. We can review our progress and make the adjustments to avoid the mistake of falling back into old habits of our past or building new idols of deception. This is a time to refocus and renew our vision! Look and see what you see and then look again!

Covenant alignments are very important that can represent power and strength or counterfeits of deception. Take notice and be cautious of all your “handshakes” this month and be careful regarding any alignments or covenant commitments you are making which could be a hindrance and distraction; resulting in detours or destruction.

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore. Psalm 16:11 

Tammuz is a Summer month and it’s a season of heat and growth in most areas of the earth during this time. Are you feeling the extreme pressure of great heat in your current circumstances? Jewels are produced in the earth under extreme heat. The extreme pressure that you may be under right now is either going to pressure you to make a “golden calf” – false idol, or you’ll allow the LORD to fashion you into a beautiful jewel that reflects His glory through the brokenness of your life. We can all become jewels of the LORD on this journey of the Overcomers that shine brightly and display His glory! May the heat of your circumstances help you to grow in the beauty of the LORD.

“Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the LORD will arise over you, and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising. “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, and your heart shall swell with joy;” Isaiah 60:1-5a

Today, ask Jesus to arise over you so that the light of His glory may be seen upon you. If we allow Him to, The LORD will help us identify any areas of weakness and the hidden sins in our hearts that would lead us into temptation or deception this month. His loving kindness leads us to the opportunity of repentance. Asking forgiveness and receiving the finished work of the Cross through the blood of Jesus is the only way of deliverance to freedom in our Journey of the Overcomes!

Then those walking in darkness will come to your light and kings to the brightness of your arising. We must all lift up our eyes and allow Adonai to clean and clear the lens of our eyes to radiate the light of His glory in us! As we learn to worship Him in all our circumstances, in the heat and through the hard times, we will see more and understand more from his perspective; overcoming the giants in our path and able to inhabit our Promised Land!

How do we overcome the spirit of deception in the month Tammuz?

Clue – Jesus, The Way, The Truth and The Life!

“Jesus said to him, “I am The Way, The Truth and The Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6 

Only in Jesus can we find The Way, The Truth and The Life in His gift of salvation. Jesus extends to us the gift of the Holy Spirit that will keep us on the right path of the  Overcomers by His wisdom, revelation, knowledge and understanding!

Scripture Prayer for Spiritual Wisdom, Revelation, Knowledge and Understanding:

     “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.

     Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

     And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” Ephesians 1:13-23

Tammuz is a month to “taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” Psalm 34:8

Closing thoughts from Beth:

Yes, there are giants in the land. If we can’t see the enemy at our gate then how can we  take him out? We are to face the giants in our path. Adonai always provides a way for us to escape and overcome our enemies. However, we must see His path clearly and can’t focus on our fear of the giants. We must rejoice in everything and allow Adonai to transform us into the image of Jesus by the power of His might! As we worship through our difficult circumstance we will see His overcoming path for victory clearly. Yield unto Adonai. Look again and see His light arising upon you so that you can be His light in the darkness of the world.

A helpful exercise is to sit quietly and ask the LORD to reveal what you are focusing on. Where have you placed your trust? On the Creator or the creation? On your own strength? Write down what comes up in your heart. Submit each thing to the Lord. Repent for any idol worship that you have partaken in. Ask Adonai to arise brightly over you and make you shine for His Glory in the manner that He created you to be.

You may want to continue this process through the month of Tammuz. Keep on asking. Keep on receiving. Read what He leads you to read in the BIBLE – His TORAH. Read what He leads you to out loud. Declare His Word over your life. Worship Him with His Word. Worship is not just singing. Worship is giving Him your focus. Walking through life including Him in everything that you do through the day; being thankful for all that HE is.

“Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and depart from evil.” Proverbs 3:5-7

 

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All scriptures from the New King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.

Reference credit: “A Time to Advance” by Chuck Pierce with Robert and Linda Heidler  © 2011

(Photography purchased or taken by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested. Photo Art by Beth Auman)

© Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested 2019

 

An Invitation to Join the Quest of the Overcomers by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

Sivan 5779

Iyar 5779

Sivan  5779 – Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life

Sivan  5779 – Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life

By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

Sivan is third in the twelve months of the Hebraic calendar with 30 days in the month beginning the evening before June 4th through July 3rd.

Sivan includes the second of three major feasts each year for the Jewish people. This Feast of Pentecost/Shavuot includes three celebrations of God’s provision: 1) The wheat harvest which demonstrates God’s physical provision; 2) The Torah which is the provision of revelation given to His people on Mount Sinai at the same time of Pentecost; 3) and the provision of the Holy Spirit demonstrating the power of God upon the followers of Jesus in the second chapter of Acts.

What is our ripe fruit that the Lord has prepared for us to eat from the Tree of Life this month?

Clue – Provision and to know Him as Jehovah Jireh, our provider.

“So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide (Jehovah Jireh). And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”” Genesis 22:14 (NIV)

The Tribe of Zebulun is associated with the month of Sivan and were esteemed for their abilities in business, in the marketplace. Sivan is often referred to “the business person’s month”. Sivan is a month of transaction, making it a month that Adonai does business with us and also a month for us to do “business” with God. It’s time to discern the Lord’s provision for us in our business, in revelation knowledge of His ways and to experience the increased empowering of the Holy Spirit in all things concerning our lives in the Overcoming Journey of our walk in the Lord.

How do we do “business” with God?

Clue – Connecting our talk with our walk.

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; The LORD will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, Blessed is the man who trusts in You!” Psalms 84:11-12

What does it mean to walk before the LORD uprightly and what does this have to do with the month of Sivan? In our “Journey of the Overcomers” and partaking the fruits from the Tree of Life each month, we are learning the character and ways of God each step of the way. For the last 50 days we have learned the significance of counting the Omer from Passover to Pentecost; bringing our lives before the LORD – receiving forgiveness, deliverance and healing; submitting our lives in greater ways to Him and celebrating the more we are able to receive the fulfillment of His plans for us.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. I will be found by you, says the LORD, ”Jeremiah 29:11-14a

How are we to seek and find the Lord?

Clue – By the Word of God and by His Holy Spirit.

In this month of Sivan, celebrating the Feast of Pentecost/Shavuot, we are reminded how God gave his people the Torah in the Old Testament and bestowed the Holy Spirit in the New Testament upon the followers of Yeshua Hamashia – Jesus the Messiah. The Word came to life and was made flesh through Our LORD Jesus Christ and on the day of Pentecost, after the disciples had counted the Omer in the upper room, the Holy Spirit was given by Adonai and every single person was given the choice to receive Jesus Christ as Lord and be filled with His Holy Spirit. When we choose to be among the followers of Jesus, Who declared that He is The Way, The Truth and The Life; and receive the power of the Holy Spirit, we are restored in rightful relationship with our Father God. As we continue seeking God in His Word, the Holy Spirit broadens our understanding of His ways and sheds the light of truth onto our path.

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

The Constellation aligned with Sivan is Gemini – the twins. The two tablets of the Law was given twice to Moses because the first tablets were utterly destroyed when the disobedient Israelites chose to create a golden calf and participate in idol worship.

Also, Jesus first came to this earth as the Son of Man born to fulfill all the laws of Torah, died and was resurrected as King of kings and Lord of Lords that we might be born again into new life with Him. He returned to heaven and He will return a second time to this earth, to establish His new Kingdom on a New Earth where we will rule and reign with Him!

 “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”” Revelation 1:7-8

Have you ever repeated a time in your life that you would have preferred not repeating? Does it seem as if you are walking around the same mountain all over again? Do you want to stop this cycle of events and move forward? Do you want His best for your life?

Clue – Understanding Time

“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.” Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NKJV

His times and seasons reflect how we are to walk before Him uprightly. How do we do that?

Clue – New Boundaries

Sivan is the month where God chooses our New Boundaries. Everything in the universe, within every unique galaxy, operates within His well designed boundaries. In Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, we are given a glimpse into how to walk uprightly before God, within the guidelines of His times and seasons. He designed Time to define Seasons that establishes boundaries, bringing security and order for us to walk and live our lives. When we submit to God, and resist the devil, he will flee from us (James 4:7). As you submit to Him He will show you His plan and He will enlarge your boundaries.

A few additional characteristics of Sivan: 1) This is a month for alignment, especially in relationships as described in the book of Exodus when God dealt with Miriam and Aaron, the brother and sister of Moses when they refused to acknowledge his leadership chosen by God. 2) The Color/Stone for Sivan is Clear Quartz or White Moonstone. May we all see God’s path to before us clearly and to walk in the radiant glory of His presence more nearly. 3) This is also a month of giving so give generously back to God and ask Him to establish you within your New Boundary.

Another characteristic of the month of Sivan is to be merciful and is represented by the letter Zayin from the Hebrew alphabet, meaning the ability to receive mercy for completion. It is important for each of to receive all God mercifully provides for us in this month and to complete all He has assigned to us with our New Boundaries.

Zayin

“Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. The arrogant mock me unmercifully, but I do not turn from your law. I remember, Lord, your ancient laws, and I find comfort in them. Indignation grips me because of the wicked, who have forsaken your law. Your decrees are the theme of my song wherever I lodge. In the night, Lord, I remember your name, that I may keep your law. This has been my practice: I obey your precepts.” Psalm 119:49-56 (NIV)

A note from Beth:

Our gifts make room for us. New Boundaries must be received and secured. Our new boundary requires a step of faith. They require our declaration of agreement with God’s Word over us and we must add our faith to our declarations in order move forward.

Recently, I was asked to do something that was out of my comfort zone. I had many personal things going on and yet, I knew that it was truly God doing the asking.

One of my dearest friends asked me to speak for him so that he could go out of town. I knew that I was to do this. As soon as I said, “Yes, I would love to do that,” I was charged with this great impartation. I knew what to say and sensed the Breaker Anointing come upon me. It was time to break into a New Boundary. Not just for me, but for a specific assignment with a group of people and anyone who would take the time to hear what the Spirit of the Lord was saying.

God opened up a time and space for me to share what was on His heart. I submitted myself fully, for His will to be done; for His glory alone. It was not difficult. In fact it was simple and joyful! My prayer was that He would extend His message to whomever needed to hear His voice through mine. I will prophecy or declare or teach or minister the laying on of hands, whatever He calls me to do for His glory.

As I submit and lean more and more into The LORD, I hear His voice and flow in the Holy Spirit. We must be a people who allow the LORD to stretch us and establish us within His New Boundaries; to love what He LOVES and speak with His Wisdom in His Way, if we want His best for our lives. Who would want to settle for Plan B? I choose Plan A – His Best for me. How about you?

Sivan is the Month to make this choice: life or death, blessing or curse.

Whatever you choose this month, you will walk out until the next Sivan. Mark this on your calendar and take notes throughout the year. You will see quantifiable results that this is THE TRUTH. We choose life and blessing!

Please ask Adonai to reveal His New Boundary for your life. Receive it and learn to operate within it. Follow Him and walk in His life filled blessing because He will not withhold any good thing from you if you choose to walk uprightly before Him. We Trust YOU Adonai!

Lord, we come before You in Jesus Name. We understand that seeking You daily is the Key to our Quest in the Journey of the Overcomers. We are to count our days, number our days and walk uprightly before You daily. Submitting to You daily. Asking You for our Bread daily. Asking for the infilling power of the Holy Spirit daily. Continuing to walk step by step on Your well lit path that You have created for us daily. Our destiny is to fulfill Your purpose for our lives individually while working together corporately. Lord we yield and embrace all your abundant provisions for us in this month of Sivan. We receive Your New Boundary for our lives. Teach us how to operate within new spheres of knowing You and walking in ALL Your ways, in Jesus Name. Amen.

““The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’” Acts 17:24-28a (NIV)

 

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*If you would like to study further about the letter Zayin please visit this site.

https://www.hebrew4christians.com/Grammar/Unit_One/Aleph-Bet/Zayin/zayin.html

All scriptures from the New King James Version of the Bible.

Reference credit: “A Time to Advance” by Chuck Pierce with Robert and Linda Heidler  © 2011

(Photography purchased or taken by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested. Photo Art by Beth Auman)

© Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested 2019

 

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The Month of Iyar 5779 – Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life

The Month of Iyar 5779 – Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life

By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

 The Hebraic month of Iyar began the evening before May 6 through 29 days to June 3rd. Iyar is still considered the second month on the Jewish calendar, following Adar 1 even with the addition of Adar 2 in this Hebraic calendar leap year. The Torah refers to Iyar, which is the eighth month from Tishrei, as the second month because the Torah counts months from Nissan, when Israel left Egypt. It’s helpful to understand that when the Torah refers to the “second month, it’s talking about Iyar.

The tribe of Israel associated with this month is the Tribe of Issachar. In I Chronicles 12:32 it says, “the sons of Issachar who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.” The implication is wisdom with understanding from discerning the character and ways of God with anointing of the Holy Spirit for guidance. This is often referred to as the “Issachar Anointing” with the ability to “know” the secret things of the Lord.

There are several additional significant keys for insight into the month of Iyar which reveal additional aspects of the Issachar Anointing.

  • The letter of the Hebrew alphabet assigned to Iyar is the VAV which means connection and linking.
  • The constellation of Taurus is aligned with Iyar; representing power and strength.
  • The color of royal lapis blue is also associated with Iyar representing the heavenly realms and the glory of the Lord.
  • The name used in the Torah for this month is Ziv; meaning a glowing light; which signifies increased revelation, and implies our need to “see” and experience the glory of the Lord.

Clue — Counting the Omer.

The month of Iyar is also the only month of the entire year that we count the Omer each day of the entire month and is a key to becoming those that know and discern the times.

“‘And you shall count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day that you brought the sheaf of the wave offering: seven Sabbaths shall be completed. Count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath;”Leviticus 23:15-16

 Jesus told His disciples, “but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”” Luke 24:49

 This is where He instructed them to count the Omer during the 50 days up to the Feast of Shavuot. They all knew and had done this their entire lives and and were obedient. Jesus knew that the feast of Shavuot – Pentecost was going to occur at that time. At the Feast of Shavuot – Pentecost, the Holy Spirit was given. (Acts 2) Through  obedience to Jesus our Lord, we can receive the infilling of the Holy Spirit on a daily basis and spend time with Adonai every day. This concept is actually where developing the discipline for Daily Devotionals came from. What seems like an old tradition is truly a key to the Issachar Anointing.

This month of Iyar is a month of transition and all of us know that transition is a difficult, confusing and uncomfortable time between where we’ve been, on the way to where we are going; and often times without clearly knowing exactly where that is! An excellent picture for more understanding of transition is when something is poured out from one container to another. There are those moments when everything is in a free fall with no boundaries, guidance or protection until safely settled into the new place. That gives us a pretty accurate picture of why we often become emotionally unfettered in the midst of transitions!

Now we can ask, “What is the Ripe Fruit from the Tree of Life in the month of Iyar?”

Clue — Iyar is especially associated with recovery and healing. “Ani Hashem Rofecha”—“I am the Lord that heals you.”

Our scriptural reference is the story of the children of Israel in transition from Egypt to the Promise Land. They have escaped 400 years of captivity after experiencing the numerous miracles of Passover and deliverance through the parted waters of the Red Sea. They have wandered three days past the Red Sea into the wilderness without water only to arrive at the bitter waters of Marah.

“And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” So he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet. There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the LORD who heals you. Exodus 15:24-26

Expectation — To experience the Glory of the Lord of the God who heals!

Almost all of us may find ourselves in a place of transition. Maybe we’re glad to be out of the place where we were, but now stuck in some wilderness in desperate need of the Lord’s intervention to heal our minds, bodies, finances, relationships or circumstances. Even if we are not in transition, we’ll all agree that an Issachar Anointing of wise discernment would be a great help for us to know what we should do in difficult times.

So, how do we learn the secrets of the Lord?

Clue — Wisdom with understanding!

 “Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.” Proverbs 4:7

“He gives wisdom to the wise And knowledge to those who have understanding. He reveals deep and secret things; He knows what is in the darkness, And light dwells with Him.” Daniel 2:21b-22

 “To know wisdom and instruction, To perceive the words of understanding, A wise man will hear and increase learning, And a man of understanding will attain wise counsel,” Proverbs 1:2, 5

“If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” James 1:5

Wisdom and understanding go together. Wisdom without understanding is not complete. Wisdom with understanding leads to discernment, accompanied by the dawning light of direction for the steps of action we need to take through the Wilderness of Transition!  Steps ordered by the Lord, in the power of Holy Spirit, lead us into the Glory of the Lord’s presence where He can reveal Himself to us as Jehovah Rapha—our Healer, Jehovah Jireh—our Provider, Jehovah Shalom— our Peace, Jehovah Nissi—our Refuge, El Gibbor—Champion or Mighty God Who fights for us and El Shaddai—our God that is MORE THAN ENOUGH!

From JoBeth: Many years ago I ended up in a deep pit of depression; where even Christian doctors and psychologists advised my husband that I would never be whole again. Something within me knew that if I couldn’t trust God, that He is Who He says He is and does what He says He does, then I had nothing but a shell of religion, without relationship, and no hope for myself much less anyone else. For several years the Lord directed me to his Word, especially delving into 5 Psalms and a Proverb each day, which was key to leaning the character and ways of God. It was a long journey, one step at a time. The increasing light of wisdom with understanding and discerning His path for me, grew brighter and brighter into the Glory of His presence in His redemptive, merciful, healing in His grace. He healed my broken heart, gave me beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, a garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness, that He may be glorified. (Isaiah 61:1-3)

Counting The Omer this month, we are encouraged to actively turn our focus unto the Lord each day, learning the character and ways of the Lord, for unraveling the secret things with wisdom and understanding. Each day of Iyar leads us further in our Journey of the Overcomers, through our Wilderness of Transitions towards the “Promise Land” of fulfilling God’s ordained destiny and purposes for our lives. This is our opportunity of becoming those that know and discern the times with expectation that we will learn the Way of His Wisdom to see His light unto our path into His Heavenly glory.

Oh, Lord, Adonai, as we count the Omer during this month of Iyar, we give each day to you and asking, “What do we need to see?” At the breaking of each new day, we lift our hands, hearts and lives unto YOU. We ask You for the anointing as “sons of Issachar” that we might learn Your character to know Your ways, gaining Your wisdom with understanding, to discern the way we need to go. We receive the light of Your glorious presence for Your healing work in every area of our lives. We declare that You are Who You say You are, and You will do what you say You will do! Acknowledging that Jesus is our Lord, our Redeemer, Warrior, our Shalom and we declare that by His stripes we are healed! Thank You LORD! We receive Your healing touch this month of Iyar on our Journey of the Overcomers. Amen!

 “Arise, shine; For (our) light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon (us).” Isaiah 60:1

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All scriptures from the New King James Version of the Bible.

Reference credit: “A Time to Advance” by Chuck Pierce with Robert and Linda Heidler  © 2011

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Nissan 5779 – Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life

By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

Nissan (Abib or Aviv) begins on April 6, on the night before in the Jewish custom, through May 5th and is the month known as the First of Months. Though Nissan is the beginning of months, the new civic calendar year does not begin until September, in the month of Tishrei, during the Fall Feast of Rosh Hashanah, known as the Head of the Year (Exodus 34:22; Leviticus 25:9-10).

“Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, “This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you.” Exodus 12:1-2

What is the fruit from the Tree of Life that the Lord is offering to us in this month of Nissan? (Revelation 22:2a)

Clue – Praise!

The tribe of Judah is linked with the month of Nissan and means praise. Judah’s mother, Leah, declared at his birth, “This time I will praise the Lord.” (Genesis 29:35) It is significant that Judah is aligned with Nissan because Judah, the tribe of praise, was also designated by God to lead first in battle. (Judges 1:2; 20:18) And they defeated their enemies!

 “…Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper.” And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: “Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever.” II Chronicles 20:20b-21

The letter “Hei”, from the Hebrew alphabet, is also associated with the month of Nissan; which is a picture of wind, breath and praise.

Clue – We get the term Jew from the Hebraic word Yehudah, for Judah. 

 Because we have received our salvation from sin through the sacrifice of Jesus, the Lamb who takes away the sins of the world, we are grafted into the promises of Israel (Romans 11:17-19). Therefore, we too, are Yehudi’s! We are also those called to raise our hands to “Praise the LORD” in triumph with victory over our enemies in battle! We are Yehudi’s, therefore, this scripture definitely applies to each of us, too!

 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, with Jehoshaphat in front of them, to go back to Jerusalem with joy, for the LORD had made them rejoice over their enemies.”

II Chronicles 20:27

There are three important Appointed Times of celebrations in the month of Nissan:

Rosh Codesh – the First Fruit Celebration marking our covenant with God and seeking Him first. This is a monthly celebration at the beginning of every month.

Feast of Unleavened Bread – Seven days of eating unleavened bread because God directed remembrance of the Israelites having to flee Egypt in haste with no time for their bread to rise. In Orthodox homes, it requires deep cleaning to remove all yeast, symbolic of sin, from their lives.

Passover – The Celebration of Moses and the Israelites moving out of the land of Egypt and deliverance from Pharaoh, their cruel task master that held them in harsh slavery. God gave instruction to apply the blood of the Lamb over the door post and the spirit of death Passed Over them. They experienced God’s deliverance from all of the plagues of Egypt and they Passed Over through the Red Sea into freedom as they saw the destruction of their enemies.

What can we Christians learn from Passover?

Clue – The Lamb Who takes away the sins of the world.

“Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29

“Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom, and strength and honor and glory and blessing!” Revelation 5:12

Let’s focus on the significance of Passover in our Journey of the Overcomers. In the Feast of Passover we find so many types and shadows of Yeshua Hamashia, Jesus the Messiah, our salvation and deliverer. The innocent sacrificial Lamb, whose blood was applied on the doorpost of each family’s home; at the head, each side of the upper lintels and feet, symbolic of Jesus nailed to the cross. The partaking of the unleavened bread and wine, symbolic of the sinless, broken body and shed blood of Jesus for the forgiveness of our sins. The cloud of death that passed over the Israelites houses with the blood of the Lamb on the door posts, whereas the firstborn in every house in Egypt died; symbolizing our deliverance from death to eternal life. Passing through the parted waters of the Red Sea to freedom from slavery; symbolizing the waters of baptism where we experience the washing away of our sins to a resurrected life in Jesus and entering freedom from the slavery of our sins. The Lord’s destruction of all their enemies in the Red Sea; which is a significant illustration for our understanding of the power of the blood of Jesus to destroy all of our enemies! Oh, what joyous praise be unto to Jesus; our Passover Lamb!

“Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and spoke, saying: “I will sing to the LORD, for He has triumphed gloriously! The horse and its rider He has thrown into the sea! The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; He is my God, and I will praise Him; my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.” Exodus 15:1-2

How are we to apply this revelation of the Celebration of Passover under the Blood Covenant of Jesus Christ?

Clue – It is not a matter of Religion – it is a matter of Relationship.

By seeking and submitting our lives unto the LORD each month and asking Him to teach us, we will discover how to partake of the Fruit of His Spirit from the Tree of Life. With His Wisdom and Understanding, He will lead each of us into His Truth. We encourage you to read Exodus and listen to it if you have an audible version. Ask the Lord Questions; trusting the Holy Spirit to give you insights and revelation as you read or hear it.

“So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance.” Exodus 12:14

An additional significant note for Messianic believers in Yeshua, is that the Constellation of Aries – the ram (lamb) is associated with the month of Nissan. It is also important for us focus on the characteristics of Redemption, Repentance and Beginning of Miracles that remind us to prepare our hearts to receive the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, prophesied and fulfilled in the Passover story.

Thoughts from Beth: To many in the modern-day church, Passover has been labeled, old covenant, irrelevant things of the past, insignificant to Christians and only a Jewish thing. We celebrate the Biblical Feasts as precious family dinners; times of connection and consecration in the special celebrations with increasing understanding and blessings that The Lord brings forth. We ask Him to increase His wisdom and understanding in our lives and to bless our relationships with each other and with Him. We don’t know it all yet, however, we are so willing to learn to Love what He LOVES because He is LOVE. Jesus our Messiah, is the fulfillment of our Passover and we want to Passover every single thing that would lead to bondage or death in our lives, so that nothing can keep us from continuing to move forward with God into all He has prepared for us.

We have discussed leaving the past behind and had 2 months of Adar to allow the LORD to bring forth all of the things in our lives that we do not want to carry into this month of new beginnings and celebrations to Passover. We are seeking God’s wisdom, knowledge and understanding by the Holy Spirit because it is His purpose to shed light onto our path on this Quest of the Overcomers. We are moving forward, Passing Over to greater freedom and victory that is ours in Jesus.

LORD (ADONAI), we submit to You and and seek Your truth. We partake of The Ripe Fruit of Praise from the Tree of Life in the new beginnings this month of Nissan. With a song of praise in our mouth and rejoicing in our hearts we give you thanks for delivering us from the darkness of sin and destruction into the light of life, in the resurrection power of the blood of Jesus, our Messiah. We Passover into liberty because we have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb out of the captivity of slavery to sin. Train us, teach us, equip us and impart Your wisdom with understanding by the Holy Spirit. May we be fruitful and multiply as we worship and praise You in this Journey of the Overcomers. In The name of Jesus, amen.

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise.  Be thankful to Him, and bless His name. For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting, And His truth endures to all generations.” Psalms 100:4-5

 

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All scriptures from the New King James Version of the Bible.

Reference credit: “A Time to Advance” by Chuck Pierce with Robert and Linda Heidler  © 2011

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Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life – Adar I 5779

Adar II 5779

Breakthrough to Passover In Nissan By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

In our invitation for you to join with us on the Journey of the Overcomers, you may have wondered why we chose to begin with Adar I rather than the month of Nissan; which is the beginning of months. (Exodus 12:1-2 NKJV)  We began in Adar I so that we could focus on ending this current season well before going into the beginning of new things. In Adar I and Adar II, we have the opportunity to allow Adonai to identify any areas of bitterness and the enemy’s strategies of destruction in our lives. We are invited to partake of the sweetness of overcoming joy from the Ripe Fruit of Tree of Life (Rev. 22:2). We do not want any bitterness or patterns of destruction to follow us into the things God has for us ahead. We will want to continue moving forward in this “Journey of the Overcomers” into the new beginnings in the month of Nissan and the celebration of Passover.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:16-17 (NKJV)

None of us, as blood covenant believers in Jesus Christ, have to wander in any wilderness for 40 years when we all have the opportunity to move forward in the overcoming resurrection power of the LORD. Through the birth, life, death and resurrection of Jesus Our LORD, we have the privilege to receive right relationship with God. We can receive Jesus as our LORD and Savior because the veil in the temple has been torn and there is no longer a barrier of separation between us and our Father God. Through the forgiveness of our sins by His blood, we now have access into the heavenly places through Jesus. We are free in Him to move from darkness to light, bondage to liberty and fear to hope, toward the fulfilling purposes that He has created for each of us. By His empowering, overcoming grace, in restored relationship, we can love what He LOVES, because He first loved us by sending His only begotten Son to save us. (I John 4:19 NKJV)

 “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.” I John 4:7-8 (NKJV)

As we enter the month of Nissan in anticipation of Passover, it is now cycle breaking time! So many things have been spoken and written about the “Breaker Anointing”. We have read about it, written about it and prayed about it many times. The Bible is full of stories where people became the overcomers, that passed over, through the symbolic blood of the Lamb and the Blood of Jesus; Who is The Lord of the Breakthrough. (Micah 2:13) In Him, we pass over from death into LIFE, from sorrow to joy, from infirmity to healing (both physically and spiritually). We pass over into the Peace of Shalom; nothing missing and nothing broken because Shalom in the Prince of Peace is the ultimate goal!

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. John 10:10 (NKJV)

Will you continue with us toward the breakthroughs we all hope for? Will you ask yourself, “Where in your life are you not experiencing His Shalom?” “What is missing?” “What is broken?” It is up to each of us individually to come before the Lord and ask Him where we need deliverance and break through in our lives. We each have this invitation and choice to press into knowing the Lord of the Breakthrough in this new season. Please ask The LORD to reveal anything that you need to leave behind. You do not have to carry the old baggage with you into this Overcoming season of Breakthrough. As you continue with us on this Quest of the Overcomers, we will learn more about how to break the unholy cycles in our lives, to leave things of the past behind, continuing toward the future and hope The Lord has prepared for us. We have been given this wonderful revelation about partaking of the Ripe Fruit from the Tree of Life each month for the overcoming life.

Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:31-32 (NKJV)

We bless each of you, truly from our hearts, and want you to become all that Adonai created you to be in fulfilling your destiny. We speak Breakthrough as you break out of the old cycles and leave them behind. We declare the resurrection power of the Blood of Jesus over each of you and Speak LIFE to you, entering into the joy of this Passover season in the month of Nissan.

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience. Luke 8:11-16 (NKJV)

LORD, we declare and decree over every person who choses to go with us on this Quest of the Overcomer, good ground, hearers of the Word, with a noble and good heart; keeping and bearing fruit with patience. LORD, open our eyes and ears that we may see and know all we need to lay down before the feet of Jesus, The Lord of the Breakthrough. May we Passover, moving forward with You, partaking of the Ripe Fruit of the Tree of Life in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

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Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life – Adar I 5779

 

 

Adar II 5779

Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life – Adar II 5779

Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life – Adar II 5779 -By Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

We are now entering the month of Adar 2 in the Hebrew Calendar from March 7 through April 5th. It follows the previous month of Adar 1 and is added to the Hebrew Calendar every three years in order to sync with the solar calendar. The motto for this month is Mi-shenikhnas adar marbim be-simcha or “When Adar arrives, joy increases.” Tradition teaches that Adar is so full of joy that it is as if Adar were pregnant with happiness. Indeed, the Hebrew Calendar leap years give us two Adars to contain all the joy of Adar!

Let’s also remember that the significant tribe in the months of Adar is Naphtali, which means “Sweetness is to me”. This is a time of celebration that the curse of bitterness is overturned and is turned into sweetness. Purim is celebrated in this month and is the happiest, most joyous celebration time in the Hebrew calendar. This is definitely an overcoming month to experience joy!

What is the fruit from the tree of life that the Lord is offering to us in this season of Adar? (Revelation 22:2a NKJV)

Clue – The sweetness of extravagant overcoming joy in overcoming idolatry and strategies of destruction!

     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

 In the festivities of Purim, the Jewish people celebrate overthrowing the evil Haman who was determined to destroy Esther’s uncle Mordecai and all the Jewish people in the land!

     John 10:10  (NKJV) 10 The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

 Clue – That old devil always overplays his hand!

Don’t ever forget that in the Purim story Haman actually cast dice to determine the date of the extinction of the Jews. He didn’t just want to murder the babies, or the men and women. He wanted to kill the entire Jewish race. Let that sink in for a moment. The battle is fierce for those who submit themselves to the LORD.  

Clue – Who is a Jew, what does it mean and why do we need to know?

The first individual to be called a Jew (Yehudi) in the Scriptures was Mordecai, of Purim fame.

“There was a man, a Yehudi, in Shushan the capital, whose name was Mordecai . . . a Yemini” (Esther 2:5).

 The Talmud adds: “He is called a Yehudi, implying that he descended from Judah; he then is called Yemini, implying that he is a Benjaminite.” Rabbi Jochanan responds that Mordecai was of the Tribe of Benjamin but was called a Yehudi because anyone who rejects idolatry is called a Yehudi.” Other commentaries explain that the name Yehudah shares the same root as the Hebrew word hoda’ah, which means acknowledgement or submission. One who acknowledges Gd’s existence and submits to His authority—to the extent that he is willing to sacrifice his life for the sanctification of His name—he is called a Yehudi.

 

Let’s look at the story of Esther in one of the most amazing Books of the Bible. Esther was an orphan, raised by her uncle Mordecai, a Yehudi. Esther became the Queen in Vashti’s place because Vashti disrespected the King’s authority by refusing to come to a war council banquet. She did not follow the protocol of the earthly kingdom in which she reigned. Therefore, she was banished.

     “Esther had not revealed her people or family, for Mordecai had charged her not to reveal it. And every day Mordecai paced in front of the court of the women’s quarters, to learn of Esther’s welfare and what was happening to her. Esther 2:10-11 NKJV

If anyone was ever on a Quest it was Esther. Esther, was a Yehudi and had to conceal her Jewishness while in the Kingdom. She was submitted to Elohim and continued to pray only to Him while in the contest to become Queen. “The king loved Esther more than all the other women, and she obtained grace and favor in his sight more than all the virgins; so he set the royal crown upon her head and made her queen instead of Vashti.” (Esther 2:17 NKJV) She learned the ways of their earthly protocol and yet in her heart Ester always knew that there was a greater purpose that God had for her life.

“After these things King Ahasuerus promoted Haman, the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him and set his seat above all the princes who were with him. And all the king’s servants who were within the king’s gate bowed and paid homage to Haman, for so the king had commanded concerning him. But Mordecai would not bow or pay homage. Then the king’s servants who were within the king’s gate said to Mordecai, “Why do you transgress the king’s command?” Now it happened, when they spoke to him daily and he would not listen to them, that they told it to Haman, to see whether Mordecai’s words would stand; for Mordecai had told them that he was a Jew. When Haman saw that Mordecai did not bow or pay him homage, Haman was filled with wrath. But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him of the people of Mordecai. Instead, Haman sought to destroy all the Jews who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus—the people of Mordecai. In the first month, which is the month of Nisan, in the twelfth year of King Ahasuerus, they cast Pur (that is, the lot), before Haman to determine the day and the month, until it fell on the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar.” Esther 3:1-7 NKJV

 “…In the name of King Ahasuerus it was written, and sealed with the king’s signet ring. And the letters were sent by couriers into all the king’s provinces, to destroy, to kill, and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, little children and women, in one day, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to plunder their possessions.” Esther 3:12-13 NKJV

     And Mordecai told them to answer Esther: “Do not think in your heart that you will escape in the king’s palace any more than all the other Jews. For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” Esther 4:13-14 NKJV

Esther trusted in the wise counsel of her uncle Mordecai and submitted herself and the eminent destruction of her Jewish people to God. She relied totally on Him alone as she instructed all her handmaidens and the Jews in the city to fast and pray with her. God did not disappoint her; with clear instructions requiring her trust and obedience to see the salvation of God. In the end it was Haman and his entire family that was rendered extinct and the Jewish people were saved!

“By these letters the king permitted the Jews who were in every city to gather together and protect their lives—to destroy, kill, and annihilate all the forces of any people or province that would assault them, both little children and women, and to plunder their possessions, on one day in all the provinces of King Ahasuerus, on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar.

     The Jews had light and gladness, joy and honor. And in every province and city, wherever the king’s command and decree came, the Jews had joy and gladness, a feast and a holiday.” Esther 8:11-12, 16-17a NKJV

 

When a trial comes, the moment that it begins, submit your trial immediately to the LORD. The word submit means duck – get out of God’s way so that He can bring His Victory quickly. When we submit immediately, He is involved immediately. If we wait and try to defeat the devil alone then we are fighting a losing battle. With God all things are possible. Without Him we lose. Esther did not perish nor did the Jewish people. Nor will you! As you learn to submit your circumstance immediately to the LORD, walk in His ways of wisdom and instruction you will also eat of the ripe fruit in this month of extravagant joy in overcoming idolatry and strategies of destruction!

“Therefore, submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.” James 4:7-8, 10 NKJV

Submission to seek the wisdom and counsel of Jesus, our Lord and King, is the key to Victory. In the resurrection power of the blood of Jesus, The Messiah, we have the right to submit our circumstances to Him, appropriate His blood, in the declaration of His name with His title deed of ownership over all our battles, trial and circumstances.  The power of His name and His blood shed for us is more than most of us can truly comprehend.

 

From JoBeth: Several years ago my husband came home from work, where he had been employed in a position of leadership for 18 years, and shared that he had received an email that morning unjustly releasing him from his job! In absolute shock, we hit our knees with tears pouring down our faces, submitting all to the Lord and declaring our total dependence upon Him; not jobs, people or circumstances. There were those that advised us to fight the injustice to be fully restored to the position that we knew God had sovereignly, previously given to him. We felt God’s instruction to trust and wait on Him. About 6 weeks later we received a call offering my husband his dream job in the mountains of Colorado that led us into one of the most joyous, happy and fulfilling seasons of our entire lives!

     “Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.” Psalm 126:6 NIV

Today, Ask the LORD if there is anything that you need to submit to Him. Learn to submit your life and each situation that arises to Him quickly. Follow His well-lit path to our fulfilled destiny in Him. He is our Victory and there is such Joy during this month of Adar II. Celebrate with Him. Embrace the ripe fruit from the tree of life this month and learn to Love what the LORD Loves. Embrace the joy in the journey together on this Quest with us.

“Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious. Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You. All the earth shall worship You And sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name.” Selah” Psalms 66:2-4 NKJV

 

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Reference: https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/640221/jewish/What-is-the-Meaning-of-the-Name-Jew.htm

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Quest of the Overcomers – Adar I

Overcoming Fruit From the Tree of Life – Adar I 5779

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