Nissan 5781

Welcome to the Head of Months, Nissan 5781. Please enjoy this excerpt from The Quest of the Overcomer by Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested.

Nissan (Abib or Aviv) begins on March 14th, 5781on the night before in the Jewish custom, through April 12th 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 29:35It 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.

How to Prepare for Passover by Beth Auman

Be FilledAs we prepare to enter into the month of Nissan 5781 and step toward Passover 5781 we must all evaluate our relationship with our Beloved. Jesus Loves you and He said plainly that if you eat His flesh and drink His blood then we will have eternal life and that He will raise us up at the end of time. John 6:54 (VOICE).

Are you partaking of the Lamb of God? Have you been redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb out of the hand of the enemy?

If not then please use this last week of the month of Adar 5781, the month that Adonai makes bitter things in your life sweet to examine your relationship with the Lamb of God who was slain for you. Commune with Him. Learn about Passover and why Passover is an everlasting feast. Jesus celebrated Passover and we will celebrate Passover eternally. It’s important to God. If it is important to Him then it should be important to us.

You are the reason and if you would have been the only one, Jesus would have lived, died and rose again. He Loves you with His Everlasting, Unchanging LOVE. No matter who you are or what you have done – you can ask for forgiveness and receive Him as your LORD and Savior today.

This is the season of Communion and Resurrection of the LORD Jesus Christ – Who was sent by Our Heavenly Father, lived a sinless life, was crucified, died and ROSE AGAIN FROM THE DEAD. So that we would have a choice in this earth. We can choose Jesus, have restored fellowship and communion with our Father in Heaven or to choose eternal death and hell. There is no other reason for celebration and the only way to celebrate is the way that He instructed us to in His Word – The Bible.

John 3:16 (VOICE) 16 For God expressed His love for the world in this way: He gave His only Son so that whoever believes in Him will not face everlasting destruction, but will have everlasting life.

Jesus name means Salvation, To Rescue, To Deliver.  Have you personally received Jesus Christ as your personal LORD and Savior?  Have you crowned Him LORD of your life and been filled with His Holy Spirit? Will you live eternally with Him in His Father’s Kingdom?

This is why He came and you have an opportunity to receive Him today.

Abba Father, I pray in Jesus name for the Salvation of All. Lord please send this out to the uttermost parts of the earth and I Bless each of you this Resurrection Season in Jesus name – choose to fulfill the destiny that Abba created  you for. Celebrate Jesus in the manner in which the Bible instructs us to.

Isaiah 60:1  (NASB)

A Glorified Zion

60 “Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.

Decree this with me: I have Passed Over -( been redeemed) from death unto life by the blood of Jesus Christ out of the hand of the enemy.

Light Be – Be Recalibrated and Be Light in this earth for the Glory of THE LORD. Amen

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of March 7, 2021


I will stand at my guard post. I will station myself on the wall. I will watch to see what He will say to me and what answer I will get to my complaint. Habakkuk 2:1 (GW)

Have you ever had to wait longingly for an important letter or phone call that would free you from the anxiety of something unknown or for hopes fulfilled? How agonizing the waiting process can be! It can demand all of our attention and hinder our ability to focus on anything else! What if we turned that same waiting expectation and anticipation toward hearing God’s voice? It is interesting that this scripture instructs us to watch and wait with the assurance that God will answer our questions and complaints. Or, as some others translations imply, that the Lords will respond with gentle reproving correction. We are encouraged to take our place like a disciplined soldier standing guard upon the fortress high place and to watch with confident expectation, knowing that our loving God will surely answer all our doubts, fears, questions and complaints. Lord, help us to wait on You. Give us eyes to see your ways and ears to hear your voice. Yes and amen.

 

By JoBeth Kested

 

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of February 28, 2021

As for God, His way is perfect; the word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him. For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. Psalm 18:30-32 (NKJV)

Are you frustrated by your imperfections, disappointed in the imperfect people in your life, or weary with this imperfect world? What a huge comfort to discover the truth that the ways of our God are perfect and to know with assurance that His Word has proven to be perfect, too. For all who put their trust in Him, the Lord is our strength and shield, protector and defender against all oppression and injustice. He alone is the Almighty God above all gods and majestic Lord above all lords. There is nothing in this world more sure, more true and more dependable than our God, The Rock. Our loving, compassionate and merciful God lifts us out of our pity puddles of discouragement, renews our strength and even makes our crooked rough roads into perfect paths of peace. Thank You, Lord!

By JoBeth Kested

 

Purim Blessings

Sweetness in overcoming joy! Celebrate Purim.

The Feast of Purim is in the month of Adar and is the happiest, most joyous celebration time in the Hebraic calendar. This is definitely a month for those who have prevailed with us on the “Quest of the Overcomers” to experience fullness of  joy!

   “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

 The Feast of Esther is on the 13th of Adar, which celebrates the story in the book of Esther about the beautiful Jewish girl that became the queen of king Ahasuerus in ancient Persia. The Feast of Purim, on Adar 14, is remembrance of when the wicked schemes of Haman’s bitterness towards the Jew, Mordecai, (Esther’s uncle) to destroy all the Jews in the land, were overthrown and turned into sweetness of joy!

     “When Haman saw that Mordecai neither bowed down nor paid homage to him, Haman was filled with rage. But he disdained to lay hands on Mordecai alone, for they had told him who the people of Mordecai were; therefore Haman sought to destroy all the Jews, the people of Mordecai, who were throughout the whole kingdom of Ahasuerus.” Esther 3:5-6 NASB

   “…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

     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

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. With clear instructions, requiring her trust and obedience, she was not disappointed to see the salvation of God. In the end it was Haman and his entire family that were destroyed 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

What is our Spiritual warfare assignment in this month of Adar? Pray about this.

 

Blessings and Shalom, Love Beyond Measure

Beth Auman and JoBeth Kested

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of February 21, 2021

Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 NIV

Have you ever had a need beyond your ability to take care of it yourself and had to ask others for help? In times of sickness, financial lack, emotional crisis or overwhelming circumstances it is extremely humbling and difficult to acknowledge that we cannot always do everything for ourselves. We would all agree that it is far more enjoyable to provide help for someone else than facing the inadequacy of having to depend upon others to meet our needs. We may find it even more difficult to ask God to help us. When we find ourselves in situations over our head we are encouraged in this scripture to humbly look to the all powerful, mighty hand of God to lift us up at the appropriate, due time. Not only in our desperate times of need, we are invited to caste ALL our cares on the LORD with the assurance that He cares about EVERYTHING about us! (1 Peter 5:7) Praise the LORD!

By JoBeth Kested

Agreement – Weapon of Our Warfare by Beth Auman

Do not be deceived. Do not listen to 2nd heaven revelation from the prince of the power of the air. God’s plan is for our good, not for our harm and He gave us 66 Books in the Bible so that we would know how to maneuver during these very difficult times. There are going to be things that happen but God’s plan is for our good, not for our doom.

When we hear someone prophecy doom and gloom, we are to know that God’s plan is always for our good. We are to go to Him and ask Him what is Your Plan Father God and He will lead, guide, guard, protect and provide for you.

Our agreement is one of the most important weapons that we have against the demonic forces that are trying to take over right now. We are either going to agree with the devils plan or agree with God’s plan. Which do you choose? Are you a part of the solution or a part of the problem? Evaluate yourself. Come into agreement with God’s plan. If you hear doom and gloom , go straight to Father God and ask Him what your part is in declaring and decreeing against whatever the devils plan is. Ask Him how  you can pray, who you can speak life into.

Do not come into agreement with the devil’s plan!

Read the Word of God and ask Him about His plan. Perhaps when we all begin doing this together, this world will experience Jesus.

Jeremiah 29:11  (CJB)11 For I know what plans I have in mind for you,’ says Adonai,‘plans for well-being, not for bad things; so that you can have hope and a future.

2 Corinthians 10:3-5  (CJB) For although we do live in the world, we do not wage war in a worldly way; because the weapons we use to wage war are not worldly. On the contrary, they have God’s power for demolishing strongholds. We demolish arguments and every arrogance that raises itself up against the knowledge of God; we take every thought captive and make it obey the Messiah.

Matthew 24:1-8 (CJB) 24 As Yeshua left the Temple and was going away, his talmidim came and called his attention to its buildings. But he answered them, “You see all these? Yes! I tell you, they will be totally destroyed — not a single stone will be left standing!”

When he was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the talmidim came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that you are coming, and that the ‘olam hazeh is ending?”

Yeshua replied: “Watch out! Don’t let anyone fool you! For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Messiah!’ and they will lead many astray. You will hear the noise of wars nearby and the news of wars far off; see to it that you don’t become frightened. Such things must happen, but the end is yet to come. For peoples will fight each other, nations will fight each other, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various parts of the world; all this is but the beginning of the ‘birth-pains.’

 

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of February 14, 2021
By JoBeth Kested

“I have set the LORD continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. You will make known to me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.” Psalms 16:8,11 (NASB)

Have you ever wondered how to find joy through any circumstance? Biblically, joy goes beyond emotional happiness, which is temporary and is dependent on whatever makes us feel good. Joy is primarily a choice that is dependent upon trusting in the sovereign goodness of God and that He is Who He says He is in His Word; even when we don’t feel like it! God’s place at the Psalmist’s right hand, implies giving Him the highest place of honor in our lives with dependence upon His strength and power. We can learn in this verse that when we choose to abide in God’s presence, we can know the security of safety, overflowing joy and enduring pleasures forevermore. HIs right hand holds all power and all authority in heaven and on earth to defend, provide and bless each one of us as the Psalmist has declared. Thank You, Lord, that in Your presence we find the path of abundant life and the fullness of joy we all long for. Amen!

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the Week of February 7, 2021

For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. 2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV)

Have you ever tried to find your way in the dark without a light? Are you aware that darkness flees at the speed of light at 186,000 miles per second? In Genesis chapter one, God said, “Let there be light” and He created light to break out of the darkness. This verse reveals that God is also able to shine the light of His extravagant love into the dark places of woundedness, fear or shame in our hearts. He sheds the dawning light of His glory to know the perfection, beauty and resurrection power we can each find in our personal relationship with Jesus face to face. Jesus proclaimed in John 8:12 “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” Let the light of Jesus’ love be shed into your heart (Romans 4:5) and through you to others as you follow Him. Grace, grace, Lord!

By JoBeth Kested

 

Scripture of the Week by JoBeth Kested

Scripture for the week of January 31, 2021

“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” Isaiah 42:16 (NIV) 

Have you ever been blinded by the sun or by a winter snow storm where you couldn’t see the road ahead or the next step in front of you? Sometimes we can feel so blindsided by sudden unexpected circumstances that we have no idea how to find our way out of lonely and fearful dark places. What comfort to find God’s promises to us that even when we are lost and can’t see, He will help us find the way. The Lord declares that He will turn the oppressive darkness into glorious light and that He will even make the rough places smooth before us. With such assurance that our God will never abandon us nor give up on us, be encouraged to call upon the Lord, reaching out to Him, to lead and guide you out of the fearful darkness into the light of His presence along the path of His peace.

By JoBeth Kested