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Five Keys To Speeding Up God’s Will In Your Life

Do you believe God has something exciting planned for your future? Maybe you’re in a difficult situation that you’d like to move through more quickly? Possibly you feel stuck in a rut and don’t know how to move into what God might have for you.

I’m not sure we can actually speed up God’s will in our lives. He already “created us for good works, which he prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.” (Eph. 2:10) Ultimately everything will be done in his perfect timing. But, I do think we can delay his will. Distractions, ambivalence, or sometimes just being unaware can require that he goes slower than we would like, maybe even slower than he would like. I’m guilty of all of these. 

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This Tisha b’Av, Kick the Enemy Out of Your Promised Land

On the Hebrew calendar, the 9th day of Av (Tisha b’Av in Hebrew) is a notorious date of tragedy for the Jewish people. Many major tragedies are recorded in the Bible and continue up to modern history.

The Bible tells us that Aaron died on the first day of Av.  Although he was a faithful servant for 40 years, he was part of that first generation that did not get to go into the Promised Land because of unbelief.  Later, both temples were destroyed on the 9th of Av, as well as many, many other calamities down through the centuries.

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Spiritual Obedience Brings Physical Victory

Obedience in our spiritual life is a form of spiritual warfare, because obedience creates an atmosphere that brings righteousness to dark places.

Intuitively we know this. But I want to break it down into practical actions that will make it a continual reality in our lives. The bottom line is, it’s supernatural, it doesn’t make logical sense here on earth. We have to move beyond the natural to even discuss the topic of spiritual warfare.

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Passover to Pentecost – The Spring Feasts: When are they and how are they relevant today?

The Lord’s Holy Days, Feast Days, Jewish Feasts, Appointed Times, Mo’edim — whatever term you use, don’t miss these days!  If you are seeking more intimacy in your walk with Yeshua, learning about, experiencing and keeping these feasts (including the Sabbath) will bring you not only into deeper intimacy with him, but Yehovah will shower you with new understanding, unexpected blessings, strengthened faith and fresh excitement daily.  I highly recommend it!
Included here is a list of my blog posts about the Spring Feasts.

First of all, this quick reference guide shows the 2021 Hebrew and Gregorian dates, the Hebrew names, the purpose of the Feasts and Biblical instructions for observing them from a Messianic understanding.

Although for me the first time through the Feasts was more learning than experiencing, with each passing year, they grow in richness and revelation of Yeshua.  In the following posts I’ve attempted to share some of those insights in the hopes that you will be encouraged to start or continue your pursuit of your own journey into intimacy with Him.

You + Yah Can Take the Land

See the source imageParsha Sh’lach L’cha, Numbers 13-15, is centered on our first glimpse of the Promised Land after leaving Egypt.  We read the exciting report that the scouts brought back, the good and the bad.

But I want to focus on just one verse – not even a whole verse, just one sentence.  It’s a statement that is easily overlooked in the highs and lows of the story.  It’s easy to miss the significance of it, because in most of our cultures today, it doesn’t carry the same meaning.  However, in this case, it was life-changing and destiny defining.  If we can capture the significance of this concept in our own lives, it can be the same for us. Read the rest of this page »

Observing the Sabbath in Your Home

Home SabbathIf your Sabbath gathering has been cancelled due to COVID-19, take heart – you can still keep the Sabbath!  Once you’ve kept the Sabbath for any length of time, it is truly painful when you can’t.  Somehow your physical and spiritual clock knows when the Sabbath is and longs for it when you cannot observe it in your normal custom.  Don’t let the disruption of a cancelled gathering take away your Sabbath peace and joy.  Continue to guard that time and begin your own traditions and routines in your home that bring that same spirit and refreshment to your island of sacred time with the Lord. Read the rest of this page »

Purim – A Reflection of our Own Faith

EstherWhile not one of Yehovah’s commanded feasts, I believe Purim, the remembrance of the story of Esther in the Bible, is worthy of its annual celebration.

Purim is a microcosm of our own lifelong quests:  to walk in Yehovah’s ways despite the pressures around us, to trust that his purposes are being manifest in the events of our nation and world, and to have the courage to submit to his sovereignty and will at every turn.  In short, it’s about living a life of faith.

As you read the story and the following posts, you will see yourself and your circumstances, as well as Yehovah’s sovereignty and guidance in your own life.

The New Moon – Who Knew?

Sighting of the New Moon

New Moon Observance

I had been reading the five books of Moses (Genesis through Deuteronomy) every year for five years and observing the Sabbath, Feasts and Festivals for five years.  But as many times as I’ve read the Bible and practiced the Feasts, Yehovah never fails to show me new insights every time.  This year has been no exception.

I had signed up to speak on the portion of scripture called “Phineas,” Numbers 25-30.  Not knowing what I would speak about, I figured there was plenty to choose from.  Numbers 28-29 are commonly referred to for teachings on observing Yehovah’s appointed times or Holy Days.

As I came to those chapters, I read quickly through the list: The daily offerings, the Sabbath, the New Moon, Passover, Unleavened Bread, Pentecost… Wait, the New Moon?  When did they start that?  Is that one of Yehovah’s appointed times?  Why have I never observed this day?  I decided I had to look into this. Read the rest of this page »

Month 8 – Cheshvan:   A New Beginning

The eighth month on the Hebrew calendar centers around the theme of renewed life – where righteousness and sin are separated from each other.  From our Torah readings, to Noah, to the New Heaven and Earth, and even the name of the month itself, we see this pattern of renewed life over and over this month. Read the rest of this page »

Why Count the Omer?

The Omer Count always begins at sundown on the Feast of First Fruits, and ends on the day before Pentecost (Shavuot) – 7 weeks, 49 days.  (See the dates here.)

So what’s an Omer?  Why would Yehovah want us to count it?  Is it still relevant today?  Those were my questions, and these links discuss the answers I found in my search.

If you’ve never counted the omer, I encourage you to begin the journey and see how Yehovah answers these questions for you.  If you’re counting the omer and looking for fresh insight, I pray He will use this teaching to enlighten your path.  I hope you will leave a comment about what he’s taught you as well.

2021 Omer Count Calendar

 

Month 7 – The Feast of Trumpets & the New Moon

shofar-newmoonWhat’s the only feast that falls on a new moon? Feast of Trumpets! The Feast of Trumpets always begins on Tishrei 1, the beginning of the seventh month on the Hebrew calendar.  It’s always marked by a new moon.

Genesis 1:14 tells us:

Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;”

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Month 6 – Elul: Preparation for the Day of Atonement

On the Hebrew calendar, Elul is the sixth month of the year. On the 10th day of last month – the month of Av – we began the Season of Comfort.  The season of comfort continues seven weeks, until the first day of next month, which is Tishrei 1, the same day as the Feast of Trumpets. So we have seven weeks in the Season of Comfort, Av 10 to Tishrei 1.

Elul 1 also marks 40 days until the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), which is always on Tishrei 10.

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Month 5 – Av: Mourning Turns to Joy

The Month of Av is the fifth month of the year on the Hebrew calendar. We are still in the season of Judgment & Exile as the month of Av begins.  But during Av, the seasons change.  Similar to the Gregorian month of March, we have the expression “In like a Lion, out like a Lamb,” so the month of Av can be broken into two phases.

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Month 3 – Sivan: Return, Revelation & Blessing

The month of Sivan is the third month of the year on the Hebrew calendar.  The rabbis have called this season the “Season of Revelation,” primarily referring to the revelation of the Torah on Mt. Sinai, which most believe was the day of Shavuot/Pentecost.  Shavuot always falls during the month of Sivan.  As Messianic believers we also know the revelation of the Holy Spirit was poured out 1,500 years later on the same day. Read the rest of this page »

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