Shevat 5777 (2016)

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Wow, it’s been almost two months since I’ve written on this blog.  I’ve meant to, but life sometimes just gets busy.  And time does fly when you’re having fun.

We spent seven weeks down in San Clemente at the end of the year, and it was lovely.  We rented a condo that had a panoramic ocean view, and I spent the time just relaxing, reading, and spending quality family time with my husband and kids.  Just allowing God to refresh my soul.  I slept better than I had in a long time.  I spent dinners, coffee dates and beach time with good friends who have become more family than friends.  Just simple, pleasant long chats with girlfriends who encourage me, build me up and cause me go farther with God.  I was also teaching the book of Hebrews at our church down there as well as doing my weekly online teaching of the book of Romans.  The Hebrews study is finished, and we are wrapping up our Romans study next week.  So, I’ll now have more time to devote to this blog, and I’ve been putting together notes and studies for a book I’m working on.

We are almost at the end of the month of Shevat.  Shevat is spelled shin-beit-tet in Hebrew.  Shin is a picture of a crown.  Beit is a house, household or family.  Tet is the letter for goodness.  Shevat is a reminder that God has crowned our households…..our families with goodness. Psalm 65:11 “You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths drip with abundance.  Another translation says even the hard places overflow with abundance. 

Asher is the tribe associated with the month of Shevat.  Asher means blessed or prosperous and comes from the root word “ashar” meaning to go on, to advance or to make progress.  Asher was blessed with the potential for every earthly blessing – abundant resources, the most fertile land in Canaan, many children, peace with the other tribes, the favor of God and security from enemies.  He is known as the prosperous one.

His blessing from Moses indicated both prosperity and pleasure.   Asher is the blessing beyond the norm – to be given more than what is necessary for just basic survival.  2 Cor 9:8 “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others (New Living Translation).”  1 Tim 6:17b “….. place your confidence in God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.”  We are meant to not only be prosperous but to enjoy that prosperity, both the spiritual and earthly riches.

We are in the decade of 70 on the Hebrew calendar which means ayin.  Ayin is symbolic of the ability to see or perceive and the choice of good and evil.   This decade (2010-2019) is a season to have increased vision. To open our spiritual eyes and begin to see from God’s perspective.

From God’s perspective everything He is ever going to do for us has already been done in Jesus.  2 Peter 1:3 “His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence.”  Has given us… it’s past tense.  It’s already done.  All that we have to do is receive it and walk in it.  To do that we have to change our perception and see it as God does.  Sometimes our vision gets clouded by our five senses and by circumstances in life.  At times, others words can cause us to see ourselves through their perception of us instead of God’s.  God’s Word is a mirror.  When we look into it, we see who we truly are. Created in His image and His likeness.  We are joint heirs in Christ.

Exchange your vision for His.  Begin to see that He has already given you everything you will ever need for life… and for godliness.  Allow God to do the exceedingly, abundantly, above all you could ask, think, hope or imagine in your life this month in and through you!

This month walk in the revelation of all that God wants to do in your life… the prosperity He wants to pour out on you… not just enough but overflow.  Prosperity AND pleasure!   Walk in His goodness, in His richness.  This is a month to go forward and continue on in the inheritance He has blessed us with.  In Shevat, let’s remember to enjoy His bounty in our lives… to be happy…. full of joy, proclaiming “I am blessed with prosperity and pleasure in Christ Jesus”.  This is a GOOD month.

♥ Robin

Sivan 

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Sivan is the month of Pentecost (or Shavuot as it’s called in Hebrew). Pentecost is God’s 2nd yearly feast (Ex 23:14-17)….. the first is Passover (Pesach), then Pentecost (Shavuot) and finally Sukkoth (Tabernacles).  Pentecost is the feast of harvest or weeks.  It is a celebration of provision.  It initially marked the ingathering of the wheat harvest.  Wheat ready to harvest marked a new season.  The provision from previous seasons could no longer sustain them in a new season.  Pentecost on Mt Sinai God provided the revelation they needed to walk with Him and understand His ways — it marked a new season for them.

When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting.  And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.  ~ Acts 2:1-4

Pentecost (Shavuot) was not a new thing to the disciples… they celebrated it every year.  In Acts 2 the church was born… marking a new season.  A time to go into all the world with the gospel… the provision of the last season wouldn’t sustain them… so at Pentecost, God poured out His Spirit and released His miraculous gifts. It marked the beginning of the “one-new-man” — the new humanity empowered to do God’s works.  Pentecost represents the release from Heaven of God’s provision in every area of our life.  God uses it to equip us with new provision.  When we celebrate Pentecost it actually unlocks and releases God’s provision for the new season.  This month expect God to open doors of provision for you to equip you in a new season in your life.  

But Sivan is more than just Pentecost….. Sivan is a month of receiving new boundaries….

At Sinai God began to set boundaries for His people.  Boundaries help to define your identity… When God set boundaries for Israel He was defining them as a nation.  Eph 1:5 says we are predestined for adoption as sons.  The Rotherham translation says “in love marking us out beforehand unto sonship.”  Predestined means to establish boundaries.. in dealing with people it means to determine their destiny.  Our destinies were determined.. marked out in sonship.  This is the position in Christ that He planned for us to walk in!   This is a month to press into the revelation of the boundary He set for us in the position of sonship.  Ask Him to extend your borders… to extend your territories as you walk as a son releasing the Kingdom.  

Enlarge my territory….. 

The tribe associated with Sivan is Zebulon.  Zebulon was a tribe faithful to the Lord.  Deuteronomy 33:18-19 Moses prophesies over Zebulon that they will partake of the abundance of the seas and of treasures hidden in the sand.  In  Genesis 49:13 Jacob prophesied that Zebulon  would dwell by the haven of the sea.  Their  prophetic destiny was to engage in trade and become wealthy through commerce on the sea — their symbol is a ship….they are tied to the sea.  In Joshua 19 when Israel entered the Promise Land, Zebulon was assigned a rich territory that was bordered by Asher, Naphtali, Issachar and Manasseh.  It was a great problem but it left Zebulon with a problem… their prophetic destiny involved the sea… and here they were landlocked!

God gave them a prophetic destiny by the sea but they had no access to the sea!  What they did get was a wonderful trade route… the main east-west highway connecting the seas went through Zebulon.  So they had no seaport but they did have an opportunity to begin moving toward one’s destiny in trade…..and that’s exactly what they did!
As the tribe of Zebulon was faithful to press into it’s call something happened.  God shifted Zebulon’s boundaries.  As he traded with those along the sea of Galilee, members of Zebulon settled in Naphtali and the 2 tribes intermingled.  The land became known as the land of Zebulon and Naphtali.  Mt 4:13;  As Zebulon continued to be faithful to walk in it’s call the same thing happened on the west with the tribe of Manasseh and the Mediterranean sea… God expanded their borders.  By the 1st century, Jewish historian Josephus said the territory of Zebulun reached all the way from the Mediterranean sea to the sea of Galilee….. the Mediterranean sea was originally portioned to Manasseh and the Sea of Galilee was portioned to Naphtali.  Because they faithfully pursued God’s promise they gained seaports on two seas.
Pursue your prophetic destiny  with faithfulness.
Sometimes this happens with our lives.  We have received a prophetic promise of our destiny and it feels as if we’re landlocked so to speak…. like we are so far from walking in and fulfilling that promise.  Our present boundaries seem too narrow.  But don’t respond to the promise in unbelief….pursue your call with faithfulness.  Like Zebulon, work with what you presently have… they had a trade route and linked up with the tribes of Naphtali and Manasseh.  Naphtali means “pleasant words” and Manasseh means “cause me to forget” because Joseph was able to forget his past troubles and hardships.  Apostle Paul in Phillipians said “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”  
In order for God to enlarge our territory we need to be faithful in what we presently have and where we presently are…. by speak words of faith – declaring His prophetic promises over our lives.… and forgetting those things that are behind us — looking forward and pressing into our inheritance and the things purchased for us by Jesus at the Cross and Resurrection.  Our boundary that God marked out for us is sonship (Eph 1:5)…. let’s ask God to enlarge our territory in this new season…. for a larger territory for us to release His Kingdom and be a light to the nations.
we must be a people of praise, prophecy and prosperity

This month marks the end of the Spring season and we will enter into Summer.  God arranged the tribes of Israel into an army.  They went out in 3’s.  The first camp was Judah, Issachar, and Zebulon.  The tribe of Judah (Praise) always marched first, their call was to rule, to lead in battle and to worship.  Worship and warfare always go together.  Issachar knew the times, they were a prophetic tribe and also known as the Torah tribe because they knew the Word.  Zebulon had the ability to prosper through godly systems of trade.  These 3 tribal anointings are important in this season.  We must be a people of praise, prophecy and prosperity.  These are the blessings of this season.. and walking in these will allow the Lord to order our steps the rest of the year. 

Hebrew month of Shevat

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Yesterday we entered into the Hebrew month of Shevat, which is Jan 11th – Feb 9th on our calendar.  This is a key month to shout “my blessings are on the way”.

Asher is the tribe associated with the month of Shevat.  Asher means blessed or prosperous and comes from the root word “ashar”, meaning to go on, to advance or to make progress.  Asher was blessed with the potential for every earthly blessing – abundant resources, the most fertile land in Canaan, many children, peace with the other tribes, the favor of God and security from enemies.  He is known as the prosperous one. His blessing from Moses indicated both prosperity and pleasure.   Asher is the blessing beyond the norm – to be given more than what is necessary for survival.  2 Cor 9:8 “And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others (New Living Translation).”  1 Tim 6:17b “….. place your confidence in God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.”  We are meant to not only be prosperous but to enjoy that prosperity, both spiritual and earthly riches.  Allow God to do the exceedingly, abundantly, above all you could ask, think, hope or imagine in your life this month.  

Shevat is spelled shin-beit-tet in Hebrew.  Shin is a picture of a crown.  Beit is a house, household or family.  Tet is the letter for goodness.  Shevat is God crowning our households, crowning our families with goodness. Psalm 65:11 “You crown the year with your goodness, and your paths drip with abundance.  Another translation says even the hard places overflow with abundance.  

This month get a revelation of all that God wants to do in your life… the prosperity He wants to pour out on you… not just enough but overflow.  Prosperity and pleasure!   Walk in His goodness, in His richness.  Let’s move forward and continue on in the prosperity He has blessed us with.  This month let us remember to enjoy His bounty in our lives… to be happy…. full of joy, proclaiming “My blessings are on the way”.  This is a GOOD month.

~ Robin