Prophesy Archives - Candice Smithyman

The Month of Av: Take Your Promised Land

According to the Hebrew calendar, we have entered the month of Av. Another name for this time is Menachem Av, which means the “Comfort of the Father.” Let’s recognize and remember that God is our Father, and He is a great comfort and consoler to us in difficult times. Av is also identified as the month of the lion. The Lion of Judah roars and goes before you. Sing praises to the Lord! Sing about who He is and before you know it you will find yourself in the Promised Land.

Do you remember the story of the Israelites and the Promised Land? They were called out of Egypt to go into a land overflowing with milk and honey. After crossing the Red Sea they were instructed to send out spies to survey the Promised Land of Canaan. The spies brought back fruit that was exceedingly good, but most of them also brought back reports of the huge giants that lived there. They were scared. This wasn’t what they expected. They didn’t want to fight the giants; they wanted the promise without opposition.

Only two men, Caleb and Joshua, could see the goodness of the Lord that existed in the Promised Land. They knew that God was with them, and they were willing to fight and claim what the Lord had promised. You see, the other ten spies saw themselves as grasshoppers; they let fear overtake them, which induced fear into the whole camp. But Caleb and Joshua spoke faith. They refused to allow fear to enter their hearts.

Who will you be like on your journey? Will you resemble the ten spies who operated in fear or will you be like Caleb and Joshua with their courageous faith. God is saying to you, “Put things in order. I’m going to ask you to take some leaps of faith for the plan I have designed for you. You are going to look ahead and see giants that cause fear because they are too great for you to handle on your own. What you need to remember is how good I am! Look at My goodness. Look at My power. Look at My strength. Know if I am telling you to go there, you will make it! You will enter into the Promised Land.”

As we approach the Hebrew celebration, Rosh Hashanah, which takes place at sundown on September 18, I want you to think about the promise, your destiny and the future God has for you. God is calling you to go to the next level. Many are saying, “I’m ready for great things to happen to me.” Now is the time to build your faith and start re-thinking things. The new Hebrew year, 5781, begins at sundown on Rosh Hashanah and I believe it will be the year you step into the place of promise, so begin preparing your heart now.

Today, be encouraged. Know that God is moving things into alignment. Begin to wash your soul with the goodness of God and declare, “He is good. He wants me to go there. He would never ask me to take these leaps of faith if there wasn’t going to be success.” God is bringing you to victory. Wash your mind, will and emotions with this truth.  I’m excited for you!

Remember: The battle starts in the mind. When you are victorious in the mind, you will be victorious in your life!

 

Favor in the Hebrew Month of Tammuz

This past week the Lord gave me a dream where I was receiving favor every day. I knew this was a word for His people.  This is a time on the Hebrew calendar for favor to flow in the earth. There is a portal in heaven open now until July 9 at sundown, which is the 17th day of Tammuz.  Now until then, God will pour out his favor immeasurably upon His people for advancement of the Kingdom. This is not unusual as when God wants things done in the earth He will pour forth His favor. Why? Because the favor of God opens doors that no man can open himself. We know favor opened doors for many  including Esther, David, Moses, Joseph, Daniel, and even our Lord and Savior, Jesus. 

As the people of God, we need favor active in our lives because favor divinely connects us to right relationships in season to accomplish God’s purposes. Our God never sleeps and He is always working. We are called to join Him in His work. We as the people of God must let favor run its course. 

So why favor in Tammuz? The Hebrew calendar month of Tammuz begins Sunday June 21 at sundown. This is the month in which the Israelites made the golden calf out of the wealth spoiled from the Egyptians. God had given them favor with the Egyptians and they took the spoils to travel with them as provision on their journey to the promised land. While Moses was on Mt. Sinai receiving the Law, the impatient Israelites determined to make a golden calf out of the wealth given them. When Moses arrived, he saw the camp in chaos and sin destroying God’s people. God was angry with the way His people had now taken His blessing and began to worship it. The word says in Exodus 32:7-10 (NIV) that, 

Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, “These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.” ‘I have seen these people,’ the Lord said to Moses, ‘and they are a stiff-necked people.  Now leave me alone so that my anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them. Then I will make you into a great nation.’”

Take a look at how God feels in this passage. He is broken because He brought the people out of Egypt and now they are giving worship to wealth that was given to them by God. They have abandoned a heart for God and instead turned to a false image. Then God tells Moses that, “ I will make you into a great nation.” 

Moses has favor with the Lord. What does Moses do with this favor? He takes it to save a nation. The word says in Exodus 32:11-14 (NIV),

But Moses sought the favor of the Lord his God. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘why should your anger burn against your people, whom you brought out of Egypt with great power and a mighty hand?  Why should the Egyptians say, “It was with evil intent that He brought them out, to kill them in the mountains and to wipe them off the face of the earth’? Turn from your fierce anger; relent and do not bring disaster on your people.  Remember your servants Abraham, Isaac and Israel, to whom you swore by your own self: “I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and I will give your descendants all this land I promised them, and it will be their inheritance forever.” Then the Lord relented and did not bring on His people the disaster He had threatened.”

This word “favor” in the NIV translation, is the word “besought” in the KJV translation,  which is the Hebrew word chalah, which means, as one who entreated the Lord, or was even grieved. Favor can be so intense on our lives that we struggle stepping out to activate it even for God’s purposes. This is why faith is needed to activate favor.

Therefore, with the favor Moses had with God, he dialogued with God on this matter. Moses spoke back to God the very words that God Himself had spoken about His people, which of course were full of blessing and favor. The outcome was that God relented and did not bring disaster. There was still a consequence that day in that a remnant was called aside and had to make a difficult decision to kill those who worshipped the idols. As difficult as this was, the remnant remained and sought to move forward (Exodus 23:27-29).

How can we know for sure we have this great favor on our life? Because of what Jesus Christ did on the cross. He took our sin. Yes, even the sin of our worshipping false gods and other things and nailed us to the cross with Him, and then buried us, and resurrected us as new creatures in Him.  We are a remnant for His glory.

In Romans 6:3-7 (NIV) the Apostle Paul tells us, “Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?  We were therefore buried with Him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. For if we have been united with Him in a death like His, we will certainly also be united with Him in a resurrection like His. For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin—  because anyone who has died has been set free from sin.”

So, because of Jesus you have been set free from sin and resurrected to a new life, and that life is one of carrying the favor of God. You received favor that you would not die in your sin and now use that favor to show the love of God to others. 

The favor on Moses’ life was given to him by God Himself and was the catalyst to save the people of God. Favor on your life is a powerful tool to change the world. Some of you have favor with kings, presidents, governors, statesmen, politicians, teachers, business men and women, leaders of organizations, etc. Allow God to use the favor He has given you for divine purpose.

This month God will overshadow you with overwhelming favor so that you can accomplish His purpose on the earth. Don’t shrink back but take the favor given you and press forward in faith to bless the Lord and bring about peace and reconciliation to those who need it most. Use the favor on your life to crush injustice and evil and speak life into those who need it. This favor will open doors for you that will save nations just as it did for Queen Esther when she was used of God to save the Jews from annihilation. God wants to use you in a mighty way and He needs you to believe in the favor on your life because of what Jesus did, and also the favor in this month of Tammuz to press forward.

 

I challenge you today to look to the heavens and step out in favor every day by faith, with the confidence that God has indeed given you this favor through your resurrection in Jesus. You may be chosen to save a nation, but you will never know, unless you apply faith to the favor you have in Him! 

 

A Shaking to Awaken

We the people of God have just come out of a major shaking in the universe as the coronavirus caused us to have to change everything about our lives.  This shaking was of the created things, or earthly things. No matter how difficult this was this shaking is opening up doors of opportunity in which we are going to go out and come in bringing the gospel at an amazing rate. 

Recently, the Lord gave me an open vision of many doors being shaken open. I saw 10 doors of opportunity opening before one per person.  Which means lots of doors are opening across the world. People were going through those doors by calling others to come over to where they are and also going out through the doors to others. Some of these doors were also connecting online or via social media. Through these doors people were going to homes and small groups which is lots of one on ones or twos. 

Then He gave me this scripture specifically from Hebrews 12:26-29 (NIV), “At that time His voice shook the earth, but now He has promised, ‘Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.’” The words “once more” indicate the removing of what can be shaken—that is, created things—so that what CANNOT be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our ‘God is a consuming fire.’”

Since the world is just coming out of a shaking, when I read ‘once more’, I was asking God, “what does this mean” ? “God is there another shaking coming?” God revealed to me that the first shaking was perpetrated by coronavirus, caused by evil,  but God in His love and mercy is causing it for our good. In it we saw new souls being saved but more so that God is calling the church to reposition itself for the second shaking that is coming. This current repositioning of the church means for us to remember that we are seated with Christ in heavenly places and we have come to Mt. Zion and that we are to live as though we are already there in the spirit realm. 

If you are wondering what the second shaking will look like, I honestly don’t know. I asked Him that but He did not get specific enough to add to this article. I just know that whatever it is, it will affect the earth and, it will be powerful enough to call forth more of an awakening of lost souls. I also know the church will be better positioned to handle the influx of people based on the first shaking caused by the coronavirus. 

You see, the first shaking is to awaken us, the church. The second shaking is to awaken them, the world to Christ! 

Now believe me it’s not that all people were not shaken on this first round, but in order to reposition in the earth we must first remember who we are in Christ and that we are seated with Him in heavenly places. According to the Hebrew calendar we entered the month of Sivan at sundown on May 23, and in this month, we remember how the Israelites worshipped God at the base of Mt. Sinai. 

In Exodus 19:10-13 (NIV), “And the Lord said to Moses, ‘Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes and be ready by the third day, because on that day the Lord will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people. Put limits for the people around the mountain and tell them, “Be careful that you do not approach the mountain or touch the foot of it. Whoever touches the mountain is to be put to death. They are to be stoned or shot with arrows; not a hand is to be laid on them. No person or animal shall be permitted to live.” Only when the ram’s horn sounds a long blast may they approach the mountain.’”

On Mt. Sinai we find God calling Moses to come up to Him and receive the 10 commandments on the Feast of Shavuot. In 2020, the Feast of Shavuot is celebrated from Thursday May 27 at sundown to sundown on Saturday May 30. This is when the Jews received the Torah and worshipped the Lord as He revealed Himself through the law. 

However, after Jesus comes to earth and dies for humanity, those who are His followers are waiting for the Holy Spirit to arrive in power. On Pentecost Sunday May 31, we as followers of Christ remember the power of the Holy Spirit coming upon the first 120 in the upper room. This experience is like that in Hebrews 12:18-24, where we are invited to Mt. Zion and to a loving God who wants us to approach Him as though the law has been met through Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection, and that we have received grace, and super abounding grace at that. Jesus is the mediator of a new covenant and invites us to come to Him and draw near to Him in our hearts by His Holy Spirit. 

It’s not that people who need Jesus are not be shaking now, because they are, but the church itself was so utterly surprised by this shaking that we had to quickly create new ways to reach out to the people in the midst of this havoc. We are trying to get stabilized. We are creating more earthly structures so we can build again. God said you will stabilize if you remember who you are and come up to Mt. Zion and put in place in the earth the heavenly things first. We as a church need heavenly direction to build properly. We are no longer on Mt. Sinai and we are now near to God because of Jesus’ blood. However,  if we want to see the Great Awakening in power, signs, and wonders we must maintain our seat on Mt. Zion in the heavenly places as our new supernatural foundation. 

When the second shaking comes it will cause the people to walk through doors where the supernatural will be the key to sharing the gospel. We will be walking so much in the supernatural as a church body, ministering one on one with power. There are opportunities in this shaking where God is encouraging us to invite people to come to Mt. Zion to the heavenly Jerusalem. We need to develop structures that promote this change. This is the time of month to do this. We the church have been given access to the heavenly realms and we must allow that positional authority to flow down into our earthly structures as a church. Then we can be ready for what is next because we have been stirred to take our rightful place now. 

In Hebrews 12:18-24 (NIV) the scriptures reads, “You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;  to a trumpet blast or to such a voice speaking words that those who heard it begged that no further word be spoken to them, because they could not bear what was commanded: ‘If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.’ The sight was so terrifying that Moses said, ‘I am trembling with fear.’ But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly,  to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.

 

There is a difference between Mt. Sinai and Mt. Zion and it is the way God deals with His people, His treasured possession, now that Jesus has come. The first shaking on the mountain meant relationship with God based on more laws, more structure, the second shaking from the position of Mt. Zion means relationship with God in freedom and heavenly encounters. 

No matter how you felt about the first shaking or how your church or ministry is dealing with that, in the second shaking we will be more prepared for the power of God on Mt. Zion to be revealed in the earth. Now is practice time for the flow of the supernatural from heaven to earth.

Let us pray into this word as the second shaking may be coming sooner than we think. How well prepared are we in our structures? Church we need to get prepared for the superabundant grace of God and the supernatural power of God to be released. Set your new structures up from your seat on Mt. Zion which is the heavenly perspective and seat of authority where the myriad of angels exist. As we are called to be people seated with Him in heavenly places, ruling and reigning with Him, let’s start putting that into effect now and releasing global glory into the earth simply by our Mt. Zion position of grace bought by His blood. Remember church when He resurrected so did WE and that’s where the power already is, with Him in the Mt. Zion of faith that exists in our heart. 

 

The Month of Iyar- He is Our Healer and Our Provider

The first day of Iyar, the second month on the Hebrew calendar was Thursday April 23 at sundown. It was in this month that the Israelites after being released from Egypt, and having passed through the Red Sea they began to journey into the wilderness. Here they began to see and understand that God is their Healer and Provider. God was trying to change their mindset from that of a slave in Egypt to a child of God positioned for His promises to them.

 

Exodus 16:1 (NIV) reads, “The whole Israelite community set out from Elim and came to the Desert of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after they had come out of Egypt.”

 

Then Exodus 16 :2-5 (NIV) says, “In the desert the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron.  The Israelites said to them, ‘If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt! There we sat around pots of meat and ate all the food we wanted, but you have brought us out into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.’ Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow my instructions.  On the sixth day they are to prepare what they bring in, and that is to be twice as much as they gather on the other days.’”

 

The Israelites tested the character and nature of God and His goodness by entering that season murmuring and complaining and disobeying God. They took more manna then they were supposed to and did not respect His Sabbath rest. Yet, even though the Israelites murmured in the desert and disobeyed Him, God still showed them His goodness and provided for them.

The same has been true for some of us. As we entered into 2020, we were hit with the Coronavirus pandemic, its effects on our economy, social distancing, and more. All of this has been difficult to adjust to and feels a lot like slavery. Some believers have gotten discouraged and not watched their words, as they have grumbled and complained against God. But I have good news: Jesus has taken us away from slavery and positioned us for promise and hope!

Stay encouraged. Your Heavenly Father loves you so much. The bitterness that you have been experiencing is about to turn sweet just as it did for the Israelites in Exodus chapter 15, when Moses threw the wood into the bitter water at Marah and they were able to drink. Our God provides even at our worst times . Do not worry about provision. He is not going to leave you destitute. I am reminded of God’s love for His people as I continue to read Exodus chapters 16-18. God was trying to show the Israelites who He is, His beauty, His goodness that He is our healer and provider. I feel His heart pains of wanting His people to know how much He loves them and is caring for them. He knows that when we go through difficulties we can easily join forces with the enemy by doubting Him. We turn from faith to fear that God will not provide for us. We need to repent of our ways — repent of fear over the virus and what we’ve allowed into our hearts and minds.

When we repent, fear gets nailed to the cross and we are resurrected in faith. Stay in the place of faith. It is here that you will receive the joy of the Lord and all the provision you need. We have to remember that the devil is a liar and that our Father is good and loves us. God frees us from all doubts and fears. Learn to live in that place of freedom.

A few other points I want to share with you about the Month of Iyar:

1. It’s a fresh month in which God says He is the Healer and Our Provider.
2. It’s a month of radiance and blossoms, a time to remember the new.
3. It’s a time to remember that Jesus met with His disciples for 50 days before He ascended and gave us the Holy Spirit.

4. It is a time of preparation before the Feast of Shavout or Pentecost when we remember how the power of the Holy Spirit came up on those in the upper room in Acts chapter 2 and we His people began to receive His power from heaven.

PRAISE Him! Praise is a weapon that will break strongholds in your life! It will position you and change your mindset from fear to living by faith. Turn your back on the lies of the enemy, his manipulations and fear of the virus. You cannot stay paralyzed in this season. You’ve got to begin to get yourself up, move forward, and walk in the plan and purpose of God for your life. It’s a mighty month and we’re going to see blessings in it, but first we have to believe Him by faith.

Let me pray for you: Father, I thank you for my friend. I ask you right now to fill them with faith in the mighty name of Jesus. Raise them up so that they know and understand that even if they have questioned You in the past, You will show Your goodness to them. I thank You that You are reigning down provision on their lives. I declare that they will receive that provision, the sweet water, meat and blessings that is coming. Empower them to stand in faith against the enemy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Stand and See the Deliverance of the Lord

On this past Saturday April 4 at 4 am, I was abruptly awoken by God after an encounter with a strong demonic force that came into my bedroom and tried to put a sickness upon me on my chest. I cried out in my sleep 3 times as I rebuked this demon. I knew it had something to do with the coronavirus. The strange thing was that I went to bed with a communion cracker in my hand which I never do, and I had been up praying for about 3 hours before I fell asleep and had this demonic encounter. I took the cracker before the attack. 

 

The next morning my husband told me I had been rebuking demons because he heard me cry out in the night against them while I was in my sleep. This dream was not because I was receiving the coronavirus, it was a warning dream, to tell the people that this virus is a demon force and there is a way to deal with it spiritually, as well as biologically. 

 

When I woke after the dream I continued to pray and God revealed to me that He wanted people in the body of Christ to unify and to confess where they have been in disunity with their brothers and sisters in Christ and have allowed judgment of others and self-righteousness to step in and open them up for disunity and discord in their own souls, families, churches, states, etc. 

 

You see, the body of Christ’s repentance is a shield against this enemy. 

 

In 2 Corinthians 12:20 (NIV), the Apostle Paul shares with the church at Corinth, “For I am afraid that when I come I may not find you as I want you to be, and you may not find me as you want me to be. I fear that there may be discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, slander, gossip, arrogance and disorder.” 

 

Jesus reminded me that He came to bring unity and tear down the dividing wall. The way demons get access to our souls is when we allow our hearts to be divided and our souls to worship idols we have built in our lives to cover our needs for provision, protection and acceptance that we lost in the fall of man. 

 

Through Jesus’ very own death, burial and resurrection, we have been saved, healed, redeemed, and made whole and if we want to see this virus eradicated and stopped from causing damage we must ban together and seek forgiveness from Him. We must examine our lives for where we have upheld our thoughts, rules, laws and regulations higher than allegiance to Him. 

 

In Matt 4:8-10 (NIV), Jesus was tempted by the devil when satan, “took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory;  and he said to Him, ‘All these things I will give You, if You fall down and worship me.’  Then Jesus said to him, ‘Go, satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and serve Him only.’” 

 

So, Jesus’ response was that He worships God and serves Him only. So, is that our response? 

 

Are we worshipping God or worshipping the fear of this virus? Have we made this bigger than what it really is in our minds so the fear of the demon of corona has become an idol? Have we condemned others for how they are handling this virus because it may not be like we handle it? Have we cursed churches that are dealing one way with virus, while others deal another way? Have we cursed states whose governors say one thing, while other states governors say another? Have we held our opinions higher than the truth? Are we judging others on all levels? If so, we need to repent and ask God to heal our land and our land begins first with our own souls.

 

Because of the effects of the fall of man, our souls are bent to producing idols from lack due to our fear of unmet needs for provision, protection and acceptance. These same needs were regained through our death, burial and resurrection in Jesus Christ, but we must apply these truths to our souls and renew our minds with the righteousness we receive in Christ. 

 

In Romans 8:2-5 (NASB), “ For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us, who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.”

 

The Word tells us how the law of the spirit of life has set us free from the law of sin and death through the righteousness requirement of the Law which was met in us through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. 

 

This week of Passover is considered by God to be remembered for generations to come. (Exodus 12:14)

 

In Exodus 12:12-14 (NIV), the word says, “ ‘On that same night I will pass through Egypt and strike down every firstborn of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord.  The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.  ‘This is a day you are to commemorate; for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the Lord—a lasting ordinance.’”

 

We know Jesus practiced the Passover with His disciples. In Mark 14:12 (NASB), the Word says, “On the first day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover lamb was being sacrificed, His disciples said to Him, ‘Where do You want us to go and prepare for You to eat the Passover?’” We also know that John the Baptist said Jesus was, “ the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29, NIV)

 

The book of Exodus shows how through the lives of the Hebrew people God came to rescue His people who were under bondage to the gods of the Egyptians. So, are we under bondage today to the gods of the Egyptians? I say yes, from ancient strongholds that have dominion over certain regions and principalities of our world. 

 

I believe this virus is a demonic stronghold from ancient Egypt still in existence today.  After reading Jeremiah Johnson’s prophetic word on March 30, 2020, “Suspicion in the White House”, and Wanda Alger’s prophetic word on April 2, 2020 “Intercessors for America: Is It a Demonic Setback or a Divine Setup?” , they both shared they saw rats in their dream. 

 

I did some research and I found that rats are connected to ancient Egyptian gods and demonology. In Egypt there were false gods who wore Egyptian mouse heads. Rats are known to multiple quickly and considered in China to be fertile creatures which is why this is the year of the Rat in China. Rats are responsible for spreading the bubonic plague that killed so many in the Black Plagues of the 14th and 17th century. 

 

Every year the prophetic cycles of the Hebrew calendar reveal that this is a time where God wants His people to remember how the Israelites exodus from Egypt mirrors our exit from slavery to sin by the shed blood of our Passover lamb, Jesus Christ. And every year the memorial of remembrance stands for the Passover.  Our triune God is the one true and living God. This means the gods of satan since the beginning of time will always try and deceive Yahweh’s children into worshipping them and not Him. One of the ways we worship false gods is when we choose to live in fear and not stand on the word of God. Jesus stood in Matthew 4:8 when He was challenged by satan and He said He would only worship and serve the one true God. 

 

For Christians, the Passover is our communion and our remembrance of Jesus our Passover lamb who shed his blood.

 

Luke 22:19-20 (NIV) says, “And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, ‘This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.’  And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, ‘This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.’”

 

Today our God is crushing the gods of Egypt and sickness who have ancient strongholds in our universe and God says, “Stand and see My deliverance.” (Exodus 14:13) Our God is saying this to all false god principalities set up to cause destruction to His people, “I will deliver them!”

 

Exodus 14:13-14  (NASB) says, “ But Moses said to the people, ‘Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever.  The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.’”

 

So, how will our God fight for us?  He will fight for us by our own faith in Him and His power, and His son Jesus Christ!  We, through our very own repentance and humility will position ourselves to be saved, healed and redeemed. We cut off our ties to the enemy of our souls by recognizing in our minds  we need to ask for forgiveness because we have worshipped things that are not Him. We must confess, repent, take communion in remembrance of what He has done for us on the cross and vow to worship Him and serve Him only as a family. 

 

We serve a living God of unity and He wants unity in our souls, where our mind, will and emotions line up with the word of God plus He wants unity amongst the body of Christ. We must confess our judgment and prejudices of others and begin to allow God to heal and mend our individual hearts and as a nation, through our unity and taking communion daily. This brings glory to God as His children remember Him and carry out His command to worship Him and serve Him only.

 

If we want to see deliverance from sickness, we must allow God to do battle for His people but we must cooperate with Him. We must pray for unity and to cut off the head of this corona-enemy who wears his crown in arrogance, by determining to keep a heart before the Lord that is humble and repentant and willing to change. 

 

Confess any ignorance on any matters, confess stone throwing toward your brother, confess your fear of sickness, confess your poverty and lack mindset. Then remember Him and the Passover and take communion and He will deliver us. Remember what He did for us on the cross and how He freed us from sin, death and the grave. This is what we celebrate on Resurrection Sunday as He lives!

 

And because He lives, He has overcome the law of sin and death, so we must put this into practice! In Romans 7:4 (NIV) the Apostle Paul says, “Therefore, my brethren, you also were made to die to the Law through the body of Christ, so that you might be joined to another, to Him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.”

 

Our job as His children, is to bear fruit for God because we are united with Him in spirit, soul and body personally, and as the body of Christ. Let us begin to speak life and worship Him and watch the miracles of healing and deliverance take place. Remember our celebration of the one true and living God as He Resurrected as the King of the Universe and over all principalities of darkness,  and HE LIVES TODAY!

 

Promotion Time is Here

God has been speaking to me for weeks about the fact that this a promotion time. I struggled with this prophetic word because let’s face it when you look for an earthly perspective what we are facing as a nation and internationally is tough times. As many of you know I have been writing for years on the value of the prophetic truths hidden in the Hebrew calendar and how God speaks prophetically to us as a people of God in times and seasons through it. No matter what we may be facing in our lives the word of God, the Torah, and the Hebrew Calendar remain the same. They are long standing truth direct from God that cannot be shaken. We know the power of the word of God and the testimonies of the lives of those written within the Torah writings and the Bible who were changed when they obeyed the word of the Lord first and not their circumstances. When we look at our current world and the loss and pain we have experienced worldwide from the coronavirus we are in a place of lack and fear, but this is not God’s truth and not His perspective. We must stand on God’s truth that never changes especially in the worst of times.

As the month of Nisan on the Hebrew Calendar is fast approaching on Wednesday March 25 at sundown, the Lord has been showing me the power of His words to Moses in Exodus 12 as we read what God speaks to him about what is upon God’s people and how they should respond in light of the news that an angel of death is coming to overthrow the Egyptian gods and ultimately release God’s people from bondage and move the Israelites into the promised land in Canaan.

We as a people are called to live by faith and faith alone. We are called to stand firm in the faith and not be defeated. These are words we minister to ourselves daily as we speak God’s words of life and remember the life of Jesus our Messiah as He walked the earth.

As all of us have been feeling intense spiritual warfare manifesting biologically, psychologically, socially, and economically. Many have chosen to look at their surroundings instead of God Himself. We have been given an amazing picture of truth in our very last month of the year on the Hebrew calendar called Adar. In this very month we read of the plagues that were sent to release God’s people from bondage. In Exodus 11 we read of the final plague that was to come by the angel of death.  In Exodus 11:9 (NASB), “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Pharaoh will not listen to you, so that My wonders will be multiplied in the land of Egypt.’” So, we see that God has this great plan to release His people by doing signs and wonders that will cause them to know only God could’ve released them from this bondage.

Then when we continue on to Exodus 12 we read that God puts emphasis on the new month coming for His people and the new strategy they would need to implement to survive what was coming ahead as God delivers them from bondage, protects them and carries them to the promised land. In Exodus 12:2-3 (NASB) God says, “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you.  Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a lamb for each household.’”

God is sharing to Moses that in this month of Nisan deliverance will come to my people and I will set them free not only from death, but they will take silver and gold from the Egyptians, their very own enemy. He says in Exodus 12: 5 -7 (NASB), “Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it at twilight.  Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel of the houses in which they eat it.”

Then He says in Exodus 12:13-14 (NASB), “The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. ‘Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as a permanent ordinance.’”

This memorial that happens every year at this time in the month of Nisan is Pesach or Passover. This is a month where we even as God’s elect remember that the angel of death passed over us.  We know Jesus as Messiah, His blood is our sacrifice for sin and sets us up to enter the promise to come of a hope, future and a destiny with Him now in the present and in heaven forever. Passover also happens in a month God calls a first month and the first thing is always very important to God. He is bringing them out into a new season at the very beginning of His year. He is doing the same for us.

Jesus Himself celebrated Passover as we read in Luke 22:7-8 (NASB), “Then came the first day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. And Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, ‘Go and prepare the Passover for us, so that we may eat it.’”  Then after Passover supper with his disciples Jesus became the sacrificial lamb of God who died for the sins of the world, just as John the Baptist prophesized in John 1:29.

The Hebrew calendar is powerful in that is a lunar calendar and starts on the first month God called it into being when He spoke to Moses and said, “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you.” (Exodus 12:2) Our Gregorian calendar is solar and is based on man’s calendar set up through Julius Caesar and a later edict by Emperor Constantine at Council of Nicea in 325 AD.  When we look at our calendar right now and the trials we are facing internationally as humanity we can see that God is doing the same thing today as was done years before.

Every year before Nisan there is always a war for destiny. There is always a spiritual war in people’s lives and a time of great turmoil in the earth and the hearts of men, as God calls us to repent and remember He is God. God is sovereign over the earth and calendar and wants repentance from His people at this time. He always calls for us to take a look at our hearts this time of year before we celebrate Resurrection Sunday on April 12.

Every year God says I am going to promote you and bring you into a new promise for the year. A new time of positional increase and promotion. God’s voice does not change even though we are faced with a crisis such as the coronavirus. We need to still see the truth in God’s word and His calendar at this time. There is a war in many areas of our lives, the breakdown of our biology, psychology, sociology and economy is only one aspect. If this worldwide turmoil of the coronavirus was not going on, still everyone would be in a spiritual war right now for one reason or another, personally, professionally, it does not matter, it would have come because promotion cannot come without it. It is true on the calendar every year as we enter our promise land in Christ by faith always at Passover and the celebration of Resurrection Sunday, there will be enemy warfare before the promise comes. The resurrection is our promise for today and for eternity. This was true for Jesus when He was taken away to the cross and suffered at the hands of men was crucified, died, buried and then on the 3rd day resurrected. There was a war with Satan that Jesus paid the price to bring us into freedom from captivity. How do we think it will be different for us?

We must get our heads in the right place and maintain our position in Christ seated with Him in heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). Regardless of the fear and turmoil we must press ahead as the Hebrew calendar says we will be celebrating our promotion time in the spirit realm. This is a gift from God Himself that we died with Christ, buried with Him and resurrected in Him (Romans 6) Therefore begin to wash in that truth as you face your trial. I realize people are losing jobs, loved ones are sick, we are fighting for our lives, but the Israelites were doing this too during the time of Exodus. They did not know whether or not they would survive what God was asking them to which was to trust Him in the plagues and leave Egypt and then be faced with the Red Sea ahead and a miraculous crossing over. Yet, they did it. God covered them, protected them and took them through it and it was all to promote them and reveal the goodness of God.

No matter the pain in your life right now be it a lost loved one, lost job, lost income, overwhelming fear, anxiety, worry, depression or sickness, or any other calamity. Remember Jesus is our Messiah and He came that we might be resurrected in Him and live with freedom in our hearts and minds. Give Him honor and glory as you go through the warfare for your promotion. You are ultimately fighting the enemy to get you to the other side. Anytime there is a promotion there must be a war. You must pass through something so you get to where God has called you.  This will be over soon as I believe that Passover is a crossing over point and we will see the transfer of wealth and the promise come to pass.

In Ephesians 5: 15-17 (NIV) the word says, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore, do not be foolish but understand what the Lord’s will is.” The word opportunity in this passage is the Greek word kairos. This is our kairos moment our season and appointed time to stand in faith and see the deliverance of the Lord for our destiny. In the Ephesians 5:16 (KJV) the word says, “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.” This word time is the same word kairos.  Jesus is redeeming our time lost or the opportunities that have been canceled or shut down due to this coronavirus, as He paid the ransom for our kairos moment, we must stand and remember Him and we will see the deliverance of the Lord.

So how do we handle things if we are fighting an invisible enemy that slows us down in progress and movement?

One thing we can do while we wait is to sow. In Genesis 26:12, we read of Isaac who sowed in the famine and in the same year received a 100-fold blessing. The word in Genesis 26:18, also says he dug the wells of deep from Abraham that were blocked up by the enemy and reopened them.  Let us do the same. Let us begin to sow and dig deep wells of faith and relationship with God through repentance and seeking Him in reflection as we approach Resurrection Sunday and watch Him be who He is on His calendar which is the God of healing, Jehovah Rophe, and God our provider, Jehovah Jireh. God is giving fresh creative ideas from heaven, grab a hold of them and run with them during this slow time. Get yourself strong in faith for the new that is coming so you will be ready to run the race once this global slow-down is over.

Hebrews 10:19-23 (NIV) says, “Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,  by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh,  and since we have a great priest over the house of God,  let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.  Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

By faith, respond with an action to sow and dig during this season and watch God by faith redeem us as this is Hiskairos moment and our kairos moment in Him, the appointed season on the calendar to expect warfare before the promotion. The righteous ones live by faith and they do not shrink back (Hebrews 10:38). We the people of His kingdom will not shrink back but press forward until the promises of God come to pass.

Double-mindedness Increases Demonic Warfare (Episode Three Article)

Demonic warfare is something we are all faced with as the enemy is seeking entrance through doubts in our minds over difficult situations in our lives. However, if we can learn to be single-minded in our devotion to the Lord we can decrease the amount of entry the enemy gets in our minds through doubt and fear and instead combat his tactics through faith. 

 

In 2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NIV), the Apostle Paul tells us that, “the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses. We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.’ 

 

We are called to take every thought captive to obedience to Christ which encourages us to remain in Him as single-minded and devoted to the Lord. 

 

2 Corinthians 11:3 (NIV) says, “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.’ 

 

This pure and simple devotion is to have a single-minded focus on the Lord at all times. This means living in the reality of faith daily which ultimately pleases God. The enemy is prowling around looking to devour us (1 Peter 5:8) and we must keep our eyes on Christ to close the door on his lies and deception. If we walk with double-mindedness by lacking faith we open the door to fear and can be easily overrun by Satan’s scheming. 

 

James 1:5-8 (NASB) says, “But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” 

 

Let us learn to be stable in our ways by walking in faith, living by faith and standing in faith. “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1.KJV) Faith is a reality and we can touch it in the spiritual and natural realms. Anywhere we are weak in our faith we are a target. So, let us attempt to strengthen our faith walk and close the door, for health, healing and blessings to flow. 

 

Stay In Your Heavenly Seat in 2020

In 2020, God wants His church to begin to realize the power of being seated with Christ in heavenly places. The Apostle Paul spoke of these truths as though they were to be evident by Christ’s body on a daily basis. We have been crying out to God for centuries for Him to return, well this is a key that can catapult His return in this decade. We must live with our spiritual senses of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell focused on the things of the Spirit. This will enhance our ability to be remain seated with Him in heavenly places in our souls. 

 

How then in 2020 can the church, Christ’s body, prepare for Christ’s return? The answer is in our ability to stay seated spiritually in the heavenlies with Christ, manifesting this by faith in our mind, will and emotions. This means our soul needs to submit to our spirit and we must keep our minds on things above, such as our spiritual position in Christ. The Apostle Paul received revelation from heaven on his spiritual position in Christ and he had many writings on this subject. 

 

In Ephesians 2:5-7 (NIV), he shares with the church at Ephesus that, we have been, “made alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.  And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.” 

 

We need to know our heavenly seat and stay there no matter our circumstances and distractions from the enemy. As we enter the New Year 2020 we need to make sure we are keeping our eyes and heart on things above where Christ is seated, at the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1). 

 

In 2020. I believe God wants His church to begin to prepare for His return by focusing on our spiritual position in Christ as His body. As we live by faith in this area we are preparing His kingdom. He will only come back when His bride is ready. That means we must live by faith in these truths now. 

 

The Lord also says clarity is coming to your soul in 2020. Clarity involves your spiritual sight. This includes your mental and spiritual understanding of being seated in the heavenly realms with Christ. 

 

The Hebrew Year 5780 started at sundown on September 29, 2019, this began the decade of the Hebrew letter Pey which means mouth. Since 2020 on the Gregorian calendar is the year of vision and clarity, as clarity comes to our souls (mind, will and emotions) we will be preparing ourselves to speak with our mouths. 

 

Psalm 34:7 (KJV) says, “O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.”

Therefore, activate your spiritual taste and speak with your mouth. The greater clarity we have in our souls, the greater alignment with the heart of God to speak in faith. God is preparing His people to live seated with Him in heavenly places in the here and now, and you will gain clarity of this in your soul this year. 

 

He made a way through our death, burial and resurrection in Him, now it is time to stay positioned, in our seats on His lap, at the royal table. and remain, regardless of enemy distraction. It is here you will manifest the presence of God for overflow in 2020.

 

God is Establishing Covenant Promises by Faith in 5780

The Lord gave me a prophetic dream for Hebrew New Year 5780 concerning the decade of “Pey” which is the Hebrew letter for the number 80, a symbol that has the appearance of a “mouth”. Many prophets have been sharing that this will be the decade we must speak to move destiny and create change in the earth. In this dream, I was at the podium speaking and there was only a few people in the sanctuary and they were working in the back. These were people who care for the church and they were talking and taking out garbage. They represent the servants no one notices as they serve God humbly. I threw the mic in their direction and I remember thinking, “Am I losing my mind this mic is thousands of dollars and now it will be broken.” But when it hit the ground it bounced and then started bouncing off all the seats in the sanctuary that were even empty. Then as it bounced the mic got bigger until it was so huge it was like a boulder, and it turned the color red. It was a mic with the rock and fire of the Lord. Then the Holy Spirit said to me loudly in the dream, “My word will not return void but accomplish the purposes for which I sent it.” (Isaiah 55:11) I woke up and began to pray and realized it was God saying that when His voice goes out it will continue to grow with fire until it accomplishes why He sent it. This word will be carried even by my humble servants who go unnoticed by others but God notices them. God had spoken to me a few weeks before that this would be the year He would establish covenant promises with His people in 5780. God establishes these promises with us because we are His children bought with the covenant blood of Jesus. When God’s word is spoken and released by us with faith it will come to pass.

At the beginning of the Hebrew Calendar there are 10 days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the highest holy day of the year to the Jewish people, these are called the Days of Awe. This is a time where God is calling us to step into covenant promises by faith through repentance, restructuring our lives, and also restarting old things, so we can partner with him for establishment of our covenant destiny.

When we talk about God establishing His promises with us, what does this mean? Well, a covenant promise is one that God makes to us and makes to our heart.  If God says, “I’m establishing covenant promises this year,” it means that He is going to be setting things in your life in motion to establish covenant and these are the promises that will be tested. These tests are coming against the Word He spoke to you and you will need to rise in faith.

 

See once the Word of God goes out, the enemy comes to steal the word (Matthew 13:19). So when you enter into 5780, you have to enter in with the faith that this will be the year that God will establish His covenant promises with you, and that you will begin to start seeing changes for your future that will benefit the kingdom of God.

 

I want to share with you the story of one who knew and understood that, and that is King David. David was set apart and consecrated at a young age to be the king, but it was many years before he ever actually sat on the throne. Now he had to go through all those years believing that he was anointed with oil and set apart, and that a promise was made to Him by God. God chose David for his heart and set him apart, but he was moved into a place where he had to remain quiet until the day that he was called to step forward. You know what day that was? That day was when he faced Goliath. So the day David was promoted was they day He had to enter a battle and operate in faith to kill the giant.

 

Now when God says He’s going to establish covenant with you, you will face Goliath.  In 1 Samuel 17:34- 37 (NIV), David says to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”

 

If God says he is going to establish you this year in the covenant promise that He made with you He’s going to rise you up and as you’re going forth, when you face the enemy before you, you will know who you are and you’ll be able to say, “But you enemy, you Goliath, you liar, you devil, you uncircumcised, non-covenantal god, you cannot take the covenant that I’ve entered into with God, because I know who I am. I know I’m circumcised and you are going down, because God is establishing His covenant with me.” The word “establish” in the Hebrew is the word “qum” which means to rise. You will rise in your faith and position in confidence to go forth because you know who you are in Him.

When God says, “I’m going to establish a covenant,” God’s saying, “I’m going to go before you. My name will go before you.” The circumcision to the Israelites was their identity (Genesis 17:10). That’s what set them apart from every other tribe on the planet. As believers in Jesus, we are set apart as circumcised members of the kingdom, which means we have a power that every other god and enemy on the planet does not have. We will be challenged just as David was challenged in his identity as the anointed and appointed one of God to be the King. David knew who he was. He had the oil poured over his head. He had exercised in his environment the fighting of the lion and the bear. So, all along he was equipping himself. We should be equipping ourselves as we are fighting lions and bears with the word of God, and with worship, prayer, fasting, and the spiritual disciplines.

One day your challenge for identity and the covenant promise God made with you will come, and when it’s your time as the anointed and appointed one to step into the position where God can establish His covenant, God will be there. When you pull out those five small stones, you’re going to knock that devil in the head without any trouble at all because the supernatural will come and do it for you because it’s all by faith and God said, “I’ve already established my covenant with you.” That thing is going down. It’s uncircumcised. It has NOT been set apart by a covenant with God Himself. You who are the circumcised ones in your hearts, have all the power, now step into place right now. Ezekiel 36 : 26-28 (NKJV) says ,” I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God.”

 

You have to realize if God is saying, “I’m going to establish covenant with you,” He’s also saying, “Are you prepared to fight Goliath with the word of God and all of the preparation that you’ve done behind the scenes where nobody saw?” All your closet prayers, all your tears, all the trials you faced in the early years with God by your side. All that preparation is now about to become fulfillment.

You are filled with the power of God so now pick up your five small stones and sling them, and ding-dong they’re going to hit the devil in the head and he’s going to be laid out. Why? He’s uncircumcised, you’re not. You’re part of the circumcised family of God. That’s your identity. This should be your mindset. When God says, “I’m going to establish covenant with you in 5780,” He’s saying, “I’m expecting you to stand up and be who I’ve called you to be. I’m expecting you to know your identity as a circumcised citizen of the kingdom, and stop bowing down to the Goliath who’s coming to steal the covenant that I’ve established with you. I’m expecting you to stand up and to fight for the kingdom, and to go forward and do what it is I’m calling you to do. I’m expecting you to repent. I’m expecting you to leave that sin. I’m expecting you to get yourself up every single time the devil knocks you down and keep on going. I’m expecting this of you.”

Why? Because you’re circumcised in your heart. So, the only way the giant’s going down is if you live by faith in knowing that it is God Himself who establishes the covenant. If God says He wants something done, it’s going to get done. If God says that He wants a victory in this area, there’s going to be a victory. God says, it’s His covenant. God will bring it to pass when you are faithful to live by faith. He is always faithful and He is not a man that He should lie. Everything to him is yes and amen, and it’s go forward, and it’s abundancy and it’s increasing, and its multiplication. You serve a good, good Father. You serve one that knows your pain, He knows your brokenness and He will not break a broken reed. He will not stab you when you’re down. He’ll lift a hand to you and He’ll lift you up, and He’ll look you in the eyes and He’ll say, “It’s okay son. It’s okay daughter, put it on. You just forgot who you are. The circumcision in me took care of it. Get yourself dressed and let’s go establish the covenant promise in 5780.”

I’m telling you this is going to be a dynamite year of establishing covenant promises, all because God said He wants to do it. We just got to get on board with him and stand up and fight the uncircumcised Philistines in our life, because we have his power, his strength, and his promise.

Open Heaven Access Through Righteousness

The heavens have been shifting rapidly as we approach the Hebrew New Year of 5780 and Rosh Hashanah at sundown on September 29, 2019. God is getting His people ready for double portion and one of the access points we have been given in the heavenlies is understanding our righteousness. At the beginning of 2019 the Lord had me share about standing in His righteousness and how this was a key for advancement this year. Well as we approach the new Hebrew calendar year God reminded me with two dreams this week that the righteousness of God is essential if we want to have open heaven access this New Year and always.  In the dream, the Lord was sharing with me the importance of having a righteousness that exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees.

 

In Matthew 5:20 (NIV) the scripture reads, “For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.”  Now no one on this earth can possibly have a righteousness that exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees of their own doing. We know it is impossible to keep the whole law, yet Jesus kept the law to the letter.

 

As Matthew 5:17-18 (NIV) reads, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”

 

Jesus kept the whole law of God and as born- again members of His family we have met God’s requirements also. In addition to God’s requirements, He also lived to intervene by faith on our own laws. These laws are civil laws, standards, basic rules, and expectations that we incorporate into our lives and into our identities. People need laws because laws reveal lack areas and they have the appearance of covering fallen humans who need order, direction and guidance. There are good laws and bad laws, there are valid ones and invalid ones. No matter the laws, rules, standards or expectations, the good news is that Jesus came to meet the higher laws of God and satisfy God’s requirements for those who could not, which is us, fallen humanity. He also came to satisfy the failure of us not keeping our own laws, rules, standards and expectations that we consider to be a part of our identity. When fallen humans need an identity they will make one out of rules, regulations, standards and expectations. However, this is called self-righteousness or false righteousness. The Word of God tells us that we have been given His very own righteousness in our death, burial and resurrection in Him, and we have been stamped not guilty and we are enough in God’s eyes.

 

The Apostle Paul was challenged by the laws of God. He called them good and holy, yet he could not keep them. They were reminders of his failures and shortcomings and the more Paul wanted to please God and do what was right the more he discovered he could not.

 

He says, in Romans 7:4-6 (NIV), So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.  For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death.  But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.”

 

Paul was reminding the Galatians that the Law has a place but it is not the power of the promise, only Jesus is.

 

In Galatians 3:18-22 (NIV) the word says, “For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on the promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise. Why, then, was the law given at all? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was given through angels and entrusted to a mediator.  A mediator, however, implies more than one party; but God is one.  Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law.  But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.”

 

Since righteousness comes by faith alone, Paul had to remember that the law was only a tutor to lead him and us to Christ. It was not the promise of our inheritance. What is the promise of our inheritance? It is that we are new creatures in Christ with a new identity that affords the benefits and blessings of being heirs to the promise.

 

People talk all the time about wanting open heaven access in the here in and now. It is possible, but we must understand first that we are heirs of the promise and we get our royal identity in Him alone. We do not get it from what we do, say, or connect ourselves to, that is called self-righteousness. God gives us His very own righteousness so that we can surpass that of our own self- righteousness based on the law, our titles, or what we can and cannot do, which is the performance of life.

 

In order to have open heaven access in the new Hebrew calendar year of 5780 and the new Gregorian calendar of 2020 we need to understand His righteousness is our access point. When we learn to walk in the royalty that we are by access through His blood then we walk without condemnation and this means we have freedom to exercise our faith that gives us access to open heaven encounters. You can only access the heavenlies by faith. The enemy wants us to live far below our inheritance as the children of God and under death and condemnation, but when we refuse to allow the law to strong arm us and we endeavor to live as free children of faith we will access heaven and its riches available to us.

 

The Apostle Paul did not want God’s chosen to live anymore in condemnation, fear, shame or anxiety because Jesus bought our freedom and wanted us to realize the fullness of the purchase by His blood.

 

Romans 8:1-4 (NIV) says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.  For what the law was powerless to do because it was weakened by the flesh, God did by sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh to be a sin offering. And so he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”

 

This is our access point as the royal children of God. We can rest through the Spirit by faith as we have open heaven access because of His righteousness. We are not called to live by a false righteousness of bragging over all we do that is good or suffering terribly even for doing what is wrong, because in essence the righteousness that God is looking for is one by faith in what Jesus has already done. This is intense. This means access to open heaven encounters, heavenly riches and resources comes by faith that we have acquired these things already and have access everyday because of our righteousness in Him.

 

In Hebrews 4:14-16 (NASB) the author says, “Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”

 

We have access now, let us walk in this confidence! When Jesus walked the earth He was willing to heal and do miracles everyday and never questioned His inheritance and the open heaven access He had. He made a way for us that we would not either, yet we do because humanity carries a self-righteous focus. The enemy always reminds us of our sin, lack and weakness, so we must in the Hebrew Year of 5780 not let another day go by without making a commitment to live in the righteousness of Christ alone. We must wear His royal robe and crown that He gives to us in His word, and sit at the Royal Table in our hearts and minds with Him daily. Only then will we bless His heart and live out His desire, shared through the Apostle Peter, which is to be a royal and chosen generation.

 

1 Peter 2:9-10 (NIV) says, But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.  Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.”

 

Therefore, we have received mercy and open heaven access by His very own righteousness through our faith in Jesus Christ alone. Let us then go forth and live as chosen royal people of God. Those who practice this heavenly perspective daily will be leading the next generation of believers into the victorious second coming of the King.