Week 4: For Such A Time As This....It's Time To Get Your Hopes Up
Hello my beloved Esthers,
After visiting Israel this summer, my heart has been drawn to the Jewish people, their culture, and their language. How can we possibly understand a book written to these people in their language and in their culture, if it is foreign to us? I believe I have gone to a new place of understanding with a new passion for my faith and a new level of identity now that my heart has been connected to the place that He declared was Holy.
I share this with you today, because in seeking to understand more fully I have been drawn to studying the Hebrew Calendar. This week we enter the seventh Hebrew month called Tishri. Tishri is known as the month with the most appointed times. This month Jewish people will celebrate the Feast of Trumpets, Atonement and Feast of Tabernacle. It is also the end of the 40th Jubilee year since Christ death and if you know much about numbers and the Bible, you should know that 7 and 40 are always significant. Of the 7 feasts of Israel, these three approaching are those that remain to be fulfilled. I believe it is time we start paying attention to what is happening in the Holy Land and God’s appointed feasts. As we are opening wide our hearts for healing, we are aligned to this month where His people come before Him with repentance. October 3 is the Feast of Trumpets. This Feast is to celebrate creation and is much like our New Year’s Day. It is a time to celebrate and to spiritually awaken and seek direction for the year. On this day, a trumpet will sound in the temple and people will move to repentance until the Day of Atonement on October 12th. On this day, we seek to repent and be restored. The final feast will be the Feast of Tabernacles which is a week long celebration of God’s glory. It will be fulfilled when He returns to tabernacle with us. Interesting to note that all other feast where fulfilled on the feast days. May we all prepare our hearts to experience God in new ways this month and stop to honor days that He appointed sacred.
Last week the Father was showing me culture language that not only is not aligned to His Word but hinders our breakthrough and blessings. One of these is perfectly timed for our week of discussing the DOUBTING HEART, and I want to spend some time today renouncing this lie.
LIE: Don’t get your hopes up.
How often have we heard these words? It seems so simple. It seems aligned to guarding your heart, right? Don’t allow yourself to live in disappointment because you know what that has done to your heart in the past, right? This seemingly simple statement, Don't Get Your Hopes Up, is a dangerous lie. It is a lie that leads us to double mindedness. James 1 says that we can ask God who gives generously, but when we doubt we are like waves tossed to and fro and we are double minded in all we do. It says that when we are double minded we should not expect anything. Are you seeing this fear of disappointment? It is the key that has locked the doors to your breakthrough. It is also keeping your from experiencing God because Hebrews 6 tells us that Hope anchoring our souls takes us behind the veil where Jesus went as a forerunner. So the enemy would have you believe a lie that you shouldn’t get your hopes up because you will end up disappointed because your hope grants you access into the deeper places with God.
As we enter this week, you are challenged to sit with the Father and ask where did doubt creep into your belief? Where did you agree with the lie that you shouldn’t get your hopes up? Where did you believe that everyone would disappoint you?
Recognize. Repent. Renounce. Receive God’s truth and Replace the lie with truth.
May you thirst for more,