Advent Day 11

11 December 2015
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11 December 2015
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Advent – Day 9

9 December 2015
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Hanukkah – The Festival of Lights

8 December 2015
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hanukkah day 3On this third day of Hanukkah, we will take a closer look at why Hanukkah is also called the Festival of Lights.   The oil that fueled the lamps on the hanukkiyah is symbolic of the Holy Spirit and the light that comes forth from it represents Jesus, the Light of the World.   Jesus declared Himself to be the Light of the World in John 8:12 and 9:5.  In John chapter one, John speaks of Jesus as the true Light Who shines into the darkness and illumines every man.  We can also see in Scripture that Jesus was conceived during Hanukkah and born nine months later during the Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus came to earth as a servant.  The middle candle on the hanukkiyah is called the shamash, or servant-candle.  From this candle, all the others are lit.    Though we have no light of our own, we become the light of the world when we are reflecting Jesus’ Light.

This year, God is clearly calling His people to submit to the consecration process so that the power of the Holy Spirit can be multiplied in our lives.  As our anointing increases, our light shines brighter.  This is true both individually and corporately.  As the Body of Christ comes together in unity, it is like the increase in light that comes each night as another candle is lit.  The brightness increases exponentially.  The glory of the Lord will be seen on us like never before.  In Isaiah 60:1-3, the prophet Isaiah prophesied to Israel that in the latter days she would shine and the nations would be drawn to her.

“Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
 For behold, darkness will cover the earth and deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you and His glory will appear upon you.
Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”

That is a prophecy yet unfulfilled, but as the children of God, we can receive that prophecy and begin to live in it now.  Deep darkness is covering the earth, yet the Lord is going to make His people SHINE!  People will be drawn to the Light that is in us.  The Light will draw in the great harvest that is about to occur.

Many have been kept in a hidden place, going through a wilderness season and feeling isolated, but now is the time God is calling you out and lighting you up for all the world to see.  We must believe in the miracle-working power of God that is releasing increased anointing and causing our faces to radiate with the glory of God.

Proverbs 4:18 says, “The path of the righteous is like the light of dawn, that shines brighter and brighter until the full day.”

May you continue to walk in all the Light He has given you until you see Him face-to-face!

Happy Hanukkah!

 

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Advent – Day 8

8 December 2015
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Hanukkah…A Time for Increased Anointing

7 December 2015
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Yesterday we talked about the miracle of Hanukkah that occurred after the Jews, led by Judah Maccabee, defeated the Greeks.  The Greeks had abhorrently defiled the temple, but the Jews were determined to cleanse and sanctify it quickly so that worship of the God of Israel could begin again.  There was a bit of a problem though, because they only found one vial of oil.  It would take eight days to consecrate the oil before it could be used.  By faith, they filled the lamp with one vial of oil and the miracle occurred as that one vial kept multiplying so they were able to burn the lamp for eight days until the new oil was ready.  The miracle came about because the oil never ran out; instead, it increased.

Oil is symbolic of the Holy Spirit.  It is the Holy Spirit that enables the miracles to occur.  If we are born again believers in Jesus and filled with the Holy Spirit, then all we need is already inside of us.  Our part is to let the Holy Spirit increase in us.  What that really means is that we let go of our agendas and let God work through us by the power of His Spirit.  To most people, that sounds scary because we don’t know what to expect.  Ever since the Holy Spirit was poured out on the first Pentecost, people have been trying to control Him.  People have put God in a box.  They’ve said, “God, you can go this far, but no further.”  But God won’t be contained.  He knows exactly how to bring freedom to individuals and nations.  He knows how to bless and bring prosperity, liberty, and joy.  He wants to revive His people and that will happen when we let Him do it His way.  God said in Joel 2:28-29,

“In the last days I will pour out My Spirit on all mankind and your sons and daughters will prophesy, Your old men will dream dreams, Your young men will see visions.  “Even on the male and female servants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”  

This Hanukkak, God wants to increase your anointing.  He wants to use you to manifest His Glory; He wants you to shine.  He is ready to release signs, wonders and miracles, revelation, dreams, visions, and prophecy.  He is asking us to submit to the consecration process.  If we will let Him remove the things that are hindering His work in us, He will cause that little vial to become BIG on the inside of you.  Greater is He Who is in you than he who is in the world.  The darkness around us continues to increase, but the anointing on the inside grows brighter day by day.  We are created to shine like stars, to reflect the Light of the Son. Choose to consecrate yourself to Him.  Then receive the miracle-working power of God that will transform you and cause your anointing to be multiplied.  Believe and receive!

Shalom!

 

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Advent Day 7

7 December 2015
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Hanukkah… A Time for Miracles

6 December 2015
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Tonight at sundown, Hanukkah began.  Most people think Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday, but John 10:22-23 tells us that Jesus was at the temple for the Feast of Dedication, which is Hanukkah.  If He is our Head, then the Body should follow His lead.  So as Christians, it is important for us to understand the significance of this feast.   Over the next eight days, we’ll take a look at various aspects of Hanukkah.  For this first day, the focus is MIRACLES.

Hanukkah is an eight-day celebration that centers around lighting candles each night.  The candles are put in a hanukkiyah instead of the traditional seven-branched menorah.  The hanukkiyah has nine branches, the middle one is called the shamash, or the servant candle.  This candle is used to light all the others, from right to left.  One candle is lit the first night, the second night two candles are lit and so on.  The candles represent the miracle-working power of God.  Hanukkah is the season for miracles!

In 167 BC, the tyrant ruler, Antiochus IV, of Greece outlawed Jewish religious observances and forced the Jews to conform to Greek culture.  He desecrated their temple by offering a pig on the Lord’s altar and filling it with pagan idols.

The Jews rose up under the initial leadership of Matityahu and then by his son, Judah the Maccabee, and fought a three-year battle.  Against all odds, the Maccabees finally defeated Antiochus’ armies and reclaimed Jerusalem in 164 BC.  The Jews had regained their right to worship God and be who God created them to be.  Their victory was reason to celebrate.  They set to work rebuilding and purifying the Temple, but before they could hold a worship service they would need oil to light the lamp.  They found only enough oil to light the lamp for one day.  It would take eight days for oil to be consecrated, but they did not want to wait.  They were eager to rededicate the Temple and worship God so they committed themselves and their resources to God and decided to go ahead anyway.  The miracle came when the lamp did not go out for eight days until the next supply of oil was prepared.  For this reason, Hanukkah is an eight-day celebration of God’s miracle-working deliverance and provision.

As you light the first candle, it’s a good time to remember the miracles God has already performed in your life and in the nation.  Spend some time meditating on His goodness and faithfulness.  This stirs up thankfulness, and thankfulness creates an atmosphere of faith that produces future miracles.  Two years ago, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah started on the same day.  This had never happened since Abraham Lincoln established Thanksgiving as a national holiday in 1863.  They will not coincide again for another 79,000+ years.  I believe this was a sign from God specifically to America. Starting in 2013 and continuing today, He is sending a strong message of His Love and Desire to bless this nation.  He is sending a reminder of Who He is – Deliverer and Provider – for His people.  He is calling us to return to our covenant roots and remember why we live in this nation.  It is His doing!  He established this Nation for His purpose.  No government or worldly system can deliver us from the mess we are in, but He alone can.  He has proven Himself faithful time and again.  His promise in 2 Chronicles 7:14 is still available:

“If My people, who are called by My name, humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

He is inviting us to believe for His miracle-working power to invade our lives and our land and bring the healing only He can bring.  He has promised at this time that He will pour out His Spirit on all flesh.  He’s going to do it!  Stir up your faith and believe for the miracles!

Happy Hanukkah!

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Advent – Day 6

6 December 2015
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Advent – Day 5

5 December 2015
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