Appointed Time of Mercy

ELUL Day 11

The Tribe of Gad,

Appointed Mercy from the hand of God

The month “The King Is in your Field”

The month to Fix what is wrong

The month to find your place in the company of the Lord

The “mother” month of nurturing the promises of God

Constellation Virgo (the virgin) I am my beloved and He is mine

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Birthday of Creation

ELUL Day 10

The first mention of the month of Elul in the Bible is found in Nehemiah 6:15 when Nehemiah and the Jewish people finished the rebuilding of the Wall around Jerusalem. This would have been on 25th day of Elul. This is also the day when in Genesis Creation began ending six days later on the First day of the Biblical Month Tishri. Tishri 1 is Rosh Hashanah the Feast of Trumpets Is celebrated as the Birthday of Creation.

Create in me a clean heart. May the Walls of your heart be strong and tall to walk in the very creation God has purposed for you and your life.

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Intimate Closeness With God

ELUL Day 9

The first letters of the Hebrew verse, “I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” (Song of Song 6:3) spell out Elul in Hebrew, signifying that there is an intimate and loving closeness between God (my Beloved) and His people during this last month of the Biblical calendar. (By the way, this is a wonderful mantra to repeat and sing during this month during meditation.)

Elul is the month of spiritual preparation for the High Holy Feast of Tabernacles. This is the inner work of spiritual accountability and returning to one’s true essence (known as teshuvah, “repentance”) done during this month affects our capacity to stand before God and draw down blessings for the coming Biblical year of 5780.

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ELUL Day 8 Paul’s Conversion

ELUL Day 8:

In Hebrew the month of Elul is the month of “turning toward God and Repenting. The Hebrew Word is “Teshuvah.” The blowing of the Trumpet (shofar) daily is a calling to one’s life and others who hear the trumpet blast to prepare your self for God and the return of Yeshua. Acts 9 is a picture of true Conversion. My prayer is that we see a revival of conversion in our churches, nation, and world like Acts chapter 9.

a. Paul regarded his conversion experience as a pattern for all believers: Although I was formerly a blasphemer, a persecutor, and an insolent man; but I obtained mercy because I did it ignorantly in unbelief … However, for this reason I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might show all longsuffering, as a pattern to those who are going to believe on Him for everlasting life. (1 Timothy 1:13,16).

b. If Paul’s conversion is a pattern, then we can share his experiences. First, Jesus must confront us with Himself, with our sin and rebellion against Him, even the sins which were done in ignorance. Then we must humbly wait for the work within us that only He can do.

c. Saul’s conversion reminds us that at its core, salvation is something God does in us. What we do is only a response to His work in us.

d. Saul’s conversion reminds us that God finds us, even when we are not looking for Him.

e. Saul’s conversion reminds us that God looks for people to cooperate in the conversion of others, even when they are not really necessary, except as a demonstration of the importance of the family of God.

f. Saul’s conversion reminds us that it isn’t enough that we be broken before God, though that is necessary. God’s desire is to only use brokenness as a prelude to filling.

Shalom!

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Field of Dreams

ELUL Day 6

Field of Dreams! “If you will build it they will come” is a famous phrase from the iconic movie. Elul is the 6 month from the Biblical month of Nissan which is when the Feast of Passover is celebrated and the 12 month of the Jewish(civil) calendar. This is time when in the book of Ruth in the Old Testament, Boaz the King went to his field to take care, to minister to his people. Notice that Ruth got up and went to Boaz’s field. If we are going to experience the Kings favor during this season we must go to his field. He has prepared for us a table in the presence of our enemies. In the King’s field there is forgiveness, provision, restoration, protection, and favor. Today is the day to get up and go toward Yeshua’s field. He is no closer to you than today. “All who are heavy ladened come unto Me and I will give you rest.” Shalom!

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Speak The Name

ELUL Day 5

Speak the Name of Yeshua. He is in your Field. There is healing in His Name. There is forgiveness in His name. There is deliverance in His name. There is restoration in Yeshua’s name. He mends the broken hearted. Speak The Name!

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ELUL Day 3, Don’t Blink You Might Miss It

Don’t Blink, You Might Miss It!

Three years ago my wife spent a few hours together riding our Harley enjoying quality time together. While riding she wanted to go on a road we had never driven before. It was a beautiful scenic county road with ranch homes and barns. Here in Texas the Ranch Barns are nicer than a lot of houses. So I started to looking at the ranches and not the road. I had noticed a beautiful Barn while the road was taking a lazy turn. In a BLINK OF AN EYE, I was off the road on the gravel grass. There was no shoulder. I heard Debbie shout “Jesus”. I had enough since not to try to get back on the pavement. So I just let off the throttle and release the clutch and road the ditch a couple of hundred feet until we came to a stop. We both took a sigh of relief and started praising the Lord for his angels watching over us. If there had been a culvert, or road sign, or drainage ditch or even deeper grade, we wouldn’t have been a hurt. As I pondered this occurrence, I begin to think of the Hebrew thought of “Redemption.” In a Twinkling (Blink) of an eye.

When Israel left Egypt, they left in haste a twinkling of an Eye. The Torah explains the ritual of eating unleavened bread at Passover as a result of the abrupt departure from Egypt. I call this the first mention of FAST FOOD! Their bread dough did not have time to rise before they baked it.

You shall not eat leavened bread with it; seven days you shall eat with it unleavened bread, the bread of affliction (for you came out of the land of Egypt in haste), so that you may remember all the days of your life the day when you came out of the land of Egypt. (Deuteronomy 16:3)

A collection of midrash on Exodus titled Mechilta says that God hastened their departure because, when the appointed time for redemption comes, the Almighty does not hold matters back for even “the twinkling of an eye.” The idiomatic term “twinkling of an eye,” i.e., the blink of an eye, appears frequently in rabbinic literature to describe something that happens instantaneously. For example, another collection of rabbinic material called Pesikta Rabbati says that repentance takes effect “as in the twinkling of an eye.”

How long does it take to repent? According to the sages, it takes only the twinkling of an eye, the same amount of time it took for Israel to leave Egypt once the time appointed for redemption arrived. Just as Israel went from bondage to freedom in the blink of an eye, repentance and faith in Messiah transfers us from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light instantaneously. When a person confesses Yeshua and trusts in Him for the forgiveness of sins, he is immediately forgiven and set free from bondage to the adversary. In the blink of an eye, he becomes a free man.

Likewise, in the time to come, the great messianic redemption will also happen instantaneously, in the blink of an eye: “In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed” (1 Corinthians 15:52).

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