Yahweh Always Works in Cycles
When we understand the movement of God in the earth, we can position our hearts to receive what He has for us in the proper season. Many have fallen for the deceptive fantasy of God being like a fairy godmother or a genie in a bottle. There have certainly been seasons of my life where I have approached God in that way only to be met with correction from Him. He says to me, “Daughter, remember who you are speaking to. I do not operate that way. Try coming to me as a beloved child. How you approach me matters for our relationship. And I desire for us to grow in closeness. That is why I am teaching you who I am and who you are in Christ.” I learned (often the hard way) that the Lord does not operate through manipulation.
This may seem obvious, and yet we often elevate our thinking to such a degree that it clouds our judgment of how we are approaching God. Jesus taught us how to approach the Father in prayer in Matthew 6:9-13. We must understand the supremacy of God’s divine nature. One of my favorite ways to enthrone Him in prayer is calling Him the King of the universe. It reminds me of His greatness and majesty and humbles me as I stand in awe that someone like me can approach Him.
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?Psalm 8:3-4 (ESV)
Yahweh loves to plant seeds; did you know this already? He is the best farmer I know, always planting good things in us, and helping us cultivate those things until they mature and bear fruit. Can you discern the way God operates through time? In the Bible, we can see plainly that He is not interested in granting instant gratification, which is a mindset that we have all been trained up into, here in the United States. The enemy loves to use this mindset to trick us into receiving seeds from him and thinking they were from God.
Microwave VS Smoker-Grill
Satan works like a microwave and from him we get nothing but a microwave dinner. Yahweh operates more like a barbeque smoker-grill. Think about it. With a smoker-grill, the air temperature is increased and carefully controlled to raise the meat temperature; a slower process. Even before putting the meat into the smoker, there is a important process of preparing the meat for the smoker. It is brined in a saltwater solution to help the meat retain moisture during the smoking process. This process takes a longer time to develop, however, the meat cooked by that process is far tastier and than any meat you could cook in the microwave. This is the way God works. He desire to develop us into becoming who He designed us to be. He wants to work with us so that we can bear much fruit in and even out of season. This is the good news of the gospel! Because of Jesus, we can enter into God’s design and purpose for our lives, regardless of our past.
3 Cycles of Blessings
There are three cycles of blessings that I want to share with you. Each of these cycles was designed to break the power of the enemy off your life and draw you closer to the Lord. He wants you to have life and live in His blessing in the earth. This truth, however, does not mean that you will never have any troubles. Let’s not forget that Jesus promised us that we would encounter trials and tribulations in this earth realm (John 16:33). And that is because this realm is constantly being polluted by sin, operating as humanity desires, backed by the law of free will. Despite the unfortunate shortcomings of man, God’s Will is still waiting for the children of God to come into agreement with Heaven’s blueprint. While we do not live under the law of Sabbath, nor are we forced to celebrate the feasts, there is always an invitation for us to enter Yahweh’s cycle of life and blessing.
The first cycle is a weekly Shabbat or Sabbath. This cycle started at the beginning of creation. god designed us to make room for rest. This is a gift for us. Whenever I neglect rest in my week, I end up stressed out when I did not need to be. Maybe you have felt the same. It is important that we set aside a day every week for rest, to enjoy God’s goodness and blessing. Our family has been celebrating Shabbat over the last few months, and it has been such a beautiful time to connect with one another and God, while also reminding us to trust God while we rest from work.
And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.Genesis 2:2-3 (NKJV)
The next cycle is a monthly “first fruits” cycle called Rosh Chodesh, which is Hebrew for “head of the month.” This is a time to gather and seek God. The Hebrew calendar overlaps the Gregorian calendar. This is because the Hebrew calendar follows the moon cycles, and the Gregorian calendar follows the solar cycles. Each Hebrew month begins at the start of a new moon. When a new month begins, we are reminded that our god makes all things new.
“Stop dwelling on the past. Don’t even remember these former things. I am doing something brand new, something unheard of. Even now it sprouts and grows and matures. Don’t you perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and open up flowing streams in the desert.”Isaiah 43:18-19 (TPT)
The final cycle of the Lord that we see all throughout the scriptures are His yearly cycles of life, which are marked by a series of “feasts” or “appointed times.” There are three yearly festivals that have been designed to move us out of pagan rituals and into God’s cycle, to deepen our walk with Him. Celebrating the feasts releases the power of God when we experience the blessing of Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles.
“Three times a year you shall celebrate a feast [dedicated] to Me. You shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, as I commanded you, at the appointed time in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt. No one shall appear before Me empty-handed [but you shall bring sacrificial offerings]. Also [you shall observe] the Feast of Harvest (Weeks, Pentecost, or First Fruits), acknowledging the first fruits of your labor, of what you sow in the field. And [third] the Feast of Ingathering (Booths or Tabernacles) at the end of the year when you gather in [the fruit of] your labors from the field.”Exodus 23:14-16
I need to address an important matter before we dive deeper into this topic. It is vital to our walk with Christ to understand the workings of our new covenant with Jesus. Celebrating the feasts and Shabbat is not a requirement of our covenant. There was a dispute among certain Jewish leaders in the Church of Colossae. Some were teaching that following the Sabbath, the feasts and circumcision was required by God to be in covenant with Him. Paul addressed that issue of false doctrine in the second chapter of the book of Colossians.
So why would you allow anyone to judge you because of what you eat or drink, or insist that you keep the feasts, observe new moon celebrations, or the Sabbath? All of these were but a prophetic shadow and the evidence of what would be fulfilled, for the body is now Christ!Colossians 2:16-17
We too must be careful that we are not elevating ourselves over other believers that are not at the same point in their walk of faith as we are. God did not design the feasts as a way for Jesus’ followers to erect themselves over other believers. In America, our educational system has thwarted our mindsets by teaching us an unbiblical pyramid scheme, lowering some and elevating others based on their current theology of God. What do I mean by this? Let’s start by simplifying the definition of the word theology. Theology is a fancy word for a person’s belief system, or how they believe God works and moves in our world today. I would also like to point out here that no one on earth today has perfect theology, and those who believe they do are in grave danger of becoming like the Pharisees and the Sadducees (who added and subtracted from the Torah). The only person who has ever lived with perfect theology was Jesus Christ. In fact, in our own lives, our theology (or viewpoint) of God is always changing. As we read the Word, learning the context through the guidance of Holy Spirit, and hear the voice of the Godhead in our lives; our theology must transform.
It is also important to note that theology is realized in our mind/heart, which are a part of our soul. Trying to figure out God from a soulish place is like traveling on a round-about and never getting anywhere. Remember the meeting that took place between Jesus and the Pharisee Nicodemus in John 3:1-13? Nicodemus was a highly educated teacher of the law, and he came to Jesus seeking knowledge, but Jesus did something spectacular in their conversation that is key to understanding anything of God. Jesus did not offer Nicodemus knowledge, He offered him life.
Jesus answered, “I speak an eternal truth: Unless you are born of water and the Spirit, you will never enter God’s kingdom. For the natural realm only gives birth to things that are natural, but the spiritual realm gives birth to supernatural life!John 3:5-6 TPT
One can understand how confused Nicodemus was, for he took everything at face value and couldn’t see a deeper meaning. Like Nicodemus, knowing God only through our soul cannot bring us into a place of intimacy with the Lord where we can explore the depths of God’s divine nature and His majesty. Many believe in the baptism of water but forget the baptism of fire. We need a baptism of fire through the Holy Spirit! Believers who deny the Holy Spirit perplex me. Living life without Holy Spirit is like attempting to turn on a lamp that is unplugged from the outlet. We live without power when we are not plugged into the power source of Holy Spirit! It is impossible to fulfill our God-given destinies without God’s power working through us. This baptism of Holy Spirit isn’t a onetime thing either, it is a continuous renewal that is offered to us to partake in. When we give room for Holy Spirit to habitat within us, instead of just a visitation, we enter deeper levels of intimacy with God. Intimacy with the King of the Universe must be our goal in this life because that alone is what transforms our hearts and minds to look more like Jesus.
By no means am I saying that theology is inconsequential and that we should throw out the baby with the bathwater. I yearn to see believers walking in humility, forbidding pride to have a place in their hearts that would cause them elevate themselves and their theology over other believers. There has been this battle in the American Church over who is right and who is wrong, and we have wasted valuable time arguing with one another over secondary issues. This elevation has caused the Church to neglect its God-given design to make disciples of all nations, baptize them, and teach them to obey the law of love that Christ taught us to follow.
When we focus on the weeds in our brother’s/sister’s garden (or speck in their eye according to Jesus in Matthew 7:3), it causes us to neglect tending our own garden of our hearts and minds. A good gardener doesn’t tend their garden by only looking at someone else’s, right? We were not created to focus on other people’s theology! God designed us to focus on the perfect theology of Jesus. So, let God be God, and release the urge to control your brother’s/sister’s walk with God. It is not your job to shepherd all of God’s sheep. He gave each of us a portion. If you aren’t sure what your portion is, it’s time to seek the Lord for a response. He gave you a portion. It is your job as a follower of Christ to steward your portion and leave the rest up to the Good Shepherd. Many believers do not understand the way authority works in the Kingdom. If a person is believing false doctrine or teaching it, and you have no authority to correct them because they are not within your portion; leave it to God. Don’t take the bait of Satan! Taking his bait is a trick. There is always a hook involved with the enemy. The hook here will cause you to step out of God’s divine order, and that has some pretty serious consequences.
We are called to “work out our own salvation” according to Phillipians 2:12. This does not mean that we are to just do our own thing. It certainly does not mean that we can justify our disobedience or pet sins by saying, “I don’t see anything wrong with doing this,” when we know we are in error. Paul is calling believers to keep cultivating the work of Christ within them, serving Christ, and operating in the fear of the Lord instead of the fear of man.
My point is this: the cycles of life that God designed are but a shadow of what has been and is yet to be fulfilled through Jesus. Celebrating and learning about them adds richness to our walk with Christ. There is a blessing for those who allow God to transform their thinking from the ways of man to the ways of God. For Americans, we are living in a land that has polluted by pagan traditions and rituals (much like Israel was) that were designed by the enemy to cause a separation between us and knowing Yahweh. We have lost the firstfruits, fellowship, and intimacy with the Lord because of compromise. As believers we must choose between trust in God’s divine order or compromising with the enemy, and my prayer is that you will choose the former over the latter.
A Lost Art
Understanding the significance of the Hebrew way of thinking regarding months and cycles has been lost. I would love to say that it was stolen, but the truth is that people before us gave the enemy a legal right to take it away. We can trace any form of lack back to where an exchange was made between humans and the enemy. A lot of times those exchanges were hidden in a cloak of deception, so the person did not realize what they were doing. In our foolishness of relying on our own knowledge and our own understanding, we have Satan the right to distract us and pull us away from God.
The Good News
Are you ready for some good news? Jesus is ready to set all of us free from the pollution of the world and its system of time. Remember the greatest commandment in Matthew 22:37? Jesus said, ‘Love the Lord your God with every passion of your heart, with all the energy of your being, and with every thought that is within you.’ We are commanded to love God with our thoughts and our minds. You may currently be in a traffic jam in your thinking and your life, never seeming to get anywhere. The Mighty God of Angel Armies is calling out to you to “step out of traffic! Take a long, loving look at your High God above everything else (Psalm 46:8-10 MSG).” God doesn’t want you to be stuck! He wants to set you free. In the Passion translation, that scripture reads like this, “Surrender your anxiety. Be still and realize that I am God. I am God above all the nations, and I am exalted throughout the whole earth.” Isn’t that good news? You are not on your own and there is a way for you to jump into God’s cycles of blessing. If you would like to take this journey with me to learning about God’s cycles and His timeline, pray this with me:
Father God, I am coming directly to you with a need knowing that you are a good Father who responds to the needs of His children and will never give me a snake when I ask for bread. Thank you for your generosity and your loving-kindness that is always extended towards me. Lord, I have to be honest with you. I feel stuck and I have tried to get unstuck on my own for so long. I admit this is just not working out for me. Right now, I surrender my heart to you and ask that by Your Spirit, you would help me rely on You for guidance and trust Your leadership in every decision I make. I want to become closer to you in every situation and follow your lead. Show me Holy Spirit how to adore Jesus with undivided devotion so that I may avoid everything that is wrong. Lord, my body and spirit long for healing and refreshment today. Father, I want to glorify you with my wealth and honor you with my firstfruits. Not just the money but my time and my energy belong to you first. Holy Spirit, show me how to enter in the cycle of life. I desire to jump into God’s cycle of abundant life today. In Jesus name, amen.
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Pierce, Chuck D., et al. A Time to Advance: Understanding the Significance of the Hebrew Tribes and Months. Glory of Zion International, Inc., 2011.