SNAPSHOT OF ADAR I
TRIBE: Naphtali- This tribe of Israel originated from Jacob’s 6th son, who was the second son of Rachel’s maid Bilhah. The word Naphtali has two meanings, “a doe let loose” or “communicator.”
OCCURANCE: Between the months of February and March
DURATION: 29 or 30 days
IMPORTANT DAYS: The Feast of Esther is on the 13th day of Adar; Purim is on the 14th day of Adar (this year takes place in Adar II).
12th month: on the Jewish Civil Calendar, making it the last month on God’s yearly cycle of feasts.
ALPHABET: The Hebrew Letter Qof (also known as Quph)
Modern: this Hebrew letter means “to gather, to circle, and also time”
Paleo: this is a more simple form of the pictograph of Qof (written sideways, a common practice when writing elongated letters)
Pictograph: This letter is a symbol of the sun at the horizon in the sense of a revolution of the sun.
Going to the High Places
The inheritance of every child of God is to always operate in love, joy, and victory. However, we are all subject to difficulties in this world that can steal our inheritance if we allow it to. Working out your salvation (or sanctification) means that you are enforcing the finished work of the cross in your own personal life and becoming more and more like Christ. Salvation is more than being justified (when the punishment is removed from us for our sins), it is the removal of the power of sin in our life. Jesus died to remove the power that sin has over you so that you can overcome! Many believers spend their life only recognizing that they are justified, what an incomplete salvation! Each of us owe Christ the honor of recognizing that we have been given the power to overcome sin, and take Him up on His offer of sanctification. Of course, this means that you must recognize that you are not in charge of your life anymore. Do you still have free will? Yes, but when you make Jesus the Lord of your life, you are submitting to His will. As we join Him on the high places, He teaches us how to walk bravely and unshakable on unstable ground.
The Lord God is my strength [my source of courage, my invincible army]; He has made my feet [steady and sure] like hinds’ feet and makes me walk [forward with spiritual confidence] on my high places [of challenge and responsibility].HabakkUk 3:19
Jesus Christ wants to show you how to walk differently than this world and reach victory, seeing old sin patterns die away and become replaced with His patterns of righteousness. This means that we must replace old thoughts with His higher thoughts. Old mindsets need to be replaced with new mindsets that obey Christ. To read more about how to do this, read my posts on spring cleaning your mindset and the gateway of the mind.
Typically, Adar falls in between February and March, but this year is a Hebrew leap year. In the Hebrew leap year, you don’t just add an extra day, you add a whole extra month! The added month is an extra Adar! This year we get two Adars! So, what makes Adar special? This Hebrew month is a time to rejoice and leap for joy because Adar is the month of Purim. The Feast of Purim is on the 14th day of Adar but is observed in the second month of Adar this year. You may be wondering what is so special about Purim? Purim is a time to celebrate that the curse has been overturned and the door to our destiny is open! At Purim, the Jewish people faced the death sentence appointed by Haman, a high official in the court of the Persian King Xerxes. But God made a way for the Jews to be saved even before the curse was pronounced against them. This is good news for us, because the God we serve knows the trouble we are in before we are in it, and He had already paved a way for us to come out of that trouble!
A Month to Discover Identity
For the Jews, God had prepared a Jewish girl named Esther, and caused her to be the queen of the Persian empire. So, when that decree of destruction came, Esther was already positioned to stand against it. When we celebrate the Feast of Purim, we remember how Esther revealed her identity at a great cost, and when she did, God gave her favor with the King and the Jews were saved from destruction. Because of this, Adar is a month for YOUR identity to be revealed! God has an identity for you. Your identity is linked to the heavenly realm, so you can only discover who you really are through the voice of Holy Spirit. During this month of Adar, learn who you are in the Lord. Get to know the spiritual gifts that God has given you. This is a time to discover the prophetic words over your life so that you can start moving forward toward your destiny. Some of you need to get out your old journals and read what God has said about you.
A Month to Choose Joy
The joy of this month of Adar is connected to gaining favor with the King; overturning the curse; and moving forward into the future God has for you. The way to position yourself this month is to rejoice in everything.
Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, take pleasure in Him]; again I will say, rejoice!PhilLipians 4:4 (TPT)
Be cheerful with joyous celebration in every season of life. Let your joy overflow!PhilLipians 4:4 (AMP)
The devil hates joy! So when you are learning how to rejoice despite every circumstance, do not be surprised if you encounter resistance. There is a religious spirit that opposes joy and laughter. But God wants you to be joyful! This is part of the reason why He designed the Feasts! He knows that the joy of the Lord is your strength.! We must remember that we won’t have strength to resist the enemy if our lives are not filled with joy.
…serve the Lord your God with joyfulness of [mind and] heart [in gratitude] for the abundance of all [with which He had blessed you]Deuteronomy 28:47 (AMP)
let them all be glad, those who turn aside to hide themselves in you. May they keep shouting for joy forever! Overshadow them in your presence as they sing and rejoice. Then every lover of your name will burst forth with endless joy.Psalm 5:11 (TPT)
Let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.1 Chronicles 16:10 (AMP)
Yahweh commands us to be joyful, which means that if we do not operate in joy, we are being disobedient. Joylessness is sin because it misses the mark of God’s will for us. It is a refusal to enjoy the goodness of God and the world He created. Joy is a choice for all of us to make this year, despite our circumstances.
The Good News is That We Have a Choice!
If you are not walking in joy, I have good news for you! You can repent. You do not have to stay stuck in a place of joylessness. Most people think of joy as being like happiness, and they are dependent on outside circumstances to bring them happiness. They think if things go well, they will be happy. But if things go wrong, they complain. This is not the way God describes joy! We get our joy from rejoicing in God’s goodness! So, sing a song to the Lord. Remind yourself of His faithfulness. You may need to develop a written record of how many times God has delivered you personally in your own life. There is something powerful about writing down on paper what the Lord has done. It is a testament of a God who is faithful and true to His Word! Rehearse your testimony out loud until you feel the joy of the Lord bubble up within you!
Joy is Not Impossible!
When God tells you that He wants you to rejoice at ALL times, He is not asking the impossible! All things are now possible with Christ! The Bible says that we can choose joy by doing these things:
1. Be thankful (Phillipians 4:6-7)
2. Choose to remember the good things (Phillipians 4:8)
3. Become a giver (Proverbs 11:24-25)
4. Celebrate Sabbath (not the law of Moses, but a day God created for both Jews and Gentiles to rest in His goodness)
And to the foreigners who join themselves to Yahweh to worship him, those who want to be his servants and love the name of Yahweh— all who honor the Sabbath and do not disregard it, and who remain true to my covenant—I make this promise: ‘I will welcome you into my holy mountain and make you joyful in my house of prayer. I will accept every sacrifice and offering that you place on my altar, for my house of worship will be known as a house of prayer for all people.’Isaiah 56:6-7 (TPT)
If you stop pursuing your own desires on my holy day, and refrain from disregarding the Sabbath, if you call the Sabbath a delightful pleasure and Yahweh’s holy day honorable, if you honor it properly by not chasing your own desires, serving your own interests, and speaking empty words, then you will find the joyous bliss that comes from serving Yahweh. And I will cause you to prosper and be carried triumphantly over the high places of the land. You will enjoy the heritage of Jacob, your ancestor.” Certainly the mouth of Yahweh has spoken it!Isaiah 58:13-14 (TPT)
5. Forgive others (Matthew 6:14)
6. Stop worrying (1 Peter 5:7)
7. Praise (Psalm 103)
8. Be filled with the Holy Spirit (the fruit of His Spirit is joy, Galatians 5:22-23)
Thank You, Father, for the gift of this Hebrew month of Adar! I am choosing joy this month. Holy Spirit, I ask for Your to guidance as I remove old habits of negativity and replace them with rejoicing. Cause me to remember all Your benefits so that I do not forget a single one. I give this month to You as an offering, and I thank You for blessing me this month of Adar. I receive all Your favor and blessing, and I put on the lens of Jesus Christ, in whom all things are possible, as I move forward into the year ahead. In Jesus’ mighty name, AMEN!