Now is your time as we enter afresh into 2016.
One of my continued prayers for the New Year is found in Ephesians 1:15-18
“Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints. (emphasis added)”
I mention this verse with the emphasis on the eyes of your understanding being enlightened in order that I might share a brief illustration that I would liken to this verse.
Most of you may know I pray weekly with another intercessor, Elaine, who also happens to be one of the UHM board members. I am blessed by her prayers & faithfulness of nearly 14 years as a prayer partner. A few months ago during our weekly time in prayer, the Lord dropped a friend’s name in my heart. As I began to intercede, the Lord gave me prayers to pray and then a picture of a moon and of what I felt was a word from the Lord. A couple of days later I began to ponder the prayer out of the blue, as it just seemed to be dropped in my thoughts. I resigned it was the Holy Spirit, as it was gentle & prompting me to a call of action to share with my friend that we had been praying for her that week. This was not something I had thought about doing at the time of the prayer or at the time the thought was illuminated to me. Our friend was grateful for the prayers and accepting of the word, but didn’t initially connect it to her present day life. She said with courtesy that she would keep it in mind when with the Lord. A few days later, she called me back stating the Lord had given her a dream regarding the word I shared with her. I was amazed – and she was amazed! It’s fascinating how the Lord speaks!
1 Corinthians 13:9
“For we know in part and we prophesy in part.”
Since the time of the prayer, the picture of the moon seems to be repeating and pulling on my attention enough so as to draw me to search out the matter.
You may have seen on Facebook a video clip from the Weather Channel announcing this past December that it would be the first full moon on Christmas day since 1977. This won’t happen again until 2034. One report I read refers to it as rare “cosmic gift for the holidays.” The last time a full moon appeared on Christmas was 38 years ago! Certainly, this is no coincidence that the Light of World who is celebrated on Christmas Day and the alignment of the Light of Moon being at its fullest on the same day. You see, this natural occurrence is evidence in part of the very word the Lord spoke during the time I was praying for my friend. A portion of that word given included that the Light of the Moon would be bright enough to lead you even in the darkness. In hindsight, I wish I would have written the word down as soon as I had an opportunity to do so (I’m still learning).
My most recent occurrence with moon, if you will, was when I was at Urgent Care for my daughter a few weeks ago as she received relief from a bronchitis infection. While in the lobby, I picked up a YC magazine and there it was- a picture with caption of the moon phases. January 9 begins a New Moon.
At this point, I decided to dig deeper and through that discovery process I included what the Bible has to say about the New Moon? There are many references to the moon in Bible (more than I expected). It speaks of the moon as being created by God; its light; its influence; its seasons (months), as in Joesph’s dream, and the moon standing still. I’ll bet you thought that just referred to the sun- well it includes the moon as well (Joshua 10:12). It’s forbidden to worship the moon and “there will be no need for it in heaven, as the Lamb is the Light.” Revelation 21:23.
Moreover, what I found is that, we too can extract the principles [listed below] regarding the time of the New Moon for they are relevant and applicable for us today!
The Feast of New Moon
*Resources are taken from Torrey New Topical Textbook. Basically it was a time of sacrificially offering and celebration; it was a season of the following:
- Inquiring of God’s Messengers
2 Kings 4:23 “So he said, ‘Why are you going to him today? It is neither the New Moon nor the Sabbath.’” this verse comes from the story of the Shunammite women who gave birth after Elisha spoke a word, (vs 16) “about this time next year you shall embrace a son.” in short, (vs 24) She was searching for the Man of God, Elisha, after the boy died. Verse 27 states, “her soul was in deep distress.” If you haven’t read this story, you would be blessed to do so.
Today: Search and Inquire of the Lord, now is the time!
- Worship in God’s House
Ez. 46:1 “Thus says the Lord God: ‘The gateway of the inner court that faces toward the east shall be shut the six working days; but on the Sabbath it shake be opened, and on the day of the New Moon it shall be opened.'”
Isaiah 66:23 “‘And it shall come to pass that from one New Moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, All flesh shall come to worship before Me,’ says the Lord.”
Today: Assemble and Worship; the Gate shall be opened!
This is by no means a reference to carnal entertainments. The reference was to the feast at the new moon. These verses share Jonathan’s loyalty to David. 1 Samuel 20:5 says, “and David said to Jonathan, ‘indeed tomorrow is the New Moon, and I should not fail to sit with the king to eat.'” Please read verses 5-18 for the full reference (as it’s too lengthy to share here). Jonathan was protecting David. Verse 11 states the Lord God of Israel is witness! There is much to glean from this story….
Today: I sense a vindication will take place and is in order, Wait for it!
In conclusion, as I look at the literal word ‘phase’ as its defined in the dictionary this stood out to me, as we consider the New Moon; any of the major appearances or aspects in which a thing of varying modes or conditions manifest itself to the eye or mind. I would say, an article with the expressed titled, “Cosmic Gift for Christmas” is such. …
Also, a state of synchronous operation.
Yes, it is a state of synchronous operation, to Him. May we phase out what is not needed in-order to draw near to Him in the new phase that has manifested itself in light and truth. First, let us, seek and inquire of Him in all things both in the living will of God and for those things in which need restoration. Seek the promise(s) of His Word; both in the logos (written word) as well as the rhema (spoken word) Secondly, we must worship in spirit and in truth. Worship is defined as reverent honor and homage paid to God; adoring reference or regard. Let me encourage you to turn to Him in worship this way. Heaven will open and angels will join you as you worship the Lamb who is worthy. Lastly, according to our reference in 1 Samuel 20. I glean the Lord is preparing to bring about vindication, a defense, a justification, that is needed and He will provide it, as you cover yourself in humility under His blood, in faithfulness, pressing through and in obedience.
In His watchful care,