Today, as I write this, is the first day of The Feast of Trumpets, 2020. The Feast of Trumpets is a significant Jewish Holy Day – the beginning of a time of reverence and repentance. Here is more information on the holiday from Jews for Jesus.
Pointing to Jesus
It is said that Jesus fulfilled the Jewish spring feasts with his death (Passover), resurrection (First Fruits), and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit (Pentecost). We are looking forward to the complete fulfillment of the fall feasts upon the second coming of the Lord.
One of the ways the Lord speaks to us is through his prophetic holy days. He laid a prophetic foundation for the world to see. They are set as signposts to display the glory of God in his son Jesus. He absolutely is the most detailed-oriented God, and also has established the framework for the over-arching, big picture story of deliverance of his people. The Lord is the best teacher. He gave us his word, but he also gave days and seasons to remind us our need for him and his deliverance and his promises for the future. (As a public school teacher, I would say our Mighty God is wonderful with creating hands-on, differentiated learning environments with excellent scaffolding for building on learning in interactive, immersive experiences. Ha ha. King of Glory! Sorry. A little geeky moment there.)
The Lord speaks through his holy days. But, what was veiled revelation in the Old Testament is fully revealed to us in Christ Jesus. Hebrews 1:1-3 says, “In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom also he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”
God carefully and prophetically pointed us to his son Jesus through all of the holy scriptures. Jesus is the end game! A relationship with Jesus fulfills all that was spoken through God’s holy word in the Torah, the Psalms and the Prophets.
Everything God speaks to us will point to Jesus. His correction points to Jesus and brings repentance. His encouragement points to Jesus and brings strength. His revelations point to Jesus and opens our eyes.
My mother recently told me of a revelation the Lord gave her. “God showed me that as believers, the Holy Spirit lives in us. The Holy Spirit loves Jesus. He loves to talk about Jesus. The Holy Spirit loves it when we talk about Jesus. He will lead us to talk about Jesus.”
Differentiating between the voice of the enemy and the voice of the Lord.
I saw a really wonderful Facebook post that shows the difference between the voice of God and the voice of the enemy. It goes something like this:
Builds your faith in Jesus
Adds testimony to testimony, glorifying Jesus.
Takes away from Jesus
Distracts from Jesus
While this is all true, it’s also necessary to recognize that sometimes God can speak to us, but when filtered by our flesh, our flesh can produce in us some of emotions we feel when the enemy is speaking to us. There are a couple of reasons for this. There are times when we get in our flesh, when God tells us something or when we hear something God has told someone else and it can produce fear in us. The fear is not from God- the fear is from our fleshly weakness. The enemy can also lie to us about what God says.
I remember times when I was in my twenties and I would get afraid when I would read my Bible. I would feel overwhelmed, confused or full of condemnation and fear. The Bible is God’s Word. What I was reading wasn’t producing the fear in me. The lies of the enemy were producing the fear in me. The weakness in my flesh was producing the fear in me.
This is why it’s important to give the Lord your emotions and your fears and to ask the Holy Spirit to speak to you when you read the word of God. It’s important to give the Lord your thoughts, to ask the Lord to speak to you and to strengthen you in your inner being, so that you won’t be confused when he does speak to you.
The power of God is incredible. The power of his Word can help us to see the difference between the leading of our flesh/soul and our spirits. Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” When we get confused by the messages bombarding us in this world, it’s important to ask the Lord to discern and unravel those messages for us. It’s important to ask him to uncover and expose evil lies from Satan.
One of my favorite prayers is, “Lord do not allow me to be deceived, but to have open eyes and open ears to your Spirit’s work in my life.” Jesus said, “Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.” We need to pray, “Lord, give me ears to hear.”
The voice of the Lord does not condemn a believer in Jesus. You won’t hear mocking, or put downs from the Lord. He does not abuse his children, but builds them up and restores them. The enemy will say things like, “You are a terrible person.” Or the enemy might say, “God is setting you up to fail. He is creating a plan for you to fall into sin.” But, it says in James that God does not tempt anyone to sin. God wants you to turn to him. He wants his children to do well, even in his correction and discipline. He will allow discipline in his children, but it is all for refining and drawing them back to him. Relationship and healing are the goals. Romans 8 says, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. ”
God will convict you of sin, with the assurance that you should turn to him for forgiveness that you will be reconciled. The enemy will bombard you with fear of failure, fear of rejection, and fear of being unloved. His words will contradict the word of God. He will say, as he said to Jesus, “Are you REALLY the son of God?” God is ready to strengthen you with the resurrection power of Jesus.
Beware of the spirit of anti-christ and the spirit of delusion. Both of these spirits are attacking people and drawing them away from Jesus. I know them well, because I used to be under their attack plan. 1 John tells us that the Anti-Christ is coming and that many anti-christs are in the world.. I have seen many young adults fall under the attack from the enemy the anti-Christ. These spirits put mockery and doubt in people about Jesus and his divinity. They bring confusion and fuzzy thinking.
How to Pray?
Pray acknowledging who God is. Worship him! “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done in each as it it in heaven.”
Pray scripture acknowledging the Son of God: Colossians 1:15-23
“The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.
Once I was alienated from God and was an enemy in my minds because of my evil behavior. But now he has reconciled me by Christ’s physical body through death to present me holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation—if I continue in my faith, established and firm, and not moved from the hope held out in the gospel. (Pronouns changed for personalization.)
Pray that God will build his church in Jesus in every part of the world. “Build up your body, oh Lord. Strengthen your church in their inner being that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith.” (Pray for this strengthening for individuals)
“Lord, speak to me, so I can hear your voice and not be confused and distracted by Satan’s schemes.
I rebuke the attacks of Satan on my mind and my thoughts. I take my thoughts and my mind captive and make my thoughts subject to the Lord in the name of Jesus.
I pray against a spirit of anti-christ and rebuke it’s work to kill, steal and destroy. I command a spirit of anti-christ to release my husband, my kids, myself and our property, in Jesus’ name. I command all attacks from the enemy to cease and desist, in Jesus’ name.
I pray that God will build his church in Jesus in every part of the world. “Build up your body, oh Lord. Strengthen your church in their inner being that Christ may dwell in their hearts through faith.” (Pray for this strengthening for individuals)
I plead the blood of Jesus over myself and my family that the spirit of delusion will Passover.
Lord, open the eyes of my heart to hear from you. I want you to fill me with the knowledge of your will with all your power.
Lord, fill me with your Spirit. Fill my mind with your hope. Give me your Spirit, for signs and wonders for spreading the gospel.
Lord, I repent for being afraid of your Holy Spirit. I ask that you teach me your ways and that you speak to me, that you lead us and guide us!
Fill me with your Spirit, Oh Lord!
Bring in the lost, Lord. Give me directions, Oh Lord of the harvest. Show me where the ripe harvest is and how to harvest it. Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Come, Lord Jesus!