Saturday, October 15, 2016

The Key of Alignment: Self-Worth. The New Man, Part 4 Succoth- David Mitts

Then Jesus *arrived from Galilee at the Jordan coming to John, to be baptized by him. [14] But John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I have need to be baptized by You, and do You come to me?” But Jesus answering said to him, “Permit it at this time; for in this way it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he *permitted Him. After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My Beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.” Matthew 3:11-17 (NASB)

We have been sharing about how God made us with a need to be fulfilled in our self-worth.  Yeshua when He was ready to begin His ministry came to John to be prepared, which He called “fulfilling righteousness.  Righteousness means the way things are supposed to be. 

First we saw that God declared the worth of Yeshua as the Beloved Son in whom He was well pleased.   There is a God designed vacuuming in all people, a search for significance that is only fulfilled by the declaration of value from the Father.  If we don’t receive our affirmation from God we will be forced to create a religion to try to find it.  The only other alternative is works.  Works can be the car we drive, the house we live in or what people think about us that drives our choices in life.  We need to feel “right” about our lives. (for complete context - refer to "Self Worth. The New Man blog 9/26/2016) 

Second we looked at that we were created for fellowship.  God declared in Genesis that it is NOT good for man to be alone. (Gen 2:18) We were created to need one another.  We say that we don’t care what people think of us but we were created to need approval. This is why we need to fill our lives with balcony people, those who pull us up and not down.  We will become like the birds we flock with. 
(for complete context - refer to "Self Worth. The New Man, Part 2 blog 10/1/2016) 

Third we looked the baptism of Yeshua itself.  Baptism is the process of death of the old man.  The old man, known also as the flesh, is the self-sufficient pride based ego that ran our lives in performance mode.  It is the heart of sin, which is living life from a self-centered perspective versus a perspective of worth given by the death of Yeshua.  He died to set us free from ourselves.  We, through His death and resurrection, are who He says we are and have what He purchased for us.  In this context, last week we looked at the Day of Atonement.  We saw that the root of the word atonement is the pitch on the ark of Noah, the first baptism of scripture.  Baptism was the method of death to the sin of the world through the flood.  The ark which was built of wood was water-proofed by the pitch or “Kaphar” which is the Hebrew word also for atonement.  The atonement is the substance which protects us from the judgment on sin.  It is exemplified by the Blood of Messiah.  Without the shedding of blood there is no remission, no protection for the consequences of sin. Look at Hebrews 9:22:

 And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Hebrews 9:22 (NASB)

Blood is where the life is and represents passion.  It was Yeshua’s passion to give His life which is the purest of love.

 John 15:12-13:
“This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. John 15:12-13 (NASB)

So it is love that actually is the power of the Day of Atonement.  It is love that covers or atones for sins. (Proverbs 10:12, 1 Peter 4:8).  We are called to love one another with this kind of love.  So on the day of atonement, we activate the atonement prophetically by sharing our sins with one another and then praying the prayer of faith for one another as the prophetic declaration of God’s promises in the area of our sin. (James 5:13-16). 
(for complete context - refer to "Self Worth. The New Man, Part 3 blog 10/8/2016) 

Today, I want to go now to the final feast, the feast of Tabernacles.  Succoth which is the feast of dwelling with the Lord.  This also present at the Baptism of Yeshua because His baptism fulfilled righteousness.  In the baptism the Holy Spirit descended from heaven and dwelt in Yeshua.  His earthly body became a dwelling place for the Spirit of God.  The baptism of the Holy Spirit then is the prophetic activation for Succoth. 

Let’s set a little scriptural background for Succoth and why it is important going forward. Turn to Leviticus 23 the Feast chapter:
Leviticus 23:39-43 (NASB)
‘On exactly the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the crops of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the LORD for seven days, with a rest on the first day and a rest on the eighth day. ‘Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days. ‘You shall thus celebrate it as a feast to the LORD for seven days in the year. It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations; you shall celebrate it in the seventh month. ‘You shall live in booths for seven days; all the native-born in Israel shall live in booths, so that your generations may know that I had the sons of Israel live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.’”

This is a Feast about provision and joy.  The picture of living in absolute dependence on the Lord and rejoicing in His faithfulness.  The Feast activates His Kingship in our lives and our joy in being His children.  It is a feast of thanksgiving and is most likely the feast our national Thanksgiving is patterned after.  Shavuot, the spring feast we call Pentecost is a time for grain ingathering and thanksgiving representing the Torah given on Mt. Sinai. This is the feast of the Word of God made alive by God’s Spirit of Fire.   We will speak about this at another time.

Today we are looking at Feast of Succoth also known as the harvest of fruits feast or the ingathering.  The fall is when the fruits are gathered.  Fruits we know occur when the seed is good and there has been an abundance of rain which produces the sweet crops of the fruits.  The Succoth Feast is depicted in this richness that comes into our lives by His Word watered by His Spirit.

When Yeshua came out of the waters of baptism, the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove landed on Him.
As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. (Matthew 3:16 NIV)

The dove is a reference to the dove of Noah that brought the sign of the new world that was prepared through baptism of the flood.

Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him. (Genesis 8:8-12 NIV)

The Holy Spirit then is the sign of the new covenant.  We see this in Acts where Peter was confused about the Gentiles becoming part of the covenant.

While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit came on all who heard the message. The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astonished that the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out even on Gentiles. For they heard them speaking in tongues and praising God. Then Peter said, "Surely no one can stand in the way of their being baptized with water. They have received the Holy Spirit just as we have." So he ordered that they be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ. Then they asked Peter to stay with them for a few days. (Acts 10:44-48 NIV)

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit then is the new covenant activation for Succoth.  Let’s go little further before we end with that.

Succoth is the Feast that is prophetically declared to be kept at the end:  We know that there will be a final battle where Jerusalem will be surrounded by the armies of the anti-Christ. Luke 21:20. Yeshua prophesied the attack.  He also declares that He is returning to Jerusalem.  When He does, the remaining nations come to Jerusalem and they do it at Succoth. Look at Zech 14:

"Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths."  Zec 14:16 (NASB)

Succoth is the Feast that declares the abiding Presence of the Lord.  It is the final feast of the 7th month which is the month of His restoration of peace or shalom. We build sukkah’s temporary shelters to show the abiding Presence of the Lord.

Succoth is the Feast of ingathering or harvest of fruits.  It is the picture of John 15.  
""I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. "My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. "If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. "These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full."  Joh 15:1-11 (NASB)

This is Succoth.  It is the abiding Presence which is the holy Spirit indwelling us through the Baptism.  One final reference that I think makes this clear is Transfiguration:

"Six days later Jesus *took with Him Peter and James and John his brother, and *led them up on a high mountain by themselves. And He was transfigured before them; and His face shone like the sun, and His garments became as white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Peter said to Jesus, "Lord, it is good for us to be here; if You wish, I will make three tabernacles here, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah." While he was still speaking, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and behold, a voice out of the cloud said, "This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well-pleased; listen to Him!""  Mat 17:1-5 (NASB)

This is the key to the Feast. Moses and Elijah show up and Peter thinks it is Malachi 4:1-6
""For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace; and all the arrogant and every evildoer will be chaff; and the day that is coming will set them ablaze," says the LORD of hosts, "so that it will leave them neither root nor branch." "But for you who fear My name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings; and you will go forth and skip about like calves from the stall. "You will tread down the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day which I am preparing," says the LORD of hosts. "Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel. "Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the LORD. "He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.""  Mal 4:1-6 (NASB)

Peter thinks this is it! He knows Elijah and Moses is final.  So what does he want to do? Build a Sukkah.  But what happens to Yeshua?  2 Things. 1, Transfiguration, the baptism of the holy Spirit.  2. The declaration again of value, worth.  This is a picture of Succoth.  We need the baptism and the empowerment of knowing who we are.


Baptism Activation:  We are going to use the Tallit as a picture of the Succah.  Then we are going to ask the Lord to speak who we are to Him.  We are also believing for a new impartation of the holy Spirit.

Partner up Activation: Review Galatians 5:22 and 23.  Find someone to partner with.  Allow the Lord to reveal to you which of the fruits of the Spirit you feel you are not producing His BEST fruit in.  Confess to partner which ones you are weak in and desire to improve in that fruit of the Spirit.  Partner should pray and bless prophetically over you. Swap and do the same for partner.  Allow the Lord to reveal a plan to grow in fruit in that area over the next year.

Shabbat Shalom

Saturday, October 8, 2016

The Key of Alignment: Self-Worth. The New Man, Part 3 Atonement - David Mitts

Last few weeks we have been looking at Divine Alignment with respect to the issue of how we perceive our self-worth.  The reason that this is so important is that human beings are created with a self-worth hunger, a vacuum in our souls that needs to be filled.

Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers. (3 John 1:2 NASB)

We have been sharing about the connection between self-worth and walking in our destiny as recreated children of God.  We see from 3John 1:2 that we prosper and are in health as our soul prospers.  Our soul was created for Shalom or Peace.  It is no accident that the word for sickness, dis-ease is a picture of a loss of ease or Shalom. Sickness is the opposite of prosperity of soul. 

Financially or in a more holistic sense, being productive and fulfilled, in that productivity of expressing the unique gifts and talents that God has deposited in us, is a condition of soul prosperity.

Last week we discovered that the word for prosperity means to be well along our path in life.  This is a picture of the joy that results when we know we are in God’s will for our lives and manifesting that will.  This is true prosperity.  It is beyond natural riches.

The Hebrew word is Tzalah. It is the word picture of a bowl of soup that is full and the soup goes up the side of the bowl. It is the propserity that is empowered by the Holy Spirit.  Look with me at Joshua 1:8

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. (Joshua 1:8 NKJV)

The Apostle Paul spoke it this way:
"I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me."  Php 4:12-13 (NASB)

The strengthening that Paul is speaking of is out a relationship with God that fills the worth vacuum that God designed into our hearts that can only be filled in Him and not in external conditions no matter how good or bad.  You see the key isn’t to learn from the conditions but to receive from God. What do I mean by that?

Religion teaches us to focus on the conditions and allow them to toughen us.  This is like trying to endure temptation by looking at it and then resisting it.  The problem with this is the root condition is pride.  If I succeed then I am proud, if I fail then I am a failure. Paul is telling that there is a higher way, the way of self-worth derived from Him who then through His grace empowers us to live beyond the realm of circumstances.  Then we are in the world BUT NOT OF THE WORLD!! Make sense?

OK so we looked at the baptism of Yeshua and the affirmation of the Father of His Worth.  We ALL need that affirmation. Then we looked at the fact that we are created to need each other, so the voices of others are key to our growth and development towards who we are called to be.  Third we looked at the baptism itself as a picture of death of the old man and the resurrection and anointing that comes through the new creation.  We are NOT better caterpillars but transformed into a new creation, like a butterfly.  We can stop identifying ourselves with our old lives, but allow the death of the old man on the cross be our own liberation into who the Word says we are.  We can “put on” the new man and “put off the old man”.  The old manor life based in works and trying to change through circumstances is called the “flesh”.
 "But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts."  Rom 13:14 (NASB)
Last week we began with the 7th day reality of using the anointing of the 7th day and the 7th month to declare the new man, the reality of soul at rest.
Today I want to activate another of the Feasts, the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur.  Now this is one of those things that religion has truly hidden from us very well, even though the reality is so clear once we grasp it. 
We know originally the Day of Atonement was the day that the high priest entered the Holy of Holies to make atonement for the nation.  It was a day of national atonement.
 ""This shall be a permanent statute for you: in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, you shall humble your souls and not do any work, whether the native, or the alien who sojourns among you; for it is on this day that atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you; you will be clean from all your sins before the LORD. "It is to be a Sabbath of solemn rest for you, that you may humble your souls; it is a permanent statute. "So the priest who is anointed and ordained to serve as priest in his father's place shall make atonement: he shall thus put on the linen garments, the holy garments, and make atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make atonement for the tent of meeting and for the altar. He shall also make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly. "Now you shall have this as a permanent statute, to make atonement for the sons of Israel for all their sins once every year." And just as the LORD had commanded Moses, so he did."  Lev 16:29-34 (NASB)
So the Feast is about national atonement. Then Hebrews tells us through Yeshua there is a permanent atonement, once and for all.
"For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified."  Heb 10:14 (NASB)
So we know now that atonement is for the whole people of God and permanent for all time.
Now, most people have stopped there treating atonement as a legal concept, where our sin has been paid for by the blood of Messiah, which is true, But I believe there is another new creation reality that is transformational in nature.
To discover it we need to go back to Genesis where covering began. Because of time, I am going to get right to the point. Genesis 6 gives us the picture of the first baptism.  In it Noah is transformed from the old world through God’s grace into the beginning of a new race.  The “flood” is the picture of baptism.  It is the death of the old man.  In verse 6:14 it reads:
""Make for yourself an ark of gopher wood; you shall make the ark with rooms, and shall cover it inside and out with pitch."  Gen 6:14 (NASB)
Now understand this is not just a boat!!  This is salvation.  It has the wood of the cross but it also has pitch which is the Hebrew word for covering, Kopher, where we get the word atonement.  So the pitch represents atonement.  What does the pitch do??  It covers the cracks and makes the ark waterproof.  Water in this case is the agent of death, the result of sin.  The pitch, Kopher, protects against the water.  It is the covering that protects.
What does that remind you of??
Love!! Love is the covering that protects from sin.  It is anointing of Yeshua. It is the cross.  It is Yom Kippur.  Atonement is NOT just about satisfaction of wrath for sin!  No it is proactive, it is LOVE!  Love never fails!  Why?  Because it is the pitch that protects.
Love is reflected by the blood.  Love is expressed by passion. The sacrifice of Jesus is called the “passion of Christ”.  Why? Because His love was expressed by His sacrifice.  His passion is YOU.  Love is the pitch, the atonement, the covering.
Love covers sins. “Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.” (Proverbs 10:12 NKJV)
Remember that sin is NOT bad behavior.  Sin is missing the mark on God’s will and intent!  How do we do that?  By relying on our own perspective.  We need one another.  Self-reliance is attitude behind sin.  We become unmoored and pride controlled.
Pride reveals the cracks in our inner life that we want to cover up.  These are the cracks that are in the armor of our lives.  What we need to do with these cracks is allow others to see them, what we call confession or really just being vulnerable in an intimate way AND repentance. Repentance is putting on Messiah. It means to put off our perspective rooted in lack, dis-ease, etc. and put on His perspective.
For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. (Galatians 3:27 NKJV)
Pair up and allow the Lord to reveal your cracks. Confess them to one another. James says:
Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms. Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses [23] to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months. And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit. Brethren, if anyone among you wanders from the truth, and someone turns him back, let him know that he who turns a sinner from the error of his way will save a soul [24] from death and cover a multitude of sins. (James 5:13-20 NKJV)
So we are going to pair up and present our cracks to each other and then we are going to pray and release love because faith, the prayer of faith works by love.
For we through the Spirit eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness by faith. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love. (Galatians 5:5-6 NKJV)