Shevat: Blessings for the Hebrew Month

Shevat—The Eleventh Hebrew Month of 5782 January 03–February 01, 2022

Time to Shout Out the Goodness of God


We have just come through Christmas season, in which I felt the Lord tell us to expect it to be the best one yet. He reminded me of the angel suddenly appearing to Zacharias and announcing he and Elizabeth would have a son. I’m sure they had prayed in faith for many years, but not receiving an answer caused them to “give up.” But of course God heard and answered in His time. I feel many of us are seeing former things we prayed for now being answered and fulfilled. Whether that is your own testimony or not, this month is a time to express two things: “God is good to me,” and “I am satisfied with Him and all He is doing for me.” Two more things about this shout/declaration: 1) do it often, and 2) let that declaration be loud and forceful. Psalm 81:10 says, “Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.” He will give us things to say and declare. This will change our thinking and activate faith for areas in our lives where we may have had little expectation. So, let your shout be loud.


1. Month of the tribe of Asher—In Genesis 49:20 [1] when Jacob blessed his sons, he said Asher would have an abundance of food and delicacies fit for a king. This really is what God wants for us: an abundant, overflowing life filled with good things. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life … more abundantly” (John 10:10). If you really want that, then speak it out. Say, “ Yes, God, you are making my life abundant.”


2. However, beware of overindulgence of delicacies (Prov. 23:3 [2])—Read the book of Daniel. He turned down the king’s delicacies and tested out ten times better than his peers. Ask and expect the Lord to help you in the areas of your life in which you need more self-control or discipline. Declare, “God has given me the Spirit of self-control (power, love, and a sound mind [see 2 Tim. 1:7]).”


3. A month to develop a plan to sustain the generations—The ones you mentor; how does your olive tree blossom? Remember that God’s desire is to use each one of us to raise up others so they too can flourish and hopefully surpass. Declare, “The Lord wants me to be a father/mother to others so they will bloom and grow.”


4. Month of the Hebrew letter tsade [ץ]—Your righteousness becomes your foundation. It’s on this basis that we connect with the trees in our fields. What fields are there? Who is planted there? Are the trees ready to bear fruit? Declare, “Because I am committed to the Lord and His righteousness in my life, He is giving me connections to help me advance and to help others advance.


5. Month of the constellation Aquarius, the water carrier—Your roots awaken to the water of life. The river of God touches our roots. We are like a tree planted by a river (Ps. 1:3 [3]). We should expect a great awakening in our lives with the Lord. Declare, “Yes, my roots are going deeper. I can bear fruit in all situations.”


6. Look for those who are bringing pitchers of water to you—Decisions will be made so you can be watered in a new way. Trust the Lord to bring you people who will minister to you. Study the story of Rebecca in Genesis 24 (she brought water for Eliezer, which led to her marrying Isaac), and the Samaritan woman in John 4 (she came just for water, but received the water of life). Declare, “The Lord wants me to treat with honor everyone I meet, so I will treat them that way. They may be bringing unexpected blessings.”


7. A month to shout, “My blessings are on the way.” Also declare, “My thirst will be quenched” (see John 7:37–39 [4]).


8. Month of the new year of trees—Choose to eat of the tree of life (Gen. 3:22 [5]) and not rely on human effort and understanding. Declare, “Lord, you are my source. I only want to eat of you. I only want to rely on you in all situations.”


9. Month of the stomach and esophagus—What you’re tasting produces the life or nourishment for your future. Declare, “I will obey the Lord in what I feed myself, both physically and spiritually.” Make sure to spend extra time reading God’s word this month. Let’s expect healing for people who have physical issues in these areas.


10. Be sure to eat the word—“Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps. 34:8). Declare, “I am tasting of the Lord. He is good!” If we don’t know that He is good, we will miss revelation He wants to give us.


(This material comes from my 2006 notes taken from a series of lectures given by Chuck Pierce [Glory of Zion]. I highly recommend his website for more materials and more in-depth explanations. —Ron Sawka)


References


[1] “Bread from Asher shall be rich, and he shall yield royal dainties” (Gen. 49:20).


[2] “Do not desire his delicacies, for they are deceptive food” (Prov. 23:3).


[3] “He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper” (Ps. 1:3).


[4] “On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, ‘If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive; for the Holy Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified” (John 7:37–39).


[5] “Then the Lord God said, ‘Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever’” (Gen. 3:22).


[6] “Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters” (Exod. 15:27).


[7] “But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever” (Ps. 52:8).


[8] “Also your people shall all be righteous; they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified” (Isa. 60:21).


[9] “To console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified” (Isa. 61:3).


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