5781 or 2021 - The decade of the Tongue-
Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3
I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you today, that I have set before you life and death,
the blessing and the curse; therefore, you shall choose life in order that you may live,
you and your descendants, Deuteronomy 30:19
We do not realize the impact our words have when we are not agreeing with heaven. When we are not in agreement heaven, we are in agreement with the agenda of hell.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, And those who love it and indulge it will eat its fruit and bear the consequences of their words. Proverbs 18:21
May it be Your will, O Lord, our God and the God of our forefathers, that You inaugurate
this month of Shevat upon us for goodness and for blessing.
May You give us long life
and a life of peace – Shalom,
a life of goodness – Tovah
a life of blessing – Bracha
a life of sustenance – Parnassa
a life of physical health – Hilutz Atzamot
a life in which there is a fear of heaven and fear of sin
– Yirat Shamayim ve’ Yirat Chet
a life in which there is no humiliation – Ein Busha u’Chlimah
a life of wealth and honor – Osher ve’Kavod
a life in which we will have love of Torah and awe and reverence of God
– Ahavat Torah ve ‘Yirat HaShem
a life in which Adonai, the Lord, fulfills our heartfelt requests for good.
Shevat - January 14th to February 12th sunset
Shevat is the eleventh month counting from Nisan; 30 days long
This is the month to shout – “My blessings are on the way!”
Shevat is a related to the Hebrew word shevet; meaning branch, rod, scepter, scion, staff, and tribe… In the Land of Israel, Shevat gives the first indicators…
Trees, new growth, Resurrection, Life, Living Waters, Authority
The 15th of Shevat, Tu BiShvt, is the day that marks the beginning of the New Year for Trees.
This is the season for the earliest blooming tree, the almond tree, in Israel to begin to bud and blossom.
The word almond in Hebrew is שָׁקֵד (sheked); a word that also means to “awake or watch (shakad).”
Almond Trees are the first to bloom giving the first indication of Spring.
Almond buds and blossoms signify new life, wakefulness, Resurrection Life, watching and authority.
Aaron’s rod budded and bore full fruit after the Korah rebellion and plague on the people. The blossoming of the rod and the fully ripened fruit was God’s sign of His chosen priest. (Numbers 17)
A Word for this month
On December 24, 2020, God began showing me the numbers 111 and He talk to me about Jeremiah 1:11.
The verse is about God asking Jeremiah what he sees and Jeremiah seeing the almond branch.
The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”
And I said, “I see the branch of an almond tree.” Jeremiah 1:11
Then He spoke to me about Jeremiah 1:10
“See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, To uproot and break down, To destroy and to overthrow, To build and to plant.”
God said, “there is more to come, I AM going to tear down, destroy and uproot, and before you rebuild there must be change.”
God said we must “be willing to change” – “ready at a moment’s notice to change “-
And that change “needs to come before the rebuilding.”
I saw the rebuilding as early summer when He said, “Rebuilding will come later.”
Shevat is the time to ask God what it is He would change in you.
The world isn’t going to change, it is we, the Body, that needs to change.
The branch of the almond also represents God’s watchfulness and ours.
“The word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”
And I said, “I see the branch of an almond tree.” Jeremiah 1:11
“Then said the LORD unto me, Thou hast well seen: for I will hasten my word to perform it.”
Shevat is the season to,
see what God is revealing,
declare what God is doing
and then God will hasten His Word to perform it.
Ask God to see from His Perspective “that you might see well.”
Barna research reports that fewer than one out of five (19%) born-again adults in the USA hold a biblical worldview.
As you seek God Ask that He would open your eyes to see the world through Scripture.
Come close to God [with a contrite heart] and He will come close to you. Wash your hands, you sinners; and purify your [unfaithful] hearts, you double-minded [people]. James 4:8
The almond bud is symbolized in the buds of the menorah, which represents the Light of the World.
The Messiah was likened to the Branch of a tree, and man is likened to a tree in the field.
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. Isaiah 11:1
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, 2but whose delight is in the law of the LORD, and who meditates on his Law Day and night. 3That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither- whatever they do prospers. Psalm 1:1-3
Men and trees both have trunks, roots, flourish or wither and produce fruit.
The fruit is the indicator if the man is good or evil, however the appearance of the fruit is not the indicator.
Tasting offers an additional measure of the discernment of fruit.
So, this month, tasting is the sense.
It is the month to discern what you are tasting and mediate on what produces the life or nourishment for your future.
O taste and see that the LORD is good…
Psalm 34:8 NASB
Asher camps with Dan and Naphtali on the north side of the Tabernacle, they were the rear guard when the camp marched.
Give thanks that God is our rear guard
You will not leave in a hurry, running for your lives. For the LORD will go ahead of you; yes, the God of Israel will protect you from behind.
Asher means happy.
Asher was the 8th son of Jacob by Leah’s handmaid Zilpah.
His inheritance along the seacoast was some of the most fertile land in Canaan representing the full blessing of God.
Asher was one of the most numerous tribes and equated to the most blessed of all the sons of Israel.
Moses blessed Asher with being acceptable to his brother and he lived in peace with the other tribes.
Moses also said the tribe would live in security.
Asher was blessed with the potential for every earthly blessing – they walked in the favor of God.
However, they did not drive out the inhabitants of the land, nor did they side with Deborah or Barak.
But then, when Hezekiah called the tribes to Passover the men of Asher humbled themselves and and came even though others laughed.
We can ask God for the same blessings He blessed the Tribe of Asher.
Go back through the previous paragraph and pray the underlined sections.
Aquarius (the water carrier)
The river touches the roots and your roots awaken to the water of life.
Position yourself to be watered.
Rainy month - “Water will flow from his wells.”
But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” John 4:14