New Year ? #2
As I mentioned in the last message- How many of you are looking for a New Beginning? So many were waiting for their new beginning on January 1. For many, their New Beginning didn’t happen. What went wrong? Did you ever think that January 1st. is not the beginning of the year, according to God? The Romans made January 1st. the start of the year. I am not saying that you shouldn’t observe January 1 as the beginning of the year for business and tax purposes. What I am saying is that in your dealings with God you have to get on His timetable. He will not adjust to ours. He has particular seasons of how He wants to move and deal with us. We need to recognize them. The new year according to the Bible starts on Nissan 1 on the Jewish calendar (Exodus 12 v. 1). Nissan 1 fell at 6:00 P.M. on Mar. 13, on our calendar this year. Mar. 13 was the beginning of the year, according to God. January to March is a time where God is “preparing” some of His people for their New Beginning.
This a season of preparation, a season of making sure that we continue to allow God to conform us to the image of His dear Son. If we do it God’s way we will be prepared spiritually to receive His blessings in the natural. God can sovereignty give someone a New Beginning at anytime, but generally speaking he reserves His greatest blessings for His seasons! These last three months of the year could be the most prosperous of our lives. Don't close out the year on Dec. 31. Who are we to close out a year? Only our heavenly Father can close out a year! He works with us on a year to year basis. Can a student tell a teacher when a course is completed? You could be closing out God's blessings which He hasn't done yet, in your mind. This can be translated into your spirit when you close out the year. Don't base your spiritual walk with Yahshua on man's schedule. So many "bring in the New Year" on Jan. 1 and they are really wasting their time and losing sleep. He says that he wants to crown our year with "fatness." Again, God could be ready to bless you so much in these last three months. Beginning with the first month of the year God has a timetable to do a work in our lives by the end of the year. Don't cut short His work by joining the majority of the world and closing out the year on Dec. 31. Again, don't base your spiritual walk with Yahshua on man's schedule.
He establishes this fact about Nisan 1 being the beginning of the year in Exodus 12 v. 2, where he mentions that this month shall be the beginning of the months for them. They were just coming out of Egypt when He said this to them. In Deuteronomy 16 v. 1, God mentions that it was in the month of Abib that he brought them out of Egypt. Abib is another name for Nissan. So, in Exodus 12 v. 2 this is the month that He said should be the beginning of the year for them. It is so easy to understand that God would choose springtime as His beginning of the year in dealing with us. Grass and other vegetation starts to bloom and grow, at this time. The previous months during the year are all preparation for the beginning of the subsequent year.
There are certain things that God wants to do during His beginning of the year. There is an anointing on this season for restoration, for starting new assignments, new beginnings in general and for positioning for promotions. He is positioning some of his people to take somebody’s place! In Luke 13 v. 30, Jesus said that there are some that are ”last which shall be first and some first which shall be last.” There are some people that God set up originally but have been lifted up in pride and neglecting their assignments.
They are forgetting the One who gave them their position. They were first but now are last. Don’t let this happen to you. This is a time where some of us whom others have written off as last shall be first. We are being prepared by God during this time before April 5, to possibly take someone else’s position. Allow Him to work on you! Allow Him to point out those areas of your life that need to change to His liking. It is a wonderful season for a Second Chance. You might have felt that you were on the backburner, but you were just simmering. God was just waiting for the heat of the stove to bring more flavor out of you! A prime example of someone falling out of favor with God and losing his position to someone else is the story of Saul and David. Saul was so humble that when he was chosen to be king, he hid himself. But he started to change! In I Samuel 13 v. 11 Saul explained to Samuel why he offered a sacrifice to God without waiting for Samuel, who was appointed by God to offer sacrifices. He said that he couldn’t wait for Samuel, as the people were getting anxious. God was angry and spoke through Samuel that Saul would not continue in his position as king. Samuel also said the God had found somebody after His own heart, to take his place. In 1 Samuel 15, Samuel had told Saul not spare anything or anybody when he destroyed the Amalekites. Saul spared the king of the Amalekites and took some of his spoil, sheep and oxen (to sacrifice to God). God was very angry and said through the Prophet Samuel that obedience is better than sacrifice (v. 22). In v. 28, God spoke through the Prophet to King Saul that the kingdom was taken away from him that very day and given it to someone else!
At that time David was given the kingdom, even though he didn’t realize it! Do you see that God could have spoken a promotion for you and that He is preparing you for it, at this very hour? We see David watching the few sheep that he had, when God sends Samuel the Prophet to his house, to anoint him as king. As a Prophet of God, He is also sending me to you today, by way of the Internet to deliver this message to you. He is ready to promote some of you into somebody else’s position, because you have His heart for His people. Get ready! Let Him prepare you! The pressure that some of you are feeling is the hand of the Master polishing you for your new beginning, your new position (Isaiah 49 v. 2). Don’t get lifted up in pride, but know that if God took the position from somebody else and gave it to you, He can also remove you.
Remember, this is the season of preparation before the the Master's "New Year."