Thank you for following along with Dear Hubby and I as we share snippets from our journey in this life of faith. Your kindness, prayers and support mean so much! We look forward to meeting you all face-to-face in the Kingdom of our Lord someday, but until then we praise Him for this online fellowship with His people. If it be His will, we hope there is still opportunity in the current life to meet more of you in person.
As this Hanukkah season and the year 2016 both come to a close, we pray that YHWH’s greatest blessings come to each of you, that He pours more of Himself into your lives, and that He brings you His shalom in more profound ways! May those who need healing receive it immediately and completely. May those who need comfort be held in His warm, loving arms. May those who need financial resources be filled to overflowing with His abundance. May those who need encouragement be filled with His endless supply of love and joy. May the year 2017 be your closest walk with Adonai, always rejoicing in His instruction, His faithfulness, His mercy and grace.
Eternal glory to YHWH our Elohim and His only Son, Yeshua our Messiah! Praise His Name!
Thanks again to A Little Perspective (www.alittleperspective.com) for graciously sharing her beautiful Hanukkah graphics! What a blessing they have been to help focus our thoughts on Him at this time!
Do you spend time in reflection at the end of the calendar year? Do you mentally review the past year and make resolutions, plans, goals, dreams, or affirmations for the new year rapidly approaching? As we begin to wind down our celebration of Hanukkah, I believe it is an excellent time to do just that. How can we each individually shine our light, the spirit of Adonai He has shared with us, throughout the coming twelve months? What exactly will it look like to “let our light shine”? Something worth pondering…
Just as the Hanukkah lights shine out our windows into the dark world around us, our spiritual light from YHWH must shine through us wherever we go and whatever we do. We are His ambassadors on the earth and represent Him. Shouldn’t we reflect that in our daily words and deeds?
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. ~~ Matthew 5: 14-16
So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.
And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord.
As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever.
Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.
For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising. ~~ Isaiah 59:19 – 60:3
There was a man sent from God whose name was Yochanan (John). He came to be a testimony, to bear witness concerning the light; so that through him, everyone might put his trust in God and be faithful to him. He himself was not that light; no, he came to bear witness concerning the light.
This was the true light, which gives light to everyone entering the world. He was in the world — the world came to be through him — yet the world did not know him. He came to his own homeland, yet his own people did not receive him.
But to as many as did receive him, to those who put their trust in his person and power, he gave the right to become children of God, not because of bloodline, physical impulse or human intention, but because of God.
The Word became a human being and lived with us, and we saw his Sh’khinah, the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth. ~~ John 1: 6-14
History is cyclical. Events repeat in different ways at different times. One message that I believe needs to be replayed is below. It’s the rebuttal one of the Maccabees gave to the oppressor ordering them to deny their faith and their land. This statement is as true today as it was then. It needs to ring loudly in the ears of all United Nations members, and throughout the world. And, truly, one day, our Elohim will have the final say on the matter.
We have not occupied a foreign land; we have not ruled a foreign land; we have liberated the land of our forefathers from foreign occupation.
~~Shimon the Maccabee (when ordered by Antiochus [Book of Maccabees A: 15:33] to end the “occupation” of Jerusalem, Jaffa, Gaza, Gezer and Akron)
The closer we follow the footsteps of Yeshua, our Messiah, the less we will stumble. His light is eternal and life-giving. As we continue lighting the Hanukkah candles, adding one each day, consider the increased brightness in our lives as we grow closer to Him. What a beautiful picture is painted in this season’s traditions!