March 12–April 10, 2013
The Hebrew New Year falls during the seventh month, but because of the fall of man, God instituted a new beginning. Thus, this is the first month and the beginning of a new cycle of redemption. Passover comes this month (14th day of Nissan); it is a time of being set free from the old and entering into the new. This month, be conscious of God’s redemption cycle, and know that you can more deeply experience His deliverance and healing, and that you can rise higher and higher in the Lord.
Below are some of the highlights of Nissan, also known as Abib (or Aviv).
- The tribe of Judah is associated with this month. Judah goes first into warfare. (See Judges 1:2; 20:18.) Judah was also the first tribe in the order of procession when Israel moved in the wilderness (Num. 10:14). Judah means “praise,” and is also the way we can keep our hand on the neck of the enemy (Gen. 49:8). Let everything we do start with an attitude of thanksgiving and praise.
- The month in which spring starts; the beginning of the month of direct light. Declare that your light is getting brighter. (See Isaiah 60; Luke 2:32; Isaiah 49:6; and Acts 26:18.) Light also signifies “revelation.” Expect God to show you the paths and strategies you need.
- The month of Passover. (Passover begins on the 14th of Nissan: March 25, 2013). Passover is designed to help us enter into a fuller experience of our great salvation in Jesus. We do this by examining the first Passover. Note the following things:
- Deliverance. Remember where we came from. Say, “Lord, Thank You for this year; thank You for how you delivered me in the past, and for the many ways You will deliver me this year.”
- Every Passover expect new a level of deliverance. Peter was set free from prison in Acts 12. Is anything (e.g., a bad habit) holding you back? Believe for deliverance.
- Passover is a time of crossing over (e.g., the Red Sea, the Jordan River in Joshua 4–5). Realize that you are crossing into something new. Here in Japan, we definitely are crossing into a brand new season.
- Reproach is being rolled away (Josh. 5:9). Any old sense of failure that is still a part of our identities that is allowed to remain will hinder us. Jesus wants to roll that off of us.
- New provision (Josh. 5:10–12). Each Passover is a time when the Lord wants to bless us with new provision. Be sure to ask Him for it.
- New intimacy with the Lord, and new strategy.
- The month of redemption. (A price has been paid for you to be set free from each one of your “prisons.”) Read Ruth, and see how Boaz bought back the property that had been lost for Ruth and Naomi, and how this brought Ruth into her destiny. Declare all is being unlocked and that you are moving into your destiny. Jesus has bought back your destiny.
- The month that sets the course for your future. Again, this is why it is so important to keep moving in praise.
- Linked to the constellation “Aries” (the ram, or the lamb). Jesus is the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). God provided a ram for Abraham instead of Isaac. He is Jehovah Jireh, and God will provide (Gen. 22:14). Expect unusual sources of provision.
- The month kings go to war; the new year for kings. God wants to “expand” you. Declare that plans and new beginnings shall begin to take place. Do warfare over those declarations (2 Sam. 11:1).
- The month of speech. If you speak negatively during this month, it will adversely affect you 3–4 months later. The seeds of negativity take root and will pull you backward. Conversely, your positive confessions should “grab the wind” and change the atmosphere. (See 1 Peter 3:9; 1 Samuel 1:17; 2:20–21.)
- The “controller month.” You need to assess both where you are at and where you are going.
- The month where you need to “learn to fish.” If you can’t pay your taxes, pull a coin out of a fish’s mouth. Let the Lord give you new and unusual means of supply. (See Matthew 17:27.)
- “Step forward with your better foot.” Don’t wait and hold back. Move ahead confidently in God. Numbers 33:3 (AMP) says, “The Israelites went out [of Egypt] with a high hand and triumphantly.”