Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Biblical Meaning of 2018

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2018... EXPECT...

The Year of New Beginnings!

Lamentations 3:22-23 says that it is because of God's great mercies, we are not consumed. God's mercies are new every morning! 

Elohim - our creative, covenant God - is always working to bring us into new beginnings. 

A restart. 

A fresh start.

Our Father wants us to live, and move, and have our being - in His image. An image that is full of faith... full of power... full of integrity... full of abundance... full of love... and full of purpose.

Friend, God's mercies are new every morning. 

In fact, His mercies are not only new each morning, but He also gives restarts to each new week, the beginning of each new month, the change in seasons and even the excitement that only comes around once a year. The Lord has strategically placed restarts on our calendar to remind us of how we are to forget the past and press ahead toward the future - a future that is filled with expectation. A future encompassed by blessings!

In this blog post I have put together some bullet point facts that I pray gives you hope for what is to come in 2018. Grab hold of this mini lesson and claim a LIFE that is free from bondage and a NEW BEGINNING that has resurrection and regeneration power to carry you through the 365 days ahead.

Let 2018 be your year of freedom;

Your year of abundance; 

Your year of restoration;

Your year of favor;

Your year of peace;

Your year of joy!

It all starts with repentance - simply agreeing with God and letting go of those things the Lord has asked you to shake loose from. Allow the Holy Spirit to circumcise your heart (fresh and new) so that you will be found worthy to enter into this new year with confidence; a confidence that is certain of the loving care of Father God, who wants to bless every part of your LIFE. 

He loves you!

Enjoy these notes...

The Number "18"...

18 represents LIFE - The eighth letter in the Hebrew Alphabet, CHET means 8, and the tenth letter--Yud means 10. The number 18 spells the Hebrew word CHAI, which means life.

The primary significance of the Number 18 is LIFE, but since all have sinned and come short of God's glory, the circle of LIFE (as we know it) can take on the form of both blessings and bondage. Hence, Sin/Death are intertwined with LIFE.

The number 18 can also signify the end of bondage. In such cases, bondage is broken in the 18TH year!

Jesus healed a woman who had a spirit of infirmity that crippled her for 18 YEARS!

LUKE 13:11-13 - "... and a woman was there who had been crippled by a spirit for EIGHTEEN YEARS. She was bent over and could not straighten up at all. When Jesus saw her, he called her forward and said to her, 'Woman, you are set free from your infirmity.' Then he put his hands on her, and immediately she straightened up and praised God."  

The Israelites were enslaved to Eglon king of Moab for 18 YEARS, but because they CRIED OUT TO THE LORD in REPENTANCE, God sent a deliverer! So then, they had PEACE for 80 YEARS! 

JUDGES 3:12-15 and 30 - "Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord, and because they did this evil the Lord gave Eglon king of Moab power over Israel. Getting the Ammonites and Amalekites to join him, Eglon came and attacked Israel, and they took possession of the City of Palms. The Israelites were subject to Eglon king of Moab for EIGHTEEN YEARS. Again the Israelites cried out to the Lord, and he gave them a deliverer—Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite. ... That day Moab was made subject to Israel, and the land had peace for eighty years.

The Philistines and Ammonites oppressed Israelites for eighteen years, but when the Israelites cried out to the Lord and GOT RID OF THEIR FOREIGN GODS, He saved them AGAIN!

JUDGES 10:6-8 and 10 and 15-16  "Again the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord. They served the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and the gods of Aram, the gods of Sidon, the gods of Moab, the gods of the Ammonites and the gods of the Philistines. And because the Israelites forsook the Lord and no longer served him, he became angry with them. He sold them into the hands of the Philistines and the Ammonites, who that year shattered and crushed them. For EIGHTEEN YEARS they oppressed all the Israelites on the east side of the Jordan in Gilead, the land of the Amorites... Then the Israelites cried out to the Lord, “We have sinned against you, forsaking our God and serving the Baals.”... But the Israelites said to the Lord, “We have sinned. Do with us whatever you think best, but please rescue us now.Then they got rid of the foreign gods among them and served the Lord. And he could bear Israel’s misery no longer.

The Number "8"...

Eighth Day - Resurrection and Regeneration

MARK 16:9 - “Now when Jesus was risen early the FIRST DAY OF THE WEEK, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven demons.” 

888 Represents Jesus

David was the 8th son of Jesse. He was God’s King for Israel after the disastrous reign of King Saul. David fulfilled God's will by taking care of God's people. He had a heart of grace which translates as New Beginnings after times of sin.

1 SAMUEL 17:12 - “Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehem Judah, whose name was Jesse, and who had EIGHT SONS. And the man was old, advanced in years, in the days of Saul.” -
ACTS 13:22 - “And when he had removed him (Saul), he (God) raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.”

There are “8... “And God Said” steps to creation in Genesis 1 (read Genesis 1 and count them)

The number of Noah’s family that stepped off the ark after the flood was 8. (Noah, his wife, his three sons, his sons wives = 8... this was a new beginning)

Circumcision on the 8TH DAY represents the New Covenant.

LEVITICUS 12:3 - “And in the EIGHTH DAY the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.” 

Be found worthy after being tried by fire and expect the 8th day, year, etc. to be Holy - set apart - as a time of New Beginnings.

LEVITICUS 23:36 - “Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the EIGHTH DAY shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a SOLEMN ASSEMBLY and ye shall do no servile work therein.”

There are 7 days in a week but the 8th day is the brand new beginning to a brand new week of new opportunities and new possibilities!





2018 is YOUR YEAR!

Psalm 136 (NIV)

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the God of gods.
His love endures forever.
Give thanks to the Lord of lords:
His love endures forever.
to him who alone does great wonders,
His love endures forever.
who by his understanding made the heavens,
His love endures forever.
who spread out the earth upon the waters,
His love endures forever.
who made the great lights
His love endures forever.
the sun to govern the day,
His love endures forever.
the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.
10 to him who struck down the firstborn of Egypt
His love endures forever.
11 and brought Israel out from among them
His love endures forever.
12 with a mighty hand and outstretched arm;
His love endures forever.
13 to him who divided the Red Sea[a] asunder
His love endures forever.
14 and brought Israel through the midst of it,
His love endures forever.
15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;
His love endures forever.
16 to him who led his people through the wilderness;
His love endures forever.
17 to him who struck down great kings,
His love endures forever.
18 and killed mighty kings
His love endures forever.
19 Sihon king of the Amorites
His love endures forever.
20 and Og king of Bashan
His love endures forever.
21 and gave their land as an inheritance,
His love endures forever.
22 an inheritance to his servant Israel.
His love endures forever.
23 He remembered us in our low estate
His love endures forever.
24 and freed us from our enemies.
His love endures forever.
25 He gives food to every creature.
His love endures forever.
26 Give thanks to the God of heaven.
His love endures forever.

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