As we come to the first-fruits celebrations for November, the month of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar, I have a strong sense that this is a time to bring certain things to death and other things to birth. I feel the Spirit of God saying that this is the time for change and it’s time for the new to be birthed.
This month is represented by the tribe of Benjamin, and I believe that there are significant things that the Lord is saying to us if we have the eyes to see and ears to hear the Spirit of God. In the account of Benjamin’s birth, his mother wanted to give him the name Ben-oni, which means ‘son of my sorrow’ or ‘son of my pain’. During times when we are seeking to bring things to birth, we experience sorrow and pain, as well as joyful expectation. We can easily become focused on our difficulty instead of our destiny. Rachel, Benjamin’s mother, named her son to reflect the pain she experienced. Jacob, Benjamin’s father, refocused at this time of birthing and reoriented his son towards his destiny, by giving him the name Benjamin which means ‘son of my strength’ or ‘son who sits at my right hand’. I believe the Lord wants us to reposition ourselves so we are directed towards God’s prophetic plan for our lives.
It’s time to decree: “in my pain I have strength and in my trial I have a testimony!’
The Lord says, “This is not the time to name things after your experience but to call things into being after the prophetic future and destiny that I have for your life.”
This is also the time when the Lord says, “I am going to strengthen you to carry both shields and bows.”
2 Chronicles 14:8 (ESVST): ‘And Asa had an army of 300,000 from Judah, armed with large shields and spears, and 280,000 men from Benjamin that carried shields and drew bows. All these were mighty men of valour.’
During this first-fruits celebration as well as over the remainder of this month, it would be good for us to remove all distractions from our lives so that we may focus upon the things that God has in store for us, as an archer would focus on his target.
It’s time for us to strengthen our hands in order to take hold of the shield of faith that is able to quench every dart of the enemy assigned against us, so that we may fully bring to birth every promise from God. God will release new resources and strengthen our hands with the ability to administer those resources and entrustments.
We have just returned back from a month’s trip to India where many obstacles and hindrances could have easily distracted us, but we experienced God’s power to overcome and see breakthroughs in every region we visited. The Lord is speaking clearly to us: “Don’t be easily distracted and lose your focus but know you can overcome!” He will resource us as we keep our eye single and steadfast, and He will empower us with the weapons of our warfare so we overcome every obstacle the enemy places before us.
Genesis 49:27 says, ‘Benjamin is a ravenous wolf.’
I strongly believe this is a time when God is giving us a fresh hunger for His presence. It’s also a time for us to look at our personal appetites so we refocus upon being nourished with the things God sets before us.
I decree over my life a fresh hunger for the presence of God.
Matthew 5:6 (NIV1984) says, ‘Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.’
Seek after the deep things of God and you will find that He is more than able and willing to sustain you. I believe that the irresistible God is brooding over our lives at this time and He will satisfy us with His presence more than we can comprehend.
I pray that this will be a time to birth new things, to be empowered to overcome, and to experience the irresistible brooding of God over your life.