Hidden Vision in Tammuz – A Word by Christine Vales
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Hidden Vision in Tammuz
Tammuz 5779 = July 4- August 1, 2019
By Christine Vales
Welcome to Tammuz! This fourth month of the Hebrew year, depicts a door, which swings wide into a favorite season by many… the season of summer! Summer or “kaitz” in Hebrew is often referred to as the “holiday of the eyes.” We will soon see how this expression truly depicts this month as we cross over its threshold.
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Everywhere we look this month, we will see the Lord focusing on our vision. Why is the Lord so adamant about where we put our eyes? “The eye is the lamp of the body, so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.” (Matt 6:22-23) He knows that our gaze will either lead to worship or idolatry. It was here in Tammuz when Israel lost their patience and focus while waiting for Moses to return from Mt Sinai and subsequently made the infamous golden calf. (Exo 32) They sought immediate comfort and took their eyes off the Lord. When Moses returned, he could not believe his eyes. He smashed the first set of tablets and the golden calf. When idols are exposed and destroyed we can direct our eyes and heart to worship the one, True and Living God. Quick fixes and idols in our lives enslave us.
So what are we supposed to do with these eyes of ours that often get us into a lot of trouble? It actually starts in our hearts, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Prov 4:23) Our eyes take in things, deposit them into our heart and then everything flows out from there. When we seek His help to guard or hide our eyes in this hidden month of Tammuz, we actually guard our heart. “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matt 6:21)
The Lord calls us to fix our eyes on the unseen or hidden things. One definition of the word Tammuz is “hidden.” “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” (2 Cor 4:18) Jesus said…“Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” (John 20:29) How do we see hidden things? His Word tells us when we turn to the Lord, the “veil” is removed from our eyes. (2 Cor 3:16) As we turn our eyes upon Jesus, He enables us to see things we could never see with our natural eyes and opens the eyes of the blind. (Ps 146:8) His perfect Light exposes hidden things in our lives that we “just don’t see.” When He reveals… He heals. He is better than any eye doctor I know!
Looking to the heavens this month we see the constellation, Cancer. Cancer or “Sartan” in Hebrew means “filmstrip.” Thus, Tammuz is often referred to as “The Filmstrip Month.” Let us take time this month to stop and look at our life, frame by frame, holding up each section of our lives up to the Light of His Truth and allow Him to show us where to make adjustments.
The Lord highlights our right hand and it’s index finger, which is actually connected with our vision. How so? When we point our finger at something, we are directing one’s attention and focus in that direction. The Jews have a beautiful wedding tradition underscoring this point. The bride wears her wedding band on her right index finger, which directs her gaze to her bridegroom. How much more does The Bride of Christ need that reminder… to fix her gaze on her heavenly Bridegroom, Yeshua.
Tammuz also means “to connect.” This is a time in our lives where the Lord is bringing us from one large expanse into another. He does this by taking us through a narrow, protective place. May we worship while He brings us through the straits, keeping our hands up and our eyes on Him! A connection to consider this month is the Biblical three-week “connecting” period called “Between The Straits.” (July 22-Aug 11, 2019) “For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” (Matt 7:14)
So where is your gaze? Are you beholding Him or have you grown impatient and turned to a golden calf? Ask Him to reveal any idols you may have erected in your life. How can you practically guard your heart? May the eyes of your heart be enlightened by the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him. (Eph 1:17-18) Look closely at your connections this month and prayerfully consider your handshakes. Be aware of this divine connecting time “Between the Straits” and may your eyes ever be upon Him. (Ps 25:15)
A TURNAROUND FOR YOU..
A word by Dana Jarvis
I decree you are making the spiritual journey from the bondage of Egypt into your promised land of destiny. I know you have grown weary. Do not let the murmurings and complaining attitudes rule you. It causes the faith to waiver! Your focus is upon the cup of bitter waters that you are currently drinking from.
Rest assured that your God is making these bitter waters sweet!
You shall taste and see that the Lord is good! You are going to see such extravagance in your daily life. He is delivering much into your hands so reach up and take hold. Just as he was with you before, he is with you now. You are going to drink deep of the Living Waters. The bitter waters of life have tried to steal all joy.
However I hear the Lord say, “It is done, I am the Lord who heals you. I am the Lord who will restore you. I am the Lord who will provide your every need. I am the One that is making the bitter waters sweet!”
I feel so strongly that God is removing your cup of bitter waters you have had to drink for so long. He is causing a turnaround for you in a situation that you desperately need him to move. I am speaking to several and know this word is for you. Even as the Lord led Moses and the children of Israel from their bondage at the Red Sea, it still took one step of faith. One step of faith is all it takes to cause a release from all of this. Take a moment and sow into good ground by giving into Spirit Fuel. For just a contribution of $25, $50, or even $100 or more given into Spirit Fuel is an active step and good ground on which to sow. It is a powerful ministry reaching the world for Christ. As you sow that offering, it is that act of faith that will cause the Red Sea where you are standing to part in your life. The bitter cup will be removed and the sweetness of the Lord shall begin to flow!
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