The month of July: Rest, Refreshing, Overflow of Joy, Holiness, Completion, Peace.
Happy New Month of July. Yet another day and month, God has crowned us with for His Glory. The months of toiling is over. It’s time to rest in God. The days of trying to handle everything by your own power is over. Rest in the presence of God. You see, after God finished the work He was doing, He rested on the seventh day and made it Holy. The enemy will try to distract you but know that God has finished the work. Completion is found in Christ. Don’t wrestle. Rest in God your Savior. Continue to trust in Him and lean not on your own understanding because what He has promised will surely come to pass. Let the streams of living water refresh you in this month of July. In Isaiah 49:10, we are reminded that “He who has compassion on them will guide them and lead them beside springs of water.” This is a month of Joy. Don’t allow the enemy to steal your joy or anyone he sends to paralyze you. Praise God even when you don’t see your miracle. Rejoice in knowing God. You can call on His name. He listens and cares for you. The past months may have been difficult but God is bringing you to a place of rest. My cup will overflow. Oil of gladness. It has already begun and so shall it be for you. When we take a look at Genesis 8, we see that Noah opened a window he made in the ark and sent out a raven. Then follows a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. The dove could find no where to perch because there was water over all the surface of the Earth. Noah waited seven days to send the dove out again. Evening came, and the dove returned with a freshly plucked olive leaf. We are reminded that there Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. Dove is a representation of peace and Holy Spirit in the Bible. Olive leaf has a great symbolic value. In Psalm 52:8, we are compared to a olive tree. “But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God;I trust in God’s unfailing love for ever and ever.” Beautiful, unwavering, graceful, extensive in it’s root, producing rich oil. That’s an olive tree. That’s what God sees of us. May this month of July be a fruitful month for you. Joyful Celebration.
*Genesis 8:1-14 : But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded. 2 Now the springs of the deep and the floodgates of the heavens had been closed, and the rain had stopped falling from the sky. 3 The water receded steadily from the earth. At the end of the hundred and fifty days the water had gone down, 4 and on the seventeenth day of the seventh month the ark came to rest on the mountains of Ararat. 5 The waters continued to recede until the tenth month, and on the first day of the tenth month the tops of the mountains became visible.
6 After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark 7 and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth. 8 Then he sent out a dove to see if the water had receded from the surface of the ground. 9 But the dove could find nowhere to perch because there was water over all the surface of the earth; so it returned to Noah in the ark. He reached out his hand and took the dove and brought it back to himself in the ark. 10 He waited seven more days and again sent out the dove from the ark. 11 When the dove returned to him in the evening, there in its beak was a freshly plucked olive leaf! Then Noah knew that the water had receded from the earth. 12 He waited seven more days and sent the dove out again, but this time it did not return to him.
13 By the first day of the first month of Noah’s six hundred and first year, the water had dried up from the earth. Noah then removed the covering from the ark and saw that the surface of the ground was dry. 14 By the twenty-seventh day of the second month the earth was completely dry.
*Genesis 2: Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so on the seventh day he rested from all his work. 3 Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.
*Deuteronomy 28: 1-7: If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth. 2 All these blessings will come on you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:
3 You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
4 The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
5 Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.
6 You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.
7 The Lord will grant that the enemies who rise up against you will be defeated before you. They will come at you from one direction but flee from you in seven.”
Let your joy overflow. May the peace of God reign in your life. Remain in the secret place. May you be a blessing unto those you encounter in the month of July. Until next time, stay blessed and rooted in Christ. God loves you.
Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. -John 16:24