I heard a great message today from one of my favorite teachers, Dr. Robert Heidler from Glory of Zion in Texas. Dr. Heidler spoke about the Hebrew month of Adar. As I have shared in the past, it is a joy to me to look at each Hebrew month along with its meaning, and the associated tribe. In this month of Adar the Jewish people will celebrate the Feast of Purim. You can read all about the reason for that feast if you read the book of Esther.
The month of Adar is a month to rejoice!! After this icy, cold, dark winter I think we are all ready to for some rejoicing, again I say, rejoice!!
If you look up in your Bible Concordance the words “rejoice, joy, and gladness” you will find plenty of Bible verses supporting the truth that God wants us to rejoice. Here are just a few:
Ps. 5:11 “But let all those rejoice who put their trust in You; Let them ever shout for joy, because You defend them; Let those also who love Your name be joyful in You.”
Ps. 126:2-3 “Then our mouth was filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing. Then they said among the nations, ’The Lord has done great things for them.’ The Lord has done great things for us, And we are glad.”
1 Chron. 16:10 “Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!”
Phil. 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”
We are even told in the Word that to be joy filled is good for our health in Prov. 17:22 “A merry heart does good, like medicine, But a broken spirit dries the bones.”
The Bible says we will have joy as we:
1. Celebrate Sabbath (Is. 56:6-7)
2. Celebrate Biblical Feasts (God calls His people to feast throughout scripture. God’s people love to come together to celebrate, eat, praise, fellowship.)
3. Forgive (Matt. 6:14)
4. Stop worrying (1 Peter 5:7)
5. Choose to praise God joyfully. (Ps. 103)
6. Be filled with the Holy Spirit (Eph. 5:18)
7. Spend time in His presence. (Ps. 16:11)
You and I are not dependent on circumstances or stuff to find joy. Let’s recapture JOY this month. Thank God for the people who love you. Thank God for the blessings in your life. Thank God for the victories in your life. Thank God, He will never leave you or forsake you.
Rejoice again I say rejoice!!
Patricia L. Wenzel
Woman of Character Graduate
Scripture from New King James Translation.