New Moons Part Six: A Moment of Truth and a Matter of Heart
Since one of Satan's main devices is lying, most of what we lay down at the new moon consists of the devil's lies and deception. He has conditioned us to lie to ourselves and to others -- to accept, believe and speak lies.
In our world of lies we often refer to a time when we have "a moment of truth." Such was the case for Isaiah. A more dramatic moment of truth has probably never been experienced. In vision (or was it in reality?) Isaiah was lifted up to behold the glorious throne of God. In the presence of the mighty God of the universe, he said, "Woe is me, for I am [damah; undone, KJV]! Because I am a man of unclean [lying] lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips" (Isa. 6:5). In a mere second in the awesome presence of God, he knew instantly that he had lived in a world conditioned to lying. Satan had fed him lies through people all his life and he had swallowed them and spoken them.
Damah includes the idea of perishing, being silenced, speechless in God's presence, a sudden cessation of excuses, cut down to size, having your pride cut off in a moment along with your preconceived notions, brought to silence so sin has no power to act in your lif e. It also means undone, with the understanding that you can undo or rescind any words that have not been aligned with the truth of God's Word.
His unclean lips are clearly lying lips, polluted by a world cut off from the God of truth. Satan had taught him to lie from his youth. How much more have we been polluted by the lies in the end-time mess in which we are living today! We are in dire need of God's new beginnings at the new moon.
While our encounter with God may not be as dramatic, we need to have the same humble attitude that Isaiah displayed. That is precisely one of the reasons God reveals to us the truth about the new moons. He wants us to be humbled in His presence. He wants us to confess and lay down our lies to Jesus. Why?
New Moons – Path to a Pure Heart
When we cast down our lies, we can receive a clean, truthful and pure heart. Only the pure in heart can see God (Mat. 5:8). We want to see Him as He really is and truly know Him. But that cannot happen in its fullness until we see ourselves (and the lies Satan has fed us) as we truly are. We must lie down at Jesus' feet along with our lies and lay them down to the Master.
That's what worship truly is: surrendering ourselves to God, lies and all. Worship is bowing down or lying face down before God, surrender our will for His. The new moon is that anointed time for bowing down to worship our God.
When a time is anointed, that means that the power and presence of the Holy Spirit are released in a greater way than at other times. When we take advantage of God's appointed times, each occasion having its specific purpose, we can see far greater results than at other times. God's anointed and appointed servants will have greater success, freedom, intimacy and power when they begin to observe His anointed and appointed times.
At the present time most of the church worldwide is not even aware of God's commanded assemblies. When they learn of them and embrace them, think of the power that will be released.
When we go above and beyond the commanded assemblies or "holy convocations" of Leviticus 23, watch out! You "ain't seen nothin' yet"! The intimacy, freedom, joy, love, anointing and power released will make the world stand in awe.
The Heart of the Matter
In the ancient Hebrew culture people did some important reading before each new moon. What they read has great significance for those of us today who have rediscovered the value of new moon observance. They read the Ten Commandments.
It is no coincidence that the two tablets of stone on which Jesus wrote the commandments resemble a heart. Paul contrasts the Old Covenant ministry "engraved on stones" (II Cor. 3:7) with a different ministry of the Holy Spirit under the New Covenant. He called the saints at Corinth his letter of recommendation, "a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on tablets of human hearts" (II Cor. 3:3).
The physical heart governs the life of the body. The heart can refer to the emotions that comprise the soul along with the mind and the will. The term "spiritual heart," however, can allude to the spirit man in each believer. That spirit is who we are. Once dead in Adam, we (our spirits) have come alive in Jesus.
Praying in the Holy Spirit builds up our spirit man (Jude 20; I Cor. 14:4) as does the reading of the Word of God (John 6:63). While our spirit man is perfect because God dwells in it, our spirits do grow stronger as we read the Word and make it a part of us. God's goal for His New Covenant people is to write His Ten Commandments and all His statutes on our hearts or in our spirits (Heb. 8:10).
Consequently, the Ten Commandments begin to change our souls, that is, our emotions, our minds and our wills to be conformed to the image of our God of love. The problem is, we have not followed God's plan for this heart transformation and renewal. New moons are an overlooked part of that plan.
Many Christians carry pains in their hearts, in this context the emotions, because they have not understood the new moon release. It is an anointed time for laying down the pains of our heart so that we can be free.
The spiritual heart transplant we received in accepting Jesus needs follow-up from Doctor Jesus. Our heart or emotions need a release of the pain and our spiritual heart needs regular renewal. Our pains need to be replaced by the law of love written on the tablets of our spiritual heart.
The left side of the heart formation pictured by the two tablets of commandments is the most important. It signifies our love expressed toward God, from which flows our love toward others, represented by the right tablet of the "heart of love." Releasing our burdens to Jesus (I Pet. 5:7) frees us to love God more and love our neighbor more.
Turning over our secret sins and concerns to Jesus opens a door to an intimacy most Christians have never known. Just as we must let our mates into our hearts as if to say "in to me see" (intimacy), so we must let Jesus more fully into our hearts. God want us to seek Him with all our heart (Jer. 29:12-13). He yearns to have the intimacy with us He was unable to have with physical Israel.
He expresses His heart in these words: "Oh that they had such a heart in them, that they would [stand in loving awe of] Me and keep all My commandments [of love] always, that it may be well with them [in their physical and spiritual hearts, also represented by the two law tablets] and with their sons forever" (Deut. 5:29).
God is pleased when we keep the new moons and come to lay down our burdens to Jesus. We are saying to Him: "I submit to You and Your government of love. I am not doing this out of obligation, but out of the love of my heart for You. I want nothing to stand between You and me. I want to be intimate with You." He loves it. He loves the humble heart that wants to be closer to Him. (CONTINUED: Part Seven: Taking Back and Laying Down Again
Read More in this New Moon Series:
Part Six: A Moment of Truth and a Matter of Heart
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