Fullness of Joy for 2013 and Beyond

Before releasing what the Lord has spoken to me about 2013, I need to lay the foundation that I am releasing a message from the Lord that began 5773 on the Hebrew calendar and is in combination with the acceleration that will occur as we enter 2013 on the Gregorian Calendar. By way of brief background, the Lord’s spiritual New Year actually starts on Passover this Spring at which time there will be a catapulting into His plans in the earth. However, He honors the civil New Year of Israel that begins at Feast of Trumpets; also called Rosh HaShannah, which means head of the year. When Israel fasts and prays during the Days of Awe that follow Feast of Trumpets and culminate their repentance with Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), big things happen in the spirit realms that then pour out to Israel, the church and the world. Whatever happens to Isreal not only affects them, but prophetically affects the church and thereby the entire earth. Whether we want to admit it or not, whatever condition Israel is in the natural realms, the church is in the spirit realm, the world reflects the spiritual condition of the church. If we want to see wonderful things happen to heal our land, we need to first bless Israel and second have healing in the body of Christ.

I explain all this because what I am posting has to be received individually and collectively by the body of Christ and applied with action of blessing Israel first and then ourselves. We must make our choice with knowledge that we can refuse to receive and apply what God is releasing and that means we will stay stuck where we are while others enter His promises.

In our church we have decided not to be stuck while others enter the glorious promises of His written Word and prophetic word. We have always endeavored to be led of His Spirit. As we yeilded and obeyed, the Holy Spirit started us on a journey 21 weeks ago. We have come to a new place where we have left the strife, division, shame and condemnation, and the performance based mentality of the religious community behind. We are climbing the Mountain of the Lord, so to speak, and have each week received the truth of the Word of God and applied it to our lives. When scripture is genuinely received and we tell the Lord we want it activated in our lives, the Holy Spirit goes to work to activate it! We begin to experience transformation and freedom to become more like Him. We are not instantly perfected, but we are a work in progress and He responds to us as if we are already a complete work.

At the time of this message for 2013, we were step by step receiving the Kingdom of God for our lives. The Scripture then for 2013 is Romans 14:16-18 Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men.

We had already stepped up in righteousness during a previous encounter with God and we had entered the realms of peace that surpasses all understanding in preparation for entrance into Fullness of Joy. Stepping into Fullness of Joy is crucial for us because it is a foundational truth that is important to our life journey and, more than that, a promise to us for 2013 and beyond.

We need to make this step NOW because we need the strength joy brings in order to finish the race to our high call in the Lord Jesus Christ. And we need the strength joy brings in order to fulfill our commission in the Lord for 2013 and the rest of the decade; for the rest of our walk with Him.

Luke Chapter 2 we learned that at the time of Jesus birth God released a tremendous gift into the earth. An army of angels proclaimed “Glory to God in the Highest, PEACE on earth and Good Will toward men!” Peace and good will between God and mankind was restored. It also says in that chapter that the Angel of the Lord made announcement to the shepherds in Luke 2:10-12 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

Good tidings of Joy to all people was also restored by the birth, life, death and resurrection of Christ Jesus. This great joy is a combination of the Greek words of Megas and Charas (Hah Rah). Charas means received joy.

Megas means great, large, extensive, huge, massive, splendid, of a grand scale, powerfully affecting everything, of great weight and importance

The promise for this year and this whole decade is full measure of Megas Charas to ALL people!

Just as the Angel announced to the shepherds, we have and are receiving announcement of good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. The initial message was an Awakening for those shepherds.

This whole decade is one of Awakening for us – Awakening to the things of God. We are in the Hebrew decade of the 70’s. The number 70 in Hebrew represents ability to see good and evil; to awaken so one can choose between the two.

As the year turned to 5770/2010 – a heavenly alarm clock began to ring to wake up the people of God to see the evil ways of their lives and to choose His ways. The ability to see in the spirit, to discern good versus evil was released. We entered into a time where we could receive the fullness of discerning of spirits: the ability to know what is God, what is the devil and what is the evil intent of man’s own worldly selfish heart.

5771/2011 there was Awakening to the role of Father God in our lives and His abundant love for us; the rebuilding of our relationship in Righteousness with a loving Father began. Relationship with an approachable Father, as beloved sons and daughters, began to replace our religious habit of works performed to seek the favor of a distant task master.

In 5772/2012 there was Awakening to who Jesus really is and that we are Beth Yeshua, His house, the House of Jesus. The renovation of His house began. The work to restore the truth of His Word in peace to His house was started. The knowledge that we are seated with Him in heavenly places and on earth we are His hands, His face, His voice, His eyes was restored. Also, that we can do what He did and more was released to His own.

Now in 5773/2013 there is an Awakening to the Holy Spirit and His work in our lives and the earth. The rebuilding of Fullness of Joy in the Holy Spirit has begun.

It is a year that brings good tidings of FULLNESS because it is an awakening to the Full God-head. We are now awakened to Father, Son and Holy Spirit in a marvelous new way. For those who have RECEIVED, the blinders of shame and the earplugs of condemnation are gone; the chains and grave clothes of religion are gone. Now, we can see hear and experience the fullness of Joy, the fullness of the Godhead that the Holy Spirit brings to our lives!

Back in Sept 2012 the Lord dropped into my heart this phrase for the Holy Spirit’s work in 5773/2013 and beyond: Conformation and Transformation in preparation for Reformation.

The Holy Spirit will be working ever more intensely to conform us into the very image of Christ Jesus. The conforming of our minds and hearts is vital. As this process increases throughout this decade it will be so complete and we will be so in agreement with the heart of the Father, that as we pray there will be transformation of cities, regions, governments, people groups all around us. This 2013 is the beginning of a release of extremely effective intercession that will shake the world as we move out in the fullness of the Godhead flowing through us: fullness of righteousness, fullness of obedience, fullness of compassion, fullness of knowledge, fullness of wisdom, fullness of understanding, fullness of peace and on and on.

There is a reformation that has been brewing relatively unseen since the beginning of the decade. The church that we have known is the first governmental structure in the earth that will be reformed and transformed because we are individually being transformed. The good news is that what has been a hidden work of God is about to be revealed.

This is a significant year for the body of Christ to choose His High Call or not. We can fight conformation to the image of Christ and be relegated to carnal religious mediocrity. Or, if we will yield to the conformation process, we will be partakers of transformation and leaders in the reformation that will birth the greatest revival and harvest of souls the earth as ever seen.

This significant and pivotal year will reveal a Kingdom of God people who walk in Righteousness, Peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit who are acceptable to God and approved by men! That word used in most versions of the bible “acceptable” isn’t quite right – it is the Greek word Euarestos (You are’ ess toss). It should read instead that we are highly pleasing or well pleasing to God. He takes great pleasure in those who enter this part of the journey.

I am totally convinced that this is the year we will begin to see the revealing of the sons and daughters of God that the whole earth is groaning for. It is the ones who are Euarestos that will be the ones revealed. The hallmarks of these men and women of God will be righteousness despite all temptation. Peace despite all the strife around them. And Joy based out of their heavenly home not circumstances of this earth. More than that it is the dawn of a people who will be fully of aware of being in the presence of God at the same time they are fully aware of ministering for Him in every circumstance of life.

No longer in or out of sensing His presence. We are about to be aware of life fully in His presence at all times.

It is not coincidence that our last step of 2012 is Joy in the Lord. It is the platform upon which we will build in 2013 – for we are well pleasing to God – He delights in us! His JOY is ours. As we receive fullness of Joy, where others are yoyos of emotion bouncing between momentary world -based happiness and abject sadness, grief and weeping over loss of that happiness…We will be steady and strong no matter the natural circumstance, always able to look heavenward. Even if there is nothing good found in the earth, we can rejoice over our God, over Jesus and our salvation over the Holy Spirit who guides.

Not only that but even in tragic times, we have had and will continue to increase in the ability to see what our God is doing in the earth to save souls, heal, deliver and prosper those who love Him… and even those who don’t care about Him will be blessed because of us. We are becoming exceedingly unusual people who live in God’s presence while walking the earth. What use to spiral us into discouragement, depression, hurt, pain and frustration will no longer succeed as we allow the Joy in the Holy Spirit to flood our soul.

It does not mean we are in denial, we will experience sorrow over tragedy and loss. We have entered a time of Great Compassion and Intercession as we bear burdens. Jesus wept over the loss of His friend Lazarus. He wept over His people who rejected Him. He wept over Jerusalem. He weeps still over us bearing our burdens to the Father. Yet, He had great JOY and He takes great Joy in us. We have this same ability in us and starting this year it will be expressed.

This ability is one of the great treasures of God, a mystical or mysterious thing in a way, that we can be even in grief over the loss of a loved one… yet turn our eyes toward God and supernaturally joy strengthens us to continue in the journey. In fact, a son and daughter of God will find themselves pouring that joy-based strength out to others even in the midst of their own loss because they are so drenched in the joy they have in their Lord.

Psalm 16 speaks of the heart set of one who walks in fullness of Joy…
5) O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup;
You maintain my lot.
6) The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places;
Yes, I have a good inheritance.
7) I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel;
My heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
8) I have set the LORD always before me;
Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.
9) Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices;
My flesh also will rest in hope.
10) For You will not leave my soul in Sheol,
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption.
11) You will show me the path of life;
In Your presence is fullness of joy;
At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Fullness is the Hebrew word soba = satisfied, abundance, fullness

Joy in Hebrew is Simchah = joy, mirth, gladness, to be merry-hearted

He is showing us the path of life that leads to His presence where we are fully satisfied and merry-hearted no matter the circumstances we are in. This is an important path because He tells me that most of His church needs to experience beauty for ashes and the oil of joy for mourning that only He can give. They are trapped in the wilderness and need people who can help them find the way out.

How do we enter this place of fullness of Joy? Jesus explains it in John 15
9) “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. 10) If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. 11) “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. 12) This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13) Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
We know the word Charas (Hah Rah) = it means Joy received

Full = Plaro-o (play row oh) (related to playroma) which means to be filled to the brim, packed, abounding with, fully supplied

Jesus said that to abide in Him, to receive His love and to love one another as He loves us causes us to be a boat full of JOY- that means we are also a boat full of strength.

Peter further tells us about the Joy Jesus gives. in 1 Peter 1:3-9 In this verse he tells us there is a place of Agalliasis (ah gaul lee ah sis) or Agalliao (ah gall lee ah ho). The Greek word family that means extreme joy and gladness, exultation, or triumphant joy. And there is a place of unspeakable or inexpressable joy called Anlekaetos (On lek all ay tohs) that is a gift to all of us that belong to Jesus.

1 Peter 1:3-9 3) All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, 4) and we have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 5) And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. 6) So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 7) These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 8) You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. 9) The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.

Inexpressible is a word meaning that it is exceeding the power of human speech; it is so wonderful, or so awful, it is unutterable; inexpressible; indescribable, simply unspeakable.

We are about to step into that place of unspeakable joy!

Of this same joy it says in:

Jude 1 24-25 Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glory without fault and with unspeakable joy, to the only God, our saviour, be glory and majesty, power and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before time was, now, and in all ages to come, amen.

Act 2: 46) And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart, 47) Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved .

The word gladness isn’t quite descriptive enough – it is the same word for extreme joy. So, we find that this unspeakable joy is both the place where Jesus presents us to the Father and a state of being and living here in the earth!

In 2010 at the change of the decade – the Lord gave me Psalm 126, our Psalm of ascent for tonight. It had been a difficult year and He gave it to me prophetically… that if I would continue to climb. That if I would continue to abide in Him and love those who abandoned me, those who betrayed me, those who simply could not stay the course so I had to let go… that He would fulfill in my life and those connected to this ministry everything in this Psalm.

Psalm 126 (NKJV)
When the LORD brought back the captivity of Zion,
We were like those who dream.
2 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.”
3 The LORD has done great things for us,
And we are glad.
4 Bring back our captivity, O LORD,
As the streams in the South. (which means to restore everything that was lost and stolen by the enemy)
5 Those who sow in tears
Shall reap in joy.
6 He who continually goes forth weeping,
Bearing seed for sowing,
Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing,
Bringing his sheaves with him.

This joy we are stepping into is not only for us to be restored and transformed, not only to love one another in the body of Christ…not only a celebration because are entering revival… it is what will draw people to us so we can share Jesus in us.

How different we are and will increasingly be – walking in peace and joy when people see none elsewhere. These traits, these fruits of the Spirit will draw them to us. As we bow down between the porch and the altar weeping over the world condition, willing to be exposed, willing to be changed, willing to carry the burden of intercession, willing to be mediators and ministers of reconciliation, as we bear seed (share the gospel) out in the market place we shall doubtless come again with rejoicing bringing our sheaves with us.

Our commission in 2013 is to be joy-bearers! To share the good tidings of Joy. To share the GOOD news of salvation through Jesus Christ.

Let the grieving glumness of religious drudgery be washed off of you this year. AWAKEN! Turn your eyes heavenward, rejoice in your heavnenly home and let that JOY pour out of you into a lost, dying, spiritually starving world. Yes, there will be difficult things to bear in 2013 and beyond… increasingly so. Yet, those who will receive from Him will see with spiritual eyes from His perspective. They will walk in the strength of Joy in HIM, fixed on Him and the glory set before them, not circumstance.

Released by Rev Cheryl Birch 12-28-12
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God is our Answer

One of our Board members lives in the Newtown/Sandy Hook CT area and we have been praying over Modesto and Sandy Hook for many years. A long time ago I adopted Sandy Hook as a sister city and this ministry will be praying intensely for healing, comfort and peace for all who are affected by this tragedy.

Last night as we prayed, we stood in identification repentance. We began to bear the grief and the burden of the national sin that has put our children in jeopardy. We repented for not honoring life, for turning away from righteous, for making selfish choices, for being silent when we should speak out, for seeking our own ways, not God’s ways… and the Lord gave Psalm 72:4,12-14 in response to our prayer which says: “He will bring justice to the poor of the people;He will save the children of the needy, And will break in pieces the oppressor… For He will deliver the needy when he cries, the poor also, and him who has no helper. He will spare the poor and needy,And will save the souls of the needy. He will redeem their life from oppression and violence; And precious shall be their blood in His sight.”

Only God can help us as a nation and cleanse us of violence, injustice and lawlessness. God is our answer to how to stop these outbursts of evil attacking young lives. As we cry out to Him in our abject neediness, as we acknowledging how poor we are because we have not practiced righteousness or honored His ways as we should, and that we have no helper but HIM, He will bring justice. He will turn the hearts of this nation. He will save our children. He will heal broken tortured minds. He will break in pieces the oppressor and redeem our lives from oppression and violence.

In all this we cannot blame God as some already have. There is evil at work all around us looking to devour those who are weak. We can only blame ourselves for not doing everything we can to be God’s voice of blessing, love, redemption, reconciliation, and salvation unto righteousness in the earth. Let’s take repentance seriously this time and really turn around and face Him… He is waiting for us to acknowledge Him as our only Hope and to ask for and receive His help.

As we turn to Him, He will heal our land.

Was 12-12-12 Significant? What about 12-21-12?

The last of the unusual dates that marked the beginning years of the 21st century has peacefully passed. From 01-01-01 to 12-12-12, these dates have elicited fervor for weddings, gamblers, and prognosticators and have sparked events and imaginations all over the world. There have been charity events, wild rock concerts, vigils and worldwide prayer efforts. So, from a Christian point of view, did these dates have any signifigance that we should pay attention to?

To gain a Biblical God centered answer, we first need to look at all theses dates from the perspective that they are on the Grecian calendar, not the Hebrew calendar. Our Lord set a 12 month calendar thousands of years ago upon which He identified specific dates and times (moeds in Hebrew) that are important to Him. These are outlined clearly in the book of Leviticus with observance of Passover, Feast of Trumpets, Yom Kippur, and Feast of Tabernacles forever for all generations declared. According to the Hebrew calendar we are in the first quarter of the year 5773. 12-12-12 was actually the 28th of Kislev, 5773 on His calendar. That date isn’t unusual in its configuration like 12-12-12. It’s a regular day, but it is a day the Lord has made and we are to rejoice and be glad in every day He gives us!

The same is true of 12-21-12 which is said to be the last day of the world on the Mayan calendar.It’s a regular day also. On the Hebrew calendar, it is the 8th of Tevet, 5773. As I consider this information and what the Bible has to say, I don’t believe a Mayan Calendar, a Grecian Calendar, a Chinese Caledar or any other calendar would or can trump our Lord’s Calendar! He has His dates, times and seasons and they happen according to His plans and ways. Additionally, according to the word of God, no one but the Father knows when the Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, will come for His Bride (see Matthew Chapter 24) and the world will not be ended but cleansed of evil, sickness and death; transformed to reflect His beauty and glory (see Revelations 21, Isaiah 65:17, 66:22). No one individually or collectively, not even an intriguing culture like the Mayans, can predict that glorious day.

With that said, our God knows us far better than we do and He will use unusual dates that have our attention and direct our curiosity and imagination toward HIM! Where can a person find information on numbers like 12 and 21? The Bible! His word is full of numerical symolism. So, as a Christian if a date is surfacing as something of great curiosity or signficance, we can simply turn to God’s word for answers. If we interpret 12-12-12 according to the Bible, the number twelve speaks of order, completeness, fullness and governmental perfection or rule. The only government that is complete, full and perfect is God’s government. So, 12 is the number that represents His government, His Kingdom.

Looking at all this from Father’s viewpoint on the number, we would, with 3-fold fullness of 12-12-12, turn away from the disorder, chaos, imperfection and incompleteness of our culture, stop depending on our worldly manmade government and turn completely to the fullness of His order, His complete and perfect government. It is time we embraced the truth, as sons and daughters of God, that we live in this world but we are not of this world (John 17:15-17). And, it is time that we unconditionally take our position in His government (His Kingdom) so that our culture can be redeemed and thousands, yes millions, of souls will be saved.

And what of 12-21-12? What scriptural signifigance has the number 21 in the Bible? Twenty represents being separated unto God or to reject Him. It is a number associated with being mature to fully know who He is and then accepting or rejecting Him and His ways. The number one represents the Beginning, God Himself. So 12-21-12 says in Bible numbers: God’s Kingdom – Choose God and His ways – God’s Kingdom. That is exactly what I intend to do every day of my life as best I know how. I will choose Him, His ways and His kingdom with all my mind, all my heart and all my strength! As 12-21-12 comes and goes, I will be reminded that His Kingdom shall never pass away. He was, He is, and He always will be. With Jesus as our Savior we shall forever be with Father God in a world without end!

Be not anxious or fear over these manmade predictions or caught up in the hype surrounding this date or any other date man may decide is going to be the end. Until scriptures are fullfilled and the harvest of the world is completed, the earth as we know it will continue with all of its joys and tribulations. When the Lord is ready, we His people will know it; for there will be silence in heaven, then the trumpet will sound, we will hear the mighty shout of an angel, and then we will be with Him in the twinkling of an eye!

When this happens it says in 1 Thessalonians 5:1 But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. 2 For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. 3 For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labor pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief. 5 You are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness

So, rather than be anxious or mystical about these dates, simply choose to believe God and His Word! Step into His Kingdom. Trust Him! Have Faith that He is and will continue to sustain you in all things. We have a lot to be thankful for and to rejoice over. My heart tells me that 12-21-12 (8th of Tevet) will be a peaceful, uneventful day for the world and, as is every day, a good day to praise and give glory to the Lord!

Rejoice, again I say REJOICE!
Rev Cheryl Birch
12-13-12