Elul. The spiritual implications of this last Jewish and the 6th Biblical month of the year are a bit mystical. If one sits in the traditional vantage point of this season – one of revealing…leading to tshuvah/repentance…then onto liberation of the soul – the outcomes prove to be amazing if not mysterious. The time leading up to Elul can be trying to say the least, as the revealing of what lies hidden in one’s heart, therefore mind, can be difficult to digest. Things of the soul cannot always be understood in the natural, hence the bubbling up of trials and emotions that need to be contended with, in order to reach that oh so important place of deep and true repentance at the feet of Yeshua.
The Messiah, deliverer of our darkest thoughts and actions, is the only answer to our soulish woes. Our complete atonement lies in His resurrection power alone. As David once pled, “Create in me a clean heart, Oh GOD, and renew in me a resolute spirit…” (Ps 51:12 CJV). Oh how I treasure this season as we enter into the fall feasts into the season of our joy! Please allow me to share personal experience which occurred on the cusp of Elul.
On the cusp
I had been roasting over the refiners fire for weeks prior to the start of Elul; praise Yeshua, He was tearing down and rebuilding. Healing lots of physical issues as I laid down things in my heart, repented, cried, sought wise counsel, and tried to get more rest. All the while praying He takes it ALL. It was revealed just as Elul was ushered in that the disorder/storm that has been present in my life – if I’m honest, for longer than I understood – would take its peace. Peace be still! He revealed the chaos was not my own. No, it was the spiritual realm swirling around me; spirits I had opened the door to which reside within people who’ve come into my life. And, because I am favored, loved and blessed by my Father in Heaven, he was faithful to show me when to close the door for good on a particular relationship.
The Father revealed to me the weaknesses within that need remedied; weaknesses I believed healing had already transpired. I pray He did the same for this other person, that they would receive and allow change. This led me to repent and ask for those weaknesses to be completely broken off. As soon as I did so, the healings in my body began. I received wisdom regarding a mysterious skin issue that has plagued me for too long. And, a very unexpected door opened in the situation I’ve been staring down for months.
Willingly receiving God’s chastisement
No miracle is small in my eyes. I take nothing for granted and never do I take for granted the love of Yahweh in my life. There is nothing I can do without it and embracing this season of pruning and restoration is how I return the love received. Yes, I’ve been chastised but I never see it as punishment, rather mercy. Wisdom imparted. Simply, part of this walk with Yeshua which leads me closer and closer to His heart and desire to have a righteous remnant prepared for His return. Friends, never ever be afraid of what you may see about yourself when He decides it is time to clean out your spiritual house because we are called to be pure empty vessels into which I AM wants to pour out his spirit. This so we may take it and pour that same spirit out over others, in His HOLY name!
Trust the shelter of Yahweh’s wings. Trust the path on which He places me. Continually sing His praises in the valleys and the high places.
“For he will conceal me in his shelter
on the day of trouble,
he will hide me in the folds of his tent,
he will set me high on a rock.
Then my head will be lifted up
above my surrounding foes,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing, sing praises to Adonai.” (PS 27:5-6)