Updated: Jun 28, 2018
July 2018 which is the month of Tammuz on the Hebrew Calendar. Tammuz runs June 13 – July 12th, and it has quite a bit of spiritual significance. Tammuz is the month when the Israelites built the golden calf (Exodus 32:1-5). Interestingly enough, Tammuz is also the month when the golden calf was destroyed.
How does this relate to you? I’m glad you asked!
July is the month where the idols that we have erected in our life will be destroyed. The Lord showed me that many individuals have built idols because of their frustration with him. It’s a dangerous thing to allow idolatry to pseudo-soothe our lack of patience and self-control. I also heard the Lord say, “the idols are coming down by force”. For those of you that struggle with choosing between your idol and God, your idol will prove to be lackluster in July.
Specifically, I heard the idol of “intellectual supremacy” will be destroyed. If you are reading this blog and you know me personally, you know I love books and rhetoric. Even in the knowledge that I have attained, I willingly admit that I haven't even scraped the surface of the mind of God. Furthermore:
I don’t care how many degrees you have received.
I don't care how many churches you may have planted.
I don't care how many countries you have been translocated to.
I don't care how accurate your prophetic words are.
You are not more intelligent than God.
While this may seem elementary to the mature Christian, even seasoned Christians have a tendency to forget that the Holy Spirit is an intelligent P E R S O N. Your need to know your next step or compartmentalize your current situation will become an idol if you don’t practice the art of surrender. Keep this in mind, when your thoughts and complaints transmogrify into intellectual gods in rebellion against God’s plan and timing, you are in idolatry.
"If we exalt money, status, or sex above the Word of God, we are living in idolatry. Every time we inwardly submit to the strongholds of fear, bitterness, and pride, we are bowing to the rulers of darkness. Each of these idols must be smashed, splintered, and obliterated from the landscape of our hearts."
- Francis Frangipane
The things you struggled to accomplished for the past six months will be completed in July. I kept hearing the Lord say the phrase “acceleration”. It sounds cliché, but I see ministries and businesses moving at warp speed. July – December will go extremely fast. Fortunately, the confirmation of many promises will be experienced in the coming months .
Now is the time to release excess baggage because it’s extremely difficult to move at an accelerated pace when you’re overWEIGHT.
You’ve waited for this.
You’ve fasted for this.
Release the dead weight and soar.
The Lord showed me that many individuals have been living in a season where their hope has been deferred. Trust me, I know how difficult it is to worship from a place of perceived defeat. But God is going to exceed your expectations and resurrect dead dreams. Keep your eyes on the hills (Psalm 121) so you can get out of the valley.
In the middle of the process, it’s hard to look up. It’s in our nature to look around at our surroundings. I’ve been extremely guilty of this. To make it worse, I’m an extremely observant person.
I’ve been in seasons where I literally studied the wallpaper of the wilderness. I could give you specific details about why I hated the place I was in because I was overwhelmed. Family issues, financial issues, leadership issues, school issues…. I literally bought a subscription to the wilderness. But God spoke to me in the middle of my rant and he said, “look up”.
I stood up in my room and I literally “looked up”. Guess what I saw? A ceiling. Because of my frustration, I burst into tears because the ceiling looked like ANOTHER box someone else wanted to put me in. I cried myself to sleep and God spoke to me in a dream.
In that dream, I was looking at my apartment, but in aerial view from the outside. When I woke up, God spoke to me again:
Ascend to your throne and stay there.
In that moment, I knew what God was trying to communicate to me. He wanted me to take my seat in the heavenly place and view my situation from a different perspective…. from aerial view. God reminded me of this as I begin to write this blog. I believe that wholeheartedly that July is the month where you ascend to your throne and you stay there. Don’t engage in peasant wars, you’ll become a casualty of spiritual warfare there.
Stay on your throne.
Pray from your throne.
Watch God do what he promised.
But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.