Tevet: The Tenth Month of the Hebrew Year
December 23–January 20
This is the prayer/blessing guide for Tevet, the tenth month of the Hebrew year. Be blessed as you read, pray through, and declare these blessings for yourself and your family. The source material comes from my 2006 notes taken from a series of lectures [on CD] given by Chuck Pierce [Glory of Zion]. I highly recommend his website for more materials and more in-depth explanations. –Ron Sawka
- Month of the tribe of Dan. This tribe is linked with judging, growing up, and maturing. See Genesis 49:16–18. Samson came from the tribe of Dan (see Judges 13). Samson didn’t mature, and therefore failed to reach his potential. God intends us to be able to judge/lead, and to be able to cause the enemy to fall backward. God wants us to grow up and mature. Declare that you are maturing.
- Samson’s weakness was basically an inability to say “no” to his flesh; he put his desires above his calling and vows. As a Nazarite, he was to never cut his hair or eat anything unclean (Judg. 13:4–5). In Judges 14:9, he eats honey taken from a lion’s carcass. That act broke his Nazarite vows. Furthermore, he obviously should have run from Delilah, but his flesh kept him coming back. Gradually, she wore him down and he finally he told her the secret of his strength: that he was Nazarite and that his hair had never been shaved (Judg. 16:10–21). His great gifting didn’t have the impact it could have. Declare over yourself that God is gifting you and that you take that gifting seriously. Ask Him to cleanse and purify you so that there are no fleshly hindrances keeping you from fulfilling your destiny.
- Ending of Hanukkah. In the midst of destruction there is mercy. (This festival means “the light will not go out.” It was celebrated in hopes that the destroyed temple would be rebuilt.) No matter what your problems are, God always has a way to impart mercy to build for the future. Look at every difficult situation you are currently in and declare that God has mercy and light for you in the midst of those circumstances.
- A month to war with the evil eye and to break the power of evil watchers (if you don’t break that power, it will try to manipulate you). The evil-eye structure is embedded in our culture. It allows us to be manipulated by evil spirits. As we gather together for our New Year’s Conference on January 1–3, we will partner with the angels and we can push ahead. In Acts 13, Barnabas and Paul were hindered by Elymas the sorcerer. Paul prayed, and the Lord struck Elymas with blindness. Similarly, we can pray and ask the Lord to close the eyes of the enemy so that we aren’t hindered. In 2 Kings 6, Elisha prayed for the eyes of his servant to be opened; that servant was then able to see the angelic army protecting them. Elisha prayed again and the enemy army was blinded.
- A time to pray for our leaders. Many strategies begin to be released at this time. A good leader releases revelation. Be sure to pray for your spiritual covering, as well as for the political leaders of your nation.
- Review your education, or what is initiating you into your next phase. Sign up for a course, or get some sort of training if you need it. Make sure you are advancing and moving ahead, following the leading of the Holy Spirit.
- “Be angry, and do not sin” (Eph. 4:26). Emotions have a fine line. If you cross that line, your whole soul gets damaged and the promise of God won’t manifest. In Ephesians 4:26–27, anger is equated with being demonized. Note the suddenness of anger. If we don’t learn how to process anger properly so that our emotions are under the Holy Spirit’s control, we will erupt and will fail when the test comes. “Do not let the sun go down on your wrath” (Eph. 4:26). Deal with your anger; God will give opportunities to do so. So when have time, deal with it. Additionally, if you have lots of time (e.g., unemployment), then pour the word of God into you—build yourself up.
- Capricorn, the goat, hind’s feet on high places (2 Sam. 22:34; Ps. 18:33; Hab. 3:19). This means God is enabling us to go to higher and higher places in Him. Declare that you are moving up.
- Time to leap like a goat (deer). We all have areas of immaturity. Often, we think of growing or maturing as a very slow process. The idea here is that we can “leap” quickly to a state of maturity. God wants us to “leap” out of the areas of immaturity. It’s also a chance every year to share your testimony. How did you get offended last year—is it still the same as this year? “The lame shall leap like a deer” (Isa. 35:6). “He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places (Ps. 18:33).
- The month of Hebrew letter ayin [ע]. This means, “Let your good eye see.” Think of Matthew 5:8, which states, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” Purity of heart leads to purity of the eyes of our heart (the good eye).
- The month of the liver. The liver is important because it purifies. Proverbs 7:23 talks about a dart in the liver (for the man who gave into sexual temptation). Sexual sin will affect your liver. We can trust God to purify us by the blood of Jesus. Think of His blood as entering your own bloodstream and cleansing you of the spiritual impurities that may be there because of your family bloodline or because of your own sin. When the liver is purified, the brain and heart also function more effectively.
- A month to fast. A full fast, or a Daniel fast. Reflect on Samson. Had he fasted and put his body under control, he might have had the spiritual strength to avoid succumbing to temptation. In 1 Corinthians 9:27, Paul states, “But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.”