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Christian Daily Devotional for the Jewish Calendar - The Month of Kislev | November 9th- December 8th, 2018

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Kislev is the third month of the Jewish calendar. It is a time of the year in Israel for celebrating the rains. It is also the month when Ezra reminded the exiles returning to Jerusalem to stay faithful to the Lord by not marrying women who worshipped other gods. Finally, it is the month when Hanukkah starts. As Christians, Hanukkah reminds us to let our light shine for others to see.

Friday, November 9, 2018 | Kislev 1, 5779

“Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground.” – Genesis 2:5

You are the Creator, and Your timing is perfect. You do nothing without a reason. Help me to trust in the wisdom of Your plan and Your methods.

Saturday, November 10, 2018 | Kislev 2, 5779

“Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm, to water a land where no one lives, an uninhabited desert, to satisfy a desolate wasteland and make it sprout with grass? Does the rain have a father? Who fathers the drops of dew?” – Job 38:25-28

You, oh, God, are the only Father of all creation. You created the rain and You created me. Just as You make the grass grow in the desert, make my mind fertile to learn Your ways. Give me a vibrant spirit that springs to life in You.

~Week 10~

Sunday, November 11, 2018 | Kislev 3, 5779

“Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is You, Lord our God. Therefore our hope is in You, for You are the one who does all this.” – Jeremiah 14:22

There is no one like You, no one else that I can count on to give me everything that I need. I put my hope only in You.

Monday, November 12, 2018 | Kislev 4, 5779

“And rain fell on the earth forty days and forty nights.” – Genesis 7:12

Father, Your rain is a blessing, but You can also use it to punish. Help me never to take Your gifts for granted or to lose my holy and respectful fear of You.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 | Kislev 5, 5779

“Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens.” – Genesis 19:24

You rained destruction on those who did evil to maintain Your justice and to warn me not to follow in their footsteps. Keep my spirit pure, my thoughts focused, and my heart burning with a passion for You.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018 | Kislev 6, 5779

“When Moses stretched out his staff toward the sky, the Lord sent thunder and hail, and lightning flashed down to the ground. So the Lord rained hail on the land of Egypt.” – Exodus 9:23

Father, I take no joy in the destruction of my enemies, but rejoice in Your salvation. Would You rain hail in my heart to break up its stony barriers if I ever let it get hard toward You.

Thursday, November 15, 2018 | Kislev 7, 5779

“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. In this way I will test them and see whether they will follow My instructions.” – Exodus 16:4

Provider of every good gift, help me to receive Your blessings and use them as You would have me to. Put me to the test and train me to follow You more closely.

Friday, November 16, 2018 | Kislev 8, 5779

“Then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil.” – Deuteronomy 11:14

Faithful God, You bless me with more than I deserve or need. Help me to use Your gifts to bless others.

Saturday, November 17, 2018 | Kislev 9, 5779

“Then the Lord’s anger will burn against you, and He will shut up the heavens so that it will not rain and the ground will yield no produce, and you will soon perish from the good land the Lord is giving you.” – Deuteronomy 11:17

Holy Spirit, keep my conscience sharp and my heart soft so that I will never cause You to withhold Your good gifts from me.

~Week 11~

Sunday, November 18, 2018 | Kislev 10, 5779

“Like clouds and wind without rain is one who boasts of gifts never given.” – Proverbs 25:14

Jesus, help me to be humble not to boast. Help me to be generous in giving my time and resources for the good of others. Help me to me diligent in following through with my commitments.

Monday, November 19, 2018 | Kislev 11, 5779

“Like a north wind that brings unexpected rain is a sly tongue—which provokes a horrified look.” – Proverbs 25:23

My God, help me to honor You in everything that I say. Help me not to deceive or manipulate others with my words but only say what is true and uplifting, in Your Name.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | Kislev 12, 5779

“Because they lead my people astray, saying, ‘Peace,’ when there is no peace, and because, when a flimsy wall is built, they cover it with whitewash, therefore tell those who cover it with whitewash that it is going to fall. Rain will come in torrents, and I will send hailstones hurtling down, and violent winds will burst forth. When the wall collapses, will people not ask you, ‘Where is the whitewash you covered it with?’ – Ezekiel 13:10-12

Seer of all things, like the rain that washes chalk from a dirty wall, so You expose all that I do and all that I think. Help me not to think that I can deceive You, myself, or others but help me to be honest in my brokenness and humble in my holiness.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018 | Kislev 13, 5779

“These people are blemishes at your love feasts, eating with you without the slightest qualm—shepherds who feed only themselves. They are clouds without rain, blown along by the wind; autumn trees, without fruit and uprooted—twice dead.” – Jude 1:12

Holy Spirit, teach me and ground me. Like a cloud full of rain, fill me with the truth, so that I can stand firmly in You.

Thursday, November 22, 2018 | Kislev 14, 5779

“You heavens above, rain down My righteousness; let the clouds shower it down. Let the earth open wide, let salvation spring up, let righteousness flourish with it; I, the Lord, have created it.” – Isaiah 45:8

Father, open my spirit, my mind, and my heart to receive the righteousness that You want to rain down on me. I want all of it. I want all of You and Your holiness. Let Your salvation spring out of me and spread to those around me for Your glory!

Friday, November 23, 2018 | Kislev 15, 5779

“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is My word that goes out from My mouth: It will not return to Me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:10-11

You are God. What You say, happens. What You will, occurs. Help me to trust in Your promises and know that they will be fulfilled.

Saturday, November 24, 2018 | Kislev 16, 5779

“Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” – Hosea 6:3

Father, like a land in drought, there are times when I don’t feel You near me. But as the prophet says, help me to persevere and know that You will rain in my heart again. You will not abandon me but will come to me again and feed me with Your spirit.

~Week 12~

Sunday, November 25, 2018 | Kislev 17, 5779

Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” – Matthew 5:44-45

Father, help me to be openhearted and generous toward everyone, just as You are.

Monday, November 26, 2018 | Kislev 18, 5779

“The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” – Matthew 7:25

Jesus, establish me in Your word. Establish me in Your Spirit. Establish me in You, so that when the storms of life come, I will be able to stand strong, honoring and rejoicing in You.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 | Kislev 19, 5779

“Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until He comes and showers His righteousness on you.” – Hosea 10:12

My Father, turn my heart toward You. Give me a passion to seek You. Show me how to sow righteousness so that I experience Your unfailing love and share it with those around me.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | Kislev 20, 5779

“And on the twentieth day of the ninth month, all the people were sitting in the square before the house of God, greatly distressed by the occasion and because of the rain. Then Ezra the priest stood up and said to them, ‘You have been unfaithful; you have married foreign women, adding to Israel’s guilt. Now honor  the Lord, the God of your ancestors, and do His will. Separate yourselves from the peoples around you and from your foreign wives.” – Ezra 10:9-11

Father, help me to exercise wisdom in who I associate with. Help me to recognize those who will be a negative influence in my relationship with you. Help me to build relationships with those who will help build me up, and help me to do the same for others.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 | Kislev 21, 5779

“As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not fully devoted to the Lord his God, as the heart of David his father had been.” – 1 Kings 11:4

Holy Spirit, keep me from going after anyone or anything that would turn my heart from You. You are the one I am devoted to. You are my all.

Friday, November 30, 2018 | Kislev 22, 5779

“Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” – 2 Corinthians 6:17

Holy God, You have called me to Yourself and I have answered. You want to be in a holy relationship with me, but I need Your help. Show me what is unclean in Your eyes and teach my spirit to see evil as dirty and as profane as You do.

Saturday, December 1, 2018 | Kislev 23, 5779

“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.” – John 15:19

Jesus, You’ve called me to something higher than the empty pleasures of this world. This world hates me and only wants to keep from You. Help me to recognize its temptations and apathetic attitudes as the true enemies of my spirit.

~Week 13~

Sunday, December 2, 2018 | Kislev 24, 5779

“If anyone comes to Me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be My disciple.” – Luke 14:26

Savior, all that I have is Yours: my life, my family, my desires. You are my first priority. I hate everything else compared to my love for You.

Monday, December 3, 2018 | Kislev 25, 5779

Hanukkah / The Festival of Lights / The Feast of Dedication

“Early in the morning on the twenty-fifth day of the ninth month, which is the month of Chislev, in the one hundred forty-eighth year, they rose and offered sacrifice, as the law directs, on the new altar of burnt offering that they had built. At the very season and on the very day that the Gentiles had profaned it, it was dedicated with songs and harps and lutes and cymbals.  All the people fell on their faces and worshiped and blessed Heaven, who had prospered them. So they celebrated the dedication of the altar for eight days, and joyfully offered burnt offerings; they offered a sacrifice of well-being and a thanksgiving offering.  They decorated the front of the temple with golden crowns and small shields; they restored the gates and the chambers for the priests, and fitted them with doors.  There was very great joy among the people, and the disgrace brought by the Gentiles was removed.” – 1 Maccabees 4:52-58

Father God, as we enter the season of Hannukah, I rejoice in Your victories. I rejoice that no one and nothing can defeat You. No one can thwart Your plans. You can always redeem that which seems lost, just as You redeemed me in Your Son’s ultimate victory over sin and the grave.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018 | Kislev 26, 5779

Hanukkah / The Festival of Lights / The Feast of Dedication

“For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘The jar of flour will not be used up and the jug of oil will not run dry until the day the Lord sends rain on the land.” – 1 Kings 17:14

Just as You provided oil that did not run dry, so Your Spirit never leaves me wanting. You are infinite and Your grace and love to me continues forever.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | Kislev 27, 5779

Hanukkah / The Festival of Lights / The Feast of Dedication

“Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you. Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.” – Isaiah 60:1-3

God of Light, You have shined on me and helped me to see through the darkness of this world. Help me to be a light that points others to You.

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | Kislev 28, 5779

Hanukkah / The Festival of Lights / The Feast of Dedication

“You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” – Matthew 5:14-16

Father, show me the good deeds that I can do today to inspire others to glorify You. Make me Your light shining for all to see.

Friday, December 7, 2018 | Kislev 29, 5779

Hanukkah / The Festival of Lights / The Feast of Dedication

“I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” – Acts 13:47

Father, You have tasked me with no small mission. Help me not to ignore it or downplay it. Help me to offer salvation to everyone You put in my path. And help me to be active and take salvation to those who don’t know You.

Saturday, December 8, 2018 | Kislev 30, 5779

Hanukkah / The Festival of Lights / The Feast of Dedication

“I, the Lord, have called you in righteousness; I will take hold of your hand. I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles.” – Isaiah 42:6

Yes, Lord, take my hand and teach me. Build me up into who You’ve created me to be and help me to shine Your light in the world. Help me to bring others into the covenant of faith in Your Son, so that we can all be united in You.

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