July is the seventh month of the year. As you know, the number 7 stands for the Sabbath – a time to enter into the Lord’s rest, a time to come away and be with the Lord. Like myself, many heard and responded to this specific call.

“For he that is entered into His rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from His” (Hebrews 4:10).

In doing so, you may have experienced a process, where “deep calls unto deep.” This process of the Lord involved a deep work that impacted your mind, heart, and soul. The result leads to a cleansing freedom that leaves you with the refreshing presence of the Lord, His peace of mind and rest of heart.

Take heart. This deep work of the Lord prepared you for the month of August. August is the 8th month of the year, which stands for new beginnings. This is a month of increase, blessings, and favor. There is an increasing expectancy of great things to come.

God is preparing His people to live life from the place of His presence that reveals His heart in power and demonstration of the Spirit. To these faithful ones, religion will not do, nor the works of men, only that which is of Christ and His Kingdom. Nothing else will do, nor should it. As Sons (Daughters)of God, their passion is to see Christ and His Kingdom revealed: “On earth as in heaven.”

As I was praying this morning, I heard (paraphrased) “The old has passed away, this is a time of new beginnings. That which used to be a negative factor in your life has no influence, no power, no bearing. Rise up and walk with your head held high, for this is a time of NEW BEGINNINGS.”

Friends, as a beloved NEW CREATION in Christ, it’s time to “Rise and Shine, for your light has come and His glory has risen upon you!”

In His heart with love –Roy Roden