New Moons Part Eight:
Answers to Questions and an Overview – The “How To”
We answered the questions of a radio listener on our Internet station in an overview message of the new moon teaching. He wanted to know the “how to” of the new moon observance. So here’s how.
Our listener sees the biblical proof of the new moon observance, but wants to know the answers to these questions: “And what exactly is a lay down? What is laid down and what is picked up? How does this relate to seeking first the Kingdom of God?”
First, I shall copy our answer to a question about what is required in laying down something to Jesus. The following answer will be able to be found by clicking on the Q&A tab at the top of the site when we activate that tab: First, ask God to show you what to lay down. Reading the Word helps, especially reviewing the Ten Commandments. Go to the altar where you worship or your personal place of prayer at the time of the new moon to lay down long-term problems to Jesus. Confess to God that without Jesus as your Burden-bearer, you can do nothing. It is helpful to write down the items and the pain they caused, and burn the papers afterward. Following are other steps to lay down burdens to Jesus. They do not need to be followed by the letter, but they are useful guidelines.
Turn It Over To Jesus
12 Steps to Turning It Over
- WRITE DOWN each dread, accusation, care, injustice, false vow, false promise or wrong punishment.
- Confess it, the pain it caused, and the hurt you endured.
- Confess the unforgiveness to those involved – self too.
- Forgive others and yourself.
- Turn the dread, accusation, etc. over to Jesus – on the cross.
- Turn over ALL the pain, ALL the loss, ALL the futility, and ALL the mental anguish and loss of peace that this has caused.
- Thank your Father for Jesus and the freedom that He paid for that allows you to turn this over to Him.
- Speak out your healing by the stripes taken by Jesus for you, as well as your covenant rights.
- Speak out a seven-fold value return from the losses suffered in your life. Because you have identified the thief – Satan (Prov. 6:31).
- Thank your Father for the restoration, love and increase that He has given you in Jesus.
- Take the paper(s) and declare all yokes from that/those dread(s) broken and destroyed as you burn the paper(s).
- Rejoice in song and rest.
The completely darkened moon is an astronomical phenomenon the date of which you can find at freedomchurhcofgod.com. The day of the occurrence of the dark moon in your area is the beginning of a Biblical month in God’s calendar. In Biblical terminology, it is called a “new moon” or new month.
As Hebrew literature shows, every new moon was a time when Israel’s leaders were inspired by God to open the sanctuary for a special purpose. While they were not always faithful in this practice, God encouraged the believers to bring all long term cares, burdens, sins, fears, regrets, dreads and problems to be turned over to God. As they knelt and bowed forward or prostrated themselves before God at the altar, they epitomized the full and true meaning of worship – surrendering all that we have and are to God in exchange for all that He has and is.
In reality the new moon is the law of sowing and reaping at work. We are sowing our problems to Jesus so we can reap His blessings. We are releasing our sin to Him in exchange for His righteousness. If we don’t do this, our problems become a seed sown to Satan for our destruction!
What a deal! Actually, it is part of our covenant rights with God. We give the bad to Jesus and receive all the good things He has to give us in replacement.
Since Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, it is clear that the new moon is one of His appointed times. When Jesus rules in the Millennium, “all mankind will come to bow down” before Him “from new moon to new moon” (Isa. 66:23). They were commanded “forever in Israel [the believers]” (II Chron. 2:4), without the necessity of animal sacrifices, of course, for those who have accepted Jesus’ sacrifice.
A Time for Everything
We surrender our weekly concerns to Jesus on the weekly Sabbath day. Longer-term burdens and sins were to be surrendered on the occasion of the new moon. The last new moon of the year (the previous one to the new year) was a special one, allowing believers to turn over all the burdens of the year that had piled up in their lives up to that point to God in order to approach the first new moon of the new year with a clean slate. We can utilize the first new moon of the year to turn over all burdens we had not previously relinquished to Jesus, our Burden-bearer. We thus start the holy year totally new.
A special anointing surrounds this period of time, even though the new moons are not holy days (except for the Day of Trumpets, which is a also a new moon). More anointing for release is activated at the sanctuary itself. In lieu of this, however, you may do the same thing at your “altar” or place of prayer at home.
We have not realized how serious a sin it is to refuse to give our burdens to Jesus. It is tantamount to stealing from Him! After all, He did go through unspeakable suffering to bear our burdens for us. They are His – not ours! Taking for ourselves what He bore for us is stealing from Jesus. Many of us have worshipped our cares, our sins, addictions, pet sins, and worries.
Jesus said to cast our cares upon Him (I Pet. 5:7). Psalm 55:22 says: “Cast your burden upon [Jesus] and He will sustain you….” Psalm 32 speaks of David’s miserable state when he refused to turn his burdens and sins over to Jesus as well as his relief when he did. God “may be found (verse 6)” at any time, of course. The verse implies, however, that special, more anointed times do make Him more easily accessible and ready to respond. So let’s worship God in spirit and truth by surrendering to Jesus all that rightly belongs to Him!
The Use of the Word in Laying Down and Filling Up
Especially for those who are new at laying things down to Jesus on the new moon, it is helpful to read verses that prepare us for the lay down. One of the best is Matthew 11:28-29: "Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”
Learning from Jesus implies a filling up with positive values after the laying down of the sins and burdens. While we have verses posted on freedomchurchofgod.com for before and after the lay down, reading the Psalms aloud is a good way to “fill up” on the positive Word of God. You may have to be selective, since some of the words of the psalmists are expressing pain they are laying down to Jesus. Indeed, some of the psalms were penned on the new moon. Many of the verses make it sound like the psalmist was simply in a complaining mood. When we understand that these are prayers of release of troubles to Jesus, we can see them in a different light. Giving to Jesus the bad baggage we want to be rid of is not the same thing as making a constantly complaining prayer. Just as we feel better after giving our problems to Jesus on the new moon, the psalmist almost always ends a downer psalm on a victorious note.
When we bow down before Jesus, we are seeking first the Kingdom of God, since Jesus is King of that Kingdom. We are also seeking first His righteousness, since we are laying down our unrighteous thoughts and acts so He can replace them with His righteousness. To use the terminology of our radio questioner, we lay down that which is not of Jesus and we pick up that which is of Him. That is why it is so important to feed ourselves on the Word of God, for Jesus is the living Word.
Salvation is not only a one-time acceptance of Jesus. It is also a process. In II Timothy 3:15-17, Paul explains to Timothy that the Hebrew Scriptures Timothy read and studied gave him wisdom “that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” Paul tells him that every word of God in the Scripture is “profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction…”
As we read aloud the Word of God and study it, we will spot long-term problems in our lives that need to be laid down to Jesus. We can ask the Holy Spirit to bring to our minds the things we need to lay down. As we hear sermons, Bible studies, radio broadcasts of a spiritual nature, we need to be alert to find areas in our lives that need less of us and more of Jesus. These are “lay down items.” (CONTINUED: Part Nine: Spiritual Rest in Jesus, the Perfection of Grace
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Part Eight: Answers to Questions and an Overview – The “How To”
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