To walk closely with the Lord during this special time of year can be a challenge. He wants us to slow down and remember His great grace and favor. We have often been pulled away from our firm foundation and the safety of the shore by the undertow of distractions. These distractions aren’t necessarily inherently bad, but they can cause us to lose focus of the light.
We want to encourage you during the time of the Festival of Lights, or Hanukkah, to pause for a moment on each of the 8 days—to remember the Light of the world and that you are a vessel taking the light to others.
From the beginning, the Lord used the light to scatter and separate the darkness. His work continues through you.
“And God saw the light, that it was good; and God divided the light from the darkness.”—Genesis 1:4
Hanukkah is a magnificent spiritual celebration that can be used to teach your family about what it means to walk in the light of the Lord (see Isaiah 2:5) and to be the light of the world (see Matthew 5:14).
Born-again Believers, this is for you—this is a season in which to battle in the opposite spirit. When depression, unforgiveness, and fear start to enter into your home through a small crack in your foundation, it is time to begin operating in the spirit of thankfulness.
Thankfulness is like oil, and the fire of the Holy Spirit is the light. When they come together, the righteous—which is YOU because of Jesus’ work—shine and wickedness must scatter. Let the Lord anoint you with fresh oil during the season of light.
“For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”—2 Corinthians 5:21
“The light of the righteous rejoices,
but the lamp of the wicked will be put out.”—Proverbs 13:9
Decree and Declare the Light in Your Home
This is a time when God is restoring and renewing the light of hope, thanksgiving, and Himself in your life. As you light the hanukkiah in your home, you can speak these blessings and bring unity and light to your surroundings.
The 1st Candle
The first candle lit is the middle candle, which represents Jesus Christ. When lighting the servant candle, you can say this blessing…
“Father God, we decree and declare that you have called, chosen, saved, and blessed us to be one with you. Thank you, Father, for your abounding love that restores us to you through Christ.”
The 2nd Candle
On the second night, light the first candle and then the second. The second represents the covenant that is made between you and the Father. Biblically, the number “two” deals with the duplicity of man, which is body and spirit.
As you light the first candle, repeat the blessing. Then light the second and say…
“Father God, thank you that you have made us one with you. Thank for securing our covenant with you through the blood of Christ. Continue to sanctify our body and our soul and let our spirit be one with you.”
The 3rd Candle
On the third night, light the first two candles and repeat the blessings. The third candle represents the Trinity. You can say this blessing when lighting the third candle…
“Father God, thank you for the unity of the Trinity—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We thank you for the power of the three stranded cord and the covenant with you—that the cord is not easily broken and we can overcome.”
The 4th Candle
On the fourth night, again light the three previous candles and reflect on the blessings of each. The fourth candle represents an open door of opportunity. Here is a blessing you can say as you light this candle…
“Father God, reveal to us the open door you want us to walk through. Thank you for the opportunity, and we will say yes to walking through, in wholeness and in Jesus’ name, through the doors you have opened.”
The 5th Candle
On the fifth night, light the previous four candles and speak the blessings. The fifth candle represents God’s grace and favor. As you light this candle, you can say…
“Father God, let us have your grace, favor, power, and authority to walk in your light for your glory. Shine your face on us and show us your favor. Let us embrace the truth that your grace, through Jesus, freely justifies us.”
The 6th Candle
On the sixth night, light the five previous candles and decree the blessings. The sixth candle represents the nature of man, which is carnal and weak. While lighting this candle, you can thank the Lord for His power in us by saying…
“Father God, thank you for giving us supernatural power to overcome the nature of man in every aspect. You’ve made us supernatural agents from heaven to earth, and we ask that you let the light shine over all our weaknesses so that you may receive the glory.”
The 7th Candle
On the seventh night, light the six previous candles and reflect and decree the blessings of each. The seventh candle represents the perfection of the Messiah. As you light this candle, you can express your gratitude to the Lord by saying…
“Father God, you are perfect and complete. Thank you for the perfection of Jesus in us. Let the light and the completion that was done on the cross shine through us.”
The 8th Candle
On the eighth and final night, light the previous seven candles and speak the blessings. The eighth candle represents new beginnings. While lighting this final candle, you can say…
“Father God, we decree and declare this is a year of new beginnings. Let the resurrection power shine through us as we enter this next season. Renew and revive our souls with a fresh, new anointing that will accomplish Your will for Your kingdom.”
The blessings listed above don’t have to be spoken verbatim. It is about recognizing the power of the Lord and the significance and representation of His numerology. Meditate and pray, asking God to give you the words that reflect His authority and grace each day.
Let us remember the history of Hanukkah, the Maccabean warriors who did not compromise. We are to be soldiers and watchmen, conquerors through the Messiah who gives us strength, as we go out into the world.
May others see the light that is in each of us and be drawn to it, so that the name of the Lord is glorified during this holiday season!
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