Day 3 – A Divine Appointment is Set
Over the past several days, I have shown you how God our Father is intimately concerned with seasons, cycles, and timing. That’s why I believe He has instructed me to build your faith over these 10 days, some of the most exciting and biblically prophetic seasons of the entire year, the “10 Days of Awe” leading up to the great Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. If you haven’t yet seen the first two teachings, click here to catch up!
What is God’s divine purpose for this time? After all, according to Ecclesiastes, there is a time to every purpose under heaven.
Naturally, in the days leading up to the holiest day on God’s calendar, we consecrate ourselves in devotion and prepare to seek Him like we never have before. We turn our hearts to Him … we seek to repair our relationship with God and our relationships with others. We re-center and re-focus to enable us, by His Spirit, to live holy lives before a holy God.
This is the season the King of Glory makes an appointment with you.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans that I have for you, says the Lord, plans for peace and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Isn’t that remarkable? God has plans for you! It doesn’t matter what circumstances you’re facing, what storm is looming, or what enemy is coming against you. God’s got plans to bless you — for your peace.
Peace — shalom — means rest. It means, “Nothing missing. Nothing broken.” It means comfort and security. It means victory, despite
the battle. Just hold on!
In 2 Chronicles 20, King Jehoshaphat, king of Judah, received frightful news: A vast army was coming against him, and they were already near!
With an army not nearly strong enough to defeat his foe, Jehoshaphat stood before the presence of the Lord and cried out:
You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. … We have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.
In response, the Spirit of the Lord said, “Do not be afraid or discouraged … the battle is not yours, but God’s”
But notice in the next verse, even though God said, “You will not have to fight this battle,” Jehoshaphat still had to go
… there was something he had to do. He had to participate. God would do it, provided Jehoshaphat agreed to partner with Him.
God said, “Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you … Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.”
In obedience to the voice of God, they went, singing of His faithfulness and love.
But there was something they could not yet know:
God had gone before them.
Scripture records when Judah arrived, they found their enemies already defeated, having attacked and destroyed each other. God left only one thing for His people to do: pick up so much equipment, clothing and riches, it took 3 days to collect it all!
Friend, the only reason God lets your enemy come against you is to leave YOU with its riches, show you His goodness and strength, and fill your life with a story of His faithfulness to prepare your future and propel you THROUGH any enemy that may come against you! Amen!
I urge you to send me your prayer needs now so I can believe God with you for your miracle every day. If you haven’t already done so, make sure you bring your Atonement Offering before the Lord as He commands (Deut. 16:16). Your seed-faith gift will help keep this vital voice for the Gospel strong.
Press in. Focus on God. As these 10 Days of Awe continue, I believe God is going to show us His wonder! Hallelujah!
In the name of the Lord,
Pastor Rod Parsley
P.S. – Be sure to join me live, online only, next Thursday, September 16, as the sun sets on Yom Kippur, the holiest day on God’s calendar, for a very special Day of Atonement Celebration service! I’ll be praying over your prayer needs and believing for your Atonement Blessings live online at 9pm ET on YouTube LIVE
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