Day 9 – Total impact
Thank you for joining me for these sacred 10 Days of Awe, which hold a special place on God’s calendar.
I hope these devotional teachings have been enriched your life! If you would like to revisit the teachings
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As I’ve shared in my previous teachings, I believe with all my heart that one year or another, this
Tabernacles season of Atonement will be the season of the coming of the Lord.
- Faster than a hoof ever struck pavement: He’s coming.
- Faster than a wheel ever turned upon an axle: He’s coming.
- Faster than lighting from the east crashes into the west: He’s coming.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 shouts it:
“For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel,
and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever
be with the Lord.”
Of course, no one can know the day nor the hour (Matthew 24:36). But we can
know the season.
And THIS could be the year!
But if it is not, God promises everyone who obeys His command to honor His Feast
will become the recipients
of 7 blessings only available this one time each year.
Just a few days ago, at Rosh Hashanah - the Head of the Year & the Feast of Trumpets, the 10 Days of Awe began:
A time to search our hearts, to reflect on the goodness of God despite our own failures, and to prepare for His presence.
The ancient Israelites observed these powerful days at the beginning of the Hebrew year as a "reset" for their lives;
a time of repentance and introspection ... a time to forgive your neighbor and mend broken relationships. A time
to right the wrongs they caused and draw away from the "normal" in preparation for the divine.
This annual custom was necessary as they approached the presence of God on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, the
single holiest day of the year.
they thought, “How can we expect God to forgive us on Yom Kippur if
we cannot humble ourselves, repent, and forgive each other?”
You and I know the Lord Jesus Christ fully and completely accomplished the work of our atonement by His Cross.
— “It is finished” — Jesus declared.
Salvation is a gift of God, “by grace through faith.” Our observance of the Days of Awe and the Day of
Atonement is not about doing anything to earn the atonement. Rather, it is a celebration of thanks for God’s
gift as we prepare for His presence again.
Whether the Lord Jesus returns for His people this year or not, of one thing we can be assured: He is coming, He is
moving, and He is working. Either our Canaan King will split the Eastern sky to call us away, or by His Spirit, He
will pour out 7 blessings of Atonement on those who are prepared for His presence.
Friend, I believe the Spirit of God is calling us to live like we believe the full and true Gospel … to live
lives of consecration. Why? Because God in His mercy picked us up from an utterly fallen, depraved, wicked state
– and restored us to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord – the Lamb of God who takes away the
sin of the world.
This good news should have total impact – it should affect every aspect of our lives.
It should cause us to behave differently, to conduct relationships differently, to make us more generous, more merciful,
to help us be faithful even if it means self-sacrifice. It should affect the deepest parts of our inwards selves, and
not only what others can see.
Truth in its rawest form is power. Hear the words of the Lord Jesus Himself praying for us in John 17:17 saying,
“Sanctify them through your truth: your word is truth.
I want to pray with you for your deepest prayer needs every day between now and the Day of Atonement
– Monday, September 25. But hurry! The Day of Atonement officially begins TONIGHT at sundown! Send me your requests
– whatever you’re believing God for – IMMEDIATELY so I can believe with you for all 7 blessings of the
atonement to be released into your life!
My prayer for you today:
Father, thank you for my dear friend, who desires to know your truth, to seek your presence, and be filled by your
Spirit! We are believing you to make us ready for your coming and to prepare our hearts to be everything you desire us
to be. Your truth and your mercy SHALL move us in every aspect of our lives to be a holy habitation in which You shall
live and dwell. Amen!
Yours for the harvest,
Pastor Rod Parsley