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DEAR FRIENDS,WELCOME TO THE DAYS OF AWE. What a time to seek the Lord for our sons and daughters!
Sunday was Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. As I was praying and writing, I sensed an unusual question forming in my spirit. What specifically are you seeking from the Lord for this new year?
While praying over this I immediately thought of Hannah, a barren woman who sought the Lord wholeheartedly until He opened her womb and gave her the prophet Samuel as a child. The dramatic story in which she received her miracle at Shiloh (pictured above) is recounted in 1 Samuel 1:1-28.
More on this in a moment. First, remember the 10 “Days of Awe” represent a time period where the Book of Life is opened, and verdicts from Heaven’s Court set the course for the new year. I feel that we as are being summoned to take these 10 days to CREATE FORERUNNER PATHWAYS.
What verdict should the Lord grant you? If you were God, evaluating the condition of your life and conduct, what verdict would you grant yourself? What would you grant your children?
According to Jewish tradition, the Lord opens the Book of Life on Rosh Hashanah and pencils in his decisions over the lives of humankind. Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur you and I have an opportunity to “approach the bench” in repentance to see our transgressions blotted out. We also have the opportunity to recalibrate by enacting deliberate choices to move in a different direction.
In short, during these 10 days you and I have a limited window to create forerunner pathways for your future. The pathways forged right now are intended by God to advance you through both the opportunities and challenges of the coming year.
Therefore it’s a time to forgive, release debts and offenses, and renew relationships where they have been strained either by the actions of others or our own. Take the step and initiate reconciliation. It is also your time to sow financially into the Kingdom.
Let me ask you again—what are you seeking from the Lord in this season? For yourself, for your family, for others? For your nation? How are you praying? How are you setting your course during these next 10 days?
Be Like Hannah! Seek Until You Find
Jolene received a penetrating word during the consecration service for the 13 colonies that we are making public today over these “ten days of awe” between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. She heard the Lord bring a decisive call to abstain from wine and strong drink, as well as to confront any other addictive substance challenging your life. Embracing this discipline should be considered bare minimum for the 10 days.
This Rosh Hashanah it’s time to be like Hannah (Read 1 Sam. 1-28). Remember Hannah came before God constantly over the child she desired from the Lord, with a desperate vigilance that made her seem almost unhinged. SHE SOUGHT UNTIL SHE FOUND— TO THE EXTENT THE RELIGIOUS AUTHORITIES THOUGHT SHE WAS DRUNK.
That was ironic. So many people in pain use their addictions to numb their private agony. Hannah actually did the opposite. She allowed the pure desire of her heart, which seemed so long denied by the Lord, to become her desperate priority in prayer. She vowed to the Lord that she would give Him the first fruits of her womb as her barrenness broke. AND THE LORD ANSWERED! He literally rendered judgement in Hannah’s favor.
As a result, Samuel the prophet was given to her. During the course of Samuel’s ministry, Israel was revolutionized. False authorities were disciplined. The Ark of God’s Covenant was recovered. True authorities were identified and set in place—even David, Israel’s greatest king!
And the covenant nation entered it’s greatest hour.
As with Hannah, we are in a season where those who hunger and thirst for righteousness shall be filled. Reproaches will give way! Barrenness will be broken. And conception of sacred seeds will bring forth a new birth of freedom.
Watch this now. Just as Hannah prayed for a son to be born, so you and I can enter into the same measure of prayer for our sons and daughters to be born again!
What it takes more than anything else is for you and me to genuinely PURSUE.
Five Disciplines for Ten Days
Here are five disciplines we are embracing ourselves, and asking you to embrace during these Ten Days of Awe:
- What are you seeking from the Lord? What do you want from Him with all your heart? Write it down. We encourage you to dwell in 1 Sam. 1-28, which chronicle Hannah’s story. Then like Hannah, begin to wholeheartedly engage with Him. Seek Him first simply for who He is. Then pursue, overtake, and recover all!
- What addictions are masking over your emotional pain? Let go of them. Like Hannah, grab hold of the Lord. Be honest with Him over the deeper places of your life. Work with Him to gain cleansing, resolve, and the miracle you are seeking.
- Receive communion daily over these next 10 days. Come to the Table of the Lord. Forgive and be forgiven!
- Evaluate your own heart over relationships. Seek reconciliation as the Lord shows you. Other ties you’re still holding on to may need to be severed completely.
- Consecrate to the Lord the first-fruit of what you desire to receive. He is safe, and He is faithful to provide for every aspect of your heart and your life. Break forth in generosity towards God, towards His Kingdom, and towards His children.
Remember, the forerunner pathways forged right now are meant by God to advance you through the opportunities and challenges of the coming year. Become like Hannah. Your family, nation and world may even be forever impacted. Covenant blessings to each of you! NO KING BUT JESUS…