Wednesday 24 September 2014

 

Ephesians 4:22-23 « … that you put away, as concerning your former way of life, the old man, that grows corrupt after the lusts of deceit; and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind. »

Rosh Hashana literally means « the head of the new year. »  In Biblical times Israel had two New Years.  The first was at Passover.  This is the first month of the calendar and all other dates are counted based on Passover.  But in the ninth month there was the second annual harvest and it is marked with three feasts, Rosh Hashana (also called the Feast of Trumpets), Yom Kippour (or the Day of Atonement), and Sukkot (or the Feast of Tabernacles).

In this first feast the trumpets were sounded in Israel to signal the start of a New Year, a new beginning.  It is a very prophetic time and points to the hope that we have in God, that tomorrow will be better than yesterday.

In this time of fasting we are asking God to reveal things in our lives that He finds displeasing. We want to be transformed by « taking off the old » and by « putting on the new. »  We want to balance repentance for the past with a hope that tomorrow a new person will begin to arise within me that is made after the image of Christ.  In this season God not only releases to us a special grace for repentance, but He also pours out on us a grace for faith.

For transformation to be successful it is not enough to just believe that the old guy was bad.  You must be even more convinced that the new guy is really, really good.  And that it is worth paying the price to have that new guy come to manifestation.

Today God will begin to reveal the new man (or woman) that you are destined to become.  Ask Him to open your eyes to that heavenly reality.  And next to the list you began on Monday, write down what you can see of that new man.  What kind of new person will emerge in your life during the course of this fast and afterwards?  How will that new person live their life? How will he or she serve the Lord and impact others for His glory?

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