I hope you take the words for the new year of 5779 to heart...as God is revealing much to His prophets during this season.
I encourage you to get alone with God and spend time with Him...ask Him to remove anything He wants to...so that you can be made new and ready in this great time of His outpouring! (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
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Rosh Hashanah is upon us once again. I have only become aware of the feasts in the past ten years or so, and now they have taken on greater meaning in my life. Formerly, I had always thought of the feasts as Jewish Holidays unrelated to our celebrations as Christians, but the truth is, the Lord's feasts are His set-a-part times and seasons. These are moments in the year that God wants us to take time to celebrate in specific ways.
I am not a hard advocate of having to celebrate the feasts, just as I am not a hard advocate of celebrating some other Christian holidays. But I do take meaning from the Biblical feast days though, and I ask myself, "Lord, what do You want me to understand about the season of Rosh Hashanah that is upon us?"
The Feast of Trumpets
Rosh Hashanah is also known as the Feast of Trumpets. The trumpet is central to the celebration. With the blast from the Shofar, there is an ushering in of something wonderful, spiritual, and I believe something supernatural takes place. The horn is ushering in the presence of God. It awakens in the natural, but it also awakens in the spirit. The Lord is announcing a season of visitation and a season of revival.
Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of a new year, and this year being 5779 on the Jewish calendar. I didn't realize when I was in my 20s that the Jewish New Year started in September. But even in our culture it is the season when new things begin, like students returning to school, and is the season when I personally feel the beginning of things. I remember during this time of the year when I was a youth pastor, I would get fresh vision for a new season.
Rosh Hashanah also represents the number of years since God's creation of the heavens and the earth. It was the moment of creationist beginning of all things we know and understand. As we listen to the horn blast we are reminded of how the Holy Spirit hovered above the void and by His Word created everything that is seen and understood. During this season God wants to create all things new in your life. He wants to speak, and when you hear, things will begin to shift and change in every void of your life. This is the promise we have in James 4:8, "Come near to God and He will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded."
The Days of Awe
The Days of Awe are ahead of us. These are the ten days after Rosh Hashanah and the days that precede The Day of Atonement (the most holy day). With the blast of the horn there comes awakening. During the Days of Awe, the Lord wishes to visit His people to give them fresh revelation and fresh vision for the year ahead. He wants them to investigate their own hearts and deal with blockages, lies and sins that keep them from deeper relationship. On the Day of Atonement, we are reminded of the sacrifice of the Messiah on the Cross in which all of our sins were cleansed by His Blood.
God can make all grace abound to you. He wants to shift you into a new place. As you listen to Him you will hear Him, and hearing Him changes us completely. One word from the Lord will bring you into a wide-open place of blessing. Listening and obeying when He speaks brings great blessing into one's life. We have this promise in Jeremiah 29:11-13: "'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.'"
I encourage you to take time to hear Him in this new season and during the Days of Awe. Many believe there is something supernatural about the sound of the Shofar. I have even heard people describe it as the voice of the Lord. Some believe that when the sound is made over your life something in the spirit begins to shift!
He is Going to Make All Things New—Get Ready!
Get ready for a new day. Get ready for the Messiah to visit you in a way you did not expect. The Jews believe that with the horn comes the ushering of the Messianic Age. Paul believed that with the horn's blast, Jesus would return and reign in the earth. He believed that Jesus would have an earthly kingdom, and there would be peace and joy in every heart, as the enemy would be defeated and Christ's rule would begin.
Jesus will surely return some day, but in the mean time we are also to expect days of refreshing. I believe that even as we celebrate this season, we are to expect a revival to take place in the earth. This is a time to prepare ourselves for it. As we listen and as we pray, we should expect to hear Him speak. We must deal with our heart condition as He reveals it, and then we must surrender our lives to our King. As we deal with our hearts we are preparing ourselves for the visitation that is directly ahead. So get ready. He is going to make all things new!
I pray for you today and ask God to begin a new work in your life: May He prepare you for the season ahead and open up your heart and bring peace and renewal. May He give you your heart's desire. May refreshing like rain fall upon you, and may the wind of the Spirit lift you like an eagle above the mountain tops. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List subscribe here.)
Ministry of Darren Canning
Darren Canning is a revivalist preacher who travels throughout Canada, the United States, and the world. His heart is for revival and believes that God will touch lives deeply wherever he travels. He teaches on hearing the voice of God and experiencing the supernatural. Darren's life was touched powerfully through an encounter with God and he was transformed from an atheistic lifestyle to a Believer in a moment. He has spent 14 years working for the government of Canada as an analyst specializing in transportation issues related to Aircraft Safety and Security. He is married to Lydia and is the father of seven children. He believes that if others experience the God of the supernatural then they too will be changed forever.
Darren Canning's Itinerary:
September 15, 2018
Ministering with Pauline Wilcox
Golden Eagles Gathering Place
Golden Lake, ON, Canada
September 21-23, 2018
September 28-30, 2018
The Glory Well and Sails Ministry
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
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