1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, with minds that are alert and sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.
This year, The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) falls on 10/08/2011, which is only 46 days away. The Day of Atonement is the holiest day of the year in the Jewish Culture and God has divinely appointed it as a day to atone for sin, for ALL his people. In Leviticus 16:29 God established Yom Kippur as a holy day.
Here’s your window of opportunity. From studying scripture we recognize 40 as an important number in biblical history because of its frequency and its occurrence. With 40 being a product of the number 5 which represents grace and the number 8 which represents revival and renewal, now is a perfect time to mentally prepare to atone for those sins that are keeping God’s word from being fulfilled in your life.I understand that you may not be Jewish, neither am I but I do recognize and celebrate those things that are important to God. Take the next six days to mentally prepare yourself, talk it over with God, ask him what he wants from you and how you can be used for his purpose. If God gives you peace about it, Got For It! Scripture says, “God inhabits the praises of his people.” People, however you honor God, commit to it for 40 days.
Make a commitment to pray, fast, or anything else that will glorify the Lord. God recognizes sacrifices that loosen the bonds of wickedness, undo heavy burdens, promote freedom and cause health to spring forth, just to name a few. If you cannot do it for the entire duration, make a point to do it sometime within the 40 day time frame. God understands we are not perfect but he loves it when we chase after his heart.
At the appointed time, you can expect to be completely delivered, completely established and well on your way to reaping a complete blessing from the Lord. Last year on Atonement Day 09/18/2010, I dedicated my wedding ceremony to God. In my mind, I saw it as chance to show God how grateful I am for his goodness in my life. It was my way of telling God, I believe in your covenant, I am tired of trying to figure things out for myself and I trust that you want what is best for me. As I approach my first wedding anniversary, I can’t say that everyday has been easy but I can say that everyday has been worth it and each day is blessed by God!
I pray that you find a way to celebrate God’s holy day this year and allow him to do a mighty work in your life!