October 10 – Feast of Tabernacles

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘Say to the Israelites: “On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the Lord’s Feast of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days.” ’ ” Leviticus 23:33-34 (NIV)

The Feast of Tabernacles, also known as the Festival of Booths (in Hebrew, “Succot”) and Feast of Ingathering, stems from the command to the children of Israel to commemorate God’s protection and provision as they wandered in the wilderness for forty years. During the Feast, the people lived in booths or tents to remember what God had brought them through. Joshua finally led Israel into their Promised Land, a place of rest and peace, but God never wanted them to forget the wilderness experience.

This Feast still is kept today and is a time of joy, festivity, rejoicing, and celebration. As Jews and Christians from around the world pilgrimage to Israel to keep the Feast, remember to “pray for the peace of Jerusalem.” God promises that “they shall prosper that love [Jerusalem].” (Psalm 122:6)

Christian Retreat hosts a Feast here in the United States. Many people come to give thanks to Jehovah God for His bountiful blessings, to enjoy the pageantry of praise and worship in the Jewish tradition, and to learn more about their Judeo-Christian faith. It is important to celebrate the final ingathering, when Christ returns and every knee shall bow to the Lord.

PRAY: “Great Jehovah, I remember my wanderings before You became Lord of my life. Thank You for bringing me to my spiritual Promised Land. Bless Israel today in Jesus’ Name. Amen.”

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October 9 – God’s Messengers

“For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.” Malachi 2:7

God has always sent His messengers to give mankind good news and bad news, but the bad news always had a good result IF the people changed.

Messengers have come in the form of prophets, angels (heralding Christ’s birth), priests (those who administer the sacraments), teachers (those who impart God’s principles), or a fellow believer (who may give a word or a hug at just the right moment).

Malachi 3:1 foretold the coming of one of the greatest messengers of God of all time–John the Baptist. “Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me.” However, John knew that One even greater than he would come with an even greater message–the message of God’s marriage covenant with His creation. “And the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.”

Look and listen for God’s true messengers and honor their authority. Hebrews 13:17 says that “they watch for your soul” and must give an accounting to God. Hear the Word of the Lord and allow God to speak to you through His messengers.

PRAY: “Precious Father, thank You for sending Your messengers across my path They have taught me many truths about You and given me Your admonitions. I love You! Amen.”

October 8 – Satan’s Messengers

“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.” II Corinthians 12:7

The Apostle Paul was given these revelations because:

1) He was God’s chosen vessel to preach to the people; and,

2) Paul CHOSE to be CHOSEN. He was willing to follow the Lord wherever He led…even though it meant he would have to endure many hardships as he learned to rely on God’s strength.

In the process, however, there were some people who would see Paul on a pedestal because of his great knowledge. They would follow him everywhere and extol his many virtues. Paul was as human as you are. Do you not enjoy the adulation of a crowd at times? Do you not enjoy the works of your hands being praised or the writings from your mind being published? Paul realized that he would become conceited and not stay mindful of the fact his wisdom came directly from God, so he accepted the fact God allowed a “messenger of Satan” to harass him during his life. It is obvious that through Paul’s “weakness” God’s strength was perfected.

As an able minister today, ordained and commissioned by God to do similar works, you too will suffer because of Satan’s messengers…mocking, divisive, critical, argumentative people!

PRAY:  “Father, I take courage from Paul’s account of weakness. Your grace was sufficient for him, and it will be for me now. Let Your will be done in my life today. Amen.”

October 7 – YOM KIPPUR

“The Lord said to Moses, ‘The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves, and present an offering made to the Lord by fire. Do not work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the Lord your God.’” Leviticus 23:26-28 (NIV)

Of the seven feasts ordained by God, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) is the most important and sacred Jewish holy day. The trumpet is to sound, calling the people to fast and worship while repenting of their sins and asking God’s forgiveness. In Israel today, all businesses close and traffic ceases from sunset on the ninth day to sunset on the tenth day.

In ancient times, animal sacrifices had to be made in the temple to atone for the sins of the people. In this present dispensation of grace, God, through the shed blood of His Son, has restored you to full sonship!

This is a good day and season for all believers in Yeshua (Jesus), their Messiah, to fast and repent and worship. As in days of old, God is still pleased when His people deny themselves for the purpose of coming into closer fellowship with Him. (See Matthew 16:24.) God has given you a priceless treasure. Thank Him for it with a repentant heart and make this a day of renewed commitment to serve Him with a whole heart.

PRAY: “Almighty God, it is not an easy thing to deny my flesh but, when I consider all my Savior endured for my sins, it as a small thing. Thank You for forgiveness. Amen.”

October 6 – Not Peace, But Division

“Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.”  Luke 12:51-52

This verse may seem contradictory to other Scriptures concerning what Jesus said to His disciples about His “peace,” but consider these scenarios:

What happens when a young man decides to follow Jesus into an inner-city missionary church when his parents want him to attend law school? What happens when one marriage partner follows Jesus to church activities and the other turns aside into the drug culture? What happens when one office worker decides not to spend his money foolishly in a “football pool” while everyone else throws in a dollar or two?

The division happens when people choose to follow Him 100%, turning their backs on the world and its ideologies. James 4:4 says “that friendship of the world is enmity (hatred) with God.” There is no peace until the division line has been drawn.

So, “choose you this day whom ye will serve.” (Joshua 24:15a) There is an inner peace, when you choose Christ that surpasses all your understanding. (See Philippians 4:7.)

PRAY:  “Father, I know it is Your desire that there be true peace in Your kingdom. Help me to draw a firm line of separation from the world and devotion to You.  In Jesus’ Name, amen.”

October 5 – Holy Productivity

“Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.” Titus 3:14 ( NIV)

Many people either have heard or quoted themselves from II Thessalonians 3:lOb (NIV): “If a man will not work, he shall not eat.” The work ethic is good advice and necessary in order to provide for your family, but had you thought of it as “doing what is good”?

Paul continues in Verse 11-13: “We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the bread they eat. And as for you, brothers, never tire of doing what is right.”

Betty Malz and Roberts Liardon, people who have somehow visited heaven in the spirit and written books about their experiences, indicate that there is a flurry of activity in that kingdom. Holy productivity is going on there continually.

To be holy in YOUR productivity while on earth, it is necessary to ask for the Holy Spirit’s direction, empowerment, and timing before running off into too many directions. There is much to be done, but it is NOT all to be done by you. Think about it…and be sure to dedicate all that you do to the Lord.

PRAY: “Father, You know best! Help me to decipher Your plans for me today. I do not want to be running to and fro with no specific purpose. Amen.”

October 4 – Your Anointing

“But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.” I John 2:20 (NIV)

What a special privilege God gives to His children…an anointing that “remains in you,” an anointing that “teaches you about all things,” an anointing that “is real–not counterfeit!” (See I John 2:27, NIV.)

This “anointing” or “unction” (KJV) is the living, breathing Spirit of God, alive in YOU! The word in the Greek is “charisma,” and refers to the Holy Spirit covering like a sweet oil, perfume, or scented ointment. The anointing of the Holy Spirit brings POWER into your life (Acts 1:8) and causes MIRACLES to follow. It is the element of the SUPERNATURAL at work in your life.

Praise the Lord for His wonderful anointing! Let it bring power and boldness today…in everything you DO, in everything you SAY, and everywhere you GO. The disciples said, in I Thessalonians 1:5a, “For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance…”

Jesus said, “It is the spirit that quickeneth…the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” (John 6:63) Allow His Spirit, His anointing, to “quicken” you today.

PRAY: “Most Holy One, thank You for Your special anointing meant  just for me. By the blood of Your Son, I am made worthy to receive it. I will walk boldly in Your call. Amen.”