September 16, 2010

A New Season

Praise the Lord!  Here we are only a few days from entering into the fall season.  I pray that you have had a blessed summer and are now ready for a seasonal and spiritual change in your life.  The Hebrew Feast of Trumpets is in September, and it always signifies the ending of one season and the beginning of the next.  After the Feast comes the Day of Atonement, in which the blood of an innocent animal is placed on the mercy seat to atone and cover over the sins and failures of the people.  With the blast of the trumpet and the covering of blood, the people could now enter into a new season with God, free from sin and condemnation.  This month to the children of Israel, brought both freedom from the past and a fresh new hope for their future.

We are no longer under the old covenant with its feasts and rituals, but we can identify with God’s heart and plans for His people.  Hebrews 8:6 says, “But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”   We now have a new and a better covenant established on better promises, so how much more should we be optimistic and full of hope for our future. 

Hebrews 9:11-14 says, “But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.  For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

Thank God for the blood of Jesus!  We are now not only free from our sins and failures; we are now free from the very nature of sin.  Jesus has totally set us free from sin, satan, and failure.  We are no longer just sinners saved by grace.  We are now new creations in Christ Jesus.  We are now the workmanship of God created in Christ Jesus unto good works.  We are not failures waiting to happen, we are more than conquerors in Christ with the divine ability to succeed in all we put our hands to.

II Timothy 1:5-7 (AMP) says, I am calling up memories of your sincere and unqualified faith (the leaning of your entire personality on God in Christ in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), [a faith] that first lived permanently in [the heart of] your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am [fully] persuaded, [dwells] in you also.  That is why I would remind you to stir up (rekindle the embers of, fan the flame of, and keep burning) the [gracious] gift of God, [the inner fire] that is in you by means of the laying on of my hands [with those of the elders at your ordination].  For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.”

In these verses, the Apostle Paul was reminding Timothy of his rich heritage of faith.  He was letting him know that living by faith and trusting God for victory didn’t start with him.  I believe these verses are also speaking to us.  We are not the only generation to face difficult times and we are not the only generation who has had to make the decision to stay with the biblical principles of faith.

Today, the spirit of fear is attacking the believer and non-believer alike.  Fear is not from God.  Fear is a weapon of satan to keep people in bondage and doubt.  We must listen to the words of Paul and choose faith over fear.  To do this we must choose God’s Word over the devil’s words and set ourselves to trust God to put us over and give us victory no matter what is going on around us.

Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”  The word dismayed here also means bewildered or discouraged.  Don’t let what is a happening in the world discourage you.  Let God be your strength in times of trouble.  Set yourself today to stir up your gift, stay in faith, keep doing the word of God and you will come out on top.  Remember Romans 8:31, “If God be for us, who can be against us.”   I encourage you to rise up in faith, cast off fear, be a doer of God’s Word and together let’s experience a new season of hope and blessing from the Lord.