The Days of Elul begin sundown on August 7, 2021, which marks the beginning of a 40-day Season of Repentance (teshuvah). This is a time to return home. This is a time to get one’s spiritual house in order by seeking His face and humbling oneself in the sight of the Lord with a broken and contrite heart (II Chronicles 7:14; James 4:6,10; Psalms 34:17-19).
The Hebrews say that this 40-day Season of Teshuvah has its roots in the second time that Moses went up Mount Sinai to receive the second set of the ketubah (marriage contract), which is also know as the Ten Commandments. The reason that this second chance is so important is that God reconsidered wiping out His entire nation (except Moses) after they had worshipped the infamous idol of the Golden Calf. Please refer to https://santatizing.wordpress.com/2016/12/17/choose-this-day-the-golden-calf-or-his-marriage-contract/ and http://wp.me/p158HG-kH.
Significantly, God relented due to Moses pleading for grace, grace, grace for His people. Once Moses attained God's favor, he ascended God’s Mountain on Rosh Chodesh Elul – the beginning of the Hebrew month of Elul – and he descended forty days later on tenth day of Tishri, which concludes on the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). Due to the incredible forgiveness God granted to His set-apart nation for the grievous sin of the Golden Calf, the Hebrews sometimes call the Season of Repentance – Yemei Ratzon (יְמֵי רָצוֹן) – "Days of Favor."
The whole wide world is need of this kind of forgiveness and favor again in our day. Not only do the vast majority of God’s people literally repeat the worship of the Golden Calf annually; but few humble themselves, pray and seek His face with the purpose of turning from their wicked ways.
I urge everyone to not let this divine opportunity pass you by. Perhaps, this Season of Repentance could be your last chance in the land of the living to restore your broken relationship with God and your fellow man.
Remember that each and every one of our days are in the hands of the Lord, and He protects those He considers righteous. Just do not make the mistake of assuming you are righteous. That is what deluded people do. The problem is that we don’t know if we are deluded or deceived until we have had our light bulb moment, which seems to happen once we have chosen to humble ourselves, or after some difficult life circumstances have humbled us. Refer to https://sapphirethroneministries.wordpress.com/2019/09/08/time-of-testing-exposure/.
The essential ingredient for the solution to deception is humility, which means destroying your own wall of self-protection. You can choose to simply humble yourself by truly asking the Lord if He considers you righteous and wait for His answer. Or, you can seek the Lord, like King David did, and ask God to search your heart to see if there be any wicked way in me: “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting: (Psalms 134:23-24 NKJV).
I know way too many people that believe that they are righteous when, in fact, they are not… and they are even leading others astray. Self-deception need arrogance (pride) to be kept in place; therefore, the solution is always choosing to be humble and teachable before God and man with a repentant heart.
Today is day that life and death as well as blessings and curses are set before us. Let us each choose this day whom we will serve – the Most High God or ourselves (Deuteronomy 30:14-20).
“Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture, And the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: ‘Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, when your fathers tested Me; They tried Me, though they saw My work. For forty years I was grieved with that generation,’ And said, ‘It is a people who go astray in their hearts, And they do not know My ways.’ So I swore in My wrath, ‘They shall not enter My rest.’” (Psalms 95:6-11 NKJV).
Let us enter our Promise Land, which is our Sabbath Rest who is our Maker. Never forget that He is our Sabbath rest, and we are His. His favor is for life (Psalms 30:5)!
Give em heaven!!!
Written August 7, 2021 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source. Blessings!
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