Redeeming Your Female Role
Reflect and Remember – Pastor Christy Brubaker, Radiate Church, Thomasville, NC
God is just so amazing! He has created such a powerful way for His children to pause, to reflect, to remember, to celebrate, to commemorate, to honor, and more! He alone knows what will cause us to seek after Him and to remain in Him. What is it? The key is paying attention to His feasts, His signs and sacred times. Just think how we (especially us women) mark birthdays, holidays and anniversaries on our calendars- why? We do it because they are special times to us and we value and cherish those moments. How much more should we give our attention to things of eternal significance? Here’s just a couple of Scriptures:
“And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘The feasts of the LORD, which you shall proclaim to be holy convocations, these are My feasts.” Leviticus 23:1-2 NKJV
“And God said, “Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years,” Genesis 1:14 NIV
I encourage you to dive into the study of the Lord’s feasts, what they meant at the time, and prophetically for the future as well! We can look forward to the final fulfillment when He returns for His Bride and sets into motion the final events leading up to our reign with Him forever and ever!
For this writing, however, I would like to focus on a season we are in right now, as we have just entered the new year on God’s calendar (5781), and that is the “10 Days of Awe” leading up to the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur).
Just as a simple overview, The “10 Days of Awe,” or “10 Days of Repentance,” is a time each year that commences on the Feast of Trumpets and ends with the Day of Atonement. It is a time of fasting, prayer, consecration, giving and receiving forgiveness, and repentance. In short, a time of introspection. Oh, how we need times like this to slow us down, to allow the Holy Spirit to prune us, to convict, to correct, to encourage, to direct us; because at times we don’t even realize that we’ve started to drift “off-course,” and our Good Father has implemented ways to draw us back to Him.
So pause for a few minutes. Or after reading this, put on some worship music or some “soaking” instrumental music. Begin to praise God for who He is. Worship His Holiness. Ask Him to reveal to you any sin in your life. Maybe there is a habit or addiction that is keeping you from His best for your life. Ask Him to show you any offense or unforgiveness you may be harboring in your heart towards someone else. Ask Him to renew your mind, refresh your Spirit, rekindle your passion. If you are in need of a breakthrough, engage in fasting (denying yourself FOOD for a spiritual purpose). There are many different ways to fast, so determine what is best for you based on your medical history or work schedule. I like to fast by skipping a meal and praying during that time, whether it’s for a few days or a week. It’s an important spiritual discipline that is not practiced as it should be because; well, let’s be honest: it’s hard!
Now, once the Holy Spirit has given you the revelation, it is your responsibility to ACT. Release that forgiveness, release that offense, get those negative influences out of your life (toxic relationships, ungodly television shows, movies or music). Repent (which is not only a changing of the mind, but a changing of direction). Realign your desires with His will. What a time of refreshing we will all have in the Lord’s Presence!
The Day of Atonement is the highest holy day for the Jewish people. It is a solemn day with no work, fasting and prayer. When God instituted this day, it was so that the sins of the people for the previous year would be forgiven. The High Priest would go into the Most Holy Place (Holy of holies) in the Temple only on this day once a year to obtain forgiveness on behalf of the people. There was a process, but for simplicity’s sake, the High Priest would take two goats. One goat would be the sin offering, whereby he would slaughter and sprinkle the blood of the goat over the atonement cover (mercy seat of the Ark of the Covenant), and the other goat would be the “scapegoat,” where he would lay both hands on it’s head, confessing and then “transferring” the sins of the people onto the goat. The goat would then be driven out into the wilderness, thereby carrying away the sins of the people. You can read about this in Leviticus 16.
Hallelujah for the blood of the Lamb, the Lord Jesus Christ, who was both the sacrifice AND our High Priest, who gave Himself ONCE and for ALL!
“But when Christ came as high priest of the good things that are now already here, he went through the greater and more perfect tabernacle that is not made with human hands, that is to say, is not a part of this creation. He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, thus obtaining eternal redemption. The blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkled on those who are ceremonially unclean sanctify them so that they are outwardly clean. How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! For this reason Christ is the mediator of a new covenant, that those who are called may receive the promised eternal inheritance—now that he has died as a ransom to set them free from the sins committed under the first covenant.” Hebrews 9:11-15 NIV
In closing, let us reflect and remember all that God has done throughout history and in our lives personally. May we examine ourselves and respond appropriately. And let us thank Him for the sacrifice of His Son, the hope that we have in Him, and the promises we have in Him in this life and for all eternity!
About Radiate Church
Services: Sundays – Prayer from 9:30am to 10am, Pastor’s Class: 10am to 10:30am, Worship Service 10:30am
Location: 1360 Fisher Ferry Road Thomasville, North Carolina 27360, United States
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