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God’s Compassion To Fulfill His Word Over You

There is a deep impartation we can receive from the experience of Sukkot that is recorded in the Book of Nehemiah. All the people were gathered to Ezra the scribe that they might gain insight into the words of the law. They discovered that the Lord had commanded through Moses that they should live in booths during the feast. So, they did just that. God met them in response to their obedience, and that inspired them to seek the Lord in a new way. In their repentance, they confessed the repeated sins of their fathers and rehearsed God’s faithfulness to always forgive when they turned to Him.

During this Sukkot, we are also finding a new relationship with the Lord and His Word. Talk to the Lord about your life and history. When we simply confess and repent to Him, He will bring us back to His Word, pick us up, and put us back on track. Be open, honest, and unflinching, trusting in His love, compassion, and faithfulness to fulfill His Word for His namesake.

This message titled “God’s Compassion To Fulfill His Word Over You“ came during our Sukkot celebration at the Rayen Resort in North Hills, California. It will be available to hear at Living Word Publications.

Sukkot: Eat Of The Fat And Drink Of The Sweet

On this Feast of Tabernacles Sabbath, the Lord gave us the keynote for this weekend out of Nehemiah 8. We’ve been through the Ten Days of Repentance and have experienced Yom Kippur. Now we are to eat of the fat, drink of the sweet, and send portions to him who has nothing prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength. This moment is a time of rejoicing.

On this night, we drink the wine which God gave to make the hearts of men joyful, and appropriate the blood of Christ which releases us from sin and also brings the joy and blessing of the Lord. We give thanks to the Lord and eat the bread which God brings forth from the earth, and we also reach beyond into the realm of spirit to partake of Christ, our daily bread which comes down from heaven.

Sukkot: The Wilderness Of Life Or Death

Tonight I brought a message titled “Sukkot: The Wilderness Of Life Or Death” at Church of the Living Word in North Hills, California.

Sukkot is a time to remember what God did for the children of Israel in the wilderness. It was a place of preparation and a precursor for entering into the Promised Land. They were transformed out of slavery and into a nation of people who must learn how to live in His presence. Their dependency on God was a matter of life and death; they could not survive without His provision and leading.

God is driven to do good for us and to fulfill His Word over us. As it was with the Israelites, our wilderness experience of life or death contains all that is needed to prepare us to receive the new day that God wants to bring us into.

In this time of Sukkot, let our hearts return to an absolute dependency on Him. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. His presence is with us to guide us into the days of the Kingdom. In His presence, we will learn and become. We will know the truth and it will set us free, but we must be ready for Him to lead us in a way we have not walked before. Approach this Sukkot like none other.

Yom Kippur At The Western Wall

I just got back from Israel and I wanted to share with you this video I received of thousands of Jewish worshipers at the Western Wall, gathered to celebrate Yom Kippur. This video shows faithful Jewish people from many synagogues, all singing their prayer to God. I am moved by their oneness in observance of this holiest day of the year. Let us cry out to God with them, to see the Father’s continued atonement for His people in every corner of the world.

Shabbat Shuvah — He Treads Our Iniquity Under Foot

This evening I brought a message titled “Shabbat Shuvah — He Treads Our Iniquity Under Foot” at a celebration of Shabbat Shuvah at Rayen Resort in North Hills, California.

This special Shabbat between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur only comes once a year and the focus of this night is repentance. Hosea 14:2-9, Joel 2:15-27, and Micah 7:18-20 are beautiful passages which Jews read on this night every year. They speak of returning to the Lord and saying, “Take away all iniquity and receive us graciously.” In these verses, God responds to Israel and speaks of His jealousy and love for them, and talks about how they will be satisfied and will never be put to shame. Micah writes that He will tread our iniquities under foot. Yes, You will cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.

This is the night in which we see all our sins being tread under God’s foot and cast into the sea of forgetfulness, never to be remembered again. Whatever you are dealing with, make this a night like never before and walk away from your iniquity. Forget it, knowing He has dealt with it.