Preparatory Word for Ten Days of Awe 2008 - Psalm 91:9
"Because you have made the LORD, who is my refuge, even the Most High, your dwelling place..." Psalm 91:9
"I have covenant blessings to release and now is the appointed time. New treasures and new authority are found on new roads of surrender. Those who climb mountains only travel with that which is necessary to succeed; they travel as lightly as possible and only with the essentials.
"The hiding place of My protection is the mountain of holiness; just as I hid Moses in the mountain, so shall I also hide you. I alone know this refuge, your refuge; no power of the enemy can touch you there. As you dwell in the hidden place, I will heal the wounds of the past and reveal your future. My Word promises that he that dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
"When fear is invading, always run to the refuge of this peaceful, quiet, dwelling place. It is there that you are to wait on My command; wait on My strength. Make this your home for the Third Day.
"Slow down. Bow down. Calm down and hear My words. Quietness is important. Solitude is the solution. Holiness is the highway. Provision for body, soul, and spirit are the rewards. And purity is the result of the process; the anointing, My anointing, will rest upon sanctified vessels.
"My presence is your provision. My anointing is your power. Presence and power are the true fruits of the hour. Worship Me in spirit and in truth. Just as the dead keys of a piano can only make living notes when touched by the Master's hands, so also you need My touch for life to flow from you. White or black, major or minor, high or low - all areas of your life must be surrendered in this hour, dead to self, and waiting for the Master's touch.
Third Day Glory
"In preparation for the Third Day temple, the living stones will be restored along with the restoration of priestly patterns. Holy prayer will act as a foundation that will be like marble floors: it will reflect that which is standing on it. What I burden you to pray for in others reflects what you need in your own life.
"The Third Day anointing is being released into the Church. Pulpits and those who present the Gospel will be seen in a new light; therefore, those who stand on these platforms must be clean from the inside out. What was unseen in the Second Day will be revealed by the glory of the Third Day. Be patient with Me. Submit to My ways and let Me release new undergarments as well as outer garments.
"Study My temple of old and practice My presence, and I will show you the way. It is time, during the Days of Awe (September 30th-October 9th, 2008), to anoint My kings for finance and My priests for vision; I will then lead them both together to perform their tasks in My ways on the highway of surrender.
"Ten Days of Awe. Ten days to perfection*. Ten days of divine order. Ten days to complete eternal cycles. Ten days to anoint priests and kings for Third Day Glory. Ten days of vision. Ten days to reveal provision." (*note: Ten days to perfection leads to Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement - Jesus Christ is the One who leads us to perfection.)
The Days of Awe: A Beautiful Picture of Salvation
During Rosh Hashanah the shofar is sounded as a call to repentance. Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the Days of Awe, a period of time for introspection and repentance. It is believed that Yom Kippur is a time of repentance and restoration between God and mankind, while the Days of Awe is a time to seek forgiveness and make amends between man and man - a time for mankind to seek reconciliation with one another, and if possible right the wrongs committed.
Jewish tradition holds the belief that judgment is pronounced on each person on Rosh Hashanah. The concept of judgment and decrees has a negative connotation to many, but allow me to remind you that judgment is simply the formation of an opinion after consideration, or as Merriam-Webster states, "a formal utterance of an authoritative opinion."
Judgment is the friend of those who desire right-standing with God. When your life is right with God, a judgment should be a "formal utterance" of reward - it should not be feared, but rather something you are looking forward to. Judgment is a friend of the righteous!
As a Believer, I view the Days of Awe as a beautiful picture of salvation. Is it not true of each of us that we deserve a judgment that is not in our favor? And yet, through Jesus we have the opportunity to repent, to return to the Lord. Is it not also true that this life is but a vapor?
The Days of Awe also act as a reminder to me that our days to seek reconciliation with our family and friends are numbered. I would encourage you to take advantage of this reminder during this special season and seek to make amends with one another. Begin the new year with purified hands, a clean heart and healed relationships. Begin the new year right with both God and man.
It is my prayer for the Days of Awe, that the song that says, "I stand, I stand in awe of You" would truly become the heart cry of the Body of Christ. That we would stand in awe, in wonder, in respect, in fear, in reverence, and in amazement of what God has done in our lives and the great mercy we have received.