His sacrifice ensured that every believer—including you and me—can partake of the unique blessings He imparts to us during these feast days. Of course, there are still two steps for us to take to follow the Israelites’ example with regard to the Day of Atonement.
#1: Repent of Wrongdoing
The Israelites set aside a time of repentance. This wasn’t simply a time of rehashing every ungodly thing they had done during the previous year. It was a time of cleansing, of letting go of anything that prevented them from honoring and worshiping God with their whole hearts. It included fasting, weeping, mourning, rending hearts, and turning to the Lord (Joel 2:12-13).
#2: Give an Offering
Then, God’s people gave a special offering in appreciation for all He had done and in anticipation for all He was going to do in the future (Joel 2:14). It was an act of faith.
These two steps—repenting and giving—resulted in the following promise:
“Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things” (verse 21).What exactly are those “great things”? Throughout verses 18-32, the Lord makes seven distinct promises to those who are obedient and faithful:
I don’t have the room in this email to discuss each one of these blessings in depth, but let me quickly touch on the very first one: the promise of a double portion. This is a powerful promise that can be yours if you will act on it.
Verse 23 says:
“Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.”The “former rain” is referring to the spring rains that prepare the land for harvest. The “latter rain” references the rains that nourish the land in the fall, right before the harvest. The Lord promises that these two rains will come together for those who give on the Day of Atonement.
Do you see that? That’s a double-portion outpouring! And these blessings belong to the children of God—that’s you and me!
Blessings Beyond Measure
THESE BLESSINGS BELONG TO YOU!
THESE BLESSINGS BELONG TO ME!
THESE BLESSINGS BELONG TO EVERY BELIEVER!
That’s something to get excited about!
What can you do right now to open the window of blessings for you and your loved ones?
Some might try to convince you that these blessings have passed away. Sadly, anyone who believes that is missing what our mighty God has provided. His blessings never pass away. Never. He continues today to bless His people with good things, and we see it all the time, don’t we?
Each of us must obey the Word of God every day, but as we enter this holy season—this Day of Atonement—it’s especially important that we obey the Word of God. Following the exhortation of the Word, we are to (1) repent of any wrongdoing and (2) give a special seed-faith offering.
When we do those two things, we can expect the blessings of God to invade our lives. Right now, I ask you to do a few things:
- Anticipate this special season by marking October 11-12 on your calendar for the Day of Atonement.
- Read Joel 2 several times. Spend time studying what the Word of God has to say about this season. Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth of this passage to you, especially in light of Jesus’ sacrifice.
- Ask the Holy Spirit to show you how much you should give in your Day of Atonement seed-faith offering—$30? $300? $3,000? As always, your gift will go to help share the Good News of Jesus with others.
- Fill out the response form with your prayer requests. I’ll be taking these prayer requests with me to the Holy Land at the end of October, and my faith is stirred to see how the Lord answers them.
- Click to send both your response form and your offering.
- Praise the Lord for His faithfulness to honor His Word and the promises He made in it!
My Prayer for You
Heavenly Father, I thank You for Your Word and for Your faithful commitment to honor that Word. I thank You for the partner reading this message. I thank You for paying the price for their salvation and for sending Your Holy Spirit to comfort them and to empower their life. During this Atonement season, I stand in faith with them. I thank You that their sin is removed by the blood of Jesus and that as they give they will receive every blessing You have promised, including a double portion! I thank You in advance for the testimony that I will hear from them. We give You the glory for every good thing that comes to pass. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
I am so eager to receive news of how the Lord blessed you during this season. Hearing news of the Lord’s faithfulness stirs my faith and helps me minister to others.
I can’t wait to hear from you!
Don’t forget to send me your prayer requests. The Lord has laid it on my heart to take my partners’ prayer requests with me to the Holy Land. This is going to be an amazing time of following in the footsteps of Jesus, and I want you with me in spirit. My faith is stirred, knowing that this trip will be life-changing for everyone involved. And whether you are physically traveling in the tour group or your prayer requests are making the journey in your place, as always, you are with me. I anticipate a mighty move of the Spirit in that beautiful place—prayers will be answered, healings will occur, and the Lord’s name will be glorified every step of the way.
When I return, I look forward to sharing just how the Spirit of God moved. It will be a time of rejoicing for us all!
In the name of our precious Lord Jesus, in whom we move, live, and have our being,