This is to be a permanent statute for you: In the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month you are to practice self-denial and do no work, both the native and the foreigner who resides among you.” Leviticus 16:29 (HCSB)

Yom Kippur (which starts tonight at sunset) wraps up the ten days of awe, starting with Rosh Hashanah, the Hebrew new year of 5783. This is the Day of Atonement, of judgement, of justice. This is considered the holiest day of the year. This is the launch of a new season, stepping into the new year that started 10 days ago. There will be an open show of the enemy being exposed and experiencing justice! This is the one day of the year that the high priest could go into the Holy of Holies. This is the day where in humility, even fasting, we need to lay ourselves before the Lord seeking forgiveness, and being sure to forgive everyone who has hurt us. Don’t carry any baggage into this new year! May you position yourself to receive the blessings of the Lord in this hour of harvest. May you prepare yourself for what He is about to do. Make sure your spiritual house has been cleaned, and it’s ready for what’s next!

Take time today to spend with the Lord in humility. Consider fasting, but for sure forgive anyone whom you may hold an offense toward. Cry out for God’s mercy on your life, on your household and upon your church. Ask God to help you be prepared for the coming harvest! Thank Him for the blood of Jesus, the sacrifice of His Son, that tore the veil to the Holy of Holies and now allows us access to the Father!