(By Ricky Scaparo) We have now officially entered the “Days of Awe” or the season of Teshuvah which began on September the 2nd and will continue until the first week of October. Teshuvah is a term that literally means “return” describing the act of repentance in Judaism. Only by atoning for our sins can we restore balance to our relationship with God and with each other. Many also call this the “Season of Repentance”. Repentance is acceptable at any time, but the special time for repentance is the season from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, which is deemed as the Ten Days of Penitence or as some are familiar with the “Ten Days of Awe”.
In all the rabbinical sources, repentance involves two things: Remorse for sinning and confession of the sin. In other words, it is during These ten days that begin with Rosh Hashanah and end with Yom Kippur are commonly known as the Days of Awe (Yamim Noraim) or the Days of Repentance. This is a time for serious self-examination and time to consider the sins of the previous year and repent before Yom Kippur. This is the time which we need to get our hearts right prepared for the next 12 months. It’s time forgive people and release the cords of strife and contention. It is a time get our hearts pure before the Lord through repentance.
When we begin to get our hearts right with both God and man something remarkable takes place in our lives. As a direct result of repentance, the Lord will bring refreshing to our lives. A great example of this is found in the book of Acts 3:19 – Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, – The word refreshing in this passage comes from a Greek word meaning “recovery of breath”. It literally means to restore breath back in something that has stopped breathing. It would be like someone collapsing on the floor unable to catch their breath, and you came along and resuscitated them back to life. This is actually where the modern Church has grafted the term “Revival” from. It a picture of something lifeless that is brought back and restored again. Notice the refreshing was contingent upon an act of repentance.
Do you need a refreshing in your life, Ministry, Marriage, Family or finances? Perhaps all these. If so it’s time to repent and turn back to God. It’s time to make it right with people. Forgive our enemies. Release those who have abandoned you, hurt you, abused you or somehow have left a wound in your heart. Watch the Lord begin to breath fresh life into your life as you are obedient to his word and activate your faith during this season!