To celebrate the feasts is to honor God and be obedient to His instruction. One small step of obedience is very pleasing to the Father. You might still be wondering how to practically celebrate or observe them.
We are filled with the spirit of God, and the Father invites us into a these feasts by the Spirit. Form is not what is important. Don’t get hung up on the exact dates either. While it is important to understand the timing of the Feasts, this is not a legalistic activity. God has appointed this season to focus on going higher and deeper in Him. The month of Tishri is an important month, so catch the spirit of the season and flow with Him in this timeframe. Ask Holy Spirit to lead you and your family forward. Our walk with God is both personal and corporate, so each family and each congregation will have their own style of celebrating.
Three simple words capture the intent of God’s heart for this feast season: Awaken, Repent and Rejoice. Keeping this in mind, the deepest and most dramatic revelation and change will be found in the secret place with God. Seeking His face, worshipping Him, examining ourselves and realigning with Him are what He desires of each one of us.
The Repentance Exercise below may help to get you started. Getting rid of some old baggage and experiencing the forgiveness of God feels good! When revelation comes and you begin to see a new way open before you, the celebration will follow quite naturally.
A Repentance Exercise
Materials needed: Bible, notebook, pen/pencil, and permanent marker.
Worship the Lord and enter into His Presence with thanksgiving.
Ask Holy Spirit to reveal any sin in your life, anything that is hindering your walk with Him. Write down everything He shows you.
Pray through your list, confessing and renouncing each sin. Cover yourself in the Blood of Jesus.
As you deal with each item on your list, blot it out with permanent marker. Then write over the top of your list the words of 1 John 1:9. Tear up your list and throw it away. Rejoice in Jesus’ forgiveness and your freedom.