YEAR OF EXTREMES by Marsha Burns:
Today at sundown begins the two-day celebration of Rosh Hashanah. The Hebrew word Rosh means “head” or “beginning.” Hashanah means “the year.” This reference is found only once in the Old Testament in Ezekiel 40:1 with the words at the beginning of the year. Rosh Hashanah is more commonly known as the Feast of Trumpets. It marks the beginning of the spiritual new year, a special time set apart for a new beginning with the Lord.
My own tradition for the Feast of Trumpets is to seek the Lord for prophetic insights with regard to the coming year, which I will do my best to share with you.
Year of Extremes
There will be ups and downs. Middle ground will be hard to find. Expect extremes in weather patterns and in human behavior. There will be a lack of moderation and a departure from tradition and basic common sense in many cases. Your stability will come in having a God-connection.
In a vision I saw a brown, paper bag of things that shouldn’t be together, like a half-eaten sandwich, a shoe, a cat toy, a book, and I heard the Lord say that the nature of the year to come will be a mixed bag or a diverse assortment of things.
Unity of Opposites
Unity of opposites is defined as situations or opinions which are opposite to each other yet dependent on each other. There wouldn’t be an up without a down, right without wrong, or good without evil. The way to escape the division that results from opposing viewpoints is to seek the Spirit of Truth. Those who do not want to choose one side or the other have only one option and that is to walk in the Spirit, which is above the pride of human opinion.
Unity of the Spirit
Unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace is an endeavor that needs to be carefully preserved. It opposes all of man’s ideas of unity, which is usually to find “our people.” We search for those who have the same interests, beliefs, and goals that we embrace. But it always produces division with those who do not hold those same values and ideals. Therefore, we become tribal as we seek to join a group, party, or sect that we can identify with. Tribalism is the behavior and attitudes that stem from strong loyalty to one’s own tribe or social group, producing an in-group and an out-group where love is replaced with hatred, often leading to violence. Proverbs 10:12 Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all sins.
Ephesians 4:1-6 I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all and through all and in you all. But to each one of us favour was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.
The way out of a position of strife and division is to refuse to allow carnal nature, or flesh, to rule. Then, you can learn to walk in the Spirit. Galatians 5:16-17 I say then: Walk in the Spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish.
September 18, 2020. Opportunity is soon coming up to share of My goodness. It will be startling to some as they don’t see what has happened as good. What happened is not good, but out of very hard situations, I make something good. They will eventually see the evidence of goodness. Do not hold back. Tell it all. Some is strange, but much of life is strange and those hearing will see how I turn strange things into good.
Psalm 145:9 (ESV) “The LORD is good to all and His mercy is over all that He has made.” Bev Robinson
September 18, 2020. Delight, delight, delight. Take pleasure with Me. Let your life be filled with the fullness of My joy and gladness. Young children have no problem asking for things they want, do they? It is built within your DNA to want things. Sometimes there needs to be safeguarding for things not beneficial for children, but parents enjoy giving to their children. Become like a child as you once were. Frolic at My feet. Take pleasure. It is My pleasure.
2 Samuel 6:14-15 (NASB) “And David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod. So David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouting and the sound of the trumpet.” Kevin Robinson