The LA Times has a good article.
Today we are to avoid:
In this season of reflection things seem to be in upheavel all around us. There seems to be fear and trepidation everywhere. Seems like things are out of balance. Thats why it's good to have this time of reconcilliation.
- Eating and drinking
- Anointing with perfumes or lotions
- Marital relations
- Wearing leather shoes
It seems like the world is out of order at this turn of the year.
I am confident this upheaval is of God and good will come of it. Sometimes he has to shake things up to correct them. That shaking is taking place right now.
The word of God speaks to this situation:
My Spirit is abiding in your midst; do not fear!'
6"For thus says the LORD of hosts, Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land.
7'I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,' says the LORD of hosts.
8'The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,' declares the LORD of hosts.
9'The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,' says the LORD of hosts, 'and in this place I will give peace,' declares the LORD of hosts."
Who we really when the heat is on. Nothing takes the masks off like the shaking and pressure of God to reveal men for who they really are.
Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking. For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven! 26 When God spoke from Mount Sinai his voice shook the earth, but now he makes another promise: “Once again I will shake not only the earth but the heavens also.”[k] 27 This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain.
28 Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping him with holy fear and awe. 29 For our God is a devouring fire.
Watch the next month. Things are shaking right now. We entered the year 5768 12 days ago on Rosh Hashanah.
Happy New Year. Let's hope it really is. Things seem to be in a state of high change.