BYNA 40 Days of Repentance: “The Progression of a Repentant Heart”


As we proceed through these forty days of repentance, through the month of Elul and into Tishri through Yom Kippur on 10 Tishri, we are going to continue to take a closer look at what happens in our hearts as we move through personal, family/community, and national repentance.

Throughout these days, while we are examining the “progression of a repentant heart” on a personal level, our eyes will constantly be on the goal, the remedy, the antidote to unrepentance – our relationship with Almighty God.

To help us with this hope, we will bring to mind Psalm 51:10 every day,

Create in me a clean heart, O God; renew in me a resolute spirit.”

(Psalm 51:10, CJB)

Also, we will remind ourselves of the kind of fruit we should be bearing when we are repentant and filled with the Holy Spirit. For example:

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”

(Galatians 5:22-23, NKJV)

“…for the fruit of the Spirit [is] in all goodness, righteousness, and truth, finding out what is acceptable to the LORD.”

(Ephesians 5:9, NKJV)

“…being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which [are] by Jesus Christ, to the glory and praise of God.”

(Philippians 1:11, NKJV)

Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”

(Hebrews 12:11, NKJV)

But wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. Now the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.”

(James 3:17-18, NJKV)

Every branch in me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every [branch] that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

(John 15:2, NKJV)

Each day will have a personal story, testimony, anecdote, or suggestion from the B’ney Yosef North America Admins and Elders. Reflect on them, look at each day’s scripture reference, and take an honest look at your heart. Then, seek the LORD to be cleansed from the fruit of an unrepentant heart, and to be filled with the Holy Spirit that you may bear the godly fruit of repentance, purity, and righteousness.

There is a glossary of terms on the last pages of this guide so you can see definitions for the various types of ‘fruit’ scripture tells us are the result of unrepentance. This can help you perhaps see how these things manifest themselves in your own environment and in your life.


40 Days of Repentance: “The Progression of a Repentant Heart”


40 Days: Day 40 (Yom Kippur)

We have come to the Day of Atonement, Yom Kippur. Rejoice in the banishment of all ungodliness due to your thorough attention to repentance. And take this encouragement with you: “In conclusion, brothers, focus your thoughts on what is true, noble, righteous, pure, lovable, or admirable, on some virtue or ...
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40 Days: Day 39

In the Book of Revelation, the “One sitting on the throne” gives us a list of the types of transgressors who will not see the kingdom of heaven. By this time in scripture it is a fairly predictable list; but the very first one on the list might get our ...
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40 Days: Day 38

So, in case you had not caught this – these unrepentant behaviors we have been speaking of are SIN. Sin creates a barrier in your relationship with the Father. As the apostle John points out, there is sin that does not lead to death. In other words, you will not ...
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40 Days: Day 37

We all should know ourselves well enough to understand that our brothers (and sisters) are just as frail as we are. We should not harbor unrealistic expectations of our brothers. We should pray for them without ceasing. “Do not speak evil against one another, brethren. The one who speaks against ...
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40 Days: Day 36

Be careful who you are following. Test every word, every teaching, every proclamation and prophecy. Keep your eyes on Yeshua. “But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who ...
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40 Days: Day 35

Rabbi Fohrman gave a midrash for Tish B’Av called “The Power of Rachel’s Tears”. The insights given regarding the relationship of Rachel and Leah were very eye opening. Rachel is the matriarch of the sons of Yosef. Leah is the matriarch for the sons of Yehudah/Judah. I saw in this ...
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40 Days: Day 34

Repentance, reconciliation, and restoration are all elements of the journey of the bride. It is at this time, starting with the first of Elul, that we choose to focus on the part of the journey of the bride that began at Passover and continues through the cycle of the Festivals ...
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40 Days: Day 33

My reading this morning took me to Genesis 22, the recounting of God asking Abraham offer his only son, his Promise, on the altar to Him. I can only imagine Abraham’s shock and second guessing, but what we see in this passage is a steadiness, confidence, and trust that blows ...
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40 Days: Day 32

The Ruach spoke to me one day that some of you have learned and are learning at the moment that if you walk the narrow way, if you have chosen this path, you will experience pain. There is pain along the narrow way. Some of you have experienced physical, emotional, ...
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40 Days: Day 31

Making Gods Into Our Image “You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3 One of the greatest stumbling blocks to B’ney Yosef’s (sons of Josef) restoration to become a people once again is forming a god or gods into our own image. Imposing our understanding on others and ...
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40 Days: Day 30

My husband and are blessed to have the opportunity to paint the inside of a vacant house. The owners requested ceilings, walls & trim in all rooms (3 bedrooms, living, dining, kitchen, bath, entry, and hallway), be painted all the same color – off white. Each room had a unique ...
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40 Days: Day 29

While reading the Torah portion Ki Tavo last week a verse jumped out at me: Nevertheless, to this day YHVH has not given you a heart to understand, eyes to see or ears to hear! Deuteronomy 29:3(4) CJB Moses is speaking to all Israel reminding them of the great things ...
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40 Days: Day 28

At 8 AM EST Yom Rishon (Sunday) August 23, 2015 I had a vision. I was standing and talking to hundreds of people. As I spoke I began to share that it is time to bury the hatchet of all the doctrines that divide us. I began to share that ...
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40 Days: Day 27

The elementary school in our neighborhood afflicted me with considerable distress yesterday. It was a field day for the children – a day of fun and games outside. Fun and games for them, that is, but annoyance for me. They started at 8:00 in the morning, precisely the time I ...
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40 Days: Day 26

I was pondering the story of Nicholas Winton, a Briton who quietly saved 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia just as WWII was starting. In all actuality, it was only after his wife found a scrapbook in the attic of their home in 1988 of names, pictures, and documents, that ...
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40 Days: Day 25

In his first letter to Timothy, Paul is talking about a specific category of people when he says, “Besides that, they learn to be idle, going around from house to house; and not only idle, but gossips and busybodies, saying things they shouldn’t.” (1 Timothy 5:13, CJB) Nevertheless, the principle ...
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40 Days: Day 24

Many of us have been taught from the earliest memories of Sunday School about praying for forgiveness for our sins. We remember the “formula” of acknowledge that we have sinned, confess those sins, and ask that we be forgiven, Amen. That’s it in its completion. How simple and easy. However, ...
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40 Days: Day 23

Forgiveness and forgiving In these 40 days we ask for forgiveness of things in our lives where we have made mistakes and sought our own way. We can do this in our own lives as well as the lives of others. When we do this to another it can be ...
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40 Days: Day 22

Is This Fictitious Story True for You? Vignette of Yerushalayim I won’t ever get over an incident that happened 2 years ago. It is indelibly printed on my mind. I woke up one morning and I was in a total panic! I could not speak at all. I had to ...
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40 Days: Day 21

“It’s only natural.” How easy it is to use this simple phrase to excuse bad behavior. But as children of YHVH, we are called to transcend, even forsake, natural human reactions and predilections. We should be careful not to allow “natural tendencies” to govern our interactions with others. I am ...
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40 Days: Day 20

At one time I was quite proud of the Hebrew words I knew that my church friends did not. My church asked me to teach a class on the feasts. I agreed to share a series I owned by a well-known Messianic leader. A large group assembled in our home ...
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40 Days: Day 19

During my time in graduate school, I was required to take a multicultural education class. African American History month was upon us and we were required to attend an event with a list of speakers. Each event we were asked to journal about the experience. There were several speakers and ...
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40 Days: Day 18

In Matthew 22:37-40. Yeshua replied, “’ Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang ...
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40 Days: Day 17

As I examine myself during these 40 days, I find I am guilty of failing to consider the outcome of my spoken word. Words, comments and statements have flown out of my mouth with no consideration of the impact of what I have just put into motion and the effect ...
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40 Days: Day 16

I have been created to reflect the image of YHWH, my Creator. At times I have strayed from reflecting His image in thought and deed. During these times I have reflected an image that is not tender and kind, gracious, slow to anger, faithful and full of love. “As he ...
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40 Days: Day 15

I was in a video conversation with some very good friends when one of them made a comment regarding a subject we were discussing. Instead of really listening to what was being said, I made a face that prompted the person making the comment to ask what my thoughts were ...
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40 Days: Day 14

Why is it? The pettiest perceived offenses can quickly become overwhelming in our minds. Honestly, I do not know how many times I have allowed myself to be devastated by what I was convinced were deliberate, specific personal slights. Not being selected for a team or a position or any ...
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40 Days: Day 13

A Repentance in the Nation. The vision of the restoration of all Israel is far bigger than any one person can perceive, yet we have a tendency to think that the part the Almighty has called us to play is the most important part. It is ironic that in our ...
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40 Days: Day 12

Often our closes relationships are the most vulnerable to issues of judgment, frustration, anger, and resentment. For example, spouses many times must face revelations of their loved ones’ habits, attitudes, beliefs, and preferences that present a serious challenge to marital harmony. Tastes in food, entertainment, sports, music, clothing, leisure activities, ...
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40 Days: Day 11

A farmer knows that his ground preparation will have a huge impact on his eventual harvest. In the same way we are walking a path that will determine our preparation for the most solemn day of the year— Yom Kippur. A crucial stepping stone on this path is confession. There ...
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40 Days: Day 10

Many years ago we were members of a small church. Like many such congregations, this one operated like a family. We knew each other well, frequently were in each other’s homes, shared each other’s joys and sorrows, and helped each other get through life. There were unpleasant aspects to it, ...
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40 Days: Day 9

Enemy: A person who is actively opposed or hostile to someone or something. “Do not rejoice when your enemy falls, And do not let your heart be glad when he stumbles; Or the LORD will see it and be displeased, And turn His anger away from him.” Proverbs 24:17-18 NASB ...
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40 Days: Day 8

He calls her a virgin!! After all that she has done, He calls her a VIRGIN!! The word exploded in my head as I read a passage I’ve read a hundred times. Speaking of “faithless Israel,” the harlot He divorced, God, in pleading for her repentance and return, calls Israel, ...
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40 Days: Day 7

The word for repentance in Hebrew is Shuwb or Teshuva, meaning to turn or reverse direction. It is a necessary step in following Yeshua. Those who witnessed Peter’s stirring sermon on that fateful Shavuot asked “What shall we do?” He simply stated “Repent and be baptized…” What accomplishes repentance? Why ...
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40 Days: Day 6

As we enter in to the month of Elul, we begin and progress through the days of Teshuvah – the days of return. It is a time of increasingly intense introspect as we approach the Fall Moedim of Adonai. Yom Teruah translated as the Day of Blowing, is also known ...
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40 Days: Day 5

Tradition holds that since the time that Moshe went up on the mountain for the second set of tablets, the children of Israel have observed the days beginning with Rosh Chodesh Elul as a time of teshuvah for the 40 days leading up to Yom Kippur. We know that for ...
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40 Days: Day 4

Back in the late 90’s and into the next millennium was the most trying time of my life. In a nutshell I lost my career, my home and my wife (to divorce). I had been a believer in Yeshua for many years, was a member of a good church and ...
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40 Days: Day 3

One of the most important turning points in my life happened when the Ruach Hakodesh (Holy Spirit) explained that the Lord had a commission for me in His Kingdom, and that I had the choice to take it or not. I agreed to take the position, and that led to ...
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40 Days: Day 2

At age 17 I left home under difficult circumstances that I brought on myself. I was in a situation with no place to live while trying to maintain attendance at school and working to support myself. My situation became known to a family with a 15-month old daughter who asked ...
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40 Days: Day 1

On Thursday, 2017 August 10, I participated in a prayer call for B’ney Yosef North America (BYNA). During the call, I prayed that Ephraim would not turn back in the day of battle this time (Psalm 78:9). WEB reads, “The children of Ephraim, being armed and carrying bows, turned back ...
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