Day 2 of 40 Days of Teshuvah-Remember August is the month of answered prayers.
2 Corinthians 7:10 For the kind of sorrow God desires for us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death.
When thinking about Teshuvah/Returning, it is repentance of one’s sins and turning and in turning, to do good. Sin is missing the mark. What mark do we miss? Putting it simply, we miss the mark of love, to love and obey The Father’s commands. We may have strayed from the course our Father has commissioned for us. If we have decided to have our own way, we definitely will miss the mark.
When we allow self, our carnal nature to lead, self will always strive to have its own way. When we are led by The Spirit we can see and allow or choose by our own volition to allow Gods way to be the way. Then peace with God and man is obtainable.
Years ago, my mom, told me that she had heard Anne Graham Lotz, teach that parents should pray that their children have peace of mind. My mom said that was her prayer for my sisters and I. She went on to explain that in order to have true peace of mind, we had to be right with The Father, The Son, and Holy Spirit. I know this is 100% accurate. When The Lord, showed Himself to me, in a strong and mighty way I have never been the same. To go from a fatherless girl with an orphan spirit to beloved child of God, well you can say I didn’t act the same after that. I realized in His love, how far I had missed the mark. I had pulled some less than appealing ways into my loved starved soul. His love led me to repent. My heart broke for how far I had strayed and for how I tried to pretend the life I had must be God withholding good from me. I reasoned I was being punished for past wrongs. Yes sin has consequences, right?
What is the difference between conviction that leads to repentance and condemnation that leads to destruction? Conviction is about activity while condemnation is about annihilating our character and self. Conviction is meant to cut us to our heart, bringing about change. The change in direction or behavior is caused by changing our beliefs.
Condemnation is a tactic of the enemy to make us believe there is no hope. Condemnation strips us of believing there can be any hope for us. No hope. No hope.
Holy Spirit convicts us to bring about change. Yes conviction is uncomfortable and that is exactly His purpose. I have heard it put this way, “The Lord comforts the afflicted, and The Lord afflicts the comfortable.” When we can repent, and turn back to His ways, the weight of the conviction is taken away.
However when condemnation is at work we cannot do enough to feel better or ease the pain. No matter how much we do it is never enough. These are dead works. We can never have peace of mind.
What is repentance? It is where Holy Spirit, as our guide, counselor, comforter, and teacher, shows us where we are not living out the new life we have in Christ. He shows us so we can repent and come back, Teshuvah (return) to His heart.
Acts 2:36-38 Therefore let all of Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah. When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” Peter replied, “Repent (return, Teshuvah, turn around) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit..”
During this season of preparation while we are preparing our hearts, called Teshuvah, I pray the blessing of conviction, merciful breaking, is at work in every believer. As He gently Woo’s us back. To the place we were intended to be from the beginning. Repentance is precious in the eyes of The Lord.
God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you and give you Shalom.
Holy Spirit, during this season of Teshuvah, draw us close. Lead us into a merciful breaking, give us the gift of tears showing us where we have missed the mark. Help us to have Godly sorrow, that sorrow leads to repentance never to be repented of again. We desire a sincere breaking, a gift of repentance where we will never again repent for the same sins. A deep change of heart, mind, and character, that shows a true turning. Give us eyes to us how The Father sees sin, let our heart beat with Yours.
Psalm 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette