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Day 19 of 40 Days of Teshuvah Elul 19

 

Teshuvah is a season that is said to be a time of preparing our hearts. Why do I need to be prepared?

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Do Not Grow Weary in Well Doing.

Do not grow weary In well doing
You shall reap if you faint not
But beware of grumbling and complaining
Leading to failure of blessings sought

Beware of stiffening your neck
Before our Lord gracious and kind
He isn’t asleep or lagging
Nor is He weak ignorant or blind

He sees and knows our hearts
He is looking for obedience
Because His ways are perfect
Our agreement need be expedient

Beware of becoming impatient
It angers the heart of God
He isn’t going to simply overlook
This ignorance and just nod

There was a time prior
When we thought He seemed to wink
But those times now long gone
instructed to renew our minds and think

What did He have in mind
When He created woman and man
Was it not out of His love
And with His perfect progressive plan

God our King and Creator
Maker of heaven and earth
Why would we attempt to dishonor
Show contempt and lack of worth

It is time to seek our Father
And come before Him now
Not only with a repentant heart
But on our knees we shall bow

With words of Lord forgive us
God of mercy and loving kindness
For we have acted ignorantly
With apathy and blindness

But Lord I know Your ways
Your everlasting love
Showing  favor to the thousands
Speaking from above

It is by Your Spirit
We have been brought out
Help us Lord to continue
A give up all this doubt

You will doubtless return
catch us up with You in the air
But not before we intercede
And with others we do share

Before that great and mighty day
The Day of The Lord
Again we will have to fight
And take up each our sword

Choose ye this day
Whom you shall serve
But as for me and my house
We shall abide in His Word!

©laurette laster

Yom Teruah is The Day that no man knows, and is the beginning of the ten Days of Awe leading up to The Day of Atonement. Our devout Jewish brothers and sisters have added an additional time, during the Hebrew month of Elul, to search their hearts. This is a time to be prepared to meet The Lord,at the High Holy Days of the Fall Feasts. We know we shall be caught up to meet The Lord in the air, if we have truly repented, and have done the work of repentance, and accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord. “For the Lord Himself will come down from Heaven with a loud word of command, and with an archangel’s voice and the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Afterwards we who are alive and are still on earth will be caught up in their company amid clouds to meet the Lord in the air,” (1Thessalonians 4:16-17 Weymouth).

We must submit to God’s authority and make Jesus Lord of our life, not Lord of convenience or the be my Lord when I need You. Making Jesus, Lord of our life, is evident and visible to others. No one should wonder if we are a Christian. Repentance is mandatory for deliverance, and in order to bear fruit which will last. There are no exceptions to this principle. We must be yoked together with God, through Jesus and sealed with the promise of Holy Spirit, until the day of redemption of all things. Hence the meaning of the word ELUL, and the acronym for Elul of”I am my Beloveds and My Beloved is Mine. I don’t know about you but when I was preparing for my marriage to Greg, I wanted everything to be so perfect. I love the idea of setting aside a season to prepare my heart.

Here is a snippet, See full definition below Yoked together. Strong’s Concordance

  1. Of those united by the bond of marriage, relationship, office, labor, study, business, or the like.
  2. Of a yoke fellow, consort, comrade, colleague, partner.

 

 

During the month of Elul we are to do the work of Teshuvah. This is a season of repentance. A time to repent to God for all sins we may have sinned against God. Then looking to others that we may have harmed, and make restitution, and turn and do good works. I love this especially in light of Celebrate Recovery. Greg and I are ministry leaders for Celebrate Recovery at our church. We call this coming clean and making amends. This season is a perfect picture of getting our heart, mind, and soul, right with God and with others.  During the month of Elul the shofar is blown each day to represent waking up our souls, and spirits, and conscience. It is to prepare to hear the alarm on Yom Teruah. Satan knows the scriptures. We know that he twists and tries to deceive mankind to buy his lies. What Satan doesn’t know is when the Last Trump will sound nor do we. That is why we want to stay prepared.

The scriptures in Mark 13:32-33, Our Lord Jesus speaks to us about this appointed time.

32But as for that day or hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33Be on your guard and stay alert! For you do not know when the appointed time will come. The new moon is not visible to the naked eye at the beginning. Yom Teruah or Memorial of Trumpets is the only Festival or Mo’edim that begins at the new moon and not during a full moon.  A new moon is only a sliver and hidden by the light of the sun. No man knows the day or hour. That is why we are told to ready.  Jesus instructs us again after His resurrection. “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which The Father hath put in His own power.” (Acts1:7)

(There are several reasons why it is impossible for us to see the New Moon in the sky.

The alignment of the Sun, the Moon, and Earth, leaves the side of the Moon that faces Earth in complete darkness. Technically, this is called a conjunction or Syzygy in the Sun-Earth-Moon system (see illustration).

In addition, the New Moon rises and sets around the same time as the Sun, bringing it too close to the Sun’s glare to be seen with the naked eye. Information borrowed from time and date.com).

 

Oh my heart be still. is this alignment for assignment?

I must share what I just learned this morning. While reading about the new moon and the ability to see it with the naked eye, I came across the word, Syzygy. Have you ever heard this word? Maybe if you study astronomy or you are a scientist you have.

I have never heard the word Syzygy that I recall. So I went to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary for the definition. I have discovered nuggets of gold.

Merriam Webster  Syzygy-The nearly straight-line configuration of three celestial bodies (such as the sun, moon, and earth. Pronounced siz a gee

Origin Latin

From Greek syzygos Yoked Together. Yes, Yes, Yes!!!

Zygon-Yoke

Does this paint a picture. Father Sun and Holy Spirit The Sun for Son of God and Son of man, Moon for Israel. Earth for The Church of The First Born, the Redeemed those in Christ. As it is in heaven so shall it be in earth.

Strong’s Concordance, Greek Dictionary

Yokefellow, co-yoked, i.e., (figuratively) as noun, a colleague

Greek: σύζυγος, syzygos (G4805)

1 King James Bible Verses

Strong’s Number: G4805

Greek Base Word: σύζυγος

Usage: Yokefellow

Definition: Co-yoked, i.e., (figuratively) as noun, a colleague; probably rather as a proper name; Syzygus, a Christian.

Detailed definition:

  1. Yoked together.
  2. Of those united by the bond of marriage, relationship, office, labor, study, business, or the like.
  3. Of a yoke fellow, consort, comrade, colleague, partner.

Derived terms: From G4801.

 

This morning during my walk I noticed several buzzards, circling a property back off the road. I was reminded of something I began to notice when I began to study The Lords feast several years ago. During the early seasons of The Lord teaching me and revealing to me His truths, concerning His mo’eds and His Holy Convocations I began to take notice of crackles or black birds in areas usually not found. I saw them especially at intersections. These crackles would be lining the power lines in all four directions. I would also notice them in our yard and in shopping malls and parking lots. One particular area they would congregate at was a major intersection in our small town. This intersection would not be viewed as major crossroads in a large city, but it is where two main road cross in our small town. This intersection is normally guarded by pigeons and doves.

We know that The Spirit of The Lord is likened to a dove in the bible. As Jesus came ‘up’ ‘out’ of the water after His baptism by John, it is recorded, 15Let it be so now, Jesus replied. “It is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness” in this way. Then John permitted Him. 16As soon as Jesus was baptized; He went up out of the water. Suddenly the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and resting on Him…(Matthew 3:15-16).

So what is the meaning of the timing of the black birds and crackles? I began to notice it was always at the times of the Spring Feasts. Spring High Holy Days of Passover, Unleavened Bread, and Pentecost and again during the Fall Feast. Fall Feasts consisting of Yom Teruah or Blowing of the Trumpets, Yom Kippur or Day of Atonement and The Feast of The Ingathering. I had to ask myself some questions and this is what I believe The Spirit of The Lord has revealed to me.

These are The Feasts or Appointed times set by God. These Feasts or Appointments are lasting convocations and memorials unto Our Creator God. These Feasts will continue for all time, as we understand time. Time was created for man, and man was created by God.

I cannot help but believe this is evidence of Satan attempting to distract and detour the children of God during special seasons. I believe God is saying hey look go this way, or hey make a turn, or make a legal U-turn now. God may be quickening you to forgive someone for what they have done to you. He may be saying we need to talk about that decision you made. This I know, as long as The Lord is beckoning us it is not too late. Each of the times I’ve mentioned is Feasts times, and the decisions made are eternal. These are set times when man is most drawn to God.

Nature proves that spring is a time of rebirth after a long root time. Fall teaches us that as the trees and plants yield their fruit it is time to return to a root season. Trees begin taking the needed nutrients from the leaves to store in their roots for protection from the harsh conditions of winter.

These are very important seasons set by God, and I would like to challenge you to watch for the crackles and black birds appearances as well, going forward.

Why are they most obvious at intersections? I believe it is a deep yet very simple truth. These are times or seasons of getting our attention to needed changes. These set seasons are a time to show us that our decisions have profound effects on our lives and the lives of others. This is a time of making eternal lasting decisions. What should we see? In order to have the blessing of God and increased blessings from God, we may need to make a turn or a complete change. We may need to return back to the original path. We may need to Teshuvah.

If we are not seeing the fruit of The Spirit in our lives we need a turn of direction. Intersections represent “The Way.” One is the right way so the other would represent the wrong way. Or the path that leads to destruction.

During this season I pray we find ourselves yoked with our beloved Savior and Lord and telling others and sharing the good news of the gospel. We are the light of the world, a city on a hill.

 

Dear Heavenly Father. Thank You for my salvation. I am so thankful and eternally grateful for my salvation. Lord I want to share this good news with others. I do not want those I love to miss eternity with You. As I bear fruit, my prayer is that others may see Your goodness and Your mercy. Lord may my life be lived for Your glory and for harvest at the Feast of Ingathering. Lord Jesus, as these approach the intersections of eternity, Lord I ask that You grant them the ability to make right choices and sound decisions. May they know You are choosing them to become yoked together with You? Amen

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you and give you Shalom.

Until next time, thank you for listening with me.

 

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