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Day 20 of 40 Days of Teshuvah Elul 20

Times of Refreshing are times of giving praise. When we praise God we are blowing the trumpet and this confuses Satan. He knows his days are numbered. It is at the blast of the shofar that we shall be caught up with The Lord, and then Satan knows his eternal judgment is at hand.

 

Times of Refreshing

Times of refreshing
Now at hand
Lord of the harvest 
Send rain for our land

Times of refreshing
Shower down on us
Lord of the harvest
Proof of Your goodness

Recovery of breath
I smell the coming rain
Breathe in and breathe out
Look over Your great terrain

Lord of the harvest
Times of refreshing
We are summoned to the floor
For a Season of pressing

Treading  the grapes
the fruit of the vine
Lord of the Harvest
Maker of new wine

Times of refreshing
It is recovery of breath
Sweet harvest time of ingathering
Of Your righteousness.

©laurette laster

harvest is coming

Redemption begins with the act of repenting. Repentance is showing we understand the errors of our ways. After seasons of sincere repentance then comes blessings and times of refreshing.
Repentance IS NOT humiliating, it is act of prostrating ourselves and an act of becoming humble. We humble ourselves under His mighty hand.

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One definition of humble is power under restraint. To be humble is to know you have the power to destroy others, yet you decide to act in love, according to God’s word. Humble is not weak, it is self control of our will. It is bringing our souls (mind, will, and emotions)  into alignment with the word of God. It is managing or emotions and our will.

God is not launching a surprise attack or waiting in the bushes to ‘get us’. These are lies from Satan. These are the lies and tactics Satan uses against us hoping we will hide from God. Remember after the first sin in the Garden of Eden it is Adam we find hiding in the bushes of fig leaves.

Satan knows the attributes of God toward the obedient and he also knows the result of seeking the heart of God in true repentance. God is for us. God is the Initiator, Designer, and Creator of the covenant. This covenant is and has been His plan, from the beginning. He fights for you and for me, and we need Him. In His light we see light.

I’m often reminded of no matter how far we stray from God, or how fast we run from Him, there is this A truth that always stands out. Always! And it is this.
The truth is, when we Shuv, or Turn, meaning to turn around, who do we see? We come face to face with none other than our Lord and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. When we come to the end of us and come to ourselves, we will stop running. When we stop and make the decision to turn back and seek His face, we turn around and run smack dab into The Lord, Jesus. So, with that being said, In order for this event to occur He must be listening for a turning heart. Looking as the Father was in the parable of the prodigal son.

No matter what your sin, or how far you, or others may have strayed from the will and the call of God, when we turn-bam……..there He is. Praise God for His faithfulness. Think about this. Isn’t this an amazing truth?

I thought I had surely disqualified myself from His grace, because I had, but because of His great love, He pursued me until I turned and in turning, I came face to face.

Everyone I know has the same revelation. He was there. When I couldn’t see Him, He was there. He was always there. The Lord was there on the mountain and in the valley. When I made my bed in Sheol, He was there. The Lord was there in the good times and in the bad times. Yes, He was always there.
Just as a groom pursues the one he loves and longs to marry, our Beloved pursues us.

Zechariah 1:3
Therefore say to them, “Thus says The LORD of hosts, “Return to Me”, declares The Lord of host, that I may return to you,” says the LORD of hosts.

Three times He makes it known He is the host, the LORD of host. It’s His wedding party and He is the groom and the host.
He is pursuing us to turn around. Shuv then we shall Teshuvah and be united (covenant of marriage) with His will and plan. Syzygy- when we are in perfect alignment for our assignment to become one with our Lord.

Don’t miss this special season of Teshuvah, a time to prepare our hearts. This is my favorite time of the year, Teshuvah.

I will say of The Lord you are my refuge and my fortress, My God in you will I trust.

In the Torah the month of Elul is listed as the sixth month.
The name Elul did not come into being until after the Jews returned from the 70 years of exile in Babylon. Doesn’t it make perfect sense that after a time of captivity we become more serious. It should be our desire to never want to be exiled again? If we are making plans to not go back into captivity we should set aside a time to prepare our heart and study God’s word. Returning to God has a much deeper meaning than a show of emotions. To return is to return to Gods commands and return to the written word and be doers, thus becoming obedient. The word Elul, is thought to originally come from an Akkadian word meaning “harvest”, the root of the verb in Aramaic is “search” as we have discussed before. The season of preparing our hearts is just before the fruit harvest.
There is always a season of blessings and abundance following sincere and genuine  repentance.  Peter said repent so that times of refreshing may come. “Repent ye therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that so there may come seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord; (Acts 3:19).
It is well known that the name Elul is thought to be an acronym for “Ani L’dodi V’dodi Li” – “I am my Beloveds and my Beloved is mine.” In Hebrew:

We are yoked together with Christ as Bridegroom and Bride.
אֲנִי לְדוֹדִי וְדוֹדִי לִי
הָרעֶה בַּשׁוֹשַׁנִּים
a·ni · le·do·di · ve·do·di · li
ha·ro·eh · ba·sho·sha·nim (copied from Hebrews for Christians)

“I am my beloved’s and my beloved is mine” (Song 6:3) Syzygy-yoked together as in marriage.

Pray this prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, I am so thankful that I can never run out of Your grace. Just as You declared to Moses and called out, the LORD, “The LORD, the LORD God, is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in loving devotion and truth, maintaining loving devotion to a thousand generations, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and sin. I know this is who You are!  Thank You that You didn’t give up on me when I was lost. I know You have come to seek and to save that which is lost. Father, I ask You to give to me, a heart for the lost. Show me who You would have me pray for during this season of seeking Your face while preparing my heart. Amen

Good Morning. 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. Laurette – It is time to be Face to Face with our beloved!

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