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Day 23 of 40 Days of Teshuvah Elul 23

I pray this is a turn around year and better than any we have had.


Yom Teruah is one week away. May we be inscribed for a good and sweet year. “L’shanah tovah tikatev v’taihatem – May you be inscribed and sealed for a good year.”

Hosea 6:1-3

Let us know; let us press on to know The LORD; His going out is sure as the dawn; He will come to us like the rain, like the autumn and spring rains come on the earth.

The Latter and Former Rain

There is way that seems right to man

But in the end destruction

For when we seek to go our way

Ends in ideology and destruction


There is a way that is proven

To be right and even desirous

This is The Way our Lord advised

To advance His kingdom, Jesus required us


For when we seek to go our own

We thwart God’s power and toss

Having no one to blame we’re deceived

And become an enemy of the Cross


But if we continue on to know

Pursue knowledge, let us come and grow

We have so many securities

So many proofs He longs to show


For as the evening and the morning

The darkness turns into light

The Former and the latter

Becomes a continuous passage right


Let us pursue the knowledge

Of The Lord as we continue on to know

His going forth is established

As the morning, He has spoken and He shows


He will come to us and heal us

Where we are torn He longs to heal

When we pursue with all our heart

Continue on to know His will


Harvest rains in spring and autumn

Our Lord sends rain in season

Lord water our hearts and show

Your going forth and reason


Come and let us return to The Lord

our wounds He hath bound

Call upon His Name

While He is near and can be found.

Poem written by laurette laster © 2018

This is a precious season of Teshuvah, an appointed time set by our Heavenly Father. How do we Teshuvah and then Return with our whole heart? We must set our renewed minds to do the will of God.

In the New Testament Mark 12:30 we hear our Lord Jesus Christ as He quotes from the book of Deuteronomy, 6:5. Read these two passages and you will find that our Lord Jesus inserts the word “mind” in the text in the book of Mark. This is the key to fighting the spiritual battle and winning. If we are fighting yet never winning something is wrong. We know that our soul is mind, will, and emotions, right? So why did our Lord make specific mention of the word mind and set it apart by itself?  It is because we will have to have the renewed mind of Christ in searching and determining the will of God for our lives. To him who knows what is right but doesn’t do it, it is sin. “If, however, a man (mankind) knows what it is right to do and yet does not do it, he commits a sin” (James 4:17 Weymouth). Have you committed any sins?


“I will give them a heart to know Me, [understanding fully] that I am the LORD; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.” (JEREMIAH 24:7 Amplified). This is to say we return with our entire renewed spiritual mind.


“I will heal their backsliding; I will love them freely: for Mine anger is turned away. (Hosea 14:4).

Teshuvah is not a season but a life style for born again Christians. We cannot walk a perfect walk nor do we get a complete change of mind at our conversion. We receive a born again spirit and the unction to begin again. However the decision remains our own to complete and walk out. We must do the work of renewing our mind. Read Romans 12:1-3

The Greek word metanoia is also translated as the word Teshuvah, meaning to change your course and return. The Greek word for mind is dianoia, where we get the word diagnoses or understand. Metanoia is to change your mind. Metanoia: change of mind, repentance. Dianoia is to understand the need for repentance.

METANOIA Strong’s Concordance 3341 Original Word: μετάνοια, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine
Transliteration: metanoia
Phonetic Spelling: (met-an’-oy-ah)
Short Definition: repentance, a change of mind
Definition: repentance, a change of mind, change in the inner man.

DIANOIA Strong’s Concordance 1271 dianoia: the mind, disposition, thought

Original Word: διάνοια, ας, ἡ
Part of Speech: Noun, Feminine

Transliteration: dianoia
Phonetic Spelling: (dee-an’-oy-ah)
Short Definition: understanding, intellect, mind
Definition: understanding, intellect, mind, insight.


diánoia (from 1223 /diá, “thoroughly, from side-to-side,” which intensifies 3539 /noiéō, “to use the mind,” from 3563 /noús, “mind”) – properly, movement from one side (of an issue) to the other to reach balanced-conclusions; full-orbed reasoning (= critical thinking), i.e. dialectical thinking that literally reaches “across to the other side” (of a matter).

Once we are born again we have spiritual eyes and ears that see and perceive and hear and understand a new language.  We must learn and grow spiritually just as we did physically.
“As we are growing up” into The Head which is Christ, expect some blunders along the way. I assure you, you will mess up. Do you always speak the truth in love? Have you walked away from correcting someone that you know The Lord wants to instruct? Have you missed the opportunity to impart wisdom for fear of not fitting in? Have you maybe thought they won’t receive my instruction? I challenge you and me, that we are to speak the truth in love, and our Lord Jesus will then cause the increase. How can there be harvest without seed sown.

 “There are two kinds of backsliders. Some have never been converted: they have gone through the form of joining a Christian community and claim to be backsliders; but they never have, if I may use the expression, “slid forward.” They may talk of backsliding; but they have never really been born again. They need to be treated differently from real back-sliders–those who have been born of the incorruptible …

Dwight L. Moody—The Way to God and How to Find It.”


What does it mean to be wholeheartedly committed?

The example, The Lord gave was when He was in the garden of Gethsemane. Jesus said, “Never the less not my will, but Thy will be done.”

And we know Jesus was talking about going to the Cross. He became completely committed to the will of God and the plan of God for His life. We read in Isaiah that He set His face like flint.

Now We Must Set Our Faces Like Flint

Isaiah 50:4-7 (NKJV)

4 “The Lord God has given Me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him who is weary. He awakens Me morning by morning; He awakens My ear to hear as the learned.

5 The Lord God has opened My ear; and I was not rebellious, nor did I turn away.

6 I gave My back to those who struck Me, and My cheeks to those who plucked out the beard; I did not hide My face from shame and spitting.

7 “For the Lord God will help Me; therefore I will not be disgraced; therefore I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed.”

A true revelation of The Cross of Christ is how God changes our hearts. This is how He made a way for our return. The Cross of Christ is the beginning of turn. There is so much more. He rose again that we may have life and life more abundantly.

Let us pray

Dear Heavenly Father I come to You today in complete turning. I turn my mind, my will, my emotions, and my heart, completely over to the correction of Your word. Oh forgive me for holding back and thinking it was ok. Forgive me for thinking I couldn’t do what You have ask me to do, thinking only of my lack of strength while denying Your grace. Your grace is sufficient and more than enough for all I need. I do not want to live a half hearted Christian life. Lord Jesus You gave all for me, help me give all for You. God, You gave me life and I want to live my life for You.  I dedicate all of me, to all of You, this year. I want this year and this season to be a turn around year in my life. Turning, not only for me Lord, but for the many others I may reach for You. I long to walk in Your favor and blessings and also to be a part of the ministry of reconciliation for my family and for Your family. Jesus I pray this prayer in Your name. Amen


Don’t miss the wonderful season of The LORDS drawing. He has torn but He will heal.

Shuv, turn or Teshuvah, return

Teshuvah this is my favorite time of year.

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