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Day 25 of 40 Days of Teshuvah Elul 25

 

Teshuvah is the appointed time and the season of our repentance. A season and an appointment for my heart check.

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On Tuesday I talked about The LORD showing me that repentance is a sign in maturity. I say ‘in’ maturity not ‘of’ maturity because they are actually two completely  different seasons.  We can live and become another year older. Just because we get another year of life does not necessarily mean we learned the lessons required to take us beyond where we are in our spiritual life.

A Season in Time

A time of reflection
A time to assess,
What is working well?
What is causing duress?
A time of reflection
Take time to inspect,
Is my life bearing fruit?
The kind He expects?

 

I’m not to compare
Or look at another,
Not to be jealous
Nor envy a brother.
I am only measured
By His perfect design,
So I must access this heart
Never allow for decline.
Oh my soul, listen
Align with His word,
Become a doer
Of what ears have heard.
A season in time
Set aside for reflection,
This is my heart check up,
And I have no objection?

 

Poem written by laurette laster © 2018 August.

 

I’ve heard that you can have twenty years experience, or you may have one years experience twenty times. When we as Christians hear about repentance we may ask the following question. Well I’m in Christ do I still need to repent? The answer is yes. Yes we repent for many reasons. In all actuality we should be growing in grace and truth as we continue our walk with The Lord. Holy Spirit is helping us. In Romans we read that we may not even know how to pray. “And, in like manner also, the Spirit doth help our weaknesses; for, what we may pray for, as it behoveth us, we have not known, but the Spirit himself doth make intercession for us with groanings unutterable,” (Romans 8:26 YLT). We can intercede for others and repent on their behalf. In intercessory prayers we are asking for The Lord to grant them the grace to repent and change. We discussed the verse, “For it is the grace of God, God’s overwhelming goodness that leads a person to repentance.”  Only after seeing and experiencing the amazing goodness of God and His attribute of beauty and love, do we experience Godly sorrow that leads to repentance never to be repented of again. There are actions, sins, overt and covert, that we will never commit again. However as long as we are growing up, speaking the truth in love, into The Head which is Christ Jesus, we must have a repentant life style. This is not to say we have a woe is me lifestyle. No this doesn’t even compare to actual repentance. Repentance is life being lived and knowing and acknowledging there is a higher way to handle situations and conversations with God. The heart of repentance is maintaining a teachable spirit.

“Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be still wiser; teach a righteous man, and he will increase in learning,” (Proverbs 9:9 ESV).

 

According to the Talmud, God created repentance before He created the physical universe, making it among the first things created. (Nedarim 39b).[1]

A few years ago The Lord gave me an illumination of His creation. He put a thought or an idea in my head for me to meditate and think on. Ever since this revelation came to my mind, I have wondered about this. Is this why God began with evening as His recorded time when speaking of day? Could this be why God listed night first? He called the evening the start of the day.

 

In the beginning, Genesis 1 it says; the evening and the morning were the first day and the evening and the morning were the second day, and so on.

If God were going to require something of us we can be assured that He makes the way visible and plain. We are responsible for discovering what He requires and then we must choose by having a teachable spirit to do what He requires. If this is so, wouldn’t it make sense that God would make a way for us to wash off the day’s dirt or wrongs before retiring? Of course it would. Why? Because we know and believe God is our Perfect Creator and The God of perfect order.

The Bible tells us our heart is awake while our body sleeps. We want to be clean from any offenses so we can hear clearly what The LORD wants to tell us. Remember in Exodus the children of Israel were told to wash their clothes before coming to meet The Father. Repentance is washing our minds and our souls so we can come before our Father in the morning.

Let us pray

Dear Heavenly Father. I come before you today asking that You show me and teach me Your ways. I desire to know Your ways not simply Your acts. Lord Jesus You said repent for the kingdom of heaven has come near. Usher me into all truth by Your Holy Spirit. My heart’s desire is to know You in a deeper more intimate way. Show me Your beauty and goodness, that others may see and desire You. Amen

Don’t miss the wonderful season of The LORDS drawing. He requires we return with our whole heart.

Shuv, turn or Teshuvah, return

Teshuvah is truly 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

 

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