The season of our repentance, Teshuvah.
Grace that does not change you, is counterfeit. If you have received a feeling that makes you comfortable with sin and in sin, it is not The GRACE of God. Grace that is of God is life changing and alters everything about you. It is the grace that gives you a born again spirit and you are granted inheritance as sons and daughters of God. The GRACE I am speaking of is the very grace that ushers you into change, repentance, and falling in love with The Redeemer of your soul.
Oh Sweet Season of Teshuvah
Oh sweet Teshuvah
Season to break up and plow
Sweet season of Teshuvah
God’s appointed time of repentance is now
Sweet season of repentance
Time to look around
Time to dig in
Break up my fallow ground
Repentance is a commandment
Not a curt suggestion
Sin cannot be embraced
Accepted left unquestioned
Jesus is not ok
With even a hint of sexual immorality
The kingdom of God
Requires holiness in totality
Return and Teshuvah
With your whole heart
Repentance prepares the ground
For the planting a new crop
Oh when harvest is in veiw
And the fields indeed are white
Looks like repentance
Is holiness to the sight
The fields are white unto harvest
What did our Lord see
Righteousness as a picture of purity
Was it repentant souls He did mean
So repent and Pray for revival
Weep and intercede
For we shall come rejoicing
Bringing in the sheaves!
Baskets filled with fruit
Precious fruit of The Vine
Now I think we are getting it
Repentance is the beginning of time.
Poem written by laurette laster © 2018 September
God has appointed times and He has set seasons. Set them as, He has decided when the fullness of something has been reached. His appointed times and seasons are lasting ordinances according to Leviticus 23. The seasons that lead into our breaking up the fallow ground of our hearts has been leading us to this very season. There are times of favor and set seasons and a time for us to repent. If seasons were not important to God and to understanding the kingdom of heaven why are they needed? Were they not created to teach us about kingdom principals, and the stages of maturity? If this were not true, God would not have made seasons a lasting ordinance. We know because of the Cross, of Jesus Christ, the gates of salvation are open to all who call upon His name, Today. We can make a change anytime, right? Slow down, maybe we shouldn’t be so quick with this argument. Now is the season of God’s favor, the grace of God has appeared to all men we read in the book of Titus, it is grace that grants us the ability to repent. However this grace that is spoken of in the book of Titus is the grace that teaches us and instructs us. What is the instruction that comes with this grace? This grace is to renounce ungodly lifestyles and to live sensible upright godly lives in this present age. Grace is never to overlook or embrace sin. I pray you realize this. God knows the condition of our heart. I pray you also are sharing this truth with others.
I am so concerned with sloppy agape and greasy grace messages that are pouring forth. Jesus died for sinners; God loves sinners so much that He made a way of escape by sending His only begotten Son to die for sinners. You and me. God is not alright with His children being deceived and living perverse lifestyles. Yes, I know all about The Good News. I am a grateful changed recipient of The Good News, and a born again believer because of The Good News. Yes, I know my Savior Jesus Christ. I know Him!! But I also know the cost of His life given for sinners, that they would come to repentance and desire to come out of sin. Jesus death, burial, and resurrection, had nothing to do with defending sin or sinful lifestyles. It certainly wasn’t necessary for sin to be embraced. We are born into sin, that is why we must be born again.
We can be sure God is going to judge sin. God does not want to judge people, He will judge sin. Grace is poured out so that you will be not be bound or ensnared with whatever sin has you, when judgment day comes. We should not be deceived, whatever a man soweth that also shall he reap. Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. Whatever a man sows, he will reap in return. The one who sows to please his flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; but the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.… Don’t be misled–you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant. Galatians 6:7-8 (NLT, KJV, BSB) Eternal life is from The Spirit. Eternal life is real.
Early on in my Teshuvah writings I quoted A.W. Tozer saying that the old church used to pray for the gift of tears. To pray for the gift of tears is to have sin break our hearts. To see someone lost and totally deceived should give us the desire to snatch them out of hell’s fire. The affects of sin and the willingness to embrace sin breaks my heart. But this behavior also breaks our Father’s heart, especially if the believers are not actively trying to snatch the deceived out of the fire.
Twice the past week I have heard stories of Jesus being ok with perversion and one person actually said, they thought Jesus was rejoicing in heaven because a foreign country legalized perversion.
I can promise anyone who is readying this right now, Jesus is not rejoicing at any perversion. The truth is we cannot make a law to stop sin, and we cannot repair the human soul that is being ravaged by sin, by simply creating and passing laws that state sinful lifestyles are acceptable.
I was so upset by this that as I prayed I did receive the gift of tears. Dear God how have we allowed this to happen. Why did I have the gift of tears? Because if this is true and the persons saying these things truly believe it, they have been turned over. If there heart does not convict them of sin, the bible says they are illegitimate. “God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline and conviction of sin in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. (Hebrews 12:7-11 ESV)
I am crying out and interceding and praying for the salvation of lost souls. I repent for our forefathers who didn’t see the depth of degradation that was headed our way when they didn’t defend our walls.
God is LOVE. The God kind of Love (Agape), is higher than human emotions and feelings, His love is purer than fleshly desire. This agape love of God is protective and profound. God is the designer and the choreographer of this performance. So in saying that we must accept that God is Sovereign, God does not change. Culture may change; laws may change due to walking away from God and His ways, but God Does Not Change. The purest form of love is discipline. We have marching orders and God has made His ways clear. In order to have a real and honest relationship with our Father we must know his word.
When I was young and ignorant my mother didn’t let me run amuck because I thought it felt good. No, and thank heavens she didn’t. I am so grateful that she had standards. Yes I broke the standards, but I sure did not do it while she was watching and I never mocked her, especially to her face. We do not need anyone to help us sin our way to hell. Our flesh is leading us there. We are well able in our flesh to make sinful decisions. I made enough mistakes and sinned all by myself.
I am interceding for the revival of the human soul. There are twenty eight stanzas to Ecclesiastes chapter 3, and I believe prophetically we are in the second half of verse three. A time to down and a time to build up. We must break down the lies of personal choice-” if it feels good do it.” Theses lies have led others to become desensitized to sin.
As a church and as His body and the Bride of Christ, we should turn and return do Teshuvah and to weep before our King and ask to repair the walls. The walls are in ruin and I am heartbroken over the condition of some of our young people. I cry out for the walls around our souls and the souls of our young people to be built up. We must intercede for the ones who haven’t heard the real grace message.
There is a time for everything under Heaven. A season for every purpose. This is the season of Repentance, returning and doing deep introspection of our souls. The plowing needed is to uproot lies and prepare our fields for the planting of The Lord. Break up the fallow ground of our heart in order to have a closer more intimate relationship with our Father. I pray nothing hinders our relationship with God, in Christ Jesus. I pray God is pouring out over us, the anointing that breaks yokes off of people’s lives. I want to see people set free to become who God says they are.
New International Version
Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 NKJV
“To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, And a time to die;
A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up;
A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away;
A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak;
A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace.”
Do you know what time it is? It is time for the church to build up!!
Let us pray
Dear Heavenly Father, I come before You today to say thank You for Your grace. It is Your perfect loving grace that leads a person to repent. Lord at this time, a time to tear down and a time to build up, I pray Your perfect grace pour into the lives of Your people. May each of them see and recognize the open windows of heaven over their lives. May they see, and in seeing, stop and return to You with their whole heart. Oh God I cry out for the revival of souls. Lord Jesus, I pray that minds, wills and emotions be brought into right alignment with Your will. I pray that blinded spiritual eyes be opened, and for ears to hear what Your Spirit is saying during this hour to the church. Help us Lord to take The Good News to those You are speaking to. I pray they repent and be changed. Amen
Don’t miss this season of Teshuvah; The Lord is calling us to bring our whole heart and to come away with Him. There is a promise for us and our household included when we repent and return.
Teshuvah is my favorite time of the 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