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Day 34 of 40 Days of Teshuvah

You are a Key

And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into His image with intensifying glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2Corinthians 3:18

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God Himself has set times, seasons, and appointments for His purposes. They are Mo’eds and Mo’edim and they are a statute forever according to Leviticus 23. He determines seasons and times, so He may come near to us. That inner drive we experience is Him holding the pattern up to us as a mirror, so that He can make a way of escape for us. This inner drive to be cleansed from our rebellion and wickedness is not any different than if we had raw sewage or sludge smeared on us in the natural. Of course we would be like gag, yuck, gross I need a shower with some powerful disinfectant. When we neglect our spiritual life and justify sin or convince our self it isn’t that bad, we smell and look pretty disgusting to our Father. When we do come in, or come clean by confessing our sin, He begins to wash us and to cleanse us and to purify us from all unrighteousness.

Washing ourselves in the word begins to loosen all the hard flesh debris and thinking out of our minds and opens our heart. When our hearts or our fields are free from weeds of un-forgiveness, selfishness, vain desires, worldly lust etc. We then can realize and have a tender heart toward our Father. Our hearts become fertile and pliable and fit for the Master’s use.

Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts as your ancestors did when they rebelled against God. (Hebrews 3:15).

By repenting and acknowledging and confessing our sin we are being changed from the inside out. It is a tangible change that is recognized by others. Repentance unlocks the prison that has our genuine self barred out. When we genuinely repent we are loosed to start a new process and to become the original design God created us to be.

I Have The Key

I have the key
To Jesus heart
It’s at the beginning
A Precious part

The start of my day
Continues until noon
Then onward I go
By evening swoon

A one of a kind
Integral part
It is a precious key
This key to His heart

It Cannot be purchased
Not available for franchise
It is poured and molded
Not  the ignorant only the wise

It is a special key
That you must embrace
Cannot be copied or ignored
Each one kept on display

What is this key
And where do you apply
It is fashioned from purity
Pours out of your eyes

It is tears and sobs
When you see His face
When you come to realize
He took your place

When out of pure desire
You behold Your King
It’s golden and glorious
Awe invoking inspiring

When praises like rivers
Out of your belly flow
Bowing before Him
This is how you know

Willing to be molded
Into a work of art
That is the key
The key to His heart

For we each are a masterpiece
From The Potters design
Created in Christ Jesus
Not a counterfeit but one of a kind

It is a praise in the morning
with prayers and rejoicing
Giving Him entrance
Agreeing while endorsing

The key is our praise
Acknowledging all He has done
So don’t wait any longer
To His Throne we must run

You’re His own workmanship
Created to show His glory
You’re are a special key
to unlock His story

That others may share
In His kingdom inheritance
Don’t wait another day
Use your key open the entrance.

It is a song and a prayer
given new wings
rising from the ashes
until my soul does sing

Praise Him in the morning
And when it seems dark
because praise is the key
The Key to His heart!

Poem written by laurette laster © 2018 September

Repentance is an internal decision which brings external change and eternal rewards. When we repent from the depth of our spiritual heart we are assured we will inherit The blessing of salvation.

  1. Acknowledge personal guilt

The Apostle Peter’s stirring sermon on the Feast of Pentecost in Jerusalem struck the conscience of his audience. Thousands of Jewish worshippers were “cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” (Acts 2:37). Having their spiritual eyes opened to their guilt demanded that they find out how to repent and begin changing their lives. Have you ask God what He would have you do?

  1. Repentance must go deeper than merely recognizing what is right or wrong. We must admit personal guilt for breaking God’s holy law. Repentance is a godly sorrow that is so deep and profound that it leads to our diligently changing our lives (2 Corinthians 7:9-10). Repentance is an acknowledgement that our entire way of life was apart from God. We must understand that our sins have separated us from God and required the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Our desire to be forgiven and obey God from now on must be motivated from the heart of love. If we don’t know how much He loves us, we cannot give it away.
  2. Live by God’s Word

 Repentance leads to conversion—the change of our lives. God’s laws define what we must change. We must take God’s instructions seriously. “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,” Peter said (Acts 3:19). We do not want to offend others but the desire to live according to God’s laws becomes a life or death issue in our souls and in our hearts. In living this life we would rather offend a person than risk offending the heart of our God.

 

  1. Have faith toward Jesus Christ

Paul not only preached “repentance toward God,” but also “faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21). We confess our sins to God, and He forgives us because of what Jesus Christ has done for us and what He continues to do for us. Then and only then will we receive His precious promise and gift of Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit sanctifies us, comforts us during the repentance, teaches us, counsels us, and is our tour guide throughout the remainder of our life on earth. He teaches us what is good and pleasing and acceptable to God. What an AWE some promise. Is this why we call these the Days of Awe?

 

Return, Repent, Shuv, Teshuvah and pay your vows to God

Dear Heavenly Father. During this time and season of our repentance I want to thank You. Thank You for my salvation. Thank You for Your love, Thank You for keeping me safe and Lord thank You for giving me this season and bringing me to this place with You. I want my heart to be purely Yours. What would You have me do? During the Days of Awe is the time to pay my vows to You. Just as a bride and groom recite their vows to each other confessing their love and commitment,  I confess to You that I am purely Yours. Show me and teach me what You would have me do. Lord Jesus how can I show my love to You? I could never repay but I can live my life for You and I give to You my heart.  Send Your precious Holy Spirit to lead and guide me all the days of my life. Amen

 

Do not miss this appointed time of Teshuvah; it 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

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