Repent, Pray and Do good works.
T’zedakah-Good works or charity
When true repentance, Teshuvah has come about through the grace of God, it transforms our soul. We are changed from the inside out, made new, redesigned from the inside out. We can no longer act the same, because we no longer are the same.
Our soul is our mind, will and emotions. When the deep inner work of repentance breaks into focus, it is through, The Grace of God. His grace begins an eternal transference. We are translated into His kingdom of light, we become enlightened. When we become enlightened we hunger for truth and peace. Jesus began his ministry with instructions of, repent for the kingdom of heaven is near.
Herald the Way
Light of dawn, light of day
Come into view, herald the way
This is the day The Lord hath made
On Jesus Messiah, the cost was laid
Yet I believe, I will rejoice
Enough to lay aside that choice
And hearken only unto Thy will
Be quiet, be calm, be peaceful and still.
And know that You alone are God –
Not my will, but Thine, I nod
My heart, your home I did agree
With tender reserve, I dare plea
Have thing own way, yea my Lord
King of my heart, You have roared
This is the day and now is the time
Come feast at My table, yes sit and dine
On every word that doth proceed
From out of Your mouth You have decreed
It shall not return back unto You void
Angels dispatched, Armies deployed
I shall not doubt not fear in heart
You Lord prevail and have from the start
Listening hearts now pierced, begin to sing
Rejoice in the Lord, Keeper of everything.
That pertains to you and yea to them
Oh King Shepherd, Our Shiloh, the Yes and Amen
written by Laurette Laster © 2017
After the work and grace of genuine repentance we are no longer able to continue participating in sin. Others may notice the change, especially if you had a particular sin in common.
You will no longer be able to participate in the sin with them. This may cause push back, or as the bible names it, ‘persecution’. The people who continue in the sin may want nothing to do with us or harass you, trying to make our life difficult.
However we have these precious promises from out Father;
If we confess our sins one to another, He is faithful and just and will forgive ‘all’ our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
One part of Teshuvah is confessing or admitting our sins. The need to confess our sins is an act of our will. We make a decision to TURN, (shuv) our thinking around. We are leaving the carnal fleshly, emotional desires and coming into alignment with God’s laws and His word. We leave the carnal desires of life and RETURN to God with our new heart. The heart of flesh we are given when we receive The Lord Jesus Christ as our Savior. It is made known by our actions that what God says it is, is what we want it to be in our life. We now desire that our activities, our conduct, and our actions be pleasing to God. We hunger and thirst for righteousness.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. (Matthew 5:6)
When we are cleansed we desire to give back, we want to let others see the goodness of God. We cannot help but show we have been cleansed and clothed in His Righteousness. It is Dry Cleaning for the Soul. We no longer have the sewage and sludge of sin on us any longer. We are washed, cleansed, and do not have any desire to soil our designer clothes. A robe of righteousness is not exactly play clothes is it? Now we realize that this garment was purchased for us and is a designer original. With this robe on we now watch where we walk, what we put into our mouths and how we talk and especially how we treat others.
The desire to do good works is a deep inner desire not explainable by mere words. It is shown by fruit worthy of repentance.
What is the fruit of repentance? It is Real Fruit, fruit that is alive and grows and reproduces. We are not working as they did before the New Covenant for the law and to keep the law. Now we are working to give to others this great love we have been given. We want them to understand this love we have been given is transferrable, tangible and life altering. Most of all we just know that others need it more than the air they breathe. They need it and we have the desire to lead them to our Savior.
Teshuvah is my favorite time of the year. You don’t want to miss this!
Dear Heavenly Father. I come today to say out loud, thank You. Thank You for the gift or Your love and Your unmerited grace in my life. I realize Your grace has always been here. You have kept me safe in times I didn’t even see the danger. Lord I want to give back and show others Your love. Use me Lord to help draw others and to show others Your love and to lead them to You and this perfect love. Lord Jesus may the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing and acceptable to You My Lord, My Rock and My Redeemer.
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