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Welcome to Teshuvah Day 5

Welcome to Teshuvah Day 5

“Ani L’Dodi V’Dodi Li”

Elul Five

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September/Elul

Now it is day five

He is coming again

To replenish and revive

 

He is in the field

Waiting for us

I’m so excited

Teshuvah don’t rush

 

I am my Beloveds

My Beloved is mine

What a marvelous day

And remarkable time

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I’m discovering more

The things He adores

I can’t wait to put off

Get rid of more

 

Reflections and repentance

Is now my soul desire

When I am with Him

It is like my heart is on fire

 

Tell me again Lord

What do You desire

Another meeting

Tomorrow, today we retire

 

Rest for a while

We’ll talk in the morning

Oh my Teshuvah Date

Left me an outfit I’ll be adorning

 

© laurette laster 2019

 

As we view sin and repentance from our Lord’s point of view it becomes even more remarkable. The 29 Days of Elul are the time set apart for preparation to meet The Lord at His second coming or His return. What are we preparing? We prepare our hearts and make certain we are surrendered to The Lord. Why do we need our heart to be right? Those who have not had their hearts circumcised and are not clothed in His righteousness cannot go the wedding supper of The Lamb. Remember the man who was found at the wedding without his wedding garments? He was thrown out in darkness with gnashing of teeth. Matthew 22:11-13.

We desire to be dressed and ready to meet The Lord. How do we prepare? We search within and judge ourselves according to what God requires and confess our sins. Ask for His forgiveness.

John the Baptist came preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. As it is written in the book the words of Isaiah the prophet saying: Prepare the way of The Lord; Make His paths straight. Prepare the way of The Lord? What does this mean? According to Strong’s Concordance this requires action on our part. Preparation is a verb.

Taken from Strong’s Concordance #2675 Definitions: to complete, prepare

Part of Speech: Verb
Transliteration: katartizó
Phonetic Spelling: (kat-ar-tid’-zo)
Definition: to complete, prepare
Usage: (a) I fit (join) together; met: I compact together, (b) act. and mid: I prepare, perfect, for his (its) full destination or use, bring into its proper condition (whether for the first time, or after a lapse).

(from 2596 /katá, “according to, down,” intensifying artizō, “to adjust,” which is derived from 739 /ártios, “properly adjusted”) – properly, exactly fit (adjust) to be in good working order, i.e. adjusted exactly “down” to fully function.

Preparing ourselves is about introspection, looking within, forgiving others, asking for forgiveness, offering forgiveness, and doing charitable acts. This is fruit worthy of repentance. Teshuvah is a time of preparation. We need to subject our flesh or adjust our thinking and change our mind about sinful actions. I like the above definition, ‘in good working order’. We are bought with a price, so to be in good working order is our reasonable service when we look at this in light of Romans 12:1-3.

The Feasts are Holy Convocations or times of rehearsal to prepare for the coming. We are in the dress rehearsal phase of the Feasts. We are His Church in the dispensation of grace called the Church age. We are to reach the lost, laboring in the fields.

Yom Teruah or The Day of Trumpets is the time our Lord’s second coming. He is going to return for His bride. This is the only Feast that begins at a new moon and doesn’t have a name; it is literally called the blowing. This is also a picture of the scripture which says, of that day or hour no man knows. A new moon is not visible to the naked eye, occurring when the earth, and moon, and the sun, all are in perfect alignment, thus making it impossible to see any light from the moon or even a sliver of the new moon.

Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will never pass away. But as for that day or hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Be on your guard and stay alert! For you do not know when the appointed time will come. (Mark 13:31-32 BSB)

This is why the blowing of the trumpets is so important. The trumpets signify that the new moon has been witnessed or that it is the time of the new moon. Those who believe in the rapture (I do) believe we will be caught up with Him in the air at the Trumpet blast.

For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise. After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord. (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17)

As we prepare for the coming of The Lord we want to be found doing the work He left for us to do. We are laboring in the fields for the harvest at the end of the age. This is the season that our King comes to the field. He is coming to check on the workers and the harvest.

The Lord says these are His Feasts, Mo’ed, Kairos or set times of appointment for making decisions. These are appointed times on God’s calendar or in God’s planner, so to speak. We don’t decide the times, He has! He set these times as a lasting ordinance.

 

The Lord spoke to Moses, Speak to the children of Israel and say to them: “These are My appointed feasts, the appointed feast of the LORD, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies. These are mandatory meetings or as we say in the business world, they are nonnegotiable.

 

As we prepare our hearts for our appointment and as we pray and intercede asking The LORD to set an appointment with our loved ones, and repent for our Nation we must prepare ourselves.

 

Before the LORD met with the children of Israel He gave specific instructions. They were to bathe and wash their clothes. The LORD told Moses to have the people consecrate themselves today and tomorrow and let them be ready on the third day.

 

When we are preparing for Teshuvah we should first realize this is an appointment with Jehovah, The Sovereign GOD of all creation.

This is how we consecrate ourselves. Don’t miss your appointment. This is how we Teshuvah.

We prepare our hearts and want to be certain to repent and have our soul cleansed and ready.

 

Have you been to Jesus for the cleansing power?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Are you fully trusting in His grace this hour?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Are you washed in the blood,

In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb

Are your garments spotless are they white as snow?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

Lay aside your garments that are stained with sin

And be washed in the blood of the Lamb.

There’s a fountain flowing for the soul unclean.

O, be washed in the blood of the Lamb!

Are you washed in the blood,

In the soul-cleansing blood of the Lamb?

Are your garments spotless are they white as snow?

Are you washed in the blood of the Lamb?

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May we never cease to understand the value of repentance.

 

The foundation of Christianity is repentance (Teshuvah, Shuv, Re-Turn). Strictly speaking, a person cannot repent when he chooses— repentance is a gift of God. The old Puritans used to pray for “the gift of tears.” If you ever cease to understand the value of repentance, you allow yourself to remain in sin. Examine yourself to see if you have forgotten how to be truly repentant.

Wisdom from Oswald Chambers

My Utmost for His Highest

 

God bless you and keep you and make His face shine upon you and be gracious to you. The Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you Shalom.

 

Until next time, thank you for listening with me. Laurette

 

 

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