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Welcome to Teshuvah 22

Welcome to Teshuvah 22

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Elul twenty two

The sixth month of the year

A time of preparing

Repentance to clear

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With the fields cleared

And sowing the seed

Fertilize with faith so I can believe

He is going to meet my every need

 

With all the labor

And hard work we’ve done

I understand completely

How hard work can be fun

 

If it didn’t cost me

Would I stay determined

Or be off again

With idle yearning

 

Work out my own salvation

With fear and trembling

When talking last night, He said

Sweet Teshuvah turning back to Him and remembering

 

Check your fields

Get them ready to sow

Because when the trumpet sounds

He’ll shout it is time to go

 

© laurette laster

 

Teshuvah, planned times of return, appointed times, times of refreshing. This season is all about becoming one with Our Lord. This is an appointed time, a time to survey our fields, being sure we are not holding anything in our heart. If we allow resentments to remain this will choke out, and rob us of the love and intimacy we so desperately long for.

For us to become who we are created and meant to be, change is necessary.  God and His kingdom principles and laws are perfect. Jesus didn’t come to do away with the law but to fulfill the law. Love is the missing ingredient in the law of rules and regulations. Do this, don’t do that, or else………….. No Jesus says repent because the kingdom of God is nigh. Repentance is the key that unlocks the door into the kingdom. We know that Jesus is the door. If repentance is the key, then entrance into God’s kingdom begins by admitting and confessing our wrong thinking. Often the hardest words to say pack the most punch or carry the most power. Forgive me, I am wrong often is the most difficult thing to say.

 

Acts 2:38

Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

It is a requirement that we repent before forgiveness can be received and before we can be given His Spirit.

We cannot fully appreciate the gift of grace without realizing we have created the distance by our own sinful nature and rebellious ways. When this is witnessed it is heartbreaking. There is a breaking that says, what must I do? When we experience the Love of God it is life changing.

When witnessing a butterfly struggling to emerge from the cocoon, any outside assistance to do the work will kill the butterfly. The butterfly must do the hard work and this final work of transformation. Roman 12:1-3

There is a similar occurrence with a baby eagle. Before the chick can crack out of the egg, they develop what is called an egg tooth. This is a hard object that they use to begin to peck on the shell of the egg to crack it open. If the shell is cracked open for them, they too will die. I realized for something to have real value to us there are two factors it must fit into.

1) Given to us from someone we dearly love and admire and hold in high esteem.

2) We must work for it. Both of these I believe equate to receiving the kingdom of God. Loving Him that made this possible, then committing to work to maintain it

Fore give-ness- to offer or give before, before we knew we would need it. It is an account laid up for us. He has added this to an account that is waiting for us to activate it.

It is activated by God’s grace poured out over us. When we experience this grace, we acknowledge our sin and TURN, we Shuv, walk away from sin and cry out. When we cry out from a pure repentant heart God sends us Jesus.

These are God’s mo’eds, His mo’edims, His holy convocations (appointments), and His festivals. He instructed Moses that these feast’s are to be observed forever. When The Lord God instructed Moses how and when the feasts were to be observed it was before He gave the law on Mount Sinai.

If we doubt this work of repentance all we have to do is look at what Jesus said when He began His ministry. Jesus began his earthly ministry with the following words.

 

“The time has come (appointed time, the kairos-the right critical or opportune time), Jesus said. The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news.”

 

Return to God through Jesus atoning work. It is good news.

 

Don’t miss this season of Teshuvah

My favorite time of the year!

 

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

 

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

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