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Welcome to Teshuvah Elul 27

Welcome to Teshuvah Elul 27

The Lord is longsuffering slow to anger, abounding in love, gracious, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.

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Elul twenty seven

Only a few days left

How is your field

This isn’t the time to rest

 

No time to waste

I’m praying for you

We had that meeting

And yes it is true

 

He has an appointment

With you in mind

So get ready get ready

Now is your time

 

I glanced at His planner

You’ll be happy I did

I read your name

In His book inscribed in red

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He said once inscribed

We cannot be blotted out

He has chosen us

What a time to shout

 

Call out to Me, He said

For loved ones far away

Prayers of salvation

Today is the day

 

© laurette laster

 

1 Peter 2:25 International Standard Version

You were “like sheep that kept going astray,” but now you have “returned” to the shepherd and overseer of your souls.

 

New American Standard Bible

For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your souls

Before we returned we continually were going astray, as The Apostle Peter depicts. The apostle Peter describes how we ‘continually’ were going astray.

There is a call to return, or an appointment, when we realize this invitation is from God Almighty and He is asking for commitment at a level that frightens us. He requires we seek Him with our whole heart, full commitment.

When repentance of this depth occurs we never stray again. It is the goodness of God that draws us to repent. Endurance we realize is then granted us, when we return and submit to the will of God with our whole heart. Without complete surrender and commitment, The Lord does not give us this gift of endurance. If He did we would think we were doing it in our strength, and become puffed up and prideful. Pride and reverence cannot coexist, that is mixing seed. Our heart must be all His.

Think of the apostle Peter, who three times denied the Lord before this graceful breaking occurred in his life. This is the place where he is teaching from in 1st and 2nd Peter. Peter tells us to add to our faith so that we will not stumble.  He stumbled and realizes what was lacking before Pentecost. We have work to do after grace is received.

‘Through these He has given us His precious and magnificent promises (seeds to plant in our field), so that through them you may become partakers (laborers in the field) of the divine nature, now that you have escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires(plowed up your carnal field and surrendered to The Lord). For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness;…’

The Lord Woo’s us and shows Himself by creating encounters we cannot explain away. Encounters that we know are not coincidence. We become aware and realize God is tugging at our heart. Then we begin to know and understand. We have a new awareness of His Holy Presence and His Spirit. Becoming conscious of God and His desires is how we begin to have the deep yearning and desire to do Teshuvah.

Then we understand the deep truth of how patient endurance is required to do the will of God.

 

God beckons us to return to Him.

 

Joel 2:12-15

Even now declares the Lord return to me with all your whole heart with fasting and weeping and mourning

And rend your heart and not your garments.” Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in loving kindness And relenting of evil.

Who knows whether He will not turn and relent And leave a blessing behind Him, Even a grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God?

Blow a trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,…

The Lord is longsuffering slow to anger, abounding in love, gracious, not wanting any to perish but all to come to repentance.

Don’t miss this season of Teshuvah, my favorite time of the year.

 

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

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

 

 

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