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It Is Free “Not Cheap”

It Is Free “Not Cheap”

Grace changes everything

The Work Jesus Accomplished is Holy!

John 1:17 grace and truth came through Jesus Christ-

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I write under inspiration
To share this story
I write under inspiration
To help set the captives free

He gifted me the ability
To share in all He has done
It is under His inspiration
The poetry doth come

He called my name and beckoned
I didn’t understand
Until came the inspiration
Summoned by His hand

I long to share the truth
Of a life of liberty
I write under His inspiration
To the God who set me free

It rhymes and has rhythm
Songs can freely flow
Under His inspiration
The gift began to grow

If you know the Author
He is summoning to you
Come up higher and closer
It’s up to you to choose

I write under inspiration
The story of His Son
About our God so Holy
To tell of all He’s done

His grace though freely given
In a world that makes it cheap
But just remember this one thing
It is mountain-ness steep

You cannot make Him common
Holy is the work He accomplished
He came to lift and take us out
His authority for the impoverished

To show those who see
Authority in His name
He did rise again
And expects from us the same

We must come up higher
Walk in His commandments and ways
Because these gifts and callings
Crucial for the coming days

I write under inspiration
To the struggling and the lost
Their are those who try to cheapen
Remember JESUS paid the ultimate cost

So as they peddle grace
Like tricks turned on the street
When grace is truly tasted
You’ll walk to a different beat

Beware of those who say
You can be happy in your sin
That is a lie and deception
Slithering in the vipers den

Snakes slither on their bellies
Licking up the dust
Set your thoughts above
Where neither moth nor rust

His power and grace have purpose
Eternal things spiritually discerned
It for this one reason
That earthly trash can be unlearned

So if you’re happy in your sin
Telling others this is grace
You my friend are spitting
In The Masters face

So please don’t make Him common
Holy is the work He accomplished
He came to lift and take us out
His authority for the impoverished

I write under inspiration
Today I feel I must warn
Those who want to cheapen grace
Have not truly been reborn

© laurette laster

Recently in prayer, in the early morning hours, this poem flowed.

First let me say and clarify, I am a recipient of God’s Amazing Grace. It is free, but it is not cheap.

There are some articles and posts I recently read that caused a twist in my gut, if I can speak plainly. Grace is free but it is not CHEAP. Recently as I was praying about my attitude The Lord revealed to me, my attitude isn’t off, I am discerning that there are those who are peddling His Holy Grace like cheap tricks with no real commitment or covenant rights.

Mercy covers all, grace came through Jesus Christ.

It is like paying a prostitute for sex, while exclaiming you are making love. Making love is confined within covenant, and this by God’s design. God has designed the art of love making to be between one man and one woman, in the art of Holy matrimony. I realize it may not be the most popular idea but it is His Holy Design and cannot be changed.

I know God’s Great Grace is freely available for anyone, regardless of what they’ve done or where they come from. There is no sin that cannot be forgiven and there is no sinner so far gone that cannot be changed by His Amazing Grace.

However when grace touches the (sinner) recipient, the sinner is changed at the very core and is made brand new.
If you haven’t been changed in the inner man, you weren’t touched and have not tasted His grace.

Romans 5
The apostle Paul says the old has passed away and the new is here.
Therefore if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come. The old is gone.

The grace Jesus Christ offers, lifts us up and out of a pit. Here are a few translations: a slimy pit, the pit of despair, a pit of destruction, a horrible pit, a desolate pit, a pit of confusion, a miry pit, and then God’s Great Grace sets our feet upon The Rock making our steps firm. So grace pulls us out and establishes our direction.

I am not in any way attempting to withhold His Grace from anyone, I am saying His Grace is Holy, and cannot be handled (fondled) or tossed around like a new toy. Once tasted, His Amazing Grace will be guarded and valued like the most precious gem, and taught with reverence.

God’s Grace allows us to walk through fire and not be burned or even smell like smoke. This grace erases the evidence and the smell of the old man from our lives. Once the smell is gone we do not want to go back.

His grace restores relationships and makes us bow down, even prostrating ourselves under the anointing of the Holiness.

Jesus said, “no one can come to Me less The Father draws them.” How much holier can it be?

We cannot be saved and be comfortable in our sin. Holy Spirit comes to convince (convict) us there is a way God desires for us to live.

Recently a friend shared this memory with me. While in prayer to The Lord, and repenting, she began crying out to Him. Telling Him how sorry she was for not fully surrendering and living the life He desired, she said He spoke these words to her, ” I won’t love you any less but you won’t know Me any more. She described a feeling of complete despair at His answer. Thinking His answer meant He would leave her, she was terrified at this thought. Later she realized what He meant. He would never quit loving her, yet she would never have the joy of knowing Him in a more intimate way than she did at that time. There couldn’t be a deeper walk with Him, an ongoing or a growing relationship wouldn’t be experienced without total surrender.

Beware of those who serve a common, cheap work of Christ, this is a cheap counterfeit.

The invitation is to whosoever, but His work on the Cross is Holy and Divine and is a game changer to those who are in covenant with Him. Those who have tasted His grace are changed and it is evident.

God bless you and keep you and make His face 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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Written in the Leaves

“If you’re unable to understand and believe what I’ve told you about the natural realm, what will you do when I begin to unveil the heavenly realm?”
John 3:12 TPT

Written in the Leaves

Some want their name written among stars
I want my written with the leaves
Then I’m reminded I am pleasing God
If I can let go and simply believe

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Some desire their names to be written in lights
I’ve decided mine belongs in the leaves
Reminding me I cannot go forward
Holding yesterday’s baggage and receive

All the good that God has
The gifts He is waiting to bestow
I’ve found nature teaches plainly
Quid pro quo-receive-let go

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What does nature teach
It has to die to live and grow
And if you want to receive the new
Well we simply have to let go

Why is this root work important
Why is it so complicated
Because simply my dear
That is how our Lord created

Line upon line, Day by day
You must be born from above
When we are most frustrated
May be His language of love

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Lord write my name in the leaves
And teach me to simply believe
That I am most pleasing to You
When I let go ready myself to receive

There is a leaf for your name
So today as you’re walking around
Stop and pick one up
Lift it up high above the ground

Pray God, surround me today
With Your good and perfect gifts
Then keep the leaf as a reminder He hears
Reminded to pray when you need a lift

Yes write our names in the leaves
Teach us how to let go
Remind us over and over
Train and teach us how to grow

In the simple and silly prayers
I’ve discovered we genuinely align
Is this how to be led by His Spirit
After all…….
each are His peculiar genuine unique design

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Early this morning I went to capture a few photos of the moon (I will post in another post). It was breathtaking.

Coming back, it was a small pile of leaves that caught and kept my attention. All the colors are magnificent. Even though they are dead and dying the colors are beautiful. I couldn’t refrain from taking a few photos.

In 2011, While driving home I was marveling at the beautiful fall foliage, thanking God for such beauty. He spoke something I’ll never forget. He said, “Laurette they are dead.” Talk about jerking me back into reality, and I thought, Lord, as a matter of fact yes they are. I hadn’t given that much thought before.

I ask Him, how can something dead be so vibrant and beautiful? He quickened to me this is what repentance looks like to Him. I caught a deeper revelation at the changing of the seasons. It might have been nice if He had left me reveling in the thoughts, allowing my emotions to be stirred, but He didn’t. No, He desired truth in my inward parts and I am grateful.

After all what is the prayer many of us pray: that God will give us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that we may know Him better, that the eyes of our understanding (hearts) be enlightened so that we may know the hope to which He has called us, oh and the riches of His glorious inheritance with the saints, His holy people.

When I was adding my signature to one of the pictures this thought came rushing out as a poem. What came to mind was inspired of The Lord. So many people have dreams and aspirations of their names written in lights and being seen or achieving great things reaching the stars, and these are good, when done with Gods favor and blessing.

Without God’s favor and provision, achieving worldly heights often leaves people more wanting, dealing with feelings of sadness or loneliness.

Finding the will and purpose of God for our life is what brings eternal value with true joy and contentment. Simple tasks and kind deeds, seeing needs and coming up with solutions have turned into businesses some million dollar ideas have come by meeting a need and taken off.
Knowing our loved ones are saved and born again is a longing fulfilled becoming a tree of life.

So today I believe many of us are realizing our stories and dreams, indeed are written among the leaves. Don’t become discouraged, we are a solution waiting to happen, we are not the problem.

I want to encourage you if the promise hasn’t manifested, snuggle down, He hasn’t forgotten us. Who knows it may come today, or it may be on the way or it is being matured by another root season. Either way it is coming.

If like me, you’re not where you thought you would be by now; the promise is being perfected and nourished allowing for deeper roots.

I want to encourage you with this, out of 7 plus billion people in this planet, we are His unique design. No other soul on this planet has our fingerprint. That alone is mind blowing to me. But God!

I don’t know what your finger print or prints will be left on, but I do know we shall reap if we faint not.

“Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
John 3:3 KJV

“If you’re unable to understand and believe what I’ve told you about the natural realm, what will you do when I begin to unveil the heavenly realm?”
John 3:12 TPT

“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:”
1 Peter 2:9 KJV

God bless you and keep you and make His face 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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Only Believe

Collins English Dictionary-Phrase: something up your sleeve!

If you have something up your sleeve, you have an idea or plan which you have not told anyone about.

It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to investigate a matter. (Proverbs 25:2 HCSB)

 

Only Believe

 

I love the sounds of morning

Autumn winds whisper through the leaves

I am quickened to have faith

He has something up His sleeve

 

He Who promised is faithful

He is there of course He sees

He is El Roi our Mighty God

Commanded “Only Believe”

 

Our God is not a magician

The All Powerful Mighty God

His plans eternal and omnipotent

Jehovah Shammah Sovereign Unflawed

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When I cannot see He knows

When my faith seems so small

Like the disciples I’m told

As a grain of mustard seed is all

 

For my faith is on The Rock

He alone my firm foundation

Then my soul quieting

Into calm grateful meditation

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I love the sounds of the morning

Autumn winds whispering through the leaves

Summoning where is your faith

“Only Believe” I have something up My sleeve

 

© laurette laster  2019 all rights reserved

 

Occasionally when The Lord gives me a poem I will hear a phrase or a catchy saying. With the words of the phrase ‘something up His sleeve’ I had to ask a question. Is this disrespectful? I love and honor God with all my heart so I never want to use puns or slogans that would be disrespectful or shallow. He teaches me, challenging my thought process and today leading me to learn something new. I went to look up the meaning of this phrase. I thought the reference was toward magicians, maybe from the years of Rocky and Bullwinkle, but I was totally off base. The meaning someone (in this instance Almighty God) has something planned that they have not done, or announced, or told other’s yet. I find this so comforting in light of my own personal issues, and issues shared with me by others. It supercharged and rejuvenated my faith and I pray it does yours also. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter and the glory of kings to investigate a matter. (Proverbs 25:2 HCSB)

 

El Roi I’m known by The One who see’s. I see and I am seen and I am known.

Jehovah Shammah God is there.

This morning shortly after dawn, while scattering seed for the birds a sound caught my attention. I stopped to listen. Hearing the comforting sound leaves blowing in the autumn breeze. This is a favorite sound of mine, in spring and fall; the sound is soft and comforting. I did not see the wind that caused their movement but I could see and hear the effect of the wind.

Isn’t that the way of faith? Luke 8:50 Jesus telling Jairus, “Don’t be afraid, “Only believe” and she will be healed.” Faith is felt, heard, touched, and the evidence is overwhelming. We believe before we see, and in believing we are assured we will see. Other’s may not see or understand our faith until the substance of what we believed for is manifest. Without faith it is impossible to please God. While faith is what we strive for we can become battle weary. I’ve sensed something a little off or out of whack this week and now I realize it is an enemy trying to sneak back in. This enemy, fear, is unwelcomed but trying to come in unnoticed until this morning. Reminding myself of His precious promises, I was prompted to exhale and, “only believe,”

Fear can grip our heart suddenly, I’m sure we all have memories of an event where this happened. But what about fear that attempt to silently attach to us, little by little without our noticing? When we have believed for something for a long time fear may drop hints, hoping to get us to question God and His timing. Whispering, “Why hasn’t it happened yet? Or is this ever going to happen?” Fear may not announce its arrival by shouting hey you, fear here, here I am oh you of little faith. We may realize we’ve allowed stress  along with the gnawing doubt that can creep up on us ever so subtly, hoping we will doubt or become afraid. I’m reminded of an acrostic I learned years ago. H. A. L. T. Don’t allow yourself to get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired.

We may be under attack with new issues surfacing, or suffering from resurfacing of past issues, but we can quiet our souls assured God is faithful.

There is an offer of comfort, The Comforter speaks and reminds us, “Don’t be afraid, only believe.” Jesus did tell us He would not leave us orphans but would send us The Helper until He returns. He went on to explain that He, the Spirit of Truth, would remind us what He had told us.

“Only Believe.”

 

Jehovah Shammah walks with us into whatever our tomorrow holds, simply because of His great love for us. He is with us today no matter what we are facing, simply because of His great love for us. So we needn’t worry or become weary, for at the proper time we shall reap if we faint not. (Galatians 6:9)

And I am reminded of a song I loved as a child. This song still speaks to me, today: He walks with me and He talks with and He tells me I am His own………………

 

God bless you and keep you and make His face 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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Flowing from The Shofar

Flowing from the Shofar
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Flowing from the shofar
What is this I hear
Appointed Time to Tabernacle
The LORD is drawing near

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Supernatural changes
Brighter horizons still in view
A time to stop and gather
Before continuing to press through

Feast of Ingathering
A time to sing and dance
Season of our joy
Not a feeling, or by chance

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Our ancestors came
Through many dangerous experiences
We appear before You now
To remember their deliverance

And understand that
Not one promise failed
Whether through then desert
Or on ships they sailed.

We gather and we are grateful
For all that You have done
From beginning to the end
To the setting of the sun

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© Poem written by laurette laster 2017

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The Season of our Joy is an occasion to give thanks for the bounty and gift of life. To dwell in the sukkah is a sign of trust. Trusting God for His faithfulness and going back to remember He brought us out of slavery to enjoy this life of harvest. This year  we erected our third annual sukkah for Sukkot. We celebrated the appointed time and yes we rejoiced before The Lord, for all He has done and is continuing to do.

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The Feast of Tabernacles also known as The Season of our Joy, Feast of Booths, and Feast of Ingathering, is where we get our traditional Thanksgiving Holiday celebrated in the United States of America.

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The cornucopia is the ram’s horn. God provided a ram for Abraham, as a sacrifice, after Abraham obeyed The Lord. Abraham demonstrated his trust in God by being willing to sacrifice his son Isaac. The fruit that adorns the cornucopia is indicative of the fruit harvest having been gathered in, hence the name, Feast of Ingathering. It is a bountiful feast of eating and dancing and celebrating before The Lord for His promises that He has fulfilled.

The Feasts of Tabernacles is a seven day feast that contains many symbolic acts that speak of future events yet to come. There is an added day, The Eighth Day.

Rejoicing in the Torah

Shemini Atzeret The Eighth Day of Assembly

Shemini = 8

Atzeret- day of assembly to pause- one more day

Marks the closing of the Festivals, not just Sukkot but the close of all the festivals.

Semchat Torah  is on Oct. 21-22 this year, Dancing with the Torah

 

John 7:37-38

Living Water ‘mayim-hayyim’ streams of running water, not a stagnant pool. The water libation, the water pouring out is the most joyous of the daily rituals, speaks to us of the Holy Spirit that is poured out after Jesus is glorified. Jesus celebrated The Feast of Tabernacles. He made His prophetic announcement with His words of, let any who thirst come unto Me (believe on Me) and I will give you mayim-hayyim.

 

I saw and understood and even deeper truth this year. Coming to the temporary dwelling to Tabernacle with God in our sukkahs is a time to remember where we came from. We remember Who brought us out to take us in. God specifically commanded the Israelites they are to remember that they were slaves in Egypt and that they dwelt in tents until entering the Promised Land.

I’m reminded that no matter whether we have had a great bountiful year or a decrease in bounty that we are required to come back to the heart of The Father and remember that had it not been for The Lord who was on our side we would have perished. This is the end of the agricultural season and a time to plan for the new. This seasons fruit is for nourishment and for serving,  it is time to realize we depend and put our trust fully in our Father and His provision and protection. As we sit in our sukkah and look up at the sky we realize this life is temporary, we are completely dependent on God. God is faithful and calls us to gather with Him. He wants us to remember where He has brought us from and how He has blessed us. If we have not reaped the harvest of blessings (yet) we know that they are growing and remember He is faithful even when we are not.

We are commanded to rejoice and give thanks. This is a gathering with family and foreigners and a time of thanksgiving.

God bless you and keep you and make His face 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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Welcome To Teshuvah Day 40-The Day of Atonement

Welcome To Teshuvah Day 40-The Day of Atonement

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The Day of Atonement

 

The decisions are made

The book is being closed

They stand praying and fasting

Afflicting their souls

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Were their prayers heard

Was the repentance deemed real

Is there going to be Atonement

The kind that seals the deal

 

As the High Priest entered

Going in behind the veil

Hush fell and a silence

Waiting now for a word to tell

 

Would the offering be accepted

Were we forgiven for our past

Would there be Atonement

We wait anxiously and we fast

 

The rehearsal isn’t just for show

Futuristic and timeless but how

What does this day prepare to show

We who are born again know now

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Our High Priest and Savior

Did not enter a human sanctuary

It is His blood that speaks in heaven

That makes the Testament functionary

 

No longer just a rehearsal

It was a pattern for us to learn

It is Jesus blood He poured out

Oh how I pray you can discern

 

He entered with His precious blood

That purifies our heart and mind

Jesus blood redeems and His Atonement

Cleanses our conscience once and for All time

 

So today before the books are closed

Be sure your name is inscribed

This is our inheritance by Jesus blood

We are redeemed washed and sanctified

 

For now the law and shadow

Make sense and are fulfilled

Because it was His precious blood

Sprinkled poured out not spilled

 

Sprinkled over our hearts and minds

So we can become brand new

Free to serve the Living God

Heavenly pattern now in view

 

laurette laster © 2018

When we are saved we become ministers. The Bible says we are called with a holy calling. Then we are told we are given the ministry of reconciliation.

When we have had a real encounter with the Living Holy God, He changes everything about us. We become a new creation. Repentance from this place is deeper and more meaningful than anything we have ever experienced before.

We not only repent for ourselves but are grieved to the heart for the result and the consequences sin has had on our people and on our Nation.

Moses came back down and shared with the children of Israel the commandments of God.

Thus a new beginning and beginning from the place of Atonement.

It is time to start a new year. To be more fruitful and take more ground. The season of repentance has drawn to an end. I pray we continue the work of repentance as a life style. But for now we must go to work and plant.

After having gathered in the fruit of this season it is time for the Festival of ingathering.

We will now build our Sukkah and prepare for the feast of Tabernacles.
We have been found worthy by “The Blood” His blood taken in and placed on the mercy seat behind the veil in Tabernacle. Now we At One Ment with our Lord.

We live in and eat our meals in our Sukkah remembering how He led us through the wildness and now we have come into the Promised Land. Our God has brought us to a good land, a land flowing with milk and honey.

The jubilee year can only be announced on Yom Kippur. Think about it.

Luke 4:16-21
Jesus took and unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord. Rolling up the scroll, he handed it back to the attendant and sat down, and the eyes of all in the synagogue looked intently at him. He said to them, “Today this Scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing.”

If you have not made Jesus Christ the Lord of your life, now is the time and today is The Day. I urge you brothers and sisters, I implore you on Christ’s behalf; Be reconciled to God. Amen

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 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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Welcome to Teshuvah Day 39- The Days of Awe

Welcome to Teshuvah Day 39-Days of Awe

Prepare the Way

 

Matthew 3:5-8 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?  Produce fruit in keeping with repentance

Prepare The Way

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Gates are open

Roads are cleared

With prepared hearts

Call on God He is near

 

Groping in darkness

Knowing we are led

Faithful fearfully

Continuing ahead

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The time is nigh

Season is here

Appointment with God

The Way is clear

 

Seek The Lord

While He is near

Listening ears

Perceive and hear

 

The Way is prepared

Gates swung wide

Call on Him

Until we walk side by side

 

© laurette laster

 

Prepare ye the way of The Lord. Do we know what John is talking about? Do we know what He and Isaiah knew and were referring too? They were referring to others being high minded or so spiritually superior that sinners in low places thought they didn’t have a chance of obtaining salvation. John is in the wilderness, the lonely place, the dangerous place, preaching to sinners. When these sinners heard the word preached, they confessed their sins and were baptized.

Matthew 3:5-8 People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptized by him in the Jordan River.  But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?  Produce fruit in keeping with repentance

 

 

When John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” For this he was speaking from the prophet Isaiah, saying; “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; Make His paths straight.” John speaking from the prophet Isaiah, “make His paths straight” is referring to the cities of refuge marked off by God when Israel first became a nation. These cities had to have maintained roads and be accessible at all times. When the Israelites came into the land of promise, each tribe was given land to possess.

The Levites, the priests were only given 48 cities and 6 of these were cities of refuge. These cities were for those seeking protection from death, having accidently killing someone. These cities were not for killers who had malice or a murdering spirit. These cities were for those looking for protection from the wrath of a family of the slain person. In this time an eye for an eye was the desire of members of the family. The intention of these cities of refuge was not to defeat or escape justice, but that in serving justice, mercy might be extended to those who were eligible for it. If a person was found guilty of murder then the city of refuge could not save him from the death penalty. If he were acquitted of any malice, he was not freed but was obliged to remain in the city of refuge. Leaving the boundaries of the city would leave the refugee susceptible to the avenger’s wrath.

The cities of refuge had to remain open and accessible day and night. The roads were “prepared” and maintained for easy access. The required width of all roads was 48 feet wide. Potholes or worn areas had to be filled in, thus level, bodies of water had to have a bridge span from one side to the other. All the debris had to be cleared off of the roadway. Each road was marked with sign posts saying; Refuge Refuge; It was the court’s responsibility to ensure the accessibility of the cities of refuge by improving the roads leading to them and posting signs with the words miklat, miklat (“refuge, refuge”) to show the way.

Looking at the account of the Cities of Refuge there are several similarities of Jesus Christ as our city of refuge! Christ is our shield and refuge against the penalty of all of our sins, except those sins that we commit willfully against the knowledge received through the gift of the Holy Spirit. Jesus does not shelter the obstinate or the unrepentant sinner, he does shelter everyone who accepts Him and calls on His name. We must realize that we were born in sin and shaped by iniquity. (Psalm.51:5). Each of us inherited sin through birth after the fall of Adam and Eve. To seek refuge in Christ we must flee from our old life and sinful desires. By doing this we find THE only refuge God has offered which is forgiveness and new life in Jesus. Fleeing to the city of refuge is when we repent and confess and willingly turn away from sin as we flee from the world. We must be honest and earnest in our desire to quit sinning with our body, our mind, and our affections. Like our ancient Hebrew brothers and sisters that sought the city of refuge, believing they would be safe if they could make it into the city, by faith, we now also seek Jesus Christ for the remission and forgiveness of our sins and seek refuge in Him by faith. We are assured that we will find protection if we call on the Name of The Lord but our actions and intentions must show we realize without Christ we are subject to the wrath of sin.  The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life.

During the Days of Awe it is believed the books in heaven are open and The Lord God looks over our deeds of the year and is making decisions for the year to come. This is the season of Teshuvah and Return. We show a true desire to change by doing Teshuvah, which is “returning to God’s ways by studying His word. Reading His word we realize we have committed sins we run to our refuge Jesus Christ to repent, asking for pardon and for protection.

This is how we enter into a relationship with our Lord. Once He becomes our strong tower and our refuge we are in covenant with Him. His blood that was poured out on the mercy seat is for the remission of our sins.

Don’t miss your appointment; Teshuvah during the High Holy Days of Yahweh.

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

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

 

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Welcome to Teshuvah Day 38-The Days of Awe

Welcome to Teshuvah Day 38-The Days of Awe

Plant a Seed Reap a Harvest

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In my October heart
I feel His tender touch
The one I’ve come to know
That comforts me so much

The warmth of His pure touch
Alive making all things new
That precious sacred nearness
That changes darkest view

Not a matter of climate
Determined with weather or mood
We know there is always hope
And it is found with gratitude

Harvest is coming seed is supplied
Hold steady and do not negate
The course is moving speedily
Plant His truth never debate

For the words of eternal life
In Jesus Christ are found
We must never doubt
His truth completely surrounds

Can we establish eternity
Yet knowing it is real
We cannot  fathom or measure
But to our spirit He reveals

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Sow a seed and reap a harvest
Plant and continue to believe
Like earth bringing forth her fruit
It is by faith we shall receive

 

© laurette laster

October 2019

 

This morning I was reminiscing the emotions felt  when the human heart begins to love and trust someone and be safely loved in return. Sometimes we use the terminology “falling in love.” We know we are made in God’s image and likeness, and God is love so actually we are grown and designed with the God kind of love. We also know our God is a jealous God, a consuming fire. That is a picture of the weights or scales of justice.

Do you remember when you fell in love? Do you remember the newness of life your heart felt?  I know I sure do.
The anticipation of when we would see each other again. I would think I can’t wait to tell Greg ‘this’ or I cannot wait to share ‘that’ with Greg, when we talk next. After Greg proposed my mind was thinking of planning our wedding. My thoughts changed and I included Greg’s desires in many of my decisions.  I would wake up excited with a sense of expectation; simply because I had grown to trust and love Greg, and I knew he was God’s choice. Greg and I each had made poor choices in our past so getting it right was vital to our calls and peace of mind.
Oh the joy I felt in my heart, overwhelmed because I loved and was safely loved in return.

How much more The Father safely loves us.

God is love and He wants us to feel the emotion of love and enjoy love, just like Him. He gave us the ability to feel love, to give love and to receive love. We love because He first loved us. Without a relationship with our Heavenly Father we cannot fully experience the love He longs for us to know. This comes from receiving Jesus as our Lord and Savior. He is our Bridegroom, Our First Love.

The mystery of Christ and the church, Jesus our Heavenly Groom, and we are His betrothed. Love is covenanting talk and God is our covenant keeping Father. Our Beloved is coming, Don’t miss the Bridegroom’s call.

RETURN to the passion of your first love.
Revelation 2:4 Jesus  says, “Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.” He continues telling us to Repent, Return, and Teshuvah.

Without RETURNING to our first love, with our whole heart and soul, human love is superficial and unsatisfying or perhaps worse a cheap compromise or filler. We are designed by God and therefore fashioned to connect to a sincere love that only God can supply, then  love for other’s will flow (in and out) from this genuine love.

Without genuine love and devotion we have faulty and frail expectations of human love.
RETURN-TESHUVAH, to your first love and He will give you the desires of your heart.

Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, return to Me.

Don’t miss this season of Teshuvah, my favorite time of the year.
The blowing of the Shofar and its relationship to “Awakening” is very interesting.

The shofar (ram’s horn) is often used as an instrument of spiritual warfare, though it is primarily used to rouse the soul to face reality… Maimonides writes: “There is a hidden message we are supposed to infer by listening to the shofar. It suggests saying: ‘Sleeping ones! Awaken from your sleep! Slumbering ones! Awaken from your slumber! Examine your deeds. Remember your Creator and do Teshuvah.” This idea was earlier stated in the New Testament writings: “Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead, and Messiah will shine on you” (Eph. 5:13-14). This theme of “awakening from sleep” is used elsewhere in the Scriptures (John 11:11, Rom. 13:11, 1 Thess. 5:6, Dan. 12:1-2, Psalm 78:65, etc.). The sound of the shofar calls us to return to the LORD and seek His face. And since finding God is our greatest joy, King David rightly wrote: “Happy is the people who know the Teruah [i.e. the shofar blast]” (Psalm 89:16).
Indeed, the word shofar (שׁוֹפָר) comes from a root (שָׁפַר) that means to “beautify,” alluding to the beautification of our ways as we turn to God in Teshuvah, Repentance.
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Covenant love is designed to mature and grow while becoming more fruitful each season. This kind of love is sustainable only through mutual affection and adoration. The season of our repentance is a renewing of our vows or a reawakening of our purpose. God’s love will never change, however we can repel His devotion by ignoring His call and disregarding the gifts He offers. If we are truly in love, how can we ignore Him?

Wake up to a deeper love. Wake up to this rehearsal appointment and seek His face. Wake up to an eternal covenant. Wake up to the upcoming harvest of blessings. The Day of Atonement is almost here, are you ready? Or have you been hitting snooze, thinking there is still plenty of time for me to get ready? Maybe there is plenty of time, and maybe not. But why would we want another season of crops that do not have eternal lasting covenant value?

I know I don’t want to miss this appointment. I want all He died to give me.

 

God bless you and keep you and make his face shine upon you. The Lord lift His countenance upon you and give you Shalom.

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