Tuesday, August 3, 2021

Joel 2:13 Devotion by Stephen Taylor

Joel 2:13

Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity.

 

Rend, by definition, means to tear something and implies that you are doing it violently or forcibly! The Lord is telling us here to violently rip our hearts in repentance and return to Him! Don’t tear your clothes but rather tear your hearts away from sin and give them back to the Lord! He paid for our hearts, so we have to stop giving them away for free to things that aren’t the Lord!

 

True repentance starts from the inside, not the outside! Although it’s Biblical and good for us to confess our sins to each other, I don’t believe that repentance should be a show for everyone around us but rather a humbling of the heart and true turning away from the sin that our Lord Jesus died and rose to save us from! And through the fruit that is produced through the sincere humbling of the heart, people will see the change in you and prayerfully follow suit!

 

Jesus tells us to clean the inside of the cup first. Why is that? Because everything flows from the inside out, so if it comes out of the heart proud, arrogant, and evil, then guess what? Your life is going to be filled with that junk! But let me tell you, if it comes out of a loving, humble, repentant servant's heart, then the fruit you produce will be pleasing to the Lord and to those around you!

 

Daniel 4:34 - At the end of that time, I, Nebuchadnezzar, raised my eyes toward heaven, and my sanity was restored. Then I praised the Most High; I honored and glorified Him who lives forever. His dominion is an eternal dominion; His kingdom endures from generation to generation.

 

King Nebuchadnezzar humbled his heart and raised his eyes to the Lord, and the Lord restored him! Then he did what we all should do after we repent, and that is praise the Lord that we didn’t get what we deserved!

 

God bless! I love you all! Glory, Honor, and Praise to God Almighty, King Jesus, and the Holy Spirit!

 

 

 

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