Today my thoughts are going to be about returning to the Lord.
Last week we announced that Jesus had been reborn in the earth in a corporate body of believers. We also mentioned about how fragile this new birth is and how it needs to be protected from the Herods and the Pharaohs of our modern age.
This is a time of great joy but it is also a time of preparation.
We need to provide a safe atmosphere for the Christ-child company to grow.
All that is happening now was prophesied by Joel and he provides clear instructions about how we should prepare.
That is why the Lord says, “Turn to me now, while there is time. Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief, but tear your hearts instead.” Return to the Lord your God, for He is merciful and compassionate, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. He is eager to relent and not punish”.
Joel 2:12-13 NLT
Give Me your heart. Come with fasting, weeping and mourning. Return to your God.
This is a Call to Repentance.
And it is a call for us ALL.
Come up higher, leave the earthly, the carnal, the mundane.
Set your eyes on things above!
How do we practically do this?
We make God our number 1 priority.
It is time to seek the Lord.
For me, this means a consistent and sacrosanct time set apart daily for prayer and study of the word.
It is the quality and consistency that matters far above the quantity of time.
As you do this over time the quantity of time will naturally increase, but this should not be your focus.
Enjoying His presence is the focus.
Therefore, I need to emphasise here that we are not trying to create feelings of inadequacy, guilt or self-righteousness. As none of these are what God desires.
As we seek God, we will find everything we need.
“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.”
Matthew 6:33 NLT
In addition to seeking the Lord as an individual, being part of a group of believers seeking the Lord together is also vital.
“And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the Zealot; and Judas the son of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.”
Acts 1:13-14 NKJV
We, in a sense, need to create a new upper room as the disciples did ahead of Pentecost.
For just as it was then, we are awaiting an outpouring of the Holy Spirit to awaken Joel’s Army as prophesied.
This is what is going to increase our numbers. It will be all God’s doing through us. None of this will be man-orchestrated.
Of course, I recognise that in this season we are all social distancing but there are many cyber upper rooms.
Find one and plug in to support you in this season of seeking the Lord.
I will end with this final thought by the Prophet Isaiah
“Seek the Lord while you can find him. Call on him now while he is near.”
Isaiah 55:6 NLT
All He needs is your Yes.
This prophetic psalm by Brian Courtney explains more. Listen here https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_xPbESClUDg