Mister man. Joel 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
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Some thoughts from Joel this week:
God is a God of restoration. And His message keeps reminding us that we cannot expect good results from our tilling, planting, and watering (1:11,13). He’s the One who blesses righteous work, and NOTHING WE DO can be blessed. Our attempts shrivel and are desolate (1:16,17).
God promises that sin gets dealt with… and who can endure the great & awesome day of His judgement??? No one. No one but the perfect Son of God who has offered to stand in our place and do our tilling, planting, watering, and then a miraculous harvest from HIS righteous acts.
We cannot GROW our own satisfaction of the Lord. He SENT it to us.
“The LORD answered and said to his people, ‘Behold, I am sending to you
grain, wine, and oil, and you will be satisfied;’” (1:19)
Then God’s wrath is satisfied and we are not only safe, but now we have been restored to the point of unbelievable & undeserved blessing. If you are truly saved put your hands in the air and rejoice that He has dealt wondrously with you(2:26). 🙌🏻
Now that you are restored your regular mundane life becomes the greatest testament of His Grace and your simple daily faithfulness becomes a war strategy that conquers more and more territory for His kingdom. 👇🏻
“Beat your plowshares into swords,
and your pruning hooks into spears;
let the weak say, “I am a warrior.” (3:10)
HIS restoration work grows. God receives a thousandfold for His offering.
Are you restored?
Have you learned what it is to see your plowshare beat into a sword?
Or are you still spending time trying to grow your own blessing in your field of righteousness? It’s time to tend your heart and give up on your present course. There’s someone else that wants to till your field and bless the harvest.
“‘Yet even now,’ declares the LORD,
‘return to me with all your heart,
with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning; and rend your hearts and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love; and he relents over disaster. Who knows whether he will not turn and relent,
and leave a blessing behind him, a grain offering and a drink offering for the LORD your God?’” (2:12-14)