Jan 3, 2021
ReNew Your Heart
Series: 2021
Welcome to 2021 All better now right? Of course it hasn’t changed just because the calendar did. Last year was a tough year. Not just the pandemic, but so many things I would say it was a dark time for our Nation especially In the time of Joel, the land of Israel had been devestated There were no crops, no vines; the animals and the people alike were hurting It was indeed a dark time in the land of Israel
 
"Yet even now," declares the LORD, "Return to Me with all your heart,
And with fasting, 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 lovingkindness 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, Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out of his room And the bride out of her bridal chamber. Let the priests, the LORD'S ministers, Weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, "Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not make Your inheritance a reproach, A byword among the nations.
Why should they among the peoples say, `Where is their God?'"
You see, when the times were so bad, the people were to call diligently upon God Today, more than any time in recent years, God’s people need to call upon the Lord
Look again at 12-13
 
God’s people are called to fast and rend their hearts to return to God
Today I believe that Christians have turned to everything but God to get better The government, money, self, even denial. We need to ReNew our hearts
Vs 14
 
When we return to God, we do not know what He will do, but we trust Him
Throughout history, when God’s people returned to Him, He blessed them But….God does not want lip service! He wants you to show Him you are serious about returning to Him
Vs 15-16
 
Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,
Gather the people and Sanctify the congregation When was the last time you fasted, meaning denied food to pray? We need to be the warriors for our Nation, and we fight by calling on God We do that by denying self and calling upon the Lord to save our Land I am calling for a church-wide fast. Beginning at noon on Saturday 1/9/21 and ending at the end of service Sunday In fact, we are going to consecrate ourselves by taking the Lord’s supper
Vs 17
 
This calls for the Lord’s ministers to intercede and pray
Your Pastor and your deacons are planning to do just that next Saturday In order to see this world saved, we have to consecrate ourselves first You can begin today at the alter None of this is possible until you give yourself to the Lord
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  • Jan 3, 2021ReNew Your Heart
    Jan 3, 2021
    ReNew Your Heart
    Series: 2021
    Welcome to 2021 All better now right? Of course it hasn’t changed just because the calendar did. Last year was a tough year. Not just the pandemic, but so many things I would say it was a dark time for our Nation especially In the time of Joel, the land of Israel had been devestated There were no crops, no vines; the animals and the people alike were hurting It was indeed a dark time in the land of Israel
     
    "Yet even now," declares the LORD, "Return to Me with all your heart,
    And with fasting, 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 lovingkindness 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, Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out of his room And the bride out of her bridal chamber. Let the priests, the LORD'S ministers, Weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, "Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not make Your inheritance a reproach, A byword among the nations.
    Why should they among the peoples say, `Where is their God?'"
    You see, when the times were so bad, the people were to call diligently upon God Today, more than any time in recent years, God’s people need to call upon the Lord
    Look again at 12-13
     
    God’s people are called to fast and rend their hearts to return to God
    Today I believe that Christians have turned to everything but God to get better The government, money, self, even denial. We need to ReNew our hearts
    Vs 14
     
    When we return to God, we do not know what He will do, but we trust Him
    Throughout history, when God’s people returned to Him, He blessed them But….God does not want lip service! He wants you to show Him you are serious about returning to Him
    Vs 15-16
     
    Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,
    Gather the people and Sanctify the congregation When was the last time you fasted, meaning denied food to pray? We need to be the warriors for our Nation, and we fight by calling on God We do that by denying self and calling upon the Lord to save our Land I am calling for a church-wide fast. Beginning at noon on Saturday 1/9/21 and ending at the end of service Sunday In fact, we are going to consecrate ourselves by taking the Lord’s supper
    Vs 17
     
    This calls for the Lord’s ministers to intercede and pray
    Your Pastor and your deacons are planning to do just that next Saturday In order to see this world saved, we have to consecrate ourselves first You can begin today at the alter None of this is possible until you give yourself to the Lord
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