RETURNING TO THE BEGINNING
This is what the LORD says: "Stand at the crossroads and look. Ask where the old (ancient) road is. Ask where the good road is, and walk on that road. If you do, you will find rest for yourselves. But you people have said, 'We will not walk on the good road.'" (Jer.6:16)
In quoting this scripture from the mouth of the Prophet Jeremiah, we discover that there is ONE ROAD that causes our souls to find rest. This road is an ancient, tried and true road that has never changed, nor will ever change. Without rest to our souls, we upset God's original pattern for man found in the Book of Genesis Chapter One.
All too often, we create chaos in our own lives and sadly, in the lives of those close to us. We are commanded by God to labor to enter into the rest (Heb. 4:11). This admonition comes with a warning, that if we do not enter into that rest we will fall due to unbelief, which is disobedience. Disobedience has severe consequences. The same attitude existed in Jeremiah's day, as the people said "We will NOT walk on the good road" (Jer. 6:16).
Thank God for "second chances." Through repentance and humility we can be restored to God, experience proper alignment with Heaven and obey the command to be fruitful and multiply. Only then will we find the true REST of God for our souls.
THE HEBRAIC MEANING OF REPENTANCE
God is still and always has looked for men and women who are willing to live a life of repentance. The Hebrew word for "repentance" is teshuvah. Teshuvah means to turn from one thing to another, ceasing from doing incorrect things and beginning to do correct things. The ancient Hebrew word picture of teshuvah (Hebrew letters shin = teeth, beth = house) means to "destroy the house."
In his Book, Sharing The Word, Dr. Frank Seekins teaches that "Ancient conquerors wanted their captives to become a part of the conquering kingdom. This could never happen if the new captives continued to long for their old home. To make a total break with the past, the conquerors would force the captives to watch as their old home was completely destroyed."
It is easy for all of us to leave options open and return to an old state of mind when we don't see things happening as we supposed they should. When times of hardship come, we are tempted to reach back into our carnal thinking and easily forget about the ancient path on which we can walk, that always brings REST to our soul.
Frank Seekins states that "To destroy the house is to chose which kingdom, which covenant we will follow and to totally commit ourselves to that one covenant!"
THE NEED TO REPENT
In this email blast, I am including this study "THE NEED TO REPENT" written by Dr. Karl Coke, Ph.D, which I believe will put things in order in your mind. This outline is from the Timothy Program International Weeks 53-65.
- God created man by mixing "Good" with "Good."
- The earth is called "Good" by God (Gen. 1:10 and 1:31).
- Man created out of the earth (Gen. 2:7).
- God is called "Good" by Jesus (Luke 18:19 and Mark 10:18).
- God mixed His "Good" breath with "Good" man resulting in eternal life (Gen. 2:7).
- Satan lied to get man to mix "Good with "Evil." (Genesis 3:1).
- God told man to keep "Good" mixed with "Good" by obeying His word. (Gen. 2:15-17).
- Satan asked man a question to see if man knew God's word (Gen. 3:1).
- Satan (then) lies to man in order for man to mix "Good" with "Evil" (Gen. 3:4).
- Man disobeys God's Word and follows man's ways, mixing "Good with "Evil." (Gen. 3:6).
- The sin and punishment of mixing "Good with "Evil."
- Obeying God's Word is obeying what is "Good." (Deut. 12:28).
- Disobeying God's Word is the definition of "Evil." (Deut. 9:18 and Rom. 7:19).
- The punishment of mixing "Good" with "Evil" is sorting them out. (Gen. 3:17-19).
- The inevitable result of mixing "Good with "Evil" is death. (Gen. 2:17 and Rom. 6:23).
- Receiving Christ via repenting again mixes "Good" with "Good."
- Jesus and John preached "Repentance" as the way into God's kingdom (Matt. 4:17, 3:2).
- Dying men must confess by mouth and believe in heart that Jesus is LORD (Rom. 10:9-10).
- Obeying God's Word produces eternal life in each believing man (John 3:16-21).
- Obeying God's Word equips for every "Good" work (II Timothy 3:16-17).
I hope this study will open your eyes to the warfare surrounding us as believers. The evil one is working relentlessly to cause us to mix good with evil. There is no road other than the right one, which is Jesus Christ. We are told in Ep. 2:10 that we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to good works, which God BEFORE ordained for us to walk in. This is telling us that we can be restored to the beginning, to the garden, and to the good works we personally have been assigned to.
"Come to Me all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you REST. Take My yoke on you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and you shall find REST to your souls" (Matt. 11:28- 29).
I sincerely believe as each believer is restored to his original purpose, the true REST of God will permeate our souls.
Blessings and honor,