7 Days of Seeding.....Will you join me?
Will you believe with me?
I assume some of you are like me, and have been holding on to hope for something? Last week, I shared the story of Leah and Rachel and how the one sister, Leah, had her hope in finding the love of a man, Jacob. I shared too how Leah finally came to the place where, despite her circumstances, she could say,
I will praise the Lord! Genesis 29:35
With Leah's praise, her hope shifts from "him" to HIM!
I don't think putting our hope in God means that we give up all of our heart desires or that we deny the longings within our souls, because I believe they are valid. I think it means that we trust His heart for us, His plan, His timing and His divine weaving. Remember Naomi who had given up hope of her own family again after loosing her husband and two sons. Who could have imagined that Ruth would hand over Obed to raise as her own? As for Ruth, surely she had given up hope on being married and having children as she entered into a foreign land poor and widowed. But God......He always changes the story, doesn't He? Ruth becomes wealthy, a wife, and mother to the lineage of Jesus.
So what does this have to do with today? Today, marks seven days until Pentecost Sunday. I wasn't raised celebrating or even mindful of what this day meant for us believers, but as I have walked more aware of the presence of the Holy Spirit it is a day I cherish.
A little history of this day, so that you see the relevance to us now. Pentecost is also known as Feast of Weeks or Feast of First Fruits. Feast of Weeks was seven weeks after Passover, and it was a day for the Jewish people to bring forth their best offering of first fruits in thanks for the blessings of their Harvest. The Jewish people also celebrated this day as the day the law was given. I find it quite interesting, and I can't believe that I am just now seeing this, that the day the law was given it says that 3000 people died.
God desired relationship. He showed favor and mercy despite their failings, yet, His people couldn't comprehend His goodness, so they asked for the law. He gives them exactly what they demand, and death becomes reality for many.
Fast forward to the New Testament after the resurrection of Jesus, this same day becomes the day of Pentecost. However, rather than a harvest of crops, it becomes a harvest of souls. Instead of a day to celebrate law, it becomes a day of freedom. His followers were in one accord waiting as instructed, and the Spirit of Lord was poured out upon them. This day, unlike the days of Moses, 3000 are saved.
We can't live up to the law, and we were never suppose to. He came to give us life that was full not lived out in chains. So the veil was torn as the words TETELESTI are spoken, and the presence and intimacy are reinstated to the people as before the days of Moses. Now nothing separates us from His presence or His love. We no longer enter the veil to atone for our sins, because they were paid in full at the cross. We have been set free and we are meant to live in relationship with Him fully experiencing His goodness and love. The Gospel is too good be true, but it is true. It is the TRUTH! Hallelujah!
Friday, as I looked at the calendar to make sure I knew the date of Pentecost Sunday, I heard this whisper......a Harvest of Prayers!
I think there are many of us that have been praying so hard for so long for "something" that we have almost lost hope. I don't know what your heart cries out for today.... a child to come home, marriage restored, financial peace, healing, love, or perhaps more of Him? I do feel like over the next seven days, God is going to harvest the seeds of long awaited prayers. Today and this week, I want to encourage you to Believe again. I want to encourage you to put your HOPE in HIM! I want to encourage you to stop wrestling in your own strength to make things happen and trust His goodness, His timing, His divine weaving and His love for YOU!
The Old Testament gave us laws that needed to be kept to achieve blessings, but the New Testament, if you study closely, is more about promises given unlocked by BELIEF. For so much of my life, I have taken scripture out of context and come to fear an angry God, but when you see when words were spoken to who and why, you find that His goodness always prevails.
Can we admit that we have been double minded? Believing and doubting. Believing and doubting. Can we renew our minds and change the way we think and return to His grace, and spend the next seven days Seeking His Heart, Soaking In His Truth, Savoring His Goodness, and Seeding prayers with expectations that in due season, we will reap a harvest (Galatians 6:9)? Can we refuse to give up? Believe.
I am praying for you, sweet friends, but more than anything that you see Him this week. I pray that you encounter Him in a way that moves you to tears of great joy!!!
In His Wings,