Sunday Morning Podcast January 18, 2015. Bro. Dave Goble.

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TEXT: JOEL 2:12-17 

12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning:
13  And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
14  Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God?
15  Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly:
16  Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
17  Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?

Joel is exhorting God’s people to humble themselves through repentance,  fasting, and true brokenness. (verse 12) This was their key to understanding what follows repentance?  This is that which will help with spiritual healing. Sometimes the quick pace of life can distract and tire you out from that balance.  Anyone can be affected by this, which would make the trivial things to be treated as important, when actually they are not.  The Church, is not just a place that gathers to worship, but to learn to resist material things, that are only minor in retrospect.  This message in Joel, is for the spiritually lukewarm, and no one is exempt from the need of it.  Often because one might think “they have the truth,” they don’t really realize how much they truly need to repent of “self satisfaction.”  There’s a biblical example of this; the Church of the Laodiceans spoken of in (Revelations 3:14-18), began to think more of themselves much like the world around them.  They didn’t think the message of “repentance” really applied to them. The message to the Laodiceans affects today’s Church also.

The enemy tries to give you “ideas” that can be interpreted as if you aren’t really needy.  But repentance is really for anyone that have anything they need to measure up to and grow in.  The self sufficiency mentality can cause those in the Church to stop really examining themselves. This leads to carelessness. The world then has a detrimental affect on them.  If the Church merely feels spiritually wealthy, they will forget how very needy they actually are. But the understanding brought by being broken unto repentance, will help them keep their eyes off the material things, and concentrate on the spiritual. This was the message to the Church in Revelations 3rd chapter, just as it  is for the Church today.

The question to evaluate  then is, “am I part of the lukewarm Laodiceans, or of the brokenness that “understands” ..what follows repentance?  Are they (all the ones calling themselves “the Church) considering themselves spiritually wealthy and without needs?  The measured up Church, is that portion that truly is healthy spiritually. There is no question that the Church of God, is free from sin. Still there are those who are of the mentality that they are not the ones that are needy, when we all are.  They act as if God’s message here, only applies to someone else. Yet on this side of eternity, all are always susceptible to the need of repentance …for anytime that there is a lack in their example of God’s Word.  If you stay broken unto true repentance, you will be delivered into the center of God’s will. You will be spiritually balanced, and protected from sin.  You will hear God’s prophets, to follow God, and He will give you hope.  Keeping a broken heart condition is key.  It is only the broken of their own will, that follow in God’s will.

The question for each to understand is, “What follows repentance?”