Turn To Me!
"Now, therefore," says the Lord, "Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning." (Joel 2:12)
Our heavenly father calls us - by fasting - to come to him. Comming back means that now, we are far away from Him, from His home and His bosom, from our home of rest, bur The Most High does not dwell in Temples mad with hands (Acts 7:48, Acts 17:24), as His original and final home is inside us: our souls, "For you are temple of the living God, As God has said: I'll dwell in them" (2 Cor. 6:16)
Coming back to God is truning our intention inside our hearts, which is His real throne as our God and King.
- Turning t God means restoring true life: "Therefore turn and live" (Ez. 18:32)
Our lord Jesus Christ teaches us that whatever the interests and concerns around us are, they are the interests and concerns of dead, "Then He said to another, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, le me first go and bury my father." Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and preach the kingdom of God." (luke 9:59-60)
The Biological existence is not the true life; life is Christ Himsely, with Him is joy and satisfaction, peace of the heart and sout, power of life inside us which can defeat lust, sins and all earthly desires which exhaust our energy and by which Satan can steal the days of our lives.
Nothing on this earch can give us joy of satisfactin but Christ in our hearts, we have to turn to Him to live and rejoice.
- Turning to God means the deap desire of the bride to her beloved gromm: "Tell me, O you whom I love, Where you feed your flock" (Song 1:7)
Are your sours full of spritual desires? Do we long for holiness and for life ccording to God's commandments? Or the World's desires suffocates our souls?
David the prophet expresses the desire saying: "As the deer pants for water brooks, So Pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirst for God, for the living God, When shal I caome and apper before God?" (Ps. 42:1-2). Do we feel hunger and thirst for righteousness? (Mat. 5:6)
REading the Bible revives these desires withing us, "Take words with you, And return to the Lord." (Hos. 14:2)
Saint's lives fill our hearys with these desires, "Draw me away! The Daughters or Jerusalem We will run after you" (Song. 1:4)
- Turning to God means confession or our sins:
The society in which we live always justifies sins...Urging us to blame others, life conditions, and even God Himself! But sins cannot be abolished and its poison cannont be expelled except by forgiveness and santification of sins, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and in you sight" (Luke 15:21). "He who covers his sins will not prosper, But whoever confess and forsakes them will have mercy." (Prov. 28:13)
Cofession of sins is an unknown experience to the world, because it inflates our ego, the world is very busy with the external impressions, the beautiful shape, and with self-actualization. Our society can apologize but cannot repent; say "sorry" but not "I sinned".
Turning to God is to accept the reproach of The Holy Spirit, to stand before God and say, "Search me, o God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; And see if there is any wicked way in me, And Lead me in the way everlasting."(Ps. 139:23-24)
Be alert not to deceive ourserlves, "If we say that we have no sins, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins , He is faithfull and just to fogive us our sins and cleans us fro all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:8-9)