“Rend Your Heart – Not Your Garments!”

Saturday, October 7, 2017 posted by William Thompson

Broken Heart

In the early morning hours of September 28, 2017, the Holy Spirit heavily impressed upon me the difference between an outward display, and a true inward display of humility before our God.

The week through October 1st was to be a week of prayer and repentance. It seemed everyone was talking about the need to come humbly before God in the Church, and as a nation.  A particular group of pastors, while praying for the nation and for repentance, quoted 2 Chronicles 7:14,

“If my people will humble themselves…..”

The meaning of the word “humble” in this verse is:  to take a knee; to kneel

This is an outward display! 

What the Lord brought to my mind is the athletes and others we’re seeing on the news “taking a knee” as an act of protest; instead of humility, they’re acts of defiance.  No, God is not looking for outward displays.

In Joel 2:12-13, it says,

“…Rend your heart and not your garments…”

The meaning of “rend” is: to rend; tear; to cut away.

This is an inward display!

To “cut away” points to circumcision.  What God showed me is this is an issue of the heart.  A full surrender to Him is needed, so He can cut away things in our heart – to perform His inward work!

The results, which many are looking for in 2 Chronicles, is that if they “humble themselves,” God will hear and heal the land.  But with Joel 2, it is so much more!

If we allow Him to circumcise our hearts, He will heal, leave behind a blessing, restore the land AND in verse 28-29,  He will give the rain, the former rain – and the latter rain!!  AND “I will pour out My Spirit upon all flesh…”

The word for “spirit” means His Shekinah Glory!  This is the Power of His Love –  His fullness!!  All of Who He is!  And the result of this?

“….your sons and daughters shall prophesy,  and your old men will dream dreams!”  We will see and hear and declare the very things of God!!

We have got to stop “playing church” with God!  He knows our heart.  He sees what’s in it.  Until we can stop being defensive, justifying our actions, sweeping things under the rug, and instead allow God to cut it away from us – to circumcise our hearts – we cannot fully surrender in that “full embrace.”

Our hearts must be laid completely bare before Him.  Only then can He fill us with more of Himself.  Only then can we be filled with the very Power of His Love!

When this occurs, we become more like Jesus as we are joined with Him,   allowing access to the Father!!

There must be a complete surrender, not because it’s expected we act a certain way, or because we demand it, but because the Spirit of God is teaching us to be more like Him!

For we must become like Him in order to be united with Him!

Scripture References:

2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

Joel 2:12-29 “Now, therefore, says the LORD, Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.  So rend your heart, and not your garments; Return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness; And He relents from doing harm.  Who knows if He will turn and relent, and leave a blessing behind Him… And He will cause the rain to come down for you – The former rain, and the latter rain…And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh;  Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams,  your young men shall see visions.  And also on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days.”

John 14:6,  “…I am the way, the truth, and the life: No man comes to the Father except through Me.”

4 Responses to ““Rend Your Heart – Not Your Garments!””

  1. Sharon Webster Says:

    The Lord is so sweet and his blessing can’t even be counted. When we kneel in prayer with a contrite spirit not letting doubt nor fear of rejection come between he and us. He opens the heavens to his children with blessing and multiplication of blessing. The Lord came to me night before last ,He woke me to tell me in the most quiet est most broken still voice that he loves his creation. This broke my heart too . The most powerful, most High God still loves his creation and he is broken because of rebellion and lust of life. I fast and pray often and the joy I get from afflicting my soul regularly is AMAZING . I am but clay on the potters wheel but I know he rejoices over our obedience. I mourn with him and i rejoice with him. He is my strong tower of what shall I fear. Love and blessings to all of you, my sisters and brothers.

  2. dpulliam Says:

    It really touched me when you said He woke you to say how He loves His creation. His mercy and grace is overwhelming me today, as I so need it! Thank you for this encouraging word, Sharon!

  3. Cynthia Says:

    Thank you William once again for your transparency and obedience to the Lord.
    Always timely and powerful —-
    and faithful as the Lord always is.

  4. Sharon Webster Says:

    Dear Diana, I have meant to get back to you before now. I appreciate you responding to me. I have been much in prayer for our school age children all over our country. It is such a sad day we live in. Anything goes is the phrase of the day. Adults are so ready to accept this anything goes philosophy and then pass it on to our children . I realize things are truly coming together that Our Savior is setting up to take place very soon. A few nights ago He woke me from a deep slumber . He wanted to let me know how he feels. That is when he said to me ,’I LoveMy Creation.” He is so sad , He is so pitiful. He loves all of us, Saint or Sinner. He loves us all just as he says in his word. He willeth the death of none. I just want to live by example and pray,pray,pray all the more. If you haven’t visited a public middle school or high school it is so sad the day we are living in . Our children need help and brothers and sisters I pray for myself and each of y’all . I pray for our brokenness, the things we dont understand and for all of us to know how much he loves us , who want to do His Will above everything else. We don’t know where our when just a word fittly spoken may make all the difference. Love and blessings to each of you is my prayer.

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