“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.”


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