We’re in that time of the year when ministers and leaders are thinking through and praying about the journey their congregations will be making in the coming year. But hold up a second, before going headlong into planning mode; reflect on what was experienced at the recent feast and the subsequent two days of prayer and fasting.
The Elohim of Israel called us to seek Him. O.K., so we had the time of prayer and fasting; however, let us not simply move on to the next activity without asking ourselves, "Is Yahweh wanting more?"
This was not meant to be a one-off event. The purpose was for every member to draw close to Yahweh; to be real with Him; to expose our lives to Him; to repent of our errors; to rid ourselves of apathy, selfish ambitions and fear; to get a glimpse of the burden of His heart concerning our personal lives, our congregation, and the community around us. It was a time for us to see the need and to cry to the Elohim of Israel for mercy and grace.
"A true prayer life begins at the place of anguish"
I believe Yahweh heard the cry of his people over those days of prayer and fasting, and we have taken a step on the path of restoration. But it’s not over! I believe the Holy Spirit is asking this community of people to seek Yahweh with all our hearts for restoration - to renew and revive our hearts to the vision and purpose He has always had for us.
"There is going to be no renewal, no revival, no awakening, until we are willing to let Him once again break us"
In 2007, on the day of Trumpets, I spoke about a ‘Covenant to Seek Yahweh’ based on king Asa’s experience in 2 Chronicles 15. Four years ago that message was pertinent; right now it is the need of the hour! I appeal to you to listen to it again, open your heart to its message, and commit yourself to seek the face of Yahweh. Listen again to the feast sermon 'When Less is More' along with David Wilkerson’s ‘Call to Anguish’ and let it soak into your spirit. Fellow leaders and ministers, the call that the Holy Spirit brought to our hearts to seek Yahweh did not end with our two days of prayer and fasting – it was only the beginning. We must continue to be in anguish of soul and spirit for the will of Yahweh in our lives and in the lives of those we minister to and lead.
Yahweh has given us a vision and we want to pursue it wholeheartedly. The accomplishment of any vision is, in some way, dependent on the condition of those who will work in and with it. If we are to see the reality of the vision that Yahweh has given then members must be in a good place: devoted to Yahweh and obedient to the Word, free from apathy and indifference, enthusiastic about service, filled with the Spirit, etc. So what must we do? Continue to seek Him with all our hearts, and encourage others to do the same until we find Him and we are restored. The call to anguish goes on!
"Because Yahweh is a living Elohim, He can hear us; because He is a loving Elohim, He will hear us; because He is our covenant Elohim, He has bound Himself to hear"
C H SPURGEON
"All the devil wants to do is to get the fight out of you and kill it so you won’t labour in prayers anymore, you won’t weep before (Yahweh) anymore"
"When it comes to spiritual teachers, there are those safe, gentle, consoling, soothing, caring; and there are the ‘outlaws’, …the men and women who are in your face, disturbing you terrifying you, until you radically awaken to who and what you really are"
"In the manner of Jacob who wrestled with Yahweh, we must not let go of seeking Him until He blesses us"
So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned for many days; I was fasting and praying before the (Elohim) of heaven.
Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unploughed ground; for it is time to seek (Yahweh), until he comes and showers righteousness on you. (NIV)
2 CHRONICLES 15:2
…(Yahweh) is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you. (NASB)
Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, (Yahweh), have never forsaken those who seek you. (NIV)
Dear Father, I so desire and yearn for Your power to be released in my life and in the lives of the disciples that I lead. But I fully accept that we’re not in the place we should be. In view of that I come to You and offer myself afresh to You. I ask for Your help to challenge, encourage and inspire Your people to seek You with all their hearts for a personal awakening, that we might be restored to your purpose.
For just as each of us has one body with many members...