Good Morning Warrior!
It’s The Lord’s Day Today!
Word for the Day:
(1Samuel 6 & 7)
“Peace, The Fruit of Repentance”
Text: 1Samuel 7:3
“Then Samuel spoke to all the house of Israel, saying, “If you return to the LORD with all your hearts, then put away the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths from among you, and prepare your hearts for the LORD, and serve Him only; and He will deliver you from the hand of the Philistines.”
“Peace, the Fruit of Repentance,” is on our menu for Breakfast this morning.
Repentance is both an “inner work,” and an “outer work.”
The inner work of “returning to the LORD with all your heart,” is unseen, spiritual, and must come First. It’s the confession and godly sorrow of sin against God.
The outer work of “putting away the foreign gods and Ashtoreths from among you,” is seen physically as “evidence” of the inner work.
“So the children of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and served the LORD only.” (1Sam.7:4).
We cannot begin to “prepare our heart for the LORD and serve Him only;” until we have First done the inner and outer work of Repentance.
The Fruit of Repentance is Peace with God. Our heart is now prepared to serve Him only. First item on the Agenda of service is “deliverance from the hand of the Philistines.”
“Now as Samuel was offering up the burnt offering, the Philistines drew near to battle against Israel. But the LORD thundered with a loud thunder upon the Philistines that day, and so confused them that they were overcome before Israel.
And the men of Israel went out of Mizpah and pursued the Philistines, and drove them back as far as below Beth Car.
Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen, and called its name Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the LORD has helped us.”
So the Philistines were subdued, and they did not come anymore into the territory of Israel. And the hand of the LORD was against the Philistines all the days of Samuel.” (1Sam.7:10-13).
Our Lesson from this is to Walk before our Commander with a heart prepared for service to Him at all times. Walking in Peace with God causes us to live in this world as Peacemakers among men.
“Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.” (Mat.5:9)
Peace is the Fruit of Repentance. Ooooh Rah!
Warrior at your side,