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Return to the Father's Heart
So the Earth Will Survive
Robert B. Scott

Return to the Father’s Heart

This crucial book will pave the way for the of coming Elijah of Malachi 4:5-6, who is prophesied to bring today’s absent fathers toward their neglected or jettisoned children and bring the heart of believers back to their Father in heaven. The book offers a solution to a pervasive problem among men today: their inability to forgive abusive fathers. This modern-day Elijah will “restore all things” (Mat. 17:11), including the true gospel of the Kingdom or Family of God, revealing the dangerous error of the grace revolution leading to the appearance of the man of lawlessness, an evil leader who will fight the second coming of Jesus. Click HERE to order your copy today!

New Moons Series

 

New Moons Part Seven: Taking Back and Laying Down Again

 

 

The new moon observance is a blessed time of laying down our problems to Jesus. But what happens when we lay it down, and then take it back?
 
In our new experience of new moons celebrations, we often hear: "Oh, no. I took it back again!"
 
We lay down to Jesus sins, habits, burdens, cares, hurts, but then we take them back on our shoulders again. So we have to lay the same problem down once again at the next new moon.
 
What happens when we lay down sins, habits, regrets or dreads to Jesus on the new moon and find ourselves taking them back? This has happened to me. I simply lay it down once again to my Burden-bearer at the next new moon. We are thankful that the God who cannot look upon sin is also the Forgiver.
 
You may have to lay certain things down over and over again until you gain the mastery by the grace of Jesus. Don’t be discouraged.
 
While this scenario can tempt us to be discouraged, it is encouraging to realize our God is merciful and compassionate. Jesus our High Priest understands our weaknesses. And He did inspire the words: "Do not lie in wait, O wicked man [and the principle applies to demons as well], against the dwelling of the righteous; Do not destroy his resting place [in Jesus on the Sabbath and new moons]; For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again…" (Prov. 24:16). As the saying goes, "You can't keep a good man down."
 
"The steps of a man are established by [Jesus], And He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because [Jesus] is the One who holds his hand" (Ps. 37:23-24). He who knows the end from the beginning, and knows all the possible options we may take with our free will, also has a plan of redemption for every miscue along the way. Our God is Love.
 
As we grow in the levels of faith, we come to a point where shame for sin has no place in us. We know we are loved. We sin less. When we do stumble back into sin, we know we are forgiven, washed clean and free from all guilt, shame and condemnation. We have no doubts about our Father's love for us.
 
Don't Let It Get You Down
 
The problem is not as much in falling down but in not getting up. Self-condemnation is worse than the sin that caused it. That attitude of guilt, shame, helplessness, hopelessness that follows when we condemn ourselves so harshly that we are tempted to give up even trying can lead to the sin of turning our back on God permanently.
 
We have learned to reach for God's hand at the new moon. When the righteous "falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because [Jesus] is the One who holds his hand" (Ps. 37:24). Our right hand extends to hold the hand of Jesus, our Rescuer and Redeemer. Our left hand reaches for the comforting hand of the Holy Spirit. We don't wallow. We rise and shine in Jesus' righteousness.
 
Seven is the number of completion and perfection. The righteous man sees in the new moon assurance that his forgiveness and redemption are complete and perfect: "For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again" (Prov. 24:16). He humbles himself to confess his fall.
 
The new moon time of literally prostrating ourselves at the feet of Jesus drives home the truth that our righteousness is non-existent. It is Jesus' righteousness and His coat that He gives us in exchange for our tainted coat of sins and problems.
 
We recommend that as you kneel or prostrate yourself at Jesus' feet each new moon you express in your own words your inability to do anything without Jesus. Without Him as Burden-bearer and without His blessings and empowerment, you are helpless. He needs to hear that from you, and it will do you good to speak out those words.
 
Our Ups and Downs
 
You may have to lay certain things down over and over again until you gain the mastery by the grace of Jesus. Don’t be discouraged.
 
It is when we fall and must lay the same sins down again that we become most acutely aware of our need for Jesus. The prophets of God also had their ups and downs, and they have words of encouragement for us.
 
Micah says it best: "Do not rejoice over me, O my enemy. Though I fall I will rise; Though I dwell in darkness [taking back the darkness I laid down to Jesus at the dark time of the new moon], [Jesus] is a light for me…He will bring me out to the light, And I will see His righteousness…He delights in unchanging love. He will again have compassion on us; He will tread our iniquities underfoot' Yes, You will cast all their sins Into the depths of the sea…" (Micah 7:8, 9b, 18b-19).
 
Do like David. Ask God to "renew a steadfast spirit" within you. Pray this: "Restore to me the joy of Your salvation And sustain me with a willing spirit…Deliver me from bloodguiltiness …" (Ps. 51:10,12, 14).
 
Don't drown in guilt. As Jesus does every Sabbath, He offers us a brand new start every new moon. "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden [and a load feels heavier when you enjoyed the lightness of freedom from it and then put it back on your shoulders], and I will give you rest" (Mat. 11:28). While the Greek words for rest in these verses are the same words used for "Sabbath" in the Greek, the principle applies to all God's appointed times.
 
Laying down burdens to Jesus, even if it is a repeat lay-down, is a demonstration of humility that pleases God. When you lay problems down to Jesus, He will not let you down. (CONTINUED: Part Eight: Answers to Questions and an Overview – The “How To”)
 

Read More in this New Moon Series:

Part Seven: Taking Back and Laying Down Again
 
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