At my church, we take time to really quiet our minds and seek the heart of God before we sing a word! We take the time to pray in the Spirit and really seek God's heart and HIS intent for our time of worship, corporately. So, during our time of seeking on yesterday, we corporately asked God to share with us what was on His heart. We shared with God that we desired to know what was on His heart and that He could trust us with it! We began to sing songs of worship unto the Lord & He responded! The Word of the Lord in corporate worship yesterday was "YEARN"!
So, We did something unorthodox and we released the definition of yearn corporately for the congregation to understand what God was really saying - right in the middle of worship. Yearn means to have intense longing for, and it is typically for someone or something that is lost.(Merriam Webster) After we embrace the definition of yearn, we corporately looked at the word compassion. The congregation went into intercession; calling for the lost to come back and asking God to increase our yearning for HIM.
What the Lord was sharing with us is that HE is yearning for the lost and for those who haven't given their heart totally to HIM. The yearning of the Lord for the lost have intensified because HE's getting ready to shift things and those who are lost will miss out and be separated from HIM but HE desires that NONE would perish (2 Peter 3:9). God does not want to be separated from You in heart or belief. You are HIS child - the one He created for His purpose, in His image and likeness.
He yearns for you to come back to HIS heart! Don't wait - HIS longing has intensified because He wants to move but He is waiting on YOU! Whether you are lost and don't know God or whether you are holding back on God because you're not ready to give up all you know He wants you to, to live for HIM completely - HE YEARNS FOR YOU!
Don't wander around and be lost - RUN TO HIM! HE YEARNS FOR YOU!!! The God of GREAT COMPASSION!
2 Peter 3:9 KJV - The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 MSG - Don’t overlook the obvious here, friends. With God, one day is as good as a thousand years, a thousand years as a day. God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.
Psalms 84 NIV - How lovely is your dwelling place, Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the ;my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home and the swallow a nest for herself; where she may have her young— a place near your altar, Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you.Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baka (Weeping), they make it a place of springs; They go from strength to strength, Hear my prayer, God Almighty, listen to me, God of Jacob. Look on our shield, O God; look with favor on your anointed one. Better is one day in your courtI would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my GodFor the God is a sun and shield; the bestows favor and honor, no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. Almighty, blessed is the one who trusts in you.
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