February 13, 2024 – 2/13/2024
  2 – A Faithful Witness and Being Set Apart
13 – Rebellion

Joel 2:13 (NKJV) 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.


Deep remorse was often shown by tearing (rending) one’s garments and clothes. Here, the message of the verse is to repent with a genuine and sincere change of heart. True repentance requires complete surrender. The process of surrendering is when you come into repentance; you confess your sin, fast, and pray.

Joel 2:12 “Now, therefore,” says the Lord, “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”

The custom of tearing one’s garments was always an expression of grief. Therefore, we should experience grief when we sin against God. Conviction will then take place that leads to repentance and redemption.

Redemption changes everythingRedemption frees what would otherwise be bound and enslaved. Redemption retrieves what was lost.

Deuteronomy 30:3-8 3 that the Lord your God will bring you back from captivity, and have compassion on you, and gather you again from all the nations where the Lord your God has scattered you. 4 If any of you are driven out to the farthest parts under heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there He will bring you. 5 Then the Lord your God will bring you to the land which your fathers possessed, and you shall possess it. He will prosper you and multiply you more than your fathers. 6 And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. 7 “Also the Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies and on those who hate you, who persecuted you. 8 And you will again obey the voice of the Lord and do all His commandments which I command you today.

Romans 5:8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Ephesians 1:7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.

Jesus paid the penalty for our sins! And he doesn’t wait until you get your act together because God loves our humanity. That’s the fact, Jack!

I am so grateful to have Redemption through Your precious blood, the forgiveness of my sins, according to the riches of Your grace.

Declaration: I will rend my heart and focus on the Lord. I am an overcomer and have victory because Christ died for me. Thank You, King Jesus!