What is the benefit of a repentant and believing heart?

 At that, God went into action to get his land back.  He took pity on his people. God answered and spoke to his people, “Look, listen—I’m sending a gift: Grain and wine and olive oil. The fast is over—eat your fill! I won’t expose you any longer to contempt among the pagans. I’ll head off the final enemy coming out of the north and dump them in a wasteland. Half of them will end up in the Dead Sea, the other half in the Mediterranean. There they’ll rot, a stench to high heaven. The bigger the enemy, the stronger the stench!” Joel 2:17-18 (The Message)

The enemies we face in our daily lives may not be a locust army, or an invasion force. We may not struggle with natural disaster on our door step, hunger, homelessness, or hopelessness. We may be quite settled, secure, and safe in our surroundings. Everyone has stuff they are afraid of or fighting. No one can claim to have a hassle or issue free life. These may seem like little enemies to some but when they are on your door step and you don’t know what to do with them they are big to you. The thing about a repentant and believing heart is that we don’t have to sort these things out. If we let anything or anyone control our lives except the living God then we are small and helpless in the face of many of lives enemies. If we try to run away, escape into distraction or denial, our enemies are still there, controlling and imprisoning us. If we live with a repentant and believing heart then we have a bigger friend to sort out those bullying enemies. We have a big and almighty God who won’ t let us be overwhelmed and who has power over everything in heaven and on earth. No need to worry and ‘the bigger the enemy, the stronger the stench.’

God, repentant and afraid I come to you. Assure me of the freedom I have in you from all my enemies. Show me their defeat because I trust in you. Amen.

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