23 Rejoice, you people of Jerusalem! Rejoice in the Lord your God! For the rain he sends demonstrates his faithfulness. Once more the autumn rains will come, as well as the rains of spring. 24 The threshing floors will again be piled high with grain, and the presses will overflow with new wine and olive oil. 25 The Lord says, “I will give you back what you lost to the swarming locusts, the hopping locusts, the stripping locusts, and the cutting locusts. It was I who sent this great destroying army against you. 26 Once again you will have all the food you want, and you will praise the Lord your God, who does these miracles for you. Never again will my people be disgraced (Joel 2:23-26 NLT).
As soon as I read this passage I knew that this was connected to the message that God wanted me to share with you this month because in early September, God had just brought before me Joel 2:24 NLT to remind me that it was a promise he gave me to stand on for the rest of the year. I turned to God and asked him, what is the message from the scriptures that you just shared with me and the words Autumn rain came to my mind.
The Autumn rain is coming this season, and there is no time for foolery if you desire to drink waters from the rain of heaven (Deuteronomy 11:11 NKJV). Here are a few things that you need to be doing throughout this season of your life:
This looks different for everyone but you know the nature of your relationship with God. Challenge yourself to take your relationship to the next level. That may mean spending more time in your word and reflecting on what you read. It may mean praying more about your situations and actually releasing them into the hands of God rather than trying to take matters into your own hands. It could also mean standing on the word of God as your anchor. One of the ways that I personally stand on the word of God is by constantly speaking it back over my life. When I read the word and there is a scripture that I come across that resonates with my spirit, I write it down on a post-it note and tape it to my bedroom wall or to my bathroom mirror and when I walk by those areas in my house I speak the promises that God made to me back over my life. Whatever taking your relationship to the next level may look like for you, be intentional about remaining desperate for Jesus, and always seeking first His kingdom throughout your life in all that you do. In Isaiah chapter 44 verse 3, the New King James Version of the bible tells us that God will pour water on those who are thirsty, and floods on the dry ground; He will pour His Spirit on their descendants, and His blessing on their offspring.
Love & Serve GOD Wholeheartedly
Love is not just this intense feeling of deep affection for someone but love is also an action, which is why God sent His one and only son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for us. Loving God should not be solely tied to you saying you believe in God or you love God, but it should be connected to your daily decisions and choices to actually live for God out of the love that you have for Him. This season, don’t just say you love God in word but show your love for Him through your actions. In first John chapter 3 verse 18, the bible tells us to not merely just say we love, but show our love in truth by our actions (1 John 3:18 NLT).
Lastly, serve wholeheartedly as if you were serving the Lord, not people (Ephesians 6:7 NIV). I know that many individuals are in a place where things look completely different right now due to the unprecedented times that we are all facing. I need you to also recognize the opportunity that lies in unprecedented times for you to get up, get out, and serve wholeheartedly. Deuteronomy chapter 11 verses 13-15 in the New International Version bible says, “13 So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul— 14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.
We come before you in the name of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ. With gratitude, we acknowledge you for your goodness and lift up your holy name. Thank you for blessing us with a new season. We repent, coming before you to ask that you forgive us for our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. LORD your word tells us to ask and it will be given to us; seek and we shall find; knock and the door will be opened to us (Matthew 7:7 NIV) so in the last quarter of this year we earnestly come before you declaring supernatural Autumn rains to fall. With the same power that Elijah had when he prayed for rain, we ask that you shower us with your unconditional love, gently touching the depths of our souls. We are thirsty for your living waters and desire to see a fresh downpour of restoration throughout this season. Rain on us Lord, rain around us LORD, open up the floodgates of heaven sending down your Holy presence. Let your rain awaken truth, prosperity, power, love, joy, hope, anointing, divine order, indescribable peace, miraculous favor and blessings that exceed our expectations, and more. We ask that you release abundant showers oh God and refresh your weary inheritance (Psalm 68:9 NIV). Let everything that shriveled away during parched days be reestablished even greater. We give you praise Lord, total praise in advance, for what shall and is to come. In the mighty name of Jesus we pray, amen.
Scriptures to Feed Yourself & Reflect On:
Joel 2:23-26 NLT
Ephesians 3:20 NKJV
Deuteronomy 11:11 NKJV (the term “drink waters from the rain of heaven”)
Isaiah 44:3 NKJV
1 John 3:18 NLT
Ephesians 6:7 NIV
Deuteronomy 11:13-15 NIV
Matthew 7:7 NIV
Psalm 68:9 NIV