"Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will restore us, that we may live in his presence." (Hosea 6:1-2)May the sorrows and bruises of this earth not go to waste; rather may it yield a heart that is quick to repent which leads to healing and restoration in Christ.371d36d75e05eda735858f8e467be99c
The truth is we should heed that advice. It‚Äôs not just that it‚Äôs scriptural. It‚Äôs one of God‚Äôs principles that work when we apply it.
At times we may be lonely, it may seem that our prayers toward heaven bounce off and back to earth. As we seek light we may only see darkness. Fear may rule over joy, hope, love.We may believe what the world, critics, Satan himself whispers in our ear. We may try to distant ourselves by becoming busy, sleeping ‚Äď ignore it and the pain will go away. I know personally that even reading my bible as seemed empty at times. I know that it is not ‚Äď but it has felt that way.
For myself and I am relying on Jesus Himself to make intercession for me, falling on my knees in frustration ‚Äď not even understanding myself, my emotions at times.Isn‚Äôt it ironic that we can experience a truth, a real blessing, and then as time goes by not think of it when we are in true need of it. I know that God really does inhabit the praises of his people.
When it begins to feel like darkness is taking root in your heart, when doubt creeps in, when fear seems to be winning the battle we can choose to be thankful, to praise God for good and bad.Let a grateful heart take root within, sing God‚Äôs praises let thanksgiving sink in ‚Äď see His beauty in so many things: friendships, family, nature and I know that you will released to ‚Äėfeel‚Äô His presence.Blessings371d36d75e05eda735858f8e467be99c
This is serious, if we do not truly repent we are in peril of hardening our hearts. 2 Chronicles 36:
"Zedekiah became stiff-necked and hardened his heart and would not turn to the LORD... The God of Israel brought up against them the king of the Babylonians, who killed their young men with the sword in the sanctuary, and spared neither young man nor young woman, old man or aged. God handed all of them over to Nebuchadnezzar."
How sad that because of Zedekiah lack of repentance, God handed all Israel over to captivity...
I have been pondering the truth of 90 degree turning and 180 degree turning from our sin‚Ä¶‚Ä¶‚Ä¶‚Ä¶..
A 90 degree turn from sin is a start but it is not complete in that while we turn from sin ‚Äď what do we turn to? Ourselves, a self help book, others???
If we would truly repent then we need to turn completely in the opposite direction to God; loving and serving Him.
10 "For, He that would love life, And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips that they speak no guile: 11 And let him turn away from evil, and do good; Let him seek peace, and pursue it." 1 Peter 3:10-11
How many times have I turned from an evil deed or thought or even words about to be spoken out loud? I felt so badly ‚Äď because I was being 'bad'. Sadly it often ended there only to crop up again and again ‚Äď why could I not turn from it and leave it behind? Why? Because I do not have within myself apart from Jesus the power.
No partial turning enables us to escape temptation. We put our backs to the sin and walk away from it and walk toward Christ.
Did you know that repentance is a gift? For myself, I easily feel badly when I do something wrong but I'm not sure I always feel truly repentant. It does not always turn me toward Christ.
As we repent we begin to truly understand God. "Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict of sin, and when the Holy Spirit rouses a man's conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not his relationship with men that bothers him, but his relationship with God--against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight."
We prove we are forgiven by being the opposite of what we were, by God's grace. Anything less than this is only remorse for having made a mistake, a reflex action of disgust at ourselves. Where is God in this? Are we thinking of ourselves or of the only one we have wounded?
Perhaps the entrance into the Kingdom of God is lined with the pain of repentance.
The Holy Spirit works in us the birth of these agonies of the soul which begets repentance and life in Christ. New life in Christ begins with tears of repentance. Do we examine ourselves to see if we have forgotten how to be sorry for our sins before the throne of God through Christ Jesus?
"Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will." 2 Timothy 2:25-26
6 "Seek the LORD while he may be found; call on him while he is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the LORD, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon." Isaiah 55:6-7
To myself, I must not exalt myself or the will of man/woman. My purpose is to honor Christ the Lord, to magnify His grace and to allow His power to pour through me. In order to savor our relationship with Christ the one who truly loves us we must be free through repentance.
Ask God with me for the gift of His repentance so that we may be truly free to enjoy His joy and peace.
We are exhorted in Hebrews 12:1-2a to "lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of faith."The runner is disciplined. I do not know this first hand I have never been much of an athlete. But I do know it takes a daily discipline, practice and pre-set/thought out goals.So what do we need to turn from? What will we turn to and how will we fill the void the sin leaves when we repent? So our goal is this: To set our hearts and mind on Jesus, to practice repentance ‚Äď receive it as if it is a gift, turn from the sinful habit and turn toward Him‚Ä¶‚Ä¶‚Ä¶‚Ä¶‚Ä¶.In Christ we will enjoy each new day closer to Him/Heaven and victory. 371d36d75e05eda735858f8e467be99c