Repentance

Then he began to denounce the cities in which most of his mighty works had been done, because they didn't repent. 'Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.' Matthew 11:20 WEB

When John the Baptist came to prepare the way for Jesus, he preached a message of repentance. When Jesus came, He healed the sick, raised the dead, sought out the lost, and preached repentance. Repentance means changing your ways, a change in your heart and mind, a change in your actions. It involves turning away from sin and turning towards God. It is changing our lives to line up with God's plan, for God is not on our team, we are to be on His.

When Peter began to preach after the Holy Spirit descended on them in the upper room, the people asked what they needed to do: 'Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, 'Brothers, what shall we do?' Peter said to them, 'Repent, and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit' (Acts 2:37'38).

In the book of Revelation, Jesus said: 'As many as I love, I reprove and chasten. Be zealous therefore, and repent' (Revelation 3:19). That is what the cross brings, a crossroads in our lives. Jesus said to all: 'If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me' (Luke 9:23).

Repentance involves saying: "I am sorry for that.' Though it is not a popular subject today, it is the number one way to take a load off of your shoulders, make things right with God, and bring a spiritual revival to your life. If you want to see a breakthrough, start with repentance. Simple, but yet difficult because our very nature wants to hide our mistakes, just as Adam, just as the Pharisees. Jesus told them:

'Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people's bones and all uncleanness' (Matthew 23:27).

When you mess up, be quick to tell the Lord you are sorry and try to do better next time. Forgiveness is there when we ask for it, but keep a short list. In doing so you completely disable the enemy's plan to use your mistake against you. Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand.

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank You for all that You do for me. Please forgive me of the things that I have done and said wrong, wash me and I will be clean. Deliver me and I will be free. Teach me, and I will understand better. I want more of You in my life Lord, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

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