10th March 2019 - Repentance
We know that when we repent, confess out sins and accept the forgiveness of God, given through the death of Jesus Christ on the cross, we are made righteous and our sin is no longer held against us. The Bible says He has removed our sins as far from us as the East is from the West (Psalm 103:11-12). Repentance is such a powerful and critical aspect of the life of a disciple of Christ. Because our sinful nature and the enemy knows and is diametrically opposed to this, they make it as difficult as possible to do. It requires a tremendous amount of humility and when performed, it bruises and hurts our ego, which is simply the evidence of pride in our hearts.
There is very little that can do more damage to our flesh/sinful nature and the work of the devil in our lives than repentance. Besides salvation and all that contains, repentance brings freedom and blessing to our lives. The Bible is replete with examples of a broken and dead life that comes alive and receives a new lease once the character repents and pours out their wrongdoing to God and to others. This discussion is not about the salvation which comes through the repentance of sins (which is closely linked). Rather it's how the Bible teaches us to have an attitude of repentance because when we do, our life becomes transformed not only inside our souls through the work being done through the power of the Holy Spirit but also in our daily physical lives through the peace and restoration that enters into our relationships with the world and those around us. Because this is the way God designed the world to work.
Like any difficult task, it is to be accomplished with the help of the manifest presence of God, through His Son Jesus who comes in the form of the Holy Spirit when believers gather together in His name.
Proverbs 28:13 - Those who conceal their sins do not prosper, but those who confess and renounce them find mercy.
1 John 1:8 - If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Ephesians 5:11; 13 - Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them... But everything exposed by the light becomes visible - and everything that is illuminated becomes a light.
Psalm 32:1-2 - Blessed are those whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sins are covered. Blessed are those whose sin the Lord does not count against them and in whose spirit there is no deceit.