Some people say that I am too hard on myself. But it is only me and God who really know who I am, what I’m thinking, what sin is in my life, and what I am or am not doing about it. I believe I need to be my greatest critic, with God’s help. Not condemnation, but coming to God daily and keeping myself pure. God cannot look upon sin.
Instead of continuing on a course that excludes God, and walking toward destruction, I need to recognize who God is and ask Him for His forgiveness for my sins.
To repent means to be reformed, actually turning around and going in a new direction.
Back in the garden of Eden original sin marred man’s relationship with God. Sin entered man’s soul and he was now too unclean to commune with God.
All the outrageous ceremonies that the Hebrews went through to atone for their sins in the natural, were all they could do, because they had no saviour to stand in the gap between them and God. That’s why God formulated a plan to send His only Son to stand in that gap for us. It needed to be someone who was free from sin, and because of that could outstrip the devil at his own game.
Because of what Jesus did for me, I respond with recognition of this great act of love and repent for my sins that He died for, and accept and receive the Lord Jesus, once again into my life.
In his book, The World Aflame, Rick Joyner says that “All sin must be confessed to God and we must repent. The church has to be cleansed. Have I forgiven everybody? Unforgiveness separates us from God. We must obey the Holy Spirit.”
And not just one time, but as a Christian, a way of life.
So, repentance is, to recognise that I am born with sin (inherent from Adam and Eve) and therefore a sinner. I admit to my sins and ask God’s forgiveness.
And really, it’s this daily act of contrition that carries me much more easily through my life and my walk with God.
Sitting in my hospital bed holding my new-born son, I counted his fingers and then I counted his toes, and suddenly I had a revelation of the One True God, and that only a loving and amazingly creative God could have given me in all my weakness and frailty such a beautiful thing. It was a defining moment in my life.
You see, I had been raised in a mainstream church and was taught about God, but never learned how to make Him real in my life. So I turned my back on church and even God. There was a few years then, that I did not acknowledge Him at all, even doubting whether He did exist.
That moment holding my first-born changed my life.
God’s love for us is so great that He gave us His only Son as a sacrifice for our sins. Imagine willingly giving your only son to a bunch of bitter hateful murderers to nail to a cross, and not only that, but willingly load him with every sin ever conceived and every disease ever suffered.
All for the sake of you and me and even those that crucified Him.
It’s inconceivable to us, what God did for us, and that Jesus was willing to do it. He went to that death willingly, not dragged, but walked right up to that cross and spread His arms out, for you and for me.
I have learnt that if I am searching for truth in my life God will reveal it to me. He has brought me a long way, but I still have a long way to go. I want to encourage you today, to not give up on God.
He has worked wonders in my life since that day and I am so very thankful for the mercy and grace He has shown to me.
Even if you have been saved for decades, take time this week to sit with God and get a fresh revelation about the sacrifice Jesus made for you.
If you do not know Jesus yet as your personal Saviour, there is a link at the top of this page that will take you to the place where you may like to pray to receive Jesus into your heart.
Welcome to our walk together with God !
John 3:16 ~ “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, so that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
Romans 5:8 ~ “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.”
Romans 8:35-39 ~ “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
Just as it is written, ‘For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; we were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.’
But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us.
For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,
nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Ephesians 2:4-7 ~ “But God being rich in mercy, because of His great love by which He loved us,
even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved),
and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places, in Christ Jesus,
in order that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
1 John 3:1,16 ~ “See how great a love the Father has bestowed upon us, that we should be called children of God; and such we are.
“We know love by this, that He laid down His life for us; and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.”
1 John 4:7-9 ~ “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.
The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only Son into the world so that we might live through Him.”
How significant is this ~
This Easter, Passover begins on Good Friday!
That the Old Testament is about the History of a Nation ~ The New Testament is about a Man.
God knew that after Adam and Eve’s fall from grace He had to prepare a plan for our redemption. After the fall, over time, man became idolaters and evil. God went in search of a people that had not totally turned away from Him and made them His Chosen People.
The Old Testament is the story of that Nation being formed, for one purpose only, and that is so that God’s Son could be born into the world, His heritage that of His Father’s (God) chosen people. Everything that happens in the Old Testament leads to JESUS. He is the Lord our God, Messiah, King of kings, Lord of lords, Saviour, Redeemer, Lamb of God, the Anointed One.
He made it possible for us to live eternally in glory with Him and His Father in Heaven. He took our sins and our sicknesses upon Himself at Calvary and tricked Satan into thinking that he had defeated God.
But Jesus was without sin. He had to be spotless just as the sacrificial lambs at the Passover, and therefore the devil could not hold Him down in hell and Jesus rose triumphantly from the dead.
The most important event in the entire Bible, is that Jesus rose from the dead.
Without this amazing, historical and TRUE event the whole Bible is worthless.
All we need to do now is believe that God has forgiven us our original sin (in the garden of Eden, which was inherent) by sending His Beloved Son to die the most humiliating and excruciating death for our Salvation.
He forgave us, so we repent, we forgive, and we ask Jesus to come and live once again in our hearts.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” John 3:16