Posts Tagged ‘repentance’

  

“O God, you know how foolish I am; my sins cannot be hidden from you.” (Psalms‬ ‭69:5‬ ‭NLT‬‬)

On April 19, 1995, a truck packed with a powerful fertilizer bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people, including 18 children. Ironically, the bomber, Timothy McVeigh, was arrested about 90 minutes later for driving without a license and illegally carrying a concealed weapon. No one knew his real crime!

Days later, as McVeigh was about to have his hearing and make bail, something unforeseen saved the day. The judge’s son missed his school bus, causing the judge to delay the hearing in order to take the child to school. In that short window, the FBI found out McVeigh was still at the courthouse and asked the police to detain him! How close is that?!

While knowledge of our sins may be withheld from others, God still sees. Don’t cover it up anymore! Take it to God for forgiveness and deliverance! Otherwise, it will come out! You are loved today!

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“Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” (Psalm‬ ‭33‬:‭12‬ NIV)

As I sit on a field trip school bus at my local county court house, I’m watching our local kids learn more about our great Constitution as today is National Law Day. Law Day is a special day aimed to help people appreciate their liberties and to affirm their loyalty to the United States, especially with regard to equality and justice. It also aims to cultivate respect for the law, which is vital to the democratic way of life.

Next Thursday, May 7th, happens to be the National Day Of Prayer for America. At noon, millions of believers across our nation will be meeting at their local court house as well, to pray for America and show their appreciation for the Almighty God that gave us our law as well as our national blessings. But it’s also a time of national repentance, that the blessings of God might continue here for generations to come. 

As you go through your day today, take time to pray for your nation. Give God your appreciation for all He has blessed us with, then pray for the continued divine favor to keep falling upon our lands. A nation will be blessed as they bless the Creator of the nation! We are loved today! 



Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord.” (Acts‬ ‭3‬:‭19‬ NKJV)

In December 1977, Paul Harvey shared a story about Harry Bane of Lake Oswego, Oregon. Harry apparently desired to be in better health, so at a suggestion, Harry took up jogging. He tried it, but not long after he quit. What would detour Harry off his path to better health? He said the wind kept putting out his cigarette. Truth is sometimes stranger than fiction…

When we recognize the need for better spiritual health and then come to God, we cannot pick & choose what we will embrace and what we won’t, specifically dealing with our sins. All sin has got to go. We cannot think that God is appeased by our efforts to get rid of one bad habit or sin. All sin must be crucified! Our repentance is not for a certain issue or temporary moment, but has to develop into a lifestyle: “Repent…and be converted…”

Only God can help us die to sin’s temptation daily. John Owen reminds us, “It is man’s duty to kill sin, but not in his own way. The Spirit alone kills sin in believers. He has promised to do it, and all other means without Him are empty and vain.” Be willing to let all sin go, then let God do it. Complete surrender leads to complete freedom! You are loved today! 

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For only when you come to judge the earth will people learn what is right.” (Isaiah‬ ‭26‬:‭9‬ NLT)

In 1998, Oscar was a “drug mule”, carrying heroin in his stomach from Columbia to Miami. He was arrested at the airport and sentenced to 100 years for his crime. But while in jail, Oscar’s life was changed by God’s grace and a little Gideon’s Bible. Today, Oscar and his wife minister to others, delivering the same hope of forgiveness.

We are accustomed as Christians to hate judgment, simply to fail in the realization that mercy only comes through judgment. The sins in our life, even our hidden ones, must be exposed to God’s face before they can be taken away. Only through conviction and repentance does mercy come. Otherwise, we could commit whatever sins we wanted and still expect a place at the Lord’s table, leaving Jesus’ death as a vain and meaningless act.

Never shy away from God’s judgment; if He loves us, then He must correct us. Instead, learn to thank Him for correction, for then does true mercy and love come! Then go live a more free and uncompromising life! You are loved today!

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Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God.” (Luke‬ ‭3‬:‭8‬ NLT)

Steven Spielberg is argumentatively one of the best movie makers to ever hit Hollywood. But to experience his early works might make you wonder how. Even he admits that a lot of his early projects were bad, calling one production as boring “as a piece of drift wood ” or “a Pepsi commercial”! Yet, he proved himself capable by staying at it, improving his craft, and letting his imaginative collaborations display his greater caliber of work.

The mark of a truly godly person is their authentically changed life. We can say whatever we want people to believe, but it’s our actions that will actually proclaim the verdict. It doesn’t mean that we won’t make mistakes or commit sins, but that we react with humility, repentance, and graciousness. What is seen is truer than what is said.

While Spielberg is no longer judged by his lesser works, neither should we. Allow the world to see your greater genuine works as you live for Christ in front of them! You are His best work of grace!

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But then I will win her back once again. I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her there.” (Hosea‬ ‭2‬:‭14‬ NLT)

There is a commonly-held belief that shepherds in Biblical times would break the legs of lambs that constantly wandered away. According to the “story”, the shepherd would then set the broken leg and carry the lamb on his shoulders until the leg healed, after which time the lamb would remain by the shepherd’s side for the rest of its life. While there is no way to know for certain what Biblical shepherds did, we do understand its perceived meaning: God longs to help us overcome our own waywardness.

In this text, the Lord is speaking of disciplining Israel, to help her stop running away from Him and doing wrong. It never speaks of forcing change; it must come from a willing heart. What He DOES do is use our own bad decisions as a way of correcting us, not breaking our leg, and appealing to our heart with His own love and graciousness. He desires to win our affection and obedience, not enforcing submission.

God doesn’t have to break my leg when I tend to shoot myself in the foot on a regular basis! But He takes these moments to draw us aside, especially in our times of crisis, to reveal His love and a better way. Choose to be loved and not hard-headed today!

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Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” (2 Chronicles‬ ‭7‬:‭14‬ NLT)

At the dawn of the 20th century, General William Booth of the Salvation Army prophesied that the Church would experience the following points of departure if revival did not occur:
– Christianity without Christ
– Forgiveness without repentance
– Salvation without regeneration
– Religion without the Holy Spirit
– Politics without God
– Heaven without Hell

Time has unfortunately proven General Booth to be correct. And yet, in spite of the spiritual losses, the Bible tells us in this scripture how to get things revived to right places:
* Pray without ceasing!
* Practice holiness in our living!
* Love one another!
* Be diligent in reaching out!
* Be generous in our giving!
* Experience the power of the Holy Spirit!

While doing right by God may never be popular, neither will popularity make us right with God! Choose to live on God’s terms, knowing that His outcomes will be better than your own! You are loved today! Experience revival in your life!