repentance – to turn around and go in the opposite direction. To be sorry for the actions. Though it includes sorrow and regret, it is more than that. It is a call to conversion from self-love, self-trust, and self-assertion to obedient trust and self-commitment to God. It is a change of mind that involves a conscious turning away from wrong actions, attitudes and thoughts that conflict with a Godly lifestyle and biblical commands, and an intentional turning toward doing that which the Bible says pleases God. In repenting, one makes a complete change of direction (180° turn) toward God.
Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.
For thus says the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel: “In returning and rest you shall be saved; In quietness and confidence shall be your strength.” But you would not,
O Israel, return to the LORD your God, For you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
“But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice.’ For I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance.”
“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones.
I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.
Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?
2 Corinthians 7:10
For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward Go.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
2 Timothy 2:24-25
And a servant of the Lord must not quarrel but be gentle to all, able to teach, patient, in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth.
When I looked higher than what I feel.
Judged judged from high to low from near and far; only One removes life’s deepest scars
Trust broken, heart trampled, souls opportunities remain constant.
Just another battle on earths unkind war.
Sissing…Dissing…all vapors wrapped in lace; peel back another layer and truth shines in hypocritical grace.
The constant weaning out of life’s purest jewels; it’s difficult and figidy. Often times fools gold… I tripped again. Fell for it all.
There is one in the Midst that is a constant treasure; simple words, clear track, constant pleasure.
He’s the One from the backside of a Barn; across the track; nothing to wear but the words from his heart.
He’s genuine; no masking, no filtering, all truth much grace. Under Him, no weight no care, with Him, no fear no questions; following Him all gets clear in the midst of Earths war and strain.
It’s settled. Why think what’s here would ever fulfill what He only has declared clean. He Himself said, He gave himself to no man for He knew what was in them.
His approach was to what’s Higher; what’s greater, superior, to all earth. For the dust speaks; for the dust settles. All that remains is Him. Therefore He alone matters.
(Matthew 6:19-29 Message)
19 “Don’t hoard treasure down here where it gets eaten by moths and corroded by rust or––worse! ––stolen by burglars. 20 Stockpile treasure in heaven, where it’s safe from moth and rust and burglars. 21 It’s obvious, isn’t it? The place where your treasure is, is the place you will most want to be, and end up being.
22″ Your eyes are windows into your body. If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. 23 If you live squinty–eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar. If you pull the blinds on your windows, what a dark life you will have!
Your body responds to vision. When your vision…your treasure…your perspective has eternity attached to it, immediately your whole body responds in such a way that it becomes alive!
Ask yourself: “Hows your body feeling? Does your body reflect light or darkness? Quit trying to dig deeper into this than it is. Ask this question and answer it…without trying to over spiritualize. Does your body reflect light? (joy, peace, life, love…) Does your body reflect darkness? (depression, questions, confusion, downward pull…)
Weigh yourself! Let it fall where it falls but respond with action. What are you going to do if you realize theres more darkness there and you are being consumed with it? What if there is light and life currently?
Here is a good follow up question: If you find yourself in darkness, it is a result of your vision.
How do you see yourself? How does God see you? What are you feeding on? Has you perspective become tainted because of offense and judgement? Why worry so much about what others are doing or have done rather than ask yourself what are you doing? How will you change? Will I allow the comments of others dictate my future? The report of the doctors? The challenges of life?
RISE UP – tell your eyes what to get fixed on! “Eye, let me tell you what you are going to see today. I see myself free from condemnation; free from judging others, free from the pain of the past and comments of those closest to me. I see them free from my grip and unforgiveness. I have too much to live for and eternity is at stake! My children need to see me with vision, purpose, an attitude of gratitude and overcoming whatever comes our way.
Continue to speak to yourself and make the adjustment NOW…TODAY…THIS MOMENT. There is no penance to pay…just REPENTANCE from our ridiculous selfish stronghold we have chosen to hold on to.
RESULTS: your body will begin to respond to this vision. I even believe that physical symptoms that were there we begin to loosen themselves from your life….ailments…depression…downcast…anxiety…pain.
HE IS GREATER THAN YOUR BIGGEST SETBACK!
Woke up the other morning and this word came up in mJy spirit: GREATER
Whatever you face and whereever this may land in your life today, can I just tell you that Our God has done some great things. He did them for you personally. Dont think for one minute that He did all this for you to just barely make it by and suffer through this life from one miserable moment to the next. His grace is greater than your pain; His kingdom is greater than all others; His power is Greater than the grave; and His love is Greater than your shame. Nothing you can do will ever cause Him to leave you alone feeling abandoned and condemned here on this earth! I do know that Greater than my sin and greater than the grave and above all other thrones and names that have carried you to this lowly place…OUR GOD IS GREATER….period.
Look Up…Get Up…Crawl Up…Get Over It…Forget about Him/Her…This part of your life may have been hell up to now but TODAY you have another chapter…actually close this book and begin writing a new one with Him at the center of your affection and I promise that He will get you to a place where you will look back and say…”What was I thinking?” He was there all along and I was only ONE STEP AWAY from a GREATER LIFE!
I KNOW MY GOD IS GREATER THAN YOUR YESTERDAY AND HE DID NOT DIE ON THIS CROSS TO KEEP YOU IN A PLACE OF PITY, POVERTY, AND PUSHED OVER.
Read the text below and BELIEVE IT! He is HIGHER, STRONGER, LOVELIER, GREATER, GREATER, GREATER, GREATER, INFINITELY ABOVE YOUR TODAY!
4 Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world (1 John 4:4 ESV)
29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand
(John 10:29 ESV)
50 Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these (John 1:50 ESV)
20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel
(John 5:20 ESV)
6 I tell you, something greater than the temple is here
(Matthew 12:6 ESV)
peace be to you.