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Repent ye therefore, and be converted that your sins may be blotted out when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. (Acts 3:19)
Did you know the word repentance is mentioned some 147 times in the Bible? So, one would have to think about how important repentance must be. Especially to our Father and His Son. In this post, we will try to break this scripture down for a better understanding.
The word repent is taken from the Hebrew word Shuv which means to turn or to return. Teshuvah is the act of returning, what are we to return to? We must return to our first love. (Revelation 2:4) Many of us, when we first came to Christ were on fire and sought Him with all that we had…Through study, prayer, fasting, and praise. But somehow or another, some of us got sidetracked by life’s many challenges.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (II Chronicles 7:14 NKJV)
This was the first and great cry of John the Baptist: “Repent ye for the kingdom of God is at hand.” (Matt. 3:2 NKJV) And again, Jesus reiterated these words twice in Luke 13: 3 and 5; “ I tell you, Nay, but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish”.
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 Peter 3:9 NKJV)
We have to have a change of not only heart but also mind. Unless your mind is set on the purpose of change your heart cannot follow. This is why Jesus told Nicodemus “Most assuredly, I say to you unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 NKJV)
Jesus said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. (Matthew 18:3 NKJV)
We must have a change of heart and mind to think like a child. Children are innocent, their minds are not tainted with the evils of this world. In infancy, if you place a crawling baby on a table it will keep crawling, and not knowing, to its detriment, will fall off the edge if not caught by the parent. In other words, fearless, not knowing fear, hurt, harm, sin, or any sinful thing. Totally dependent on their parents for everything from food to shelter and all things in between. And that’s the way we must come to God with that mindset which, in essence, will change our hearts.
Sins May Be Blotted Out
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9 NKJV)
I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee. (Isaiah 44:22 NKJV)
That’s the one thing I really appreciated about David. He might mess up, but he knew how to get before God in confession. (Psalm 51 NKJV) It is the hidden sins in our lives, the small foxes that spoil the vine. If God is the husbandman and we are the vines, we do not have the luxury of being separated from Him. And without confessing our sins they are ever before us, blocking the blessings of God.
May the Blessings of the LORD be with you today and always. Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until next week for the conclusion….Blessings and Peace!
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