TODAY'S WORD FOR Wednesday, September 04, 2019:
Deep sorrow; remorse; regret for a past sin, wrong doing or error.
He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy.
Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.
God exalted Him to His own right hand as Prince and Savior that He might give repentance and forgiveness of sin to Israel.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The dictionary defines repentance as deep sorrow or contrition for a past sin. It is true, repentance requires being sorry. However, true repentance requires more than just feeling sorry, it requires a complete turning away from sin and a determination not to return to or repeat our sinful act.
When we accepted Jesus as our Savior and became believers we needed to repent of our sins. God requires us to repent if we are to become one of His children.
True repentance requires change. Changing the direction of one's life from sin-centeredness and self-centeredness to God centeredness. If we are willing to renounce our sin filled way of life and turn to God, He will give us a new direction in life.
Take a moment now and evaluate your life. Is there something you need to repent of? How have you treated God? How about your spouse, children and family? What about at your workplace? Have you been honest and responsible? Have you honored God in all that you have done? Have you treated your neighbors and friends with respect?
We are all born sinners into this world and cannot have a right relationship with God and un-repented sin in our life at the same time. The only way we can have God in our life is to be willing to turn from sin and repent. Repentance opens the door to God's free gift of salvation given by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ.
True repentance is always coupled with faith. It is impossible to have saving faith and not to be repentant. Faith without repentance is the ultimate of hypocrisy and repentance without faith is futile. When you asked Jesus to come into your heart, by faith, you asked for forgiveness of your past sins. This was repentance. Repentance must come first.
Repentance is not merely sorrow for something done. It is not penance and it is not a reformation which is a change brought about by our own efforts for self-glorification. Repentance is an intellectual, emotional and spiritual change in one’s life. The prodigal son had first a change of mind, then a change of heart and then a change of will. That is when repentance came into his life.
We have many examples given us in the scriptures where repentance was preached. John the Baptist preached repentance. Jesus preached repentance. Peter and Paul preached repentance.
Repentance is so important to God that He commands "all men everywhere to repent"(Acts 17:30). Jesus said the lost were to repent. Paul said that the back sliders were to repent. In Revelation the local churches are told to repent. Jesus said in Luke 13:3: "But unless you repent you too will perish." There are severe consequences for those unwilling to repent.
The proof of repentance in your life is threefold: Turning from sin; turning to God and then seeking to do what the Lord leads you to do and live in obedience to His Word.
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 27:1.
Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring forth.
Speak to my heart today that I may repent from my sinful ways. Help me to make the necessary changes in my life that will show others that I have truly repented of my sins so that they will see that Christ has made a difference in my life. Help me to repent of those things that are in my life that come between me and You, my God. Give me leadership with my family to guide them so that together we may turn from sin and seek to live a God honoring life in all that we do.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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