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Thoughts for the Day!

The Power of Repentance:


“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us

may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or

bad.”

~ 2 Corinthians 5:10


The Hebrew word for repentance is to turn the other way. If you are walking this way,

which is the wrong way, you must turn 180 degrees and say, God I am here, tell me

what to do.


What is the true power of repentance? What Is the meaning of having a broken, contrite

spirit?


When we have true repentance, we become blessed with a transformation in our lives

that we may never have expected. But trust me no matter what our past has been like,

no matter the sins we’ve committed, or the things that are holding us back. The power

of our repentance washes it all away. In true repentance, God will bless our present

and change our future. Even myself not that long ago I was walking towards death.

Even though I was young, naive and immature I had no hope of having a good future. I

lived a life so full of sin that it was destroying me. My sins couldn’t be more displeasing

to God. Because the wages of sin is death, I was on the path to an early physical death

as well as eternal death.


“For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted.

but the sorrow of the world produces death.”

~ 2 Corinthians 7:10


But one day I had an encounter with Jesus. At Mission Bible Training Center, in Gaastra

MI, they preached about Jesus. I had known about Jesus throughout my childhood. But

something about this message really hit close to my heart, about the Cross of Christ.

After hearing this and self-reflecting, the first thing that happened in my new walk in

Christ was the repentance of my mistakes and sins. In my confession I began to feel

the arms of my heavenly father wrap around me, feeling his love of acceptance and

forgiveness as I became reborn again. Repentance changed the course of my life. It

brought me to my knees in surrender, renewing of my mind and spirit. Repentance

brought me a sense of peace, and inner joy that I had never experienced before. The

power of my repentance gave me a salvation I never knew could be possible. God

turned my life around all my hope is now in the name of JESUS. My breakthrough in my

repentance has given me restoration in my marriage, and family. God is using my life to

bless others and because of my repentance. Today I am serving God through his

training at the Mission in Gaastra. I know that God has plans for my life that I can only

try to imagine.


“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.”

~ Matthew 9:13


There are a few results that repentance produces:

Repentance produce deliverance. In the Bible we read about the people of Israel in the

Old Testament, although God sets them free multiple times, He continually chooses

them and blesses them repeatedly, but Israel always turns they’re backs and abandon

the Lord. They would turn to other gods because of that they suffered. They lived under

many years of oppression. But during these times of suffering, they would slowly

remember the God they abandoned. Then they would cry out to the Lord and repent of

their evil ways. You know what the amazing thing about this, that God would always

change their luck, He would free them and bless them once more. Israel’s repentance

would always produce deliverance from God. Repentance also produces physical

healing in Isaiah 38: 1-5. One of the kings of Israel, named Hezekiah received terrible

news through prophet Isaiah. Isaiah told the King that he needed to put his house in

order because he was going to die; stating that what he was about to happen to him he

was not going to recover. The King had just received a death report; however, Hezekiah

repents, cries out, and humbles himself in result God heals him and grants him another

15 years of life. See repentance produce healing. Next repentance transforms people,

in Acts 9 apostle Paul, started out as a persecutor of the Church of Christ, but one day

he had an encounter with the Lord Jesus, in his encounter he ended up having a deep

repentance and was transformed from a persecutor into a disciple of Jesus. As we can

see with apostle Paul repentance transform you into a great disciple of Jesus.

Repentance can change your future. Repentance will change the destiny of your life. In

my own personal experience repentance can save a marriage. If repentance can do all

that, then I guarantee that repentance will restore your relationships and produce the

healing and deliverance he promised. But most importantly repentance guarantees your

entry into the kingdom of Heaven!


“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and

seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and

will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

~ 2 Chronicles 7:14


Repentance will lead you to abandon your sin, addictions, and to stop speaking badly of

people. As I said earlier no matter what you have lived up to too this day, no matter what

your past has been like, no matter your sins, the lies that are holding you back, if you

truly repent, God will bless your present and change your future. God not only does this

through repentance but also through your broken, contrite spirit. When we sin and

desire forgiveness, with a broken heart and a contrite spirit it means that we are

experiencing “godly sorrow”, a sorrow that aches and yearns to feel at peace with our


heavenly father. As we repent to him and surrender all that we have and all that we are,

the Lord then will fill our hearts with peace.


A broken heart, and a contrite spirit means that we can start recognizing our sinfulness

and brokenness. When we recognize this, we can then become humble and teachable.

It means hitting rock bottom and then realizing that only God and following His way can

turn things around for us. Being crushed, bruised and broken is necessary for us to

become healed, forgiven and transformed. Once we have received the Lord’s

forgiveness for our sins, our broken heart will then serve as a divine shield against

temptation.


Start taking an assessment of yourself daily, minute by minute if you have too. Search

your heart for any wickedness. Yes, it seems like it’s repetitive and a lot but every day that

you walk with the Lord; you will begin to see what righteousness is and where you are

falling short. Don’t get discouraged by your weakness or faults in your walk with the

Lord. Instead remember that perseverance and your character is what God is building

us into. We as Christians know what it takes to make it, we also know the

consequences if we don’t. So, how is your relationship with the Lord? Are you talking to

God enough? Are you admitting your defeats? God did not come as the son of the most

high, to exalt people that had it all together. He came for those that were and are still

broken. Jesus is closest to the broken hearted. He understands your weaknesses; but

you must open yourselves through repentance and let him work through you. Trust me

I’m still figuring it out myself, but I have finally acknowledged that I’m ready to receive it.

I still get anxious sometimes. But it’s much easier just to cry out to him and say, ‘I need

your help’. Because Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is our help every day.


Are you experiencing brokenness in your own life? If so, I want to leave you with these

last encouraging words: The Lord is not distant. He is longing to draw nearer to you. To

experience his presence, get on your knees, close your eyes, and cry out to your

heavenly father. He’s listening, He is waiting for you to come running to him with your

broken heart and contrite spirit. With his arms wide open to receive and comfort you.

There is no other feeling, better than the comfort of your Heavenly Father’s arms

wrapped around you.


Lord Give us a New Heart Today!


The Lords Faithful Servant,

Tinisha B.

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