Day 3 – Fasting and Prayer. Carrying your cross.
Topic: What is true Repentance?
Text: 2 Corinthians 5:17-21; Romans 8:12-17; Luke 3:7-14.
When God wants to have a relationship with us, there is an obstacle that stands on the way (sin) which puts God away from us.
Repentance is a step in the process of removing obstacles that is breaking our relationship with our Creator.
What is true Repentance? True repentance is in two folds: (a) Turning away from sin in repentance and (b) Turning unto Jesus in faith. It is not mere emotional feeling, it also involves heartfelt sorrow before God for our sins and prompt actions to change ones ways.
- True repentance involves death and resurrection, the old man in bondage of sin must die, and the new free man in Christ must live, you will not do the things you used to do, because the new man has taken over, you no longer live, but Christ lives in you and He takes control of everything concerning you – your attitude will change, the people around you must know that something new happened in your life, because you cannot hide it.
- Repentance is leaving the darkness for the light, we die to the power of
sin and are raised to victory over evil in Christ and this act is effected
by one Person – God’s Holy Spirit, we cannot help ourselves to die to
sin or raise ourselves to life without the Sovereign, gracious
intervention of our Creator.
True repentance makes us to put the old man back down – such repentance is godly sorrow that produces life, being sorrowful for offending God, not for getting caught (2Cor.7:9-10).
Signs of true repentance:
It begins by coming to our senses – Luke 15:17
Admit that I have sinned & acknowledge sin\transgression\iniquity\disobedience. It recognizes personal unworthiness.
There are five things that flow out of true repentance:
- Contrition, i.e. deep Godly sorrow and humiliation of heart due to sin
(2Cor.7:9-10) – through true heartfelt repentance receive a Boldness to
appear in front of God & man.
- Confession of sin (1Jh.1:9; Prov.28:13).
(4) Conversion (Acts 2:38).
(5) Confession of Jesus Christ before the World (Rom.10:9-10).
Benefits of True Repentance
Fear – a healthy fear we need to have in order not to offend God (The Hebrew verb yare can mean “to fear, to respect, to reverence” and the Hebrew noun yirah “usually refers to the fear of God and is viewed as a positive quality. This fear acknowledges God’s good intentions (Ex. 20:20). … This fear is produced by God’s Word (Ps. 119:38; Prov. 2:5) and makes a person receptive to wisdom and knowledge (Prov. 1:7; 9:10)”).
Transformation of the Spirit.
It bears fruit, it produces things on the inside that are reflected on the outside.
It produces Godly grief over sin (2Cor.7:9-10).
It gives you boldness to go before God.
You will be God’s instrument and you will inherit the Kingdom of God.
David had a true repentance when he sinned against God, he never went back to it again – This led him to write Palm 51. He was a man after God’s heart, because his repentance was a genuine one. How about you and I? – Can we be bold and say that our repentance is true, this is not about going to Church or having a position in the Church, it is about having a good relationship with your Maker. Remember that we cannot deceive God, He knows us from inside out. This is time for us to reflect on our ways and make amendments before it is too late, time is fast approaching.
Pray that He will give us a yearning to follow after Jesus in a life of true repentance.
Pray for the sick.
Pray for those that started a project, that God will help them to finish what they have started.
Pray for all the churches.