By Peter Rahme
The Bible says: “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
According to the Scriptures, repentance is foundational to a
new life in Christ as well as fundamental to a victorious Christian
1.Repent and Believe!
Our (AMP) text says: ““So repent – change your old way of thinking, and return to God—seek His purpose for your life, so that your sins may be blotted out – wiped away, completely erased”.
Jesus did it ALL. He did it ALL for you and me when He died for our sins and rose from the dead. The good news is that ALL God NOW requires from ALL of us is “to repent and believe the Gospel”. (Mark 1:15) That’s it!! Also, He is not willing that ANY should perish but that ALL should come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:9)
If you haven’t as yet trusted the Lord Jesus Christ as your Saviour and Lord, or you’re not sure of heaven as your soul’s eternal destiny, God invites you today to repent of sin, receive His Son and resolve this eternal issue once and for all. The grace of God will pick you up from Adam’s highway to hell and will place you on Christ’s freeway to heaven when you repent and believe the Gospel. No wonder we call it AMAZING.
You can never be GOOD ENOUGH nor will you ever be PERFECT ENOUGH to score a place and/or secure a position in heaven. but you can be WISE ENOUGH to respond to the Saviour’s great invitation and HUMBLE ENOUGH to receive His gift of salvation. You do that by entrusting your eternal precious soul, in simple childlike faith, to THE GOD OF ALL GRACE –THE LORD JESUS CHRIST who paid for your sins in full, provided your salvation for free, and promised you security forever.
Your decision here and now on earth will determine your destiny there and then in Eternity.
2. Repent and Be Restored
Our (AMP) text also says: “So repent – change your old way of thinking, and return to God—seek His purpose for your life, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lordrestoring you like a cool wind on a hot day.”
Whatever troubling issue you’re struggling with in your Christian life, you can only move forward in victory if you
acknowledge your role and accept your responsibility. However, if you keep on justifying your actions, excusing your behavior, defending your position and/or arguing your way out of ownership, you will not arrive to the point where you’ll experience victory.
The victory journey starts with repentance.
Repentance is to acknowledge your role and accept your responsibility. One of the main reasons you want to acknowledge you’re doing BADly in some areas of your life (spiritual/emotional/ financial/physical/relational/etc..,) is not to beat yourself up and think you’re a BAD person and /or feel BAD about what you’re doing, rather it’s to identify and rectify the things that BADly need fixing.
Repentance is not putting sinful behaviour on hold for a while, but putting it away for good. The fruit of repentance is to address sincerely your issue/s and put an action plan in place. Those who do it will change their behavior. For example:
1. They’ll stop having that horrible sense of entitlement and start being grateful for all the things they’re offered and given.
2. They’ll stop expecting everybody else to do things for them, and start doing things for themselves and for others.
3. They’ll stop complaining about what they don’t have or should’ve had, and start appreciating the sacrifices made
so they can have what they actually do have.
4. They’ll stop making excuses for their inappropriate behaviour, and start taking responsibility for their personal choices.
5. They’ll stop blaming others and the past for their failures and start learning how to function successfully in the
6. They’ll stop dishing out empty hollow promises, and start following through with their sincere intentions.
7. They’ll stop taking the high road of pride and selfishness, and start taking the one less traveled of humility and service.
In Closing, just as pride goes before a fall, brokenness leads to blessedness. “Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy,to the only wise God our Savior be glory and majesty, dominion and power, now and ever. Amen.” (Jude 1:24-25)
With the Love of Christ
Pastor – Inner West Baptist Church