March 9, 2015

The Big 180: Fruits of Repentance

Luke 3:7-14 NLT
 When the crowds came to John for baptism, he said, ...Who warned you to flee God’s coming wrath? Prove by the way you live that you have repented of your sins and turned to God. Don’t just say to each other, ‘We’re safe, for we are descendants of Abraham.’ That means nothing, for I tell you, God can create children of Abraham from these very stones....
10 The crowds asked, “What should we do?”
11 John replied, “If you have two shirts, give one to the poor. If you have food, share it with those who are hungry.”
12 Even corrupt tax collectors came to be baptized and asked, “Teacher, what should we do?”
13 He replied, “Collect no more taxes than the government requires.”
14 “What should we do?” asked some soldiers.
John replied, “Don’t extort money or make false accusations. And be content with your pay.”

True repentance is more than a inside-the-heart feeling. It's an action of turning away from old ways of the flesh. It is the act of  recognizing the error of ones ways and making a conscious decision to do what is pleasing in the sight of God.
Repentance is ongoing in the life of a believer and follower of Christ. Of course one's first act of repentance after believing in the gospel is coupled with  the washing away of all past sin and it's curse through water baptism in His name ( Acts 19:3,5). This is galvanized by submission to the Spirit of God, resulting in being filled with the Holy Ghost- the power to enable your new walk.
As you grow in Grace and in knowledge of Christ, repentance will be a daily  part of spiritual living. 

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Psalm 34:18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

Psalm 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

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