Repentance – to turn away

Repentance …  From what?!

Good and Evil exist.  They are at war.  The spoils of this battle: the eternal souls of people.

To repent is to turn from evil ways — in the heart.  If you can’t sense that you’re prone to evil, that you naturally enjoy doing wrong things, you need not read further.

Become convinced of the facts.

God exists.  He sent his son to redeem us from sin.  We are not worthy, we are filthy and dripping in sin but Jesus died for us so we can live.  We can’t earn this blessing.  He did it out of pure love.  His grace knows no bounds.  The only way to the Father is through the Son.  When we confess our sins before Him, and accept the gift of life He is sure to forgive us.

Definition: re·pent

  • v. re·pent·ed, re·pent·ing, re·pents
  • v.intr.

1. To feel remorse, contrition, or self-reproach for what one has done or failed to do; be contrite.

2. To feel such regret for past conduct as to change one’s mind regarding it: repented of intemperate behavior.

3. To make a change for the better as a result of remorse or contrition for one’s sins.

Relax, thank God and trust Him. This is only about your relationship with Him, privately.  No one else can forgive us.  No priest, prophet, evangelist or friend … only Jesus Christ can absolve us.  There can be no doubt that he has lead you here.  If you have an open mind and willing heart, you will remember these few minutes the rest of your life with unspeakable joy!

Be at peace. God loves you just as you are.  He made you, he will help you change.

“Meditate on these things; give yourself entirely to them, that your progress may be evident to all.” 1 Ti 4:15

How can we have the presence of mind to make a rational, authentic, permanent spiritual decision?  Simply: be at peace with God.  Let go of our self-serving nature and submit to Him.

Definition: med·i·tate 

1. To reflect on; contemplate.

2. To plan in the mind; intend:

Jesus, Lord Jesus come closer… thank you for hearing my prayer.  I wait in your presence … I clear my heart and mind and wait with you…  I open all of my heart, you see everything…  I seek your face…

Begin to first slow, then stop that confusing self-oriented internal dialogue.  Let go of worry and angst.  Especially try to forget bitterness, anger and resentments – if only for these minutes.  Rest these diversions and similar distractions on an assurance: Jesus will help you let go of these negative indulgences in your walk with Him.  Get in touch with your TRUE SELF, in complete isolation from this world.   Try to know who you are, right at this moment: realize, honestly recognize the ugly stuff.   Do you want to be different?   He sees you as you are, even things about you that you don’t yet know.

Dwelling on truth of our wickedness leads to a tiny sense of the enormity of Jesus’ Grace — we are unlovable by our own standards, but He loves us according to His standard.

Speak plainly with Jesus … take your time, as much as you need until you know that you are at the very center of your being.  Jesus is here with you, focus on Him.  His is that still small voice that lead you to these moments… be patient with him and especially with yourself.

Cares of the world put out of your mind?  Decide for Christ…

You do not have to recite the Sinners Prayer verbatim  — It’s far better if you have this talk with your new King in your own words — he loves you the way he made you, but you’ve gone astray.  You must be clay in the potter’s hand, he wants to remake your life.  You must understand the message contained in the Sinners Prayer and truly feel their meaning at that most private point in the center of your being: with your whole mind, body, spirit and very soul.  Linger with each thought, search your feelings. Leave no dark corners!

Complete surrender, or nothing.  Joyful point of no return…  And an important stop.  The second part of the process:  Push forward for Jesus.

And here’s the kicker, if you can’t go all the way, if you can’t let it all go?  Quietly close this page and peacefully go your way.  We believe that someday you’ll come back, or encounter Him when you’re ready, more clearly hearing His call.  Hopefully not from a deeper foxhole!  God bless you on your way!

If you choose to proceed, praise be to God above!   At first you will feel your heart break; true brokeness is always our place — because we have completely failed at righteous living by force of our own free will.  “No man comes to the Father but by the Son.”

Savor this time alone with Him.  It’s okay to be quiet, he won’t leave you hanging.  Listen!  He’s been waiting, since before the very beginning of time, for this moment with you.  Share it with Him, let His supreme serenity seep into your consciousness and bask in His love…  Let His spirit touch and then intermingle with yours… you are home.

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