”but kept declaring both to those of Damascus first, and also at Jerusalem and then throughout all the region of Judea, and even to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to GOD, performing deeds appropriate to repentance.”
~Acts 26:20 (NASB)~
Repentance isn’t just “saying” what we need to “say” just to make us or the Church feel good….Repentance is the act of giving up what separates us from GOD, and not returning to these things again, but living for GOD and walking WITH GOD…Serving GOD AND HIS People to bring each other closer in a Love-Relationship WITH GOD…We have nothing to gain by trying to prove things to man, because it’s not man who saves us at the end…
GOD wants our hearts, not just our mere words which aren’t enough! GOD desires a Love-Relationship together with us…How can we say that we love GOD, but don’t obey HIM and continue to do things that GOD’S Holiness can’t stand to be around?! We have to learn to walk with GOD before we can run with HIM and enjoy the things and Promises that GOD has for us and in every area of our lives!
GOD knows that it’s not easy for us to just give up our sinful nature just like that and be Holier than Thou…We’re NOT GOD. But through our circumstances and our walk with HIM, GOD will help us to build our CHRISTlike Character to where it will become much easier and easier so that we now live a life essential to this new habit of denying our sinful ways, in exchange for GOD’S Ways….We have to let the conviction of the HOLY SPIRIT draw us closer to GOD each and every day that we die to self daily….From Glory to Glory in CHRIST JESUS….
LORD, thank YOU for having everything under control, including MY life and MY heart! Every day as I’m drawn nearer and closer to YOU, I find rest in YOUR Glory that my future in is in YOUR Hands, and more so, even my past…HOLY SPIRIT, give me a much deeper relationship with my HEAVENLY FATHER, and allow me to know YOU more LORD, and to Love YOU much deeper….Help me to never look back to the things that separates me from YOU ever again, but to grow stronger in YOU LORD! In the Matchless Name of JESUS CHRIST, OUR LORD and SAVIOR…AMEN AND AMEN!
P.S. LORD…And Thank YOU for BLESSING me with another year to serve YOU and YOUR Kingdom in CHRIST JESUS! AMEN! =)