Is Your Repentance Real?

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Repentance, not repentence!

Hey TD,
Do you realize that being a well-liked and respected good church girl/guy could possibly be what is holding you back from true repentance, and therefore true relationship and power in Christ?  It’s true.  Lots of long-time “Christians” have never truly repented.
I highly encourage you to read this devotional by Oswald Chambers, from My Utmost For His Highest on true repentance.
Repentance by Oswald Chambers

Conviction of sin is best described in the words:

My sins, my sins, my Savior,
How sad on Thee they fall.

Conviction of sin is one of the most uncommon things that ever happens to a person. It is the beginning of an understanding of God. Jesus Christ said that when the Holy Spirit came He would convict people of sin (see John 16:8). And when the Holy Spirit stirs a person’s conscience and brings him into the presence of God, it is not that person’s relationship with others that bothers him but his relationship with God— “Against You, You only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight…” (Psalm 51:4). The wonders of conviction of sin, forgiveness, and holiness are so interwoven that it is only the forgiven person who is truly holy. He proves he is forgiven by being the opposite of what he was previously, by the grace of God. Repentance always brings a person to the point of saying, “I have sinned.” The surest sign that God is at work in his life is when he says that and means it. Anything less is simply sorrow for having made foolish mistakes— a reflex action caused by self-disgust.

The entrance into the kingdom of God is through the sharp, sudden pains of repentance colliding with man’s respectable “goodness.” Then the Holy Spirit, who produces these struggles, begins the formation of the Son of God in the person’s life (see Galatians 4:19). This new life will reveal itself in conscious repentance followed by unconscious holiness, never the other way around. The foundation of Christianity is repentance. Strictly speaking, a person cannot repent when he chooses— repentance is a gift of God. The old Puritans used to pray for “the gift of tears.” If you ever cease to understand the value of repentance, you allow yourself to remain in sin. Examine yourself to see if you have forgotten how to be truly repentant.

WISDOM FROM OSWALD CHAMBERS

There is nothing, naturally speaking, that makes us lose heart quicker than decay—the decay of bodily beauty, of natural life, of friendship, of associations, all these things make a man lose heart; but Paul says when we are trusting in Jesus Christ these things do not find us discouraged, light comes through them.
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What Does a Repentant Life Look Like?

Hey TD,

In our last post, we asked you whether you have really repented from your sin.  If you haven’t, that means you are still walking away from Christ and walking deeper and deeper into the canyons of lostness.   You need to be reconciled to the God of the universe .

If you have repented and God has made that turn around in your life, and if you’re wondering what a repentant life looks like, watch the video above from Rosario Butterfield, who shares about her conversion story honestly from being a former active lesbian to surrendering to Christ and His love.  It’s quite a riveting story and a testament to the power of God to change lives.

Enjoy this and let it encourage your soul! – Arthur.

TD This Friday – “A Change of Mind”

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Hello TD!

This Friday, we continue our back-to-the-basics theme of “Christ For Real.”  We will continue to learn what we thought we knew (but are realizing we really don’t) in a clear, detailed, in-depth way.  This week, I will teach on “A Change of Mind,” (aka “repentance), what it really means, why it is essential, and how to live it out.  I hope you can make it.!

– Arthur