Month: December 2017

Why Repent…? Learn To Obey.

“God is not a man that he should lie, neither the son of man that he should repent. Hath he said it, and shall he not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? (Numbers 23:19.) Therefore, when He speaks, obedience is the only expected response, and that–without question. But, this all begins with a relationship–with God.

Who is God, and why should we obey him? (Exodus 5:1-3, KJV). This is the same question, Pharaoh asked, when Moses requested–“Let My People Go.”

The king of Egypt, did not believe in the God Moses encountered at the “Burning Bush”–until he was convinced by ten plagues. It was only after Pharaoh’s first-born had died, he decided to let them go. Even then, his heart hardened in stubbornness and rebellion, so that he pursued the people in the crossing of the Red Sea, where all of his armies got drowned.

Like Pharaoh–In spite of all that God has said and done, we persist in stubbornness and rebellion, from one generation to another.

Our number one sin is not breaking God’s commandments–it’s our unbelief. Unbelief leads to doubt and fear–so we rebel.

Except we get rid of that evil heart of unbelief, we like the children of Israel– though free from Egyptian bondage, will circle life as a wilderness; in doubt and rebellion until—”like theirs our carcasses also fall.”

Out of an estimated three million souls that came out of Egypt, only Caleb and Joshua entered the promise land. If they did not enter because of unbelief, neither will we enter that rest God promised.
“Let us, therefore, labor to enter that rest, lest any man falls after the same example of unbelief…Let us come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in the time of need.” (Hebrews 4:11,16.)

We must grow up in Him, in all things. Why continue repenting when we can instead, learn to be obedient. When we’re obedient, there’s no need for repentance. We learn and grow. Even Jesus—”Though he were a son, yet learned he obedience by the things he suffered.” (Hebrews 5:8.)

In the garden at Gethsemane, Jesus prayed with such intensity that, his sweat was as drops of blood. He prayed–saying the same words not once, but three times, as he wrestled in agony… finally submitting–“Father if it is possible, let this cup pass from me, nevertheless not my will but thine be done.” (St. Matthew 26:36-46) Jesus surrendered himself to the will of the father as he, learned obedience. (Hebrews 5:8.)
If Jesus had to learn this life-altering principle, so to must we as the children of God. He encourages us… “Take my yoke upon you and learn of me.” St. Matthew 11:28.

The word disciple derived from the word discipline–which means to follow or to learn. Every believer is expected to learn and grow-up to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.
In (Hebrews 6:1), we’re admonished to leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ and go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works. In other words, when we’re obedient, there is no need for repentance.

The Hymn says: “Trust and obey for there’s no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey.” Jesus often encouraged… “Only believe.” Hence the Bible warns—”when the son of man cometh shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8).

Faith is simply–hearing God’s word and acting accordingly, even when it seems illogical or impossible. For with God—all things are possible. (Mark 10:27) Jesus said, to Mary and Martha “Didn’t I tell you, if you can believe, you can see the glory of God.” St. John 11:28.

He’s speaking right now—are you listening?

Disobedient by nature, we continuously fashion ourselves according to the course of this world. Living a life contrary to the word of God. Choosing rather–friendship with the world than a relationship with God.

Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him as righteousness, therefore he was called the friend of God.
Friendship requires trust, confidence, and above all obedience.

Unbelief, has and always will be the root of all rebellion and disobedience. Ever since the beginning of time mankind has always questioned the authority and authenticity of God’s word. Whatever and whenever, God say do—we don’t. When He says don’t—we do.

Therefore, the single most important lesson that looms throughout the entire Bible is “Obedience.”

By one man’s disobedience, all were made sinners.” Likewise, by the obedience of one many are made righteous.
It’s already done, Jesus paid the redemptive price for sin. “We is free.” By a single act of repentance, we can all begin a new life of obedience to God.

It’s foolish to continue suffering in sin, knowing the consequences; when it’s so easy to learn to obey.

Let us Pray:  Heavenly Father– I come to you, just as I am. I confess–I have sinned against you in so many ways…I’m sorry for all that I’ve done to offend you and others. Father help me to learn obedience.  I ask for your mercies because of Jesus…Amen.

The Past.

We must learn from our past. Why make the same mistakes repeatedly?
“That men do not learn from the lessons of history are the most important lesson of history.” (Aldous Huxley).
Winston Churchill said, “Forgetting our history we are doomed to repeat it.”
Too many are trapped in and by their past—living in the prisons of what was.
But, you can break free. Jesus came to set the captive free.
Forgiveness is the master key which unlocks the gates of our past and opens a highway to the future.
Jesus taught his disciples to pray—saying “Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us…. For if we do not forgive others neither will our heavenly father forgive us.” Matthew 6:14,15. Everyone wants forgiveness, but so few will forgive.
We must learn to forgive and be forgiven.
That uneasy, feeling you’ve been wrestling with—it’s called guilt. It’s sometimes referred to as your conscience and it will not rest until you confess. To procrastinate only delays the inevitable.
It’s not possible, to rewind the clock and undo what’s done. Whatever happened—”If we confess our sins,” “He is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
Repentance often involves restitution, therefore by all means restore. Accept the consequences of your actions. If you did the crime and you must “do time,” God will sustain you with his grace.
Whatever it takes—put the past behind you. Never let your past, suffocate your present and hinder you from a bright and successful future.
No! It’s never too late to begin again. I encourage you to get up, wash up, dress up, pull your pants up and stand up and step out. Take a deep breath and smile again. “Take those broken wings and learn to fly again.”
Make changes where you must, but by the grace of God—go—grow and glow.
Don’t look back… remember Lot’s wife—she turned into a pillar of salt. You cannot go forward while looking back. “That was then, this is now.”
Have you ever considered the reason the rear-view mirror in your car is only a fraction of the size of the windshield? It’s because there is so much more ahead than what’s behind. An occasional glance in the mirror is only to remind you, of how far you have traveled. So keep moving, don’t stop.
Yesterday is past, and we may never see tomorrow. All we will ever have is now. Today. “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.