Archive for January, 2014

Do You Understand Repentance?

Posted: January 28, 2014 in Uncategorized

John Calvin wrote that repentance “may be justly defined to be a true conversion of our life to God, proceeding from a serious fear of God, and consisting in the mortification of the flesh and of the old man, and in the vivification of the Spirit.”

In the Solid Joys  Daily Devotional by John Piper (for January 28) we see this, “A vague, bad feeling that you are a crummy person is not the same as conviction for sin. Feeling rotten is not the same as repentance.  This morning I began to pray, and felt unworthy to be talking to the Creator of the universe. It was a vague sense of unworthiness. So I told him so. Now what?  Nothing changed until I began to get specific about my sins. Crummy feelings can be useful if they lead to conviction for sins. Vague feelings of being a bad person are not very helpful.  The fog of unworthiness needs to take shape into clear dark pillars of disobedience. Then you can point to them and repent and ask for forgiveness and take aim to blow them up.”

1 John 1:9  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

2 Corinthians 6:16 B-7:1, 9-10  “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Therefore go out from their midst, and be separate from them, says the Lord, and touch no unclean thing; then I will welcome you, 18 and I will be a father to you, and you shall be sons and daughters to me, says the Lord Almighty.” 7:1 Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God. 9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us. 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

These are just some of the things I have read lately.  I hope to follow-up with the personal side to this soon.  Can you see where this is going though?  Maybe we should just contemplate about true repentance.  I wasn’t a true believer, following after the Lord in faith until 2007.  I knew all the Jesus answers, knew plenty of theology because of the church I grew up in, but I missed out on the biblical truth of repentance.  Whenever I started struggling with it I couldn’t stop wrestling.  I am so grateful!  I would lay and cry at night knowing who Jesus was, knowing bible stories, and knowing I said a prayer, but I knew that this repentance stuff was never understood when I was small.  What about you?  I went to church and learned all of this because my mom took me all of my life.  I found out that I can’t live out my mother’s faith, or my dad’s.  As much as I looked up to my sister…. I still couldn’t trust in just the words she said to me.  I had to repent.   I couldn’t just think about repentance and say to God, “I want to repent”, if I didn’t understand it yet.  That would be like a skydiver trusting me that I packed his chute right. Just because I saw it once on YouTube doesn’t mean I can pack a chute correctly…he would surely die.  I couldn’t just repent that once either.  When we understand this concept and follow Christ because of it then we will find repenting a daily need.  This is something we have to know about.  So dig in.  See what the Lord says.  Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.

This Is the World We Live In

Posted: January 13, 2014 in Uncategorized

I could see it in your eyes… You were staring right through me! I came in and gave a defense of scripture, how God is over everything, how you are made in his image, and how the battle line is drawn…..

BREAKAWAY YOUTH….
We have to be ready to battle everyday!

ESV: 1 Peter 1:13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action, and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.”

In the New King Jimmy (I mean New King James) it states verse 13 like this: 1 Peter 1:13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

gird up your loins?????? What does that even mean????  The Free Dictionary states the definition as “to prepare yourself mentally to do something difficult (http://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/gird+loins).”  So this scripture is telling us to be ready because this won’t be easy.  We can’t be stammering around in a stooper acting as if we don’t understand what is going on.  We can’t desensitize ourselves to what is going on around us.  Our eyes have to be open, we must be ready in the best way possible, and know that battles are ahead.  One by one battles will come, but if trusting in the Lord, you have hope of winning the war.  Isn’t that great?  Scripture, with all authority, has given you what you need to hear! Go into battle to win!  You wouldn’t show up for a battle without trying to arm yourself and putting on a bullet proof vest.  Why would you go into your day without being ready for the battle waged for your soul?  

If you truly trust in Christ as savior, then you will think of these things.  Life will change once you realize sin is prevalent.  John 10:10 ESV says, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”  The tricky one wants to slither in and tell you things are ok, to take away your love for Christ, and to make you fall down a slippery slope of sin.  He is after you.  Without being ready you set yourself up for failure.  Those who gird up their loins will understand the next part… you won’t go back to who you were before you were a believer.  You won’t stop fighting to become more like Christ.  You are also not ignorant to these sins and the war waged against you anymore, so therefore, you have no excuse.  God made us in His image and part of that is to be Holy.  Think about it!  I hope you get sick of your life being in the condition it is in and wage war against your enemy.  Get sick of his tricks and lies.  He wants to harm you.  Take it and use it to follow after your Savior.  He will walk with you through the thick of the battle, but for crying out loud, be ready!