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A Great Joy In Heaven

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Matt. 3:1-2 (NKJV)

John the Baptist preached “repentance” loud and clear, and Jesus did the same.  The sin they preached repentance for was unbelief.

I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Luke 13:3 (NKJV)

All too often, it seems as if Jesus is being sold in the pulpits of America as an accessory to ones' life.  It’s almost as if many Pastor’s are saying, “Hey, why not accept Jesus — after all you might as well be safe rather than sorry.” It’s almost as if Jesus is being shared in such a way as to not be offensive.  But this is not what the Gospel message is about —It isn’t just about adding Jesus to an existing sinful lifestyle, there needs to be a desire to turn from wicked ways — there needs to be repentance!

Q: So what does it actually mean to repent?

To repent can be defined as, “To feel or express sincere regret or remorse about one's wrongdoing or sin. ”But the word “repent,” in the verses above comes from the Greek word, metanoeo, which means more than just sorrow.  To “repent” means to make a radical transformation of their entire person, a fundamental turnaround involving mind and action and including overtones of grief for the sinful way they’re living — It will result one having a change of mind, a change of purpose and will, and will result in a change from sin to holiness. It means to turn around, and it means to be converted.

When we come to an understanding within our mind of how God truly views our improper actions, we will find our hearts grieving about our participation.  We will find a genuine willingness to stop these actions and turn from this particular lifestyle.  

For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; 2 Corinthians 7:10 (NKJV)

As we seek the Lord’s will for our life, and seek to live in a way pleasing to Him we will begin to see sin for what it really is —death and destruction.  When we turn from our sin and choose to walk in newness of life there is great joy in heaven.  

I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. Luke 15:7 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Ask the Lord if there is any evil way within your heart in which you need to turn from.  Remember, when we repent, there is great joy!

STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained within this devotional what can we learn about repentance?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to repent of any sin within your life and then walk in newness of life?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Be willing to seek the power of the cross and then walk in newness of life.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for Your forgiveness of my sin.  Lord show me any area within my life where I need to repent.  Give me Your strength today to walk in newness of life.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…


Be Blessed, Pastor Scott



Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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