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REPENT! What are the images conjured in your mind when you see that word? Do you see the “flames of hell” swirling up around your feet? Perhaps you see the half crazed bearded man on a corner with a sign that reads, “THE END IS COMING”. Or it could be that anger is stirred in your heart because somebody would dare to judge your life and choices. “What business is it of theirs anyway?” “ This is my body and my life, therefore I will do with it what I want.”

Whatever your reaction to that word, let me give you a new picture to consider. Some of you are old enough to remember the “Nestea Plunge” – a commercial where someone is drinking ice tea on an excruciatingly hot day while plunging into a swimming pool? The word that comes to mind is “refreshing”! When I hear the word “repent” I see Refreshing.

            From Gods perspective the word repent is an invitation to come into His presence and experience times of refreshing.

“Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus,” (Acts 3:19–20, ESV)

The word repent simply means turn around. The idea is to have a change of heart or mind that turns you in the opposite direction you are going. Sin is an archer’s term that means to miss the mark. It means to be off target. Paul tells us in Romans that every human being misses the mark of Gods righteousness. “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) The consequence of this short fall is separation from God and eternal judgment.

Therefore the un-repentant person is going away from comfort and peace into misery and chaos. Oh they may experience happiness and fulfillment, but only for a moment.

“By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.” (Hebrews 11:24–25, ESV)

            The pleasures of sin are described as fleeting. Eventually a life separated from God ceases to satisfy. Soon we begin to sing along with Mick Jaeger those iconic words, “I can’t get no satisfaction”. Our lives become riddled with ruin as spouse’s leave, children rebel, bosses fire and our government breaks promises. Your world is falling apart and you cry out, “What hope is there”?

            There is hope in the word repentance, for it is an invitation from God to return to Him for times of refreshing and joy and peace and hope. The scriptures tell us “God doesn’t take pleasure in the destruction of the wicked”. God would tell you that He sent His Son to die for your sin so that you could be restored in relationship to Him. There is no sin He can't forgive. Isn't that refreshing!

            The invitation is for any who would believe and put their trust in the Cross of Christ: for Jesus took our sin upon Himself and died with it. He paid the price, taking the penalty for our sin. “By His stripes we are healed.” Will you put your trust in Jesus – the Son of God? If so you will experience times of refreshing and joy and peace and hope that is eternal. Consider these words from John the Baptist in John 3:36…

Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him.” (John 3:36, ESV)

God loved us enough to do what was impossible for us to accomplish. He provided for our salvation through His Son. Will you give the Lord Jesus the reward of His suffering – your very soul? Will you take the Jesus plunge?

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That's a good message Joan thanks for continuing in the path of tools I love you guys

That's a good message Joan thanks for continuing in the path of tools I love you guys
Guest - John on Thursday, 14 July 2016 04:01

Thank You Charlene

Thank You Charlene
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