Today’s idea of repentance has robbed us of its true power. People say, ‘All we need to do is say ‘sorry’ and just receive Jesus as our Savior.’ But that doesn’t go far enough. If we take the Word of God and replace it with what’s not in the Bible, we lose its power. We are robbed of its ability to have something new in our lives. We are robbed of salvation.
The very first time the word ‘repentance’ is used in the Bible is Gen 6:6, “And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart.”
There is a principle of ‘first occurrence’ in the Bible. This describes a concept that then is consistent throughout the Bible. The first time God is mentioned in the Bible, He is defined as ‘creator’. He is consistently a creator throughout the Bible, whether it is creating life physically or creating new life in our hearts and souls.
The first time an angel is mentioned in the Bible, it’s with a flaming sword guarding the entrance to the Garden of Eden. That’s why after that the angels have to say, ‘Fear not!’
The first one to repent in Scripture is God, Himself. He repented making man. It grieved Him at His heart.
If you take a look at what happened when God repented, things were destroyed. Things were buried under stories and stories of water. Can you imagine rain for 40 days and 40 nights? When God repented, something was utterly destroyed. When we repent, that is what we must do as well.
Repentance is not just for the sinner. It is for the saint to repent every day. If we do not repent, we lose the flow of God’s Spirit in us, we lose protection. We must daily choose God’s way and submit to Him, obeying His voice.
There was a bush that was burning, but it was not consumed. Moses heard the voice of God speaking out of it. The bush wasn’t consumed, but everything on the bush was consumed, dirt, bugs, etc. The three Hebrew children were cast into the fire and had those bonds burned away. A destruction of the old way comes before the fire of the Lord. Behold all things have become new.
I Sam 15:35 “And Samuel came no more to see Saul until the day of his death: nevertheless Samuel mourned for Saul: and the LORD repented that he had made Saul king over Israel.”
Mat 8:9 “For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.”
When we repent, we submit to God and give up our ways.
II Sam 24:16 “And when the angel stretched out his hand upon Jerusalem to destroy it, the LORD repented him of the evil, and said to the angel that destroyed the people, It is enough: stay now thine hand. And the angel of the LORD was by the threshingplace of Araunah the Jebusite.”
Judges 21:6 “And the children of Israel repented them for Benjamin their brother, and said, There is one tribe cut off from Israel this day.”
This is a strange story, but they went out and did whatever it took to get restoration for their brother, Benjamin.
Jdg 21:25 “In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes.”
Repentance means ‘going beyond the exercise of a made up mind and putting it into every fiber of who you are’. You will stop going your way and choose to go His way.
This is from an Inspiration preached by: Charles Li
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