From an Inspiration Preached by: Vernon McCoy
How can you deny the power of a book that has transcended time? God’s Word is everlasting. I heard it preached not too long ago. Bro Vaughan said that when a man or a woman of God picks up the Word of God, he or she has picked up God’s very journal. They are reaching into the vein of everlasting and speaking something that has eternal ramifications because the Bible is eternal. They are looking at the actual handwriting of God, Himself.
The Bible teaches principles. You can apply it to every situation.
Repentance is one of those principles that gets overlooked at times. It is not just for the new convert, it is also for those who are saved. We are meant to ‘die daily’ to ourselves.
Luke 19:1-10 “And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Zacchaeus went and got in the way of Jesus. He went out of his way to get in the way of Jesus. Because he did this, Jesus noticed him. If we will do what we can to get where God is, He will notice us. He will hear us and speak to us. Jesus wants to meet with us.
When Jesus spoke to Zacchaeus, he went quickly to do what Jesus wanted. There was no hesitation.
Repentance is a turning away from sin. It is something you do. Salvation has come through Jesus. Salvation does not come right after repentance, but repentance leads us on a path to salvation. Dying daily leads us on the path to salvation.
We should not stay at a point of repentance. We need to cry and weep and ask for forgiveness, but the Bible doesn’t stop there. Acts 2:38 says, ‘Repent AND be baptized AND receive the gift of the Holy Ghost’. Repentance is such a beautiful thing. It is a breaking, but God doesn’t want us to stay there. He wants to restore us and make us new.
Repentance is so important. If we can get a hold of this, our minds will be changed, our lives will be changed. Something should grip our hearts and draw us to Jesus. We all need to repent. We should all find ourselves at an altar with a spirit of submission and surrender to Jesus—always.
If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.
- What is Repentance? (thelifechurchofdesplaines.wordpress.com)