What Is Repentance?

Anointing of Jesus

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This is an Inspiration preached by: Willie Rosado

 

Our theme is repentance, so I’m asking you, ‘Do you really know what repentance is?

 

Repentance is an act of life or death. Without that you will not see the kingdom of heaven. You will not see God. God is the only one that can give you repentance. It is a gift from God. Without that, the Bible says, ‘Without repentance, your prayers won’t be answered.’

 

Repentance is something that you need so that you can get in line. Repentance puts us going in the right direction. This connects us with Jesus. It’s about you and Him. Jesus is looking for someone who can receive His calling.

 

Repentance is not just a change of mind. It’s turning and going in a new direction.

 

Luke 5:31 “And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

 

Repentance is a change of mind that results in a change of action. It’s not a work that we do to earn salvation. It is something that only God can call you to. You must realize that everything that you’re doing and everywhere you’re going is nowhere.

 

When you hear the call from God and allow yourself to be drawn to Him and leave behind all those things that keep you from reaching God, your life will change.

 

John 6:44 “No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

 

There is no other way to God, but the way He said. It is only through Him drawing us to Himself.

 

Luke 7:44-48 “And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.”

 

Maybe Simon was trying to trip up Jesus. Normally, prostitutes don’t come into someone like Simon’s house, but she didn’t care. She broke an expensive box and anointed Jesus’ feet with her tears and that ointment. She dried His feet with her hair.

 

All Simon and his friends cared about was the fact that this woman was a sinner. They didn’t see what was really going on. This woman wanted something. She knew that Jesus was the Messiah. She walked right into the house and worshipped Him.

 

The Lord asked Simon, ‘What’s your problem? This woman has done right.’ Jesus told a story about two debtors who owed money. Who loved more? The one who was forgiven the most. This woman came in with a lot of sin, and she did what she did because she truly repented. She knew that she had to do something to gain that gift of repentance. She had to do something.

 

Repentance isn’t just a change of mind. It includes action. She repented and went to Jesus and showed Him her repentance. She could have been stoned, but she didn’t care. All she wanted to do was act on that call from God.

 

Truly repent so you can receive what God has for you, His Spirit, His direction, His leading, new life—everlasting, salvation. We have to obey, we must act when we repent.

 

When you go away just feeling a blessing, you’re turning your back on the Lord. There is so much more to do. We need to seek Him, listen to Him, and obey Him. Let His Words purge our hearts and penetrate our minds so that we can give it to someone else. Share what we’ve been given. Lead. Open your minds and your eyes. Get your salvation, but show someone else the way too. That blessing that He has given us—repentance—is a call to action. Pass it on. Lead.

 

Don’t just show up. Take action and receive from God and give to others.

 

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.

 

www.thelifechurchofdesplaines.com.

 

 

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About ChristinaLi

Christina Li, BA, MA, is a wife, mother of five, journalist, and author. She believes life is an adventure and has seen first hand the miraculous that happens when you say 'yes' to God. Besides writing, she loves tea, black, green, or white, and coffee, fresh roasted by her wonderful husband. Check out her books at: amazon.com/author/christinali
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