If My People….(6)

The decision to turn from one course to another requires work in the doing.

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2 Chronicles 7:14-15 – If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.  Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

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When we read the words, “turn from their wicked ways,” we are reading of the act of repentance; the choice of turning from one way of thinking (thus acting) to another.  The word “repent” in the Greek language is the word “metanoeo.”  It speaks directly to the act of rethinking, and if one follows through on rethinking, directions change.  The Bible has declared that as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.  Our Text for Today speaks clearly to the issue that people must “turn from their wicked ways.”  While this writing is not intended to be unabridged in its focus, it will point to three major issues through which one must work in order to truly fulfill the act of repenting. 

Repentance is an act of choice on your part.  God doesn’t force, but He does require it.  When one sins, repentance is needful, or the seed/root of the sin remains.  Many people, when they sin, and especially when they are caught at it, become sorrowful for their sin.  But being sorrowful for one’s sin is not repentance.  It may produce tears, but it will not produce fruit worthy of true repentance.  I often liken it to many kinds of plants one may desire to remove from their garden.  They grow from a seed or a root that has spread to the area.  The gardener may cut them off at the ground, apparently destroying the plant.  But if the root is not removed, that plant will grow back.  That’s what happens when one is just sorry for his sins.  But when true repentance takes place, and the sin is confessed (that is fruit worthy of repentance), the blood of Jesus removes the root, or the seed, and the action of repentance removes the believer from the reach of that root/sin. 

Once again, to be a truly repentant people, we need to raise our thinking level to new heights.  We have access to the mind of Christ.  We are commanded to “let the mind of Christ dwell” in us.  That’s not a suggestion.  We are likewise commanded to be transformed by renewing our minds, and that is done so with the continual application of God’s Word.  Likewise, the Scripture tells us, by command, to meditate upon the Word of God continually so we can see clearly how to walk pleasing to Father, and that from that arises our capacity to prosper and have good success.  CHRIST-THINKING is a must.  Keep your heart and mind filled to overflowing with the Word of God.

Manna for Today – 2 Chronicles 6:3 – 7:15; Romans 12:2; Philippians 2:5 & 4:8; Joshua 1:8; 1 John 5:7;  Ephesians 5:26; Ephesians 6:10-18; 1 Corinthians 14:4; Jude 20-21; Proverbs 23:7