Is God Waiting For You To Repent?
Updated: Oct 28, 2018
What does it mean to Repent?
Sure it means to turn from our old ways; living for our self – to living for God.
However when we assume this view to mean that “we grow in Christ - when we repent” – we have fallen into a trap.
I am not saying that one with this view is not” saved” but I am saying that their understanding of why is flawed - and may be preventing victory.
More importantly it leads to a “Religious” life of bondage to guilt rather than a “Relationship” of liberation in the finished works of Jesus Christ.
This flawed view means that a person is still seeing with our old eyes and being tossed to-and-fro by the brokenness of the world.
Still tirelessly fighting fights that have already been won by Jesus.
Still being victimized by our vices, drawn in to habits we can’t brake, or changing ourselves only to find that we fall right back into bad patterns.
This could be about addiction, or a bad temper but for others…(Think about your last diet that you fell off of– or a promise to yourself to read your Bible more)
Our actions don’t change until our identity does. (Not the other way around
If you are an athlete – you will naturally exercise. – doesn’t meant that because you get a gym membership that you will become an Olympian.
If you a musician – you will naturally listen to and play music. – That does not mean that if you are listening to the radio that you must also be a musician.
Likewise - If you are Born again – you will walk according the Spirit.
Gal 5:19 - Now the practices of the [i]sinful nature are clearly evident: they are sexual immorality, ….hostility, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions [that promote heresies], 21 envy, drunkenness, riotous behavior, and other things like these. I warn you beforehand, just as I did previously, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit, the result of His presence within us, is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the [l]sinful nature together with its passions and appetites.
25 If we [claim to] live by the [Holy] Spirit, we must also walk by the Spirit.
Remember James – says you will know me by my fruit.
* In other words – Our identity refines our actions, again, not the other way around – and our actions then are merely a reflect our identity.
he predestined us for adoption to son ship through Jesus Christ (Eph 1:5)
united with the Lord and one with him in spirit. (1 Cor 6:17)
a new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness (eph 4:24)
God’s masterpiece, created to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do.(Eph 2:10)
Made to be Perfect as He is perfect (Mat 4:48)
For it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body I live by faith [by adhering to, relying on, and completely trusting] in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. (Gal 2:20)
Wow – Yet most sermons I have ever heard are about changing some action or aspect of our life – rather than uncovering our Identity in Christ.
News flash – I can say I want to go to the Gym and become an Olympian – but unless my belly is on fire to be a star Athlete (which is a seed from God too) it will not happen – any more than focusing on the sins I must repent bring be loser to God.
No wonder so few walk in Victory. Most of us are doing this whole thing backwards.
- God’s word tells us we are more than conquerors, destined for life more abundantly. 10:10.
- Yet - If you have ever seen a Christian with decades saved by the blood – they should be some of the wises – most Joyful souls you have ever known – but often they are isolated, lonely, hypocritical, and often tired of being tired.
So Good News! – Godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation (2 Cor 7:10) -
Remember – When Saul was called by the Lord to destroy the Amalekites and everything in the city.
But what Did He do? - He kept the choice animals – to make a burn offering and sacrifice to God – as was common with their religious practice.
But - that was not what God said. - Saul chose to be religious rather than obedient.
Saul chose to chose to try to supplement life with God rather than to submit to life In God’s.
Samuel said to Saul – “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,”
rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry.
Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, - he hath also rejected thee from being king.
o And Saul said unto Samuel, I have sinned: Now therefore, I pray thee, pardon my sin, and turn again with me, that I may worship the LORD.
Like most Christians – Saul tried to used his actions, his religion, his worship, his time at the alter - to try to compensate for not living In the will of God for His life.
But obedience is better than sacrifice – and surrender is better than condemnation. obedience is falling down and letting the Spirit of God wash over you.
The Good News is Great News –Grace better than great it is Amazing – and Gods word reminds us that obedience is better than religion.
· His Command - Love Him and Love Others as Ourselves– (Matt 5:22)
· His Commission – deny yourself, and take up your cross daily, and follow Him (Luke 9:23)
· His Path - if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.” (Romans 8:13)
· His Promise – All Who call on the name of the Lord will be saved. (Rom 10:13)