Throughout my years of walking with the Lord, I have witnessed people never receive the breakthroughs they desire in their lives because they haven’t understood the meaning of repentance. More importantly, they don’t understand the way the kingdom of God works. When Jesus spoke to his disciples, he spoke in parables that they couldn’t comprehend. I wouldn’t be surprised if God is trying to do that in modern times to be able to speak to his people.
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”John 3:3
Can you believe being at the time period and hearing that being said by someone? I would have probably sounded like the disciples, who were so confused! “Does this mean I have to come out from the womb of my mom again?” The reason is that spiritual terms aren’t meant to be comprehended with our senses. If we could comprehend the world and how God works with our senses, then why would we need faith?
Repentance is the place where we meet God.
Believing in God isn’t enough for believers to have encounters with God. The more holy and righteous you are, the more God is able to live through you. God reserves his blessings for those that are truly walking in holiness, not for the wicked. Like his word says, there are many people who have an “appearance of holiness,” but truly aren’t holy themselves.
There are believers that say that they believe in God but in crisis, they panic and they are shaken. These are people that aren’t in relationship with God. These are people that are not truly walking in the repentance that Jesus talked about. To many Christians, going to church means that they are okay. But outside of church, they don’t spend time with our Heavenly Father.
It’s so important for us to know that we may believe in God, but we don’t know God yet, because we haven’t repented. You cannot know God if you don’t know repentance yet. The cross is where we meet with God. It is where he truly changes us and gives us a new beginning.
Repentance means a 180 degree turn. It means turning back from our old ways and going toward a new direction God has for us. It means saying no to sin and the world. This means choosing to flee from temptations, and choosing to live a holy life so that we can be blessed.
“If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”2 Chronicles 7:14
We have so many Atheistic Christians! That is a term that I love to use whenever I preach! Why do I call them “atheistic”? I call them as such because they don’t believe the scriptures that they read when they attend services! If I believe what the word of God says, then I would humble myself and turn from my wicked ways. As a matter of fact, believing in the news more than this scripture is evidence for our inner wickedness. Only the wicked choose to be led to their fear and not believe in what God has already spoken! Do you have to be a heathen to be considered wicked? No! Not believing is already a wicked trait! Jesus rebuked his disciples for having unbelief!
While fear might try to creep up in many of us, we must renounce to it! Fear has no hold on me! Don’t be like the world that empties out the supermarket! Do your part in preparation and taking care of yourself, but every day cover yourself with the blood of Jesus! Do not stop praying and seeking the Lord! Worship God until you’re fully cleansed and purified! If you set your eyes on God and you align this scripture to your prayer, we would see God heal our land!