At the heart of the message of Jesus is the fact that we are hopelessly lost and need a Savior to make things right between God and us. A simple definition of repentance is turning from the way we are going and to go the other way.
2 Chronicles 7:14 if my people who are called by my name 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. Isaiah 55:5 Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know, and a nation that did not know you shall run to you, because of the LORD your God, and of the Holy One of Israel, for he has glorified you. Acts 8:22 Repent, therefore, of this wickedness of yours, and pray to the Lord that, if possible, the intent of your heart may be forgiven you. Exodus 32:14 And the Lord repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people (KJV). Jeremiah 18:8 If that nation, against whom I have pronounced, turn from their evil, I will repent of the evil that I thought to do unto them (KJV). True repentance is an acknowledgement that we are lost and that Jesus has indeed provided a way to make us right before God. Jeremiah 25:5 saying, ‘Turn now, every one of you, from his evil way and evil deeds, and dwell upon the land that the LORD has given to you and your fathers from of old and forever.
Luke 15:7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. This is a nice article on repent but i have repented many many times and God didnt show himself.
The things of God are not sustained by feelings and experiences but are known and confirmed by His Word. Forgiveness is granted as you have acknowledged what He has revealed to you is sin and you have turned to follow after Him in study and going forward to live by the wisdom of His word .
Rom 8:2For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. In your following Jesus Christ you have the freedom to live according to His spirit which is HIS word in you.
1Jo 1:9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Mat 11:28 Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. My expectations were after confessing my sins and reading the word and asking in the name of jesus God would answer my prayers.
I beleived that to get closer to god first u have to ask for forgiveness of ur sins, read his word, have faith and beleive. I realize that your comment is almost a year old, and you may no longer need guidance on this subject. When Jesus Christ died on the cross for our sins He took the burden for ALL sin, past, present, and future. As far as financial struggles and having a forgiving heart go, The Lord promises us that if we choose to follow Christ we will be persecuted. When you are trying to become closer to God, always remember that He has an ultimate plan and sometimes that requires us to wait.
If you have placed your trust in Jesus Christ by accepting Him as your savior and inviting Him into your heart than you are saved. Featured Bible Verse1 Chronicles 16:11 Seek the LORD and his strength; seek his presence continually! An Amazing Fact: A man stopped at a bar in the Los Angeles airport to relax a few minutes before catching his plane.
Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, and spiritual discipline. The name 'Seventh-day Adventist' carries the true features of our faith in front and will convict the inquiring mind.
Faith in the Lord Jesus Christ is the foundation upon which sincere and meaningful repentance must be built. Conversion is an enlarging, a deepening, and a broadening of the undergirding base of testimony. John the Baptist, who we are told was related by blood to Jesus, was preaching the impending judgement of God, urging repentance and moral reform, and baptizing in the Jordan River those who responded. The gift of the Holy Ghost, which is the right to receive the Holy Ghost as a constant companion, is obtained only upon condition of faith in Christ, repentance, baptism by immersion, and the laying on of hands by authorized servants endowed with the Melchizedek Priesthood. According to Islamic principles, when a man is accused of heresy, he is given the choice between repentance and punishment. When a child can be brought to tears, and not from fear of punishment, but from repentance he needs no chastisement.
The mystery of the Christian life is that Christ expects us to flee sin and the devil, but does not expect us to rid ourselves of either on this side of glory.
The idea of right and wrong, being righteous, acknowledging when you make a mistake, repentance - all these important things I got from my Catholic background.
Rather than forgive, we can wish ill; rather than hope for repentance, we can instead hope that our enemies experience the wrath of God. It's only through Christ that we can take full advantage of God's mercy and forgiveness through repentance in Jesus' name. The full benefit of forgiveness of sin through the Savior's Atonement begins with repentance and baptism and then expands upon receiving the Holy Ghost. But however long you may have continued in rebellion, and how ever black and long the catalog of your sins, yet if you will now turn to God by a sincere repentance, and believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, you shall not be cast out.
Repentance allows God's mercy to come forth because it recognizes that the sin committed was against God. Repentance, prayer, and pondering over the scriptures are essential parts of our qualifying for the gifts of the Spirit in our priesthood service.
Every year during their High Holy Days, the Jewish community reminds us all of our need for repentance and forgiveness. Enthusiasm - a distemper of youth, curable by small doses of repentance in connection with outward applications of experience.
None of the transgressions that he has committed shall be remembered against him; for the righteousness that he has done he shall live. He paid the price for our sins by willingly being led to the cross to hang there to die for sins that He did not commit. Not just answer my prayers but guide me throu his word on how to over come the obsticules i was facing.
I was not doing this just to have a quick fix in my life but i had given my self to god and wanted to serve him while i was on earth. Im not agaisnt god but sometimes i think he takes time to answer some prayers and i dont understand why he let his followers surfer yet he gives a hand to people who doesnt serve him. When Christ died He not only took the penalty for our sins, but He also gave us His righteousness. But realizing he had lost track of time, he raced out of the bar and hastily asked directions for the departing gate to Oakland.
I have a friend who was once trying to fly from Australia to Dulles airport in Washington, D.C.
The name of God was so sacred to the ancient Jewish scribes that they used a special pen to write the name of God as they reproduced the Scriptures. One author put it this way: a€?Angels are displeased and disgusted with the irreverent manner in which the name of God, the great Jehovah, is sometimes used in prayer. Following a bloody Civil War battle, Jack kneeled by a mortally wounded soldier on the field. For months, he and other war veterans would ride the trains looking for some farm work hoeing weeds in exchange for a hot meal.
He made his way to the address on the letter Bill had given him so many years before and found there a large New England home.
With tears welling up in their eyes, the couple read the last letter from their beloved son.
This was one of His prime objectives in coming to our worlda€”to reveal through His life who the Father is.


Nobody seems exactly sure how to pronounce the combination of four Hebrew consonants, YHWH, which is known as the Tetragrammaton (a Greek word, meaning a€?four letters,a€? used to designate the consonants of the divine name Yahweh). In time, it was thought that the divine name was too holy for a person to even pronounce at all. Jewish scholars in the Middle Ages developed a system of symbols placed beneath and beside the consonants to indicate the missing vowels. Earthly parents dona€™t become angry when their toddler says a€?Dadaa€? instead of a€?Father.a€? A good father is excited that his child is starting to recognize him as an important person in the young onea€™s life. Do we baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, as stated by Jesus in Matthew 28:19, or in the a€?name of Jesus Christ,a€? as Peter notes in Acts 2:38?
Of the 70 references to baptism in the New Testament, only five make a reference to a specific name or title of God to proclaim.
The pastor could say, a€?Do you, William Spencer Peabody III, take Rebecca Marie Ann Hunter?a€? Or he might simply say, a€?Do you, Bill, take Becky?a€? As long as the parties involved and the witnesses understand who is being married, the wedding is legally binding. But in reality, they might have only met as a passing acquaintance or not even know the person at all.
Acts 19:13a€“17 tells the story of the seven sons of Sceva, who decided to invoke the name of Christ to cast out demons. His name, in whatever forma€”whether Elohim or El Shaddei, is not some enchanted word that must be pronounced correctly, as if casting a spell. He also concealed the burial place of Moses to prevent people from making it a shrine (Deuteronomy 34:6). The miracle happened by virtue of the power, authority, and person of Jesus, not by the correct utterance of His name. Sadly, some people merely become a€?nominala€? Christians, meaning a€?in name only.a€? These people are essentially taking the name of the Lord in vain. I was raised in an environment in which tremendous emphasis was placed on conducting yourself with integrity and honor, that you might build a good name. Any bad behavior or questionable conduct will not only be damaging to our personal reputations and that of our familya€™s, it will also ultimately bring reproach on the name of Christ.
When the fighting became severe, the young man would start to retreat while everyone around him fought on. Jesus began the Lorda€™s Prayer by saying, a€?Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed [holy] be thy namea€? (Matthew 6:9).
When bikers see the triumphant name of Lance Armstrong branded on some bicycle product, it instantly adds credibility and value. One group receives the mark of the beasta€™s name on their a€?foreheada€? (Revelation 14:9, 11). First, John describes those people as those who a€?follow the Lamb [Jesus] whithersoever he goeth. He opens by describing his vision of four angels holding back the four winds of the earth, that no wind might blow on land or sea. Many products cana€™t be sold without a seal of approvala€”the seal that tells us that a product has passed all the necessary tests. The end will come when Goda€™s name is written on every one who chooses to be loyal to Him.
Genuine faith joins the head with the heart, not just information alone and not just emotional feeling. The results of this promise will be the a€?settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be moved.a€? To have Goda€™s name means having His lawa€”not just the written words of the Ten Commandments, but its spirita€”written in our hearts.
Treasury, I get excited because I know the check is associated with a name that has yet to send me a bad check. Ptolemy insisted that the building should bear his inscription as a personal memorial; however, Sostratus didna€™t think the king should get all the credit for his work. For example, Jacoba€™s name means a€?supplantera€? or a€?con artist.a€? Sure enough, he tricked his twin brother Esau out of his birthright and his blessing. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection. Like an arrow from the Lord's quiver, it will wound the transgressors of God's law, and will lead to repentance toward God, and faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. That wonderful dream cannot become real without great faith - enough for the Holy Ghost to lead us to repentance, baptism, and the making and keeping of sacred covenants with God. If we truly seek to put away sin, we must first look to Him who is the Author of our salvation.
It is the result of revelation from God, accompanied by individual repentance, obedience, and diligence.
When the tears begin to flow from the grief of their conduct you can be sure there is an angel nestling in their heart.
Do not make light of a fall even if it be the most venial of faults; rather, be quick to repair it by repentance, although many others may commit a large number of faults, slight and grievous, and remain unrepentant. It also bares contriteness of the heart and the desire to walk in the Spirit and not in the flesh so that particular sin will never be repeated. Grant, gracious God, that I may make a good use of the time that thou mayest be pleased yet to grant me for repentance. Further magnification of our power to serve will come as we respond with faith to go forward in our callings with the Holy Ghost to help us. Our natural instinct is to sin…to do the wrong thing time after time (see Paul’s thoughts in Romans 7-8) even when our motives are good. Have I any pleasure in the death of the wicked, declares the Lord GOD, and not rather that he should turn from his way and live? If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. Daryl graduated from Philadelphia Biblical University in 2003, and received his MDIV from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in 2007.
It is also important to remember that we do not get closer to God through doing good works. Look for regular updates including Bible Verses, Bible Stories, Christian Quotes, Christian Answers, and much more. After hurrying through a maze of terminals, he handed the flight attendant his ticket and scurried onto the plane just as it was about to depart. Each time they came to the name of God, they would set down the regular pen and pick up a holy pen that was used only for writing Goda€™s name. They [angels] mention that name with the greatest awe, even veiling their faces when they speak the name of God; the name of Christ also is sacred, and is spoken with the greatest reverence.
Jesus promises that when we come to the Father in His name, we will have the same reception. But each name that God reveals serves as an important key in disclosing His power, holiness, and desired relationship with His people.
This is why Jesus said to Philip, a€?He who has seen Me has seen the Fathera€? (John 14:9 NKJV). The implication is that the proper pronunciation of Goda€™s name is required to have prayers answereda€”or even is necessary for salvation.
Thus YHWH appeared with the vowels from a€?Adonai,a€? reminding them to say a€?Adonaia€? when reading the text aloud. What about, a€?Your thick accent makes it hard for me to understand if you are calling my namea€?? Likewise, our heavenly Father is primarily concerned with whether or not we know Him and have a strong relationship with Hima€”and not with whether we have the Edenic pronunciation of His name down pat. One time it says, a€?Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghosta€? (Matthew 28:19).
Apparently, these itinerate Jewish exorcists saw Paul successfully evict devils using the name of Jesus.
It is also possible that God does not want us to worship Him because He has a glorious form or a mystical name, but rather because of who He is: our Creator. We often think of this commandment as primarily condemning profanity, and it surely does, but that is the least of its meanings. The general summoned this soldier, whose first name was also Alexander, and said, a€?I hear how youa€™re behaving in battle. The other group is going to have their heavenly Fathera€™s name written in their foreheads.


We see one seal on the bottom of our electrical appliances: the Underwritera€™s Laboratory Seal of Approval.
These last-day Christians have discovered the validating assurance of the Holy Spirit in their lives, and they live in accordance with His guidance. But the fine print read, a€?If you are selected, you may get a check that says just that!a€? I never get excited when I see these kind of checks. Jesus told us that a€?whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. For decades, the sea dashed against the inscription and gradually eroded the plaster facade. In the redeemed, who have shown the whole universe what God envisioned when He devised His salvation plan. Others were prophetic, pointing to a future event in the persona€™s lifea€”as it was with Jesus (Matthew 1:21). But after Jacob wrestled with an angel and confessed his sin, God changed his name to Israel, meaning a€?Prince with Goda€? (Genesis 32:29).
To live in such defilement of the body, in such dishonour, in such abomination, while all the time asking for liberties the church cannot grant, is unbelievable. Fortunately, God has made the provision and perfect sacrifice for us in sending Jesus to come to this earth and to be crucified on a cross.
One of the clearest pictures of this message came in the person of John the Baptist, the cousin of Jesus and forerunner of the Messiah.
That the God over all creation would love you and me so much that He would send His own Son to be humiliated and suffer and die for sins that we commit. This simply means that Christ has taken the penalty of our sins so that they do not count against us anymore if we trust in Him.
This gift, however, only applies if we choose to accept it by accepting Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior and admitting that there is nothing we can do to save ourselves, but He has already done it for us. Rather, we grow closer to God by believing and understanding the gospel and listening to what the Holy Spirit and the bible have to tell us. All of us deserve hell and no matter what we do, even if we do just about everything right in life and have one tiny sin we are worthy of hell. After storing his briefcase, the weary traveler slumped into his seat and drifted off to sleep.
Ia€™m sure the look on the Dallas cabdrivera€™s face was priceless when my friend gave him an address found only in Frederick, Maryland.
After saying a prayer, they would write Goda€™s name with the designated pen and then resume their work with the a€?regulara€? pen. Bill also knew he was dying, so with trembling fingers he reached into his blood-stained pocket and handed a letter to his comrade. To take the name of the Lord in vain means to take His name unto yourself and say that you are a child of Goda€”but then live like the world. Their intellectual grasp of the truth has reached its transforming purpose; these are men and women who have developed characters that will vindicate Goda€™swisdom and patience, contradicting Satana€™s lies that Goda€™s will is impossible for humanity.
Though it lasted the lifetime of Ptolemy, it was finally obliterated, leaving the name a€?Sostratusa€? for all to witness.
He wants to take the bad name wea€™ve made for ourselves and give us a good new name provided by His Son. His message was simply, “Repent and be baptized.” He simply told people that they were lost and in need of repentance. Also, when God looks at us, though we still sin, He does not see our sinfullness but sees Christ’s righteousness instead. So when we sin, we are not losing our salvation, but we are hurting our fellowship with God. As we understand what Christ has done for us, we grow closer to Him and choose to obey Him, not out of obligation, but out of love for Him. And how can I know if I have really repented,And how can I know if I am on my way to Heaven? When he awoke two hours later and examined his watch, the man wondered why the one-hour flight was taking so long. The demons obeyed because of Paula€™s faith and the authority and the power of Christa€™s name. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets between thine eyes.a€? The a€?frontlets between [the] eyesa€? were to symbolize that Goda€™s commands were a€?in thine heart,a€? or in the mind. Jesus made the way for us in dying for our sins but we need to accept His free gift and acceptance of the gift of salvation involves repentance. This is why we can come to God without fear if we trust that He has paid the penalty for us. It makes us have a strained relationship with God when we are disobeying Him, but we still have our standing in Christ and are still saved. There are always times when you will stumble and fall, as we all do because we are still sinful, but always remember what Christ has done for us and trust in Him. To his horror, he discovered that instead of boarding the plane for Oakland, Calif., he was on his way to Auckland, New Zealand! I have jokingly told my sons that they need to marry a girl named Mary Ann, because then her name would be Mary A. Answers to the name a€?Lucky.a€™ a€? Obviously, that unfortunate little dog was a€?Luckya€? in name only. God says that we can get a new eternal name and a new reputation based on our repentance and Goda€™s mercy.
He had wandered from Christ in his youth and had been searching for inner peace through various world religions. We still need repentance because as the book of Romans says, “There is none righteous, no not one.” Prayerfully consider the following verses on repentance. The reason we confess sins is not to maintain forgiveness, but to repent so that we can once again have a closer relationship with God.
But these few words, a€?no other name,a€? spoken in season made a profound impact on his heart. God, however, is a God of abundant love and mercy and gave us a way to know Him personally and have eternal life. Theya€™ll take good care of you, and anything that was mine is yours.a€? Moments later, Bill breathed his last.
However, God sent His son Jesus Christ, God incarnate, who is completely pure and blameless to take the punishment for sin in our place. On the cross, Jesus, though He was perfect, took all the sins of the world ever committed in the past, present, and future.
He then rose from death indicating that He has authority over death and has the authority to take away our sins because He is God. If you have already made this decision, you can know that it is completely by God’s grace that you are saved. God is all powerful, all knowing, all just, all good, and all loving and He tells us that none shall be snached from His hand. If you have accepted Christ as your savior and acknowledged that it is only through Him that you are saved than there is nothing you can do to lose your salvation.
You cannot make God love you any more than He already does, nor can you make Him love you any less. He loves you completely because when He sees you, He no longer sees your sin but He sees Christ’s righteousness because Christ took your place.
The enemy does not want you to believe that God’s grace is suffecient for you, but God tells us in the bible that His grace is all we need. It is by faith in Him that we are saved, and there is no power that can undue what He has done for us on the cross.
So if you have accepted Christ as savior you are sealed for eternity and nothing can snatch you from His hand.



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