Posts Tagged ‘repentance’

The acceptance of who we claim to be seems so important and necessary to our existence on this earth. Yet, our acceptance is really quite the opposite of what God requires of us. He tells us to “deny” ourself, (Luke 9:23 “if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”) and to be more like Him and less like us! Yes, He takes us as we are but then the changes take place and that’s when it’s evident that we want what He wants. The stubborn, strong willed, resistant persons we are do not reflect total submission & true repentance.

Don’t limit God (Luke 1:37 “Nothing is impossible with God.”) by telling Him, like you tell the world: “this is just who I am and you can either accept me or not. I can’t change; (James 4:7 “Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and He will flee from you.”) I’ve tried. I’m not changing for anyone!” Good news: God is not just anyone!! He created you and He’s the only One who can change you to be more like Him & less like You. John 3:30 “He must increase, but I must decrease.”

We must ask God to make us willing to accept the changes He wants to make in us then have faith that He will “complete the good work” Phil. 1:6 He has in mind for us. We can trust God! Jer. 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Other people, our sins and all our reactions to those sins:

So often we get very adamant in demanding that others consider our sins as the same as theirs and by no means do I intend to get into a battling war over whose sin is worse or if any are worse than others. Not in this post. I’d rather take a look at how we insist that others treat our sins with the same (for lack of a better word) respect as they’d like us to treat theirs but that’s where it stops.

Allow me to explain further: take 5 church members all going to the same church. Each member brings his or her specific sins with them to this church. Some of the sins are, as we’ve discussed before, more evident rather than hidden in secrecy. So all the church sees the sins of the more evident. Needless to say, no discussion is made about the secret sins. So…where am I going…bare with me please. What’s only recently hit me is how we want our sins classified the same but we want it to stop right there. We want to call them all sins at that point when making comparisons but what about when facing consequences for our sins? You know the part where we are expected to consider our sins as God does – S I N!!! The part where we are to admit it’s sin & either repent of that sin or as some of us do – choose to embrace that sin because now, at this point, we wish to add to it a disclaimer hoping to justify us of our sin! Ewe! That one hurt right there, didn’t it? If we’re willing to acknowledge God and willing to agree that sin is what God calls sin and not try to change God’s Word to suit our lives than we HAVE to also consider it sin deserving of punishment and requiring repentance. We can’t have it both ways. We can’t call it all sin when comparing but separate it out as a specific kind of sin when justifying and continue living in that sin. You know what we’re doing when we do that? One thing is that we’re limiting our God. We’re saying He isn’t able to forgive and change that sinful part of us so we HAVE to embrace it. Another thing we’re saying is that we get to pick & choose which sins we’ll agree with God to call sin. That’s not scriptural and it’s against God. Think about it, let’s see: God says it’s wrong but since I haven’t been able to (on my own) quit being tempted or quit living in that sin then I’m giving up on God’s power & timing and just going to give in to that sin. God help us if we do.

Look, the way we choose to deal with those other 5 members or anyone else is up to us but if we claim to follow Christ then we are commanded to love one another and encourage each other and not tear each other down. But more importantly we are commanded to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul and mind and trust Him with our sins & temptations and rely on HIs power & timing to redeem us completely! All that to say people: We just can’t have it both ways!!!

I John 3:9  Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God.

Hebrews 10:26-39 (NIV)  26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”[a] and again, “The Lord will judge his people.”[b] 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

32 Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated. 34 You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. 35 So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. 37 For,

“In just a little while,
    he who is coming will come
    and will not delay.”[c]

38 And,

“But my righteous[d] one will live by faith.
    And I take no pleasure
    in the one who shrinks back.”[e]

39 But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.