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What Is Repentance?

and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15

The message of Jesus ministry was, “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand!” The same message was preached by John the Baptist as well as Peter. Today people like to “water down” this message. People get offended when we talk about their sins, therefor they don’t want to talk about repentance.

But can you truly be saved without repentance? Absolutely Not! So what does Repent mean anyway? The original Greek word is “Metanoeite” which means to think differently, a spiritual transformation. Repenting is not just confessing your sins, its changing the way you think and behave about everything

Jesus answered and said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

This is what Jesus means by saying become “Born Again” Nicodemus, a religious leader, was perplexed as Jesus made this statement. He said how can someone become physically Born again? Nicodemus misunderstood that this was a spiritual rebirth and not a physical.

So as you see, Repentance and becoming Born Again go hand in hand. To become Spiritually Reborn we need to become transformed in our minds and actions. The original Greek for Born Again is “gennethe anothen”  Gennethe means a regeneration Anothen means New

Peter said to them, “Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. Acts 2:38

Repent and become Born Again, this is about making a transformation to follow and live like Jesus Christ. If you are still doing the same things BEFORE you got saved, then you haven’t become Born Again. How is all this possible, its all possible because of the works Jesus Christ has fulfilled on the cross.

Trust in Jesus and allow him to make you a new creation, Repent of your sins and receive the Holy Spirit Amen!

Trust in God

For I will certainly rescue you, and you will not fall by the sword; but you will have your own life as booty, because you have trusted in Me,” declares the LORD.'” Jeremiah 39:18

Jerusalem was once again being overtaken, it says “They (Chaldeans) tore down the walls of Jerusalem (Jeremiah 39:8) Death and destruction was imminent for Jeremiah, however God said “because you have trusted me I will save your life”

We need to understand even if the darkest hour of our life, God is still in control. We need to trust in him and he will rescue us. Even when the walls come tumbling down and everything is set of fire around us, God is still with us!

What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? Romans 8:31

The Apostle Paul lived and preached the same message. While he preached the gospel, many imprisoned him, beat him, and even tried to kill him. But God would continually deliver Paul because he trusted in God. Once Paul was thought to be stoned to death but he lived, once Paul was bitten by a poisonous snake and he lived. God will rescue those who trust in him.

Now you might say , Paul died from being beheaded. Yes Paul died a martyrs death, why would God allow this? For Paul to be a witness that the gospel of Jesus Christ, why else would Paul and the Apostles willingly die?

In the midst of your storm, God is in complete control. Put your trust in him, he will give you eternal life in Jesus Name Amen!

Beloved Son

Just as Jesus was coming up out of the water, he saw heaven being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. and a voice came out of the heavens: “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.” Mark 1:10-11

One of the great moments, when the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit all came together to unite. The Son being baptized in the water, the Father declaring the Son Jesus, and the Holy Spirit descending upon the Son.

You might ask why would the Son need the Holy Spirit if they are both God? Can an eternal God die? Of course not, that’s why Jesus lowered himself below the angels (Hebrews 2:9), to be born of a Virgin (Isaiah 7:14), and became Flesh (John 1:14) to die for the wages of our sins (Romans 3:23)

Why would Jesus become baptized if he is the Son of God? Jesus didn’t come to abolish The Law but to Fulfill The Law (Matthew 5:17) In order for Jesus to Fulfill The Law he needed to Complete the Law, Jesus came to Fulfill All Righteousness (Matthew 3:15)

“Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. Isaiah 42:1

 By Jesus allowing John to Baptize him, he is showing everyone the path to salvation. Remember Jesus never asked anything from us that he hasn’t already done. As John declares Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the Sins of the world, Jesus confirms it by allowing John to baptize him ( John 1:29)

Jesus who became human (John 1:14), then filled by the Holy Spirit was able to perform the works of The Father to bring salvation to the entire world Amen!

Sound Doctrine

But Jeremiah said, “They will not give you over. Please obey the LORD in what I am saying to you, that it may go well with you and you may live. Jeremiah 38:20

Jeremiah was once again cast into to prison and left for day for speaking the truth of God. However there was one King who actually wanted to know what God had to say and rescued Jeremiah. King Zedekiah told Jeremiah “Do not hide anything from me” (Jeremiah 38:14)

King Zedekiah wanted Jeremiah to give it to him straight about what God had to say. He didn’t want a watered down version, he wanted the Truth. Because Jeremiah told him the truth he saved Jeremiahs life.

The message was simple, Obey God and you will live. If you disobey God you are going to die from the wages of everyones sins

For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths. 2 Timothy 4:3-4

Today we have the same issue, nobody wants to hear the truth. Nobody wants to hear the Word of God, and those who do speak truth are persecuted for their faith. Just like Jeremiah, don’t compromise! God will deliver you!

We have many churches and Christians who have “watered down” the gospel or changed doctrines to please or not offend people. Give it to them straight, speak truth. Because when we die its to late , only Jesus Christ can save your soul Amen!

Well Done

His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Matthew 25:23

Social Media is fueled by seeking approval from others. You post a picture of yourself and wait for people to “like” it. When the amount of “likes” are not reached you feel a sense of dissatisfaction.  You see your friend or neighbor going on an elaborate vacation, with lots of photos of everyone smiling. You need to match their “happiness” so you go an elaborate vacation yourself and post lots of photos so everyone can see, hoping for more “likes” to get everyone’s approval.

This vicious cycle continues and on until you feel more depressed and defeated than before you ever signed up for Social Media. What happened? Your living in a false reality, you’re seeking the approval of people instead of approval of your creator. Your searching

Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.
Matthew 25:14

The parable of the talents is all about us using our God-given talents to our fullest capabilities for the greater good of the Kingdom of God. When Christ returns hes going to check what we actually did with our time and talents.

Many people waste their time and talents , mostly to please themselves or other people. But the only one we should really care about what they think is Jesus Christ. The one who loves you enough to die for you.

When he returns will he say “Well done, good and faithful servant”? Or will he say “Depart from me I never knew you”? Who are you living your live for? Jesus gives you a hope and a purpose Amen!

Are You Ready?

John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. Mark 1:4

Picture this, a man wearing clothes made of camel hair and living off of locusts and wild honey, is standing outside the great city of Jerusalem yelling to people to “Repent for the Kingdom of God is at hand” (Matthew 3:2)

Many people probably thought he was crazy, yet Jesus calls John the “greatest of all prophets” (Mathew 11:11) Others listened to his message, repented of their sins, and was “baptized” in the Jordan River awaiting the arrival of the Christ, the Son of God

Imagine John doing this in todays society? Imagine him standing outside of Manhattan , yelling for people to repent of their Sins. The Liberals and LGTBQ groups are all offended, they have him arrested for a hate crime speaking the Word of God. The media calls John a bigot , a racist, some even declare him a terrorist because his free speech is not considered acceptable.

And he was preaching, and saying, “After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals. Mark 1:7

But regardless of any of this, John states there is one greater coming than him who hes not even worthy to tie his shoe. John is the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah , the messenger to prepare the way for The Lord.

How do we prepare for the coming of The Lord? We repent of our sins, we wash our iniquities away. Jesus is coming again soon, Are You Ready?