The move of the Spirit

September 13: Be Quick to Repent

Luke 15:11-24

“And he said, A certain man had two sons: And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living.

And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living.

And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land; and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine.

And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat: and no man gave unto him. And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father’s have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and before thee, And am no more worthy to be called thy son: make me as one of thy hired servants.

And he arose, and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion, and ran, and fell on his neck, and kissed him. And the son said unto him, Father, I have sinned against heaven, and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.

But the father said to his servants, Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand, and shoes on his feet: And bring hither the fatted calf, and kill it; and let us eat, and be merry:

For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry.”

1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1 John 1:9 “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

In our walk with God, we sometimes make a slip. When we do, we must be quick to repent and come back on track. Not repenting in time and returning to God’s Word gives the devil a foothold. The Word tells us in Ephesians 4:27 to not give place to the devil. If the devil couldn’t have a place in our lives, the Word wouldn’t have instructed to not give him a place or a foothold.

As God’s children, we are not to fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but we are to reprove them. For
example, when we take offence and get bitter against people, we must be quick to forgive and let it go, no matter what they have done against us. The Word warns us against the root of bitterness which defiles the whole life. Don’t make excuses for not repenting of sin.

Grace does not justify sin, it rules over it. Sin shall not have dominion over us, for we are not under the law but under grace. Grace offers the God-given privilege to rule over sin. Hallelujah! In your walk with God, whenever the Holy Spirit points your attention to anything that you need to repent of, respond to it immediately in reverence to God; don’t cast it off or treat it with contempt.

People who do such things are not walking in fellowship with God. They end up having their conscience seared with hot iron to a point that they stop feeling any remorse when they sin. And then sin becomes normal to them; but it is not normal for a Christian to sin. It is abnormal. 1 John 2:1 says “…And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” Note it says, ‘if’ and not ‘when’. So then, if you sin, you must repent right there and then.

Repentance means that you change your mind from believing a lie to believing the truth of the Word. You make a U – turn from error to truth. When you do this, you get back into alignment with His righteousness and love. Consider the account of the prodigal son. The father had been awaiting his homecoming but he did not know it. The day he came to himself and returned home, he didn’t need to change his garments or shoes; all he needed to change was his mind. The next thing that happened was that he was in the arms of his father, enjoying the father’s love. This is what
repentance is about; it is homecoming into the eternal, loving arms of your heavenly Father. Be quick to repent! Hallelujah!

My Solid Front (Confession): In the Name of Jesus Christ, I declare according to God’s Word that I am dead to sin; I do not live anymore in sin, nor do I fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness. I declare that I am quick to repent if I need to; I do not make excuses for unrighteousness. Amen.

Further Meditation: Romans 6:1-3; Romans 6:11-14.

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