SELAH Daily Devotions
“Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” Acts 3:19
I am straight Holiness/Pentecostal to the bone, ask anybody who knows me in church, I mean, I’ll shout you down in a heartbeat. But guess what? The devil ain’t stud’n you getting your praise on shoutin’ and dancin’, flip’n over pews, in the church house, as long as you don’t change! That’s right, I’m talking about repentance!
I know repentance carries a negative connotation and generally provokes an array of uncomfortable feelings of fear and condemnation (not to mention conjuring up memories of that ol’ preacha daming ur soul 2 hell, huh?) But , according to The Holy Writ, you can’t make a person repent by threatening them that they’re going to Hell, but when you let them know how good The Lord is and what He’s already done for us to make us right with God, they’ll want to know Him for themselves.
Before the days of name it and claim it, and blab it and grab it, when a true Prophet spoke, the only thing he promised was the WORD OF GOD! Really, check your Bible. John the Baptist preached the same message every day, “prepare ye the way, repent and be baptized, for the Lord is at hand”. When the Peter left the upper room, filled with the Holy Ghost, he came preaching the same message, “repent”. Yall ain’t liking me, huh?
Some believe repentance means going to the altar, echoing a poetic confession and shaking the pastor’s hand. But my beloved, genuine repentance is a matter of the heart and I don’t mean just feeling sorry. If you really want to experience authentic fellowship with Jesus, you have to sanctify yourself through repenting from your heart.
2 Corinthians 7:10 explains, when a person truly repents, they’ll admit that they’re sincerely sorry for rebelling against God and living a sinful life; make a conscious commitment to change the way they live, turn their back on the devil, and turn to Jesus!
One of the best parts of repentance is taking back the power that we’ve allowed Satan to rule over our lives! Godly sorrow will make you stare the devil down and tell him in no uncertain terms, “No thank you, I don’t want to live like this anymore, it’s over.”
Don’t let another moment of doubt, unbelief or fear cause you to forfeit the blessings that God has prepared for us. (Ref. Jeremiah 29:11) The Bible says, the day you hear His Voice calling–just come! Can you hear HIM now?
Somebody quick, please tell the devil, “ I CHANGED MY MIND!”
“Have a WONDER-FILLED day!”