Tag Archive | repentance

Crop Sowing and Reaping Pt. 3

You have plowed wickedness, you have reaped injustice, You have eaten the fruit of lies. Because you have trusted in your way, in your numerous warriors, Hosea 10:13 NASB
Sow with a view to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the Lord Until He comes to rain righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12 NASB
Therefore, return to your God, Observe kindness and justice, And wait for your God continually. Hosea 12:6 NASB

The book of Hosea is about the call of God to Israel for repentance. It is still speaking to us today. God preserves those who walk with Him, who follow in obedience, and trust their whole being to Him, trust in Him with their lives.

God is calling. Calling us to return to Him.

God is calling. Calling us to repentance.

God is calling. Calling us to drop our ways and trust in His ways.

God is calling us. Calling us to observe kindness and justice.

God is calling us. Calling us to wait for Him.

God is calling. Are we listening?

Wait for Him. It takes a still, quiet heart focused on the Lord God to hear Him. Seeking Him in His word and prayer consistantly. Listening in anticipation, expecting God to reveal Himself.

Do you want to experience God fully? Seek Him through His word, prayer, fellowship with other believers and listen.

Continually Seeking Him,

Sharon ūüĆĻ

Fruit of Repentance

Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance – Matthew 3:8

So what does it mean to “bear fruit”?

for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light 9 (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), РEphesians 5:8-9

Is your “Christian” walk consistent with goodness, righteousness and truth? If this fruit is not evident in your life then now is the time to evaluate your walk and kneel before God in true repentance.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

20/20

Moses said to the people, ‚ÄúDo not be afraid; for God has come in order¬†to test you, and in order that¬†the fear of Him may¬†remain with you, so that you may not sin.‚ÄĚ — Exodus 20:20

Most people have had their eyes tested at least once in their lives. Seeing 20/20 is a good thing. If the test has you seeing less than 20/20 you will probably find yourself with a prescription for glasses to improve your vision.

I found it interesting that this verse is 20:20. God desires us to see the sin in our lives for repentance and for avoidance from, to give us a reverence for Him and a real sense of judgement for sin.

The Israelites were tested in the wilderness because God wanted a humble nation whose heart was turned toward God in obedience and trust.

¬†You shall remember all the way which the¬†Lord¬†your God has¬†led you in the wilderness these forty years, that He might humble you,¬†testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. ¬†— Deuteronomy 8:2

God loves you. God wants the best for you. Testing is to make you more aware (help you see 20/20) so you may fear, revere God.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Life

In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And¬†the breath of all mankind? — Job 12:10

So Paul stood in the midst of the Areopagus and said, ‚ÄúMen of¬†Athens, I observe that you are very¬†religious in all respects.¬†For while I was passing through and examining the¬†objects of your worship, I also found an altar with this inscription, ‚ÄėTO AN UNKNOWN GOD.‚Äô Therefore what¬†you worship in ignorance, this I proclaim to you.¬†The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is¬†Lord of heaven and earth, does not¬†dwell in temples made with hands;¬†nor is He served by human hands,¬†as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all¬†people¬†life and breath and all things;¬†and¬†He made from one¬†man¬†every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having¬†determined¬†their¬†appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation,¬†that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him,¬†though He is not far from each one of us;¬†for¬†in Him we live and move and¬†exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‚ÄėFor we also are His children.‚Äô¬†Being then the children of God, we¬†ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art and thought of man.¬†Therefore having¬† overlooked¬†the times of ignorance, God is¬†now declaring to men that all¬† people¬†everywhere should repent,¬† because He has fixed¬†a day in which¬†He will judge¬†the world in righteousness¬†through a Man whom He has¬†appointed, having furnished proof to all men¬†by¬†raising Him from the dead.‚ÄĚ — Acts 17:22-31

That man is Jesus Christ.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Old Testament Salvation

Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,

For you have stumbled because of your iniquity.
2 Take words with you and return to the Lord.
Say to Him, “Take away all iniquity
And receive us graciously,
That we may present the fruit of our lips.
3 “Assyria will not save us,
We will not ride on horses;
Nor will we say again, ‚ÄėOur god,‚Äô
To the work of our hands;
For in¬†You the¬†orphan finds mercy.‚ÄĚ — Hosea 14:1-3

I love God’s Word. The salvation message right here in this Old Testament book.

Turn to God: return to the Lord your God.
Turn (repent) from our sin: “take words with you and return to the Lord”
Confess: “Say to Him, ‘take away all iniquity”
Receive His grace: “receive us graciously”
Bring God praises and tell others of His saving grace: “That we may present the fruit of our lips”
And trust in Him alone, not ourselves nor others: “Assyria will not save us, we will not ride on horses; nor will we say again, ‘Our god’, to the work of our hands;

Thank You Lord God that this orphan, me, has found Your mercy. Have you found God’s mercy and received His grace? He calls you from the pages of His Word, even in the Old Testament.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

No Excuses

Therefore you have¬†no excuse,¬†everyone of you who passes judgment, for in that which¬†you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things.¬†And we know that the judgment of God¬†rightly falls upon those who practice such things.¬†But do you suppose this,¬†O man,¬†when you pass judgment on those who practice such things and do the same¬†yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God?¬†Or do you think lightly of¬†the riches of His¬†kindness and¬†tolerance and¬†patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?¬†But¬†because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart¬†you are storing up wrath for yourself¬†in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God,¬†who¬†will render to each person according to his deeds:¬†to those who by¬†perseverance¬†in doing good seek for¬†glory and honor and¬†immortality,¬†eternal life;¬†but to those who are¬†selfishly ambitious and¬†do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, wrath and indignation.¬†There will be¬†tribulation and distress¬†for every soul of man who does evil, of the Jew¬†first and also of the Greek,¬†but¬†glory and honor and peace to everyone who does good, to the Jew¬†first and also to the Greek.¬†For¬†there is no partiality with God. — Romans 2:1-11

Do not judge so that you will not be judged.¬†¬†For in the way you judge, you will be judged; and¬†by your standard of measure, it will be measured to you. — Matthew 7:1-2

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death,¬†the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your¬†descendants,¬†by loving the¬†Lord¬†your God, by obeying His voice, and¬†by holding fast to Him;¬†for¬†this is your life and the length of your days,¬†that you may live in¬†the land which the¬†Lord¬†swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give them.‚ÄĚ — Deuteronomy 30:19-20

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Hope And Justice

So there is no justice among us,
    and we know nothing about right living.
We look for light but find only darkness.
    We look for bright skies but walk in gloom.
We grope like the blind along a wall,
    feeling our way like people without eyes.
Even at brightest noontime,
    we stumble as though it were dark.
Among the living,
    we are like the dead.
We growl like hungry bears;
    we moan like mournful doves.
We look for justice, but it never comes.
    We look for rescue, but it is far away from us.
For our sins are piled up before God
    and testify against us.
    Yes, we know what sinners we are.
We know we have rebelled and have denied the Lord.
    We have turned our backs on our God.
We know how unfair and oppressive we have been,
    carefully planning our deceitful lies.
14 Our courts oppose the righteous,
    and justice is nowhere to be found.
Truth stumbles in the streets,
    and honesty has been outlawed.
15 Yes, truth is gone,
    and anyone who renounces evil is attacked.

The Lord looked and was displeased
    to find there was no justice.
He was amazed to see that no one intervened
    to help the oppressed.
So he himself stepped in to save them with his strong arm,
    and his justice sustained him.
He put on righteousness as his body armor
    and placed the helmet of salvation on his head.
He clothed himself with a robe of vengeance
    and wrapped himself in a cloak of divine passion.
18 He will repay his enemies for their evil deeds.
    His fury will fall on his foes.
    He will pay them back even to the ends of the earth.
In the west, people will respect the name of the Lord;
    in the east, they will glorify him.
For he will come like a raging flood tide
    driven by the breath of the Lord.

“The Redeemer will come to Jerusalem
    to buy back those in Israel
who have turned from their sins,‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†says the¬†Lord. — Isaiah 59:9-20 NLT

Things really have not changed since this was written in the book of Isaiah. God sent His Son. Seek Him and repent (confess and turn from your sin). Our only hope is Jesus Christ.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Jesus Is Coming

Therefore having¬†overlooked¬†the times of ignorance, God is¬†now declaring to men that all¬†people¬†everywhere should repent,¬†because He has fixed¬†a day in which¬†He will judge¬†the world in righteousness¬†through a Man whom He has¬†appointed, having furnished proof to all men¬†by¬†raising Him from the dead.‚ÄĚ — Acts 17:30-31

Are you ready to receive the King of kings? He came once to bring salvation and redemption. The time is now to repent. When Jesus returns it will be for judgment. Do you know Jesus? He is the righteousness by which you will judged. Know Him and be saved from eternal condemnation.

Christians can truly rejoice at Christmas time knowing Jesus is the Christ. Christians can continue to rejoice because of the righteousness poured out on them by the blood of Jesus. Christians rejoice knowing that Jesus is coming again. O glorious day!

Are you ready?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

Do All My Will

After He had¬†removed him (Saul), He raised up David to be their king, concerning whom He also testified and said, ‚ÄėI¬†have found David¬†the son of Jesse,¬†a man after My heart, who will do all My¬†will.‚Äô¬†From the descendants of this man,¬†according to promise, God has brought to Israel¬†a Savior, Jesus,¬†after¬†John had proclaimed before¬†His coming a¬†baptism of repentance to all the people of Israel.¬†And while John¬†was completing his course,¬†he kept saying, ‚ÄėWhat do you suppose that I am? I am not¬†He. But behold, one is coming after me the sandals of whose feet I am not worthy to untie.‚Äô Acts 13:22-25

God has a plan. I know we have heard that time and time again, but it is true. God chose David to be the bloodline of Jesus. God chose John to proclaim His coming with the baptism of repentance. God has chosen each of us for a purpose.

Through both David and John, God was glorified. How about you? Do you bring God glory each day? Are you a person after God’s own heart? Doing all God’s will? Are you completing the course God has laid out for you? Are you proclaiming that Jesus is worthy, bringing salvation to all, telling of the promise of the Messiah fulfilled?

This month as we anticipate the coming of Christmas Day, I hope that you would reflect on the coming of Jesus as a babe in swaddling clothes and the impact He had and still does on this world. Are you sharing the true meaning of this season as you shop, bake, put up the tree and decorate your home?

What do you suppose that I am? One not worthy to do the will of the Lord but entrusted to know His heart and do His will. He is worthy! He is King! He is to be glorified! Hope there is room in your life for Jesus this Christmas season.

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon

 

Obedience And The Holy Spirit

When they had brought them, they stood them¬†before¬†the Council. The high priest questioned them,saying, ‚ÄúWe gave you¬†strict orders not to continue teaching in this name, and¬†yet, you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching and¬†intend to bring this man‚Äôs blood upon us.‚Ä̬†But Peter and the apostles answered,¬†‚ÄúWe must obey God rather than men.¬†The God of our fathers¬†raised up Jesus,whom you had¬†put to death by hanging Him on a¬†cross.¬†31¬†He is the one whom God exalted¬†to His right hand as a¬†Prince and a¬†Savior, to grant¬†repentance to Israel, and forgiveness of sins.¬†And we are¬†witnesses¬†of these things; and¬†so is¬†the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey Him.‚Ä̬†— Acts 5:27-32

Here we find Peter before the Council again with not just John but the”apostles” also. I love the fact that they shared the gospel message here before the Council. The circumstance did not dictate where or when they shared. They shared because “we must obey God rather than men”.

How important is obedience? The Holy Spirit is given to those who obey as a living witness in them. How we tend to miss that. Could that be why we are not effective witnesses for Christ? We are quick to come to salvation, for eternal well being, but when it comes to obedience that is another story. Could our disobedience quench the witness of the Holy Spirit* in us?

The apostles had no problem sharing the gospel wherever they happened to be by the power of the Holy Spirit by obedience to God. How’s the obedience factor going in your life?

Continually seeking Him,

Sharon