Repentance- Opening the Door
Day 2 of starting the new year right. Yesterday’s post can be found here.
A minister parked his car in a no-parking zone in a large city because he was short of time and couldn’t find a space with a meter. Then he put a note under the windshield wiper that read: “I have circled the block 10 times. If I don’t park here, I’ll miss my appointment. Forgive us our trespasses.” When he returned, he found a citation from a police officer along with this note: “I’ve circled this block for 10 years. If I don’t give you a ticket I’ll lose my job. Lead us not into temptation.”
We all know the difference between right and wrong. Chances are we have all repented. I want to touch on two things. Now when you’ve done something wrong
1. We must repent of our sins and change our ways. NOT Just repent but believe the good news. That Jesus has OVER come the world and NO sin is too great for his power. We must just BELIEVE and take steps towards the cross.
a. Mark 1:15 "The time has come," he said. "The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!"
2. Don’t let the enemy remind you of your past. REMEMBER, you are redeemed and covered by the blood. The enemy will do EVERYTHING HE CAN to try to remind you of his path. We have peace in Christ Jesus. Remember, what every it is BUT GOD has overcome the world.
a. John 16:33 “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world."
Prayer: Communion With God
I’ve decided to share with you some encouragement to start the year. I’ve entitled this How to start a new year right.
Today's will be about prayer. The fact is prayer is our communion with God.
What is communion you ask? It is association or fellowship. “Communion is God's communication to us coupled with our response to him — all in such a way that he's glorified and we're glad.1”
We don’t need to go too far to see how to pray as Jesus gives us the perfect examples. Don’t over think prayer. It’s like talking to a loved one BUT with fear and trembling. Don’t be intimidated to ask God for anything. Future decisions, struggles or sickness. The devil wants to discourage you from getting close with the power God has given us.
I love you all. Don’t forget every blessing and transformation with God.
Start the day off with the simple prayer Jesus gave us -
“He said to them, “When you pray, say: “ ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation. ’ ””
Luke 11:2-4 NIV
John works in the Finance industry. He is well versed in business strategy and data systems. His free time he spends at his church, hutning, traveling and following Formula 1 racing. He resides in New York.