Daily Devotion

Time to Repent
God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.  2 Thessalonians 1:6-7
Evening!!!  I hope that you had a great day!  My day wasn't bad, just very long.  But I thought about this:  how can you expect to receive the benefits and forgiveness God promises if you don't ask for forgiveness?  Also in turn how can you expect to receive forgiveness without forgiving those who wrong you?
Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.  2 Timothy 2:25-26
Our repentance leads us to a knowledge of the truth–the truth of the possibilities that abound when we follow God's will.(2 Timothy 2:25-26)  Sin holds us captive to the devil's will.  When we continue to succumb to the desires of our flesh, we keep ourselves in bondage. We are the lost sheep that God seeks, the ones He sought to redeem with the gift of Christ.
We are also lead to the truth of how our lives will benefit from the guidance of the Holy Spirit.(Acts 2:38)  The Holy Spirit intercedes on our behalf in prayer and in the forgiveness of our sins.  And because of Jesus, God has given him to us forever when we repent and accept Christ.  The Holy Spirit says in Hebrews 10:17 that "and I will never again remember their sins and their lawless deeds."(GWT)  When we repent, our sins are wiped out and forgotten.  We are refreshed when we repent, and that is promise enough to get me through!(Act 3:19-20)  That refreshing is not just when we repent, but as Christians when the battles get too tough, God promises to carry our burdens.  He gives us breaks to refresh us.  But the best of all these promises is that Jesus Christ will be sent back for us.  Repentance leads us to heaven, the ultimate goal.(Luke 15:7)  I know I wanna go there!  All of the struggles and troubles are worth it when the end gift is salvation!  Be blessed!  Good night!



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