You cannot begin the restoration process until you face the fact that you have a past that must be addressed.
The key to overcoming that harmful past is to REPENT from your part in that past. Repentance suggests a genuine change of mind that affects the life in some way, Anyone can repent of bad habits such as smoking or drinking and break that bad habit as a result.
Repentance leads to salvation. As you change your mind about your problem, it leads to a focus on the solution.
In life, no matter what your problem, the final solution is a right relationship with Jesus Christ.
No matter what you have thought previously about Him, you can trust Him to be your Savior.
This is the only form of repentance that truly brings about eternal change.
Peter was preaching on the Day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit was sent to all men in Acts Chapter 2. Verse 38 says: “Then Peter said to them, Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and
you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Paul standing in the midst of the Areopagus in Athens, Greece is recorded in Acts 17:30 as saying: “Truly these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”
II Peter 3:9 puts it this way: “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but all should come to repentance.”
Every person must repent. Repent means to turn away from our sin. To change. To start over by choosing to do things that honor God rather
than offend Him.
Those who have become victims of violations of our own selves or by the hands of others often feel hopelessly bound to the past.
Some feel they will never be able to “break free” from the emotional bondage and some feel their lives will never change.
The reason is that a victim is focused on the problem, not the solution.
A. The good news is that YOU CAN CHANGE. You must be willing to take responsibility for your life now, today.
Open the door of your heart and allow God to have free access.
Then, you will be able to turn around away from the problems and focus on the solution.
Take time to look up the following verses and grasp the eight truths that follow. Use a highlighter and mark these verses in your own Bible for future reference.
1. My sin can be forgiven
2. I can experience a new life free from my past
1 Peter 1:3
I Peter 1:23
I John 5:1
A remorseful man, wanting to reassure his skeptical wife, said: “I’m going to make a 360-degree turn.”
David Jeremiah writes: “That’s the kind of change a lot of people make.
A 360-degree turn is no change at all. What we need is a 180-degree change, a reverse direction, a U-Turn.
“In driving, U-turns are handy when we realize we’re going in the wrong way.
The same is true in life. The Lord tells us to turn from our wicked ways and to turn toward Him in confession and true repentance.
This involves a change of heart, a change of mind and a change of direction.
“What direction are you traveling right now? Don’t keep barreling the wrong way. Turn 180 degrees to Christ and start living for Him today
(*Source: Turning Point Daily Devotional, 7-24-10)
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