Why is it that many modern Christians believe that repentance is only done if and when we sin?
Teshuva, the Hebrew word for repentance, means “to turn”, and since it’s a verb, an action, when does it stop?
So could it be that repentance needs to be a life-style of something pro-actively done instead of something reactively done?
Yeshua told us that flesh gives birth to flesh, and spirit gives birth to spirit. So as you sow so shall you reap. Why is it that we are constantly struggling with defeat of the flesh? The answer is simple...we are all defeated by default. You don’t have to do anything to be defeated by the flesh. Spend another day glued to the T.V. or some other form of entertainment? Round one goes to the flesh. Forgot to pray today? Round two goes to the flesh again. Forgot where you left your bible again? Round three, lost again. By default the flesh cleans our clock time after time, and once we learn that starving our spirit gives strength to the flesh alone rather than to our walks with God, only then we can stop complaining about our lives not working and start to change. Thankfully my God is no respecter of persons. He is an equal opportunity prayer receiver and life changer.
Yeshua, while in the flesh on earth, awoke each day early and spent the dawn of each day with His Father in prayer. (Mark 1:35 reference)
What’s your excuse? Doesn’t matter that you’ve already lost the day by default by not showing up to your appointment with God. Yeshua even provided the foundation of praying to God to make it simple for us. So really, do we have a leg to stand on when we look the Lord in the eye face to face? As we all will someday, I just don’t want to look upon Him and watch Him turn or walk away by merely my gaze upon His face.
The mere thought of that possibly happening brings many painful emotions to my heart. I pray it can motivate you as much as it has motivated me to hear the Lord’s cry, “Come to me, come to me all who are weary all who are burdened and I will give you rest. Come to me.” He loves us so, and when we forget to keep our appointments with Him, as with any good friend, it can get harder and harder to reach Him later when we truly need Him. I know this may sound strange, but we need to treat Jesus similar to a new friend on a date - you know, like your first love when you started dating. Would you just keep standing them up and keep forgetting to show up date after date? My God is a jealous lover, how about yours? One of my daily prayers said in repentance is this, “Lord help me to become the man of God that you’ve called me to be.” Round One goes to the Spirit by Teshuva. Nice upper cut to the flesh on that one.
Matthew 6: 9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Please take note that our forgiveness from God the Father is conditional upon your forgiveness towards His creation.
There are many great “Our Father” outlines and commentaries online, so search it out and make an outline for yourself as part of your prayer life as soon as possible. I will say my favorite outline by far is by Larry Lea.
Our growth in God begins by prayer and our understanding of how things work. Once I understood how things worked in my life, my relationship with God grew exponentially. For many people such as myself, the curiosity bug infused. I need to completely understand something before I can acknowledge its importance to me and realize it’s not merely a suggestion by God. All Yeshua expects from me is to take Him at His word and trust Him, if I say I love Him. One thing is for sure, at least I am not alone with questioning everything before I do it.
I will say that I will be explaining everything I have learned about the importance of realizing how we are made by God in future messages. Until then, please think about your walk with God and how you can improve your relationship with Him without feeling sorry for yourself and without guilt and condemnation slapping you beside the head.
Forgive yourself as you forgive others, love yourself as you should love others, and you will begin to find the peace that HaMashiach Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah, Jesus Christ can give. Remember to keep turning to Yeshua and do your Teshuva and don’t lose to the flesh by default. Set a date with, Jesus your one and true lover, and to show up to your appointment today.
Oh, and just one more thing; He always jots the time down using a pencil, so just remember to write another time in before you leave for the day if you just can’t make it tomorrow. He’ll understand. He always does.