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REPENT

From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near."  Matthew 4:17 (NIV)

 

Repent! From the Old Testament through the New Testament, the prophets preached it. John the Baptist preached it. Jesus preached it. Peter and Paul preached it.

 

It must be important, so what does it meant to repent? To repent is to turn from a mindset of "my way is right" to "God's way is right." It is an about-face of one's heart, turning from sin to faith in Jesus. It is made possible only by God's grace, granted as a gift to us. Jesus commands all people everywhere to repent. Don't delay! Now is the time to repent.

 

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HERE WE GO AGAIN!

It seems like I just started my One Year Bible Reading a short time ago!!  But...here we go again! Starting from the front of the book and reading it daily, regularly, to mine the heart of God, search out His wisdom for daily living and to deepen my understanding of Who He is.  This is the path of wisdom. This is the work of relationship. This is the journey of one who wants to live righteously in fellowship with his or her Creator. 

Unfortunately, my fallenness  requires me to regularly , faithfully remind myself of the dangers of living life on my own. It would be a tragedy to look back and find 2018 to be characterized as living my life based on my own, limited wisdom.  My own flesh works against me, tempting me to live rebelliously and disobediently which leads to death.  Today’s reading from Proverbs says, “Indeed, it is useless to spread the baited net in the sight of any bird; but they lie in wait for their own blood; they ambush their own lives.” (Pro. 1:17-18) 

Birds have more sense than to allow themselves to be caught in a trap they watched being set.  Yet, my flesh will bait me to do things that are destructive and deadly to ME!  Here we go again! We are engaged, not simply in a reread of the Bible, but in a rearming of ourselves against foolishness...a reminding of ourselves of the  weakness of our flesh....a refortification of our spiritual armor so that we can ‘stand firm’ in 2018!

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