Leadership

Authentic Repentence

3 Nov , 2007  

For the past couple of weeks, the Lord has been showing me and speaking to me about repentance in our generation. So I begin studying this thing we call repentance and came to 4 underlying fact….

  1. that in order for there to be authentic forgiveness, there must first be sincere repentance/lamenting.
  2. Repenting and apologizing are different to a degree.
  3. God always wants to bring us back into a state of repentance
  4. Through sincere repentance… the judgment/Wrath of God maybe relented

Lets break it down….

  1. That in order for there to be authentic forgiveness, there must first be sincere repentance/lamenting. When we repent, we are relinquishing all rights and benefits of the sin we have committed. It’s an act of saying and believing. Repentance in a sense is a type of worship because we are admitting that we have sinned and that we must be forgiven by the only one who can give us total forgiveness, Jesus! When we repent we turn away from sin and turn to Jesus. First Sincere Repentance… Then True Forgiveness – 1 John 1:9
  2. Sincere Repenting and apologizing are different to a degree. We can only repent to God. Repenting always has some measure of love in it.- Luke 7:41-48 It is a turning away from sin and acknowledging that we were “lost” in that moment. When there is repentance that is sincere… GOD HAS TO FORGIVE YOU. An excuse/reason can NEVER be given when we repent for what done.. Repenting is an act of spiritual and soul cleansing… Repenting should bring about change and learning Apologizing is only done toward people… and they have a choice to forgive or not to forgive you. It’s knowing you have done wrong and admitting it to the person. When you apologize, often times there’s an excuse with reasoning. Apologizing is an act soul cleansing.Apologizing should bring about change and learning
  3. God always wants to bring us back into a state of repentance. God is always trying to get us to come back to Him as people. God is willing to relent or to cancel the Judgment instead of issuing it. Through prayer, God changes what He releases in our lives. The course of events or the end result can be changed. One of the great examples of God’s willingness to relent is found in the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. “Upon learning of God’s intentions to judge the city, Abraham asked the Lord if He would relent and save it if there were only fifty righteous people in it. The Lord said that He would, so Abraham pressed the question. Abraham said, “If there were only ten righteous in the city, would You spare them?” The Lord told Abraham that He would” (Gen. 18:22-33).
  4. Through sincere repentance… the judgment/Wrath of God maybe relented. When there is sincere repentance, change is brought forth. There is a learning process that begins. When God is seeing that we are learning.. he holds back his decrees and judgment so that he can tenderly teach us. He allures us back into the desert. (Hosea 2:14-16) Allure means “take my hand… I’m going to lead/show you somewhere. I’m going WITH you!” It’s in the desert that our Father allures us to where we learn to desire and love him. Where He will teach us our new name and how we should embrace Him.

The instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up, to pull down, and to destroy it, if that nation against whom I have spoken turns from its evil, I will relent of the disaster that I thought to bring upon it. And the instant I speak concerning a nation and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it, if it does evil in My sight so that it does not obey My voice, then I will relent concerning the good with which I said I would benefit it. (Jer.18:7-10)

I will leave you with this…..

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.(2 Chronicles 7:14)

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Leadership

I’m a Christian… Ill-Equipped???

6 Sep , 2007  

Have you ever wondered why our generation is so far from the past generation…? I mean, we have advanced in so many ways from a technology standpoint, media, creative ideas, and even to the point of how we view God, the Church, and the people who called themselves “Christians.”

Why is it that so many teens called themselves Christians, but really don’t have a true understanding of what it means to be a Christian. Now lets throw sinning to the side, cause we all know that its wrong and that we will be judge for it…. but what about the things we should be doing. Such as reading our bible, praying, fasting, praise & worship… wasn’t we commanded to do those things also. God did not tell us just to obey and follow the 10 Commandments… but we also were told/given the core value system of the Kingdom of Heaven by Jesus. (Matt ch. 5-7, John ch. 14-17, etc)

Why is it that we who claim to be Christian don’t even do the simple requirement that has been demanded of us…. We claim to be Christians, but we are never praying, never witnessing and we dont even carry our bibles to church.

I remember about 2 months ago, I had to literally deal with this in our youth ministry. The teens were just showing up to church; no bibles in hand, they were hardly praying/worshipping during services… it were as if they was coming just to party and see each other. We would visit other churches and only 1 particular person would true be into the message, taking notes and engaged in his bible during the message.

I had to sit down on a Saturday evening with them and find out what was going through their heads… What drove them to proclaim that they are Christians and that they couldn’t even do the simple requirement in bringing their bibles to church and follow along with the speaker… What made me really upset and disappointed was that majority of them didn’t even know the vision of the youth ministry – And mind you, that these are the regular kids who attend and how we hit our vision someway or another every month. This 3 hours spill from me had some interesting things come out it.

I found out that they had lost the passion not only for the youth ministry but that they had also lost the passion for Jesus. They were exhausted from the wear/tear of school, their family and the pressures of life. It wasn’t a result of boring teaching, it wasn’t that there was no fun, or that they was physically tired from their day…. it all resulted from them being ill-equipped. No matter how fun the youth services are, how excellent and relevant the teaching is, or how much technology you have.. if their hearts are not already motivated and ravished by the man, Christ Jesus… at some point the passion will dwindled down. They have to allow this to take place… its not on mommy and daddy, nor is it the youth pastor job. They must take accountability for themselves.

We are in a desperate need for something that is real and raw for this generation of young people. Can we just stop faking the funk and truly allow Jesus to ravish our souls and radiate our hearts. Let us truly be Christians… there is nothing worse for a person who claims to be a Christian to not show/act like what they are. We are Christ followers… lets carry our cross daily