Repent – face the Light
Change Your Mind, Change Your Life
This is not a time for believers in Christ to be in fear or despair. God, our Father, is very actively revealing His goodness on Earth, NOW. Those who come into agreement with Him and His Word will know His goodness and will participate with Him in revealing His love. It is very important for believers in Jesus not to look at the current darkness of the world more than they are looking at the light of God’s glory. I sought Jehovah, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. They looked to Him, and were filled with light; and their faces were not ashamed. (Psalms 34:4-5 MKJV) This is the time to walk in the light.
“The people who dwell in darkness saw a great light, and to those who dwell in the land and darkness of death a light rose for them.” From then on Y’shua [Jesus] began to preach and to say, “You must continuously repent for the Kingdom of the Heavens has come near” (Mat 4:16-17 ONMB). The tense used in the Greek language tells us to walk in repentance every day. Repentance is not a one time event; it is a life-style of transformation as we walk humbly with God.
For many Christians the word repent is misunderstood and not a popular subject. However, Paul wrote in Hebrews 6:1 that repentance is a foundation principle like faith. John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus by teaching about repentance. Jesus also began his ministry by telling people they must repent because the Kingdom of Heaven was within their reach. At that time they did not realize that Jesus is the King and He is the light. When a person first comes to God they repent by turning their heart to God and away from their old life. The ability to repent comes from the grace of God as a person receives a revelation of God’s goodness, (Romans 2:4, Acts 11:18, 2nd Timothy 2:25).
Repent – What Does it Mean?
To repent means to change the way you think. This is very important because when you change what you think you change your life. The Bible says that what you think is who you really are, Proverbs 23:7. What you speak, what you do, and how you feel will follow what you think. Your mind and thoughts are the front line in God’s transforming work in you. Changing what you think changes your life and sets a new direction for your future. Repentance is a decision to believe and walk in the light of a revelation of truth from God.
Repentance also means to turn away from sin and turn toward God, to face Him. Sin is anything that distracts you away from God. When you turn toward God your spiritual senses begin to focus on Him. This puts you in position to receive revelation from Him. Revelation from God causes you to change your perspective which causes you to change what you think. What you focus on you will connect with and become like.
When one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. (2 Corinthians 3:16-18 NKJV)
When you focus on Jesus the veil of deception and darkness is removed and you begin to see the light of His glory. This allows the Holy Spirit to do a transforming work in you. Notice we go from glory to glory, revelation to revelation, which causes us to change the way we think as we come into agreement with what God is revealing to us. We are transformed by changing what we think. Repentance is not going back and starting over; it is going from one level to the next level in your walk with Go