I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
I needed a savior! I had exhausted every other option and was desperate for change. After accepting Christ, I soon realized that any of my own “goodness” was nothing without the goodness of Jesus. I prayed and cried out for God to give me His heart. I wanted Him to show me my flaws so I could surrender them to Him and He could make me whole. Nine years later, I’m still repenting. Repentance is a continual action. We repent and ask Jesus in our heart for salvation and Jesus’ honors that, but we must take up our cross daily (crucify our flesh) to become whole. This process will take us from faith to faith and glory to glory. God wants it to be on earth as it is in heaven. He wants us to function in the fullness of what He has called us to. Every time we feel comfortable in our selves He is sure to reveal our flaws and pull back another layer in need of deliverance. Our need for Him is never ending. We can do nothing lasting outside of Him! God is always sure to give us instruction after repentance. Whether it be through His word, personal revelation, or by a messenger sent by Him, he wants us to be set on the proper path. It is then our obedience that will produce the blessing. If we don’t feel like we are receiving an answer we may be sure that every solution is in the Bible, but we must search it out. Even at times when I felt God was specifically talking to me personally, I would always be brought back to scripture to back it up. We all are a forever work in progress. The moment when we think that we have arrived will be the moment that we stop growing. I challenge you to take a deeper look at your inward parts and ask God to measure you against His word. God wants to bring you higher, but he is waiting on you to come. This message is for everyone. No one person is exempt.
Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is patient with us and wants us all to experience the fullness of His promise towards us.
2 Peter 3:9
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Father, we thank You for Your patience and mercy towards us. We want to come up higher and experience a new level of Your glory. Show us ourselves and bring conviction in the areas you want to deal with now. Forgive us for not being quick to repent and casting judgment on others before looking at ourselves. Show us in Your word how to live according to the fullness of Your promise for our lives. Make us whole that we might have an impact on those around us and have greater influence for the advancement of Your kingdom. We choose to obey and give You glory. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!