“THE PRINCIPLES OF GENUINE REPENTANCE.”
God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being. As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.
“Therefore since we are God’s offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone—an image made by human design and skill. In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. Acts17; 27-30.
Most Christians have been misguided especially when it comes to the word “Repentance” as many Christians have not found this genuine repentance and they are comfortable in their zones presuming that they are going to Heaven, its really sad, if we have to live on assumptions then no one will ever enter heaven. Many could have repented but a few found genuine repentance and others still struggling with genuine repentance. It will take you some years and cost your life to find genuine repentance after when God has broken that house or that temple you think you have. We can never have two kings in the same palace and in the same house on one throne. It is the same way in the body of Christ, Jesus Christ is the king and wants the throne alone, and this by the Holy Spirit seating in us and he reigns but some of us want to own our lives and want to drive ourselves then we become our own kings on the heart throne. Many have been told about repentance however its not been easy to understand this repentance,
Today I decided to share with you the principles of genuine repentance and you can find true and genuine repentance basing on the parable of the two sons and we can find the roots of genuine repentance and principles that govern repentance as Christians we can learn from the story, this will help your life, your mothers life, and family as we continue to desire to live godly life and not withstanding persecution for that, by this we know we are upright with God.
Parable about Two Sons
“But what do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today. ’His son replied, ‘I don’t want to,’ but later he changed his mind and went. Then the fathers went to the other son and told him the same thing. He replied, ‘I will, sir,’ but he didn’t go. Which of the two did the father’s will?”
They answered, “The first one.”
Jesus told them, “I tell all of you with certainty, tax collectors and prostitutes will get into God’s kingdom ahead of you! John came to you living a righteous life, and you didn’t believe him, but the tax collectors and prostitutes did. But even when you saw that, you didn’t change your minds at last and believe him.” Mathew21:28-32.
When you look at the story of the two sons, the first one first refused and was disobedient to the Father and refused to go work in the vineyard but later he changed his mind and went to work, this means
He repented by change of his mind, attitude, behavior, spirit, heart and turned away from disobedience and went and worked in the vineyard, so he realized he had done wrong to disobey his father and then he did the right thing by acknowledging what he had done, he understoond his condition in that he was in sin and turned way with attitude, mind, spirit, heart and behavior to please the Father and did exactly what he wanted him to do, thats Repentance, but the second Son accepted he would go but he didnot go, so thís means confession by mouth is not Repentance minus change of your behavior, spirit,heart and turn away from sin to be dependant on Ğod is not Repentance, these are people who profess to know Ğod but in works they deny him, in behavior they deny him, Titus1:16. So a person who understands he is lost finds redemption through repentance and gets Salvation. Learn from the story most Christians are like the second Son, they speak only on lips when professing Ğod and Jesus christ but in them no change and transformation
The word “repent” has become an archaic and much misunderstood word. It has become a “funny word,” a choice word for humor and mockery. Let me tell you, however, that one cannot possibly hear a more serious or important word. Repentance is the one and only gateway to God, through which every soul must one day pass if he or she is to have life. The soul that finds this funny can only be pitied.
It is said that repentance is the changing of one’s mind – the determination to stop sinning, that is, the willful decision to stop breaking God’s laws. These things are all true. However, repentance is more than that, or, at least, it can be described in different terms to understand how great a thing it is.
Repentance is nothing less than the complete relinquishing of one’s right to one’s self. It is to cease, in all matters of life, from being independent of God in any way or anything. If we presume to govern our lives and make decisions based on our desires, preferences, and understanding, we are unrepentant and living in sin, no matter how exemplary or virtuous our lives are deemed to be. On the other hand, if we unconditionally yield up our right to ourselves and surrender to God, we are repentant.
Truly, we never had a right to ourselves. That is because we did not originate in ourselves. We did not create ourselves. God created us, and we are therefore His. Being His, He has full rights to us. We have no rights but such as are subordinate to Him.
Some have presumed to have experienced repentance or salvation, because they struck an agreement with God that goes something like this: “God, if You get me out of this mess, if You heal me, if You save me, I will dedicate my life to serving You. I will do anything you ask.” That is not repentance; it is a bargain. It is a spurious conversion, an act and attitude of righteousness coming from a sinful person who is totally incapable of honoring any kind of agreement or bargain with God.
The very first step of faith toward God is repentance. So how can there be any spiritual progress with a person unless there is the first step in completion? Let us examine the nature of true repentance before God or principles of repentance towards God.
A prime component of repentance is the acceptance of consequences for sin: “I am guilty. I deserve whatever punishment God is pleased to administer to me and I will avoid it no longer. I would rather have my debt cleared than pretend it isn’t there or hide it from those against whom I have sinned.”
Without all of the vital elements, repentance is not complete. Those elements are: one, acknowledgment of the sin; two, confession of the sin; three, candidness about the sin; four, sorrow for the harm done to those sinned against, not for the consequences of the sin; five, full acceptance of the consequences for the sin; six, apologies and restitution when and where possible; seven, complete desire to never commit that sin again; and eight, total dependence on the Savior Jesus Christ to keep one from ever committing the sin again.
Take out any one of those eight elements and there is not a genuine wrought-of-God repentance.
Consider that these eight elements compose only the first step of a walk of faith, and these elements come together as the parts of a body come together. As a body does not come in separate parts, but as a whole and single unit, so genuine repentance does not come in separate parts. Should your neighbor come to visit you, he will not come piece by piece; he will come in one intact body.
We know that repentance can’t be made up or forced on anyone. The elements we mention are solely the true marks that indicate or prove that true repentance exists.
And true repentance is the heart acknowledgment of God as Creator, Sustainer, and Rightful Governor of all His creation. Repentance is to confess not only with the tongue, but also with the entire life, that Jesus Christ is Lord of all.
We are not our own to do with as we please. To acknowledge, not with the lips only, not with the mind only, but with the heart, that we are not our own, that we are His, that is repentance. To acknowledge that we are His for all time, in all things, beginning not only now, but from the time we first existed, that is repentance.
To say, “Not my will, but Thine be done,” is repentance. Instead of saying (by our lives and attitudes), “You are not going to tell me what to do,” it is saying, “You are Lord, my Lord. All that I am and have is Yours. Never was it mine, nor ever will it be. Do with me as it pleases You, whatever it may be, whether I like it or not, want it or not, choose it or not.”
Repentance is not a matter of religion. It is not a matter of choosing a lifestyle. It is not a matter of accepting a doctrine or set of doctrines. It is not a matter of “going to church,” or going to seminary or Bible School. Repentance is total surrender to God.
Repentance is not a demonstration or performance of any kind to others. It is not a show of piety or humility or heroism. It is not a matter of deciding to be godly or saintly. It is not a matter of asceticism (making one’s self suffer pain or deprivation). It is not a matter of a commitment to some cause or great work. It is not a matter of giving one’s self to total sacrifice. Repentance is refraining completely from depending in any way on one’s own power or ability to come into favor with God, and trusting completely in God to do the job instead. Repentance is turning completely from depending on oneself, to depending on God to make one right.
Repentance is a surrender of body, soul, and spirit to God. It is acknowledging that He is Lord of all, that He governs all things, and that unless He wills anything in our lives, it does not happen.
Repentance is to decide to see all of existence as God sees it. It is to recognize that God is active and involved in everything, and to agree with how He sees and does all.
With genuine repentance is the discovery that the Kingdom of God reigns supreme over all and that all things are determined from above.
With repentance comes the beginning of the power to determine right from wrong.
With repentance comes the beginning of life, hope, peace, joy, love, understanding, true righteousness, purpose, and direction. It is written:
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. Stubborn fools despise wisdom and discipline” (Proverbs 1:7).
Repentance is the initiatory stage of reconciliation with God. It is the introduction to receiving His Spirit. With repentance, in due time, God comes to dwell within the person. Another work then begins, a work as great as, or greater than, the one before, until the penitent soul enters rest, the third and final stage. Of that stage, dimension, and realm, it is written:
“Everyone who wins the victory this way will wear white clothes. I will never erase their names from the Book of Life. I will acknowledge them in the presence of My Father and His angels” (Revelation 3:5).
“I will make everyone who wins the victory a pillar in the temple of My God. They will never leave it again. I will write on them the Name of My God, the name of the City of My God (the New Jerusalem coming down out of Heaven from My God), and My new Name” (Revelation 3:12).
Repentance takes the soul out of the slums and into a posh neighborhood, out of back alleys, rummaging for garbage to eat, into a palace of sumptuous dining.
Be warned, however, you must count the cost. Do not listen to charlatans and false preachers who gather souls to themselves in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, selling you religion as merchandise. They are everywhere, pretending to serve God, to have revelation, to be ministers of God, to love you (if ever so sincerely), but seeking their own gain. True repentance is not an eternal joy ride. It will cost you your life. Of the apostles Paul and Barnabas, it is written that they were:
“… confirming the souls of the disciples, calling on them to continue in the faith and that through much tribulation we must enter into the Kingdom of God” (Acts 14:22).
Lest anyone should think differently, a disciple is not a special calling among Christians. A disciple is a Christian, and a Christian is a disciple. If one is not a disciple, one is not a Christian, and vice versa. A Christian is one who has experienced repentance as I have defined it here, according to Holy Scripture, which, by the way, true disciples, Christians, penitents, love.
Paul also wrote to Timothy, saying:
“Yea, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Timothy 3:12).
Beware of the counterfeit, of copycats. There are cheapie and preferable repentances out there for bargain prices. Confession of Jesus Christ with the lips (“accepting Jesus into the heart as Savior”) with church membership and attendance is the most common, popular and deceptive copycat message of salvation preached.
While it is true that Jesus Christ is Savior, that one does not earn his or her salvation, that fellowship with believers is desirable and important, and that Jesus Christ comes to dwell within the believing penitent if he or she continues in repentance to the receiving of the Spirit, it is not true that it is easy or simple or quickly and completely accomplished. Jesus declared:
“And calling near the crowd with His disciples, He said to them, Whoever will come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me” (Mark 8:34).
Make no mistake. The genuine article is free, but it will cost you your life. Jesus said:
“For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he may have enough to finish it; lest perhaps, after he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish, all those seeing begin to mock him, saying, This man began to build and was not able to finish” (Luke 14:28-30).
It is written:
“And Jesus said to him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head. And He said to another, Follow Me! But he said, Lord, first allow me to go and bury my father. Jesus said to him, Let the dead bury their dead, but you go and proclaim the Kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow You, but first allow me to take leave of those in my house. And Jesus said to him, No one, having put his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the Kingdom of God” (Luke 9:58-62).
Repentance therefore doesn’t mean the state of being sorry about sin or regret about sin but rather it should be sincere total turn away from sin, in both the mind, heart and from self to God and produce the fruits worthy of Repentance that is Holiness and Righteousness.
WHO REQUIRES TO REPENT?
The question above is for all, therefore everyone needs Repentance to God and turn to Christ Jesus for Salvation and this is thus for All Christians Believers, and Non-Believers, all for Born Again Christians as well. Since the generation is too wicked and full of sin we all need to repent, Uganda needs to Repent, USA needs to Repent, and all other countries need to Repent for turning away from the Word of God operate in Injustice, Corruption, homosexuality, poor Governance of God’s People and the Church of Christ Needs to Repent and Moslems need to Repent and Believe in the only son of God Jesus Christ who is the only savior of the world and also People need to Repent and turn away from false doctrines of religions who have taken the people of God into worshiping of False gods like Hail Mary, who have taken religions as salvation other than Jesus Christ .
We all need to Repent from our own ways and get on the Life of God and Jesus Christ by leaving worshiping our IDOLS, following our own ways, living in iniquities…
People in this generation are worshiping Football instead of God and Jesus Christ, people are worshiping soaps and operas , films, and all these have become Idols for them, people are worshiping Money, instead of God our Savior, people have engaged in very many detestable things before God hence everyone requires Repentance, here is the command that we are violating;
“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lordis one! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.
“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. Deutronomy6; 4-9.
This is all that can change your life and become the servant of God, it’s the only gateway to heaven. If you take it for granted there wont be another chance or another day. Today if your repentance and your salvation and the word is very near to God. You have got to accept for God to break that house you built with your hands and let him build his genuine house whose materials are never here but made by God himself. If you accept today repent from your character, behavior, from your sins, from your disobedience, unbelief and accept that Jesus Christ reigns in all things and be depend on him alone then you will be repentant. However, this does not just come, it takes a step to produce worthy of repentance.
May the Gracious Lord the creator of Heaven and the Earth give you mercy and Grace to pass through all this wicked generation.
I remain Asher Namanya the bondservant of God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who did not come by the will of man but by the will of God through Christ Jesus our lord.
Peace to you all and grace be multiplied who will take these words to heart and repent.