Repentance and God: We serve a God who has made a way for us to be in relationship with Him.
Joel 2:1-2 and 1 John 1:9 and 2 Pet 3: 9
Matt Erbaugh writes: “…true repentance comes not merely by understanding the relational aspect of sin, but by understanding the nature of the One with whom we are in relationship. In other words, the more we see God as glorious and holy, the more we will see sin as something to weep over. Repentance is less about feeling bad over behaviour, and more about feeling awe and delight towards God.”
Today, as we begin our prayer and fasting, let’s marvel at the One who has made a way for our sin to be washed whiter than snow, so that we can commune with Him.
Repentance and us: Sin separates us from God.
Psalm 51 (David’s Psalm of repentance)
Can you define your iniquity, your transgressions, your sin (vs 2-3)? What are the areas where you feel the conviction of the Holy Spirit?
As you press on in prayer and fasting, remember He is merciful (vs 1). Look to Jesus. Ask God to break you and heal you (vs 8) and be comforted by the Spirit (vs 11). Rejoice and proclaim truth (vs 12-15)
Repentance – is a beautiful gift of reconciliation to God and with others.
2 Tim 2:25.
If we want to obey the command to rend our hearts, we must ask God to grant us true repentance, recognising that sin severs the relationship with God and in turn can affect our relationships with others with our words and actions(whether intentional or not).
1 Pet 1:15-16
Gods plan is that we be holy as He is holy. He desires a broken-hearted people who mourn over their sin.
Next community prayer opportunity Sun 9.30am Kowhai Room
No texts on Sunday mornings
Conviction: The awareness through the work of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8) of where God wants to heal my character and restore my relationships.
2nd Corinthians 7:8-12
What is the Holy Spirit convicting you about at the present time? This could be specific conflicts (present or historical), patterns of behaviour in your own life or in a particular group you are part of or general character traits e.g. fruit of the spirit. Know that this convicting work is not to condemn us but to bring us to a flourishing life.
Repentance Bible Study for download on the website
Community prayer opportunity Mon 8pm Kowhai Room