4 – ENGAGING THE POWERS OF THE KINGDOM – THE POWER OF REPENTANCE

4 – ENGAGING THE POWERS OF THE KINGDOM – THE POWER OF REPENTANCE

We ARE God’s children but we live in a fallen world. Most of us, from birth, were influenced by family, friends and the wider environment of the world to think and react like the people of the world. (Some of us were fortunate enough to have had godly parents who taught us the truth).

However, we were all born with a nature corrupted by sin and responsive to the devil’s lie… You don’t need God. You can be God.

When we were born again by the Holy Spirit, we received a new nature responsive to God and sensitive to His realm but… the sin nature still remains with all its ungodly beliefs and ideas.

So, under the direction and teaching of the Holy Spirit, we began the journey of renewing our minds by exchanging the lies we believed from birth with the truth contained in God’s Word. This is a slow and tedious process because our old nature clings tenaciously to the deception deeply grooved into our thought processes, that has prompted our sinful responses.

We have discussed the place that the TRUTH and the PROMISES play in this process of engaging the powers of the kingdom, but what God has said will be of no value to us without REPENTANCE.

We need to get rid of the idea that repentance has to do with feeling sorry for our sins. Repentance is not about emotion. It’s about transformation. Repentance is our response to the CONVICTION of the Holy Spirit.

Conviction is not about feeling guilty. It’s about revelation – the Holy Spirit reveals truth to us through the Word and we respond by believing and receiving the truth in place of the lie we have believed.

For example, somewhere during our early years, someone of significance… parent, teacher, family member, friend or peer, said something derogatory that confirmed our feelings of helplessness, uselessness or worthlessness.

But the Word says we are holy and beloved of God. The Holy Spirit convinces (convicts) us that God’s Word is true. We respond by repenting, changing our thoughts to line up with God’s Word.

That is REPENTANCE. Repentance is always our response to CONVICTION which is a work of the Spirit.

So, repentance is the next and vital step in our learning to overcome the world. If we are to use the powers of the kingdom to overcome the powers of the world that have driven us in the wrong direction, we must continually repent of the lies we have believed (unlearn) and learn who God is and who we are so that our faith is firmly rooted in the truth.

New Living Translation Bible NLT Bible. Hebrews 8:10

But this is the new covenant I will make with the people of Israel on that day, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their minds, and I will write them on their hearts.I will be their God, and they will be my people.

CONFESSION is or should be our response to anything the Holy Spirit reveals that is out of line with God’s Word. Again, confession isn’t about emotion, it’s about speaking. The Greek word translated “confession” is homologia (from which we get English words beginning with “homo-” meaning “the same” e.g., homosexual), and  “logeo” – to speak. It means “to speak the same words” or “to agree” .

When we agree with the Holy Spirit, we confess that He is right. Remember David when Nathan came to him after he had committed adultery with Bathsheba. His immediate response was, “I have sinned…” No excuses, no blaming or passing the buck. Confession paves the way for repentance.

CONFESSION can apply in different contexts. We agree with the Holy Spirit when we have believed a lie or transgressed God’s Word. This kind of confession leads us to repent or change our mind about what we have done or believed.

We can also confess something that is true.

“If you declare with your mouth, (same word homologeo), “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Romans 10:9 NIV

A positive confession is a powerful way to imprint the nature of God in our minds. God is love; God is good; Jesus is the way… etc. The ancient Hebrews used every opportunity to declare or confess, “Give thanks to the Lord for He is good; His covenant love endures forever.”

Let’s put these three interactions between the Holy Spirit and us together; CONVICTION, REPENTANCE and CONFESSION, and we have a powerful way to redirect our minds away from our sinful nature towards what the Spirit wants to do in us to reshape us into the image of Jesus.

This is kingdom power at work in us. We work with the Spirit to bring about the changes in the way we think that translates into who we become…

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

All Scripture quotations in this series

Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Luella Campbell


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