6“From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” – Matthew 4:17
One major reason believers suffer is due to sin, and the reason the world is suffering is also due to our individual and collective errors and sinful dispositions. Unfortunately, preaching regarding repentance is no longer popular these days. It is not uncommon these days to witness debates and controversies surrounding your newness in Christ Jesus. These debates are abounding simply because most people do not want to express genuine love, kindness and to show simple obedience to God’s commandments – in fact, most people do not want to take responsibility for their actions or inactions. The world remains in a fallen state because everyone is living without due regard to the safety and peace of one another. Now I tell you, if each person in the world obeys most of the commandments of God, the world would be a perfect place. But that is a far cry for not many are ready to be accountable. Every believer ought to live a life of holiness or righteousness in reality. The master says; love your neighbor as yourself. Therefore, it is wrong to harm your neighbor and says the grace of God covers you, whereas, you do not share the same sentiments when your neighbor attacks you. Why then do we complain about the activities of terrorists, armed bandits, and kidnappers? Jesus abhors sin in all ways, no matter who is committing it – whether believers or not. Most importantly, believers must cease to be slaves to sin, for they ought to be light-bearers to either reduce or remove the darkness from the world. Abraham became the father of righteousness due to his faith in God. Abraham did not just confess his faith in God; he demonstrated it by his actions and obedience to God’s commands to sacrifice Isaac his son. As a believer, you also ought to demonstrate your belief as to your righteousness by works of continuous obedience to God’s commands. The scripture expects you to be dead to sin, and alive in Christ, but for some, the reverse is the case – dead to Christ and alive to sin! This is not good for a child of God. Today’s word is a wakeup call to everyone to change and become true children of God. Jesus himself says repent! Jesus wants us to experience a life of abundance and prosperity, but this won’t come to us if we dwell in sin. The scripture says; “Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). The fact is that no amount of prayers will transform a sinner to success, except genuine repentance. I want you to look at yourself in the mirror this morning and say to yourself; “I am no longer a slave to sin, rather, I have become a slave to righteousness” KEEPING TO THIS DECLARATION WILL MARK THE BEGINNING OF YOUR BREAKTHROUGH!
Father in the name of Jesus Christ, I renounce my sins today, and I ask for your forgiveness. I realize I must contribute my quota to the world to be a better place. Therefore, I ask for your grace to do what is right at all times. Father teach me wisdom and let your word truly be a lamp upon my feet and a light upon my path. Lord, I declare I am strengthened today by your grace, and your mighty hands set me free. I am free indeed. Thank you, Lord. AMEN
FURTHER READING: Luke 13:3