Repenting From or Repenting To
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 4:17)
A good definition of repentance is to “change the mind.” The prefix “re-“ means “again, anew, back or back- ward.” “Pent” is the highest place - as in penthouse. Repen- tance therefore could be defined as “going back to the highest place of thinking.”
Repentance is more than feeling sorry for the wrong things we have done. It is much more than seeking forgiveness and purposing to not sin again. It is important to re- pent to something, not just from something. It involves changing the mind from one course into a higher course.
We can cry our eyes out and not repent. True repen- tance is a decision to “take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor. 10:5).
It’s not just a defensive reaction, but it is an offensive plan that moves God’s king- dom from “being at hand” to becoming our experience.
The kingdom of heaven is God’s abundant life of salva- tion, peace, power, evangelism, integrity, purity, miracles, strong families, health, prosperity, blessings and more.
We are commanded to pray “thy kingdom come, thy will be done; on earth as it is in heaven.” This is God’s highest place for His people. Our repenting creates an expectation that these will manifest; and this faith pulls them into our experience and those of others. Praise God! Let’s take our repenting to a new level today.
Declare: I capture my thoughts and take them to God’s highest place. I repent TO my promised land and not just FROM Egypt. I keep repenting daily by joyfully speaking God’s promises over my life.
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