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Turning Back

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“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord GOD.  Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin.”  Ezekiel 18:30

שׁוּב

shuwb

to turn back, return to God

restore, repair,  refresh

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Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that He may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets long ago.  Acts 3:19-21

μετανοέω

metanoeō

to change one’s mind with intent on obtaining God’s pardon

to change one’s mind for better, heartily to amend with abhorrence of one’s past sins

conduct worthy of a heart changed and abhorring sin

Repent a word that I have misunderstood from the beginning of my spiritual walk with my LORD. Apologizing over and over again has only brought me back to the same sinfulness over and over again. I am truly sorry for my ways. I am sorry I mess up, but beating myself over the head again and again surely does not make me a better Christian. It becomes a mental as well as a spiritual handicap. I feel stuck and browbeaten. The worst part is that I feel like I am the one doing it to myself. Yet satan is the beater, the tempest, the devil dressed up, the evil one torturing me and accusing me. And I believe him far too often. I fall for his lies.  

Repent I know I have done many wrongs. I admit them. It is in the turning away from those ways and returning to God that brings me to the pathway He has for me. I want to walk it with Him. My life changes. I live differently than I did before I made the turn. The spiritual upward spiral toward God, a beautiful relationship with Him, abiding in the LORD, is repentance. I turn as a ballerina turns, keeping eyes focused on a point, twirling from point to point. Jesus is my point. I turn to Him, staying focused upon Him for balance, for holding center.

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It is by faith, not anything I do today or any other day, that I am forgiven. Leaning on myself is not the answer. Leaning on the LORD is truly the only answer.

Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent.  Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with Me.  Revelation 3:19-20

By grace…I trust
By hope…I see, I hear.
By faith…I believe.

By love…I desire the One Who forgives me.

Repent by prayer
Repent on my knees
Repent moment by moment
Repent from my heart
Repent …. with eyes fixed upon Jesus
Repent live by the Spirit
Repent

 looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith,…    Hebrew 12:2a

LORD, may the Spirit change my heart every moment of every day to be Yours, to follow Your Ways. May I release the reigns from my own grip and trust, with open-handed faith, that You are my Caregiver, my Provider, my Husband, the Lover of my soul. LORD, I pray that as I grow in You, that I understand that I must die to this self and live for You. You are forever gracious. I am forever grateful. I pray in the Name of Jesus, my Focal Point. Amen. 

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Ballerina:Stunning technique and form – Elizabeth Rodbell of the Rochester City Ballet (New York state). @ http://24.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_me8rpa1iTX1qix34io1_500.gif

20 Comments

  1. Thank you for this beautiful reminder of what it means to repent and of the fact that God gives us grace. I’m so glad you shared the link with us at Encouraging Word Wednesday!

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  2. I have done this many times before too, Linda. I am glad you broke this down – it does help! I need to share this with someone on FB who I know will appreciate it. Thanks!

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  3. Our pastor is preaching on the very thing you wrote about from the book of Roman’s. I think reading some different books help me from the beginning of my walk with the Lord. I never struggled that I could lose my salvation or that I needed to do more to have Him approve of me. But my husband did for the first year I was saved. He had got saved at 13 but at age 15 walked away like the prodigal son. My joy upset him that first year because you know how we new Christian’s are, can’t shut up about Jesus. Great post.

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  4. He says I can come boldly to His throne of grace, but I must have a repentant heart. Thank you for sharing such marvelous truths.

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  5. Linda,
    This resonated with me deeply. I focus too often on my iniquities and not in the strength of Christ. Not in His grace, forgiveness, or redemption. My eyes are on the wrong things. Thank you for this hope-filled reminder.
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

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  6. Ah, yes! I believe that what you describe was true of me as well. I think it is perhaps the enemy’s deceit to keep us ensnared by keeping us in “sorry” or “regret”. Reading the first few things you shared is also something I personally believe the Lord is saying to us not only indiividually, but also as His body in this present day.

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  7. That ballerina is mesmerizing! Lol I can relate to your post as I too spent too much time beating myself up and unable to change my sinful tendencies. I have come to a blessed conclusion though that I don’t have to fix myself, I just need to present myself to the One who can. All I have to do is come to Him, confessing and repenting. I then expect Him to do the work of freedom as I solely keep looking to Him. Oh the things we learn with age. Lol

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  8. And the Just shall live by faith…
    Thank you for the thoughtful post especially the conclusion of the conversation. …
    May we continually focus on Jesus.
    God bless

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  9. Linda- I always enjoy coming here and learning the definitions and seeing the words in Greek/Hebrew. I want to be like that ballerina and always keep my focus on Jesus. I lose focus often and it causes all sorts of problems;)

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  10. Karen

    I love the root origins and real meanings of words so liked your Greek lesson here. And an accurate definition of what real repentance is becomes essential in moving out of sin and into holiness.

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  11. Yes, repentance is so different than performance for sure. God doesn’t make it hard, but we make it hard for us sometimes, don’t we? I am grateful for the mercy of God and showing me daily where I need to turn around.

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  12. Yes, we still need to repent. Repentance is still needed. I was just talking about this yesterday on Twitter. Grace does not mean we do not need to repent. Thanks so much for your post. Blessings to you!

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  13. Visiting from RaRa Link up. I think repentance is so often misunderstood. It is all about that change of heart. I appreciate this explanation. May your soul be refreshed in the hope we have in the Lord.

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  14. Repent therefore . . . that times of refreshing may come . . . Amen. Beautiful post, Linda. Your words always bless and refresh! Have a blessed week!

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  15. Hi Linda, this is my favorite quote from your post: “Leaning on myself is not the answer. Leaning on the LORD is truly the only answer.” So true!

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  16. Dear Linda,
    I agree with Gayl–I love your ballerina focus point analogy! So often we confuse our sorrow over the sin with repenting. But this prayer says it so well: “LORD, may the Spirit change my heart every moment of every day to be Yours, to follow Your Ways.” Oh, I am praying that same thing along with you! –Blessings to you!

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  17. Cathy Newberry

    Linda, I think you will really find this song expressing what your blog said.
    “Come back to Me with All Your Heart.
    Hope you enjoy it. love, Cathy

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  18. Beautiful post! I just read this quote this morning… “Fear-based repentance makes us hate ourselves. Joy-based repentance makes us hate the sin.” (Tim Keller)

    True repentance brings us joy in knowing we are forgiven and the sin forgotten.

    I agree…turning to Him and leaning on Him is the only answer.

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  19. I misunderstood repentance for years as well. Watching that ballerina makes me dizzy; surely I was doing that to God as well. ha. Thanks for your sweet way to explain things to us, Linda. I never feel browbeaten here; just encouraged.

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  20. Yes, we must keep our eyes on Jesus! I love your analogy with the ballerina and her focus point. Blessings to you! I’m your neighbor at #Glimpses.

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