Standing in your place
Apr 16, 2017
The Resurrection was required for eternal life
Apr 16, 2017
The greatest victory in life is the victory over self
I do not believe it is normal and it should not be necessary for real Christians to have to rededicate their lives to Christ often. I have known a number of people in my almost 30 years of ministry that are rededicating so often that it is hard to believe they are saved. Most all Christians have times of regret, repentance, return and rejoicing. This however, should not be a habit and a common practice in life. Hebrews chapter 6 is a follow up of the teaching of chapter 5 where the indictment is given of those who had not matured as Christians. For the time, they should have been teachers, but they still need teaching. They should be mature but they are still “babes” who are “unskilful in the word of righteousness.” Chapter 6 begins with an admonition to “go on unto perfection”, meaning, become mature. A person Claiming Christ, yet not maturing as a believer, is sure to repeat the cycle of failure, guilt and shame, followed by regret and repentance. The only cure for that kind of life is Spiritual maturity.
We do not have to be a Prodigal in order to need repentance, recovery and rejoicing with God in returning. It is obvious from the Scriptures that a person can reach a place of no return. Read Prov. 1:22-33 Thank God He is long-suffering to us. Psalm 51:17 states, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, Thou wilt not despise.” This is King David’s prayer of repentance after his great sin with Bathsheba. When we have a strong desire to be right with God, and to fellowship with God, we do not care what it takes to get right and the route is the same for the chiefest of sinners to the choiceth of saints.
- Face the condition with conviction. Psalm 51:3, “I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.” Verse 4, “Against Thee, Thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in Thy sight.“ Luke 15:18, “I have sinned against Heaven.”
- Fix the course of action that took you away from God. Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.” This is the problem in the beginning…David had a wrong spirit. The prodigal had a wrong spirit! Luke 15:12-13 reveals it. His life was about him. His choices were about him. His desires were about him.
- Forget it with a clean conscience. This may be as hard as the first two. 1 John 1:9 tells us that if we confess our sins, God is faithful to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In Luke 15:20-24 there is not one word of rebuke or rehashing the son’s failure. That is not making light of sin or failure, however, when we return with brokenness and repentance, there is rejoicing with the Father. Verse 24 “And they began to be merry.”
If you are saved yet in sin and out of the will of God, why not take the Royal Route to Recovery and Rejoicing today? The Father is waiting.