Friday, 17 June 2016
ARE YOU REALLY BEARING THE FRUITS WORTHY OF REPENTANCE?
Ever since you got Born-again, you gave your life to The LORD Jesus Christ and you received Salvation, have you been really bearing the Fruits Worthy of Repentance?
That is the very fundamental question that you and me should be asking ourselves everyday of our life.
To start us off, we need to know exactly the meaning of Repentance. Repentance simply refers to confessing one’s sins before The LORD Jesus Christ, and asking Him to wash away all the Sins and to make One a New, a Fresh, onto a new path: The Path of a New Life; the Life of being Born again.
The Kingdom of God in Heaven is for the Repentant. The Kingdom of God is at hand for those who have Repented of their Sins; for the Kingdom of God belongs to them, and awaits them. This is very powerfully captured in the Book of Mathew 3: 1-2 which states as follows: ‘“In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”’
For Repentance to take root, there must be confession of Sins i.e. remorsefulness for the past lifestyle of sins, and thereby pleading for Mercy for the forgiveness of the Sins. This confession, is a confession before The LORD. This is very powerfully captured in the Book of Mathew 3: 5-6 which states as follows: ‘“Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.”’
This therefore means being awakened to how deep one has fallen in Sin, and thereby the realization of the need to Repent of Sins, so as to be Restored, Renewed and Revived away from the deep darkness into the Light of The LORD Jesus Christ. This is very powerfully captured in the Book of Revelation 2: 4-5 which states as follows: ‘“Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.”’
It is very important to note that one can be so much entangled in Religion and Doctrines of Man, and thereby missing the key ingredient of walking with The LORD; which is Repentance, and the consequent walk in Righteousness, Holiness, Truth and Complete Surrender to The LORD Jesus Christ. This is very powerfully captured in the Book of Mathew 3: 7-8 which states as follows: ‘“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “Brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.”’
The question that comes right therein is: What are the fruits worthy of Repentance, that we ought to bear? To understand this, it is very important to note that Repentance ought to be a moment of “bidding bye” to the Old sinful lifestyle, and thereby now partaking of the New lifestyle of Salvation. In the new lifestyle of Salvation, there is the Helper, the Comforter that indwells inside those who have Repented of their Sins and thus welcome Him inside them; He is The Holy Spirit. He helps us to live a life worthy of our calling as Born-Again Sons and Daughters of The LORD. He thus helps us to bear testimony of our Salvation through the “Products” that emanate right within us. These (The "Products") are known as The Fruits of The Holy Spirit. These are indeed The Fruits of Repentance; that we need to bear as a Testimony of our Salvation, and what we need to bear as Fruits worthy of Repentance. This is very powerfully captured in the Book of Galatians 5: 22-26 which states as follows: ‘“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. And those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”’
We can therefore not be producing rotten fruits that betray our Salvation: The rotten fruit of the former lifestyle of Sins. These are captured in the book of Galatians 5: 16-21 which states as follows: ‘“I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another, so that you do not do the things that you wish. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.”’
We must endeavour to ensure, through the help of The Holy Spirit (by Submitting and Surrendering to The LORD) that we humble ourselves and seek The LORD to help us to be Fruitful for His Kingdom i.e. to bear Fruits Worthy of Repentance, otherwise what remains and awaits is Judgment (Wrath) of The LORD. This is very powerfully captured in the Book of Mathew 3: 9-12 which states as follows: ‘“and do not think to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I say to you that God is able to raise up children to Abraham from these stones. And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”’
SHALOM!!! SHALOM!!! SHALOM!!!
BARUCH HASHEM ADONAI (Blessed Be The Name of The LORD).
BARUCH HABA B’SHEM ADONAI (Blessed Is He Who Comes in The Name of The LORD).
PREPARE THE WAY FOR THE COMING OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST IN ABSOLUTE REPENTANCE, RIGHTEOUSNESS, HOLINESS, TRUTH AND COMPLETE SURRENDER TO THE LORD JESUS CHRIST (YESHUA/YAHUSHUA HA MASHIACH). TIME IS ABSOLUTELY OVER; THE MESSIAH JESUS CHRIST IS IMMINENTLY COMING TO PICK HIS BRIDE!!!
I acknowledge today that you are LORD and Savior of all mankind,
and today I have recognized my shortfall,
I Repent and turn away from all Sin.
Please cover me with your Precious Blood,
and establish your Word in my life,
that I may be found in Righteousness and Holiness
and write my name in your Book of Life
and baptize me with the power of the Holy Spirit
in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.
Your Brother in Christ Jesus and a Shepherd of The LORD,