No Regrets

October 4, 2013

2 Corinthians 7:10
Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.

No Regrets

“The last thing a person wants to leave this earth with is “regret”. Live a life of no regrets.”
How do I live a life of no regrets? We all make our mistakes in life and there are no doubt things that we have done in our lives that we already have regret for, so how do I live a life of no regret?
It is through our repentance. If we have real regret for that which we have done then conscience or the Holy Spirit is bringing a conviction upon our heart for those things. The Lord does not convict your heart to condemn you, ridicule and shame you, but He brings a godly sorrow upon us to bring us to repentance. Repentance is simply a change of mind, attitude and direction of thinking and being. The wonderful thing about godly repentance is that it can set us free from the worldly sorrow that brings death. What some of us don’t discern is difference between conviction and condemnation. God convicts and chastens us to bring us to repentance. True repentance brings with it true forgiveness from God through the blood of Jesus. If we are truly forgiven then we are set free from that sin and regret. It doesn’t mean we won’t have some regret for what the consequences of our sin has brought forth, both in our lives and in the lives of others, but it does mean that we can have a peace. It doesn’t mean that “the accuser” won’t be there to continue to try and put condemnation and guilt upon you if you will receive it. Often the most difficult person we have to forgive is ourselves. God wants us to do unto ourselves, as He would have us to do unto others. He wants us to forgive ourselves, just as He would have us forgive others of their sins and trespasses. Often we can grieve the heart of God, because long after He has forgiven us, we keep begging Him to forgive us. It is not because He hasn’t forgiven us, but because we haven’t received and appropriated His forgiveness to forgive ourselves.
I remember a woman telling me that she had an abortion many years ago. She had carried such condemnation and guilt with her for so long. She had repented and asked God’s forgiveness, but she found herself still begging God continually for that forgiveness as she sought to draw near to Him. She said that one day the Holy Spirit spoke to her heart and said, “Why do you grieve Me by continuing to ask for forgiveness when I forgave you the first time you asked? It is you that has not forgiven.” You see the enemy leads us into sin and temptation, then, when we fall, he will use our failure to condemn us. If he can keep us in condemnation then we can’t live in victory and joy. The Father sent us Jesus Christ to restore us to fellowship with Him. We all are deserving of hell, condemnation and judgement, but the Lord’s judgement was to provide forgiveness from our regrets.
Perhaps you are carrying around regrets today that you have never gotten free from. The Lord wants you to know that your true repentance has brought His forgiveness already. For you to continue to bring it up and continue to ask forgiveness is to remind Him of what He says He has already forgotten. Psalms 103:8-14 tells us, “The LORD is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love. 9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever; 10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. 11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12 as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us. 13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; 14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” Most of us are familiar with 1 John 1:8-9, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”
The Father has provided a way of restoration and forgiveness so that we need no longer to live with our regrets. Now He encourages us to live unto Him a life that gives no place to regret. 1 John 2:1-2 goes on to tell us, “My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense—Jesus Christ, the Righteous One. 2He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.” Let us come to the place of true godly sorrow and repentance knowing that we have the forgiveness for which we ask. Let us also forgive others and ourselves as God has forgiven us. Let us live a life of no regrets that we may know the peace, joy and assurance of our salvation.
“Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I will create, for I will create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. 19 I will rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in my people; the sound of weeping and of crying will be heard in it no more.” Isaiah 65:17-19

Blessings,
kent

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What’s Under the Surface

January 10, 2013

Ephesians 4:29-32
Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.

What’s Under the Surface

No matter how long you are around the “Christian” community it never ceases to amaze you what can come out of outwardly godly people. There are a lot of “Christians” that talk the talk, quote scriptures, praise the Lord, preach the gospel, but if you step on their toes or push their buttons they can totally come uncorked on you. That precious godly appearance and demeanor can suddenly turn into something totally unrecognizable and manifest some of the most ungodly words and behavior. Suddenly that person that was so sweet and kind to you can become your worst nightmare. It is amazing how we as “Christians”, who are suppose to be carrying the love and nature of Christ can suddenly become so unChristlike and so easily offended.
The test of a true believer and the character of what is in them is best revealed when they are under pressure and persecution. Their response is a window into the heart of their character. Do they respond with kindness and compassion, forgiving the other as Christ has forgiven them, or do they respond in bitterness, rage, anger, brawling, slander and every form of malice?
One of the first things that we need to realize and get a revelation of when we come into Christ is that we died to the natural man. Many of us have no clue about the death to self, we have only candy coated our exterior to look “Christian”. If we truly grasp “that it is no longer I that live, but Christ that lives in me”, then why are we so easily offended when we don’t get our way, when people don’t meet our expectations or they step on our toes?
It is an interesting dynamic in churches to see how many people come and go. Many come in thinking it is the greatest church in the world until something doesn’t meet their approval and then they are out of there, continuing their quest for the Holy Grail of churches that will meet all of their expectations.
People are human and by nature, many of them will offend or fail you at some point in life. Your response to their offense or failure in your eyes, speaks to the maturity of where you at in Christ. Are your eyes on Jesus or are they on people? Are you covering others in love or are you finding fault and taking up offenses?
What I find even more amusing is that most of those who become so indignant with their offenders, no matter how they, personally may act or what they say, they are totally justified, righteous and feel they have been given the God-given mandate to judge and condemn those they are offended with. They become totally blind to their own conduct and unChristlike nature. We become God’s fruit inspectors while ignoring the fruit of our own actions and words. Nothing reveals a religious spirit more than this.
How do we respond when others purposely or accidentally push our buttons? Is Christ in control or is the flesh unleashed? Many times our own households are the proving ground of what our true character is. We are most unguarded around the ones we love and feel safe with. How do we respond to them in times of irritation and testing?
“Christianity” isn’t a new suit we can take on and off. It is a lifestyle of growing up into the very nature and character of Christ. One of the things that works that nature in us is in practicing His presence in the midst of adverse situations. Responding out of the Spirit and not out of the flesh. Practicing love and forgiveness where we might feel justified to dislike and hate.
Thank God for your enemies, your offenders, those that step on your toes and push your buttons. They can do a work in you that your friends never will. They are the ones that test the metal of what you really carry within you and the character you are living out of. When you don’t see Christ, then it is time to repent and ask the Lord to help you go deeper, abiding in the Spirit and not just looking spiritual. “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

Blessings,
kent

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