Church of the Living Word

Repentance: Preparation for a New Step in God
By Matt Walkoe   September 19th, 2018

We have just completed the Ten Days of Repentance, which culminate in the Day of Atonement, or Yom Kippur. This time is called the Days of Awe by the Jewish people because of the awesome sense of the presence of God. It is an open door to enter into a fruitful repentance that can bring forth deep change.

What does repentance mean? One of the meanings is to turn and go the other direction. We are looking for two aspects of our culture as a fellowship to be corrected during this time. The first is in our church leadership, we must change the structure out of a form in which one or two people direct everything, and everyone else just follows along. Secondly, as a congregation we all need to hear the voice of the Lord, and then submit what the Lord gives us for confirmation. In this way we will become the prophetic community and the family that God wants us to be.

When we talk about repentance, we usually think about being sorrowful for something that we did wrong, but there is much more to repentance than that. Jesus said, “Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand” (Matthew 4:17). Jesus preached repentance because people needed to break out of the culture that they were caught in. Throughout the New Testament, repentance is always linked to the idea of the Kingdom coming, therefore repentance becomes the preparation of our hearts for a new step in God.

The Kingdom is God’s government; it is different from any human form of government. The people in Jesus’ day tried to make Him a king on a human level, but He refused it. He said, “My Kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). The Kingdom is from the Father. We cannot understand or bring forth the Kingdom by human means, nor can we be conditioned to former ways of functioning or relating.

Every time the Spirit of God moves to bring forth something new, the people who receive it are the ones who are repentant. Great changes in the spiritual climate of the world are always initiated by repentance. Repentance always precedes the outpouring of God’s presence. There are specific things that trigger an outpouring of God’s spirit. “Sow with a view to righteousness; reap in accordance with kindness; break up the fallow ground, for it is time to seek the Lord until He comes to rain righteousness on you” (Hosea 10:12).

If we are asking for an outpouring of God’s Spirit, we must act righteously and we must speak the truth in kindness. Some people have been lying fallow, like a field, although the ground is still fertile. We must break off the crust so that we can receive His rain. Now is the time for us to bear fruit. As we approach this Feast of Tabernacles, let’s ask for God’s presence to be in the center of the camp. Let’s seek the Lord and repent because His Kingdom is at hand. We believe that what we do during this season will impact our future as a fellowship, and the global body of Christ.

Scriptures: Matthew 3:1-2, 4:17, 10:7; John 18:36, 8:23; Hosea 10:12

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