June 9, 2021

Repent - Bro. T. Stephen

I greet and bless you in the name of our Creator, Maker, and ever unforgettable Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has kept for you today is from the book of Luke 15:10,“Heaven will rejoice when you repent of your sins.”

From the above context we learn that when we repent of our sins then Heaven will rejoice over us. The Bible says, “Let him know that he who turns a sinner, from the error, of his way, will save a soul from death, and cover a multitude of sins. The parable of the lost sheep told by Jesus is very applicable to the great work of man’s redemption. The lost sheep represents the sinner as departed from God, and when he is not desirous to return, and then he will be exposed to certain ruin. Christ is earnest in bringing such sinners back home. In the parable of the lost piece of silver, that which is lost is one piece, of small value when compared with the rest.  But it was all   the woman had therefore the loss of one piece was severely felt by her.  Yet the woman seeks diligently till she finds it. This represents the various means and methods God makes use of,   to bring lost souls home to himself, and the Saviour’s joy on their return to him. How careful then should we be that our repentance is unto salvation!


We see that there is joy when the shepherd found his lost sheep   and the woman is happy when she found the lost coin.   A woman would have more joy at finding a lost piece, than she would have, in the possession of those which had not been lost. “So, says Christ, there is joy among the angels at the recovery of a single sinner. True to the idea of the   parables, the  Great   Shepherd is God Himself. When He recovered His own property; He shares his joy with others. His joy was so vast and exuberant that He could not keep it to Himself, He “calls His friends and neighbors together”—His whole celestial family—saying, “Rejoice with Me, for I have found My lost sheep-, My-lost piece, of coin.” In this sublime sense it is “joy,” shared in the presence of the angels”; for they are the ones who share with God. The   publicans and sinners that stood around our Lord   were surprised   to hear Jesus share these parables. These do not care about the lost sinners,  but a very different feeling is cherished in heaven. There, the recovery of even one such outcast is watched with interest and hailed with joy; They are not left to perish.    For even now the great Shepherd,   the Lord Jesus Christ is going after His lost sheep, and the Owner is making diligent search for the lost property; and He is finding it, too, and bringing it back with joy, and all heaven is full of it.   There is joy in the presence of the angels of God; who are the friends and neighbours of Christ:

I wish to tell you that God will be pleased when you give up all your evil habits and seek God. The Bible says, do not be unclean person, nor covetous man,  who is an idolater for they do not have an inheritance in the kingdom of God. Nor engage yourself in  foolish talking, nor coarse jesting for it is not fitting for a child of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.  Therefore do not be partners with them. God wants you to live as children of light. If you are diligent and wake up from your sleep of ignorance then  Christ will shine on you.”Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,  making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.  Do not get drunk on wine, Instead, be filled with the Spirit,   of God,  speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,  always   giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

When you repent of your sinful deeds  and  walk according to the ways of God, there will be rejoicing in Heaven. God will be happy and will rejoice over you. God will firstly forgive you of your sins and secondly bless you with all that you need. May be today you had not secured a good job, or you would not have had an increase in your payment. May be you have been long in service but you have not been promoted. God will immediately provide you with a good job, increase your salary or give you a promotion, which you are looking for  very anxiously. God resists the proud, But gives grace to the humble. When you humble yourselves, under the Mighty hands of the Lord, God will exalt you in due time. Taste and see that the Lord is good. God bless you.

Prayer:   Our   loving    heavenly Father,   we    thank You for this blessed day.  Father, thank You for telling us how we ought to live. Teach us to repent of our sins and walk in the ways of God. Help us to be wise and not foolish. May we walk as children of light and not as children of darkness. Provide knowledge and understanding that we may inherit the kingdom of God so that the Angels in Heaven will rejoice over us.

In Jesus name  we pray.  


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