Day 21 – Repent and Believe

Today’s verse:

“And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15)

There are two simple commands from Jesus in this verse. Repent and believe. Two very simple words but packed with punch. One cannot be done without the other. You can repent from your sin but not believe on the saving power of Jesus Christ. This will make you a good religious person – but there’s no gaining entrance to heaven with repentance alone because this would be a “work” on your part. Remember, “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” (Ephesians 2:9-9)

Or, you could just believe on Jesus Christ and not repent. I’m afraid you’re not in any better shape. There are many so-called “born-again” Christians out there who say they have been saved by the Blood of the Lamb but their lives have not changed whatsoever. They still live the same way, watch the same movies, get drunk with the same old friends, listen to the same old music, go to the same dead church, and never read their Bibles. Remember, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Those old things you use to love to do should now begin to appear to you as sin. You should be “hearing” those curse words now. You should be seeing that taking those paper clips from work is stealing now. You should be able to read your Bible and understand it now. You should be noticing that the message at church is a dead message and not filled with the power from the Bible. You should be hungering to be around other Christians. These things come naturally to the born-again believer.

Picture this : Your baby is born and he starts to cry. Moments later, that cry becomes hysterical. There is no soothing your baby until he is brought to the mother’s breast so he can drink the milk that is awaiting him. God’s Word is our milk. It awaits us as new born-again believers. It is our food and we should crave it and not settle unless we get it. Why? So we can grow as Christians. This Christian walk is not one that comes automatically. We just don’t “become” spiritual. We need to learn just as a baby learns to roll over, to crawl, to walk and then to run. So must we grow as Christians in like manner. Do you hunger for the bible? Dear one, if you are not born again, you surely are not hungering for the Word of God. In fact, you will want to run from it because it exposes your sin.

Peter said that we should desire the Bible as new babies. “As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:” (1 Peter 2:2)

Dear God…
I accept your gift with child like faith
I don’t want to complicate Your plan
With true repentance I seek Your face
And leave my soul in the Master’s Hand

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