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The Heart Of Repentance

Day 255
Verse of the day

But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger!

Luke 15:17

It is a sad case to watch a prince live like a beggar. It would not really matter if he did so being ignorant of his position or if he, in fact, knew himself to be a prince and still chose to live like a beggar. Such is the case of a believer who lives like he isn’t one.

The scriptures reveal that the spirit (of God) which we have received isn’t one of fear, but it is rather one of love, of power and of a sound mind. To have received these and more which constitute the very nature, person, and life of God when we received Jesus, and yet live in fear, unrest, uncertainty, and unrighteousness, is to live like the beggarly prince, a life of clear opposites. This shouldn’t be. We can’t partake in a nature of life and yet live by the laws of death. Our actions must tally with our nature.

So, when we find believers (or ourselves) live short of their divine nature, our approach should not be to enforce sadness or focus on the wrongs (or live in regrets). No. Our approach should rather be to point them (or us) to their very nature, to show them who they are, to help them come to themselves. Rather than question why a prince lives like a beggar, help him come to a full understanding of who he is. Rather than live in personal regrets, come to an understanding of who you are, forsake fear, self-pity and just live according to your nature. This is repentance; which we cannot do by ourselves but by God’s help and enlightenment.

You have a nature of faith, of humility, of righteousness, of courage, authority, love, Life and of compassion. Awake, accept who you are and live according to your true nature.

References: 2 Timothy 1:7; 2 Peter 1:4

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Today’s Confession

I am fashioned after the very nature and person of God. I choose, today, to begin exercising myself to live after my true nature, and to help others do the same.

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