Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.
Word In Motion:
It’s not about what caused it, it’s about what choices we made.
Repentance is not about what happened to you, it’s a face to face time with God where His light of truth dawns in your soul to reveal the dark places, your sins, your choices, your actions that put yourself before the purity of Christ. Repentance is where you are broken before Him without excuses, without the “BUTS” (… but she did this, …but he abandoned me, …but they took everything, …but he did this…) When God brings you to himself all your defenses drop and you come to a place of “Woe is me, I am a sinner”, then God starts to work within you and you begin to change, to turn around. You stop blaming, you stop making excuses, you own up to your actions.
There are always emotional reactions and selfish hurts that distort and confuse your circumstances. So because of that, you can’t set yourself in a place to blame. We tend to only see through our own eyes but, when God gets a hold of your heart He doesn’t want to know what others did, He already does. He wants to know if you see what you did, if you see what your actions did, if you showed His compassion, if you showed love, peace, patience kindness goodness, self-control.
Repentance looks deep within yourself and you see what you have done through the eyes of Christ and you are broken. Then when you repent - you don’t blame, you don’t accuse, you don’t defend - all you can say is, “I have sinned before God and you, I repent. Will you forgive me?”
Our anger, defensiveness, our owning up to what we did or didn’t do is lacking. It is time to walk and respond in the purity of the Holy Spirit. We need to be broken before God, and stop making excuses, blaming and accusing. Time to stop being defensive and start being accountable. Time to step into being an example of Christ, yielded, surrendered, full of forgiveness. We need to move into a place of brokenness with God that brings strength of character, grace of Christ, mercy of forgiveness and purity of repentance.
Isaiah 30 - Therefore this is what the Holy One of Israel says:
“Because you have rejected this message, and, relied on oppression and depended on deceit, this sin will become for you like a high wall, cracked and bulging, that collapses suddenly, in an instant. It will break in pieces like pottery, shattered so mercilessly that among its pieces not a fragment will be found for taking coal from a hearth or scooping water out of a cistern.”
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says,
“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. You said, ‘No, we will flee on horses.’ Therefore you will flee. You said, ‘We will ride off on swift horses.’ Therefore your pursuers will be swift! A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff on a mountaintop, like a banner on a hill.” Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him! O my people, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Then you will desecrate your idols overlaid with silver and your images covered with gold; you will throw them away like a menstrual cloth and say to them, “Away with you!”
This section in Isaiah is for all of Gods’ children, when you chose to sin, you run from God and become all alone. Our gracious father, the Lord Almighty will respond when you cry for help. Yes, He does give us times of adversity and affliction, to test our mettle and to refine our hearts so we can come to a place of accountability with Him and say “Woe is me, I am a sinner”, then you hear his voice telling you and leading you in the path of truth and righteousness. Your response will be to throw away your idols (your psychosis, excuses, lies, defenses, sin, selfishness, etc.) and say “Away with you” I chose this day to walk in Repentance and rest. I chose to be a person of integrity. I chose to throw down my idols of selfishness and become humble and broken before God and man.
That means you own what you did, you have to stop blaming, you have to stop accusing, you have to be a person of integrity and honesty. A person that is broken and contrite, a person that stands strong, a person that cares for the hearts and emotions of his family and others. A reflection of Christ!
In all things represent Christ, so you shine like stars holding out the word of truth.
Philippians 2:1-16a - Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
Therefore, my dear friends,—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose. Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, “children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation.” Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life.