WOL Newsletter 173: Tap Out: True Repentance
January 17, 2016
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Edited by Stacie Thomas

Isaiah 1:16-18: 16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean; Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes. Cease to do evil, 17 Learn to do good; Seek justice, Rebuke the oppressor; Defend the fatherless, Plead for the widow. 18 “Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.”

It’s kind of fitting don’t you think, to go with the sermon and #snowmaggedon2016? Do you ever notice how beautiful (though inconvenient) snow makes everything? The ugliness and death of winter is covered with a fresh layer of purity and the world pauses for a moment. Ironic isn’t it, that Jesus covers our ugliness with His purity (and typically completely inconvenient), making us whiter than snow…

Now Wash me, And I Shall Be Whiter Than Snow, James L. Nicholson, William G. Fischer

Lord Jesus, I long to be perfectly whole;
I want Thee forever to live in my soul.
Break down every idol, cast out every foe;
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, let nothing unholy remain,
Apply Thine own blood and extract ev’ry stain;
To get this blest cleansing, I all things forego—
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, look down from Thy throne in the skies,
And help me to make a complete sacrifice.
I give up myself, and whatever I know,
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, for this I most humbly entreat,
I wait, blessèd Lord, at Thy crucified feet.
By faith, for my cleansing, I see Thy blood flow,
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Lord Jesus, Thou seest I patiently wait,
Come now, and within me a new heart create;
To those who have sought Thee, Thou never saidst “No,”
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

The blessing by faith, I receive from above;
O glory! my soul is made perfect in love;
My prayer has prevailed, and this moment I know,
The blood is applied, I am whiter than snow.

Whiter than snow, yes, whiter than snow.
Now wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.


Psalm 51:7

Tap Out, True Repentance

There is only one way to receive Christ as our Savior and have our past redeemed... faith. Romans 3:21-22, 27-28; Galatians 2:16. Acts 3:19, 2 Peter 3:9, Acts 17:30, Revelation 2:4-5, Revelation 3:19, Luke 13:2-5: the Greek word for repent (in each of these texts) is metanoeo—meaning to think differently or afterwards reconsider; to morally feel regret for previous actions. Salvation is through Christ’s work and your faith in His work; but repentance is a natural and unavoidable part of faith in Christ (this is why Jesus and every Apostle include repentance as part of faith for Salvation). True faith can’t happen without repentance. This faith in Jesus, His love, sacrifice, wisdom, and His desire to e with you will bring a change in the way you see life. You’ll no longer 1)live for yourself 2) want what separated you from Christ 3)want a lifestyle 4) trust the ways of the world as being the smartest or happiest way to go. Now that all has been forgiven at such a price, you want to live differently. To see the wrong in your ways and acknowledge that you need a Savior, means that you would never want to willingly go back to what caused this condition; it will make you want to change your mind, your direction, your desires, your goals and your actions. It this is not the effect, you can’t truly be ready to put your faith in Him; you still have faith in yourself and the world.
We have turned God and Salvation into what we want them to be, and we think that as long as I have faith in Jesus Christ’s Sacrifice to save us, we can live as we want and He has to forgive me—He is a God of love… We will all face sin problems, mistakes and rebellion until the day we are redeemed after death; it has nothing to do with our salvation in Christ when we mess up. If our lifestyle is built around and thriving in sin, we are living an unrepentant life; which has nothing to do with whether Jesus loves and wants to forgive us, and everything to do with us not placing your faith in Him and repenting of all He died to save us from; and we are probably not secure, not a true child of God. Hebrews 10:26-29. Actions don’t have anything to do with Salvation, but actions have everything to do with showing a picture of whether you have a repentant heart for Christ, or you live for yourself. 1 John 1:5-6, 2 John 2:3-4: be honest with yourself and do something about it.
True repentance: 2 Corinthians 7:8-11: if you truly know your actions hurt Jesus, and sent Him to the Cross, and keep Him away now, it should bring you sorrow and make you see why you need to change; not make you contemplate what you can get away with and still be okay. Repentance is seeing the fault, the wickedness in Satan’s worldview and rebelling; it is joining God’s Kingdom and away from Satan’s system with all of your heart. The key is absolute, unconditional surrender of self. Repentance is a ‘tap out’ for Christ; totally giving up your life, turning from everything sinful and selfish and giving yourself to Him in faith. Until you repent, He can’t save you, because you don’t want to truly be saved. We resist giving up things that have destroyed us and our relationship with Him; He has to break us, finish us if we won’t repent. He is broken about it, pleading for our ‘tap’, telling us He loves us the whole time; and if we ‘tap’, all of Heaven celebrates, and Jesus picks us up in love and walks home with us. Isaiah 30:18, Luke 15:10, Luke 15:20-24.
When repentance is real, no matter how long it took, how bad we were, God makes over us as if we were His finest child, and the party begins. Stop resisting Christ’s love, and truly turn from all He died to save you from. Whatever you are holding out on is what hung God on a cross in torment. Surrender it all, and begin a life with Jesus that is real (no more deception on your part), deep (no more silent, distant God), satisfying (more fulfilling than anything you think you are getting from this world). Whatever you’re holding onto in this world, let go; is He worth it or not?

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