Sunday, December 23, 2012
Repentance Is A Command
Everyone look above at the precious children of Guatemala repenting and asking the Lord Jesus for mercy. Friends everywhere let me state that repentance is not just an option; repentance is a command and must be done to avoid perishing. Acts 17:30 tells us And the times of this ignorence God winked at; but now commandeth all men everywhere to repent. Let's all be like the children of Guatemala pictured above and repent daily and ask Jesus for mercy. Jesus warned us all at Luke 13:3 saying I tell you, Nay; but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Again I state to you friend reading this repentance is a command. Right now repent and turn to Jesus confessing Jesus as God and believing that Jesus died for you on the cross and rose again and be saved.
Notice how the Apostle Paul told us at Romans 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing; for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. But if we keep reading Romans 7 we find that the answer to overcome and achieve victory over our flesh is one word Jesus. Romans 7:24 says O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord!
Saint reading this praise Jesus for delivering us all from the guilt of sin because the blood of Jesus cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John 1:7 says But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. Romans 5:20 says But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. Hebrews 9:14 says How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Since repentance is a command take time to meditate on the greek definition of repentance. Repentance is defined to change one's mind for the better, feeling sorry for and abhorring their past sins. DL Moody stated one must repent to see the kingdom of God. There will be no unrepentant sinners in heaven. If a man does not repent, there is no hope for him in the world to come. John the Baptist at Matthew 3:2 said Repent ye; for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Brother Bob is obeying the instruction of the prophet Isaiah and doing Isaiah 58 on this internet and proclaims Isaiah 58 to all nations forevermore who read this bible study by stating Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins. You see only the Lord Jesus was perfect with no sin. But all people must repent by looking to Jesus Christ crucified with their hearts daily because Romans 3:23 says For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. I pray in Jesus name all my friends in the nations reading this bible study will repent and receive the promise of 2 Chronicles 7:14 that says If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
Everyone, since we are talking about repentance, take a moment to look at the above picture of how Nineveh received mercy and peace by repenting after the people of Nineveh heard the preaching of Jonah. Nineveh was blessed and the king and all the people of Nineveh repented at the preaching of Jonah. Nineveh will rise up in the judgment and condemn our generation for they repented at Jonah, saying you have a greater preacher than Jonah named Jesus. Matthew 12:41 says The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it; because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
I pray President Barack Obama would be like the king of Nineveh and not be ashamed of Jesus commanding everyone in the USA to repent and to turn to Jesus. Take some time to read the story about the picture above of how the people of Ninevah repenting at Jonah 3:5 that says So the people of Nineveh believed God and proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them even to the least of them. For word came unto the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, and he laid his robe form him and covered him with sackcloth and sat in ashes. And he caused it to be proclaimed and published through Nineveh by the decree of the king and his nobles, saying, Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste any thing, let them not feed, nor drink water; But let man and beast be covered with sackcloth and cry mightily unto God; yea let them turn every one from his evil way, and from the violence that is in their hands. Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not. And God saw their works; that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil that He had said He would do unto them, and He did it not.
You see friend reading this anywhere, the Lord Jesus delighteth in mercy, and Jesus himself rejoiceth in the presence of the angels over one sinner that repenteth. Luke 15:10 tells us Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. Brother Bob took time this week to memorize this gem in the word from the prophet Micah. Take time friend to say out loud Micah 7:18 and memorize the verse that has so much life. Micah 7:18 says Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He retaineth not His anger for ever, because He delighteth in mercy. He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea.
For my next picture above we see the apostle John leaning on the breast of our Lord Jesus at the last supper fully trusting in Jesus. We should all be like the apostle John and trust totally in Jesus to overcome any trouble in this world. 1 John 5:4-5 tells us For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world; and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?
John 21:20 and John 21:24 reveal to us all that it was the apostle John that leaned on the breast of Jesus pictured above totally trusting in Jesus. John 21:20 says Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple whom Jesus loved following; which also leaned on His breast at supper; and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? John 21:24 tells us This is the disciple which testifieth of these things, and wrote these things; and we know that his testimony is true.
OK since John fully trusted in Jesus, Brother Bob states to all my friends in any nation, like John, totally trust in Jesus. Read all the rewards the bible states for trusting daily in Jesus. Isaiah 26:3 says Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee, because he trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord for ever, for in the Lord JEHOVAH is everlasting strength. Proverbs 3:5 says Trust in the Lord with all thine heart and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths. Be not wise in thine own eyes, fear the Lord, and depart from evil. It shall be health to thy navel (defined as calm thy nerves), and marrow to thy bones (defined as refresh your body like a cold cup of water).
Some more scripture on the benefits of trusting in Jesus are listed below for your peace. Proverbs 16:20 says He that handleth a matter wisely shall find good; and whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he. Psalm 32:10 says Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about. Psalm 37:3 says Trust in the Lord and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Psalm 5:11 says But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice; let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them, let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee. For thou Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
To end up today's bible study, I give you all a wonderful picture of Mary Magdalene looking for Jesus at Jesus' tomb and given the honour to be the first person to see Jesus resurrected. Brother Bob tells people everywhere to keep looking to Jesus crucified daily as the answer to all your problems. Yesterday, I told an 11 year old boy to every day look to Jesus crucified with his heart to not be afraid to sit in a school classroom. The little boy understood and said Brother Bob thanks it works and I am no longer afraid because Jesus crucified and destroyed my fears at the cross of calvary. I had the little boy quote 2 Timothy 1:7 that says For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
I heard a preacher this morning state that when troubles are around us, just look to Jesus as your answer. This is proven by the bible verse 1 Peter 1:7 that says That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. Now I claim in Jesus name for anyone reading the next verse at 1 Peter 1:8 joy unspeakable. Now say this verse out loud and believe the promise. Say 1 Peter 1:8 that says Whom having not seen, ye love; In whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
As always, I've enjoyed writing this bible study today about repentance and trusting in Jesus. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we meet again soon to lift up the Lord Jesus, have a blessed day in Jesus name.