Tuesday, April 17, 2012

7 Things - Fruits of Repentance

2 Chronicles 7:14

if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves,
and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways,
then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

Our hearts are growing increasingly burdened for Norway - that the Lord will bring His fire for repentance. Not a repentance that is morose, but a repentance that brings a Godly sorrow that leads to joy.

The enemy can lie to us and cause us to be crippled by our sins and inadequacies, but God has made a way for His love and grace to triumph over sin. I love this passage in Corinthians that outlines the seven results of true repentance:

2 Cor. 7:9 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing.

 10 For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
 11 For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter. (NKJV) You have completely wiped away reproach from yourselves in the matter. (WEY)

Godly Sorrow.................(leads to)............... Repentance.........(leads to)......... Salvation

Repentance Produces 7 things:

• Diligence (care; earnestness [NASB])
• Clearing of yourselves
• Indignation (wrath against sin [BBE])
• Fear (of God)
• Vehement desire (longing [NASB]; longing to see God [NLT])
• Zeal (Serious purpose [BBE])
• Vindication (avenging of wrong [NASB]; readiness to see justice done [NIV])

You can tell if someone has truly repented by looking at these seven results. Do we walk more carefully; act as one clear of wrong; angry at sin; growing in the fear of God; longing for more of God; filled with zeal for God’s kingdom; ready to join the fight for justice in the lives of the abused, and against evil doers?

Holiness is glory internal;

glory is holiness shining forth outwardly.

More on repentance: HERE and HERE