Repentance is taking ‘it’ off and tearing it up. And ‘It’ is whatever we are holding, that is not the redeeming blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. ‘It” is a scheme we believe that is not from God. Our spiritual warfare begins in repentance and moves into praise.
Hear, O earth; I am going to bring disaster on this people,
the fruit of their schemes,
because they have not given heed to my words;
and as for my teaching, they have rejected it.
Did you notice that the disaster is the fruit of our schemes? Therefore, the answer to the disaster and troubles we run into is repentance. Maybe the greatest need on earth today is a revival of repentance amongst those who claim to be Christian.
Repentance is taking ‘it’ off and tearing it up.
If I just take ‘it’ off and put it aside, maybe I can go back. Maybe, my new hope won’t turn out as I want it to, so I’ll need to return to that old familiar friend for some comfort and hope. Don’t take it off and put it aside, take it off and tear it up.
I am inspired by reading of Elisha, in 2 Kings 2:12-13 “he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces. And he took up the cloak of Elijah”. Elisha didn’t just take off the clothes that had served him well until that time, he also tore them in two, so there was no going back. This is repentance. Then he took up his ‘new’ life represented in the cloak of Elijah.
Note that before Elisha received the opportunity to wear Elijah’s cloak. His eyes were opened to see beyond himself. When they had crossed the Jordan, Elijah said to Elisha:
“You have asked a hard thing; yet, if you see me as I am being taken from you, it shall be so for you, but if you do not see me, it shall not be so.” 2 Kings 2:10
Friend, we can only come into the new covenant Christ has established for us by seeing Jesus for ourselves. The Holy Spirit comes to reveal Jesus in our hearts. 2 Corinthians 4:6 says: “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” We don’t just read about Jesus we hunger to hear the Spirit testify of him in our hearts.
Take it off and tear it up
The lesson to us in Elisha’s taking off and tearing in two his clothes is:
- I can’t lead myself and be led by the Spirit;
- I can’t have my own mind, and the mind of Christ;
- I can’t set my mind on me, and set my mind on the Spirit;
- I can’t put on Jesus Christ, and make provision for my flesh;
- I can’t obey God and obey myself, and my sentiments and nostalgia.
And if I’m trying to do both, I’ll be confused and suffer cognitive dissonance, which the bible calls double-mindedness; which is stressful not restful.
Our Father in heaven has asked me to take off and tear up the clothes I’ve been wearing. Hear me clearly, I know I am a new person in Christ, with a calling to good works for his kingdom. But, I also know I continue as I began. I began by taking off my understanding of who I was in repentance, and putting on Christ by faith. So, when do I get to turn back to my understanding of who I am? Never! Because to do so is to set aside Christ. God can speak again to what he has spoken into my life.
I hear God calling many to let him show them a fresh revelation of who they are. He’s asking us to repent and take off the clothes we’ve accumulated while following our Elijah’s, and to tear those clothes up; so we can receive fresh revelation of our life by faith in Christ. Too many of us are clinging to old experiences and prophecies as if they were Jesus himself, they are not. Our hearts have become cluttered with many things rather than set on one thing, the person Jesus Christ.
One of the disciplines Father brought to me in 2019 is not ministering out of yesterday’s testimony. I need to know the Spirit is breathing new life in me today. I need the word of the Spirit for the spirits of those I minister to today. Repentance is how we grow as well as how we start in Christ.
A revival of repentance is what we need. This blog gives some direction to repentance prayers. http://chasingtruth.nz/wp-admin/post.php?post=13211&action=edit
May you hear what the Spirit is saying to your spirit.