Today’s Devotional Message
Topic: When God is Silent Part 8
Sub Topic: Genuine Repentance as a remedy
By: Isaac O. Agbenla
Text: In 2 Chr. 7:14, the Bible says:
If my people, which are called by name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn away from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
When a man is truly humble before God, grace to genuinely repent will be available. There is no genuine remorse without genuine repentance. There are preachers who says repentance is not necessary after salvation because Jesus had already forgiven us all the sins we would ever commit in the future. This morning, I want us to diligently see what the scripture says about repentance both for believers and for unbelievers.
There is no doubt that God expects unbelievers to repent before they can have eternal life. This is evidently stated in; Matt.3:2, 4:17, Mark 1:15 etc.
Our focus today we be on believers who are living in sin and thereby obstructing their relationship with God. I know of believers both physically and online who are genuinely born again but slip into sin and since then find it hard to have that cordial relationship with God.
In Rev.2:5, the Bible says:
Remember therefore from whence you have fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto you quickly, and will remove your candlestick out of his place except you repent.
It is impossible to walk with God without falling short of his standard. No matter how much you try, there are times when we behave below the standard that is required of us. That is no longer our nature but we sometimes yield to wrong leading when we are not in fellowship with God. Being tempted in such manner is not the end of the race but remaining in the temptation and making the falling state a permanent home is disastrous because a falling state is devil’s hit target. All Old Patriarchs in the Bible once made mistake but God’s grace covered their weaknesses because they humbly surrender their pieces to God to make a vessel out of it.
Beloved, Rev. 2:5 says: …Remember where you have fallen… You know where you use to be and who you use to be for God? Check where you are today. You have spent years of your life condemning immorality and watching of dirty films but where are you today? Sexual immorality was once a sin to you but now, you claim grace has taken care of those sins, check yourself. What about the passion for souls and time you usually spend in the secret places? It has been abandoned because level has changed and no more lack.
Brethren, except we have chosen to deceive ourselves, we all know what our prayer life use to be and what it is today. Those hours we spent studying and memorizing the word of God has been stolen by Africa Magic and Channels TV.
That is the reason why God’s voice is no longer clear. Prayer that was our hobby as now become a work. God is no longer hard again because doors of abundance has been opened unto us. We have complained that we have stopped evangelism because of our work schedule but now that we are on holiday, we have another excuse. That is where we have fallen.
“Remember where thou has fallen”…… it is not hard to remember but hard to admit and be ready to do it right again. We can justify why we have fallen but no reason is enough to forget our first love for God. God has made us convenient not for us to forget our first love but make us serve him better.
The bible says remember where you have fallen AND repent. Repentance is key to restoration. There can’t be restoration without repentance.
Beloved, if God has been silent, when genuine repentance leads, forgiveness will be guaranteed.
Isaac O. Agbenla