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11 July 2020 - Isaiah 1:16-20

11th July 2020

Isaiah 1:16 – 20 is a call for repentance.  God makes it clear that we have 2 options.  Option 1 – stop doing wrong and learn to do right and be willing and be obedient, and we will be forgiven and be blessed.  Option 2 – resist and rebel, and we will face judgment and be destroyed.

When Christ died for us on the cross, He died for our sins and paid the price for our redemption.  As believers, we are called to walk with God daily.  In our walk, when we sin or when we drift away from God, we can always do the right thing by repenting and turning back to God.  Some times, it is not always easy to do the right thing – but the reward will be great. 

True repentance requires us to have a change of our heart and a change of our action;  and most importantly, true repentance will require us to turn back to God. 

The choices and consequences are clear.  Which option will you choose?

Reflection: 

(1)       “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires;  to be made new in the attitude of your minds;  and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”  (Ephesians 4:22-24)

(2)       “… I preached that they should repent and turn to God and demonstrate their repentance by their deeds.”  (Acts 26:20)

(3)       “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1 John 1:9)

(4)       “Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.” (Revelation 2:5)

Prayer:           

Lord, please forgive me for doing things that were not right.  Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.  Help me to get back on the right path and do the right things.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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