Back to School: Get Enrolled - Day 4

Opening Prayer:

Dearest Lord, bring us to a place where we can truly change.  As we yield our hearts to you grant us resolve to walk your path.   Amen…

Read: Acts 3:19 (NIV)

“Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,” 

Reflect:

As a result of the lame men's healing in Acts 3:7, the people ran to follow Peter and John with great amazement. Peter used this opportunity to present the message of Jesus to the curious crowd. In verse 19 he directed them to “repent and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.”  In Webster to repent implies to change one's mind. How does this happen? How is change accomplished?

Apply:

To repent from something, first of all we must acknowledge our need for change. Focusing on Jesus’ perfect life we can only change as we totally yield to him. In seeking the presence of God, we ask what is standing in our way?  What is blocking our path to the Lord? This seems like an easy question. We all know we have areas of weakness where sin creeps in. The true danger of sin is that it corrodes our spirit and takes us down a path of death which separates us from the only one who can bring us hope. Confession brings sin into the light of God and it cannot survive in his presence. It is true, in this fleshly body we will have struggles.  But there is good news.  Because  Jesus is righteous, his sacrifice made a way for us to share in his righteousness if we only accept it. Turning from sin and embracing the righteousness of Christ we can crush the snare of sin and live in God’s promised peace and joy. Baptism is a perfect example to visualizing this act. As we bury our old nature we are lowered into the water and rising up it represents our new life in Christ. It's an outward sign of our inward decision to live in his promise. In this experience we can find true hope and refreshment.

Are you walking on his path? Life is full of challenges and if your journey has taken you off his path the good news is that Jesus is only one step away. Recommit your life to him. Acknowledge your need. Confess your sin. And we rededicate yourself to the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Only in him you will find fullness of joy!

 

Closing Prayer:

Dearest Lord, Help us to stay on your path and commit our life to you daily. Amen.

Terry Schneider