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by Repentance with Joy!
Receive and "abide" in the presence of God by understanding with your mind, AND by teaching your heart to think differently about earthly things and about your being able to freely receive the presence of God by believing He is drawing near, because of His grace!
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Of Definitions and a Deeper Christian Life
This site shows HOW TO repent by training your heart to joyfully trade earthly dependencies for receiving God's presence intensely by His grace. The principles you find here are effective for idolatry of the heart and unwanted behaviors! It is intended as a practical way for you to experience the deeper Christian life.
Repentance is more than just what you do after you do something wrong. Repentance is a biblical practice—an activity that describes something you can do for great personal growth and change.
In biblical terms, repentance means to change your mind about sin and about God. More simply stated "repentance with joy" means to change how you think and to feel joy because of it. The word repentance is used most of the time where we are to change our mind after sin. But in my search I saw this verse: "...If you return to the Lord with all your heart, remove the foreign gods...from among you and direct your hearts to the Lord...He will deliver you..." (1 Sam. 7:3). To me, "directing our heart toward God," sounds like a repentance where we "change our mind" about sin and about God, BEFORE we do something wrong.
So on this website and in my books, I use the word "repentance" in a broad sense rather than the strict definition. I do that because repentance is the word that most accurately describes what you get when you try to fit everything together that the Bible says about growth toward God. It is in that sense that I am saying we should repent.
The way I see it, we are to repent so as to remove the obstacles that keep us from abiding in Christ. Doing this, involves getting our heart to hear the truth of the scriptures so that God can use His word to change us from the inside out. Much with us has to change but thinking about repentance this way makes actually doing it realistic.
Deep level change isn't going to happen just because you know something in your head. Being effective at "changing your mind" requires taking steps to train your heart that it is right, good, and safe to turn and draw near to God. You have to take steps to calm your fears and build your faith. You have to become a teacher and your own heart has to become your student. By this, you can change from the inside out.
Mostly, this site is for Christians who want to experience God's presence more fully and intensely. It is for Christians who want to "abide in Christ" in a deeper way. But it is not just for Christians because the information here is practical for those who want freedom from unwanted behaviors. These principles are effective and work well.
Repentance should be as important a practice to your Christian life as prayer or reading the Bible. It can help you just as much.
The Benefits of Repentance
The benefits of repentance are many. The Bible says, "...repent and return, so that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord" (Acts 3:19).
The benefits of repentance are that you find freedom from unwanted and sinful behaviors, damaging pursuits, harmful reactions, long term addictions, co-dependence. You even find freedom from subtle sins of the heart. But that isn't all.
You also experience a "refreshing" from the "presence of the Lord." By repenting so as to experience God's presence, your single-hearted love and devotion toward God will increase greatly. Abiding in Christ becomes realistic. The deeper Christian life becomes practical. This site shows you how.
Abiding in Christ
When I talk about repentance it is always a repentance that is toward abiding in Christ. By "abiding" I believe the Bible means we are to stay inside the presence of God. Christians have Christ inside them but we are also told to "abide in Him." I think this means we are to stay inside the radiant presence of Christ -- 24 hours-a-day. By this we "...walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light..." (1John 1:7).
To me, abiding in the presence of God is the same thing as abiding in the presence of the kingdom of God.
We abide in Christ by repentance that removes obstacles so we can draw near to God, learn to stay there, and learn to let Him draw near and stay near to us. Understanding your thirsty desires for God and how to repent makes abiding in Christ realistic for anyone. Everything that I write is toward this end.
Drinking From God
On this website and in the ebooks I use the words "drinking from God" to also mean "feeding" on Him. To me drinking from God is the same thing as receiving His presence or letting God draw near to us.
Learning to drink from God is important because without learning to actually receive His presence we can't abide in Christ. It is by learning to keep on drinking like a branch on a tree that we abide inside the presence of God all the time. Doing this is realistic for you.
On this website and in the ebooks I explain how we drink from earthly things and how you can reapply those same principles to God. I explain these things in practical ways so that you can do them.
Why You Can Change
We keep doing what we don't want to do because of the "benefits" we gain from the behavior. Even though the behavior may hurt us greatly, it reassures us, makes us feel strong, or secure in some way.
Repentance lets you trade earthly dependencies for God's presence! The reason you can change is because of God's abundant grace to draw near to you!
When God's presence pours through you, your longings are filled more deeply and more pleasurably than anything this life has to offer.
Do you have a behavior you want to change? Repenting by turning to God as what reassures you and soothes you when you hurt. Doing so can help you grow even in areas that have been difficult for you to change!
Are you a Christian who doesn't have any major or obvious sins? This site can help you experience God's presence more fully. It will help you understand and repent of the hidden idolatry of your heart. It is just that the benefits of deep level repentance are so great, that it corrects more obvious sins too.
The Whole Thing in Three Sentences
The repentance that I will help you with is the path to the deeper Christian life. It is a repentance that changes your behavior because it changes how you think in your heart.
I will be teaching you how to joyously repent from seeking to receive earthly glory for yourself to a place of seeking and receiving the presence of God. I will be teach you practical ways of how you can actually receive the kingdom of God and abide in Christ here.
Everything that I write about is "to the end that we...would be to the praise of His glory" (Eph 1:12). Doing that means that we first have to repent from living to the praise of OUR glory.
Why You Need this Information
You need the information on this site because it isn't obvious how to direct your heart away from earthly sources and toward God—our fears, hurts, and disbelief are too great.
Most Christians today are not even conscious of when they are working to fill their longing for God apart from Him. If you were aware, it is also likely that you would try to repent in ways that would be ineffective and damaging. I will show how you can be effective at removing the obstacles preventing you from turning and drawing near to God.
It is time for radical change! You need instruction and you need the Heart-training the areas in your heart that need to be addressed are deep and well hidden. This site will show you how to turn to God in ways that are more complete than what you may have ever thought was even possible. You can enjoy a deeper Christian life!
Not Everything is Free
I give a lot of instruction here but I don't give away the material that I call Heart-training. You will have to buy that.
Are you in a country where online purchases are difficult or impossible? Then email me and I can give you the Heart-training for free. For the rest of you please support this ministry by purchasing the materials.
Regardless of how you get the Heart-training please don't dismiss the importance of the Heart-training in your pilgrimage with God.
Why You Can Repent With Joy!
Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him (Heb. 12:2). We should follow His example.
Repent with joy because of God's grace to draw near to you without His holding back! Rejoice your heart to believing that when you draw near to God, He will draw near to you (James 4:8)!
More is realistic and possible! The practical reasons you can repent and turn more fully to God are because of His grace. The earthly substitutions we make for God are always close to us. You can repent because God wants to be God to you. He wants to be close to you, intensely!
The Bible tells us, "And without faith it is impossible to please Him for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him" (Heb. 11:6). The faith that pleases God believes that when you come near to God, He rewards you with His presence by also drawing near to you!
Earthly substitutions for God's presence are totally unnecessary. You just need to learn how to work with your heart until you find freedom to act because of greater faith trust toward God.
By applying the principles and using the tools given here, you can experience God's presence flowing around and through you 24 hours-a-day!
Don't be alarmed by the amount of material you find on this site. Large portions of 3 eBooks are on these pages. If you get frustrated by not remembering what you have read and what you haven't, you may find it easier to go to the books and materials page and down load this information in book form.
It will take effort on your part to direct your heart toward God, but you can do it! I will show you how.
You Can experience a deeper Christian life!
Would you like me to teach at your church or gathering? Contact me by email. I would like to speak to your group about "How to Love God More." firstname.lastname@example.org
Email me if you want the ebooks and can't pay for them, or especially if you are outside the USA - I would be happy to give them to you.
4 / 2011, a new version of the Heart-training ebook is now available!
Email from Tienie in S. Africa 10/08: "I have read most of the info on your website. It is very practical and easy to understand. In the past few years I have read a few books on the subject ''Living in the presence of God". Those books all date back to the 1600 and 1700.Molinos(The Spiritual Guide) ,Guyon (Experiencing the depths of Jesus Christ), Brother Lawrence (Practicing His Presence). Your material is much more understandable and usable..."
I am praying for the Lord's abundant blessing on your efforts to direct your heart toward Him.
Repentance = change how your heart thinks — Home page for how to do that!
(C) Barry Hall 1999
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