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Why Repent

--From God's Perspective

 

The scriptures tell us some of the reasons why we should repent--from God’s perspective. They include greater purity, and also an increase in our single-hearted love and worship toward God. 

But it would be impossible to consider—or even know—all the reasons why we should repent from God’s perspective. We will therefore try to limit our discussion to how repentance pertains to our turning from idolatry and making God our God.

God wants to be our God. But without realizing it, we are depending on what the Bible calls "other gods."

The first of the Ten Commandments is this, "I am the Lord your God...You shall have no other gods before Me" (Exod. 20:2,3). This scripture applies to us today, because worshiping "other gods" involves much more than bowing down to idols made of gold, wood, or stone.

"Other gods" include all the various substitutions we make in trying to fill our desire for God—apart from Him. God is waiting for us to turn our heart away from these "other gods" and toward Him—that’s what repentance is all about.

We need to repent in order to make God our God. Our problem is that He is not our God nearly to the extent that He could be.

The Bible says, "...Repent and turn away from your idols and turn your faces away from all your abominations" (Eze. 14:6). It also says, "return to the Lord with all your heart, remove the foreign gods...from among you and direct your hearts to the Lord" (1 Sam. 7:3).

The more complete our repentance the better. But in order to be practical about turning away from idols, we have to know what they are.

The scriptures are clear that God considers "other gods" as anything we depend on as our glory, refuge, and strength. "Other gods" are about what we depend on for confidence and security. Idolatry of this kind is idolatry of the heart.  

The good news is that our idolatrous substitutions are all things that we trust as being close to us; our personality, how much we know, what we do, the approval we feel from others, how we appear. The reason you should repent is because God wants to prove that He can be a better God to you. He wants to be so intensely close that He becomes a better refuge, a much greater strength, a surpassing glory.

Changing the surface symptoms won’t cure our disease. We have to turn our heart to God.

 

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Barry.

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