FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15
“Repent of your wickedness and pray to the Lord. Perhaps he will forgive your evil thoughts, for I can see that you are full of bitter jealousy and are held captive by sin.”
Acts 8:22-23 (NLT)
REPENTANCE IS THE OPEN DOOR TO TRUE FAITH
In one of his books, A.M. Hunter, relates the story of a dying man who asked his Christian doctor to tell him something about the place to which he was going. As the doctor fumbled for a reply, he heard a scratching at the door, and he had his answer. “Do you hear that?” he asked his patient. “It’s my dog. I left him downstairs, but he has grown impatient, and has come up and hears my voice. He has no notion what is inside this door, but he knows that I am here. Isn’t it the same with you? You don’t know what lies beyond the door, but you know that your Master is there.” (Source: Christian Theology in Plain Language, A. M. Hunter)
Mike taught us in the sermon that repentance is the door that leads to true faith. And true faith leads us to God in heaven. We’ve learned this week that Simon had a faulty faith. Simon wanted the power of God but didn’t necessarily want God or God’s righteousness. Peter confronts him and tells him that he must repent of his sin and ask God for forgiveness. Acts 3:19 teaches, “Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out.”
Part of becoming a Christian is professing your faith in who Jesus is but part of becoming a Christian is also acknowledging that you are sinner and turning from your sin and toward Jesus.
If you have never repented of your sins and placed your faith in Jesus, do it now. If you know of any unconfessed sin in your life, confess it and turn from it today.