“Behold, I was sharpen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
Repentance is more than an act. It is also a state of soberness, brokenness, and contriteness. When you maintain a broken and contrite heart, you are in a state of repentance. The state of repentance is a product of dealing with unknown sin because of the realization of your human nature and its shortcomings. In this state, you carry a consciousness of your humanity and frailty, compared to His divinity which causes you to rue in your heart.
When you consider how great God is compared to your state, you ought to repent. You are nothing but dust (Ecclesiastes 3:20), and according to the psalmist ‘what is man that God is mindful of him and visits him? (psalm 8:4). You were fashioned in iniquity as our opening text reveals. This is enough reason to repent. Thus, repentance is not only of sin known but of sin unknown.
This is because sin is more than committing an act but also a state. The reason we commit sin is because of the state of sin. As long as we exist in the flesh, we are in a state of sin. In other words, by virtue of our existence, we sin.
So, true repentance puts you in a state of brokenness and soberness because of your state of sin. When you maintain this brokenness, you are in the state of repentance. This is the state God wants you to maintain. Whenever you consider your humanity, frailty, or weaknesses, learn to repent before God.
Prophecy 1: Receive grace to maintain the state of repentance in Jesus’ name.
Prophecy 2: As you step out today, may the Lord perfect all that concerns you in Jesus’ name.
W: Create time to spend with the Lord in deep fasting and consecration to the Lord.
X: I decree and I declare that my hunger for the Lord is increasing daily.
STUDY YOUR BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: LEVITICUS 1 & 2, JOHN 6, PSALMS 140
The Javanese are predominantly Muslim while the Indian community in Suriname is only now beginning to respond to the Gospel and the Chinese churches are growing and actively joining other local churches and missions, to plant more churches among Chinese in the region.
Y: We are praying for more doors to be opened for missionaries to the nation.
Startup Prayer: Dear Father, you are a great and mighty God. I acknowledge that I am but dust before you and I repent.