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Repent, the Kingdom is Near!!!

Rev Enoch Thompson | JANUARY 17, 2023 | MATTHEW 4:12-17

KEY VERSE: Matthew 4:17 (NIV)

From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."


MESSAGE:

The mission of the Lord Jesus Christ was to inaugurate the Kingdom of God and open the door to it by His sacrificial death on the cross of Calvary. The Kingdom of God is not a geographical political space, it is the rule of God in the hearts of individuals who submit their wills to God freely. The Kingdom of God is the invasion of light into the realms where darkness ruled and giving of the God-kind of life where the shadow of death hung over human souls.

The Lord Jesus chose to start His ministry, as here, from the region of Galilee to further identify with the state of humanity in darkness and in bondage to the forces of death. Galilee was a backward backwater part of Israel. In doing this He established the bases of acceptance into the Kingdom, repentance. From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near." We must repent, and have a change of mind, which should result in a change in the way we think, talk and behave.

Repentance is not remorse felt for having been caught for our wrongdoing. Repentance is the acknowledgement that our sin is an offence to the holy God and that we willingly choose to re-align our ways to His will. Repentance is not a momentary emotional flash in the pan. Its true quality is shown in an abiding hatred of sin and results in a new personality, a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17).

The call to repentance is more pertinent now in view of the admonishment, “ And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. (Rom 13:11 NIV).

FEET AND HANDS FOR THE MESSAGE:

Tell God that you acknowledge the sin nature we were born with and that you reject its power over you, accepting the forgiveness that the blood of the Lord Jesus offers us. The blood of Jesus deals with the root of sin. Determine to stay away from the fruit of sin, the continual choice to disobey God.


PRAYER:

Lord, I was born a sinner, a slave of Satan and his evil rule. I renounce sin and the rule of the forces of darkness, in the Name of Jesus. I desire to and ask you to help me by your Holy Spirit to live the life that shows true repentance. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!


SHOWERS! BLESSINGS!!

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