Redemption · Repentance · Restoration

remake… vs… repent…

The revelation fleshed out this morning… when I heard of a man leaving his family… moved out of state… which brought to mind a woman… who recently divorced her husband…

Over and over… when things go bad…
we make moves… to remake our lives…

When broken people… try to remake their lives…
they leave a trail of brokenness behind…

The major problem we have… when we try to remake…
is that we lug around our own brokenness with us…

In the words of Andy Stanley…
Everywhere you go… there you are…
and in the end… what you tried to remake…
turns into… the same old brokenness…

This is very different than what God calls us to do…
He calls us to repent…
which literally means to turn around…
make a u-turn… go back… do things differently…

When we choose to remake our lives…
we continue on the same path… same direction…
just different scenery and relationships…

God… He says…

Repent therefore, and turn back, that your sins may be blotted out,
that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord…
Acts 3:19-20 ESV
Turn back from your way of doing things…
and begin doing things His way…
With His Way… there are blessings…
forgiveness…
refreshment…
redemption…
But our way… our own version of remaking…
leads to death…
destruction…
despair…
Only through repentance…
can we truly be redeemed…
restored… 
remade…
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.
The old has passed away; behold the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV
How many times have you tried to remake yourself… only to end up the same… or worse… than before…?
Give up the remaking… 
turn to repentance…
Stop thinking up your own way…
come into agreement with Him…
do things His Way…
experience true redemption… 
true restoration…
right where you are…
Amen…

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