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The Lost Art Of Repentance

Someone has defined insanity as "repeating the same patterns but expecting different results."  Why do God's people find themselves using the same methods in their attempt to overcome issues and conquer problems that only continue to fail?  It is unfortunate that God's people struggle to find victory in their spiritual lives, even though they greatly desire it.  The answer may be found in properly understanding repentance. 

The word "repent" means "to change the mind."  It is not enough to feel remorse or regret about something; it is about an attitude of repentance.  That is, to change your mind, change your perspective, change your attitude.  The key word is "change."  True repentance is twofold: to change from something to something.  When John the Baptist preached a message of repentance in Matthew 3, he was preaching for "fruits meet for repentance." That means that there is to be evidence of a changed mind and changed life. 

The husband who constantly apologizes for his actions has yet to experience true repentance.  For example, if his wife is frustrated because he fails to remember to set the trash can out by the street for pick up, when he is truly repentant, he will do whatever is necessary to keep that from happening again.  Perhaps he will set an alert on his phone each week to remind him of that responsibility.  The goal of repentance is change.  If previous methods fail to work, then doing whatever is necessary to enforce change.

The same thing is true for our spiritual lives.  When we struggle in a particular area, we often find ourselves attempting the same methods we have used previously, expecting different results.  That's insane!  Let me give you one key to conquering the issues of life: practice true repentance.  Don't stop at feeling bad or wishing you would change, make a definitive step toward change.  Let it be stated this way: change one habit by replacing it with another.  
Allow me to explain this concept through a simple illustration.  

A man made a decision that he would get up a half hour earlier each day to spend time with the Lord in the Word and in prayer.  The struggle that he faced was a constant urge to hit the snooze button.  He rarely accomplished his goal and felt terrible about missing his devotions.  It wasn't until he had the idea to move his alarm clock to the other side of the room.  When the alarm went off, he had to get out of bed to turn it off and now that he was on his feet, he was more successful in his attempts to spend time with the Lord.  

It comes down to this question: what do you need to change in order to accomplish your goals?  What habit do you need to replace with another?  If other methods have failed, in an attitude of repentance, ask God to forgive you and ask Him to guide you in the steps you need to take to overcome that battle and prevail over your spiritual issues and shortcomings. 


 
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