Here's how King David describes the result of repentance:
Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those whose record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty! (Psalm 32:1-2, NLT)
Repenting is agreeing with God about our sin, turning away from it and turning to God; it's doing an internal U-turn. When the conviction of God breaks through to us and we realize that apart from his grace we are miserable, broken and hopeless, we choose to turn away from our self-directed life, and turn to him for mercy and forgiveness.
In Psalm 32, David goes on to describe how he felt when he was on the self-directed path away from God:
When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long... my strength evaporated like water in the summer heat. (v3, 4b)
In verse 5, he describes how he repented:
Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, "I will confess my rebellion to the Lord." And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.
No wonder David describes it as joy! Who wouldn't want to have all their guilt wiped out? That's exactly what happens when we humble ourselves before God, admit that we blew it, and ask him to forgive.
Spend time in prayer for repentance. Ask God to show you areas of sin, shame, and guilt. Ask for his healing and forgiveness.
1. Prayer for our open positions in the creative department - Graphic Designer & Film Producer. Pray that we find these positions quickly, and that the candidates are skilled in the craft, passionate about the church, and a good fit for the team’s culture.
2. Pray for God's comfort for the families of those who have gone to be with the Lord in the past few weeks.