Daily Word for Friday, September 4, 2015
Luke 22:32 – “But I have pleaded in prayer for you, Simon, that your faith should not fail. So when you have repented and turned to Me again, strengthen your brothers.”
In the text above, Jesus declares that He “pleaded in prayer” for Simon that Simon’s “faith should not fail.” Christ goes on to say to Simon that when he had “repented and turned to Me again, strengthen your brothers.”
God, knowing Simon would fail, provides him a roadmap to restoration. After failure, Simon’s first stop would be at the rest stop of Repentance.
To repent simply means to change your mind or turn around. I John 1:8-10 is clear on our need to, from time to time, stop at Repentance; [If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. 9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. 10 If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that his word has no place in our hearts.]
God graciously invites us to repent in I John 1:9; [But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.]
There is nothing that can stop you from coming to God in repentance. He is waiting with open arms. When we repent, we turn again to God. II Chronicles 7:14 says, “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
Isaiah 55:7 says, “Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong. Let them turn to the LORD that he may have mercy on them. Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously. After we have been strengthen, Christ invites us to strengthen our brothers or sisters; to help them become stable; resolute in their walk with God.”
Galatians 6:2 says, “Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.”
Colossians 3:16 further says, “Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.”
My friend, find someone you can partner with and make to be what Christ was to Simon to them. Your Father will be smiling.
Peace and blessings!