The following was taught and prayed through during our 9:30 a.m. family prayer time with Sue DeGroot
I heard the word Catchphrase and when I asked what the catchphrase was I heard Repent.
Definition of catchphrase
1: a word or expression that is used repeatedly and conveniently to represent or characterize a person, group, idea, or point of view
REPENT-it is a decision that results in a change of mind which in turn leads to a change of purpose and action.
Repent/Repentance is a word that is continually repeated through out the Bible.
Mal 4:5-6 AMPC
Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes.
6 And he shall turn and reconcile the hearts of the [estranged] fathers to the [ungodly] children, and the hearts of the [rebellious] children to [the piety of] their fathers [a reconciliation produced by repentance of the ungodly], lest I come and smite the land with a curse and a ban of utter destruction.
John the Baptist:
Luke 1:16-17 AMPC
And he will turn back and cause to return many of the sons of Israel to the Lord their God,
17 And he will [himself] go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn back the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient and incredulous and unpersuadable to the wisdom of the upright [which is the knowledge and holy love of the will of God]—in order to make ready for the Lord a people [perfectly] prepared [in spirit, adjusted and disposed and placed in the right moral state].
In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” 3 For this is he who was spoken of by the prophet Isaiah, saying:
“The voice of one crying in the wilderness:
‘Prepare the way of the LORD;
Make His paths straight.’ ”
4 Now John himself was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist; and his food was locusts and wild honey. 5 Then Jerusalem, all Judea, and all the region around the Jordan went out to him 6 and were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
And he went into all the region around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the remission of sins,
From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven [a]is at hand.”
Instructions given by Jesus -Luke 24:47 AMPC
And that repentance [with a view to and as the condition of] forgiveness of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,
There are 3 implications of biblical repentance-Renunciation and reversal; Submission and teachability; Continual shapeability. There is no birth into the kingdom without hearing the call to salvation, renouncing one’s sin, and turning from sin toward Christ the Saviour. There is no growth in the kingdom without obedience to Jesus’ commandments and a childlike responsiveness as a disciple of Jesus, yielding to the teaching of God’s Word. There is no lifelong increase of fruit as a citizen of the kingdom without a willingness in accept the Holy Spirit’s correction and guidance (taken from The New Spirit Filled Bible-Kingdom Dynamics)
We prayed towards repentant hearts in our families.