The Process for Elevation
1. Surrender yourself to the authority and will of God.
“Be unceasing in prayer.” (I Thessalonians 5:17)
“ The fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” (James 5:16
“Pray at all times. . .” (Ephesians 6:18)
3. Seek the Presence of God
The word “Seek in Hebrew is “baqash”, which means to search out for example in prayer and worship; to strive after; desire; make inquisition; procure; make request, require.
SEEKING THE FACE OF GOD
When we seek God’s Face, we behold beauty and glory,
which takes us beyond the tallest building story.
Walking, running, and yielding toward God’s way
on the straight and narrow path we will stay.
A path full of love, joy, peace, and blessings,
if we are faithful to trust God through our testings.
O God, faithful and true,
thanks for leading and guiding us always to you.
© 1997 Karmen A. Booker
Stay connected to Jesus Christ even when the winds fall and the valleys run deep.
When it seems like all you need is sleep.
When it seems there is no way out.
Trust in Jesus, He is the truth and the way without a doubt.
He will shape and mold you all the way through.
Just don’t give up when you are feeling blue.
The trials and tribulations we experience are designed to strengthen
our faith and trust in Jesus (the Holy One).
© 2000 Karmen A. Booker
True repentance means turning away from sin and leaving it behind. We must not only confess our sins, but forsake them. This means that we determine to be done with them. (Proverbs 28:13)
Man is enabled to repent because God works upon him and with him. Our own efforts only get in God’s way. God uses both external and internal means to turn a man to himself.
God reveals the goodness of his character to men in order to lead them to repentance. He does this through a general providence, sending rain and sunshine upon the just and the unjust. He also does it through special favor. God may show his goodness to a man through kindness and mercy in circumstances. (Romans 2:4)
God’s Sovereign Call draws men to repentance (Matthew 9:13)
God uses the ministry of His Word to create repentance in the heart of man. (Acts 2:36-38)
God uses reproof, rebuke, and chastening to prod men to repentance. (Revelation 3:19)
What are the Manifestations of Repentance?
Repentance is an inner matter; an inward action of the soul. But it also has several outward expressions through our actions. God’s purpose in repentance is to turn us around. For this reason, all genuine repentance will be seen in the change of direction it produces in the daily life. The three basic manifestations of genuine repentance are:
A. Specific Confession of Sin to God
True repentance results in confession to God. We do not merely repent “in general”, but we specifically name our sins to God and admit that we are wrong, as we ask His forgiveness. We never begin our petition for forgiveness with words such as these. – “If I have done anything wrong …” We need to mention the specific areas in which we have offended Him. Confession means putting into words and telling Him you are sorry. (Psalm 32:3-5)
B. Restitution to Man
True repentance will lead us to make things right with other people. We will make restitution where this is necessary. We will do all in our power to repair wounded relationships. We must be particularly careful to keep our relationship flowing in up-to-date love toward those we call “Brothers”. We only love God as much as we love those who are a part of Him. (James 5:16).
C. The Forsaking of Sin
True repentance means turning away from sin and leaving it behind. We must not only confess our sin, but forsake them. This means that we determine to be done with them. (Proverbs 28:13)
What are the Results of Repentance?
The results of repentance and faith are difficult to separate since these two foundations are combined in regeneration. Nevertheless, certain results can be attributed to repentance: joy in heaven, pardon and forgiveness, receiving the Holy Spirit, and the beginning of a whole new lifestyle.
A. Joy in Heaven
There is joy in the presence of the angels of God, as well as in the heart of God himself, over the repentance of sinners. (Luke 15:7,10).
B. Forgiveness and Pardon
Repentance prepares and qualifies us to receive God’s forgiveness and pardon. Repentance in no way earns God’s favor. In His grace and mercy, He has promised to forgive and cleanse us when we open ourselves to Him in repentance. As he does this for us, we experience a deep inner peace and assurance – we know our sins have been washed away.
Repent ye therefore and be converted that your sins may be blotted out, when the time of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. (Acts 3:19)
C. Receiving the Holy Spirit
When we repent, God pours out His spirit upon us and gives us spiritual understanding of His Word. Once we have made the decision to “DO” His Will, we “Know” whether the teaching or doctrine has its origin in God or not. Repentance is a part of preparing and cleansing us as a vessel to be filled with the Holy presence of God in the person of the Holy Spirit. (Proverbs 1:23).
D. New Life Patterns
Repentance is the beginning of an entire life of turning to God. After our initial turning from sin to God, there is a progressive repentance which continues throughout our whole lifetime as God separates us to himself. During this process, which the bible calls “sanctification,” we are made aware of things which displease God and must be changed. Our response is to repent when he sheds His light upon these things. Little by little, we are changed into His image as we cooperate with the Holy Spirit. We are not only finished with sin, but we are growing in holiness. (II Corinthians 7:1)
Why Must We Repent from “Dead Works”?
Once we stop relying upon our own efforts, we will be able to rely upon God. All other religions emphasize man’s duties toward God. However, Christianity offers a salvation which has already been purchased for man at God’s own expense. God’s salvation is not only given freely, but it is applied by the Holy Spirit’s living within us. We must turn from all self-reliance to experience life in God.
Dead works include everything we do without relying upon God, and drawing from His life. We have no life apart from vital union with Jesus Christ. Nothing we can do will produce life. Throughout scripture, dead works are contrasted with “fruit” because fruit grows as a result of union with something alive.
When we continue in dead works, we become enslaved to a legalistic system which demands of us works only the Holy Spirit can produce in us. The New Covenant is a new heart, not a new set of external demands. Since we cannot achieve these works on our own, we fail to meet our own standards. For this reason, we experience constant bondage and condemnation.
Condemnation always produces a deep unsureness or lack of confidence toward God. We dread approaching Him and find all kinds of excuses not to draw near to Him in prayer and communion. Even when we do make petition to God, we are unable to ask with confidence because of the internal nagging of condemnation. Instead of serving God out of love for Him, we do so out of fear.