REPENTANCE IS THE KEY
BY ADRIANA BARAHONA
co-pastor of Angelus Temple Hispanic Foursquare Church in Los Angeles
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4:17 NKJV
Keys give us access to things and places—access we normally would not have. I believe Jesus gave us a key for spiritual restoration when He preached His first message, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17). He was saying the kingdom of God was now accessible, and that repentance is the first step to enter it. The Passion Translation instead of the word “repent” says “Keep turning away from your sins and come back to God” (Matt 4:17, TPT). Repentance is much more than simply changing your mind; it is a powerful term for turning your life around and coming back to God. True repentance affects our views of God and sin. Repentance is to see our true spiritual condition and turn to God, who lovingly extends His forgiveness and restores our relationship with Him. Let us live lives of true repentance, preach restoration boldly and see many people restored by Jesus.
PRAYER + REFLECTION
Pray for those who need Jesus, that they will see their true spiritual condition and turn to God.
Ask the Lord to grant you the ability to humbly accept your need for repentance, that you may enjoy the blessing of a transformed, restored heart.
Pray for boldness when preaching the gospel, just as the early church did, and that a great harvest of souls would come into the kingdom of God.
LOVE // WE DESIRE FOR PEOPLE TO GROW RELATIONALLY
BUILDING AUTHENTIC RELATIONSHIPS WITH GOD AND OTHERS
Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”
PRAYER + REFLECTION
Pray that God would show you how much that He loves you.
Pray that your heart would be opened to the things of God in 2019!
Pray for a deeper love for people in your life, especially those that are hard to love.