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As Long As

Over the years, many people have had “as long as” repentance. The Psalmist describes this in Psalm 78, where he speaks of a repentance that lasts only for a brief period of time while someone was in danger. How often do we see the consequences of something and then we are sorry, whereas we truly are not sorry we did it, but sorry that we must pay the price?  

Repentance or metanoia means “change of mind.” What the Psalmist references in these verses is not true repentance. Instead it was flattery by people who were only motivated by a desire for their own interests. The repentance was not acknowledging with the heart and having a change of mind. There was never a desire to not want to do something any longer. Rather, words were offered to gloss over the truth. Lies. Lip service.

Today, ask the Spirit to reveal to you the condition of your heart. Do you grieve your sins or only the consequences? Have you experienced a change of mind, or are you continuing on the same path? Are you practicing “as long as” repentance?

“But their repentance lasted only as long as they were in danger; they lied through their teeth to the true God of Covenant. So quickly they wandered away from his promises, following God with their words and not their hearts! Their worship was only flattery.” – Psalm 78:36-37 [TPT]

Doing the Same Old Things

Repentance means that there is a change. Repentance says, “I’m sorry and I do not want to do this anymore.” Repentance or metanoia means “change of mind.” It is an inward response not a behavior reform; however, repentance should show results of a change of behavior.

Zephaniah spoke of those who were doing the same old things. There was no visible proof that there was a change of heart or a change of mind. After facing the consequences of sin the people were right back at it “bright and early” in the morning.

If you have repented of something, there should be a visible change along with your inward response. When you turn your life over to Jesus, when you confess your sins to Him, your life should not revolve around doing the same old things. If you find yourself still doing the same old things today, ask Him to give you the strength to press forward. Pray for forgiveness, for comfort and for guidance. Never be fearful of asking your brothers and sisters for help—for encouragement, for support, for accountability. You do not have to spend your life doing the same old things. Jesus offers you something new.

 

“I thought, ‘Surely she’ll honor me now,
accept my discipline and correction,
Find a way of escape from the trouble she’s in,
find relief from the punishment I’m bringing.’
But it didn’t faze her. Bright and early
she was up at it again, doing the same old things.”

-Zephaniah 3:7 [MSG]

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