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DAILY DEVOTIONS
 

  In more than three decades of my Christian life, I have been blest by 2 types of Daily devos' (matter not exceeding 500 words) in universal Christian literature. Not only those Devos' which have a different theme everyday but also the ones which revolve around a certain theme over a period of time, say a fortnight, have richly edified me. In fact, both styles have their own inherent advantages. If the former style caters to the varying spiritual needs of a christian from day-to-day, the latter aims 'to ground' a child of God in a certain subject in order he derives the full benefits of the deep insightful study of a certain topic, spread over a fixed span of time.

In my Daily devo page, I have consciously tried to go in for 'a blend of both the styles' whereby within a constant theme, I would be aiming to focus on different facets of it which admittedly is a closer imitation of the 'Constant theme' style than the 'Varying topics' one.

Having dwelt on the topic of Christian journey in the previous month, now in the month of Febraury, I intend to focus on a monumental piece of Jewish history….the Conquest of Canaan, with its particular relevance to modern day breed of Christian spiritual warriors.

Once again, let me wish you a happy and an edifying read…

Suresh Manoharan




February 24th

Repentance



Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell facedown to the ground before the ark of the LORD, remaining there till evening. The elders of Israel did the same, and sprinkled dust on their heads.- Joshua 7:6
 
  The right reaction, when confronted and convicted of sin is to hit the knees and repent. Not only should we repent but also go about seriously with the clean-up act! What do I mean by the clean-up act? It simply means getting completely rid of the source, which tripped us up in the first place.

In the case of Joshua and all the leaders of Israel, we see that they not only repented but also showed the sincerity of their repentance (not restricting themselves to merely mouthing a few apologies to the Lord) by backing their words with actions. They got rid of Achan and everything connected to him (Joshua 7:24-25). No, no, I am not for any physical execution of sinners in the Church but in this new age “grace dispensation” I am all for sincerely getting rid of whatever is blocking the flow of God’s power in a Church in the manner outlined by Jesus (Matt 18:15-18).

Yes, in a Christian’s life fall is sometimes inevitable. But the best way to cope with it, when convicted of it by His spirit or by fellow-believers is to sincerely repent and get rid of its very source. Source? Whatever that is leading us to a fall. It may be bad company or some kind of entertainment. It is subjective and would vary from person to a person. So sincere reality check on this issue backed up by genuine action would help.

Prayer:

Father, it is so comforting to know that whenever we repent sincerely, you forgive us of our sins. May we humbly submit to thy reproof at all times. In Jesus’ name. Amen.
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