Updated: Oct 5, 2021
About face is a military term, it is, "The act of pivoting to face in the opposite direction from the original, especially in a military formation." The ability to course correct is a prophet's greatest asset. Someone suggested a book to me that is changing my internal landscape once again, Repentance, The Lost Key to Revival. I have picked the book up read a few pages and succumbed to my knees weeping in prayer, crying like David did, "Create in me a clean heart, O God,
And renew a right and steadfast spirit within me (Psalms 51:10, KJV).
In a recent message, I preached at my church I had the divine privilege of leading God's people where He had already been taking me. Ron Carpenter said, "You dont get what you preach, You get who you are." If your message is not transforming you, what do you think it will do for others? This is going to be a top down anointing. We are no longer going to throw anointing oil up. The oil needs to flow down.
Being a Christian for 34 years has been the greatest honor of my life and the biggest challenge. Although I have desired to live righteous and holy every waking moment I have many times fallen so short of what God requires of me. For many they are not all egregious sins but matters of the heart, bitterness, attitudes, unforgiveness, murder, hatred, prejudice, anger, deceit, pride, arrogance, lying, etc. The author in the book wrote, "If you have to ask God is this okay, you have already gone too far? After years of walking and communing with God I understand that He is forgiving, merciful and patient but there are still consequences to my choices and behavior. Even in those times of chastening and correction, like a loving Father, He has picked me up, healed me, dusted me off and put me back on my feet. Revelation 3:19 (AMP) says, "Those whom I [dearly and tenderly] love, I rebuke and discipline [showing them their faults and instructing them]; so be enthusiastic and repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, your sinful behavior—seek God’s will]."
Jesus' cried out in Matthew 3:2 (AMP), "Repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life], for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Make this a day of repentance and renewal. Humble yourself under the mighty hand of God and He will exalt you (1 Peter 5:6). The word of God commands us to bear fruit worthy of repentance (Matthew 3:8). John the Baptist was the final Prophet of an old order. He was the one crying in the wilderness to make straight the way of the Lord.
What is repentance? The Prophet Joel said, “Rend your hearts not your garments and return to the Lord," (Joel 2:13). God no longer wants an outward ripping but an inward tearing of your heart. God wants you right on the inside and not just pious on the outside. He doesn't care about your accomplishments, the killer messages you preached, your extravagant generosity as much as He cares about the condition of your heart. Renew your mind to the things of God, weep between the porch and the altar and ask God to spare our nation and heal your heart. Repentance is a mindset of honor and respect. It is when pleasing God is more important than having your own way.