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What does it take for me to change my mind about Jesus?

What does it take for me to change my mind about Jesus?

Woe

Jesus is upset. Jesus is upset with the elite religious leaders of the day.

Jesus hasn’t gotten over it. I am thinking I need to pay attention to this. It is too easy to think Jesus is saying this “to them”. The word of Jesus is like a sharp sword.

Uh oh! Here it comes! I better listen up and change my mind (aka repent). I better act different. I better give up acting religious. I better get serious about following Him. I better give up my selfish self pitying. I better listen up!

“Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles had occurred in Tyre and Sidon which occurred in you, they would have changed their minds (aka repented) long ago in sackcloth and ashes.” | Matthew 11:21

How do we change our way of thinking about Jesus?

Repent
Repent

Jesus challenges us to radically change our way of thinking. Repentance (the original Greek means radically changing our thinking) is of central importance because missing God’s goal (sin) brings God’s judgment. Fellowship with God is only possible through full and sincere repentance (radically changing my thinking) and acting differently.

Jesus is clear about this.

Jesus says to me: “Radically change your thinking, for the Kingdom of God is at hand. I’m the King. I’m in control, not you.”

God, through his servants, calls me to change my mind as the only way to escape the judgment and receive the forgiveness and restoration which he offers. Jesus is clear that He is the Way. Jesus is the Truth. Jesus is Life.

Κύριε Ἰησοῦ Χριστέ, Υἱέ τοῦ Θεοῦ, ἐλέησόν με τὸν ἁμαρτωλόν

Translated: “Master Jesus the Messiah, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner”

Our Messiah humbled himself and died for all of us, I pray the Jesus Prayer. God is in a good mood. God’s plan through Jesus has redeemed, restored me and healed me.

I have missed God’s goal for my life (aka sin). This is a big deal. It is not to be ignored.

And so … mercy is required. I need forgiveness.

I thankful that Jesus died for me. I am thankful that God loved me so much He sent His only Son to die for me. I am thankful that God did not want to condemn us but wanted to save us. And save us He did.

What is a wrong with a half-way job?

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What is my role in all this? God doesn’t invade my body and make me change my mind. That isn’t how it works. I have to change my mind (aka repent).

I have to give up and give him all the pieces. I have humble myself and admit that I have missed God’s goal (aka sinned). Many days I am reluctant. God is patient.

God made my life complete
    when I placed all the pieces before him.
When I got my act together,
    he gave me a fresh start.

Source: Psalm 18:20-24 (The Message)

Do we really believe Jesus forgives us? Should we change our minds?

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Jesus decides to return to His hometown. When He got there, some men carried a paraplegic on a stretcher and set him down in front of Him and His disciples. Jesus was impressed by their bold belief. He couldn’t just ignore the man. So Jesus said to the paraplegic, “Cheer up, son. I forgive your sins.”

Now this got Him in some real trouble. Some elitists and  religion leaders whispered, “Why, that’s blasphemy!” Of course, they didn’t say it out loud. Just a whisper among themselves. Or so they thought.

Am I whispering, thinking Jesus can’t hear me? Hmmm …

What does it mean to repent? Is God ready to receive us back home?

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There is good news, for all of us. Jesus has a heart for the lost and those who have missed God’s goal (aka sinners). Jesus told this story because all the tax collectors and the sinners were coming near Him to listen to Him. The elitists and religious leaders (Pharisees and the scribes) began to grumble, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.”

Why does God call on us to radically change how we think and act?

Repent

Repentance (radically changing our thinking) is of central importance because missing God’s goal (sin) brings God’s judgment. Fellowship with God is only possible through full and sincere repentance (changing how we think and act).

God, through his servants, calls us to change our thinking as the only way to escape the judgment and receive the forgiveness and restoration which he offers.

Does Baptism Save You?

Here is a well thought out article by Jeremiah Johnson at Grace to You. 

Faith and repentance are not easy. Submission contradicts the natural disposition of the human heart. And the transforming and sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit is often uncomfortable and difficult.

Salvation would be so much more inviting and enticing to our human understanding if it didn’t require humility, repentance, and the transformation of your entire being. Why can’t it simply be the product of a one-time activity?

For those looking to bypass the difficulty and discomfort of salvation, 1 Peter 3:21 seemingly provides a shortcut in the form of this simple declaration: “Baptism now saves you.” This and a select few other verses are often used to promote “baptismal regeneration”–the view that teaches that one is saved (regenerated) though water baptism.

However, not all proponents of baptismal regeneration see baptism as a shortcut to salvation or a quick fix to the problem of sin. Many view it as a necessary element—in addition to repentance and faith—that completes the work of salvation. And as a proof text, they point to Peter’s words in Acts 2:38, “Peter said to them, ‘Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’” (emphasis added).

Read the article here: https://www.gty.org/library/blog/B160815

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What kind of thinking leads to a dead end? Why must we change our way of thinking?

God is God
God is God

Sometimes we think of God as we think of ourselves. Big mistake. That kind of thinking leads us to dead end.

God is God but His emotions aren’t like ours are. He is more powerful than we can imagine. God can do anything He wants to. His power, however, is a VERY patient power.

If we think because God is patient, we can “get away with things”, we better think again. Jesus calls on us to radically change our way of thinking and act differently. It is known as repentance.

God’s patience is shown to us so we will change our minds about missing His goal for our lives and so that we will accept Jesus as the answer.

Jesus is clearly the WAY to God. There is no other way to know God and enjoy a life that never ends.

But God doesn’t lose his temper. He’s powerful, but it’s a patient power. Still, no one gets by with anything. ~Nahum

Nahum 1:3

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What if Jesus said this to New York City?

Tyre and Sidon

Tyre and Sidon – Repent and ask for mercy

What if Jesus said this to Dallas? What if he said this to New York City? I can imagine it.

Jesus is in our midst. He is performing great and mighty acts of God right now. Do we see it? Do we change our minds and ask for mercy?

We should ask for mercy. We should beg for forgiveness. Jesus challenges us to do so.

We need to radically change our mind and act differently. This is known as repentance. The Greek word is  μετανοέω mĕtanŏĕō — Meaning: I repent, change my thinking, change the inner man.

God is God. We may not fully understand His ways but we must understand in our heart and act accordingly.

He is merciful.

He has forgiven us.

“If Tyre and Sidon had been given half the chances given you, they’d have been on their knees long ago, changing their mind (repenting) and crying for mercy.” ~Jesus 

Luke 10:13-14



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God’s government (Kingdom) is not a democracy.

King JesusI need to change my mind (aka repent).

God’s government (Kingdom) is not a democracy. I have been raised to see democracy as the best form of government. And for us in America, it is.

The prophecy of Daniel 7:13-14 is so powerful and lays it out clearly.

“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”

Jesus wasn’t elected. His way isn’t determined by a majority vote. God has always been in control and he has given everything over to His son Jesus, our Master.

God doesn’t need our permission to make a decision. It has always been that way. It always will.

On Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem as King. The people knew it. After His resurrection, He ascended in Heaven and his Father made it official. He sits next to God and is in charge of everything in Gods world.

He has a new plan. It isn’t based on anything we know. Jesus put an end to that. No more trying to do good to please him.

Jesus is in charge of His world and government. He is in a good mood as a Father would be toward His children. He is also God.

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