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Summary: The church has become quick to judge others and slow to repent. Without repentance there is no freedom, no joy, no forgiveness, no blessing.

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The Blessing of Repentance

INTRODUCTION

 During His earthly ministry, who were the people Jesus was angry with? – ‘religious’ people

 They were so quick to point out everyone else’s faults but slow to examine themselves

 Yet, even today the church has become quick to judge others and slow to repent

Rev 2:5 "Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place-- unless you repent. (Ephesus)

 Without repentance there is no revival

 Without repentance there is no forgiveness

 Without repentance there is no freedom

 Without repentance there is no blessing

MAIN TEXT

Ps 32:1-11

1 Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.

 It doesn’t say, “Blessed is he who never transgresses.”

 Clearly! God would rather we did not sin, however, when we do, there is atonement

 Rom 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

 It is when we sin and do not seek forgiveness that we find ourselves in a most miserable condition

 But those who trust in Christ have had their sins covered past, present & future

 Yet we are commanded to confess and repent

2 Blessed is the man to whom the LORD does not impute iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

 Impute – means to “count against”

 You are blessed because your sins are covered by Jesus’ blood – If you are saved, you are covered

 “no deceit” – you can’t fake out God

Matt 5:4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

3 When I kept silent, my bones grew old through my groaning all the day long.

 Refusal to repent will drag you down, it will make you feel old

 There is no renewal in your spirit-man

 Instead of mounting up on eagle’s wings, you feel like you have leg weights attached

 Why is it that we do not come before the Father immediately?

Acts 3:19 "Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,

4 For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my vitality was turned into the drought of summer. Selah

 The conviction of the Holy Spirit is weighty and powerful

 You will sense you are in a dry place

 You will sense that the anointing has left you

 The Psalmist sensed his strength (spiritual fortitude) being zapped out of him

 Selah – think about it

 His hand of correction is heavy

 Heb 12:6 For whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives."

5 I acknowledged my sin to You, and my iniquity I have not hidden. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD," and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

 This must be the cry of our hearts – every Christian

 I Jn 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


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