Daily Devotional By Archbishop Foley Beach

Begin Habitual Repentance Now in Advent; Otherwise, “you are storing up wrath for yourself . . . when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed”

December 2, 2020

Begin Habitual Repentance Now in Advent; Otherwise, “you are storing up wrath for yourself . . . when God's righteous judgment will be revealed

MESSAGE SUMMARY:

None of us is perfect, and not one of us always does the will of God.Penitence” is your direct and personal act of going to God in prayer, confessing your sins, and pleading for His merciful forgiveness. Penitence is not a once in a lifetime occurrence. Penitence is a daily and moment by moment occurrence. Paul, in Romans 2:4-5, is unequivocal in establishing the need for your continuing penitence and the consequences of your not repenting of your sins on a real-time basis: “Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.". Therefore, we all need to repent and return to the Lord. You can become cocky and arrogant in your spiritual life – “I am a Christian; God has done this for me.”. As the Psalmist tells us in Psalms 32:5 of his confession and his penitence: “I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.". You can rest on our perceived laurels; but these perceptions, of personal goodness and righteousness, can lead you quickly to a need for your penitence. Now that we are in the Church season of Advent, now is a good time to begin your habit of timely repentance; otherwise, “you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.”.

 

TODAY’S AFFIRMATION: Today, I affirm that, because I am in Jesus Christ, God isn’t finished with me yet. (Philippians 1:6). “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”. (Philippians 4:14).

SCRIPTURE REFERENCE (ESV): Mathew 3:8-11; Romans 2:4-5; 2 Corinthians 7:10; Psalms 140:1-13.

THIS SUNDAY’S AUDIO SERMONYou can listen to Archbishop Beach’s Current Sunday Sermon: “In Advent, Pray for “amendment of life” in which God Gives Us Time in Our Lives and America’s Life to Return to Him Before He Comes Again in Judgment", at our Website: https://awtlser.podbean.com/

WEBSITE LINK TO DR. BEACH’S SERMON VIDEO – “We All Need “Hope” in Today’s World of Fear, Doubt in Our Faith, and Feelings of “Hopelessness”; and God Is this “Hope”:  www.AWFTL.org/watch

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