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Repentance

RepentanceMark 6:12

REPENTANCE A biblical concept ranging from regret or remorse (Heb. nāḥam, “to pant, sigh, or grieve”) to a complete change of mind or behavior (šûḇ, “to turn”).
Heb. nāḥam usually refers to God’s repenting, rather than that of people, although occasionally it refers to human grief over sin (Exod. 13:17; Job 42:6; Jer. 8:6; 31:19). The term typically describes God’s gracious responseto human repentance, in which God relents from punishment. In the OT the basic idea of human repentance is represented by šûḇ. It implies turning from sin to righteousness, often with accompanying sorrow. A clear example of this religious sense of the term appears in 1 Kgs. 8:47, where Solomon entreats God to hear the prayers of a repentant people who return to God. Repentance often involves reverting from idolatry to true worship of Yahweh and its corresponding moral behavior (Isa. 1:10–17; Ezek. 14:6; 18:30; Amos 4:6–11). In response to this repentance, God forgives and restores.
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Thoughts for the Quiet Hour

June 9

  Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee
Ps 55:22
He that taketh his own cares upon himself loads himself with an uneasy burden. The fear of what may come, expectation of what will come, desire of what will not come, and the inability to redress all these, must needs bring him continual torment. I will cast my cares upon God. He hath bidden me. They cannot hurt Him: He can redress them.

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Hardman, Samuel G., and Dwight Lyman Moody. Thoughts for the Quiet Hour. Willow Grove, PA: Woodlawn Electronic Publishing, 1997. Print.

Connect the Testaments

June 9: When God Doesn’t Act
2 Chronicles 21:1–23:21; 1 John 1:1–4; Psalm 102:1–28

“When Jehoram ascended to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself and murdered all his brothers with the sword, and even some of the princes of Israel.… And he did evil in the sight of Yahweh. But Yahweh was not willing to destroy the house of David on account of the covenant that he had made with David and since he had promised to give a lamp to him and to his descendants forever” (2 Chr 21:4, 6–7).

Biblical stories like this teach us not only about God’s actions, but also about His decisions not to act. It must have been difficult for those suffering under Jehoram’s ruthless reign to understand why God would allow him to stay in power over them, His people. Yet God knew there was something even larger at stake: long-term, righteous reign over His people—and salvation itself. The people’s suffering could not outweigh the importance of preserving the line of David, which held the hope of God’s …

Spurgeon, Charles H. Morning and Evening

Morning, June 9                                                   Go To Evening Reading

“The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.”
         — Psalm 126:3
Some Christians are sadly prone to look on the dark side of everything, and to dwell more upon what they have gone through than upon what God has done for them. Ask for their impression of the Christian life, and they will describe their continual conflicts, their deep afflictions, their sad adversities, and the sinfulness of their hearts, yet with scarcely any allusion to the mercy and help which God has vouchsafed them. But a Christian whose soul is in a healthy state, will come forward joyously, and say, “I will speak, not about myself, but to the honour of my God. He hath brought me up out of an horrible pit, and out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings: and he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God. The Lord hath done great things for me, whereof I am gla…

Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost for His Highest

June 9th
The next best thing to do


Ask if you have not Received. For everyone that asketh receiveth. Luke 11:10.

There is nothing more difficult than to ask. We will long and desire and crave and suffer, but not until we are at the extreme limit will we ask. A sense of unreality makes us ask. Have you ever asked out of the depths of moral poverty? “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God …” but be sure that you do lack wisdom. You cannot bring yourself up against Reality when you like. The next best thing to do if you are not spiritually real, is to ask God for the Holy Spirit on the word of Jesus Christ (see Luke 11:13). The Holy Spirit is the One Who makes real in you all that Jesus did for you.

“For every one that asketh receiveth.” This does not mean you will not get if you do not ask (cf. Mat. 5:45), but until you get to the point of asking you won’t receive from God. To receive means you have come into the relationship of a child of God, and now you perceive with intellig…