God Allows “U Turns.”

In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven, is at hand!” Matthew 3:1, 2 NKJV.

John the Baptist at this point in his life was definitely not politically correct, nor user-friendly, and had a penchant for calling groups of religious folk a “Brood of vipers!”JohnBap

Having raised himself in the desert,  he was without a doubt a wild child on a mission. His rugged individualism confronted the evils of his day in which the fear of God was spoken to an entire nation who had forsaken God as a way of life. Speaking out to them after 400 hundred years of silence from God, John was heralding the arrival of Jesus.

Repent was his cry for those who were living in the false security of man’s religion.

Repent,metanoeo, Strong’s #3340: From meta, “After” and noeo, “to think.” Repentance is a decision that results in a change of mind, which in turn leads to a change of purpose and action.

The first call of the kingdom is to repentance. The implications of biblical repentance are threefold:

  1. Renunciation and reversal. Making a heartfelt renunciation out loud and declaring one’s sinful way of life apart from the living God; also a determination to reverse one’s current way of life.
  2. Submission and teachability. One must die to self and like John the Baptist one must live in the mindset of “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).One must always be willing to be taught by The Holy Spirit.
  3. Continual shape ability. There is no birth into the kingdom without hearing the call to salvation, renouncing one’s sin, and turning from sin toward Christ the Savior (Acts 3:19).

One will not grow without obedience to Jesus’ commandments and childlike responsiveness as a disciple of Jesus, yielding to the teaching of God’s Word (James 1:21-25).

There is no lifelong increase of fruit (growth, fruit is grown) as a citizen of the kingdom without a willingness to accept the Holy Spirit’s correction (Have you been to the shed lately?) and guidance (Eph. 4:30).   God allows “U Turns.” B-Epiphany



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