He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. – Luke 3:3
Many people have been longing for a while for a spiritual breakthrough in their lives. This is an important desire. I also desire a spiritual breakthrough in our church, in our city, in the Netherlands and throughout the world. If we have this desire, we are like John the Baptist; we are preparing the way for the Lord Jesus to come into our midst with great power and to take our lives under His lordship.
Prepare the way
John prepared the way for the first coming of Jesus Christ. Today God needs such pioneers for a spiritual breakthrough. The path to this is called conversion. Conversion means to turn around, to change your mindset. When you repent, you turn your back on sin and focus on Jesus.
The human nature is selfish. Our own self wants to be honored, lifted high and satisfied at all costs. However, the Holy Spirit wants to reveal love and truth in us. When you convert to Christ, you will be different. Jesus Christ initiates a cleansing and healing process within you. Your attitude towards God and people will change. Your proud attitude will begin to disappear by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Repentance is needed daily. Every day I dedicate myself to Jesus. Every day my old self has to die more if I want to have a breakthrough in my spiritual life.
The Christians must repent, the Church must repent. 1 Peter 4:17 says: ‘For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household.’
Many think that they can polish their own self or improve it. But God wants to renew us. ‘If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come’ (2 Corinthians 5:17).