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In the classified section of the newspaper an ad appeared
that read:
"I would like to announce that the ad I put in this newspaper
last Saturday was an error.
I WILL be responsible for any debts incurred by my wife!
And I will begin payments as soon as I'm out of the hospital."


2 Cor 7:10
For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to
be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.

LIGHT from the WORD.

The FIRST step in repentance is that "godly sorrow" begins
working conviction in us.
Godly sorrow that leads to salvation is a work of the Holy
Spirit of God.
God's Holy Spirit begins work on a person by convicting
them of sin.
And that sin is NOT BELIEVING in Christ.
(See John 16:9)
God does not beat someone up to make them
turn around and go toward Christ!

The SECOOND step in repentance is convincing.
This too is a work of God's Holy Spirit.
He convinces us that though we have sinned, God is
ready to forgive.
And that forgiveness comes by surrender to
Jesus as LORD. (See Luke 9:23)
God illuminates the cross and shows us the passion of
Christ to Himself suffer for our sins and offer His forgiveness.

The THIRD step in repentance is realization of judgment.
This too is a work of God's Holy Spirit.
God not only convicts us that we are sinners, but convinces
us that there is a Savior Whom we need.
He also makes us realize we will have to face Him
one day and account for our lives!
That accounting for all we've done will be judged by the
measuring stick of Christ - the perfect man.
(See John 16:11)

The Fourth step in repentance that leads to salvation is
partly a work of man, and mostly a work of God.
In order for us to be "made right" with God, we must
turn around and go toward Jesus! However, we can't even do that without God's help!
We only take the first step, then God takes over and
completes the work.
You see, the only work man can do in repentance is
SURRENDER to Christ as LORD!
It is upon our surrender to His Lordship in our lives that we
receive faith (See Ephesians 2:8-9)

Once repentance has been worked, and we receive
salvation, repentance then becomes continual in our lives.
As long as we live on this earth, we are still sinners.
(See Rom. 3:23)
God is daily working to convict, convince and bring
us into a right relationship with Him.

And, thank God, there is a FIFTH step in salvation."SEALS" by His Holy Spirit!! (See Eph. 1:13)
We become "sons of God"!! (See John 1:12)

Now. I said all that to say this:
Repentance is the first step in revival!
If you would be revived daily, repent daily!

Love ya!
Bro. Bruce