Repentance is referenced well over 1,000 times in the Bible. It must be important, as God commanded this action. But why? When we look at verses, we see the definition of biblical repentance means to ‘turn’ or ‘return.’ Repentance is a call to turn from our sin and return to God. The benefit is an overflow of blessing.
“’For I am the Lord, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob. Yet from the days of your fathers you have gone away from My ordinances and have not kept them. Return to Me, and I will return to you,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘But you said, “In what way shall we return?”’”—Malachi 3:6-7
Here, God’s Word says that His people have “gone away” from Him, but when we return to Him, He returns to us. This is a picture of biblical repentance. The scriptures go on to depict a conversation between God and Israel. Israel asks how they should return and what they did to wander from His instruction and blessing. God explains that He supplies provisions and protection. They are instructed to tithe, and as a result:
“‘…try Me now in this,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.’”—Malachi 3:10
This chain of events isn’t about God withholding good things from us; it is about His immense desire to be in a relationship with us. When we choose to have a hardened and selfish heart, He allows us to go our own way. Our way never works in the long run. Therefore, it is an opportunity to return to Him, with a humble heart ready to embrace His goodness. Walking away from our desires and welcoming His is repentance—and God undeniably blesses us out of it. He actually tells us to test Him in this act of obedience.
How are repentance and faith related?
Some have argued, “If faith saves me, why do I need to repent?” This misunderstanding is incredibly unfortunate, as it seems there is a lack of knowledge about the close relationship between the two—faith and repentance—and the Jewish roots of the text.
For this reason, so many Believer’s today continue to have a block in answered prayer. There is an absence to fully grasp the fact that when we come before God and allow His Spirit to pull up any bitter roots, it breaks evil strongholds. This statement isn't a question of salvation, its intended to tap into the inheritance that God has imparted to you.
Restoration of all things
We are living in a time when the mysteries of prophecy fulfillment are being revealed. In Amos 9, we read about God promising restoration and abundance to Israel through Him. Curt Landry Ministries, a congregation of both Jewish and Gentile Believers, are bringing together the One New Man and are actively restoring Israel!
In the verses of Amos, it explains that through this restoration there will be a revival and blessing. When the Lord releases these blessings through restoration, the fruit comes quickly, abundantly, and from unexpected places—blessing the works of our hands.
“’On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the Gentiles who are called by My name,’ says the Lord who does this thing.
“‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘when the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it. I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them,’ says the Lord your God.”—Amos 9:11-15
God calls the Body of Christ to take action in Israel’s restoration, and then see how abundantly we will be blessed!!
Where does revival start?
Repentance to restoration leads to revival. When the Church comes to grasp their spiritual ancestors and partners with their Jewish brethren, there is a fullness of understanding. Not only does this unity make us stronger, but it also is fulfilling biblical prophecy. We can anticipate the return of the Messiah is drawing nearer!
Revival begins in your heart. You have the gift of the Holy Spirit, which allows you to turn any past disobedience into transforming power, both for you and for the nations.
God loves a cheerful giver. Anyone who has given has the hope that his or her seed won’t end up on rocky ground, but will embed into fertile soil. It's crucial that as we give—that we plant where there is a return. Not to sow out of selfishness in our heart, but to promote the Kingdom of God.
He calls us to be good stewards of the gifts He has bestowed upon us.
“Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.”—Matthew 25:16
Several years ago, Arkansas State Representative, John Lowery, and his wife, Susan, began sowing seeds into God’s Kingdom while on a trip to Israel. The Lord truly blessed their journey throughout the Holy Land, as seeds of hope were planted deep into the Jewish nation. Listening to their story provides hope for those who may be blocked by fear and desperately want to step out in faith and experience God in new and better ways.
The Lowery’s sincerely experienced God’s hand in their lives as they saw Him provide EXACT amounts needed to where they were sowing. They then felt the windows of heaven opening over their lives as is promised in Malachi 3:10. This is a perfect example of how biblical principles applied to every day life will strengthen your faith and illuminate the precise path God has for you.
You can hear more from John Lowery who will be teaching on the Salt Covenant during Passover on March 31st, at 1:00 p.m. CT. If you are unable to join in person, you can join Curt Landry Ministries at House of David LIVE streaming.
What is the Salt Covenant?
The Salt Covenant is a compelling revelation of the value of everlasting worth in Yeshua, and our call as “the salt of the earth” (see Matthew 5:13).
In the ancient world, salt was a major commodity. The word salary actually means, ‘salt-money.’ This symbol of wealth was also used in legally binding agreements, or covenants. Salt, being a preservative, is symbolic of God’s eternal promises to Israel. These promises still exist today…
Curt Landry Ministries is honored to host Arkansas State Representative, John Lowery during Passover as he teaches on the Salt Covenant, and also about how biblical prophecies are unfolding and the nations are coming together, just as God had promised.