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Repent and Change.

Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. —Matthew 4:17

God’s demand on us to become standard bearers requires us to leave the night and look forth to the morning. “Who is she who looketh forth as the morning?” She is a church filled with standard bearers who refuse to return to the night as soon as they leave the church parking lot or the mission trip. “Fair as the moon and clear as the sun” is not just for the altar or the service or the times with other Christians. Repentance, conversion, and becoming fair and clear are not for a moment but for a lifetime.

Leave sin behind at the altar once and for all! Get real about repentance. Sorrow may accompany repentance but sorrow is not repentance.

Repentance is change! Repentance involves a total change of life.

Jesus came preaching repentance. To the religious He says repent. In other words change your minds, get a new concept of God’s kingdom in your hearts. To those with wealth and power He says repent. Change where you deposit your treasures. Instead of putting treasures where moth and rust corrupt, lay up treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:19-20). Instead of seeking things, seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

Jesus, change me. Make me today more like You.
Transform me into Your glory. Use my
repentance as the tool to break
and remake me. Amen.


Who Are the Televangelists Abusing the ‘Day of Atonement’?.


Ron Cantor
Ron Cantor

The response to my article earlier this week has been encouraging. Truthfully, I suspected it would strike a chord inside of those who are tired of listening to wealthy preachers make false promises of blessing and prosperity during what appears to be nothing more than a religious infomercial.

Both on my personal blog and the Maoz blog, we have received a tremendous response. Also, on Charisma News and Charisma’s other magazine sites, thousands have read it. I got a call from a Detroit radio station yesterday asking to interview me.

This morning I even received an email from a well-known television minister, thanking me for challenging him. Clearly, people are weary of this type of ministry.

But many people asked, “Why not name names?” Excellent points were made:

1. There was concern that good ministries might be blamed for the deeds of those with less integrity if folks didn’t know to whom I was referring.

2. Others felt that people needed to know who these people were in order to warn others to stay away from them.

3. Some quoted Scriptures where Paul publicly called people out.

So, why didn’t I?

I have never spoken to the people in question about their error, and while their sin is public, until I have a chance to communicate with them directly and give them the opportunity repent of or defend their position, I don’t feel that it is biblically ethical for me to name them.

However, my good friend and colleague Dr. Michael Brown, whom I had asked to look over my article for theological accuracy before I posted it, interviewed me yesterday about this on his nationwide radio show, The Line of Fire. Dr. Brown, who has a Ph.D. in ancient Semitic languages (i.e., Hebrew and Aramaic) has, in fact, reached out to these individuals to give them a chance to defend their Day of Atonement sevenfold blessingtheology on his show.

If they will not appear or respond, then we will name names, as we will have given them a chance to respond. If they do come forward for public examination of their doctrine, then you will also know who they are. So either way, very shortly, it will be clear who they are.

I have heard stories of some of these million-dollar pastors threatening critics with slander lawsuits. While I have no fear of such things—a lawsuit would only further expose them—the Bible gives us a clear outline. Let’s follow it.

Who knows? Maybe they will repent and then be truly qualified to teach on the Day of Atonement. Repentance, not “double portion, sevenfold blessings,” is the theme of this great day.


Ron Cantor is the director of Messiah’s Mandate International in Israel, a Messianic ministry dedicated to taking the message of Jesus from Israel to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). Cantor also travels internationally teaching on the Jewish roots of the New Testament. He serves on the pastoral team of Tiferet Yeshua, a Hebrew-speaking congregation in Tel Aviv. His newest book, Identity Theft, was released April 16. Follow him at @RonSCantor on Twitter.

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{ Day 232 }.

Suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, “Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.” In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repentsLuke 15:8-10

In Luke 15, Jesus addressed angry Pharisees who were miffed at Him for eating with and fellowshiping with sinners. In reply, Jesus said His Father rejoiced and the angels that did His bidding were glad; therefore, we ought to be glad. Over and over in this chapter Jesus revealed the joyous atmosphere around the throne. In verse 10, He said, “I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents” (NKJV). He was speaking of the repenting sinner who is still very immature. If the sinner repents at 3:00 p.m., the angels are singing and rejoicing by 3:01 p.m. That sinner is still profoundly immature in his faith, but the angels are abundantly glad. His repentance is absolutely sincere though his maturity is nonexistent. The yes in his spirit is imperfect, but it is eternally significant.


Give me Your understanding in regards to the immaturity and insincerity I see in others—and in myself at times. Let me look at others through Your eyes and see the potential for spiritual maturity and genuine love.

Love is sincere and genuine many years 
before it becomes mature and strong.


Be God’s Standard Bearer.

Is this not the fast that I have chosen?-.-.-.-That thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh? —Isaiah 58:6, 7

This text is the foundation for our becoming one of God’s standard bearers. Too often the church has gone rushing into battle with dirty garments and soiled uniforms. Too often the church has tried to call the world to repent before she has left the night of sin. We need to come out of our deserts—soiled with past battles and sins—and be washed by living water.

In this text the Spirit of God admonishes us not to hide ourselves from our own flesh. We have been so busy playing the victim and blaming someone else for our failure to obey the commands of God that we have forgotten we were the ones who made the conscious decision to sin.

Before you can progress and rise to the rank of a mighty standard bearer in the kingdom of God you must first hear and respond to His primary call. God’s first trumpet call to raise up standard bearers in the church is not to battle but to repentance.

Before we can become clear, transparent, shining, bright as the sun, we must repent and convert so that when the refreshing, revival, and restoration of God comes, we can receive all God has for us as His standard-bearers.

Purify my heart, O God. Make me beautiful,
clean, and pure as the moon reflecting
Your light. Make me transparent,
shining, and bright as the sun.
Make my life a light shining
for Jesus. Amen.


The Mercy of God.

And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented [changed His mind] of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not. —Jonah 3:10

After much resistance, Jonah yielded to God to go to Nineveh to preach repentance to that great city in Assyria. Then the pronouncement was made that after forty days God would judge the city with His wrath.

With urgency, the king declared a fast that even included the animals. The people wept and begged for mercy, and with an open heart they prayed to God. Because they humbled themselves in prayer, God lifted His declaration and spoke life, and not death, over them.

Our God does not show favoritism, for His mercy extends the globe (John 3:17). The love and mercy of God can reach anyone—from the uttermost to the guttermost. He can reach out to wherever your unsaved loved ones are and set their feet on the Rock of their salvation.

Think of loved ones who are lost, and pray for their salvation today. Think of those in your city, nation, and world who are lost. Pray for their salvation today. Ask God to be merciful to them and to seed His Spirit to convict, deliver, save, and heal them today.

Jesus, I pray for the lost this day. I pray
for my loved ones who are lost. I pray
for all the lost in the world. Extend
Your mercy and send forth workers
into the harvest to proclaim
Your good news. Amen.


How to Repent.

For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.
2 Corinthians 7:10

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Daniel 4:34-37 ( )

When someone — especially a public figure — offers an apology for an offense committed, it raises the question: Is the person  really  sorry for what he did or is he sorry he got caught (especially when the apology is accompanied by the phrase, “If I offended anyone . . .”)? Any apologetic words have to be accompanied by “godly sorrow [that] produces repentance” (2 Corinthians 7:10). Repentance can begin with words but much more time is required to validate its sincerity.

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King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon had been humbled by God because of his pride. He fell into a period of seeming insanity, living in the wild like an animal. When his sanity was restored, he “blessed the Most High and praised and honored Him who lives forever” (Daniel 4:34). It appears that his repentance toward God was genuine — at least long enough for God’s blessing to again be manifested in his kingdom (Daniel 4:36-37).

Nebuchadnezzar learned that “those who walk in pride [God] is able to put down” (Daniel 4:37). A humble, repentant life is much to be preferred over a prideful one.

Adversity does not fall out to us by chance, but is the method by which God arouses us to repentance.
John Calvin

2 Kings 4-5

By David Jeremiah.

Rooting Out Fuzzy Theology Behind the Hyper-Grace Message.

David and Nancy Ravenhill

Imagine a car dealership that provides every car buyer with a free car wash for as long as they own the car. You purchase a car, and along with the required paperwork you are given a free car wash certificate. The dealer tells you he has fully paid for all the car washes you will ever need, saying he believes that a clean car is the greatest way of advertising and promoting his dealership.

Several days later, you happen to drive down a muddy country road full of potholes and ruts. Later, you notice your car is covered with mud and decide to avail yourself of your free lifetime car wash. But before you have time to drive through the car wash, your friends inform you that you no longer have to go there. They tell you that your first car wash was all that was necessary. Any suggestion that you need another wash is not only wrong, but a lie.

You try and reason with your friends and even show them your dirty car. They still refuse to acknowledge that the car needs washing, even after seeing the condition of the car. They inform you that what the dealer really meant was that once the dealership had purchased the car wash for you, that would keep the car clean forever. They also argued that to suggest it needed washing again was an insult to the dealer and the dealership. “Don’t you realize,” your friends tell you, “when the dealer first paid for your car wash, that automatically washed it for life; all past, present and future dirt was washed away, and therefore it never needs to be washed again.”

Such logic would, by anyone’s reasoning, be considered imbecilic, ignorant or crazy, to say the least. Obviously, what the dealer intended was that anytime you needed your car washed, you could avail yourself of a car wash because he had already paid for it in advance.

Thinking back on your conversation with the dealer, you recall him telling you that he has a personal hatred for dirty cars and that is why he paid for a lifetime of free washes to anyone who asked. He went on to say that if—and not when—you happen to get your car dirty, the car wash would take care of it. He obviously never intended for you to drive around searching for dirty roads just so you could avail yourself of the car wash. That, he said, would be abusive to the car-wash program and an insult to his dealership.

In a similar way, the atoning work of Christ paid in full for all my sin. This, however, does not exclude my need for repentance, nor does it give me license to sin as I please. For my “friends” to tell me otherwise is totally false and misleading.

Sadly, this is the logic behind the new hyper-grace message. The essence behind this false teaching is that all sins past, present and future have already been atoned for and therefore there is no longer any need to repent. That, the proponents of this idea say, would be tantamount to telling God you don’t believe He has paid for all your sin.

This type of fuzzy theology falls apart for this reason: If repentance is acknowledging a sin that has already been forgiven, thereby making repentance unnecessary, then why do we tell people to repent the first time in order to be saved? If repentance is wrong following salvation, then using the same “logic,” repentance is wrong prior to salvation too.

The error here is that this type of teaching leads to ultimate reconciliation or universalism. Jesus paid for all sin; therefore, all are saved.

The fact is that the provision for my cleansing was completed at the cross but the process of my cleansing is conditional upon my repentance, and not before.



David Ravenhill has a rich history in ministry, including working with David Wilkerson‘s first Teen Challenge Center in New York City, Youth With a Mission and pastoring one of the largest churches in New Zealand. He is now a full-time itinerant minister and author of five books, including Blood Bought.

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