The three R’s to renewal – repent, return, rest. Which one of these are you on?

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The three steps to renewal. What step are you on?

                          “Steps”

The first step is hard but necessary. It is called “repentance”, which is a change of mind, heart, or direction. It is a realization that there is something in your life that needs to change, something that just isn’t working. Something is off, and you know you need to turn away from it, reject it, push back against it. It could be a thought, an unhealthy lifestyle, an attitude, or an action. Whatever it is, it has to go. Right now.

The second step in this process of restoration and renewal is “return.” You’ve already turned around (repentance). Now return to where you belong. Return to God. Return to your family, your good habits, your healthy way of thinking and living. As the song says “get back to where you once belonged.”

The third step, and the result of the first two, is to “rest”. Jesus said “Come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Mat. 11:28) Rest in the presence of Christ. Rest in the peace of God. Rest in the assurance of God’s unconditional love. Rest in knowing you are on the right path. You may have failed in the past, but now you are in good fellowship with the Father, who loves you unconditionally and will always welcome you back. Rest in the assurance of His love

Repent. Return. Rest.

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  1. These steps, I have found, are made over a lifetime with many twists and turns. With God, things are not in linear time…since he is the same yesterday, today and forever. At least that’s how my walk is. It changes and evolves, hopefully always in a way pleasing to Him. He is so faithful, to always allow us to repent, return and finally, I am learning to rest. Still, in small ways I am willful and I am a great one for leaving my troubles with Him only to pick them up again. That always causes me to be distracted, which interferes with my prayer life and my peace…learning to rest is a process, too. Lord, thank You for my life and for your great love. Help my faith and help me to rest.

    1. You and I, and I believe all Christians, are all on the same page on this journey of faith. The three R’s are a short and a long term process. Its like kids learning to walk. It takes multiple tries and multiple falls. That’s normal. The Bible also says that “God is at work in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:13) Long and short, we are all a work in progress.

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