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"Repenting For The Joy Of It"

"So the children of Israel put away the Baals and the Ashtoreths, and served the Lord only. And Samuel said, "Gather all Israel to Mizpah, and I will pray to the Lord for you." So they gathered together at Mizpah, drew water, and poured it out before the Lord. And they fasted that day, and said there, "We have sinned against the Lord." And Samuel judged the children of Israel at Mizpah. Now when the Philistines heard that the children of Israel had gathered together at Mizpah, the lords of the Philistines went up against Israel. And when the children of Israel heard of it, they were afraid of the Philistines."

1 Samuel 7:4-7

When the children of Israel gathered together at Mizpah and drew water and then poured it out before the Lord it signified their repentance from sin. Most all of us have heard the expression, "I poured out my heart". That's exactly what the children of Israel were doing. Their hearts were truly broken before the Lord and they were genuinely sorry for the sin they had committed against God by disobeying His Word, so they poured out the water in humiliation demonstrating their sorrow and the sense of emptiness they felt. That's exactly what sin does to us, loved one; it leaves us dry and empty. Sin might be pleasurable for the moment in some cases, but in the end it brings forth death. Sin not only brings forth death, loved one, it sucks the very life out of us along the way. It's a slow death! We do well to heed the Word of God that says, "Flee temptation, resist the devil and he will flee". The Lord Himself promises us victory as we abide in Him. Trust Jesus!

There is an amazing truth revealed here in chapter 7 when the children of Israel gather at Mizpah to repent of their sin before the Lord. As they gather to repent, the Philistines gather together to fight against them. Isn't that just like the devil, beloved? When you and I repent of our sin and pour our heart out in confession before the Lord, we need to be aware, beloved, because the enemy of our soul is gathering to attack us.

Without fail, when we go to God with a sincere heart regarding our sin and confess it the Lord, the devil will come against us believing we are vulnerable to his attack. How wrong he is! That's why Satan comes against us when we repent. He doesn't want to us to feel the cleansing power of God, or the refreshing feeling we sense in our hearts when we have been cleansed once again. Just like the Philistines found out, the enemy of our soul soon discovers too, that God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. Satan can't approach God any time he would like so he works hard to keep us away from the Lord too knowing that in His presence is the fullness of joy. We need to be encouraged by the strength we will experience each time we truly repent before God as "A broken and contrite heart the Lord will not despise". It is true that His strength is made perfect in our weakness.

The real joy for you and me in 1 Samuel chapter 7 is knowing that Samuel is a type of Christ for the children of Israel. He intercedes for Israel in the same way our Great High Priest Jesus intercedes for us. It's wonderful to know that today, right now at this very moment in time Jesus Christ is interceding for us at the throne of God! Oh, how I pray you find comfort and joy in knowing this truth. Take a moment and meditate on that fact today, that Jesus is praying for you, that you are in His heart and always on His mind. Enjoy as well the victory that only Jesus provides and continually experience the peace, the presence, and the power of God in your life as you continue to confess your sins to Him who has set you free from them. Don't hold onto your sins; take them to God in prayer leaving them at the feet of our Savior remembering always,

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

1 John 1:9


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