Paradise Calvary Chapel

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Soldier, About-Face
Eric Barr - Nov. 4, 2016
Devotional

We are all soldiers in Gods’ army, and at some point, we all need to make an about-face. The about-face is a military command in which a soldier makes a 180 degree turn and faces or starts going in the opposite direction, making a U-Turn. In Biblical terms, it means to repent.

For the last couple of years, I have told people I was a Christian. I would go to church on Sunday, Bible study on Wednesday and I even played in the worship band. I was one of those people who said I was a Christian but did not act like a Christian when behind closed doors or not around other Christians. I was so driven by my flesh that I let my sin and addictions take a hold of me; I could not control it. It got to the point that not only did I stop on my way home from church on Sundays to conduct my sin, but I was thinking about it during service. My flesh was in total control. I thought everything would be alright if I confessed my sins and asked God for forgiveness every time I sinned, but I didn’t realize that to be truly sorry for my sins, I must stop them all together, never to do them again.

Peter said in Acts 2:38 “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

It wasn’t until after some godly counseling that I truly confessed my sins and decided to repent, and that is when I found myself at U-Turn for Christ. There, I found myself in Gods’ word not only daily, but many times a day, being filled with His knowledge and wisdom. I have completely surrendered my life to the Lord, received the Holy Spirit, and have been sanctified by His will for His glory. Without making that about-face and repenting for my sins, I would still be on that one-way course to self-destruction. My repentance resulted in my salvation through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, dying on that cross and covering all my sins with His blood, and through faith, I am confident that if I confess my sins, if I am truly sorry and broken because of them, and ask for forgiveness of them, then through His love I will be forgiven and have everlasting life with my Lord and Savior.

If you are struggling to give everything over to God, with sin, or with addiction, I encourage you to make the decision to repent and make to confess so that God can restore your life as He has with mine.