Radical Repentance

Radical Repentance is something that happens far beyond the sinner’s prayer or the altar call. You might feel saved and have a powerful testimony of all that God has done for you. But the key to a radical life is radical change. Kingdom impact requires real transformation – a metamorphosis. Radical repentance will transform you! Don’t miss this Christian principle: real repentance is a change in the way you think.

Changing the Mind:

The Greek word ’metanoia’, means a turning of the mind or changing the way we think. Note: the word metamorphosis is the result of what a metanoia has accomplished. Follow the transformation of a butterfly and you will see that the caterpillar simply begins to make a cocoon for itself. The real work is done from the inside out. The Apostle Paul said, “if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away, behold all things have become new” (2 Cor 5:17). You are supposed to be able to behold the “new you” immediately after the “old you” has passed away. Notice that it is a result of becoming a New Creature… a re-created being – changed in your thinking! I want to propose to you that Jesus has changed the way you think! Now it is up to us to begin thinking with the mind of Christ (1 Cor 2:16). 

Aligning Our Thoughts:

It needs to happen every day! Jesus said, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow Me” (Lk. 9:23). It’s a daily event and a daily alignment of our thinking. We must read God’s Word and actively believe what God has said about Himself and about our identity in Christ. We must bear the reproach of the world and ignore the invitation to revisit our old ways of life. Satan is a liar and a thief, with a determination to deceive us into a life without passion and carnal Christianity. Its not real, because it cannot bear any fruit. And we will not find real satisfaction in anything less than thinking like Jesus.

  • Radical Repentance is the process where we identify with the Truth that sets us free!

1st Step – Breakthrough:

We have to break through the hardness that settles into our heart and mind from seasons of dormancy. The Prophet Hosea said, “break up your fallow ground, its time to seek the Lord” (Hos. 10:12). Most farmers know a lot about fallow ground. It’s that hardness on a field from a winter season of inactivity. When soil is allowed to lay dormant, it becomes crusted over… dry, lifeless and unproductive. The plow has to violently break it up and turn it over. 

The goal is to sow seed and release fruitfulness; but, the process starts with a violent over-turning of hard soil. That’s what we need in the soil of our hearts …and it comes by radical repentance.

2nd Step – Break Free:

The Cross of Calvary was a work of mercy available to all mankind, to free the sinner of the penalty of sin. We who are forgiven and redeemed by the Blood of Jesus, have no business trying to continually pay a price that has already been paid in full.

By contrast, the Cross of which Jesus speaks is a tool of restoration, recovery and renewal. Its a tool that allows the Holy Spirit to release love, acceptance and Kingdom influence into our living. We are now Saints of the Most High! And we must think according to the mind of New Creatures. Our freedom comes through how we live now that we are no longer slaves to sin.

 “Whom the Son sets free is free indeed” (Jn. 8:36).

We are free to live the radical Christian life as Kings and Priests unto our God (Rev. 1:6), free to overcome the obstacles of our past and free to embrace the assignments of Kingdom Ambassadors.  

This cross, that Jesus tells us to carry daily, is not cruel; though it destroys arguments and crushes strongholds (2 Cor. 10:3-6). This cross is the Word of God applied under the canopy of the Holy Spirit’s comfort, guidance and revelation. It sets us free! When this cross is carried effectively, it comes plunging into the soil of our heart and mind, like Hosea’s plow comes breaking into the “fallow ground” - our dormant soil. And when it is applied, it cuts, like a two edged sword, sharp and effective in allowing us to discern the thoughts and intents of our heart (Heb. 4:12). Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). It comes through the ears and into the mind, it transforms the heart with a bold declaration… “This is your new identity!”

  • Radical Repentance leads to Radical Christianity!

Jesus said it like this… “If you abide in My Words you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the Truth and the Truth shall make you free.” (Jn. 8:31-32)  

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