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Watch the tide to understand repentance
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I think one of the most intriguing things is the tides in our creeks and rivers.
The waters move one direction for six hours bringing up the water level, and then they move the opposite direction for another six hours bringing it back down again.
This means four times a day the waters change direction, filling and emptying these creeks and rivers. Between these changes there are these few minutes where the waters stand still and do nothing.
In the action of these tides we see a true picture of what the Bible calls repentance. Repentance actually means changing one’s mind or making a decision to change directions.
When the tide is standing still, it’s like a person taking time to think about the need for change.
When the waters turn, it’s like a person actually putting action to their intent and heading in a new direction.
When the waters start emptying themselves of high water, it’s like a person allowing God to help them empty their lives of things that are ungodly, unholy and flat out wrong.
When the waters start filling back up, it’s like a person allowing the Holy Spirit of God to fill them and bring things in their lives that are positive influences adding to their spiritual growth.
If you desire to change, you can’t do it on your own. But the Lord will help you be the person he wants you to be.
Humble yourself before the Lord and ask him to do for you what you cannot do for yourself.

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