“19 Repent therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, 20that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Christ appointed for you, Jesus, 21 whom heaven must receive until the time for restoring all the things about which God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets long ago. 22Moses said, ‘The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brothers. You shall listen to him in whatever he tells you. 23And it shall be that every soul who does not listen to that prophet shall be destroyed from the people.’ 24And all the prophets who have spoken, from Samuel and those who came after him, also proclaimed these days. 25 You are the sons of the prophets and of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.’ 26 God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness.”
There are times in a person’s life when they feel powerful, including myself. Everything seems to be going the right way, no wrong decision can be made, money is flowing through the bank, paying for food and gas is not a worry, all your friends and family members are praising you for all your good works. During this time our pride begins to get built up , the devils most frequently used tool, which is used to separate us from God. It separates us in that we begin to believe that we are the ones responsible for our success. However, if we become a little too self-reliant we see that just as quick as things turned in the right direction, they can turn in the wrong direction. You see as Peter said here, we are the sons and daughters of the covenant that God made with Abraham, therefore we will be blessed. We prosper and can turn to joy instead of wickedness, solely for this reason. God blessed us with the presence of His Son to show us the way, to allow us to turn away from the wickedness we are entrapped in. His Son died for our sins, He was the ultimate sacrifice, so that we can have new beginnings.
I say new beginnings because we can repent from our sinful ways at any time. As Peter urges these people to repent and turn to the Savior,we too can repent and turn our hearts to the Savior. He is the answer for your problems today and tomorrow and wipes away the guilt of your yesterdays. Now some of you may say well if I’m supposed to be blessed then why is my family poor, why does my family hate each other, why has my family fallen apart, why is there so much evil in this world? All extremely good questions, questions that every human being has asked at one time or another. The fact is that we live in a fallen world, sin entered the world through the actions of Adam. Due to this we are constantly fending off attacks of wickedness and the only way to conquer these demons and begin to make things right with your family and this world, is to turn to Jesus. He’s the only way out, He is the Light at the end of your tunnel, He is the Savior and Protector that we need to enter into our Father’s Kingdom.
Don’t forget who YOU are, don’t forget WHO created you, don’t forget that HE wants to talk to you. Remember that our Father in heaven has created you with a purpose, not to fail or be miserable to live a life of abundance. There are daily stresses we all have to deal with, but we do not have to do so alone. There are also many times of joy in our days, but we must also remember to share that joy and thank the Lord for that joy as well. He wants to be remembered in the good times and in the bad times. Remember who you are and talk to the Lord today…..