(Pro 1:23 KJV) Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
Which comes first, the “turn” (7725) or the “pour” (5042)? Is the pouring out of the Holy Spirit a cause or an effect of repentance? I would say both.
If we refuse to admit we are sinners and have no desire to change course, there is little point in sending the Holy Spirit to do a work in us. Few Christians, except die-hard, five point Calvinists, believe that God coerces people into belief. If there is no buy-in on the part of the sinner the path of salvation runs into a wall.
As we walk with Jesus there are numerous corrections that will need to be made. Some of it is just part of the learning curve. Some will be the result of sin. We will become aware of the need for repentance. It can come from the simple inner conviction given by the Holy Spirit and run a spectrum to being confronted by someone who knows you well.
So? Being corrected is part of the spiritual path we all walk. Count is a progress.
Wednesday, April 1, 2020
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