This river is indeed a place of perfection. Everything you need for a successful Christian race is found there. We have found joy at the river, we have found juice at the river, and we have also received power at the river.

But there something we mustn’t miss at this river. It is repentance.

In Mark 1:4-5, Bible says-
[4]John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.

[5]And there went out unto him all the land of Judea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.

John preached the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins, in preparation for the baptism with the Holy Ghost to be initiated by Jesus Christ and which later happened on the day of Pentecost. It then goes to show that the baptism of repentance is quite important. In verse 8 of that Mark chapter 1, John said clearly that:

“I Indeed have baptized you with water: but he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.”

As a matter of fact, John conducted this baptism of repentance in a river. Ahaa, that takes us again to the perfect nature of God, the river. Everything is found in the river. All you need is to come thirsty. When you come to the river, He gives you what you need. Now He’s saying that repentance is made easy for you at the river.

In Mark 1:5, Bible says

“And there went out unto him all the land of Judaea, and they of Jerusalem, and were all baptized of him in the river of Jordan, confessing their sins.”

Yes, that’s the river once again. The river provokes repentance. God always provokes repentance in you when you come to Him. He doesn’t condemn you. But He makes you see yourself as in a mirror. You see who you are, and who He is, which is who He wants you to be. Then he convicts you of sin. On your part, you acknowledge your guilt and repent of your sins and confess them to him.

He in turn forgives you. What a loving God we serve. Now, make no mistakes. You may be born again, but you may also need to repent of some things if you want to see him move with you in a different dimension. We have said in a few classes ago that the extent to which you make him Lord over your life (even when you have already accepted him as saviour) is the extent to which you will see him move in your life.

Mark 1:4-9
Whenever you engage in habits that do not please God, – maybe deceit, lies, and other sinful habits, it’s because you do not yet trust him to help you and heal you in those areas. Hence, he leaves you to struggle with them. If you delay in letting go of those sinful habits, the devil may start taking advantage of you in those areas. Many Christian’s have been careless and got destroyed because they held back certain areas of their lives. When the world learns of their downfall, they say many things in ignorance, whereas it’s a failure unreleased territories of their lives, and the devil capitalized on such to take hold of them.

Satan will not take hold of you because of sins unrepresented of, or habits and addictions you have refused to surrender to God on, in Jesus Name.

A husband who yells at his wife, an employee depriving his employees of pay, children disobedient to parents, pastors blocking the promotion of their subordinates, etc. The list is endless, what are those things you need to repent of? Yes, you’re a Christian, tongue talking, spirit filled and all that, but what are those corners in your life you’re yet to surrender to Jesus.

And you see, here’s the reason why we hold back. Sometimes we think the world will mock us when they get to know that we have such weaknesses. All you need is just one cry out. They may mock you at first, but it’s so that God can help you. Christian’s who still receive bribes may we feel, if I don’t, how will I survive? My salary cannot sustain me. That’s the exact reason you need to tell God about it and visit this river of repentance. Pour your heart to him there and resolve like the 3 Hebrews boys that whatever happens you’re not taking those bribes again. Since it’s sin.

Pause a second and think about your life. What exactly do you think you need? Those desires that motivate you to commit sin always present themselves as though you can’t live without them. But that’s a lie from the pit of hell. One who abuses drugs has created a chemical imbalance in his body that makes him thirst for the drugs as though he will die without them. Again, that’s a lie, there may be torment for a season but it won’t last. Weeping only lasts for a night. Joy comes in the morning.

For some of us, sin is not what we need to repent of. For some , it’s laziness. For many, it’s idleness, for some it’s anger that leads to sin. For many is gluttony – Eating too much. For some, it’s coldness towards God’s service. Just note that the holy spirit constantly points you to that which you have to repent of. Never give yourself any excuse, because if it isn’t sin yet, it could soon be an invitation to sin. It could be an avenue to blow off God’s grace over your life. Please beware.

And in case you’re just not sure, just resolve in your heart to drink from him. Just come to him. Set up a date with him, in prayer, in the word, say Lord, I just want to drink from your river.

You see, Our Lord Jesus himself appeared at John’s river Jordan in Mark 1:9, not for repentance, because he’s God and faultless, but of course to show us the way to repentance. Let’s read it.

Mark 1:9-12

[9]And it came to pass in those days, that Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee, and was baptized of John in Jordan.

[10]And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him:

[11]And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

[12]And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness.

People have been visiting John at the river Jordan, getting baptized for repentance and then confessing their sins in actual repentance. Our Lord Jesus endorsed this by also visiting John at the river. But guess what? The moment he was baptized, there was an endorsement from heaven that he’s the son of God. That’s what we get when we repent. Endorsement from heaven. If you’re yet to be baptized by immersion into water. Please hurry and do so. It’s a spiritual exercise that promises spiritual blessings of endorsement from Heaven. It is symbolic of Christ’s death and resurrection and identifying with Jesus in it, qualifies us for newness of life, as the Bible says in Rom 6:4

Bible says in Romans 6:4 –

Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

That’s it, repentance at this river earns you newness of life.

At the river, you receive power to be free from those sins as you confess them.

So brother/sister , do I need to repent? Do so today. Or are you even yet to encounter Jesus? Today is your encounter day. Just reach out and say Lord Jesus. I’m glad I’m at the river. I’m ready to repent of my sins. I immerse myself into you and drink. I receive power to forsake my sins. I repent of them totally. And I accept you as my Lord and Savior.

Thank you for saving me. In Jesus Name. Amen.

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