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A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, January 7, 2014

“Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and tolerance and patience, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance?” – Romans 2:4

This verse has been singing in my spirit all week. “The goodness of God leads us to repentance.” Have you ever focused on the goodness of the Father? Do it this week, family! It will have you on your knees and crying like a baby! God’s goodness will overtake you and overwhelm you. The goodness of the Lord will have you flowing in and out of praise and worship. Yes, yes, yes, my brothers and sisters, the goodness of God is His essence, and it will captivate you, and draw you to the Father. Taste and see that the Lord is good! (Psalm 34:8).

The “goodness” of God used here, is His chrestos (pr. khrase-tos), which means “employed, better, easy, gracious, kind” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary defines employed as “to devote to or direct toward a particular activity or person.” God is a devoted father. The Creator is so devoted to His creation: to those who are His sons and daughters; and to the lost, and is beckoning and ushering all to come home and become part of His family.

This word chrestos is derived from the Greek chraomai (pr. khrah-om-ahee), meaning “to furnish what is needed.” This is a progressive word (denoted by the ending ai and pronounced ahee), meaning it is a right now word, continually active, and constantly in motion. God’s goodness is in full operation, raining upon and saturating the earth every second of every day! Our every need is met and furnished through the Father’s goodness.

Are you feeling left out in the cold, my brother? Then come inside, and warm yourself by the fire of the Father’s goodness. Do you need some chap stick, my sister? Then apply the sweet balm of God’s goodness to your life.

The Greek word for “repentance” as used in this verse is metanoia (pr. met-an-oy-ah), which means to “think differently or afterwards, reconsider, compunction, reformation, reversal.” The term “reformation” lit up for me in my spiritual eyes. This is such a powerful action word. Ponder it for a moment with me. Reformation is a transformation from one state to another.

When we have an encounter with God, with His essence, His goodness, we are led to repentance, which brings about reformation; and we are transformed from a lesser state of lack to a greater and more complete state of fulfillment. The sinful nature, which is life-depriving and riddled with decay, falls off as we are liberated and ushered in as a new creation, adorned with the Father’s goodness.

Are you tired of living in lack, my brother? Are you tired of the dead things in your life, my sister? Then enter into the goodness of the Father, where no lack, no decay, no ‘less-than’ can stand in His presence; and allow His goodness to revive and resuscitate you, by breathing new life into you and furnishing you with every good thing.

Father, thank You for Your gift of repentance. For it is truly a gift, because in it is our testimony of Your goodness; and from it, we are transformed from lack to every-need-met in Christ. Help us to always look forward to You, and to never look back to those things which have held us back, and kept us in lack. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we are a repentant people, because we are a living testimony of Your goodness. Amen and Amen.

Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to always be sensitive to God’s Holy Spirit, who will convict you of your need to repent, and correct you to a better way. Choose to welcome and ask for the correction of the Father, and to always maintain a teachable spirit. And continue to fight the good fight of basking in the Father’s goodness; for God, Your True Nature, has already given you the victory!

If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!

God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.

Jesus is coming soon!

May God Bless you and keep you always.

With warmest regards,

And, in service of The Most High King,

Matthew

Matthew.Gargano@HMDMinistries.com

www.HMDMinistries.com

© 2014.

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Matthew is founder of HMD Ministries, and sits under the leadership of Apostle Dr. Don Lyon of Faith Center Ministries International in Rockford, Illinois, where he serves as an associate pastor.

All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.

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