“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matt. 4:17, NKJV)

Keys give us access to things and places—access we normally would not have.

I believe Jesus gave us a key for spiritual restoration when He preached His first message, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matt. 4:17). He was saying the kingdom of God was now accessible, and that repentance is the first step to enter it.

The Passion Translation instead of the word “repent” says “Keep turning away from your sins and come back to God” (Matt 4:17, TPT). Repentance is much more than simply changing your mind; it is a powerful term for turning your life around and coming back to God.

True repentance affects our views of God and sin. Repentance is to see our true spiritual condition and turn to God, who lovingly extends His forgiveness and restores our relationship with Him.

Let us live lives of true repentance, preach restoration boldly and see many people restored by Jesus.

Prayer + Reflection
1. Pray for those who need Jesus, that they will see their true spiritual condition and turn to God.

2. Ask the Lord to grant you the ability to humbly accept your need for repentance, that you may enjoy the blessing of a transformed, restored heart.

3. Pray for boldness when preaching the gospel, just as the early church did, and that a great harvest of souls would come into the kingdom of God.

co-pastor of Angelus Temple Hispanic Foursquare Church in Los Angeles.


  1. Gloria a Dios pastora por esta iniciativa de 21 día de ayunos unidos se que causara un gran impacto positivo en nuestra Iglesia cuadrangular

  2. Thank you for this message. Can I ask permission to copy this and paste it on our FB page, “Barkadang Foursquare”? This is a page I manage with the Jesus Is Alive Foursquare Church in Brooke’s Point, Palawan Philippines.
    Thank you!

    1. Hello Daniel, you are welcome to share these devotionals on your church’s Facebook page. Thanks.

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