The Golden Key: How Prayer and Obedience can Unlock Your Miracle

I was praying for a breakthrough recently, and in my mind’s eye, I was looking up into my Father’s open Heaven and crying out, ‘Father, what time is it? What are you doing now?’ [1]

In that moment, I was expecting to see a vision of floodgates opening.

But to my surprise, instead of the large answer I was anticipating, out of Heaven dropped a single, small gold key.

It was the kind of key you would use to open an ordinary door. Except it was not made of natural materials—it was pure gold.

As that key fell to the earth on the ground beside me, I heard a loud ‘ping’, clear as a bell.

  • It wasn’t the deluge I was reaching for
  • It wasn’t the major breakthrough I wanted

And yet that key was precious, because I knew my Heavenly Father had sent it. It was a gift of His love—a ‘now’ gift.

As I thanked Him for that key, I remembered something. A small opportunity had come my way—and there was a next action I could take on it, but I had neglected to do it.

I immediately took that next action in obedience to what God was showing me. Over the next 24 hours I recalled another step of faith I needed to make, and did that as well.

Each small action unlocked further actions, ideas and opportunities. It was the beginning of a breakthrough.


The Power of Prayer and an Act of Faith

‘Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.”‘ (Ex 14:15, NIV)

There is a time to pray, but there is also a time to move.

Perhaps today, there is one small, but significant step, the Holy Spirit wants to reveal to you—one that will lead to breakthrough.

Some of the greatest miracles in Scripture were miracles of resurrection. A time of prayer was followed by a simple act of faith—and the dead were brought back to life.

  • Elisha prayed—and then he stretched out his body over a dead boy. After the second time, the child sneezed 7 times and opened his eyes. (2 Kings 4:33-35, see also Elijah in 1 Kings 17-20-22)
  • Jesus prayed—and then He shouted, ‘Lazarus come forth!’ Lazarus came out of the tomb, still wrapped in his grave-clothes. (John 11:41-44)
  • Peter prayed—and then he said, ‘Tabitha arise!’ The woman opened her eyes, saw Peter and sat up. (Acts 9:40)

Perhaps there is some small action you can take right now, to partner with God in fulfilling that promise you’ve been waiting for.

That one small step could be a trigger—a small action that will unleash the resurrection power of God into your situation.


The Golden Key: Your Next Small Step

If you are waiting on God for a large answer to prayer—a job or ministry breakthrough, a shift in a relationship, a person who needs to turn back to God—a miracle of health or finance, pray with passion and faith! And then, watch and listen for His direction.

What does that golden key symbolize to you today?

Perhaps there is one small thing that you can take action on. Maybe it’s something that (like I did) you have been procrastinating on up until now. And right now, the Holy Spirit is putting His finger on it and saying, ‘Obey Me in this one small thing.’

Begin taking those steps no matter how small.

  • Make that phone call
  • Honor what you have already been given, with an attitude of gratitude
  • Make that small change in your health habits
  • Say thank you to someone
  • Say ‘yes’—or ‘no’
  • Do that research

An appointed action is not always an activity. There are times when our Father directs us to take a position of rest. Before Elijah could keep his appointment with God and receive the list of next actions he was to take, he needed time out. God’s agenda for him at that moment in time was to receive both Heavenly and physical refreshment. (1 Kings 19)

In God’s Kingdom, great and powerful moves of God often have small, humble beginnings.

This could be your moment of destiny.


Testimonies from the Spiritual Warfare Course

I’m passionate about helping people to encounter God, build a strong Biblical foundation and develop in their spiritual authority and gifts. This week, I’m excited to be able to share with you some feedback from the course, Spiritual Warfare: How to Identify and Overcome Spiritual Attack

‘We have been able to put into practice the weapons of warfare the Lord has given to us, and as a result we are feeling a whole heap freer! It has been a very helpful course and we recommend it to everyone, but most especially to leaders.’ (Pastors Wayne and Nicky)

‘Completing this course was very life changing. Opened my eyes and taught me how to identify and overcome spiritual attacks. The course provided very helpful tools to use in every day life and especially during and before spiritual attacks as well as how to help others during these attacks. I loved that I could complete it at my own pace’ (Sogunda)

‘It was an eye opener, and I never thought about viewing Spiritual Warfare in the way that you explained it. It was AWESOME! One of the things that I like was when King David before going into battle always inquired of the Lord. Not only did the Lord give him the outcome of the battle but he gave him the strategies and was with David in the battle. I need to do the same.’ (Beatrice)

If you haven’t come across our online courses yet, you can find the Spiritual Warfare Course and Prophetic School here.


Notes:

[1] See my recent article, ‘Magnetic Prayer: Prayer that Pulls on Heaven’s Resources’ for more on the power of asking, ‘Father, what time is it?’


© 2017 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

Discernment: Partner with God to Bring Life to Dry Bones

There are times when our spiritual gifts are going to take us to some painful places.

  • Through discernment, we see something dark and demonic at work in a situation
  • God has shown us His prophetic intention—but we are currently faced with the very opposite of what He has said
  • In our prophetic prayer, the Holy Spirit takes us behind the scenes and we are confronted with a need to pray for

The Holy Spirit took Ezekiel to a valley full of dry bones. It was a bleak and painful environment—and yet that was the very place he was positioned to participate with God in a resurrection miracle.


The Answer is in the Secret Place

God did not just give Ezekiel a glimpse of that valley of dry bones. We read that he actually led Ezekiel back and forth amongst them! (Ezek 1:2) Only after Ezekiel was thoroughly acquainted with the painful reality, and the impossibility, did God ask him a question:

“Son of man, can these bones live?” Ezekiel answered, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.” (Ezek 1:3)

In the physical realm, Ezekiel was looking at something impossible. But he knew that the answer was located in the spiritual realm—in the mind and intention of God.

The answer was in the realm of mystery, hidden in the secret place.

There are things that God wants to reveal to you, and accomplish through you. And in order for that to happen, He is allowing you to be confronted with a difficulty. It may be painful. It may be people who are far from where God wants them to be. Perhaps it is a barren environment or a problem that is impossible to solve.

If you are positioned in a place where what you are discerning is painful, take time in your intimate relationship with God to listen to Him.

God spoke to Ezekiel and said, “Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord!” (Ezek 37:4, NIV)

When Ezekiel obeyed God and began to prophesy, those bones joined together, and became covered in flesh. When Ezekiel called on the breath, resurrection life entered those bodies and they arose, a mighty army.

  • The easiest thing to do, when you are confronted with dry bones, with a barren situation, is to focus on and talk about the problem.

But remember, your God is a Redeemer. He is God of the turn-around!

Today, take some time to hear your Father’s intention. Hear the life-giving words that are on the heart of God.

And then, speak in agreement with what He is speaking. Proclaim His whispered words of life. It’s time to prophesy to the bones!

Through your life-giving words in agreement with His, you will see a miracle of transformation take place.


Prayer

‘Father, in the midst of what I see, I turn my heart and my thoughts to you. Only you know the answer to the problem I am facing right now. I come to you in the secret place, to hear your intention and to partner with you. Jesus, You are the Resurrection and the Life.

Now, I choose to prophesy life. I choose to speak a word of life over this situation today. Darkness, be turned to light! ‘Dry bones’ hear the word of the Lord! I declare transformation, according to God’s promise. Nothing is impossible for my God! In Jesus’ Name, amen.


Unlocking the Gift of Discernment eBook

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Prophetic School Update

  • This week, I’ve uploaded a 10-page PDF questionnaire, with further study and journalling questions, to help students discover which of the 11 types of prophetic ministry you are gifted in. We ask the question, ‘What can I do next to develop this gift?’

Our self-paced, video lecture school is a great way to develop your understanding and practice of prophetic ministry. The school also includes a series of lectures on the topic of discernment, along with a master class on prophetic warnings. I welcome you to view the Prophetic School here.


© 2017 Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching

Cliffhanger: When You’re out of Control, God has a Plan

My husband and I recently watched an Australian TV series and when it came to the last episode of the season, some of the show’s main characters were left in a position of great danger. We were in suspense, not knowing what the outcome would be.

TV producers have found this is a great technique to build anticipation for an upcoming season and keep their viewers interested.

It is known as a ‘cliffhanger’.

There are times in life when one chapter has ended and we’re not sure where things will go from here. We are facing a major challenge—or even a crisis.

There is a time of suspense.

Today I believe God is encouraging those of you who may be facing your own ‘cliffhanger’ moments.

  • You may be at a crossroads—or in a season of transition
  • There may be dryness or barrenness
  • There may be a problem, and you have no way of knowing how it will work out
  • You may be forced to let go of something, and face an uncertain future

God is the Ultimate Author and He has a Plan

Here is a powerful truth:

Jesus is the author and finisher of your faith. (Heb 12:2)

‘Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.’ (Psalm 139:16, NKJV)

Today, you may be at the close of one chapter—but your Father already knows the pathway ahead. God is the Author and His next chapter for you is written ahead of time.

One new chapter can make all the difference.


4 Cliffhanger Moments in Scripture that Reveal God at Work on Your Behalf

1. Your new Chapter will Reveal God’s Favor

At the close of the fourth chapter of Esther, the Jews in Susa and throughout the Persian Empire are in danger of decimation. It seems the enemy’s plan to destroy them is about to prevail.

In this cliffhanger moment, God’s people are fasting, expressing their dependence upon His Divine intervention.

They fast for three days and nights.

  • But God has a plan—set in place far ahead of time. He has already positioned Esther in the palace as Queen of Persia.

At the beginning of Esther’s fifth chapter, we read:

‘On the third day Esther put on her royal robes and stood in the inner court of the palace, in front of the king’s hall. The king was sitting on his royal throne in the hall, facing the entrance.’ (Esther 5:1 NIV)

God is releasing favor on Esther’s behalf—and that favor is about to overturn the schemes of the enemy.

Are you in a cliffhanger moment? Know that God’s favor towards you is more powerful than the opposition that’s against you.


2. Your new Chapter will Reveal God’s Word

At the close of the fourth chapter of Ezra, it seems the Jews’ God-given plan to rebuild the temple at Jerusalem has been permanently stalled, after interference by their enemies.

The pause at the close of this chapter marks 17 long years of delay. [2]

As chapter five opens, the prophets Haggai and Zechariah bring prophetic exhortation to the Jews and their leader Zerubbabel. In a fresh burst of enthusiasm, the people set to work on the temple again. Within a short period of time, a letter to king Darius brings a favorable reply, governmental permissions and all the resources they need.

Are you in a cliffhanger moment?

Receive a fresh word for your new season. Forge ahead in agreement with that word and watch for your miracle breakthrough.


3. Your new Chapter will Reveal Your Deliverer

At the close of Exodus chapter 2, the Israelites are trapped in slavery in Egypt. It seems that no hope is in sight—but we read at the close of the second chapter that ‘their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God.’ (Ex 223b, NIV)

It is a season of prolonged pain and suspense. But a new chapter is about to begin.

As Exodus chapter 3 opens, an 80-year-old shepherd is drawn by the sight of a burning bush. God is about the raise up His chosen deliverer, Moses.

Do you find yourself, your church, work, family or ministry in a cliffhanger time of suspense? Be encouraged, for God is your Deliverer and a new chapter lies ahead.


4. Your new Chapter will Reveal God’s Resurrection Power

At the close of John chapter 19, those who have loved and believed in Jesus are devastated by His death and burial. Three days and nights of silence go by, with unanswered questions and depths of despair.

But chapter 20 opens with an empty grave and a resurrected Christ.

Today, there is a word of resurrection going out.

God has not left you and will not fail you. It’s not over. What He has begun, he will complete. He is the author and finisher of your faith.

That dream, that opportunity, that call. It may seem barren, it may seem lifeless. It may be impossible. But the same Jesus who stood in front of Lazarus’ grave and cried out ‘Lazarus, come forth!’, our God of resurrection, is working on your behalf.

Your new season is about to begin.


Notes:

[1] Find more encouragement from the story of Esther here: ‘Go Again: He is God of the Second Time Around’

[2] For more about this story, read my post ‘Why Does God Allow Frustrations and Delays?’


Prophetic School News

During September, I am adding video lectures to a Foundations Class on the Enliven Prophetic School.

The Enliven Prophetic School is a self-paced video lecture course. There are no deadlines and you can study in your own time. Classes now include:

  • Foundations of Prophetic Ministry
  • Begin in prophecy: hear God’s voice and share a prophetic insight
  • Tips for maturing in prophecy
  • Seer Master Class: Grow in pictures and visions
  • Prophetic Warnings Master Class
  • Prophetic Guidance Masterclass

This school is for anyone who would like to learn and grow in the gift and ministry of prophecy. There is currently a minimal subscription rate of $6.95USD monthly to help us with costs.

View the current topics and enroll here.


© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family

The Truth About Your Spiritual Authority (Kingdom Birthright)

Young Joash was born to be King of Judah. But for six years he was hidden in the temple while an evil usurper—Queen Athaliah—reigned in his place. (2 Kings 11)

Joash had the birthright of Kingship—but that birthright had not been revealed. He was yet to pick up his crown.

This is a prophetic picture for us, the church today. Joash occupied the temple, the place of worship. But he did not occupy the palace—the place from which he was to rule and reign.

I believe the Spirit is saying,

‘It’s time to discover your birthright—your royal identity. It’s time to both worship and rule. It’s time to pick up your crown!’


You have a Royal Identity

‘For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.’ (Rom 5:17, NKJV)

Through the cross, Jesus won back for us our relationship with God, our place in His family, and our birthright—our royal identity.

  • Jesus is the firstborn Son (Heb 1:6, Col 1:18)
  • We are co-heirs with Him (Rom 8:17)

The writer to the Hebrews speaks of ‘the Church of the firstborn’:
‘But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the Judge of all, to the spirits of the righteous made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better word than the blood of Abel.’ (Hebrews 12:22-24, NIV)

The Greek tense of the words translated, ‘you have come’, proserchomai, Strongs G4334, is the past perfect tense. [1] The Scripture does not say, ‘you will eventually come.’ All of this relates to what Jesus has already accomplished. It is our current status. [3]

  • Jointly with Jesus, we have heavenly citizenship and firstborn status
  • We don’t have independent authority—we don’t exercise authority in our own name, but in the Name of Jesus, who has all authority (Matt 28:18). We have authority by being under His authority (Matt 8:9)

What does the Birthright Consist of?

In the Old Testament, a father passed on two things to his sons: his priestly blessing, and his birthright. We see the importance of these highlighted in the story of Jacob and Esau (Gen 25-27). [1]

The birthright passed on to the firstborn son and it consisted of:

  • The Estate (in particular, any lands)
  • Inheritance (the ‘double portion’)
  • The priestly role in the family (he could bless the next generation)
  • Any legal (judicial) authority held by the father [2]

Each one of these is significant, and it is the last—the passing of judicial authority—that I believe the Holy Spirit is highlighting right now.

One example of the ‘passing of judicial authority’ was that in the Old Testament, the firstborn son of the reigning king was the next in line to take the throne.


Honor Your Birthright!

It is written of Esau in the Old Testament, ‘he despised his birthright’ (Gen 25:34). He treated it as something cheap—something he could sell and discard.

  • Hear the cry of the Spirit, ‘Don’t neglect your birthright!’
  • ‘Don’t neglect what Jesus paid for!’

You are born again with a birthright. You are royal by birth!

It is not earned. You do not have to do anything to deserve it.


The Kingdom of God is not like an Earthly Royal Family.

In an earthly royal family, there is one reigning monarch who has all the responsibility. The sons and daughters enjoy the privilege and favor of royalty, without a responsibility to rule.

However, in this royal family, we have authority in Jesus’ Name. We have a responsibility to exercise His rule and reign on earth (Psalm 115:16, Matt 6:10).

If we are to be in the ‘family business’ (Luke 2:49) that means we must both serve and reign with Christ.

This is what intimacy looks like for our God: sons and daughters who will not only be with Him, but rule with Him. We honor our Father as we bear His likeness.

How can you tell you are exercising your royal birthright?You are disturbing the status quo.

It’s time to pick up your crown.


Notes:

[1] See_https://www.blueletterbible.org/kjv/heb/12/22/t_conc_1145022
‘The perfect tense in Greek corresponds to the perfect tense in English, and describes an action which is viewed as having been completed in the past, once and for all, not needing to be repeated.’

[2] I share about the blessing here: 4 Life-Changing Truths About God’s Blessing

[3] See_http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/birthright/

[4] You can find my sermon ‘Pick Up Your Crown and Unleash Your Greatness’ on the Enliven Blog podcast page here: http://www.enlivenpublishing.com/blog/podcast/


© Helen Calder Enliven Blog – Prophetic Teaching
Enliven Ministries
In the David McCracken Ministries family

The Trumpet: Prophecy, Repentance and the Coming Move of God

The Vision of the Trumpet

In a vision, I was standing at the side of a large room, with Jesus beside me. He directed my attention into the shadows, where I saw a trumpet on the floor. The bell—the part where the sound comes out from—was faced downwards. I heard Jesus say, ‘Pick it up’. As I lifted the trumpet upwards, darkness appeared to fall off it and I saw that it was at once, mysteriously, both gold and silver.

I knew by the Spirit this trumpet was to sound a message that would result in repentance—one that would be used to wake up the harvesters and bring in His harvest.

I believe God is saying that He is anointing His prophets to bring a timely wake up call to the Church.

It is time to bring a message from the heart of the Father, that will result in widespread repentance and awakening.

‘… if the trumpet does not sound a clear call, who will get ready for battle?’ (1 Cor 14:8)


Prophetic Ministry that Ushers in Repentance

  • How can those of us in prophetic ministry and office prepare to be used of the Spirit to bring such a wakeup call?
  • How can we weigh up prophecies that call for repentance?
  • How does this relate to those with a gift of prophecy in the church?

I’m still exploring the answers to these questions—but here are some thoughts that have emerged as I’ve studied this from a New Testament perspective.


Prophecy, Prophets and the Call to Repentance: 6 New Testament Considerations

1. The Offer of Repentance is Good News for Those Aware of Their Sin

“The time has come,” [Jesus] said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” (Mark 1:15)

Today, there are two extreme positions. At one extreme are ‘prophets’ who make calls for repentance and warnings of judgment their calling card. This is an Old Testament approach to the prophetic. [1]

At the polar opposite, are those who steer clear of drawing attention to sin and its consequences, preferring to focus solely on the goodness of God.

‘Or do you show contempt for the riches of his kindness, forbearance and patience, not realizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?’ (Rom 2:4, NIV)

It’s His kindness that leads us to repentance—but we must view this in the context Paul has written it. This is the Biblical balance:

Repentance is preceded and accompanied by the revelation of sin.

On the Day of Pentecost, Peter’s instruction to repent did not fall on deaf ears, but on people whose hearts were already rent with conviction. The Holy Spirit was already at work. The instruction to ‘repent’ was not only a command; it was the answer people were crying out for. (Acts 2:37-38)

There is a way out of your predicament! There is a solution to the problem of your sin. And the entranceway to this extraordinary grace is marked ‘repent!’

The Greek word translated ‘repent’ is metanoeo (Strongs G3340) and it means ‘to think differently’.

‘Repent’ is the life-giving, thirst-quenching answer to those who have already recognized their need and the error of their ways. ‘Repent’ is good news.


2. Repentance cannot be viewed alone. It is part of a Biblical process

This process is clearly seen on the day of Pentecost. (Acts 2:14-41)

  • God’s message is declared (Rom 10:17)
  • Listeners have a truth encounter~through the Holy Spirit at work
  • They experience sorrow at realizing their condition (2 Cor 7:10, Acts 2:37) [2]
  • They repent (change their mind) and receive forgiveness
  • They take action, changing their ways/lifestyle in accordance with repentance (Luke 3:8)

When we understand this process, we realize that repentance is not the aim, reconciliation to God is. Transformation to Christlikeness is the aim. Repentance~a change of mind accompanied by sorrow for sin~is the critical step along the way. 


3. A Prophetic Word that Leads to Repentance is Sourced in the Holy Spirit

Two prophetic words address weakness or sin in the church. Both have the same insights. Both contain truth. Yet one is sourced in the spirit of ‘accuser of the brethren’ (Rev 12:10), whilst the other is of the Spirit of God and expresses the Father’s heart. [3]

John warned of false prophets, who operate in a different spirit from the Holy Spirit:

‘Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, because many false prophets have gone out into the world.’ (1 John 4:1-2)

When it comes to addressing sin and giving calls for repentance, we need to know what is underlying the message. It takes discernment to see which is which. The heart and motivation is evident by the fruit. That which is of the Spirit will bear the fruit of the Spirit.

  • We will see the above-mentioned, Biblical process taking place.
  • Jesus said, ‘By their fruit you shall know them.’ (Matt 7:15)

We must each look to our own hearts. ‘Search me, God, and know my heart.’ (Ps 139:23) May we have hearts free of pride, unfulfilled ambition, unhealed wounds, offences, judgments (negative opinions) and every other condition that would pollute the well and give access to the devil, who is the ‘accuser of the brethren.’

‘Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.’ (Prov 4:23, NIV)


4. The Message of the Prophet is Based in Sacrificial Love

‘Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord’ (Acts 3:19)

In the New Testament, those who were entrusted with a message concerning sin and the need for repentance, were ministers who loved and laid down their lives for the church. They were passionate lovers of God’s people, who had a track record of faithful service.

The Apostle John, to whom God entrusted a powerful prophetic call to repentance to His church (Rev 2:4-5), was suffering and confined to imprisonment on the Isle of Patmos

  • The call to the church to repent is given through those who have laid their lives down for the church (e.g. John, Rev 2:5-6 Paul, 2 Cor 7)
  • A life-giving call to repent comes from those who have repented themselves (e.g. Peter, Acts 2:38)

5. A New Testament Prophet Honours the Fivefold Ministry

In the Old Testament, God’s message of repentance and warning were given exclusively through His prophets. [1] This is not the case today.

In the New Testament, we are in a new era. All hear God’s voice. The message and ministry that calls for and leads to repentance, is now spread across the fivefold ministry. (Eph 4:11-16)
Examples include:

  • The evangelist calls the unsaved to repentance (Acts 2:39-40)
  • The pastor and teacher bring truth from Scripture that leads the hearer to repentance (2 Tim 2:24-26)
  • The apostle brings discipline and adjustment to the church when needed, that leads to repentance (2 Cor 7:8-9)

Prophets and prophetic people: it is in mutual honor that our own gifts will flourish and in unity that Jesus’ glory will be fully seen.


6. Everyone with a Prophetic Gift can be Used of God to Bring Repentance

The fivefold ministry has a mandate to bring exhortation and admonishment that results in repentance and transformed lives.

The general ministry of prophecy in the context of the church body is to ‘strengthen, encourage and comfort.’ (1 Cor 14:3-4, Acts 15:32) But even at this basic level, repentance can flow.

‘But if an unbeliever or an inquirer comes in while everyone is prophesying, they are convicted of sin and are brought under judgment by all, as the secrets of their hearts are laid bare. So they will fall down and worship God, exclaiming, “God is really among you!”’ (1 Cor 14:24-25)

Notice again the Biblical progression at work here:

  • Prophecy makes known the secrets of their hearts
  • They recognize the Presence of God
  • They come under conviction of sin
  • They fall down and worship

In Acts 9, we read of a disciple named Ananias. He was not known as a prophet—and yet God gave him prophetic insight about Paul’s call to the nations. Ananias ministered to Paul (then known as Saul), leading him from deep repentance through to baptism and a new life of following Jesus.


Notes:
[1] See Differences Between Old and New Testament Prophetic Ministry

[2] “Repentance (metanoia, ‘change of mind’) involves a turning with contrition from sin to God; the repentant sinner is in the proper condition to accept the divine forgiveness.” (F. F. Bruce. The Acts of the Apostles [Greek Text Commentary], London: Tyndale, 1952, p. 97.)
https://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?t=kjv&strongs=g3340 accessed August 8th, 2017

[3] See my articles:
How do you Weigh Up What the Prophets are Saying Pt 1
How do you Weigh Up What the Prophets are Saying Pt 2


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