Repentance is Better than Sacrifice

by Jonathan Bailey

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Psalm 51.16
“For you do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it; You are not pleased with burnt offering. The sacrifices of God are a broken and a contrite heart, O, God, You will not resist.” 

This morning around 7:45 AM we had the opportunity to bless the Day laborers of Plano with donuts and socks. After the line of 60 or 70 men and women had vanished Terry and I were left alone leaning up against the hood of the car. Meanwhile Josh was talking to Bob Smith and learning more about his situation and the culture of “The Blue House.”

Terry and I saw a young man, who’s name was DeShawn walking in our general direction with a dark colored hoodie draped over the top of his head. After 30 seconds it was clear he was coming directly for us. DeShawn removed his hoodie and with a big smile greeted us and asked for prayer for the workday and also for some demons that were haunting him. 

DeShawn’s story was just like ours at the core. Simply replace the vice and we related instantly. Sin is everywhere–South Dallas and North Dallas. It just manifest itself in different ways. What was so encouraging this morning is his willingness to openly repent and hold nothing back and ask for prayer. It never fails that when you work with the homeless and destitute, they become more of a blessing than you yourself are to them.

I grabbed DeSawn’s hand and Terry bear-hugged him and began praying blessing, deliverance and above all that the seeds of the kingdom would be planted, fertilized and bear fruit. 

2 Corinthians 6.10
“For the sorrow that is according to the will of God produces a repentance without regret, leading to salvation, but the sorrow of the world produces death.”

Seek the Kingdom,
Jon 

 

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