LUKE 3:18: “John used many such warnings as he announced the Good News to the people.” NLT

“Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that your sorrow led to repentance. For you were made sorry in a godly manner, that you might suffer loss from us in nothing. For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted; but the sorrow of the world produces death.” II Corinthians‬ ‭7:9-10‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

The “Doorknob” is Repentance!

The First Step toward opening this door (God’s invitation to salvation; Revelation 3:20) is to Repent. We must each personally repent of our sins.

What does it mean to repent?

It’s not simply saying, “Oh, God, I’m sorry.” Most of the time, in all honesty, we are only sorry that we got caught, or we regret the consequences that have resulted from our sin.

True repentance is when we are sincerely sorry that we have violated what God has told us. Repentance is acknowledging the fact that God alone is righteous, and that we are sinners in need of a Savior. This inward revelation brings us to the realization that – We need God!

Now that is repentance!

Repentance is turning from our old way of life, acknowledging the fact that –

  • I cannot be my own boss.
  • I cannot be the lord of my life anymore!
  • My life is a mess!
  • God, I need You! I need You in my life!

When I was 17 years old, I moved out on my own into my first apartment in Fullerton, California. I thought I had it all together. I had a good job and a fast car. All of my life was before me. However, I was miserable and confused inside. I fought depression and wondered if life was even worth living. Miserable, defeated, and lonely, one night I knelt down on the floor in my apartment and cried –

“God, I need You! If you don’t come into my life right now, if you don’t change me, I’m done with this life!”

And there, humbly on my knees, something wonderful happened – God came into my life in a powerful way!

Mark 1:14-15 says,

“Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand, Repent and believe in the gospel.”


  • What does godly sorrow lead me to?
  • Is repentance more than merely saying “I’m sorry?”
  • What am I doing when I repent?
  • What am I acknowledging when I repent?
  • Am I ready to repent and believe the Gospel?”

Excerpt From
“Good News!” The Gospel of Jesus Christ…From Genesis to Revelation
Kirk L. Zehnder
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Kirk L. Zehnder is the Founder of Resurrection Christian Outreach. RCO is a ministry that promotes the growth and vitality of the local church through speaking engagements, seminars, various media tools, and written curriculum and books. This ministry was started over 35 years ago by Kirk as a means to strengthen the church that he was pastoring. It grew as Kirk began to share these tools with other churches. Today many of the materials are being used by local churches both nationally and internationally. Kirk's Devotional Journal is a result of struggling with Bible reading programs that never seemed to work. Kirk feels the Lord helped him discover an easy-to-follow program to Read, Reflect, Pray, and Journal through the Bible in one year. This program is called L.I.F.E. Unlike other programs there are no dates to follow. You can miss a day and still complete your reading. You never feel like the dates and verses you missed are chasing you. You are free to enjoy your daily Biblical journey and listen to the voice of The Lord. For more information on the L.I.F.E. plan, send an email to Kirk is also available for speaking engagements, seminars, and retreats. With over 40 years of professional business and pastoral ministry experience, Kirk brings a unique combination of practical wisdom, humor, and Biblical insight. If you would like Kirk to speak at your church, school, or ministry, please send an email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible to discuss your opportunity.
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