Return to Factory Settings


Have you ever had a phone or a device that just would not work?

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Perhaps it got overloaded or weighed down with too much content, viruses or spam- slowing it down.

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After many hours in the self-help chat you discover how to reset your device to factory settings.

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Everything is wiped clean and the device gets a fresh start. Now the device is exactly how the company originally designed it to function.

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This is exactly the language that the original Old Testament Hebrew “shuwb” or REPENT is trying to illustrate.


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Most people think repentance is like making a U-turn in your car and changing direction.

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As if your life is going one direction and then you turn and face the other direction and go that way.

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That’s only partially true.

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The original Hebrew alludes to a clean slate or taking you back to the original design from which you were created.


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Our original design goes back to the Garden. We were a beautiful creation and hand-knit by God to fulfill a specific destiny. We were created to enjoy fellowship with Him forever.

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So when we truly repent, we get to experience life as we were originally designed by the great Creator. We get to be in complete relationship with the Father once again.

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We get to go back to “factory settings” - where our life is full of potential and promise.

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Where we aren’t weighed down by worries or cares to slow us down.


Acts 3:19 says

19 Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,

I love that part of the verse that says “Times of refreshing May come from the Lord.”

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I know I need that refreshing now more than ever with all he craziness of life weighing me down.

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So if you are feeling slow down, overwhelmed, or even feel like your life is going in the wrong direction. It might be time to return to your original design and chat with your Designer!


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