In a teaching session about repentance Derek Prince said:
‘Many, many people are having a struggle with faith. But really their problem is not with faith, it’s with repentance. Repentance is the first move of any man back to God.
If we look in Mark’s gospel, chapter 1 and verse 15, we find the actual words that Jesus first preached.
Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled [that is, God’s appointed hour has come], and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. (Mark 1:15 - KJV)
The first actual demand that Jesus ever made on His hearers was not to believe, but to repent. ‘Repent ye, and believe the gospel.’ And that is invariably the order of Scripture, not believe first, nor believe only, but repent first, and then believe.’
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Repentance then is something we cannot get around. It's something required of every one of us. If it's so important, so vital to our well being and our eternal future, we need to know what repentance really is—what does God really require of us?