Living a lifestyle of Repentance
There are so many scriptures on repenting that it was hard to know where to begin but John 16:13-16 says; However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine. Therefore I said that He will take of Mine and declare it to you.
I pray that you would receive the truth of the word en-grafted on your hearts and that you would be truly open and deeply changed by Gods wisdom in this teaching, that the Lord has showed me. It has changed my life in unexplainable ways and I pray it does the same for you.
The modern Christian church is under the impression that if you say “A Salvation Prayer” you are saved and protected from judgment for all PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE SINS. I hear this all the time. When I speak of repentance people will say, “You are under sin mentality”. The truth is, that the bible says YES I am a sinner and in my heart I know that I am a broken sinner in constant need of forgiveness.
Rabbi Eliezer said, "Repent one day before your death." His disciples asked him, "Does then one know what day he will die?" "Then all the more reason to repent today", he replied, "lest he die tomorrow, and thus his whole life is spent in repentance."
You see there are outward sins and there are inwards sins. Most times we are fully aware of our outward sin because they are so visible, but many, many times we have no clue that we have this deep seeded, vastly rooted, wicked sin buried deep in our soul. The only way to be cleansed of that is through a surrendered humility to the only one who can truly cleanse you. 1John 1:9 says If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. In Psalm 139 David cried out, “See if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” David understood the heart of God and he also understood his own depravity and need for cleansing and forgiveness. He understood that he knew nothing and it was only by the power of the Living God that He would be rescued from His sin and senselessness. He trusted in the fact that he was clothed in weakness and that his dependence must rest fully on the Greatness of God and His love for him.
We must first be willing to admit the fact is that, without God we are nothing. We must maintain a daily, moment by moment desperate need for His forgiveness, His Grace and His Mercy in all things. This begins with a lifestyle of repentance. Humbling yourself and asking the Lord to search your heart for those things you do know and have the Holy Spirit reveal to you those deeply rooted disappointments, unresolved anger, unforgiveness and prideful ways that we have been unwilling to surrender to in the past. Ask the Lord to make you willing. Offer yourself up, as a living sacrifice, to the Lord wholly so that the potter may have His way in creating a clean empty vessel fit for the master’s use.
There is a complete liberty and freedom that comes when we can offer ourselves up to the living God without reserve, knowing we are sinners in need of a savior. James 4 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will exalt you.God is love.