If anyone tells you that repentance is not needed for Christians, they are lying to you, and also love their sins more than God. Repentance is so needed in each of our lives and I will personally explain why in detail. If you love God, then you will want to change your wicked life and live for Him instead of the world. It will even be so that when you fall into sin, that it will grieve your heart and lead you to cry out to God for forgiveness. This is the type of person that the Lord expects of each of His children. He doesn’t expect us to always be perfect, but to strive to be like Him. And when sin takes us captive, that we do something about it. Here are some of these sins that I can think of right away that we need to always come to God about after they are committed. We have the stains that come from pornography, masturbation, getting drunk, having sex outside of marriage, adultery, doing drugs, a dirty conscience because of lust, anger outbursts, cussing or taken the Lord God’s name in vain, lying, cheating, stealing something, and there are many other things as well. Many of you will admit that you fell into one of these sins I just mentioned or something else today. And if you know this to be true, the next steps are to make things right with God and whomever else is affected. With God, we ask that He will forgive us and have mercy for our soul. We also ask that He will change us from within since we can’t change ourselves on our own. We admit that we need a Savior, and pray that Jesus Christ will save our lives. Then, a wonderful work will take place inside your heart. Where filthiness once reigned supreme, His holiness and purity will begin to make a home in you, that You may follow Him. This is what it means to repent, for it is a 360-degree turn from our sins and unto God.
Here is what the Bible says about the need for repentance. It reads, 1“but those things, which God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you.” (Acts 3:18-20) 1“Unto you first God, having raised up his Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities.” (Acts 3:26) 2“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11) So we learn that we are converted when we repent. This is when our sins are blotted out and the time of refreshing takes place in our lives through the presence of God. It is Jesus that will help turn your heart from iniquity. So call upon His Name for help. And lastly, we learn that there is a laundry list of sins that will lead a person to hell if nothing is done about them, as we just read above. However, through Christ we can be washed in His blood, that was shed on the cross for us. He can take a sinner like you and me and sanctify our lives. If Jesus is working in our lives, then we are already justified and found worthy in His sight. Through His power, combined with the Holy Spirit, we are led from temptation and can serve Him in HIs kingdom.
Oh Lord, my God, please forgive me and hear my cries. I have fallen once again and know that what I have done is terrible. I deserve to be punished. Nothing is hidden in Your sight and I feel very ashamed for the evil things I have committed. I am filthy in Your sight and weighed down in all my sins. I have betrayed You and am so sorry. Please forgive me. I am sorry for (fill in the blank) and pray that You will take this iniquity and cast it out of my life. I don’t want to turn from You again, but follow You, Jesus, the rest of my days. I feel so guilty for what I have done and pray that You will find mercy for my soul. It is my desire to be cleansed and conformed in Your ways. Take my old life and make me new. Give me eyes to see what is evil in this world, that I may no longer desire it. Help me to hate what is evil and love what is good. I know that You can help me live differently, so I offer You my life today to follow You. I admit that You are the Lord God of all and pray that You will become the Lord of my life also. I need a Savior and pray that You, Jesus, will save from my soul from death and hell. I want to go to heaven, God. I want to be where You are and not where the world leads me. Take every evil influence from my life, that I might serve You in Your kingdom and not be distracted. Make me whole again, Jesus. Cleanse me through Your blood. I trust in You, Lord. You are the king of my life. Give me wisdom and direct my paths. Take me into Your presence this hour. My arms are wide open to receive You. I love You, Lord. May my life ever showcase what You have done for me. Amen.
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