God desires a repentant heart. When you gave your life to Christ, the first thing that you did was repent then confessed Jesus as your Lord and Savior, but confessing does not end at that moment. Romans says, "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)." Romans 8 talks about the battle between the flesh and the spirit which started with the Fall of Man (Genesis 3). We have to keep repentance on our lips so that God can listen to our sins and heal us of our iniquities.
As spiritual beings, living a human experience sometimes the flesh takes over and we fall into sin because of our weaknesses. However, even in our weakness, Christ is strong so we do not have to make a practice of sinning. Christ died so that we could be transformed from sinner to redeemed and heir. Yes, we were created in the image of God, but along the way we picked up traits from the enemy. The Bible warns us that, "whoever makes a PRACTICE of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8)." Unfortunately, we sin on a daily. Except you right? Well are you always loving? Are you kind to you annoying coworker? Are you a good steward over your finances? Are you on time to work everyday? What was that you screamed when someone cut you off or took your parking spot? Do you always honor your parents? Are you fantasizing about that fine male or female? See we sin, rather intentionally or not.
Those times after you sin and you feel empty or disconnected is not because God has forgotten about you. Nor, does it mean you are dammed to life in hell. You feel empty because sin leaves you spiritually dead, but the moment you confess those sins you are freed from that guilt and shame. You are blessed. This is why repentance is important. You do not want to make a practice of sinning nor do you want to live in your tresspasses apart from God. Ezekiel 18:30-31 says, Repent, turn away from all your offenses; then sin will not be your downfall. Rid yourselves of all the offenses you have committed, AND GET A NEW HEART AND A NEW SPIRIT.
You have already won because Christ already defeated death. God already paid the price for your life when He gave His life up at the cross. That is why brothers and sisters in Christ you do not need to hide from God, but instead go to God begging for freedom from sin. Do not allow the enemy to draw separation between you and Christ. If you believe Jesus to be who He says He is then you know, "nothing can separate you from God's love (Romans 8:38)." Through true repentance you obtain a new heart and a new sprit and you take on the "new man" created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness (Ephesians 4:24).
Ephesians 2 says, you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,
Thus, when you have sinned go to the Father in spirit and in truth and confess to Him that although you dabbled in the world, and did not flee from temptation, you realized that those things did not fulfill you the way Christ does. Repentance has two parts fleeing and confessing. Admit to God that you are a sinner then Turn away (flee) from those sins. If you find yourself going back to the same sins find the root of it and flee. You must also break away from the chains of religion where you make repentance an apology. An apology where you are not actually turning away from sin and toward righteousness, but saying it our of habit. When you repentant you will bear the fruits of that repentence. You will change and no longer fall into that same sin. If not, you will find yourself repeating the same routine of sinning and apologizing only to go back to it again.
I learned the hard way after watching a show on Netflix that demons and evil spirits are real. Yes, I knew they were prior, but it never affected me until I watch Stranger Things. I got caught up in that show after staying at the hospital for weeks and being bored out my mind. I felt skittish a lot and found myself thinking evil thoughts. I found myself repeating one of the "monsters" (demons) names and dreaming about it. The root of that was the show. Seemingly innocent, but all it takes is a seed and I watered it through all eight, hour long episodes. Oh watching a scary movie is not so bad huh? You think this can never be you because you do not watch TV. However, this story can be applied to all things. Just think about how you change around certain people who are still dead in their sin or how you fell when you listen to certain types of music. See our thoughts, although not acted upon are sinful too. We are in this world and not of it, but gravity has a strong pull.
The Bible says, "what comes out of a person is what defiles him. For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person (Matthew 15:11)." See, watching wordy things defiled my eyes and my heart. My thoughts were no longer fixated on Christ, but instead my thoughts were on this fictional world where demons possessed an innocent child murder, wickedness, deceit etc. The gag is, "we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12)." Not so fictional after all.
After much groaning and waisting away, I fled from that evil. I stopped watching that show because I knew it was making me spiritually dead and my thoughts were not heavenly. Now I am cautious about where I go, who I go with, and what I watch and listen to because I know the affects of allowing worldly things to creep in and taint my heart.
Brothers and sisters take this testimony as a lesson that God loves a repentant heart. Start to be cautious of what you allow to penetrate your heart and be mindful of the vile things that come from it. God is listening, just speak. Repent and Flee. #GodisLOVE
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