True repentance is obtained from God when you regret your actions and seek the mercy of God. Amend your ways and pursue salvation. The first and second part of this post taught on the dangers of sin and how it affects us.
Repentance story of Apostle Paul (Acts chapter 9:1-21)
I have always wondered what was going on in Paul’s mind as he waited in the room at Damascus. Paul formerly known as Saul persecuted the early church. He would embark on long journeys simply to hurt and imprison the Christians. Apostle Paul punished the early Christians believing he was working for God. When Jesus appeared to Paul, He told Paul that whenever he oppressed the Christians, he persecuted Him. Paul felt so much guilt. He spent the next three days praying without food or water.
God loves you and wants you to Follow him
Are you a sinner, backslider or compromiser? It is time to repent and get to know our loving Father; Jesus Christ. It does not matter how long or how much sin you have committed. Jesus wants a relationship with you. The bible says His mercies never cease; it is new every morning. He is a compassionate and merciful God. (Lamentations 3:22)
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.ISAIAH 1:18-19 NLT
True Repentance is obtained when you have knowledge.
Pastor Lazarus Mouka once said that “Knowledge brings freedom”. When one realizes their mistakes, the next line of action is to correct it. It is only when a sinner understands the impact of their sins that they choose to repent. You may be living an unrighteous life and think it is the best for you. The bible says in 2 Corinthians 4:4 “satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.”
The devil prevents people from listening to the gospel so that they do not get the knowledge they deserve. Beloved, when you receive the knowledge of God’s word, it sets you free from the bondage of sin through repentance. (Hosea 4:6, 2 Corinthians 3:15-16, John 8:32)
True Repentance requires God’s grace
Most people who do drugs are led by the sprit of satan. Most have testified that after they are saved, they live a happier life.
When a drug addict stops doing drugs, it is the power of God working. That is clearly the grace of God in action. “For the grace of God has been revealed, bringing salvation to all people. And we are instructed to turn from godless living and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil world with wisdom, righteousness, and devotion to God.” (Titus 2:11-12.)
Paul’s encounter with Christ was by the grace of God because he got saved. There are so many people in parts of this world that have not heard the Good News. Knowing Christ is by the grace of God.
A humble, contrite, broken heart (Psalm 51:17)
God is moved when we humble ourselves. When seeking repentance, you need to take responsibility and be sorry for your sins. The story of the people of Nineveh is a display of obedience and humility. When the king of Nineveh heard that God was not happy with their ways, the bible says everyone in that city from the greatest to the least dressed in sackcloths. The entire city including animals went on a fast, cried mightily unto God and turned from their evil ways (Jonah 3:4-10). God was greatly moved by their actions and forgave them. Your attitude or state of mind goes a long way when seeking for mercy from God. God wants to know you are truly sorry.
True Repentance births salvation
When you confess your sins, and change your ways, you obtain the gift of salvation. This is the power to activate the benefits of son-ship. You gain access to the peace of God, the Holy spirit, accountability and begin to save others.
True Repentance requires faith
When seeking repentance, we need to demonstrate faith and believe that God will forgive us. Faith comes by hearing the word of God. When seeking repentance, we need to study and believe the word or else the devil will deceive us to believing that God can not forgive us. Faith is required for a sinner to follow the ways of God.
In conclusion, God wants you to repent, He wants a relationship with you, He cares and patiently waits for you but you do not know. God wants you to break the chain of sin in your life so you get a new life like Paul.
If God forgave bible characters like Paul, David, and many more. God can also forgive you. All Jesus wants is a humbled, broken, contrite heart willing to change and follow Him.
In Ezekiel 18:9, God tells us that if we repent from our sins, obey him and be righteous. we will live and not die. Repentance is continuous; ask for his mercy at all times whether you’ve erred or not.
Surrender to Jesus and live a sin- free life. Only the righteous will make heaven so whatever you do, always bear in mind that Jesus is coming soon.
Beloved, if you want to make Jesus Christ the lord of your life and break away from the power of sin, say the prayer below.
Heavenly Father, I confess and repent of known and unknown sins today (confess your sins). Jesus Christ, I surrender my life to you. Come into my life and be my Lord and personal savior. Thank you for your mercy. I ask that you teach me, guide my paths and preserve me for heaven at last. In Jesus name. Thank you, Jesus.
Congratulations! Now that you’re saved, please find a bible believing church to continue this process and maintain your salvation.
If you received Christ today or have questions, I will love to hear from you. Email me at email@example.com or send me a direct message on Instagram @ favouredogo. God bless you!
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