If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9
My heart is heavy. Often times I see men and women who profess Christ as their Lord, live without conviction of sin. That’s not possible. As a woman of God, I know that I cannot live as the world lives, unrepented and still be saved to spend eternity with Jesus. Forgiveness of sins requires repentance of sin in order for the sin to be washed by the blood of Jesus.
Take the thief on the cross for example (Luke 23:39-43). From the short passage that talks about him, we know that he didn’t have time to walk out his faith but in very few words and through the expression of his heart, he repented; knowing he deserved to be on that cross for his sinful lifestyle and not the Messiah.
It has to be said that we cannot walk each day in this life, not living with a spirit of humility and repentance for sins we commit after having accepted Christ into our lives. No. We must repent as Acts 3:19 tells us to so that our sins may be blotted out. We must be transformed. We must be sanctified.
We must crucify our flesh daily and follow Jesus. When we crucify the flesh, we no longer live to satisfy the flesh. If we walk with Christ for some time and we are not different than we were when we accepted Him, there is a problem. A sin problem, a heart problem. The Holy Spirit within the believe brings conviction of sin and if there is a lack of conviction of sin, it gives room to question; is the Holy Spirit really dwelling in the person?
The Bible says in Matthew 7:16-20 by their fruits you shall know them while this was referencing false prophets at the time; it’s relevant to say that “You will know when you see a follower of Christ – because they walk different.” What fruit do we bear?
Do we walk like Jesus more every day or do we blend in with those we talk to Jesus about? No. We are supposed to be light in the midst of darkness. Our light should not be dimmed because darkness has consumed us. Ephesians 5:8 tells us “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.”
We must daily examine our hearts and see where we are. The Bible says that where our treasure is, that’s where our heart will be also (Matthew 6:21). What and where are our treasures? Are they in the Most High God or in the things of this world?
Do we seek to glorify God with our lives and make a sacrifice to turn away from the things of this world?
Do we look like the same as we did last year, the year before, and the year before that? If we haven’t been stretched and we haven’t sacrificed our fleshly desires justified through scripture, we must check our hearts and ask God to search it so that we may repent. Psalm 139:23-24 says “Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
We must make a decision as to who we will serve. 1 Corinthians 10:21 tells us that we cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons; we cannot partake of the Lord ’s Table and of the table of demons. We MUST choose.
Who will we choose? The Bible says that life is but a vapor. Please choose wisely and remember, when we say we are Christian, we are expected to walk like the Bible says Jesus walked and while that is not overnight, change MUST take place.
Yes, Jesus accepts us AS we are but He loves us to much to leave us there. 1 John tells us that he (individual) who says he abides in Him (Jesus) ought himself also to walk just as He (Jesus) walked.
Hebrews 10:26-27 says “For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery indignation which will devour the adversaries.”
When I first came back to Christ, I lacked having a heart of repentance because I didn’t know any better until the Holy Spirit showed me my condition and thank GOD He did. Every day I humble myself and repent asking Jesus to make me more like Him and remove everything from my life that doesn’t please Him.
Hebrews 12:3-9 says “Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons? “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord, nor be weary when reproved by Him. For the Lord disciplines the one He loves, and chastises every son whom He receives.” It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live?
Yes, the promises of God are yes and in Him, amen (2 Corinthians 1:20) but let’s also remember the Bible also says that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
Come on, let’s repent and walk in LIGHT so others may see the Jesus we proclaim as Lord and Savior!
Please receive this in love – NOT a place of judgment. Jesus loves you!