How Do I Repent?
Now let’s get to the heart of the matter and answer the question how do I really repent? To do that let’s go back to our Scripture in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Remember the four key words, humble, pray, seek, and turn. Within these words is the answer to the question how do I really repent?
Humble – This means we have to get off our high horse and admit that we have sinned and have violated God’s standards or commands. If there is no humility, there will never be any repentance. In fact, if you believe you have never sinned, you are deceived.
“If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us” (1 John 1:8).
Pray – It is in prayer that you confess your sins and ask God to forgive you. The beautiful thing about God’s love for you is this. If you ask him to forgive you, he will. Obviously there has to be a sincerity of heart, but God knows your heart so you can’t fool him anyway.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).
Seek – This is where you ask God for the power to help you so that you won’t do what you have done before. You want God’s forgiveness, but what you need moving forward is God’s strength to overcome sin. The good news is that he gives it to you in the person of the Holy Spirit. Because God’s Spirit dwells within you, sin does not have to rule over you. By seeking his face, you are allowing the Holy Spirit to have greater influence in your life which will lead to better decisions and strength to overcome the temptations of sin.
“So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves” (Galatians 5:16.)
Turn – Finally we get back to the turning, which is the moving away from sin and going in a different direction. Thankfully as you live a life guided by the Holy Spirit he will help you to do this.
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