We live in a time when words like repentance, sacrifice, self-control, personal responsibility, commitment, and surrender mean very little to anyone. But these are more than just words, these are how we as Christians are to live.
We need to sacrifice our will daily to God's will, we need to put in play self-control we do that by surrendering our will to God's will, we need to take personal responsibility for our sin and repent and press on in the strength of the Lord for He has set us free.
The Devil knows our sin and our names, he leads us into paths of unrighteousness, and calls us slave and sinners!
Christ Jesus knows our name and our sins, He leads into paths of righteousness and calls us forgiven, redeemed, brother, sister, friend.
Christ calls us brother, sister, friend He truly forgives us and forgets our sin, when we repent, you can't just say you're sorry and continue to live in that sin, there is no forgiveness where there is no repentance. God will not be mocked, He sees the intent of our heart, a repentant heart is filled with sorrow for sinning against a Holy God, a repentant heart is filled with joy for being restored to fellowship with a Holy God.
Christ did not die on a cross so we could live in sin, He died on a cross so we could live free from the penalty of sin, death. The first penalty of sin is spiritual death, we are separated from God, the second penalty of sin is if we deny Christ we die in our sin and are eternally separated from God, the third penalty of sin is our broken fellowship with God when we are unrepentant.
Each penalty of sin bears a heavy load for us to carry, which we foolishly do when we don't surrender our will to God's.
Jesus said to take His yoke for it is easy and He would take ours, He already bore the penalty of sin upon the cross for all mankind, for all ages, for every sin ever committed, why would we want to walk in separation from this love, this freedom, this grace?
If you have never met Christ as your Lord and Savior today is the day to admit your a sinner dead in your sins and ask for forgiveness, ask Christ to lead you all the days of your life and turn from your ways and follow Him.
If you have already done this and sin plagues you, then repent of your ways tell God what He knows already, be willing to surrender to Him all of you and be restored, ask God for His help in every area of your life and stop dancing with the devil, and listening to his voice and start following Christ Jesus to the end.
You have to take personal responsibility in life for your actions, words, and deeds, but you don't have to do this life alone.
God's word says this:
““Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”Matthew 11:28-30 CSB
“Jesus replied to them, “It is not those who are healthy who need a doctor, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”Luke 5:31-32 CSB
“I tell you, in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who don’t need repentance.”
Luke 15:7 CSB
“He also said to them, “This is what is written: The Messiah would suffer and rise from the dead the third day, and repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in his name to all the nations, beginning at Jerusalem. You are witnesses of these things. And look, I am sending you what my Father promised. As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high.”Luke 24:46-49 CSB
“Blessed is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens in Christ. For he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before him. He predestined us to be adopted as sons through Jesus Christ for himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace that he lavished on us in the Beloved One. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace that he richly poured out on us with all wisdom and understanding.“He made known to us the mystery of his will, according to his good pleasure that he purposed in Christ”as a plan for the right time — to bring everything together in Christ, both things in heaven and things on earth in him.”
Ephesians 1:3-10 CSB
“I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will certainly not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar. I am warning you about these things — as I warned you before — that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. The law is not against such things. Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another.”Galatians 5:16-26 CSB
“Don’t be deceived: God is not mocked. For whatever a person sows he will also reap, because the one who sows to his flesh will reap destruction from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit. Let us not get tired of doing good, for we will reap at the proper time if we don’t give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us work for the good of all, especially for those who belong to the household of faith.”
Galatians 6:7-10 CSB
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