Jesus, I come to you and ask forgiveness for my sins. I repent of living life without you and I thank you for the blood and the cross. I ask you to come into my life and help me to live a holy life. Thank you for dying for me. I accept you as my Lord and Savior. Today, I am born again!
This is an example of a prayer of salvation. If you have prayed it, you are born again, right? I belive many people have prayed this prayer but are walking the wide road to hell. Some seemingly repent of their sins and go right back to the way they were living! The Bible makes it clear that changed behavior must follow repentance. The whole point in saying the prayer of salvation is to know our creator and make it into Heaven to be with Him forever.
So what does living in repentance mean, essentially? It means that as we become aware of sin in our life, we go to the Lord and repent of it, asking for forgiveness. Asking for forgiveness, but going back and doing the same thing is not true repentance. Yes, some sins seem to ‘stick’, but the Lord is able to deliver us from anything. If you are struggling with a sin that is hard to quit, it may be a stronghold in your life. Keep praying and don’t give up! The Lord is faithful to bring about change.
When Jesus healed the man lying by the pool, He told him to go and sin no more or something worse would happen to him: John 5:1-14 reads in the NIV:
Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. —and they waited for the moving of the waters. 4From time to time an angel of the Lord would come down and stir up the waters. The first one into the pool after each such disturbance would be cured of whatever disease they had. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”
But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’”
So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”
The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.
Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”
When Jesus spoke this rebuke to the man he healed, it was for his protection. He did something great in his life, but did not want him to go back into sin and allow added demonic activity in his life. A lot of people give their lives to Christ, then keep going back to the same sins and wonder why God isn’t acting on their behalf. If you are walking in the enemy’s territory and entertaining him, don’t expect the blessings of the Lord.
Also, when we give our lives to Jesus, it is not so that we can go back into the same lifestyle we lived in sin. What, then is the point of saying you are a Christian? Living in repentance is about grieving over your sin to the point that you desire change and work toward it.
Psalm 51:17 says:
My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.
When we live in repentance, sin causes us heartache. As believers in Christ, we should not be comfortable living in sin! A lot of believers are living in sin and are unaware, too! The Word says in Hosea 4:6, “My people are destoyed from lack of knowledge.” If you are unaware that what you are doing is sinful, you will continue to do it, right? So many pastors and members of thir congregations say habitually, ” We want a revival in our church!” I am telling you that a great revival is happening right now, here on this earth! Elijah is here! The Word spoke of this prophet in Malachi 4:5-6,
“See, I will send the prophet Elijah to you before that great and dreadful day of the Lord comes. He will turn the hearts of the parents to their children, and the hearts of the children to their parents; or else I will come and strike the land with total destruction.”
He is here now, and is correcting sin in the church. I have written about him in a few recent blog posts, so I am not going to go in depth here. But if you feel you are lacking spiritually or are unsure of your salvation; Hey, if you are a person!… You should be listening to Prophet Dr. David Owuor. His teachings are available on his website and on YouTube. He is all over social media.
I mention him in this post about living in repentance because he is calling us all to repentance. For the many sins we have allowed in the church and in our nations, we need to be grieving! He preaches nothing but the blood and the cross of Christ, holiness and righteousness and repentance.
I pray this post spoke to you. I believe there is more I could’ve said, bur if you want to learn more about living in repentance, check out Prophet Dr. David Owuor. Ask the Lord to lead you.
To find Dr. Owuor’s teachings:
He comes on live on YouTube Sundays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Different times, but his videos showcase miracles that have happened and prophecies fulfilled before he preaches. You just need to keep watch.