There is a process that all must go through for repentance. First and foremost, one needs a realistic revelation of themselves. This can only come from the Holy Spirit. For the most part, people do not see themselves as that bad of a person. Without the light of the Holy Spirit, it is hard to see ourselves for what we really are. Many of us consider our sins to be relatively small. We have learned to rationalize, because we are deceived by our own sins, Hebrews 3:13.
13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.
Through sin, our hearts have been hardened. This makes it difficult for the individual to truly see how sinful they are. Most of us are self-serving. We want what we want, even if it is bad for us and others. The important question in repentance is, how does God see us? Romans 3:10
10As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:
God sees us in a very different way. Most people’s righteousness is based on their own personal standard. This is the greatest predicament facing most people in relation to God and their repentance. Most do not understand what they do not know, what they should be turning from to repent and their ultimate destination in repentance.
Too often our repentance is based upon the standards of our parents, friends and fellow church goers, man’s doctrine and traditions. They leave God’s standard out of repentance. It is a dilemma that leads to failure in the lives of many believers, Romans 3:11-12.
11There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 12They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
The sad truth is, we barely understand the truth of our own condition. Even worse, we barely understand the truth in God’s word, Romans 3:13-18.
13Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: 14Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: 15Their feet are swift to shed blood: 16Destruction and misery are in their ways: 17And the way of peace have they not known: 18There is no fear of God before their eyes.
Now God brings in the Torah, Romans 3:19.
19Now we know that what things soever the law saith, it saith to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
The Torah through the Holy Spirit convicts us of sin. Because Torah is God’s standard. It is the missing element in most people’s lives. Because it is missing, many believers hedge is almost nonexistent. We are to heed God’s word, His Torah. We are not to follow after some tradition of man. If we listen to man’s tradition, we will think we are okay and we will be on our way to catastrophe in this lifetime. We need the Torah, Hebrews 4:12.
12For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
The word convicts us of how far we have fallen short of the glory of God. We need the Torah. There is no other revelation to bring us to conviction. The Torah is God’s standard.
Without Torah one will not have a realistic revelation of what is sin, 1 John 3:4.
4Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
John tells us if we transgress Torah we have sinned. Until we truly see ourselves as God sees us and what God considers sin, we cannot proceed to the next step of the process, 2 Corinthians 7:10A.
10AFor godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of:
One has to ask the question if we are so bad in God’s eyes, how do we deserve Godly sorrow? We do not. It is only though God’s love and grace.
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