6. Admitting My Guilt

Please remember to pray before reading!

 

Yesterday we learned how helpless we are without God in our lives. We saw that the only way our lives could be changed is for us to repent, which means to be sorry for our sins and to turn away from them. We can’t even repent on our own. God gives us the desire to repent as we come to understand how much our sins have hurt Jesus.

 

Acts 2:37, 38 — We are called to repent and be baptized.

Acts 3:19 — Repentance and conversion is vital, so our sins may be blotted out.

Matthew 27:4 — An example of an insincere repentance.

Psalm 32:1, 2—Hiding our sins won't work; they must be forgiven by God.

Psalm 51:1-14 — A beautiful prayer of true repentance.

Matthew 11:28 — Jesus invites us to come just as we are.

Acts 5:31 — Repentance is a gift from God.

John 12:32 — There is a drawing power in the cross of Christ.

Revelation 22:17 — We are invited to drink the Water of Life.

Jeremiah 13:23 — We cannot change on our own.

Proverbs 5:22 — Procrastination is dangerous.

2 Corinthians 6:2 — Accept salvation today.

Hebrews 3:7, 8 — Don't resist the Spirit today, don’t harden your heart.

Psalm 139:23, 24 — We need to ask God to search our hearts, so He can change us.

Psalm 51:10 — Jesus will give us new attitudes and desires.

Hebrews 12:14 — Only God can make us holy.

Romans 8:34 — Jesus is interceding for us.

1 Timothy 1:15 — Jesus came to save you.

 

Prayerfully ask yourself these personal questions:

 

  1. Have I experienced a genuine repentance for my sins, recognizing the pain they have caused my Lord?
  2. Do I recognize how ugly and cruel sin is, and do I want it totally out of my life?
  3. Do I realize that guilt is a tool that God can use to bring me to repentance?
  4. Has my attitude toward sin completely changed from what it was when I was rebellious against God?
  5. Have I felt my heart soften toward God, so that I can hear the Holy Spirit speaking to my heart?
  6. When I compare my life to Jesus’, can I see how basically sinful and selfish I am?
  7. Have I stopped making excuses for my sins, and been willing to admit I was wrong?
  8. Do I understand that now is the time for repentance, because tomorrow may never come?
  9. Do I know that if I refuse to respond to God’s Spirit today, I may numb myself to any desire for God later?
  10. Am I willing to be as earnest in seeking to be right with God as if my physical life were at stake?
  11. When Satan tries to discourage me because of my sinfulness, will I focus instead on God’s great love for me?