Repentance, in my understanding, is a changing of the mind, which in effect will alter a person's behavior. Correct?
In other words, when a person repents, would it be appropriate to ask this question....."Do I now hate the sins I used to commit and do I now love the God I once ignored?"
I'm asking these questions because I find myself in somewhat of a dilemma...
The Bible says in James 4:17, "Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin."
So here I sit, knowing that the right thing to do would be not to light up a cigarette. But time after time I continue to do so.
Salvation is an event of seeing the truth
that is in God's Word- that your are sin;Rom 3:12
12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable;
there is none that doeth good, no, not one.
23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
in a place where sin is highly
esteemed and accepted as the norm;1 John 2:16-17
16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes,
and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17 And the world
passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.
and in this reality you find yourself
where there is no resource but that of Jesus,
Himself, Who came into womb of a virgin
woman by The Power of The Holy Spirit;John 14:6
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the
Father, but by me.
12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven
given among men, whereby we must be saved.
10 That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in
earth, and things under the earth; 11 And that every tongue should confess that Jesus
Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
born as we yet never sinning- 33 years of
perfect living before God as The Son of God;Heb 4:15
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our
infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
then by The Will of The Father went to the cross
to exchange that perfect life for our life of sin;Matt 26:39
39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my
Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will,
but as thou wilt.
died and was buried 3 days;1 Cor 15:4a
4 And that he was buried
rose the third day from the dead having
life after receiving our death;1 Cor 15:4b
and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
and is on the right hand of The Father empowing us
to serve the living God by sanctification.Heb 9:11-14
11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more
perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;
12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once
into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. 13 For if the blood
of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth
to the purifying of the flesh: 14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through
the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead
works to serve the living God?
If I run to God after smoking a cigarette and ask His forgiveness, will He forgive me?
8 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not
after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
You see this verse below must have place with the born again!
Does God's forgiveness hinge upon repentance?
initially yes... now it's repentance for doing that which brings Him no glory! Sanctification
it to learn to walk in His Spirit and not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Must I put down the cigarettes for good before God will forgive me?
You let God lead you in your life and pray...Heb 10:39
39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
Works are never issueTitus 3:5
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by
the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
Those who believe works are necessary deny the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus...
There have been times when I quit smoking and asked God to forgive me, but those times did not last very long...I went back to smoking, the addiction just keeps overpowering me. So after smoking I run back to God to ask for His forgiveness again.
the fact the voice within you does not give up but continues urging you to quit and you evidently can't shut
it out... trust in God as He is urging you He will also provide a way! It can be done many have I am one 1 Cor 10:13
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will
not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way
to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
Will God continue to forgive me...even though I haven't been able to quit smoking...not that I want to smoke or want to continue in sin.
Just as long as you realize it is God within you and he can do anything! It must be you
holding y(Y)ou two up
but if His Child you have this as well1 Sam 12:22
22 For the Lord will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased
the Lord to make you his people.
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have:
for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Would my dilemma be what the writer of Heb. 10:26 speaks of? , "For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins..."
assurance is produced by The Work of Jesus but the awareness is brought to our minds by obedience!
In faith. Eph 3:12; 2 Tim 1:12; Heb 10:22.
by hope. Heb 6:11,19.
by love. 1 John 3:14,19; 4:18.
experienced in righteousness. Isa 32:17.
abundant by the gospel. Col 2:2; 1 Thess 1:5.
redemption. Job 19:25.
adoption. Rom 8:16; 1 John 3:2.
Their salvation. Isa 12:2.
Eternal life. 1 John 5:13.
bound up in us with God and Christ. 1 Cor 6:15; 2 Cor 13:5; Eph 5:30; 1 John 2:5; 4:13.
Peace with God Rom 5:1.
Preservation. Ps 3:6,8; 27:3-5; 46:1-3.
prayer. 1 John 3:22; 5:14-15.
remaining in grace not works. Phil 1:6.
suffering Ps 73:26; Luke 4:18-19; 2 Cor 4:8-10,16-18.
Edited by enoob57, 20 May 2014 - 06:42 AM.