Tuesday, September 14, 2010

How To: Repentance

There are two areas in Christendom, including myself, that I have come to realize have fallen by the wayside a bit over the last several years.
One area is repentance. It seems like an obvious one. I mean, we all repent, right? Well, I have been learning just how much I DO NOT repent. I acknowledge I have sinned and feel sort of bad about it, but do I really and truly repent?
In addition to this, do I even recognize something that is a sin? For example, Fear, Stress and Anxiety is the main spiritual root (sin) behind Adrenal Fatigue/Exhaustion. Do you know how many times I read verses about not being anxious? I would read them, memorize them, post them all over the house, yet it never occurred to me to repent of it and remove it!
FEAR IS A SIN! (This is the makings of another post)
Back to repentance and a how-to. There is no formula here. No rules or have-tos, just an example, okay?
This morning the Lord revealed to me that I have once again been listening to fear and anxiety. I found myself going down the same road I used to go, almost getting anxious over anxiety instead of just repenting of it and moving on! This is what I did this morning.
Okay, Father, I recognize that I have been anxious (which really is fear) and troubled with the cares about my life.
I take responsibility for participating with this spirit of fear, including doubt and unbelief, worry and anxiety and I repent and renounce it. Thank you that You forgive me
I tell all fear (and his little buddies ;-) to go, in Jesus name by the power of the Holy Spirit. (remove)
My Father knows what I need, I am worth much more than the birds that He feeds and provides for.
I consider the lilies, how they grow. They neither toil nor spin, yet they are arrayed in splendor. He, my Father, clothes the grass in the field.
I am just a girl seeking my Daddy's kingdom, and He will add all these things. He will take care of all my needs.
I will not be struck with fear, for it is my Father's good pleasure to give me the kingdom!
Simple! Recognize, Responsibility, Repent, Renounce, Remove! (Resist and Restore will be discussed further another time)
Also, if you noticed I was renewing my mind with the Truth after my repentance.


Farmgirl Cyn said...

Ooh! Good stuff!

cooperkelly4 said...

Now that is how it is done!!!

Pioneer Beauty said...

Thank you for such a Timely Post..We are in the midst of searching and seeking the Lord for a big Move and Change for are lives and I ( me not my husband ) find myself growing and anxious and worried about the Details...I can't say that it has gone away or will..For I am only Human...and But Dust...( " As a Father pities his children, so the Lord pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame He remembers that we are Dust" psalm 103:13-14)Thankfully we serve a Gracious and Forgiving God who remembers our Frame...
I see alot of repenting in my coming Days.. : )
In Christ

Cranberry Morning said...

Good post! The more we realize how great God is, the less fear and anxiety we will have. Reading the OT and seeing how God always provided for His people, helped His people, protected His people, gives us assurance. Our God is not a superhero, He is the Creator of the vast Universe. Just contemplating that fact helps put our fear-inducing issues into perspective.

Saint Shellie said...

Great post. Have you ever read RESPECTABLE SINS by Jerry Bridges? Great book and very eye opening, at least for me.


Jenn said...

Thanks for sharing this. I think you know that I, too, struggle with anxiety and fear. I'm printing this out so I can re-read it.

Anonymous said...

I just found your site, and am so glad I did. I love this post! I too struggle terribly with fear and anxiety. . .and also recognize that it is not of God and needs to be repented of. Thanks for the steps, they help a great deal! Blessings!