Sin affects us, every single day. Sin cripples us, in every possible way. Sin is in all of us, no matter what they say.
Sin runs in our blood, and the only thing that can take away our sins is the blood of Jesus Christ.
I. What is sin?
In Greek, “sin” literally translates to “missing the mark.” Romans 14:23 tells us that everything that does not come from faith is sin.
Simply put, sin is that which deviates from God. It encompasses thoughts, words and actions that are impure and wicked in the eyes of God. All sins must be paid for, and that is why Jesus had to die on the cross — His blood covers our past, present, and future sins.
II. So why must we repent, then, if we are already forgiven?
While “born again” believers are saved at once (when they first believed that for God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life), sanctification, or being made holy, is a lifelong process that requires our participation.
While we are positionally saved at once (God’s work for us), we are progressively sanctified over time (God’s work in us).
With one sacrifice He made perfect forever those who are being made holy. – Hebrews 10:14
But for those who abuse the grace of God — those who accept the blood of Jesus Christ but neglect the water that is God’s spirit within us — a fair warning is given:
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. – Hebrews 10:26-39
Just as our God is holy, we too, must be holy (set apart). We must actively and daily fight to avoid, kill and renounce every sin of the heart and flesh.
III. How do we repent?
To repent (Greek word ‘metanoia’) is to change one’s mind — to turn away from sins and towards God.
O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive. O Lord, pay attention and act. Delay not, for your own sake, O my God, because your city and your people are called by your name. – Daniel 9: 19
When praying a prayer of repentance, first ask the Lord to forgive you for the sins that you know you committed. Then ask the Holy Spirit to reveal the sins that you committed unknowingly. Also repent for the generational sins that have been passed down to you, thereby breaking the chain of generational curses. Finally, proclaim the power of Jesus’ blood and believe in your hearts that your sins and iniquities are forgiven.
Here is one way to pray a prayer of repentance (*note: this should not be treated as a script; it is simply meant to help you get started):
Lord (hear), Lord (forgive), Lord (act)!
(My descendants and) I have committed the sin of ________.
Because of this sin, Jesus was crucified on the cross and I put God to shame. By the blood of Jesus Christ wash away my sin of _____ from the horns of the altar and from my heart. Thank you for washing away my sin and iniquity with the blood of Jesus Christ. I pray in Jesus’ name.
+ Here are 66 sins you and I need to repent of, daily:
*NIV unless otherwise stated.
1. Love of Money
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. – 1 Timothy 6:10
Anyone who hates a brother or sister is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life residing in him. – 1 John 3:15
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. – Matthew 5:28
4. Spirit of Prostitution
Their deeds do not permit them to return to their God. A spirit of prostitution is in their heart; they do not acknowledge the LORD. – Hosea 5:4
“Will a mere mortal rob God?” Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ In tithes and offerings. – Malachi 3:8
6. False Witness
Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron. – 1 Timothy 4:2
Yet these people slander whatever they do not understand, and the very things they do understand by instinct–as irrational animals do–will destroy them. – Jude 1:10
8. Sexual Immorality
Flee from sexual immorality. All other sins a person commits are outside the body, but whoever sins sexually, sins against their own body. – 1 Corinthians 6:18
Now your impurity is lewdness. Because I tried to cleanse you but you would not be cleansed from your impurity, you will not be clean again until my wrath against you has subsided. – Ezekiel 24:13
Many will follow their depraved conduct and will bring the way of truth into disrepute. – 2 Peter 2:2
Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. – Colossians 3:5
Do not practice divination or seek omens. – Leviticus 19:26
13. Building a Barrier
A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household. – Matthew 10:36
For you are still of the flesh. For while there is jealousy and strife among you, are you not of the flesh and behaving only in a human way? – 1 Corinthians 3:3 ESV
But if you harbor bitter envy and selfish ambition in your hearts, do not boast about it or deny the truth. – James 3:14
…because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. – James 1:20
But for those who are self-seeking and who reject the truth and follow evil, there will be wrath and anger. – Romans 2:8
Whoever isolates himself seeks his own desire; he breaks out against all sound judgment. – Proverbs 18:1 ESV
But there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them—bringing swift destruction on themselves. – 2 Peter 2:1
20. Quarrel & Jealousy
Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. – Galatians 5:26
For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty, and slumber will clothe them with rags. – Proverbs 23:21 ESV
They have become callous and have given themselves up to sensuality, greedy to practice every kind of impurity. – Ephesians 4:19
23. Depraved Mind/Foolish Thinking
Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. – Romans 1:28
Since they thought it foolish to acknowledge God, he abandoned them to their foolish thinking and let them do things that should never be done. – Romans 1:28 ESV
Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. – Ephesians 4:31
With eyes full of adultery, they never stop sinning; they seduce the unstable; they are experts in greed–an accursed brood! – 2 Peter 2:14
27. Evil Heart
The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. – Luke 6:45 ESV
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. – Proverbs 14:30
You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies. – John 8:44 ESV
Keep reminding God’s people of these things. Warn them before God against quarreling about words; it is of no value, and only ruins those who listen. – 2 Timothy 2:14
Food gained by fraud tastes sweet, but one ends up with a mouth full of gravel. – Proverbs 20:17
Then the Lord said to him, “Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. – Luke 11:39
The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to the inmost parts. – Luke 11:39
Brothers and sisters, do not slander one another. Anyone who speaks against a brother or sister or judges them speaks against the law and judges it. When you judge the law, you are not keeping it, but sitting in judgment on it. – James 4:11
There are six things that the LORD hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans,feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, and one who sows discord among brothers. – Proverbs 6:16-19 ESV
When wickedness comes, contempt comes also, and with dishonor comes disgrace. – Proverbs 18:3 ESV
If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. – 1 Timothy 6:3-5
As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. – James 4:16
39. Promoting Evil
Do they not go astray who devise evil? Those who devise good meet steadfast love and faithfulness. – Proverbs 14:22 ESV
40. Disobeying Parents
Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. – Proverbs 14:22 ESV
Do not be quickly provoked in your spirit, for anger resides in the lap of fools. – Ecclesiastes 7:9
42. Breaking of Covenant
Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: As surely as I live, I will repay him for despising my oath and breaking my covenant. – Ezekiel 17:19
Your children will be shepherds here for forty years, suffering for your unfaithfulness, until the last of your bodies lies in the wilderness. – Numbers 14:33
For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. – James 2:13 ESV
45. Love of flesh
For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. – Romans 8:13
46. Love of money
Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” – Hebrews 13:5
A sword against her false prophets! They will become fools. A sword against her warriors! They will be filled with terror. – Jeremiah 50:36
In the same way, you who are younger, submit yourselves to your elders. All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.” – 1 Peter 5:5
And so I tell you, every kind of sin and slander can be forgiven, but blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven. – Matthew 12:31
50. Disobeying Parents
The eye that mocks a father, that scorns an aged mother, will be pecked out by the ravens of the valley, will be eaten by the vultures. – Proverbs 30:17
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord. – Hebrews 12:14
She treats her young harshly, as if they were not hers; she cares not that her labor was in vain. – Job 39:16
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32
55. False Accusation
Whoever conceals hatred with lying lips and spreads slander is a fool. – Proverbs 10:18
56. Lack of Self-control
Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. – 1 Corinthians 9:25 ESV
Who is like the wise? Who knows the explanation of things? A person’s wisdom brightens their face and changes its hard appearance. – Proverbs 8:1
58. Not knowing good
And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. – Mark 10:18 ESV
So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven. – Matthew 10:32-33 ESV
60. Selling Truth
Buy the truth and do not sell it– wisdom, instruction and insight as well. – Proverbs 23:23
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. – Proverbs 21:5 ESV
62. Exaltation of Self
For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. – 1 John 2:16
63. Lust (loving the world more than God)
For everything in the world–the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life–comes not from the Father but from the world. – 1 John 2:16
Those who consider themselves religious and yet do not keep a tight rein on their tongues deceive themselves, and their religion is worthless. Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. – James 1:26-27
And do not grumble, as some of them did–and were killed by the destroying angel. – 1 Corinthians 10:10
66. Paying back evil for good
If anyone returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house. – James 2:13 ESV
IV. What’s Next?!
Receive forgiveness and proclaim the power of Jesus’ blood!
Repentance begins when the Holy Spirit reveals to the sinner his sins, but it isn’t completed until the sinner truly understands the atoning power of Jesus’ blood. Simply acknowledging our sins does little — in fact, dwelling on our sins causes us to be hopeless and helpless, which is fundamentally distrusting God. But to believe that Jesus’ blood indeed purifies us is where the power lies — he who knew no sin became sin so that we might be seen as sinless.
Whenever you face discouragement, disbelief, or doubt, proclaim these truths:
1. Jesus’ blood has saved me from Satan’s hands.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. – Ephesians 1:7
2. Jesus’ blood has saved me from the curse.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.” – Galatians 3:13
3. Jesus’ blood has fulfilled the eternal promise given to us.
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus… – Hebrews 13:20
4. Jesus’ blood has reconciled me to God and other people so that I am at peace.
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought nearby the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made the two groups one and has destroyed the barrier, the dividing wall of hostility, by setting aside in his flesh the law with its commands and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new humanity out of the two, thus making peace, and in one body to reconcile both of them to God through the cross, by which he put to death their hostility. – Ephesians 2:13-16
5. Jesus’ blood has forgiven me of all my sins.
In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. – Ephesians 1:7
6. Jesus’ blood cleanses me from all my sins.
And through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. – Colossians 1:20
7. Jesus’ blood justifies me and nullifies Satan’s attack against me.
And all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. – Romans 3:24
8. Jesus’ blood sanctifies me and sets me apart for the work of God.
God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. – 1 Peter 1:2 NLT
9. Jesus’ blood cleanses my conscience from acts that lead to death and allows me to serve the living God.
How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death,[a] so that we may serve the living God! – Hebrews 9:14
10. Jesus blood allows me to enter the Most Holy Place and fellowship with God.
Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus – Hebrews 10:19
11. Jesus’ blood overcame Satan and all the powers of darkness.
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. – Revelations 12:11
12. Jesus’ blood is the everlasting hope and reason for joy.
Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. – Revelations 19:6-7
“Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near” is a message that John the Baptist, Jesus’ disciples, and all who were filled with the Holy Spirit proclaimed. It is a message that the church today (sadly) does not emphasize enough. Let those who have ears to hear hear and repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.