True sign of repentance is how we live our new lives in Christ and turned around and turned away from our sins. Besides, the plaintiff, your community and the authorities and the law of justice will be more willing to accept your peal for forgiveness or perhaps leniency in the punishment or even pardon. Can you let the Lord heal you? and leave your sins and your past behind with the Lord? let the Holy Spirit break the chains of bondages and the wages of sins for you are the child of God?
The story of Zacchaeus the Roman tax collector was taking advantage and reaping the people of Jerusalem in Luke: 19. 5. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to-day I must abide at thy house. 6. And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. 7. And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, He is gone in to lodge with a man that is a sinner. 8. And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord, Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have wrongfully exacted aught of any man, I restore fourfold. 9. And Jesus said unto him, To-day is salvation come to this house, forasmuch as he also is a son of Abraham.
Sometimes we are haunted by our previous sins or revisiting our past or feeling shameful or criticised even though. But once accepted Christ Jesus we are forgiven for once and for all, for we are cleansed by the blood of the lamb who died for us for our sins. Receive the ministry of the Holy Spirit to administer to us. Acts: 3. 19. Repent ye therefore, and turn again, that your sins may be blotted out, that so there may come seasons of refreshing from the presence of the Lord;
How do we overcome this feeling and remain there? We remember God and acknowledge and confess our sins before God. We need to be honest with ourselves and more so before God because it is our responsibility for our repentance and God knows all as mentioned in 1 John: 1. 9. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Turn away from sins. We are no longer under the law but under the grace of God, because God who strengthens us. Romans: 6. 12. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey the lusts thereof: 13. neither present your members unto sin [as] instruments of unrighteousness; but present yourselves unto God, as alive from the dead, and your members [as] instruments of righteousness unto God.
Accept and receive God’s forgiveness and not have to work for our repentance. We need to walk forward with Jesus and leave our sins behind. Ephesians: 1. 7. in whom we have our redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, Lets was all our sins in the blood of Jesus and once and for all forgiven in the blood of the lamb.
Thank God for His forgiveness and grace and has given His inheritance and through the blood of Jesus saved us from our sins. So that we can have victory over our sins as in Colossians: 1. 12. giving thanks unto the Father, who made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light; 13. who delivered us out of the power of darkness, and translated us into the kingdom of the Son of his love; 14. in whom we have our redemption, the forgiveness of our sins:
Although we have been forgiven, but the devil might look for the stronghold of our past or the sins of our ancestors and bring condemnation to us. Sometimes we need to do renunciation to cut off these devil’s stronghold through prayer and supplication. Some of the sins that are carried down from generations are bitterness, unforgivable, unhealthy habits, alcohol, drugs, idol worship, charms, horoscopes, uncontrolled sexual perversion, premarital sex (roll out the sins on the couple and future generations), child abortion, multiple sexual relationship (breaking the soul ties and emotional scares), used, abused, raped. If we do not renounce this sins, it can be used by the devil to attack us and used against you. We need to break our past and keep on carry the baggage of unforgiviness into our future. Pray the prayer of the renunciation of sins, generation curses and break ancestral contracts with the devil. Draw near to God and resist the temptations of the devil. Submit to the Lord and run as in James: 4. 7. Be subject therefore unto God; but resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Sometimes forgiveness of sins might take some time, because we might need some time to clear our heart, mind and soul. Walk with the Lord, walk in the Spirit and live in the Spirit. Galatians: 5. 24. And they that are of Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with the passions and the lusts thereof.
Rest and trust in the Lord that there is no more condemnation for we walk in the light and love of Christ Jesus. We live in the law of the Spirit of life of Christ Jesus and not under the condemnation of the Law. Romans: 8. 1. There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus. So that we can walk a victorious life in Christ Jesus and have a breakthrough from our past. We need to break the curse of past, so that God can release the flood gates of Heaven and so our future and future generations can walk in freedom.