Does God Clean Us Up?
Many today think that God has to somehow take away their addictive sins, when they come to repentance. They believe that it’s the love of God, who feels sorry for their carnal choices and will take away their desires they once had to live like the devil. And were talking about sins such as drunkenness, idolatry, fornication, foul speech, adultery, worldliness such as sports idolatry, etc., All the sins most professed Christians are under in some form or another, as well as just complacency, with no urgent desire to come out of their rebellion sins first to become savable to God.
I hear it allot, “God cleaned me up” God took away my desire” “I cried out to Him and He removed my sin” but either way many believe they were born corrupt, with some form of inbred sin lurking in their members, (body) they like to call it their flesh or sin nature they have no control over until God comes and changes them when they cry out for forgiveness.
But I see God commanding repentance, and faith proven by deeds first, and this would involve man’s ability to prepare the heart, so God can fill them with His spirit, because He does not give His spirit to the still carnal soul, who is waiting for God to remove the stain from them so they think.
The willful rebellious sins must be crucified (stopped) in real biblical repentance first, before God can indwell them with His spirit, so they can remain pure, holy, and totally released from bondage.
The Preparation of the heart belongs to man:
Biblically, its simply “repentance”, clearing the heart of guile and pride in a season of godly sorrow, forsaking all known sin with sincerity, and sanctifying oneself from the world….Then being transformed from the old man of sin to the new man of righteousness in the baptism of repentance. That ye might sanctify and cleanse the heart and mind with the washing of water by the word and the renewing of the soul, receiving the NT empowerment (Grace) of the Holy Spirit, walking upright according to the Spirit thoroughly furnished unto good works!
Isa 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
The spirit of God gives the cleansed and purged repentant soul, power to remain free from the bondage of sin, and walk in newness of life, the sin stops first, before mercy and forgiveness can take place. Then the mercy and pardon for past sins (Gods free gift of grace) can take place, and the spirit can now indwell, giving much power to live a godly life, free from the bondages of sin, which was the whole purpose of the death of Christ.
To think, teach or believe, God has to somehow alter your ability, or that He has to clean you up before you repent, or take away your desires, is another of many false teachings coming from the reformation.
We come broken in repentance, to become savable and filled with the spirit, now the sin stops dead cold, never waiting for God to clean you up, or He somehow has to remove your desire to sin. He is commanding you to repent so that you can be converted and quickened by the spirit!
Act 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord.
Its always been repent first
Leading to a conversion (cleansed and purged by the blood) Born again in the spirit
So that your past rebellious sins may be blotted out which is a condition, “may” dependent on the repentance
Now when all this happens, and if it happens, then the times of refreshing, coming from the spirit of the Lord can refresh the dead spirit to a live spirit, pure,, holy, filled with an urgent desire for the truth, and now dead to all willful rebellion they one had a craving for
Anything else falls short of Gods plan for redemption, because we are workers together with Him, so that we never take His grace or power over sin, for granted, thus making it of no effect. We do our part, He will do His.
2Co 6:1 We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.
And it’s not boasting that you came out of sin on your own, or that God had no part in it, He surely does! We stop the sin in repentance, He gives the power to remain stopped for good!
Gal 5:24 And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.
We must crucify the flesh (repentance) first, to become savable, and make a clean home for the Holy Spirit to dwell so we can remain free indeed!
Jas 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
Jas 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Jas 4:9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Jas 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.
We submit to God, through a broken and contrite heart, where repentance is proven by the deeds of faith, which requires the death of the old man, the purifying of the heart of all rebellious sins first, so that the blood can do its mighty work in us, further cleansing and purging the soul of all dead works, once and for all.