Repentance vs doing penance

One minister said to me when he was having a hard time, “I guess I’m just paying for the life I lived before I got saved. You know I was awful rough.”

But, friends, when you are born again, you are redeemed from the penalty of sin. If you are going to go on paying for your
wrongdoing, then you’re going to go on and go to hell too! But we know that is not true if we are in Christ (2Cor. 5:17).

Pay attention to what the Word has to say about redemption because a lot of folks are defeated because they won’t take a stand against the devil. In other words, they don’t take a stand against what comes against them because they think it ought to be that way—that they deserve the test or trial that has come upon them.

You see, they don’t know the difference between repentance and doing penance. If you accused them of being religious and just following certain religious practices, they would deny it. And yet, that is the very thing they are doing! They are actually trying to do penance over their past life.

When you have repented, God forgives you, and He doesn’t even have any knowledge that you ever did anything wrong.

ISAIAH 43:25
I, even I, am he that blotteth out thy transgressions for mine own sake, and will
NOT REMEMBER thy sins.

So if God doesn’t remember your sins, why should you?

You shouldn’t. After you get saved, if you are going to continue to reap what you sowed when you were a sinner, then you would have to go to hell when you died, because that’s part of the penalty too. If you are going to have reap any part of the penalty, you are going to reap all of it. Thank God, we are redeemed not only from the power of sin, but also from the penalty of sin. Jesus took our place and suffered the penalty of sin for us.

What am I saying to you? I am saying that a lot of folks are permitting—they themselves are allowing—tests and trials to take place in their lives because they are not standing in their place of authority against satan.

And they are being robbed of deliverance and victory, because they think it ought to be that way. Of course tests and trials in life come to all of us, but on the other hand, that doesn’t mean we have to allow satan to run over us either!

And if we are in Christ, God has promised us the victory in every circumstance (1 Cor. 15:57).

Instead of accepting the fact that they have been delivered from the results or penalty of sin, some believers let the devil dominate them and keep them sick and beaten down. But God doesn’t hold your sin against you after you have asked for forgiveness. God forgives, forgets, and He cleanses us from all unrighteousness by the blood of Jesus (1 John 1:9). Now the devil doesn’t have any right to dominate you.

I am glad that God has made us able to enjoy the inheritance of saints in light (2 Peter 1:4; Col. 1:12). He has made us able to be partakers of our inheritance.

Since God has done His part, let’s do our part. Let’s partake of our inheritance and enjoy what rightfully belongs to us in Christ!

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