5 Signs You Need To Repent
Rob Rennie | I’ve become accustomed to certain tell-tale signs that I need to repent, which I want to share with those of you who are trying to lead righteous lives pleasing to God.
As Christians who’ve already prayed the sinner’s prayer and gotten saved, asking the Lord Jesus to become Lord of our lives, we need to make sure we don’t revert back to our old ways and commit sin.
Since sin is difficult to avoid, that intimate relationship with God becomes even more important, since He is the one who teaches us righteousness and how to be more like Him.
It’s crucial that we repent of every sin as soon as humanly possible, but what about those times you aren’t sure if you need to repent? What if you sin without knowing it and you carry on thinking that you’re right with the Lord? What then?
These are all great questions and I’m sure better men than me can cite scripture and give you specific verses and reasons why this should, or shouldn’t be a concern for Christians who are ‘saved,’ but I’m not going to do that.
All I’m going to do is share with you a list of ‘Signs You Need To Repent’ based on my experiences trying to stay righteous, sinning more than I’d like, but always getting right with the Lord again.
In my case, the Lord gets my attention by allowing the following things to happen to me.
1. Feeling emotionally down
Although not always, but feeling down, for me at least, is a sign that I need to repent. The reason being, the feeling of being ‘down’ is not of God. It’s a spirit of depression, or some melancholy spirit that is being allowed to suggest to me from an outside position. The reason I feel it more than usual when I’m in a state of unrepentance is because my spiritual armor ceases to be effective when I have sin on me and my spirit begins to get attacked. Instead, say, ‘The Lord rebuke you’ and watch what seem like negative emotions immediately disappear.
2. Lack of energy, feeling ill
Speaking of my spirit getting attacked, another way I know I have sin on me is when I feel ill or a lack energy for no apparent reason. This is due to my spiritual armor being rendered ineffective when I have sin on me and the enemy being able to get at me. You’ve got to start from the understanding that you’re meant to feel good and be healthy. This is the way God intended us to live. So if you’re not feeling that way, something is going on. For me, I also get a stuffy nose that immediately goes away when I repent.
3. Waking up, not feeling rested
When I wake up, I usually feel pretty good, even at 4:30 AM, which is when I get up to go train my clients at the gym. When I start to feel like I didn’t sleep the night, I start wondering what’s happening to me on a spiritual level. In some cases, not all, but some, I find that this is due to a need to repent.
4. A series of unfortunate events
If you’re often left wondering why terrible things seem to always happen to you, you may need to repent. If you can attribute the phrase, ‘When it rains, it pours’ to your life, but in a mostly negative sense, then something is not right. In all seriousness, God uses the bad things in life to wake us up to our need for his care and divine guidance. At least, this is what I’ve found has been true for me.
5. Persistent health problems
Although those in the medical establishment want to make it seem like every health issue can be solved with medication and surgery, the fact of the matter is, a good diet and exercise should be enough to keep us in great shape. But even that is sometimes not enough. Why? Because we forget about the most crucial factor of all, which is our spiritual state of being. Remember, we’re souls with a body, not the other way around. When we sin, the enemy has more access to inflict pain and suffering on us, so if we go around in that state, we’re not going to feel particularly good. In my case, I used to have an unexplained case of chronic fatigue syndrome and also prostatitis for many years. I needed to repent a long time ago, which I didn’t do, so the end result was health problems that persisted for years. It was years of doctors telling me they couldn’t help me and my blood tests coming out fine. All of that is gone now by the way. I’m healthier now than I’ve ever been.
God loves us and wants us to be safe and protected, which is why he admonishes us to read His Word, pray, and spend time with him. If we don’t, we can spend a great deal more time than we have to fighting off the enemy and wondering where God is.
God is there for us, but he wants us to repent. If we don’t, then he will use negative circumstances to get us to our breaking point, which is sadly the only time many of us are willing to humble ourselves enough to speak to God, repent, and ask for forgiveness.