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Summary: Repentance is a life style not just words.

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Colin McGeer Page 1 2002/06/27

Characteristics of Repentance

James 4:7-10

7Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. 9Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. 10Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

This letter, as a whole, was written to spiritually young, Jewish converts.

James describes 6 characteristics of genuine repentance.

(1) submission to God,

(2) resistance of the devil,

(3) drawing near to God,

(4) cleansing of hands, and purifying the heart,

(5) Grieving, mourning, and weeping,

(6) humbling oneself in the sight of the Lord.

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(1) Submitting to God

Submission is the opposite of human pride.

If you want to draw near to God, it requires your submission to God.

You cannot repent if you are unwilling to submit to Jesus sovereign authority in your life.

If you consider yourself to be a child of God yet you will not submit to the will of God because you are uncomfortable with the thought, or because your offended that anyone would suggest that you let go of what you may consider to be your independence, then you should reconsider just how genuine your faith is. The rich young ruler

You choose to submit it is a voluntary.

It means I commit myself entirely to God’s will. He in turn entirely protects us. (I submit because I know he wants the best for my life) Like a doctor wants good health for you.

Psalm 91

1He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 3Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 4He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shall thou trust:

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Proverbs 3:5

1My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: 2For length of days, and longa life, and peace, shall they add to thee. 3Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: 4So shalt thou find favour and goodb understanding in the sight of God and man. 5Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Those whom God is calling to Himself, those who are truly being led by the Spirit of God, will voluntarily submit to the authority of Jesus Christ in their lives as children of God.

If you truly repent, then you must swallow your pride and not only acknowledge Jesus Christ as your Saviour, but you must also submit to Him as the Lord of your life.

Jesus must have complete control of your life. Story of aircraft on ship deck.

Submitting to God means that you consciously, intelligently, purposefully put yourself under God’s control.


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