How do I Transfer my kingdom to Christ?
Now we must look at what God say we must do to have Him invade or possess our lives. In the New Testament, the Lord requires us to cleanse ourselves from all our Sin by confessing, repenting and forsaking our personal sins (branch sins), and our self-rule (root Sin). The inward sanctum of the heart must be purified (Jas 4:8) before He will enter. Christ will not come and sit upon a rubbish heap of unconfessed Sin. God cannot extend His mercy, forgiveness, and restoration until man meets these simple conditions. These conditions are simple because any man can do them, but they are the most challenging to man because of his stubborn, rebellious, and prideful heart.
Everyone who goes through this process will proceed along at different speeds depending on how honest they are about their sins and desirous for the Lord. But it must be noted that this process must occur in each heart and not until it is finished will Christ be able to reside in that life.
It is important to understand that God is the most loving, kind, and merciful being in the Universe. He so loved us that He sent His only Son Jesus to liberate us from our sins. He desires all men to come to repentance, but He will not force you to Repent. He is a complete gentleman. He merely tells you the truth concerning your life, His life, and the consequences of remaining un-surrendered to Him. And He waits for your decision, it is up to you.
If you ‘do’ all the following from the depth of your heart unto God himself personally, the Lord Jesus will come unto you and aid you in this process. He will extend mercy to you when He is satisfied that you have forsaken all your sins including your own self-rule. He will then give Himself to you and indwell your life. This is the glorious promise from God that He will give his Son unto you. And having the Life of Christ in you is the most rewarding, wonderful, loving, peaceful, and restful experience of your life. You have met your maker and all is well with your soul! Through this process He will help you to be delivered from any addictions, heal your hurts, and restore your life to peace and to be useful to Him. But you must do your part first.
This is the most important and weighty decision of your whole life. It is not a light, matter of fact, easy, trite, or thoughtless ‘turning your life over to Christ.’ But it is the paramount choice of your soul and it holds eternal consequences. By not repenting you are making a choice; you are choosing to live without Christ.
Are you willing to start? If you honestly want to be right with God and clean your heart, He will help you through this process. But don’t go half way and stop somewhere in the middle, or you will not find Christ abiding in your heart. If you go part way, you may feel somewhat better for confessing part of your sins but this would leave you short of having Christ invade your life. You may feel better for confessing your wrong doing because we are created to experience ‘relief’ when we own up to our Sin. Confessing only some of your sins will only leave you with a false ‘feeling’ of hope that all is fine. It is either all or nothing. Are you willing to be deadly honest with Him concerning your sins and surrender your entire life to Him?
FIRST: One must believe that God exists and is loving and kind before one will surrender their whole life unto Him. If you have no faith or belief in Christ then why would you surrender to Him? So we can understand that faith or belief in Christ Jesus is the fundamental starting point, it is the mortar that permeates through this whole process.
SECOND: There are three COMPONENTS to this process of cleaning ones’ heart and mind. The Awakening Component, The Repentance Component, and The Kingdom Transfer Component. All these components must happen in a human heart before Christ can abide in you and you in Him.
I. THE AWAKENING COMPONENT
One must become awakened to their sins and see how terrible their sins are from Gods point of view before one can deeply Repent and Forsake them. One must stand, as it were, in the courtroom of God. God is a Judge and He will judge mans Sin. He is an all-knowing, all seeing, righteous Judge who knows all that man has done. But at the same time He is a compassionate, merciful and tender Father who offers mercy to man. He will not extend His mercy to an individual man except that man repents. He will judge everyone according to His law of life. If Christ is not in a life then God judges that person as a criminal in His eternal courtroom. God see’s that person as a rebel and an ongoing destructive force to all He holds dear. He hates Sin because it causes so much pain and damage to mankind. He cannot turn a blind eye to it, for this would be unjust and unloving.
As in any fair justice system the punishment must fit the crime. In the human justice system, if a murderer was punished by standing in the corner, as in a time out, then man would understand that human life was not that valuable. In God’s justice system, He says that the punishment for a life lived without His Son indwelling it is eternal separation from Him in Hell. Therefore, we can understand by this extreme and permanent punishment how serious this rejection of His Son is to God. It is very serious because it is His only antidote for stopping all the pain and suffering perpetuated by sinful man. If a man continues on in his sins and self-rule, that man will continue to inflict great pain and suffering to others. This grieves Gods very heart. To pardon an unrepentant criminal in any courtroom would crumble the foundation of any judicial system. It would naturally lead to the breakdown of the legal system and so the criminals would continue to wreak havoc on the public. So too it is with Gods judicial system here on earth; He cannot allow Sin to go unfettered and therefore He condemns Sin, which is the egregious crime in His legal system.
God is so loving and kind that he desires to free us from our sins, its consequences and eternal punishment. He has made a way to be just in forgiving us our Sin and to terminate our continued sinning. That divine plan is sending His Son to our hearts to indwell and live within us, after a man has turned from his own personal sins unto the relinquishing of his own self-rule. God is assured that when his Son is actually indwelling a life that that life will have no interest in continuing a life of crime (Sin). Can you imagine a world without Sin? Can you imagine a world with Christ and His love indwelling every heart? All Sin would stop! No more murders, rape, adultery, theft, beatings, lies, fears, etc, therefore no more pain and suffering, hurt or destruction; this is God’s plan for the world and it can only be accomplished one life at a time!
You will be judged for your Sin, either on earth or after death, but if you wait until you die to be judged, it will be too late; He will not be able to extend mercy to you then. He will have to uphold justice and deliver you to Hell, of which he has warned mankind over and over again throughout His word (Bible).
What you must do
1. You must place yourself in Gods courtroom, so to speak, and allow yourself to be judged by Him:
2Co 5:10 For all of us must appear before Christ, to be judged by him. We will each receive what we deserve, according to everything we have done, good or bad, in our bodily life.
Act 10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is He which was ordained of God to be the Judge of the living and the dead. (GNB)
2. You must honestly acknowledge your own personal responsibility for your Sin. You have sinned against God. You cannot blame others for your actions:
Psa 51:4 (GNB) I have sinned against you—only against you— and done what you consider evil. So you are right in judging me; you are justified in condemning me.
Deu 24:16 The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own Sin.
You can’t blame others for your Sin: including your father or mother, brothers or sisters, friends or family, society or status in life, upbringing or genetics, nor Adam and Eve. You must admit you own culpability for your sins.
3. You must have an awakening of how God sees you and your Sin:
He hates your Sin, but He loves you. He is angry over Sin because it causes so much pain and suffering. Are you not angered and grieved when you hear of a child being raped and murdered? So it is with God who is enraged at all the destruction, pain, and hurt a self-ruled life inflicts on others. God is grieved that you rule yourself in total disregard to His plan to free you from your Sin; He desires to restore you back to His love.
Psa 11:5 He examines the good and the wicked alike; the lawless he hates with all his heart.
Psa 5:4 You are not a God who is pleased with wrongdoing; you allow no evil in your presence.
A. He sees you as a rebel to all He counts dear:
Hos 7:14 And they have not cried unto me with their heart, … and they rebel against me.
B. He sees you as an enemy working against His loving rule:
Jas 4:4 … Don’t you know that to be the world’s friend means to be God’s enemy? If you want to be the world’s friend, you make yourself God’s enemy.
Col 1:21 At one time you were far away from God and were his enemies because of the evil things you did and thought.
C. He sees you as disobedient causing great hurt to Him and His creation:
Tit 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
Eze 6:9 …I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me
4. You simply must take time to reason together with God about the seriousness of your actions
This is the greatest decision of your life and one that must be made with all sincerity and earnestness. And with great humility, guilt, and shame you must wholeheartedly agree with Him that you have sinned against Him. You acknowledge that He is all right and you are all wrong; you have stubbornly ruled your life apart from Him.
Isa 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.
5. Judgement seat of Christ
It is as if you place yourselves at the Judgment seat of Christ and stand before Him as an accused criminal who is sentenced to Hell – a complete separation from His loving kindness and presence forever. You acknowledge that His Judgment is right and true. He has the duty and right to condemn you in His courtroom.
A. God is the Righteous Judge
Steps 1-5 may take days or weeks to be fully awakened before God to your dire situation, we call this conviction. It’s a state of actually comprehending that all your Sin and self-rule has made you a criminal in Gods courtroom. A heart will not get very far with God in trying to justify their Sin; make excuses for it, blaming others or God, or even pleading ignorance. One must take full responsibility for their Sin.
EXAMPLE: When I was under conviction for 2 weeks I honestly asked “Hey God, it’s not fair for you to blame me for Adam and Eve’s Sin, I wasn’t even there!” He answered “Oh Jeri, I don’t blame you for Adam and Eves Sin I blame you for YOUR SINS.” I was busted, what could I say? I was guilty and rightfully so.
IMPORTANT NOTE: He reveals His loving kindness to us through the sacrifice of His dear and only Son Jesus and OFFERS us a way of escape, if we so choose, from our Sin and Hell.
Jn 3:16 For God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not die but have eternal life.
1Jn 4:9 And God showed his love for us by sending his only Son into the world, so that we might have life through him.
1Jn 4:10 This is what love is: it is not that we have loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son to be the means by which our sins are forgiven.
If you have acknowledged your sins and self-rule and have seen the error of your ways, then it is time to move on into repentance from these sins.
II. THE REPENTANCE COMPONENT
This is man cleansing his heart and life of Sin by bringing it all into the light. The good, the bad, and the ugly must be exposed to Him. All must be revealed and nothing kept hidden. This is done by confession, repentance and forsaking all known Sin-both branch sins and the root Sin. (In the Repentance Component, we deal with all the negative sins that have controlled our life, and in the Kingdom Transfer Component, we deal with all the good things that must be surrendered.)
Now the Bible commands us that we must clean our hearts by repentance:
Eze 18:30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turnyourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.
Eze 18:31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die,
Lk 13:5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye Repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
Act 3:19 Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,
Act 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission (freedom) of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
Turning from our sins entails confessing, repenting, and forsaking of them. Below is a definition of each of these:
Confess- to admit and tell the Lord all your sins; to admit a wrongdoing, crime, or error, openly acknowledge something to be true: to admit the truth of something.
1Jn 1:9 If we Confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Mat 3:6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
Repent- a deep heartfelt turning from all your sins. It means to turn about, change ones mind, to reform, to convert, make a change in principle and practice. It denotes a radical change in attitude, understanding, and behavior towards Sin and God. It is not a light, flippant, or superficial engagement, but it is a weighty matter of great import. It carries the idea of grief, sorrow, sigh, pant, groan, to breathe strongly. It is to be done with all your heart, which includes our mind, emotions, and will.
Eze 18:30 Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin.
Act 26:18 To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Forsake- to give up, renounce all Sin. Here you ‘leave behind’ individual wicked ways drugs, alcohol, pornography, lusts etc…: to sacrifice something that gives pleasure.
Pro 28:13 He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.
Lk 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
Ideas to understand before you start the act of repenting
1. This process will require a tremendous honesty and willingness to bring all your darkness into the light and to keep nothing hidden or covered by shame or guilt. Shame and guilt are our beacons to direct us that we have not confessed these things to the Lord. Mans part is to Confess their sins and turn from them and Gods part is to forgive, restore and enter.
2. Only He and you know if you are ‘doing’ this process from the depth of your heart. He will not receive any half hearted or incomplete turning. You may be able to fool others, but you can never fool God, for He knows what is going on in your life.
3. If you hide some sins, you will not receive healing or deliverance from them. You must expose everything unto the Lord. The sins you have committed, and the sins that were committed against to you (sexual abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse etc.) It is when you bring these things of darkness into the light that forgiveness, healing, and deliverance begins. The human heart has a great propensity to avoid, ignore, and hide unpleasant things. We naturally want to cover sinful acts we have committed or sinful acts others have perpetrated upon us. Our minds want to avoid the thoughts about these acts so we won’t emotionally feel the sting of our conscience. We mentally and emotionally want to pretend these sins didn’t happen so we try to hide, bury, avoid, stuff, or ignore them. Some live with a false hope that if they disregard and conceal their sins their lives will improve. They believe the further they get from the unpleasant incident the sooner they will forget about it; that time will heal their hearts. But time doesn’t heal anything we keep hidden, it may grow dimmer to our memories but nothing has truly been healed or restored.
4. If a person has been sexually abused they must expose this abuse to the Lord – come clean about it with Him no matter how shameful it is – this is how healing begins. You have been a victim of a terrible act of Sin and it is not your fault. But even though you are a victim of Sin, you are still responsible for your own sins unrelated to this victimization. One must also come clean concerning all the personal sins they have committed in their life. They do not get to avoid confessing their own sins because of the abuse they have suffered. God can heal and restore this person’s life from this abuse and their own Sin, but they must do it Gods way.
5. God created us to experience relief when we ‘come clean’ about anything. Even if you share a deep dark secret with a friend a level of healing begins, a weight lifts from your shoulders.
EXAMPLE: When you lie to a friend about anything you ‘feel’ terrible – that’s your conscience telling you what is wrong – and the longer you let the lie go the more complicated your relationship becomes with that person. But once you decide to tell the truth (even before you Confess the lie to your friend) you ‘feel’ relief – this again is your conscience telling you that what were thinking of doing is right. When you actually Confess the lie to your friend and ask forgiveness the relationship has a chance of being mended. Human relationships don’t always get healed, but your conscience will be restored to peace about this situation.
You will ‘feel’ relief about thinking of confessing your sins before the Lord (this is your conscience confirming that this is a correct thing to do), but you must follow through with the actual act of confessing all your sins before the Lord. When you complete this act of repenting of all your sins your relationship will be restored with the Lord and He will indwell your life.
6. The purpose of our conscience is to guide us on what is right and wrong (although it does need to be aligned with the word of God or it may give us faulty guidance). Whatever your conscience is ‘bothering’ you about is a good place to start confessing.
7. Repentance is a complete change of heart and mind. It is not a light, happy change of mind as in ‘be positive toward God’ and quit being ‘negative about Him.’ But it is a serious change of your mind from how you perceive your own personal Sin to how God sees your Sin. It is making an about face from your sins and self-rule unto Him. It is a sobering, solemn, and serious ‘undoing’ of your sinful life and self-ruled kingdom before the Living God. It is a deep heart felt sorrow for the sins you have committed and a willingness to depart from them.
NOTE: I have divided the repenting process into two categories – branch sins and root Sin – for the sake of clarity as well as discussing the concepts of confessing, repenting, and forsaking in each category. The repenting of branch sins is discussed in The Repentance Component and the repenting of the root Sin is discussed in The Kingdom Transfer Component. This approach is mainly for instruction so there is no misunderstanding about what one is required to do.
Confessing, Repenting, and Forsaking Branch Sins
(The branch sins are defined in Chapter 2)
Now you bring all your branch sins, one at a time, to the Lord. Make a list if necessary and be thorough. This will take some time but it needs to be a complete ‘undoing’ of your ways. Usually your conscience already is bothering you about ‘something’ and that’s a good place to start – small or big – start there.
1. It is very important that you Repent of each transgression one at a time because you committed them one at a time. You must Confess and Repent of all your sins. When I say you must Confess all your sins, I don’t mean if you’re 40 years old you start at age 3 and Repent of stealing a toy from your brother. But you start with the sins that are most recent and troubling to you – the ones your conscience is bugging you about. As you Confess and Repent of your most egregious and recent sins, you will realize your ‘history’ with that particular Sin has been ongoing throughout your life.
Let’s say you start by confessing a particular lie to so and so, then you proceed to another lie you told someone else and this keeps going until after the 50th lie you realize you’re a liar. Now, this new revelation or awakening about yourself causes you to Repent for this whole ‘body of Sin’, in this case, your many lies. When the Lord perceives that you ‘know’ the depth of your lying, He will move you on to the next area of Sin. Then you continue on confessing another ‘body of Sin’ such as stealing, starting with the most recent transgression until the weight of your life of stealing becomes apparent (and all the lies you’ve told to hide this Sin). Then onto sexual sins: pornography, lust, sexual relations before marriage, adultery (and all the lies you’ve told to hide these sins.) Then onto other sins: anger, fears, bitterness, unforgiveness etc…. As you proceed honestly through this process, it will become apparent to you all the destruction that your self-ruled life has caused you, others, and grieves God.
The importance of going through this process, confessing one Sin at a time, is that as the List of sins grows you will see yourself as a ‘sinner’. The ‘weight’ of your sins will cause you to ‘see’ and ‘feel’ how much damage and suffering you have caused others and the Lord. Most people think ‘I’m not so bad’, but this is a false impression. As you continue this process of confession, this false impression of ‘not being so bad’, changes. It now changes to thinking you are very corrupt, evil, and wicked because of the sins you have just confessed. You now have need of a Savior – One who can deliver you from all your wickedness and Sin.
2. If you Confess only part or some of these branch sins and hide others you will stop the whole process. God will help an honest heart and will show you more Sin as you continue. If you don’t have the time in one session with the Lord to complete everything, just keep coming back to Him, (it may take a few weeks or months) just don’t stop until it is complete.
3. Forsaking each branch Sin is vital. It’s the willingness never to do these things again. Once you ‘see’ how you have ruled your life with egregious lies, deception, pride, anger, fears, etc…you realize you are lost! Now one actually has a deep desire to depart from all this evil and destruction. This process also naturally develops a profound yearning within you to seek the Lord for His aid and help.
NOTE: When Christ personally forgives you of these confessed sins, you will ‘feel’ a release, freedom, and liberty from the shame and guilt of all these past crimes. This is a wonderful experience and a true one.
4. You must be willing to make restitution to others for what sins you have done against them. Restitution means to give back: the return of something to its rightful owner, paying back; compensation for a loss, damage, or injury. You must be willing to make amends. This includes returning items you stole, and asking forgiveness for any verbal and physical abuse you inflicted on others. You don’t have to make amends right now during the repenting process, but you must have a full intention of doing so. Some things may be extremely hard to face – especially when criminal activity and jail time are involved – but never the less you must be willing to follow through with restitution or you will stop this whole process by your reluctance to come clean and face the music (consequences).
Lev 6:2 An offering is to be made if any of you Sin against the LORD by refusing to return what another Israelite has left as a deposit or by stealing something from him or by cheating him
Lev 6:3 or by lying about something that has been lost and swearing that you did not find it.
Lev 6:4 When you Sin in any of these ways, you must repay whatever you got by dishonest means. On the day you are found guilty, you must repay the owner in full, plus an additional 20 percent.
2Sa 12:6 For having done such a cruel thing, he must pay back four times as much as he took.
Pro 6:30 People don’t despise a thief if he steals food when he is hungry;
Pro 6:31 yet if he is caught, he must pay back seven times more—he must give up everything he has.
Luk 19:8 Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Listen, sir! I will give half my belongings to the poor, and if I have cheated anyone, I will pay back four times as much.”
Jesus summed up the duty of restitution by saying:
Mat 7:12 “Do for others what you want them to do for you”
NOTE: If someone stole your tool box wouldn’t you want it back? And if the person who stole it returned it along with extra cash to compensate you for your pain and suffering, wouldn’t you be happy? And if this person said the reason he was doing this was because he had become a Christian and the Lord wanted him to make amends for his sins, what effect would this have on you? Wouldn’t it be a powerful witness for the Lord and His righteous ways? (Restitution is the best way a community can be affected for the Lord)
EXAMPLE: After I was Born again as a teenager, I did a lot of restitution for theft. By the mercy of God I didn’t end up in Juvenal hall. It was a scary and painful process, but one I would not trade for anything. I was humbled and ashamed of what I had done and the whole process of repentance and restitution taught me that it was not worth it to break Gods commandments. I have never stolen anything since. I think God knows what He is doing and when we clean our hearts His way; it is lasting and fruitful.
EXAMPLE: At my church during the “Jesus Movement” there were so many young people giving money to the “Target” store (including me) for the items they had shoplifted that the accountant didn’t know what to do with all this extra cash. He finally had to make an account called the “Restitution account” to record all the extra money. This had a profound effect on the community.
5. If you have completely repented from your heart, you will be humbled, ashamed, and sorrowful for how you have lived your life.
2Ki 22:19 and you repented and humbled yourself before me,
Isa 66:2 I myself created the whole universe! I am pleased with those who are humble and repentant, who fear me and obey me.
Joel 2:12 Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning…
The only way a human can be humbled before the Lord is by confessing, repenting and forsaking all of their sins. It is the only way that the ‘weight’ of their crimes can become evident to their hearts and minds.
After repenting of all your branch sins, your heart and mind are ready to Repent of your root Sin of self-rule. Who in their right mind would want to continue ruling themselves when they have just ‘seen’ all the wickedness their self-ruled heart has produced? This is the very point of confessing all your sins. All these branch sins have been produced by your own self-ruling and if you keep running your own life then you will keep producing these sins.
Now you must complete this process of cleaning your heart by exposing your root Sin which is discussed in the next section: The Kingdom Transfer Component.
III. THE KINGDOM TRANSFER COMPONENT
Transferring your kingdom is to be understood as ‘giving up the right to rule yourself’ and transferring that right to Christ. Jesus talks of this kingdom transfer in the following parables;
Mat 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
Mat 13:45 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
Mat 13:46 Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it
Jesus describes this transaction of the transferring of ones self-ruled life to His rule as “selling all” to receive something of greater value – that being Christ Himself. “Selling all” doesn’t literally mean one must sell every possession they own before Christ will enter their life (although some are required to sell everything because the possessions they have are the whole of their image – more on this later).
Jesus continues to describe this ‘giving up of ones self’:
Mat 16:24 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself (die to self-rule*), and take up his cross, and follow me.
Mat 16:25 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life (die to self-rule*) for my sake shall find it.
(* author added for claification)
This ‘denying’ or ‘losing’ ones life is done by repenting and forsaking of the ROOT Sin of self-rule. It must be done before Christ can enter. This would be called conversion; converting from self-rule to Christ rule. It is not merely as easy as saying “I give myself to you Lord.” If it were this easy, a mere verbalizing of these words, then more people would do it. We must understand that there are several elements to be considered in order for us to lay down our self-rule correctly.
Four Reasons for separating the Kingdom transfer component from the repentance component.
1. The idea of the Kingdom transfer is so crucial that I separated it on its own. Too many in Christendom have lost the understanding of this vital concept. Many people ‘assume’ ‘it’ happens after any form of confession or any incomplete repentance has occurred. It is not the repenting or forsaking of any or all sins (both branch and root Sin) that makes one ‘Born again,’ but it is the actual entrance of the Lord Christ by His Spirit into that converted life that transforms it and makes one a Christian. It is only when Christ indwells a heart that one is Born again and not until then (remember Christ will not indwell a heart that is full of unconfessed Sin and still ruling itself).
2. Repenting is the process that must take place before Christ can/will enter. It is critical to understand that there is an end to the true repentance process. The end is when Christ indwells your heart. This can only happen after Christ is assured you have confessed all your sins to Him and you have died to the right to rule yourself. THEN He comes unto you personally and resides within your heart and life. Now you are His child and you have a precious relationship with the Lord and you grow in wisdom and love.
3. It is vital to understand that without the process of repenting and forsaking of all your branch sins it is impossible to get to the ROOT Sin and lay it completely down to Christ. Some have tried to skip this cleansing process of repenting of branch sins and only call for people to ‘give their lives to Him,’ but this doesn’t work. It doesn’t work because this person never ‘looked’ at all the “bodies of sins” they have committed, and therefore they never ‘see’ the wickedness of their OWN ways. They are never humbled by their OWN ways and therefore the life they would be giving to God is still ‘good’ in their sight. This cleansing process of all Sin is the only way that an individual actually sees the need for Christ to run their life, and therefore they are willing and desirous to submit to His loving and righteous ways.
4. Lastly, I separated the laying down of root Sin from the branch sins because there is a noticeable addition in turning from your ROOT Sin. In repenting of your branch sins, it is the ‘bad’ and ‘ugly’ things you are turning from, whereas turning from your root Sin (self-rule) entails giving up or turning from all the ‘good’ things that your self-rule has built, or claimed as its own. It is the laying down of all the hopes and dreams that your self-ruled heart has developed. Many of the dreams may be ‘good’ and ‘acceptable’ in societies eyes, such as being a social worker or studying to become a doctor, but even these have to be given up or laid down to the Lord of Lords before He will indwell you.
FIRST: We must understand the elements to be considered as part of us laying down our self-rule and transferring that rule completely to Christ. This process is divided into two parts 1. Your part, and 2. Gods’ part. You need only to concentrate on your part because God is quite able to do His part, but it is vital that you know what God will do for you when you fulfill your part; He will give Christ to you!