Repentance is not just words, you need to take action. Repentance does not mean just to change your mind, and to make a statement. It does not mean to say or recite a sinner’s prayer after somebody else. Repentance means to change your ways to turn away from your evil ways. To turn from the direction which you were going, and to go after Jesus Christ. If you repent and obey the gospel of Jesus Christ you will experience Jesus Christ for real, but if you don’t, nothing will happen and you will certainly end up in hell.
To repent means to turn away from the way that you used to live, the sins that you used to do, to stop sinning, to stop going to the same places of evil, to stop doing the same sins; to stop cursing, stop stealing, stop fornicating, stop watching pornography, stop going after your idols, watching TV all day, playing with your cell phone. It means to turn away from living your life to please yourself, to go after your own desires and your own pleasure, and to go after Jesus Christ, to obey His words. You have to take action, clean up your life, get rid of your idols. You have to take action, you have to show Jesus Christ that you are serious or else your repentance is just idle words, empty words, meaningless. He will not take you seriously because you are not serious. If you do repent you will experience Jesus Christ, you will experience resistance from the friends that you used to have when you do not go to the same places anymore, when you do not take pleasure in the same sins anymore, when you do not participate in the same things anymore, and people will say that you are crazy. They will reject you, they will persecute you. You might even lose your job if you stop lying and stop cheating, stop doing the things that you used to do you will lose your sinful friends you will find yourself all on your own, but you will experience Jesus Christ.
You have to fully obey the gospel of Jesus Christ, turn away from the way that you used to live, turn away from sin turn away from your own desires seek the will of God. You have to be baptized in water because that is a public confession that you have died to sin, and now you are going to follow Jesus Christ. You have to take that action. You have to demonstrate by your deeds that you love Jesus and that you are going after Him. Then He will manifest Himself to you. You will experience the presence and the peace of Jesus Christ as you go after Him, but when you turn your back on Him and you might go back to sin, then you will know that you are not with Jesus anymore. You have to go after Jesus all the time to experience Him. You have to totally repent and dedicate yourself to Jesus.
You cannot repent every day, do the same sins every day and just say you are sorry. You never repented, you never turned from your sin and you never started following Jesus Christ; but once you have repented, you have to stay with Jesus. Keep on going after Him. Keep on living in obedience to Him, and He will reveal Himself to you, you will experience Him. You will hear a voice in your ear saying to you: Turn right, or turn left, or don’t do this, don’t do that, or ,go the other direction. He will tell you what to do. He will guide you, He will teach you. But you first have to repent, you have to demonstrate to Jesus and to the whole world, then Jesus will be manifested in you. The world will see Jesus in you, they will hate you, they will persecute you; but you have to choose whether you go with your friends to hell, or whether you follow Jesus Christ and have eternal life. Without true repentance no man will enter the kingdom of heaven, without holiness no man shall see God. You have to repent, stop sinning stop, doing your own things, be holy, seek the will of God, do the will of God, go after Jesus Christ every day until the very end to enter the kingdom of heaven. Have you truly repented? Do you experience Jesus Christ as real? Do you hear His voice? Do you follow Him every day? Do you experience Jesus Christ as real?
May Jesus bless you.