Effecting change takes a desire to do something different. We want something enough to overcome the obstacles in the way. We desire that scale to give us a lower number more than that chocolate cake. We want to please God more than we care about being cool. In other words, we want a a different result more than we want the temptation.
When the desire to change is strong enough, shift happens We get determined. We desire a different goal and we set our steps in the direction to achieve that new goal.
Sometimes the Holy Spirit comes and shows us our sin. His job is to convict us. This is distinctly different than condemning us or putting us down for our sin. Conviction brings about repentance. T repent is to turn fro our sinful ways and go in a new direction. Interestingly, Matthew tells us that Jesus started his ministry this way, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matthew 4:17
What does this mean? The New Spirit Filled Life Bible New King James Version says the Greek word for repentance is comprised of two terms: meta, or “after,” and noeu, “to think.” Repentance is a decision that results in a change of mind, which in turn leads to a change of purpose and action. Repent means “to move” “something of one’s mind.” The call to repent is a call to change our mind, our perspectives, our purposes and our understanding of our mind. We need to change our thinking to the thinking of the Kingdom of Heaven. We belong to a heavenly family and we need to learn how to be family members of this kingdom.