I had a conversation with my daughter recently about a dream she had. It was the same sort of dream I used to have when I was younger, about judgement day. My dreams always caused me to evaluate my spiritual walk with a sense of urgency. Was I on the right track? Am I doing all that I should be doing in this life for the Kingdom of God? Had I asked God’s forgiveness? Not just as a blanket statement (Lord forgive my sins) but specific sins, (the day I stole that…, when I lied about. .., the time I intentionally hurt him) ?
When we repent (tell God about our wrong doing), it should be specific, with the intent of not repeating that sin again.
What I have come to realize since those days is; If I read Gods word, if I live His word and pray regularly (relationship), I will be pleasing God. But!! When I fall short (and I will), I immediately confess my short comings,(my sin), just as I would to one of my parents (when I got caught :)) I would say “I’m sorry”, I would ask their forgiveness with the promise of not repeating that same mistake again because I didn’t want to be punished.
We must learn to live each day as if it were our last day on earth, fore it very well could be and I want to go to Heaven when I’m done here.
1 John 1:19
“If we confess our sin, He (God) is faithful and just to forgive our sin, and will cleanse us from all unrighteousness”.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God”