Godly Sorrow or "Hopeless Repentance"?

Posted on June 24, 2010


By Justin Edwards

A powerful message on repentance by Pastor Loran Livingston: Godly Sorrow.mp3

NOTES:

  • Until Jesus comes into your heart, you belong to the devil
  • Until He comes in, you are the temple of the devil
  • A nation or individual who tries to do better without calling on the true and living God is only setting themselves up for worse sin
  • This happens every January 1st
  • What needs to happen is a transfer of ownership, and this only happens when one professes he is a sinner in need of a Savior
  • (Luke 11) Good intentions may change the appearance of the house, but it is still empty
  • The later state of the man is worse than the first
  • Cleaning up your life will not do a thing for you
  • people are going to hell thinking they’re saved
  • they think because they quit doing something, they’re better off
  • And you don’t go to heaven because YOU stopped doing something, you go because Jesus came and did a miraculous transformation in your life
  • You can’t stop doing things, He has to start doing something inside you!
  • Today’s church is offering people a cheap way to feel better about themselves without reminding them you must be born again!
  • You got to go to the cross and humble yourself in the site of the Lord
  • You have people in a repeated manner TRYING to do better, but you go a little further each time you revert
  • Each time you try do better without salvation, you revert and go a little further
  • This is what happens when YOU try to do better and for a while it seems like you’re clean and in order, but the devil knows to come back in and fill you up and draw you farther and push you deeper, and if you do this enough, 2 things will happen:
  • 1. Develop a seared conscious; 2. Hopeless repentance

Sidetrack:

  • This nation has no conscious
  • when you vote, you better make sure you know where he stands on abortion, same-sex marriage, and Israel
  • You become responsible when you vote them in!
  • And we’re gonna pay for it.
  • Both parties stink because both have lied, deceived, overspent, and in favor of anything that keeps them in office
  • We don’t belong to it, we belong to the Kingdom of God!
  • We Christians need to get our minds off this world and on to the One that’s coming! And get our hearts ready. You can’t be home in this world anymore, you need to learn to say “Even so come Lord Jesus!”

Back to message:

  • Hopeless repentance
  • Judas Iscariot
  • If you constantly attempt to straighten out your life without Almighty Help, and see yourself continuing to experiment and go deeper and do more things, a sense of hopelessness will overtake you
  • “I will never be able.” “It’s impossible.” “I’ve tried too many times.” “I can’t do this.”
  • You will actually feel you can’t be saved and delivered from sin because YOU tried to do it and you can’t.
  • You will lose hope in God when you should have lost hope in you!
  • But in God there’s hope! There’s the power to live right. God can change anybody. Yes Jesus! the Son of God can take what’s wrong and make it right!
  • Puffed up Christians
  • Sorrow leading to repentance
  • Sorrow in godly manner
  • Sorrow – one is godly sorrow, one is a worldly sorrow
  • Worldly sorrow – being upset with yourself because of a string of messes with yourself
  • Never settled down, doing this or that, never getting caught, or getting caught – “I’m sorry I’ve lived this way”
  • Worldly sorrow will kill you
  • You can be sorry for your mistakes, even for your sins and still go to hell
  • Because sorrow is not about how you have failed people or yourself, sorrow must first go back to Him…I failed Him! And until it’s about Jesus, you’re still lost.
  • Men don’t straighten up, but for a little while
  • sinners can’t straighten up until their sorrow is projected in the right direction, they WILL never straighten up and they WILL never see Jesus as Savior.
  • worldly sorrow leads to death, but godly sorrow leads to repentance not to be regretted.
  • It’s not “look what I’ve done to people, look what I’ve done to my family, look what I’ve done to myself, look how may lives I’ve destroyed”
  • When a person comes to Jesus, what they realize is and what they say is, “Look what I did to God! Look how I’ve offended heaven. Look what I’ve done.”
  • Here’s how you know you’ve repented:
  • not because you feel bad about it
  • Here’s a definition:
  • that you’ve sorrowed in a godly manner;
  • what diligence it produces – when you truly repent, you become diligent – read your Bible, prayer, get involved at church, surround yourself with believers, get off your knees and get into action, there will be an immediate and noticeable change
  • living a way people will know I’ve repented
  • I want to be clean before Him and before them
  • I’ve had it – discipline enters your life
  • fear – I’m capable of doing that again; I have the same nature inside me, but I must stay on my knees, and God, I don’t want to fall!
  • Vehement desire — zeal!
  • You can’t be a relaxed warrior. Nobody is fighting when they’re laid back
  • I don’t care what my friends do, what my family does–I’m going to heaven!
  • Not because “we” are going, but because I got my mind made up!
  • Vindication – going to show God how much I appreciate what Jesus did on the cross
  • Gonna pick up my cross, carry it on my shoulders, and carry it daily
  • In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter — with your attitude and your actions you have proved you have repented, it is not a worldly sorrow, it is a godly sorrow.
  • And when you live like this you’re on your way to heaven!
  • Psalm 51
  • If David had been Joseph in a time of testing and temptation, he would not have had to write Psalm 51
  • Joseph – “How can I sin, this great evil, against God?”
  • A man that loves God, I can’t handle this on my own
  • I’d rather be in jail with a clear conscious, than on the throne with a guilty one
  • This is not about me, this is about God!
  • That realization that he owed God his life, kept him from doing a destructive sin
  • David paid for it the rest of his life
  • But Joseph ran
  • I’ve been delivered, I don’t belong to myself, I belong to the Lord!
  • I have to reconcile every day
  • Devil will tempt you every day
  • Jesus has come into this house!
  • With God’s help, I’m going to live for Christ!
  • You will never forget your sins
  • You gotta fight, you gotta flee every day of your life
  • Flee upward with eyes on Jesus!
  • Fight, flee, and forgive
  • Do you want Jesus to give you the calm assurance that He has forgiven you, that He has forgotten?
  • He can save anybody from anything anytime if you’ll ask Him
  • Remember, no matter how bad it was, this is what Jesus can do
  • You can’t make it on your own, you can’t stop on your own, it has to be God’s Holy Spirit
  • You have to humble yourself, and mean business about living right.

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