It’s simple enough. Hope comes through repentance and relief comes through forgiveness.
But if you don’t replace the sin with something equally consuming, you’re leaving the door wide open for the enemy.
“When an impure spirit comes out of a person, it goes through arid places seeking rest and does not find it. Then it says, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then it goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. And the final condition of that person is worse than the first.” -Luke 11:24-26
Hope and relief – and repentance and forgiveness – are essential steps but NOT the finish line.
LIFE is the goal. Life is the win. And life only comes through transformation.
But you only experience transformation when you refill the emptiness that was sin with the new reality of God’s Spirit.
What’s filling the spot in your heart and life that used to be consumed with your sin?