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Wanting Change vs. Experiencing Change


Mark 1:1-8

LeBron James, one of the NBA’s top basketball players, recently returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers, a team based an hour north of his hometown. He had been playing for the Miami Heat the past four years, which never sat well with local fans. If LeBron would have stayed in Miami but told Ohio fans he missed home, his words would have been meaningless. Yet since LeBron returned, local fans rejoiced and even printed T-shirts with the word “Forgiven.”

The difference between LeBron wanting to return to the Cavaliers and actually doing it is the same as the difference between wanting to repent of sin and actually doing it. In Mark 1:4, John proclaimed “a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.” Confession is admitting our sin; repentance is turning from sin. Confession is part of repentance (Mark 1:5), but changed behavior makes our words genuine.

When we ask Jesus into our lives, we receive the Holy Spirit, who helps us change and repent of our sin. The Holy Spirit is who guides us to get help from a friend when we’re struggling, to respond to a message, or to read the Bible. The Holy Spirit will always give us the direction and tools we need to take our next step. With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can say no to temptation and turn from our sin.


  • What have you been talking about doing that you need to take action on?
  • Is there a sin you’re constantly confessing but never beating? What step do you need to take today to move from wanting to change to seeing change happen?
  • Has there ever been a time when you asked Jesus into your life?  We cannot turn from sin on our own. The first step to changing your life is inviting Jesus into it. Learn more here.

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