Humility and Sorrow, Essential Elements of Repentance
“For this is what the high and exalted One Who lives forever, whose name is Holy, says: ‘I dwell in a high and holy place, And also with the contrite and lowly of spirit, in order to revive the spirit of the lowly And to revive the heart of the contrite.'” (Isaiah 57:15 NASB)
Repentance proves itself without relying on assumptions.
“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism, he said to them, “You offspring of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Therefore, produce fruit consistent with repentance; and do not assume that you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father’; for I tell you that God is able, from these stones, to raise up children for Abraham.” (Matthew 3:7-9 NASB)
The Holy Spirit reveals the truth, and truth’s fire refines us.
“As for me, I baptize you with water for repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, and I am not fit to remove His sandals; He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.” (Matthew 3:11 NASB)
Praise God if you have felt the fire and know the Holy Spirit. If not, repent and believe, then God will send His Spirit to dwell in you.
“I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, so that He may be with you forever; the Helper is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him; but you know Him because He remains with you and will be in you.” (John 14:16-17 NASB)