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Can the Christian sin and not know it?

As a committed disciple of Christ, one of the things we can be sure of is the conviction of sin. When we are saved, we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. One of the things the Holy Spirit does is to convict of sin. John 16:8 (NKJV)
8 And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:

That means, that when we commit sin, we know it. If not immediately, the next time we try to pray, we will be convicted of that sin. To not be convicted of unconfessed sin calls into question the truth of our salvation. He will convict us if we are open to the fact of our sin.

A person can go on denying that something is a sin. He often does this to cover up his conviction of that sin because he is reluctant to give it up. If he is truly a child of God, he will eventually feel the undeniable conviction of the Holy Spirit in his life.

If he doesn’t, at some point, yield to the Holy Spirit’s continued conviction, then a logical conclusion is that person has not received the Holy Spirit, been saved and/or has rejected the Spirit’s work in his life. All of this boils down to a vital fact, he has not truly been saved.

This is not a discussion on whether a person can lose his salvation, but whether what he has counted on as his salvation was real salvation. One of the statements the writer of Hebrews makes in Heb. 6:4 is that part of their enlightenment is the obvious realization of the Holy Spirit in their life.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit . . . to renew them again unto salvation.

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Prayer Part 2 – Confession

Man prayer

Confession

“Psalms 51:9-10 (KJV)

9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.  10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

I must Confess sins that the Holy Spirit brings to my mind.

Confession and repentance preceeds any prayer

I am convinced that when I try to pray when I have unconfessed sin is totally useless. Prayer without the cleansing process of confession and repentance keeps our doorway to the Father closed.

My first prayer each time I pray must be to allow the Holy Spirit, root out and bring to my mind every sin of which I am guilty. In effect I agree with God that I am guilty.

When I pray fervently that the Holy Spirit bring my unconfessed sin to my mind, I am usually sorry I asked. He brings things to mind that I really did not realize were there. We can be so blinded by Satan that we do not always recognize a thing as sin until the Holy Spirit brings it to mind.

Holy Spirit bring to my mind those things that need to be confessed and repented.

Repentance

My second prayer is the prayer of repentance. Confession without repentance is empty confession and of no use. Only then will I be able to reach God in the fullest way

“Lord, let the Holy Spirit also examine my motives and if I do anything for personal gain or recognition, let me be convicted.

Repentance is the sincere rejection and turning away from each sin of which I am convicted. It means I resolve and declare that I will not return to that sin again.

It also means I do not harbor fond memories of that sin and especially any idea that I would ever visit there again.

Repentance is different from any idea of penance. We must not feel there is anything we can do to regain favor with God. We are not under the Old Testament law that required a sacrifice be made for sin. Jesus Christ is the only sacrifice that was/is required for our sins.

While that doesn’t make human sense for us, it has been declared as the only sacrifice God requires for our sin. We must be willing to let His sacrifice count as the only penance required.

Without repentance, we are still under the guilt of sin. There cannot be forgiveness if we harbor any idea of committing the sin(s) again. The total cleansing of the Holy Spirit for repentance does not reach into any idea that we would go back to it again.