2. After confessing, we must repent. Only as we repent is God able to wash us and cleanse us. His blood does not cover our sins, it blots them out. We must get rid of them. “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that times of refreshing may come from the Lord.” “Peter replied, ‘Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins.’” “The Redeemer will come to Zion, to those in Jacob who repent of their sins, declares the Lord.” Acts 3:19; Acts 2:38; Isaiah 59:20. 3. This is the hardest one. Turning away from our sins. We love our sins. We want to be saved in them, not from them. We somehow want God to cover our sins so that He will not see them that we may continue in them. No! We must stop sinning. His blood will not cover one sin that is not turned away from. “Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness.” “So turn from your evil ways, each one of you, and reform your ways and your actions.” 2 Timothy 2:19; Jeremiah 18:11. 4. The fourth step is to keep in step with the Spirit. You may, on your own power, clean up your house and knock off some of your sins, but it won’t last. Without the power of Jesus to fill you with His divine power, the wicked sins will come back with a vengeance and you will be worse off than before. “Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25. “But now that you have been SET FREE FROM SIN and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.” Romans 6:22.