You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.
If we have decided to follow Jesus Christ then it requires that we walk in obedience to the Lord and the leading of the Holy Spirit. Biblical faith is based upon the understanding of walking in obedience. Biblical faith is not claiming to trust and follow Jesus but continue to live our lives the way we desire.
Simply proclaiming Jesus as Lord and Savior with our lips without giving Him our whole heart means nothing. But to truly follow Jesus as the Bible states is to deny one’s self and pick up one’s cross. This can be a painful process as we let go of the things of wickedness and embrace the things of God’s kingdom.
Before we come to Christ we can almost become very comfortable in the place of wickedness. It is appealing to our sinful nature and we believe that we will find enjoyment in it. But once we come to Christ we are called to repent. We are called to turn from the wickedness of the world and embrace the Lord and His kingdom. True repentance requires that we leave the things of wickedness behind.
The reason many believers struggle with this today is because many churches fail to preach or speak of repentance. They speak of following Jesus and trusting Jesus, but speak very little of repentance. It is impossible to claim to follow Christ and walk with Him and continue to live in habitual sin. Coming to Christ requires us to lay down our lives for the Lord and His kingdom.