Depends whether you are walking in the flesh (MUD) or in the Spirit, if you are walking in the flesh repentance is just the same as the bible says, Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double minded. (James 4:8).
Are you really a sinner? God talks to the person as a whole person, you are a new creation who is hidden in Christ with His life but if you are going to allow yourself to get tricked by sin, then you need to purge that out of your heart.
We must be clear here what your heart is, firstly its not your new heart for your new heart is Christ, He is your new Heart, Nature, Mind and Spirit. The heart here is the outer man, the old creation, the physical heart that has 40,000 neurons that are just like brain cells that store your desires.
When you got born again of the incorruptible seed of the word of God, you got born into a land (body, brain and heart) that was already established by your old life. You need to purge that old sinful nature out of your physical heart, you need to recode it with the new desires that come from Christ (who is your new life Colossians 3:4).
The new life you have can no more sin than Christ can, for He is your new life, it was taken out of your hands and put in His as you would mess it up if you had your chance. When you come from this correct perspective you automatically resist the devil, you automatically walk in the light as He is in the light and the blood of Jesus is cleansing you from all unrighteousness. Sure repent, renounce, reject but from the finished work, from the correct perspective.
So we need to purge from the correct perspective, ever wonder why Jesus got baptised just before He went out to fast and seek God in the wilderness? Firstly Jesus never sinned, so why get baptised for the removal of sins then? Because He was showing us we need to fight from a position of righteousness, not sin, perfection not corruption.
What differences are there in cleaning the heart from different positions?
Firstly let me say Christians are the same on the inside the only difference is their beliefs, the whole problem is beliefs, one is blind and the other sees, one is asleep, and ignorant the other is awaking and aware.
the no.1 Christian who knows they are a sinner fights or cleans up from the outside in and the no.2 from the inside out.
So which one are you? are you still on the slab like Lazarus? smelling the thing that has been wrapped around you when you were dead? sure it stinks, sure its hard to see through, sure there is not much light in there but you are alive not dead, Like Lazarus lying there he could hardly believe it, is it real? Yes! get off the slab hear the word of God, He is calling you to awake, arise from the dead dear brother or sister.
It’s only a head and physical heart problem, your beliefs are keeping you asleep, you are not believing in Jesus you believing in your assessment of your death clothes, the coldness and darkness of the tomb.
If you only knew it was finished you would wake up and never be the same, fight, fast, seek, pray, walk – do all the things you are called to do in God from the finished work for without faith it’s impossible to please God. He doesn’t delight in unbelief.
Here is the truth, if you think you have sin you will struggle with it, or put a different way is, unless you know you are completely righteous you will struggle with sin, that how sin works it tricks the heart. The more you go on in this you realise you are fighting spirit who is out to trick you. (Romans 7, Genesis 4:7).
Its really simple learn to dwell at the resurrection not the cross. Train yourself to walk in the finished work, anything else is unbelief and will make you resort to mere human thinking. (Remove the mud).