And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them are not Christians at all. (Romans 8:9b NLT)
Beyond forgiveness, there is another part of God's gift to us: His Spirit. God not only lays down His life for us, he also spends every moment with us - giving us a gift we hadn't experienced from the moment we first sinned against Him. He gives us his presence...his time.
All of us who have received the gift from Him really received two gifts in one: forgiveness and His Spirit. Now we can talk to God in prayer unhindered. Now we can ask for His Wisdom and He will say, "Yes." Now we can fight back against any powers that try to knock us back into the "potholes" of life. Now, we are empowered to walk together with God.
You are empowered!