Repentant HeartSun, 25 Mar 2012
Repentant Heart – Formulas are for math and science, not church religion. When you hear good equals bad; or bad equals good; you know someone is messing with religion. It’s like saying one equals anything you want!
Pastor John brings a valid issue to the forefront in today’s sermon, as Easter 2012 approaches. What is in your heart? What is your intention? We all understand that bad things happen to good people. But how many people do things with “good intentions” only to find out that life in this everyday world, messed those intentions up?
Many things are done that can't be undone, but what was you heart's intent? Out of the heart the mouth speaks. Do you have a repentant heart? Christ died for us all. Meet Him at the cross. In a few days there will be 4,000 crosses on the lawn of CHAG symbolizing the daily number of aborted babies in this country. 4,000 different choices, a permanent fix for a temporary perception. Do you get bogged down in this overwhelming world and its human formulas?
The two part sermon today was an illustrated presentation on repentance. Repentance for the nation, repentance for the people we live among, and repentance for ourselves. The true definition is not just God I’m sorry for …….the true definition should be Lord forgive me and show me how to change for the better. It’s good to repent.
The four benefits of Repentance are:
1) I get a new and clear vision of Jesus Christ. In Daniel chapter 10, Daniel got a new and clear vision that he and he alone saw. He repented for the people around him. As a result, toward those who wronged him, his understanding changed.
2) Fear will be removed. When Daniel repented the Lord told Daniel, “Fear Not”. Lose the fear factor!
3) You get a new pair of lips. Isaiah was praying about dwelling among people of unclean lips, and from that he saw the vision of the angel who purified the lips with fiery coals.
4) Receive Peace and Strength. Church is not a circus of feel good for a week; it’s a lifestyle of repentance and strengthening change.
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Read Jeremiah 28:1 through 30:24
Maggie’s kids and grandkids knew not to call her on Sunday evenings. Although she could no longer attend church regularly, she would be in her recliner, Bible in her lap, watching her favorite preachers on TV. There was one new preacher, however, that Maggie just wasn’t sure about. He had passion. He had charisma. But there were some things he said that just didn’t quite line up with what Maggie read in the Bible.
Then the prophet Jeremiah said to Hananiah the prophet, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, yet you have persuaded this nation to trust in lies” (Jeremiah 28:15).
Jeremiah recognized the false prophecy of Hananiah because he knew the truth of God’s Word. Hananiah was preaching peace and prosperity—something the nation of Israel desperately wanted to hear, but it did not reflect what God had already told them. Sometimes a good message is not necessarily God’s message.
God and His Word do not change. When we study and memorize God’s Word, it is easier for us to recognize those who preach something different.
Prayer Suggestion: Holy Spirit, help me to recognize those who teach a false gospel.
Quicklook: Jeremiah 28:1–17
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