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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Pure Love Affair
Read Song of Songs 1:1 through 8:14
A bride and groom wanted to honor God by praying together before the wedding ceremony but also wanted to keep the tradition of the groom not seeing the bride until she walked down the aisle. Their solution was to stand “back to back” on opposite sides of the wall of an archway between rooms, hold hands, and pray. That pictured the purity of their love, focusing on God first then honoring each other.
A similar portrait of pure love is the essence of the Song of Songs. Both the lover and the beloved are focused on each other, describing in detail the one they love.
I belong to my beloved, and his desire is for me (Song of Songs 7:10).
It is with similar sweet anticipation that those who follow Christ look forward to the day when they will be with Him and live in fulfilling fellowship with Him for eternity. And as they wait, they tell others about their beloved.
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, may the way I live and what I say show others my love for You.
Quicklook: Song of Songs 7:10–13
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