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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The Art of Knowing
Read Deuteronomy 29:1 through 31:30
John was in a hurry as he drove down Main Street. As he approached an intersection he immediately detected trouble. The traffic light was not glowing—the electricity had gone out.
Drivers in the busy intersection quickly became nervous and unsure. No one seemed to remember how to respond in a busy four-way intersection without the help of the light. Even John, a seasoned driver, had trouble remembering the driving rules he had learned as a teenager.
No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it. See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction (Deuteronomy 30:14–15).
God’s Word serves as a light to those who choose to follow it. However, when we neglect reading and absorbing God’s Word, we can find ourselves lost and helpless in times of trouble. The purpose of studying Scripture is to take God’s Word to heart—to digest it. Truly knowing God’s Word will serve us well in any situation.
Thought for Today: How often do you read and study God’s Word? How easily can you recall Scripture?
Quicklook: Genesis 30:11–20
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