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 Judges 3:31 through 5:31; Luke 2:8–32
Counselors loosely divide people into two camps: extroverts and introverts. The more numerous extroverts are very social people who can think and speak quickly on their feet. Being with others often energizes them. Introverts are normally quieter folks who need time to think before they respond to people or situations. While they may love people, they are content being alone for a time. There are varying degrees of both, and both must be balanced by walking with Christ.
Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart (Luke 2:19).
It appears that Mary may have been on the quiet side. She didn’t defended her pregnancy, but quietly allowed God to explain it to Joseph. Now here, in a highly dramatic situation, she did not make hasty assumptions, but paid close attention, storing up all this new information in her heart. In the tough days to come she would need to recall these events to remind her of Jesus’ true identity. In the meantime, though, she sat still, pondering things and trusting her God.
Prayer for Today: Lord, help me to spend time pondering what You have done in my life.
Quicklook: Luke 2:8–19
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