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 Galatians 1:1 through 3:29
The apostle Paul wrote the letter we know as Galatians. He sent it to people struggling to find a balance of law and grace. They knew about laws and rules. They knew about consequences and punishment. They knew about guidelines and expectations.
Paul’s words reminded those Christians that the supervision was not controlled by mere rules. God was their protector.
Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian (Galatians 3:25).
Faith had come to the Galatians, but, as often happens, they battled a desire to return to portions of their legalistic structure. They weren’t sure grace was enough.
Like the original readers, many people in today’s culture struggle to grasp God’s love and freedom.
Our supervision comes from a Heavenly Father who seeks to bring healing and peace to His people, not condemnation or long lists of rules. God guides with gentle guidance.
Prayer Suggestion: Thank God for receiving you into His family and for loving you as a caring Father.
Quicklook: Galatians 3:19–25
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