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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All Things Work Together
Read Psalms 71:1 through 72:20; Acts 22:2–30
There was no way Paul could turn back the clock and undo what he had done. He couldn’t erase the fact that he had hunted down, imprisoned, and beaten followers of Jesus. And when Stephen was executed, Paul showed his approval by watching over the clothes of those who threw the stones.
After Paul’s life-changing encounter with the Lord on the Damascus Road, he may have been tempted to change his identity, especially when he encountered hostility upon his return to Jerusalem. As he prayed in the temple, the Lord spoke to him.
“‘Quick!’ he said. ‘Leave Jerusalem immediately, because the people here will not accept your testimony about me’” (Acts 22:18).
Paul could have concluded that his ministry was over before it really began, but God who is able to work good from all things—even our mistakes—had another plan. He would send Paul to the Gentiles and give him a letter-writing ministry that would become a major portion of the New Testament.
Prayer for Today: Ask God to help you see the plans He has for you.
Quicklook: Acts 22:14–21
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