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 1 Chronicles 20:4 through 22:19; John 5:19–47
As the volunteer children’s director at her church, Paula was up to her eyeballs with Vacation Bible School preparations. It was just a week away, and she still needed to buy craft supplies, meet with the music team, and recruit three group leaders. With everything to do, she had neglected time with God and her family. She figured the VBS was more important since it was God’s work.
“May the Lord give you discretion and understanding when he puts you in command over Israel, so that you may keep the law of the Lord your God” (1 Chronicles 22:12).
David was giving advice to his son, Solomon, regarding his task of building the temple of the Lord. Notice that David didn’t ask that the Lord give Solomon understanding about how to build the temple but about how to keep the Law of the Lord.
Focusing on obedience to God helps put everything else into perspective and gives us the right attitude needed to do God’s will. So when it comes to living for God, obedience comes first and everything else after that.
Challenge for Today: Take a day to concentrate on simply obeying God’s commands.
Quicklook: 1 Chronicles 22:6–16
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