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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Fighting Spiritual Battles
Read Isaiah 47:1 through 48:22; Ephesians 6:1–24
The words “spiritual warfare” often bring to mind things like demon possession, curses, and witchcraft. These are things a majority of people don’t encounter every day. But it would be foolish to think this means most people do not face spiritual warfare.
Paul probably would not have given such a strong warning to the church at Ephesus if spiritual warfare only happened to a few people. The enemy’s lies can lead down many paths to discouragement, depression, loneliness, despair, grief, and, of course, sin. Paul says that God has armed His servants to fight these battles.
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand (Ephesians 6:13).
First, God offers protection—salvation and righteousness through faith in Jesus—and the assurance of all His promises. He also gives us a weapon: His Word. The truth of the Bible fights the enemy’s lies. Stand on the Word of God today, and fight back against the enemy.
Prayer Suggestion: God, help me fight the spiritual battles raging around me.
Quicklook: Ephesians 6:10–20
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