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 Kings 7:1–51
Solomon asked Huram, who was skilled in bronze work, to make things for the temple he had built. Huram made two pillars, four hundred pomegranates, ten stands, a huge bowl, pots, shovels, and sprinkling bowls. Solomon furnished the temple with articles that symbolized God’s greatness, glory, and strength.
When all the work King Solomon had done for the temple of the Lord was finished, he brought in the things his father David had dedicated—the silver and gold and the furnishings—and he placed them in the treasuries of the Lord’s temple (1 Kings 7:51).
The two bronze pillars in the temple were so meaningful that they were given names: Jakin and Boaz
(2 Chronicles 3:17). Jakin means “He shall establish,” and Boaz means “in strength.” These symbolic names emphasized the strength and stability of God’s spiritual Kingdom, represented in the temple.
In the same way, we must be mindful of the temple God has given us—our bodies. We must use our bodies to honor God as His places of indwelling.
Prayer Suggestion: Lord, let me build up my body and mind to honor You always.
Quicklook: 1 Kings 7:48–51
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