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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God Meant It
Read Ezekiel 5:1 through 7:27
“Emma! Liam! Have you even started your homework?” Sheryl had given strict instructions to her children to complete their homework or they wouldn’t be going skating later. “Looks like we won’t be going skating tonight. You’ll be doing homework instead.”
The children exclaimed, “Please, Mom, let us go. That’s not fair!”
“And they will know that I am the Lord; I did not threaten in vain to bring this calamity on them” (Ezekiel 6:10).
Like Sheryl, God had a purpose in His instructions to Judah. He gave them wonderful promises. Peace and safety would be theirs if they followed Him. He also gave stern warnings. If they ignored Him, destruction would come.
The people acted in disobedience and did what was evil. As a result, God sent them into exile. Even today God does not speak in vain. If we listen to Him, we will receive blessings. If we run to rebellion, we will fall into judgment. Live in such a way as to receive His blessings.
Prayer Suggestion: Dear Lord, I will believe what You have said.
Quicklook: Ezekiel 6:9–11
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