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 2 Samuel 5:17 through 8:18; Luke 12:22–48
Disappointments come into every life, even the lives of great leaders. King David requested the privilege of building a permanent home for God. Initially, Nathan the prophet had affirmed David’s request, assuring him that God was with him. But when God spoke, Nathan had to backtrack and give David the bad news—he couldn’t fulfill his vision of building a temple for God. However, God couched the disappointing words with wonderful promises for David. David’s response was to praise God.
“How great you are, Sovereign Lord! There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears” (2 Samuel 7:22).
In David’s prayer of response he notes seven times that God is sovereign, meaning He has almighty power and authority. While David could not build God’s house, God promised David protection and rest. God said David’s name would be included among the greatest of all men. Also, David’s throne would be established forever. When God changes your direction and you feel disappointment, trust Him to bless your obedience.
Thought for Today: Trust in the Lord with all your heart . . . and He will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5–6).
Quicklook: 2 Samuel 7:18–29
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