Gravitation to Repentance

I suspect that the gravitational force of the celebration of Independence Day will pull many congregations. This pull on our attention may be stronger this year when we sing “God shed his grace on thee.”  Stronger perhaps because of the most recent display of our rebellion against God consummating in the Supreme Court rulings of the last couple of weeks.

Those rulings are a consummation of the corruption of the church as demonstrated by the many churches who will celebrate our newly solidified independence from the old morals of the bible. They would celebrate for in their view Jesus came to set us free, even if it is freedom to destroy ourselves in by beating our head against an immovable God and the creation of the Sovereign God of the Bible.

Pulled by the giant gravitation some will turn to a favorite promise found in 2 Chronicles 7:14. It is a wondrous principle captured in a promise. This wonderful verse says ; 14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

            “If my people,” I believe that is you, “who are called by my name,”  again that is you. However not just in the highly privileged sort of way. Being called by the name of God, Christians, after Christ,  is a tremendous weight of responsibility, even more so in this context.

You who are called by the Holy Spirit to follow and trust Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, here is your calling.

                       “…humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways.”  Humble themselves, first, the very opposite of the “us and them” mentality of self-righteous moralist. Humility means to put others needs above one’s own. Pray, we have spoken of the devastating reality that our prayer life has been enfeebled by prosperity.

Third, “and seek my face.”  This speaks of prayer and worship aimed at God not getting something from God. This is to prioritize prayer not because of what it will or might do for us. Rather it is to pant after God as the deer for water, longing to know this most magnificent of all persons. To study the bible not because of some perceived duty or holiness. Rather to study the book that we might know the author.

Finally is a classic definition of what these words truly mean, “and turn from their wicked ways.” This is Repentance in church caliche. Honestly, the four words together are simply what it means to truly repent. Nothing short of all four is repentance. We will not be taking the time presently to drill down into these words.

I want to remind you that in some mysterious spiritual and obvious psychological ways the healing of our land and even your personal forgiveness are intimately, organically, and inseparably connected to this repentance. Not the flippantly mouthing the words. Rather Repentance in the fullness of humility of attitude, prolonged practice of prayer, intense desire to know God and intentional disciplined actions of turning from our own wicked ways.

 

 

Those ruling are a consummation of the corruption of the church as demonstrated by the many churches who will this morning celebrate our newly solidified independence from the old morals of the bible. They would celebrate for in their view Jesus came to set us free, even if it is free to destroy ourselves in by beating our head against in immovable will and creation of the Sovereign God of the Bible.

Pulled by the giant gravitation some like us will turn to a favorite promise found in 2 Chronicles 7:14. It is a wondrous principle captured in a promise. This wonderful verse says ; 14 if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

            If my people, I believe that is you, who are called by my name, again that is you. However not just in the highly privileged sort of way. Being called by the name of God, Christians, after Christ is a tremendous weight of responsibility, even more so in this context.

You who are called by the Holy Spirit to follow and trust Jesus Christ as Lord and savior, here is the calling.

                       “…humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways.” Humble themselves, first, the very opposite of the “us and them” mentality of self-righteous moralist. Humility means to put others needs above one’s own. Pray, we spoke last Sunday of the devastating reality that our prayer life has been enfeebled by prosperity.

Third, and seek my face. This speaks of prayer and worship aimed at God not getting something from God. This is to prioritize prayer not because what it will or might do for us. Rather it is to pant after God as the deer for water, longing to know this magnificent of all persons. To study the bible not because of some perceived duty or holiness. Rather to study the book that we might know the author.

Finally is a classic definition of what these words truly mean, and turn from their wicked ways. Repent in church caliche. Honestly, the four words together are simply what it means to truly repent. Nothing short of all four is repentance. We will not be taking the time presently to drill down into these words. I want to remind you that in some mysterious spiritual but obvious psychological ways the healing of our land and even your personal forgiveness are intimately, organically, and inseparably connected to repentance. Not flippant mouthing the words, rather Repentance in the fullness of humility of attitude, prolonged practice of prayer, intense desire to know God and intentional disciplined actions of turning from our own wicked ways.