Sunday Morning 8/14/11

Posted by Sherry

CHARGE! GET GOING AGAIN

Lamentations 3:40-42

CBC 8/14/11 SM

I’ll give you the definition & you give me the word

“to live again”, “to bring back to life or consciences”

resuscitate or revive

  • AED not a pleasant experience
    • u fall down in public
    • your upper body is exposed
    • you are SHOCKED w/ electrical current
    • you hopefully wake up
    • sometimes you die

Apply to the Church:

  • process by which spiritual life & power of God through His people is brought back to full strength
    • deal w/ deadness in the church
    • return to spiritual health & vitality
    • restoring spiritual life & power w/ in Christians IN THE CHURCH
    • 152 on a list by the door who aren’t participating...lost power...
    • R they spiritually sick?
    • R we spiritually sick for not checking on them?

Charles Finney, “revival is the renewal of the first love of Christians, resulting in the awakening and conversion of sinners to God...”

GOD’S DESIRE FOR US

  • for members of His church to examine ourselves and realize where we are spiritually
    • realize we are apathetic
    • realize we are complacent
    • realize we have been less than faithful to God
    • admit that we have been less than 100% sold out for God
    • see our need to fall on our knees before God
    • to confess our sinfulness & shortcomings
    • turn back to God in true brokenness
  • God wants to recharge us to full power
    • to have the strength to minister to those around us
    • to be a testimony to the powerless of true transformation
    • to create an appetite in the community for the power of God

TEXT: Lamentations 3:40-42

40Let us test and examine our ways, and let us return to the Lord!

41Let us lift up our hearts and our hands [and then with them mount up in prayer] to God in heaven:

42We have transgressed and rebelled and You have not pardoned.

THIS IS ABOUT ME

  • not about people we know who need to straighten up
    • backslidden Bill
    • lost Leanne
    • dirty Dan
    • let’s start another program
    • let’s start a support group
    • let’s get an evangelism committee going
    • I’ll devote my time, talent & treasure to reviving someone else, BUT DON’T MAKE ME LOOK @ MY OWN SPIRITUAL LIFE!
    • don’t hold my life up to the Light of God’s holiness & purity
    • don’t make me look at what I’m doing today
    • how I’m living my life as compared to the sacrifice Christ made for us

MOST CHRISTIANS WILL DO MOST ANYTHING TO AVOID LOOKING AT THEIR SELF v40

  • we’re afraid we’ll need to make some adjustments
    • need for revival is not THEM OUT THERE
    • revival is for US RIGHT HERE
    • examine ourselves
    • test ourselves
    • return to the Lord our God

WE NEED RESUSCITATING

  • revival is for “our” good
    • God has a formula for recharging to get going again

2 Chronicles 7:14 “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

  • God doesn’t “default” on His promises
    • I WILL hear...
    • I WILL forgive...
    • I WILL heal...
    • “IF” (conditional prerequisite)
    • ...we humble ourselves
    • ...we pray
    • ...we seek God’s face
    • ...we turn from our wicked ways

SELF-EXAMINATION

  • Expository Dictionary of Bible Words says there is “pain” involved w/ self-examination & confession of sin
    • honestly evaluating our conduct & attitudes against the plumb line of God’s Word

Jeremiah 23:29 “Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?”

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword it penetrates even to the dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

HUMBLING OURSELVES

  • It’s a process outlined in the book of James
    • submit ourselves to God’s control
    • resist the devil & he will run away
    • come near to God & He comes near to us
    • wash your hands sinners
    • purify your hearts you double-minded
    • grieve, mourn & wail for your sin
    • change your laughter to mourning
    • humble yourselves before the Lord & He will lift you up

WHO WANTS TO GO THROUGH ALL THAT?

  • sadly in our “care-free” lifestyle, not many
    • Word pierces our soul SM too painful to come back SN
    • Word convicts us of our lazy lifestyle & we have to wait a few Sunday’s before we can come back to church
    • Word exposes our sin and shortcomings and we hide like Adam & Eve in the bushes
    • Word reveals the changes we need to make and we grumble b/c we DON’T LIKE CHANGE
    • Word becomes something we want to stay away from instead of embrace
    • Word is the way to heaven, but many have chosen the easy road to Hell, church membership papers in hand all the way down

INV: What about you?

  • R U willing to do what it takes to be Recharged so we can get going for God?
    • do you care about your own place in eternity?
    • do you care about living in a Godly community instead of one infested with sin & crime?
    • do you care about America? R U Willing to sacrifice for our great country?

Altar is open!

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