Sermon: (December 6, 2015) “Lasting Change”

December 6, 2015 at 10:32 am Categories: News, Sermons

Date:  December 6, 2015

Speaker:  Steve Elliott

Text:  Nehemiah 9

 

We are most honest with God when we are on our knees. You cannot pray and lie at the same time.

  • Act I: God in his grace and favor blesses us.
  • Act II: We forget Him and ignore Him in the midst of His blessings.
  • Act III: God lets the consequences of our sin fall upon us.
  • Act IV: We cry out to God and he is merciful and forgiving.
  • Act V? Cf. Acts I through IV!!

A rationalization is when our mind follows our emotions. Permanent life changes will never happen with our emotions leading the way.

When we can’t break the chains we end up putting our faith on trial as if it is the problem when it is our own choices that have imprisoned us.

“But they do not move ahead because they basically want to keep doing what they have been doing all along.”     -Dr. Montgomery Boice, 1938-2000

What matters most about any change is the direction of it.

To live independent of the word of God is to lock yourself into a cycle of defeat and failure.

We will stop trying to live our way and live the way You say.

Components of the covenant they make:

1.The first is in family life. 

“It was murder by indifference and neglect.”       Ray Ashford,  The Surrender and the Singing

Components of the covenant they make:

1.The first is in family life.

2.The second turns around the Sabbath.  

A man who does not listen to God has nothing to say. If we run on empty all the time then all we have to offer people is our emptiness.        – A.W. Tozer

God has made you a necessity in some situation and He has provided no substitute for you.

Components of the covenant they make:

1.The first is in family life.

2.The second turns around the Sabbath.

3.The third is about its ownership.   

“We assume the responsibility ...”     (10:32)

This was a person who didn’t live out of covenant commitments but decided the course of their day on a daily basis.     – John McIntosh

The greatest impetus for change is loving and being loved.