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Revisionist Adventist History

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Mark Howard

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  • February 6, 2016
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Legal istic in all of this kind of thing. What's an important question because you just can't. You know we talk about Q warming. We know that's not a good idea. Well. When does getting up and getting active become legal istic. And these are questions. Practical questions questions I get a lot of so we're going to be addressing those a little bit. This morning's. Message. Is it's time. Someone finally told you the truth about revisionist admin is history. Now I know it's visitor seven because while this is that we're going to talk about having a sister really not a whole lot. But a little bit and you'll see what I mean in just a moment. You see I grew up in the amas church I shared this last night until I was about fourteen years old at that time my family left the evidence church while my mom did I lived with my mom and my stepdad. Left the evidence church. For about eleven years or so and then I came back into the church later on the Lord is so good and merciful and he pursued me like he pursues each one of us to draw us back to himself. But growing up in the church. In Especially coming back of the church. It's interesting night. I'll talk about two different aspects of administering one is what you read in the books. And I read some. Some great histories. On. I love. Religious history. And one of the biggest. What I want to say. Errors in our church for the most influential was the eight hundred eighty eight error I don't know how many of you studied history on that. There's a fantastic book by name. Field. Called. The return of the Latter Rain. A phenomenal book on Avonex history what I discovered. Well I didn't discovered in that book I already knew it but that book confirmed it. Is there a lot of accounts of what happened in the past. That really didn't happen the way they say they happened. And you know that could be my say versus your say but we have plenty of historical documents do it in that particular book. Documents that very well. So there are sometimes their histories if you say all this happened that happened you go back you find a well that's not exactly what happened. And so we use the term revisionist history that just means. It's a history that really didn't happen just the way they said. Now there's that type of church history. And there's also personal history. And ever since I've been in this back in the evidence church. I always hear these stories they're on ending stories about the grinding legalism of Adventism. When you had to do this and do that and do the other in all these things so you could be saved and we always oppressive and it was so. Smothering and I'm so glad we're past that. And that kind of thing. What's interesting to me from my personal experience is now I've been back in the church now twenty two years. Is what I hear described in stories is something I've never experienced in twenty two years in the church so. Whatever if it happened. It didn't happen just like that it certainly didn't happen in twenty two years. Now you're going to say wait a minute I experience that. I've been through I and I'm firsthand. So I want to suggest something to you this morning and have to bear with me as we look at another perspective. Now how many of you are familiar with the invisible gorilla experiment. Does anybody know. The invisible there are three of us here. So I'm going to. Clue the rest of you in. As a couple cognitive psychologists. From Harvard well. They've been in different places Daniel Simons and Christopher sure Bree. Now you can look up the Invisible Gorilla dot com and you can find their website. And then they have videos of the original experience. Here's the original experiment what they did in the invisible gorilla experiment. Was they had a group of young people passing basketballs around I believe there were three in black shirts and three in white shirts. And each group had their own basketball so they're passing the three or passing here and the other group of three are passing there. They played the video to their subjects in the in the experiment. And they said here's what I want you to do I want you to watch carefully and count how many times goes in white shirts. Past the basketball How many times the basketball changes hands. They have to be careful watch closely because sometimes I'll take a pass. And it won't change hands so that doesn't count. Count how many times. They change hands and that was what they were supposed to do. Now you can watch the video what happens is they begin passing the ball around. In the middle of this and it's about. I don't know maybe a minute maybe two minutes most this little video. But in the midst of them passing the ball around. Somebody walks out so here you have the frame say the frame of the screen is right here they're passing the ball around. Somebody walks out in a gorilla suit. Stops in the middle. Goes like this. Walks off the. Out of the. Out of the frame on the other side. They ask the people. Afterwards how many you saw the gorilla. Fifty percent. Didn't see the gorilla. Fifty percent and they repeat the experiment has been repeated over and over and over. And then they've gone into other know what they're trying to test. Is the way the brain works and. Things and notices things and they dubbed. This phenomenon of people not seeing the gorilla. In in attentional blindness. In other words. When a person is focusing on one specific thing. They often miss the thing. Something that may be very obvious to anybody else but because they're so. Myopic. Focused on one thing. They miss something else entirely. And so because they were looking at. First of all the white shirts when the black. Suited gorilla came out the black was filtered out of their mind because I don't. I don't want distracted by that I got to count how many times a ball changes here. Now it's amazing again and again this experience was repeated well they repeated it so many times so that what happened is they would get into a group of college students and say you know. Oh yeah we know this one and we know we're going to look forward to look for the gorilla and of course that saved the girl so they modified the experiment. And one of them and you see this if you go to their website. One of them. What they did is they. They have a curtain in the back and I think it starts out as and. As a red curtain. And it changes the. ORNGE. In the process. And one of the people. This passing the basketball with the black church totally leaves the stage all together. And so what they do is they see how many saw the girl. Everybody's like we saw the gorilla because they knew it was coming right. How many saw the screen change from. How many saw the person off the stage. Oh I didn't see dad. Now the point is that we don't notice half the things we think we notice. And if we're specifically looking for one thing. We may totally missed another thing. Now I'll tell you one other experiment they did that I thought was really. To me. They actually had a they went in on a campus. And they were interviewing him and. And they began to take this. I mean West in to come up. You're Western help me with this now but have a read one that you come on here from it too. I you got to just you got to understand what I'm saying. So what they did is. Let's say Weston you're interviewing I'm sorry I'm just some guy on the. On the campus and say Weston comes up and begins. Asking me directions that's what happened. He began asking directions so while we're talking I read you're not in the picture yet. What happens is while we're talking. They had two guys carrying a piece of. Four by eight plywood. And what they did is they walked right in between so here I'm talking. You're in the plywood. You're carrying the plywood now you come in only when you get here and I can't see you but he's behind the plywood you grab the plywood you move off. Use when you're standing there. Big guy didn't even know it. Thank you for. And so these types of experiments where. You know people the bottom line is in their research. And they've got a book called The Invisible Gorilla highlight some of this. Is that people don't notice half the things they think they notice. They aren't half as smart as they think they are they don't remember half the things as clearly as they are going to tell you want to think oh I got to watch my time here. That kind of plays into this as. I think it was Christopher shivery was sharing. He actually had a friend of his. He had a personal experience. Where he was sitting in a group. For lunch or dinner at a restaurant with. Who's the guy Patrick Stewart who played PAC Captain Picard in the Star Trek series right. So they're in this restaurant while some of the waiters and waitresses noticed this guy this actor and so they come up to the table and they want his autograph and everything else and and. Kind of held up the whole process of what they were doing there but he was. Stuart was very kind and took their eye. Graphic. Anyway the bottom line is. Christopher sure Bree was there. It was his experience and he had shared it. Some time later a friend of his was sharing the experience with him. Apparently he had expired it with many people and he's saying yeah I was at this restaurant Bubba bar and Chris or says wait a minute that wasn't you that was me. And the guy had so. I don't know put himself in that story that he thought that memory was his memory when it wasn't his memory it was somebody else's memory. I've met people saw something on a T.V. show on the like you remember that one time. Wait a minute that wasn't me. I've ever had that happen. So the point is sometimes we don't see things as clearly as we think. And I just wonder if there may not be something that affects people's memories of how hard their Christian experience has been. And to answer that I want to go to the book First Corinthians for it not spur Scranton second Corinthians first of all. Second Corinthians. Second Corinthians chapter three. Second Corinthians chapter three. This is an awesome chapter and I want you to notice. What I want to highlight here is perspective. And perspective change. OK That was the challenge with the Invisible Gorilla is because people were focused on one thing they didn't see something else. I think there's been some advocates who have looked so hard for legalism in the church. They see it even when maybe it's not exactly there. Why do I say that because some people have even equated obedience to legalism. Listen folks obedience is not legalism. OK. Legalism has to do with motive. Now if I do something for my wife. Because I love my wife when I want to please my wife would you call me legal list for doing that. No. But what about what I did was. Let me rephrase that again. If I did something because my former wife because we have a loving relationship and I know she loves me. And in reciprocation. I want to please her. Would you call that a legal istic thing. No but if I'm doing it to earn my wife's favor is that a different story. Yes. And there's a difference between obeying God because we appreciate the salvation given to so freely in Christ. And obeying God because we're trying to earn salvation. OK. And two people could be doing the exact same things outwardly and one could be a legal list and one could not. And so sometimes it is all we want to call everything legalism. Motive determines legalism. Perspective is a big thing. Now if you go to your there it said Grant his chapter three. Trying to figure where I want to begin here now this is one of those passages in fact that a lot of people find very confusing and I suppose part of it could be. But Paul is comparing let's just start verse when he says do we again. I'm sorry do we begin again to commend ourselves or do we mean as some others. Eep his souls or letters of commendation to you or letters of commendation from you. You are our letters written in our hearts known and read. By all men. Clearly you are an epistle or a letter of Christ to minister by us. Written with ink. But by the Spirit of. Written sorry not with ink but by the spirit of the Living God. Not on tablets of what. Stone. But on tablets of flesh that is. Of the heart now he introduces this right now and you can see where he's going in a minute so as not comparing that which is written on. Stone and that what is just written on the flesh now is just having If you read elsewhere in the Bible. What do you think he's talking about when he talks about something written on stone. Going to talk about the Commandments of God. That's it that's. This is it being apostle uses it elsewhere other apostles have referred to it. Now you see where he's going in just a moment. Verse for. And we have such trust through Christ toward God now. Sorry not that we think we are are sufficient of ourselves. To think of anything as being from ourselves. But Our sufficiency is from God who also made us sufficient. As ministers of what the new covenant not. Of the letter but of the Spirit for the letter Y.. Kills but the Spirit gives life. Verse seven but. If the ministry of death. Written mending grave go on stones was glorious I'm going to pause there and let's just talk about this. What was it that was written in graven stones. The ten commandments he calls it a ministry of. That now but a lot of people reading this may say oh minister of that's right the law of God Man those ten commandments. Came in we keep all these people as a ministry of death get away from the new covenant says get away from men. I just want you to get a perspective here. Hold your finger there we're going to go and look at Romans chapter eight just briefly. And we're going to come back to second two three. Romans chapter eight. And you might be confused at the moment but you'll be unconfuse very shortly here. Romans chapter eight. Look at verse two. The apostle says for the law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus. Has made me free from the law of what sin and death. Now he calls the ministry of death over there so he here Paul contrasts two things a law the spirit of life. And the law of sin and death. What's he talking about. Verse three for what the law could not do what law is he talking about the couldn't do something. So the Ten Commandment law with the law could not do and then it was weak because it was a bad law. Is that what your bible says. What was the weakness. Oh the flesh. What the law could not do in that it was weak through the flesh. God did by sending his own son in the likeness of sinful flesh. On account of sin. He condemned sin in the flesh why. That the righteous requirement. Of the law might be fulfilled in us. Who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit now all he's contrast and there is this one a person tries to keep the law according to the flesh that is in their own strength. All they're going to do is fail fail fail fail. Right but when a person trust in the power of the Spirit through the power of the spirit or seeks to come in harmony with God's will. It brings them into harmony with God's Will the law of God the righteous requirement will be fulfilled in the life of the one who walks not according to the flesh but according to spirit you trust in God and the power of government will enable you to do what you couldn't do without the power of God. Are you following that. So when we're talking about the law of sin and death. And the law of the Spirit. Are the two different laws. Or one law approach two different ways. Let me ask it again are there two different laws the polls talking about. Or is there one law approach to different ways. It's one law or procedure. There's nothing wrong with God's law. The question is how we approach the law of God. If we approach the law of God in our own strength that's the law of sin and death. And becomes a ministry of condemnation. OK back to second Corinthians three now you'll see we're going here in just a moment. Second Corinthians three. And we're going to start again in verse seven. Let's start again in verse six. Who also made a sufficient. As ministers of the new covenant not of the letter but of the Spirit for the letter. Kills but the Spirit gives life I'm going to throw this out here without some extensive Bible study because we don't have time you can study it on your own I'm going to tell you the difference. The main primary difference from the Old Covenant the new covenant. The main primary difference. It's called conversion. It's not the law the law doesn't change in Scripture. Right. I mean the Old Testament they use a lot of them even the Persians we did not change is kind of a metaphor like if the. If the. If the pagans have lost it can change why in the world. Would God have a law that did change instantly his son had to die on the cross for breaking that law for our breaking of that law rather. Because it couldn't change. God's law doesn't change. And the Old Covenant the new cover the difference is the people change. OK. The new covenant. Changes the heart of man to bring him in harmony with the law and we could go to Rome in seven fourteen I'm not going to ask you to turn there but you might jot it down where the Bible says the apostle Paul says this. We know that the law is spiritual but I am carnal sold under sin. OK The law is what. Spiritual but I am. Carnal or a little bit of those two things in harmony. No that's our problem. A carnal person will never be in harmony with the spiritual law so what must happen. What has to happen. Even the spiritual thing needs to be made carnal. So that they're like or the carnal thing needs to be made spiritual. So that they are in harmony. Are you following that. OK. Now does it make more sense do we want to make the spiritual thing carnal. Bad idea. We want to take this carnal thing and make it spiritual whose carnal. We are carnal. And so the new covenant promises to make us spiritual to bring us in harmony with a spiritual law. You know what Christianity has done at large. We don't like the idea of making me spiritual because you know what that means. Change. That means change it means acted mean I'm wrong. And I don't like that so here's what we're going to do we're going to say the law was done away with we take the spiritual thing out of the picture. Guess what that doesn't fix the problem. That doesn't fix the problem and the problem here says. He calls this the ministry of death versus the ministry of spirit the law without the Spirit. Kills the law with the Spirit gives life and those verse seven. If the ministry of death written engraved on stones was glorious. So he calls it the ministry of death but he calls it glorious Now when you use the word glorious to describe something is that the way you describe something bad or something good. Oh I hate that thing it's glorious. It doesn't make any sense. Why would you call a ministry of death glorious simply this. Because the law of God even engraved on stones. Was still a picture of the character of God. It was a transcript of the character of God. But it couldn't change us. And so even though the low led to death because of our natures it was still glorious. But notice what Paul goes on to say. Even though the ministry of death was written graven in stone it was glorious so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses. Because of the glory of his countenance or his face which glory was passing away. How will the Ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious. If the ministry of condemnation had glory. The ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. Now I'm going to jump to verse twelve. Oh I guess not verse ten. For even what was made. Glorious had no glory in this respect because of the glory that excels for. If one is passing away was glorious. What remains is much more glorious Therefore since we have such hope we use great boldness of speech. Unlike Moses I know some of that you got lost in but follow along verse thirteen unlike Moses. Who put a vamp. Over his face. So that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away. But their minds were blinded right. For until this day the same veil remains on lifted in was and lifted in the reading of what. The Old Testament because the veil is taken away in Christ Now here's the picture he gives us. The picture ask who did the story and picture. Moses went up into the mountain of God to receive the Ten Commandments remember that. He spent forty days with God when he came down what was what happened with the people. Oh oh they couldn't look at his face he was so resplendent with the glory of God just from standing in the presence of God. He was so beaming with the glory of God. They had to put a veil over his face. How long did Moses have that veil over his face. Was it there indefinitely. No there was after time the glory faded. The apostle Paul. Is using this. To explain this experience. When you and me we come into contact with something spiritual like the law of God. But we keep it on the outside like in the Old Covenant we see it we have Myron we want to do it. But we don't internalize it. It's tangs on the outside. It's glorious over and over I've met with people in the amateurs who go to some convention they come back all fired up. They're just on fire they're full of glory but you know what they don't apply it in their own lives. They don't give their personal study attention. And the glory fades away. Right you know coming to outward. They never make it in Word the law of God. Is something that doesn't change them. And for many it just becomes a burden because of their perspective to it. Are you following what I'm saying. The law that should be a law of life becomes to them a lot of death. Because they don't seek Christ in the in drawling of his spirit. To bring their nature in harmony with God's law. You hear him saying. Now I'm going to take this principle and I will look at it one of the most well known. Parables in the Bible that's the gospel of Luke Chapter fifteen in this apparel of the prodigal son. Matthew Mark Luke now. This parable I love this parable I think everybody loves this parable. But for the longest time we got a Luke fifteen and we look about the product we read about the problem prodigal son out here about the prodigal son. And I would always hear and I'm not knocking this I would always hear about the love of the father who when the son the product comes home he runs out to greet him he throws his arms around him in coals for the fatted calf he celebrates. It's a powerful picture of the love of our Heavenly Father. But what I didn't. Ever hear about growing up in my Christian background what have you. Is that son. And what this what I mean. Consider some things with me in the story of the Prodigal Son it says in verse eleven of Luke fifteen. A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father Father give me the portion of goods that falls to me. So he divided to them his livelihood. And not many days after the younger son gathered all and moved into the guest house. When my if he moves into a far country in any way says possessions instantly that's where the prodigal means prodigal means the wasteful son. Gets his possession and goes off and blows it all OK. Now here's the thing that began to plague me. Why did you run away first of all. And in other words what. He got the present you got his inheritance. Look why not hang out his father's wealthy sure he had a guest house or something. Or at least he could have lived in town so living close to his father. Why did he have to move into a far country. Has anybody here ever run away from home. Why does a kid run away from home. Because things are going well at home. Because they're happy at home. Usually it's because they just didn't get their way on something something just happened they didn't get their way and like that's it. I'm fed up. Pack a couple sandwiches. While I'm out the door. Right. Now listen to this I read this in the book Christ object lessons why did this son leave the home why do you move so far away cry subject lessons page one ninety eight says this. This younger son had become weary of the restraint. Of his father's house. He thought that he thought that his liberty. Was restricted. Boy isn't that. Every kid I mean I know you don't have to be Christian every kid grows up thinks me. And I'm not allowed to do anything. Why all these rules. Now listen. This is what happened to son the rules are this that does too oppressive it's restrictive. He wanted to go out on his own he knew that it would be better if he didn't have all that restriction around it. OK. So he strikes out on his own he takes to the inheritance. And he wastes it. Now here's. There's two things that happen in the core course of the story I'm just touching briefly here. Two things that happened. In the experience of the son. The Bible says he spent all. And he says when he spent all their rose a famine in that land. And he began to be in want. So I don't know how long the Bible does give us a time period he could have been gone a year five years twenty years I don't know. But there came a time when his money ran out. And when the famine arose. He was in one he didn't ever see himself in other words. He didn't have money. He didn't know where to go. He didn't know what to do. He never saw himself in this situation. He began to be in want. Now what do you expect a person would do in a situation like that. Put yourself there. Men go back home. Right. Look go back home no no no no no no no I'm going to go back home. What would keep a person from going back home. You got it. Pride. Pride No there's no way I'm going back home. And notice it says. He joined himself to a citizen of that country now don't miss one about to say. When we talk about legalism legalism is not just something for conservative Christians. Legalism is woven into the fabric of falling humanity. Legalism is simply trying to pull yourself up by your bootstraps you don't have to be a Christian you can be an atheist. And still be a legal ist. If you're trying to work your own way. You don't have to be conservative you can be a liberal Christian. So I don't believe in phone all those rules. I just help people the soup kitchen. Why. So I can be a good person. Guess what. Your legal list then the true. Motivation it's all about motivation this young son what does he do he does what any and every human being do at some point in their life. And let me tell you when you first become a Christian you first hear about Christ. And even sincerely give your heart to him. Your nature is still going to respond legal a stickly. So somebody was to say you know all the churches legalism the church. Courses legalism the churches just like the people say this hypocrites in the church. I don't go to church because there's hypocrites in it. Well where else would you expect ever to be. I mean you're saying one thing and doing another you're pretending to be something if you were pretending to be a Christian or pretending the good person who would be there. All those hypocrites in the church. Amen. There's legal list in the church. That's right. I've been one and you've been one. Because the natural heart tends to try to dig ourselves out. And the Lord takes us where we are now here this young man what to do joins him self to a citizen why. I see I've got a problem. But I'm going to fix it. And he tries it in the Bible to tell us how long he gets three speeding pigs which is the lowest thing he could be doing for young Jewish man that's that that's the. That's that's rock bottom. The pigs are eating better than he is. And then the Bible says. He came to himself. He came to himself. He began to think you know what my father's. Servants are better off than this. My father's servants live better than this. And he begin to think about why. What's that going home. Going home now don't miss this this is incredible. This same young man. Some years earlier. Wouldn't it was not content to live in his father's house under his father's rules as a son. Yet now he's actually thinking about doing it as a servant. Did the father get a hold of him Do we have that did he text him or something to say you know son have been too hard on you. I'm changing some of the rules I'm going to lift up some of the income on home. You know why because the father represents God and God's law doesn't be changed. The problem was the son didn't understand the character of his father. And because of that. He looked at everything differently his perspective was awe. The law was a law of sin and death to him. When the Bible says He began to be in want. In the Christian experience we call that conviction but conviction isn't conversion you can be convicted of what you're doing is wrong. But you didn't do you try to fix it yourself. But when the Bible says he. He came to himself. That's the first step in conversion. Where he began to entertain that you know what maybe my father was right and I was wrong. I think of my conversion experience as a lot of things that I could think about a lot of aspects to it but the one thing that really comes clear in my mind that I remember about that time in my life. Is for the first time I started taking responsibility for my actions. Prior to that it was everybody else's fault. I mean whether it was a person or my circumstances in life or the reason I'm where I am is because this and this and I never had these up to some kids get raised more stuff. So be my more opportunities and blah blah blah on and on. But for the first time. I realized that I had choices I could make the father's rules didn't change in the story the Prodigal Son The Son changed. And when the son came home something else that's very interesting is in the story the probable son you cannot deny the love of the Father for the son. It's so. Clear. Because the some out the sun with the pigs and all that and everything you need comes home and he's got this speech prepared. The Bible says when he was a great way off the father saw him. Now that tells us right away you don't see somebody coming a great way off. It's like he didn't see it again he didn't send a message ahead. Oh down I'm going to be home in twenty four hours. So how does father see him coming. He had to be looking for him well he didn't know when he was coming what does that tell us he was looking for him constantly. Why is the parable written that way because God our Heavenly Father. Is longing for us to come home. Constantly constantly. Which begs the question why didn't you just go after him. You can't question the love of the Father because when the son shows up the Bible the focus is a father son a long way off. You return to him. He in grace to him any kissed him any color that Sunday gives a speech where you know father of a right up forget the speech bring the best robes right. So nothing in the story. The story makes it so clear to us that the father loved him because he we could be tempted to say well the father maybe he was just a trouble son he was a. He was a hassle anyway that's why the father and graphic No the father wanted him home. The reason the father didn't go after him is because if he'd gone after him and force him to come home because of what was in that son's heart the son would have just gone away again. Our Heavenly Father is not going to force you to come home. You got to come home of your own accord. But make no mistake he's waiting and watching and longing. Every moment of every day. What was in the father's rules that needed change the son was what needed changed. Our hearts. Need changed. And oh how our father wants to change us. And heal us. Conversion doesn't change the rules it changes our relation to the rules. How are you relating to the rules today. I started out talking about the stories I hear. I mean their admin assistant there in the church they still tell the stories in a still bitter. Over something or the other book. I could have gone when I was converted I could've gone back and pointed out really legitimate things that happened and if this person did this and this person. And yeah they did do it they should have done it but you know what it was irrelevant. I was still a sinner in need of a Savior. And the best place to be was in my father's house is a lot of prodigals today. Who have only come half way home. Only come halfway home. The people in the church. They know what the will of God is they know it in the word. They're going to have been a slave grown up their herd of they've seen in the spirit of prophecy for the soundest little lifestyle thing or that. You know get away with this not keep living this way. Or just halfway home. The reality is they find no pleasure being in the father's house. Their heart. Is still in need of change and you can go on if you're sitting here today you say I don't like what he's saying. I'm going to go on I'm going to keep on. Because I don't think it's a big deal fine. But you're just doing is you're being stubborn you're letting your pride. Take control and you're not opening your heart to the full. Transformation God wants to give you. You know God has to have a whole heart to fix the whole heart you give him half the heart you can't fix half a heart you go to your doctor and say hey I got heart problems can you just fix half of it. He's not going to do that is in the business of changing hearts. I'm going to tell you as I stand here one of the challenges we face as Christians today I mean this is coming into this is not something that used to be advantaged. But something unique we haven't is that we've understood is that conversion is a continual process. It's not some one time or twenty years ago I gave my heart to the Lord. Look. You need to give your heart to the Lord today. The apostle Paul the great apostle Paul said. I die daily. What is he saying. I mean you can. If you die you go how are you going to live you going to be born again daily. Paul knew that we need to understand that. I stand before you today and I still need a heart change. And I said. I am so thankful that my heavenly Father is in that business. Perhaps somebody here needs a heart change today. Perhaps the Spirit of God is speaking to you just this morning. And you know that there's something in your heart that's not right with him. And you had some kind of issue with the church rules you call them it's easier to call the church rules than God's rules because we kind of excuse ourselves that way. But right now the Spirit of God is speaking to you and you know in your heart my heart's not right with God. What are you waiting for. What are you waiting for. Your Heavenly Father has been looking down that road for a long time. And he's longing for you to come so he can throw his arms around you and brace you. And call you my son my daughter I'm glad you're all. So somebody here today who wants to come home. You want to come home to your heavenly father today is that your desire to do is raise your hands with me this morning. Inspire heads together Father in heaven. Father forgive us. For so often wanting our own way for so often looking at things from our own perspective for so often. Resisting your will because of something. In our own hearts that we just don't want to let go of. Father. There are those here today that perhaps for the first time have realized that they have run from home far from home. Into that far country. Maybe for some reason or another they never saw you. Longing and waiting for them to come home and this morning they've sense the voice of your spirit speaking to them I pray Lord today. You would throw your arms of love around each one. And welcome them home. Father pray for those of us who maybe have been home as so to speak. Who have been in the church. But allowed ourselves to become discontent for what we might have blame to somebody else's fault or some of the churches weaknesses. When in reality. Our own hearts. Are still filled with selfishness and pride. And today we hear your spirit speaking to us. He wants to make that law that's been a law of sin and death. A lot of life and liberty. Father I asked to day change my heart. And for each one of us here you've seen our response change our hearts today. We need it we need you so desperately. Jesus we need to die to sin at that you may live in us. So that the life we may live now. Will not be a life lived in the flesh. But by the Son of God who loved us and gave Himself for. We thank you for hearing in answering this prayer in the name Jesus. This media was brought to you by audio verse. A website dedicated to spreading God's word through free. Sermon audio. And much more. If you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more service. Leave a visit. W W W audio verse or.

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