Turnaround

If my people, which are called by my name, shall 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.

2 Chronicles 7:14 KJV

‘The Lord is slow to anger and abundant in lovingkindness, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generations.’

Numbers 14:18 NASB

Without prophetic vision people run wild, but blessed are those who follow ⌊God’s⌋ teachings.

Proverbs 29:18 GW

A life can change in an instant.

You can receive horrible news, or a diagnosis, and realize that from now on, every minute counts.

You’re running out of time.

There’s something about bad news that puts things in perspective.

So let me break it down for you.

You’re going to die.

Now, what are you going to do between now and then?

You know you can’t take anything with you when you die, so everything you accumulated in this life will be passed on to other people who didn’t work for it.

It’s called an inheritance.

They inherit what you leave behind.

Will they inherit a mess or a fortune?

The same is true of our spiritual lives.

The sins of our ancestors get passed on down the line to us.

We inherit their fallen ways at birth.

If we don’t learn any better, we’ll keep repeating the madness.

It’s time to face ourselves, and our pasts.

Where did we come from?

How did we get here?

Where are we heading?

Is that where we want to go?

Just as a human life can turnaround overnight when faced with the knowledge of ceasing to exist, so a church can turnaround overnight as well.

It comes with perspective.

No local church can last forever.

When churches shutdown, and are legally organized as a non-profit corporation, they must pass on all their assets to another non-profit organization.

They must dissolve in an organized fashion.

So what do you do with that information?

How do you continue on knowing you will cease to exist at some point?

You need to look beyond the material trappings and customs, and focus on the mission.

The mission is to make disciples.

Tomorrow, we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Christ Jesus.

Tomorrow, the Gospel will be preached in houses of worship across this nation, and around the world.

Tomorrow, the believers and non-believers will be slightly more aware of what life is truly about.

This life is one opportunity.

It’s the only one you get.

It’s the opportunity to serve God and make the world a better place while you’re here.

The alternative is to serve something other than God and be part of the problem.

This world has enough problems already.

We don’t need any more problem children.

We need more children of God.

Here’s the solution: fear God and keep His commandments.

Recognize that God has the power to save you from sin and damnation.

You have the opportunity right now to overcome the world and live in victory.

You can’t do it by yourself, in your own strength or wisdom.

You have to let God take control of your life.

You have to let go of self for God to truly bless you.

Once you do, you’ll wonder why you waited so long.

I believe tomorrow will mark the beginning of a turnaround strategy.

We’ve gone our own way long enough.

Let’s start following God.

Let’s get our priorities straight.

Let’s start working together to accomplish God’s will.

Let’s get our rears in gear and start walking out the Great Commission.

Boring, tired religion is only that.

There is life in disciple making.

We owe it to the next generation to do our best to prepare them to lead the way.

The way to Jesus.

The great awakening will only occur when we make it a priority to train everyone in our churches to love, serve, and evangelize the lost members of our society who are not following Jesus.

As we walk the right way, reach out to those going the wrong direction and lovingly invite them and restore them to faith.

Our God saves.

Amen.

For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Romans 10:13‭-‬15 KJV

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