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Repentance

by on August 15, 2015

Call for Repentance – Ezekiel 18:1-32

The opposite of repentance is defensiveness. Why should we repent when we are doing everything right? Why should we repent when we are the people of God? Self-delusion is so pervasive. Israel was sure that they had the blessing of God even when their beliefs and behaviors were violations of God’s law.

I. Repent to become right with God
Problem of subtle sin in the life
We are guilty if we ignore our sin

II. Repent for the sins of the past
Problem of fathers who sinned
We are not guilty unless we continue in their sins

III. Repent for the sin of arrogance
Problem of self-delusion
Problem of following wrong leaders

IV. Repent for the sin of not repenting
Problem of listening to wrong voices
Problem of allowing the world to direct our thinking

V. Repent for violations of God’s law
Problem of self-determination
Problem of rejecting truth

VI. Repent or judgment is coming
Problem of thinking that judgment is far off
“The day of the Lord will come…”

VII. Repent and God will give you a new heart
Promise of God to change your heart
Promise of God to make you a new person

Question: Is God just and fair?
If a wicked person repents, God will forgive.
If a righteous person recants, God will punish.
Is that just and fair?

God’s answer: I am just and fair.
“Repent
Turn from all your transgressions
So that iniquity will not be your ruin
Cast away from you all the transgressions which you have committed
Make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit
For why should you die, O house of Israel?
For I have no pleasure in the death of one who dies
Therefore turn and live!
Says the Lord GOD.

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