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PREPARING OURSELVES TO RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS OF GOD

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Sermon shared by Dr. Stanley Vasu

January 2008
Summary: THIS SERMON IS ABOUT PREPARING OURSELVES TO RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS OF GOD AND EXHORTS US TO 1.REFLECT 2.REPENT 3.RELEASE 4.RECOVER 5.REARRANGE 6.RENEW 7.REJOICE
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
PREPARING OURSELVES TO RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS OF GOD
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OUTLINE

1.REFLECT

2.REPENT

3.RELEASE

4.RECOVER

5.REARRANGE

6.RENEW

7.REJOICE


THE MESSAGE


PREPARING OURSELVES TO RECEIVE THE BLESSINGS OF GOD
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1.REFLECT

We prepare ourselves to receive the blessings of God by reflecting on our lives and examining our actions and attitudes . We must allow the Lord to search our hearts and shows us if there is any offensive way in us that prevent the blessings of God in our lives. We must know the true condition of our hearts.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
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HAGGAI 1:5-7

Now this is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways.

You have planted much, but have harvested little. You eat, but never have enough. You drink, but never have your fill. You put on clothes, but are not warm. You earn wages, only to put them in a purse with holes in it."

This is what the LORD Almighty says: "Give careful thought to your ways.


PSALM 139:23-24

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.

See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.



2.REPENT

We prepare ourselves to receive the blessings of God by repenting of the sins and iniquities that the Lord has revealed to us that are blocking the blessings of God in our lives. We must acknowledge our sins and repent of it and receive Godís forgiveness. We must not harden our hearts or justify our wrongdoings or give excuses for our behaviour.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
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PSALM 32:5

Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, "I will confess my transgressions to the LORD "ó and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah


PSALM 51:1-3 , 9-11

Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions.

Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me.


Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity.

Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.



3.RELEASE

We prepare ourselves to receive the blessings of God by releasing the guilt and condemnation from our hearts once we have repented and received the forgiveness of God. We must not continue to carry the burden of a guilty conscience once the Lord has forgiven us and released us from our guilt. The Lord has promised not to remember our sins anymore and we must accept His forgiveness and move ahead with our lives.

SCRIPTURE REFERENCES
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PHILIPPIANS 3:12-14

Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.

Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.


HEBREWS 10:16-17

"This is the covenant I will make with them
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