Summary: "What if . . .?" Our goal is to change our community to the glory of God, but that change will not take place until we allow God to change us first.
Change in you starts with a change in me.
Intro: Focus on the need in Delaware and the final line in verse 14.
For a change to take place in Delaware . . .
I. We must change the one who is in charge.
“If My people who are called by My name. . .”
A. People who make real change are people who
belong to the Lord.
1. “What about non-Christian organizations?
a. They do great works, but how long do the
b. When God, through His people, does a
work in a persons life, how long does
i. Children: past BYBC, VBS.
ii. These are changes that will never
2. To belong to God, you must surrender to Him.
B. “But aren’t we all, in some way, part of God’s
1. There is nothing natural about being a
part of God’s family. As a matter of
fact, it is very unnatural.
2. “Who is in the family of God?” Jn 1:10-13.
a. All who receive Jesus Christ.
b. All who believe in His name.
C. There is more to having an impact on Delaware
than merely being a part of God’s family.
1. This is instruction directed to the people
who belong to God.
II. We must change our attitudes about ourselves.
“ . . . will humble themselves. . .”
A. “Humble,” derived from word = “to be contract,
wrinkled”; also “folding the wings.”
1. Illus.: A Peacock’s wings
2. What is the peacock saying to the others?
Look at me!!
3. Illus.: My son riding his bike for the first
time. "Hey, look at me! Look at me!"
-I loved it. His friends got annoyed
4. Don’t we do that sometimes?
B. God says, “You want to make a difference in your
community, take the spotlight off of yourself and
put it on the one who deserves it.”
III. We must change our attitudes about prayer.
“ . . . and pray. . .”
A. Great Welsh Revivalist."What was the secret of
those great Revivals we read about?"
B. Revivalist Evan Roberts responds, “There is no
secret! Ask and you shall receive!”
1. Is that true? Do we believe it is true?
IV. We must change our ideas about change.
“ . . . and seek My face. . .”
A. Seek God’s face = find out what He wants.
1. “I want to know You.” Chorus.
B. God, “Work with the youth.”
C. Us, “ Yes, Lord. I’m glad you asked because I
have some great ideas.”
D. Find out where God is at work and join Him
V. We must change the way we live.
“ . . . and turn from their wicked ways. . .”
A. “Wicked, that’s an awful strong word, isn’t it?”
1. “Not talking about me, is it?”
a. I’m not that bad. “Wicked” are the really
2. This is still an address to God’s people.
a. God’s people can follow wicked ways!
b. Being a Christian doesn’t exempt you from
B. “I’ve got some hang-ups, but my sin doesn’t
affect anyone but myself!”
1. Illus.: Injecting poison into my arm, does
it only affect my arm?
2. No! YOU ARE PART OF A BODY!!
a. The body of Christ.
b. When you walk in that door with sin in
your heart, you infect the church body
with that sin.
c. Just as poison will inhibit or paralyze a
physical body, your sin inhibits the work
of this church.
3. God is not a killjoy who doesn’t want us to
have any fun, He knows the affects that sin
will have on you.
C. “What’s the big deal, Tony?!”
2. How can we have a true desire to see the
Delaware healed from the sickness of sin
when we, ourselves, are not willing to be
healed to the same illness.
a. How can we want to see Delaware healed of
its anger and bitterness when we are
harboring angry feelings ourselves?
3. For God to purify our city, He must be able
to use pure instruments. Do you desire that
Song from Integrity music:
"A pure heart, that’s what I long for a heart that follows hard after Thee
A heart that hides Your Word so that sin will not come in
A heart that’s undivided, One You rule and reign
A heart that beats compassion that pleases You, my Lord
A sweat aroma of worship, that rises to Your throne"
4. Purity starts with a relationship with Jesus Christ.