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Summary: This sermon stresses that we need to be completely honest with God in our worship, our prayer lives, our sin and shortcomings, and our relationship with Him.

GET REAL

Text: 2nd Chronicles 7:14

Introduction-

On the popular tv talk show, Oprah Winfrey,

Dr. Phil stresses confrontational counseling.

He urges people to "get real," and say what they

really need to say, and to not try to "con" him,

or avoid the real needs that they have. He has

been able to help some people see their hidden

problems and needs because of this honest approach.

As I viewed some of this show one day, I couldn’t

help but wonder, "What would happen if the church

’got real’ with God? We have a lot of hypocrisy

and dishonesty in worship and Christian service.

I believe that before true revival can come, or

salvation will ever be experienced, we must "get

real" with God. I believe that that is what God

desires and commands us to do.

Let’s see this stressed in 2nd Chronicles 7:14-

"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."

Many times we have prayed for revival, but revival

hasn’t come because we have not been honest with

God. We’ve asked Him to bless us, but we haven’t

been willing to turn from our sins and forsake

them. We’ve worn our masks, and put on our false

fronts, but He knows our hearts; therefore, He re-

fused to send revival when we were hypocritical.

I. If My people, which are called by My Name, shall

HUMBLE THEMSELVES.

Noting quite offends God like the manifestation of

a haughty, proud, arrogant spirit. God resists

the proud, but gives grace to the humble.

Look at the attitude of the Pharisee who prayed in

the temple in Luke 18. He exemplifies the haughty,

arrogant, spirit. The Scripture says that Jesus

spoke this to certain ones who trusted in them-

selves, that they were righteous, and despised

others. Hear his prayer-

"God, I thank Thee, that I am not as other men are,

extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this

publican.

I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all

that I possess.

And the publican would not lift up so much as his

eyes unto heaven, but somte upon his breast, say-

ing, God be merciful to me a sinner.

I tell you(said Jesus), this man went down to his

house justified rather than the other: for every-

one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he

that humbleth himself shall be exalted."

Folks, if we are honest with God, we’ll have to

confess that much in church life seeks to elevate

man instead of God. It seeks to exalt human pride

and human achievement. It’s "God, look how good

we are, Look how much we’ve done."

We’ll never get anywhere with God with an attitude

like that, nor will he bless with His Spirit that

which does not honor Him.

"Pride goeth before destruction, and a haughty

spirit before a fall."

In 1st Peter 5:5 Christians are urged to be subject

to one another, and clothed with humility.

II.If My people, which are called by My Name shall

PRAY...

The Pharisees prayed, and prayed regularly and

loud and long, to be heard of others, but Jesus

said that they had all the reward they were going

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