Summary: Repentance is key to the adjustments we make daily to stay on course.

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Repentance: Breaking Free From Past Failures

3 OF 4 Exodus 20.5-6

February 15, 2009 Chester FBC, Chester, IL Dr. Mike Fogerson, Speaker


A The last few weeks we have seen our share of airplanes in the news.

1 First it was US Airways flight 1549, the miracle on the Hudson.

a Shortly after take off on their way to Charlotte, NC, hit some geese and wound up in the Hudson river. All 155 passengers were saved thanks to a skilled pilot & crew (Heros)

b This week, the story of Continental flight 3407 didn’t have a happy ending.

aa On a routine flight from Newark, NJ to Buffalo, NY, apparently ice developed on it wings and it slammed into a house just miles from the airport.

bb 49 souls on board died, and one soul in the house that the plane landed on.

2 In the movies, Superman would have swooped in and saved the day. (But in real life, sadly, sometimes we crash. Miss the runway.)

a An average flight from Miami to New York, spends 93% of it’s flight off-course.

aa The cockpit crew is making adjustments for head winds, tail winds, turbulence, storms, etc.

bb They adjust speed, pitch, roll accordingly to get back on course.

(Think about when you’re driving.)

b We spend much of life just trying to stay on course (Loving God, doing His Will, doing the right thing, etc.)

aa I believe if we do it right, it takes many daily adjustments to stay on the right course.

bb If we only make adjustments on Sunday, we can get way off course over a six day period.

B We’ve talked about Humility (Everything we have in the natural/spiritual is all because of Jesus, see ourselves as children), Endurance (length/lessons), this morning I want to teach you about Repentance.

1 I believe that the adjustments we make daily to stay on course are wrapped up in repentance.

2 I do not think that the devil can stand a chance against a repentant heart.

a When he comes against someone who wants to do everything in his/her power to look more like Jesus, I believe it torments him.

b Let’s look this morning at how repentance can help us break free.

c Pray

I Repentance is not just for Sunday’s.

A Many Christians see repentance as a two time a year event. (Spring & Fall revival)

1 This isn’t God’s idea of repentance. (Not God’s way; Not on course)

2 "You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, 6 but showing lovingkindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments. Ex 20:5-6 (NASB)

B the phrase “I . . . am a jealous God” threw Oprah for a theological loop per a statement she made in a video we have shown at the church.

1 God is a jealous God.

a Jealous, not in the sense that He’s envious of other gods. (There are no other gods other than the figments of men’s imaginations. No Buddha, No Krishna, No Allah)

aa The word “Jealous” expresses His love for His people because He wants the very best for them.

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