10-25-14 “If My People Turn” – Part 5 – Pastor Shane Idleman
COMPLETE SERMON NOTES
If You TURN, God Will Heal
IF MY PEOPLE part 5
INTRO: Why I’m switching sermons
Are Churches Avoiding the ‘S’ and ‘R’ Words?
It’s no secret that there is a significant shift in the church today to avoid sin and repentance. God’s Word says to confront, confess, and turn from sin, whereas many encourage us to ignore, overlook, and continue in it. One popular TV preacher actually said, “I don’t talk about sin,” and was proud…
The Parable of the Sower: [Mark 4:14] The sower sows the word. 15 And these are the ones along the path, where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. 16 And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: the ones who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with joy. 17 And they have no root in themselves, but endure for a while; then, when tribulation or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away. 18 And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, 19 but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful. 20 But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”
MESSAGE: If You Turn God Will Heal
Psalm 107:20 He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
Let’s be open and honest about sin: We minimize it so we feel better…
SIN IS NOT “A LITTLE VICE” . . .
Cancer is not just a little division of abnormal cells
One problem is that we are quick to quote, “BUT the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Rm. 6:23
We want to soften the blow; the enemy wants to soften the blow; the world wants to soften the blow: EPHESIANS 5:11, “Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.”
C.S. Lewis said, “The safest road to hell is the gradual one—the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.”
We need to look at sin from God’s view, or it really doesn’t convicted us.
Many live in deception. The only way to deal with it is to expose it.
The Power of Confession: “If they turn I will hear, forgive and heal.”
The root problem is sin [NOT self-esteem] – the answer is a Savior not psychology
He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1. Physical Healing
(James 5:14-16 NKJV) Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven. Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. CONFESSION CAN BRING HEALING
HEBREWS 12:6, “The Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” WITHOUT PAIN, WE OFTEN DON’T CHANGE.
“It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until He has hurt him deeply.” – A.W. Tozer
Come Wreck Me Again!! “Those who have been forgiven much love much.”
Romans 5:1, ‘Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
3. Spiritual: Psalm 107:20 He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.
CLOSING: When my sermons are loud and convicting, they say, “Now you are preaching brother.” But when I focus on the love of Christ, they say, “You are losing your prophetic edge.”
The arms that hold the universe are holding you tonight. The voice that calmed the raging sea can calm your anxious heart. Satan has to bow to the Father; fear has to run; darkness has to flee. IF MY PEOPLE . . .