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When God Brings Change

Pastor Keith Hassell

 

 

I.          Introduction    (2 Corinthians 3:18)

 

            A.        “From glory to glory”

1.         God is in the process of changing us into His image.  Because He is so different from us, it takes us years to recognize all that needs to change within us to make us more like Him.

2.         Pressure brings change.  That is why He allows us to go through pressure and difficult circumstances.

3.         God brings change.  H

            B.        God never changes

                        1.         He is faithful to us in every generation

                        2.         He is the same yesterday, today, and forever

C.        The inevitability of change

1.         Seasons change; times change; nations change; music styles change; technology changes; our cultures change.  In our personal lives our marriages, ministries, and financial situations all change.

2.         Although God never changes, He is constantly moving His church toward perfection from “glory to glory.”

3.         We must be led by the Holy Spirit and sense when He is moving us on to the next level from “faith to faith” and from “glory to glory.”

 

II.        Five Things to Remember When God Brings Change

            A.        God has a People

1.         They are the “church”, those called out to be separate and holy unto the Lord

            B.        God has a Purpose

                        1.         Our purpose is to know Jesus and to make Him known

            C.        God has a Process

1.         Change us from glory to glory that we might reflect His image and likeness

            D.        God has a Pastor (Jesus)

                        1.         No matter who is in the pulpit, remember that Jesus is your Pastor

                        2.         God raises up pastors that will shepherd the people with His heart

                        3.         Pray for your pastors

E.         God has a Promise

1.         “I will never leave you nor forsake you, even to the end of the age.”

2.         “The gates of hell shall not prevail against His church.”

 

III.       Five Enemies of change         (2 Corinthians 3)

            A.        Tradition---“the glory that was” (verses 7-11)

1.         God moves in certain ways and gives us certain manifestations of His glory.  Instead of rejoicing in that and getting ready for the next aspect of glory, we like to stop and camp by the “glory that was.”  We call this TRADITION.

            B.        Fear---“You have not passed this way before” (Joshua 3:4)

                        1.         “It takes guts to get out of the ruts!”

            C.        Laziness---“Whenever the cloud lifted, they set out” (Numbers 9:19-22)

1.         God never allows us to settle on the way to the promise land.

D.        Stubbornness---“Nevertheless, some of the people went out” (Exodus 16:26-29)

1.         We are creatures of habit and try to keep doing things our way.  God told Israel not to gather manna on the Sabbath day.

            E.         Pride---“I am, and there is none besides me”

                        1.         The idea that we have “arrived.”

2.         Nadab and Abihu were destroyed because of their proud action that did not regard the holiness of God

3.         God never changes.  God is the only “I AM”;  we can only say “I am becoming.”

 

IV.       Prayer for Change

            A.        “Lord, I trust You, for You never Change”

            B.        “Lord change Me to be like You”

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