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Pastor Wes shows what true repentance is, and what it is not.

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Exodus 8:1–15 CSB
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and tell him: This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. But if you refuse to let them go, then I will plague all your territory with frogs. The Nile will swarm with frogs; they will come up and go into your palace, into your bedroom and on your bed, into the houses of your officials and your people, and into your ovens and kneading bowls. The frogs will come up on you, your people, and all your officials.” The Lord then said to Moses, “Tell Aaron: Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, canals, and ponds, and cause the frogs to come up onto the land of Egypt.” When Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. But the magicians did the same thing by their occult practices and brought frogs up onto the land of Egypt. Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Appeal to the Lord to remove the frogs from me and my people. Then I will let the people go and they can sacrifice to the Lord.” Moses said to Pharaoh, “You may have the honor of choosing. When should I appeal on behalf of you, your officials, and your people, that the frogs be taken away from you and your houses, and remain only in the Nile?” “Tomorrow,” he answered. Moses replied, “As you have said, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God, the frogs will go away from you, your houses, your officials, and your people. The frogs will remain only in the Nile.” After Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, Moses cried out to the Lord for help concerning the frogs that he had brought against Pharaoh. The Lord did as Moses had said: the frogs in the houses, courtyards, and fields died. They piled them in countless heaps, and there was a terrible odor in the land. But when Pharaoh saw there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.
Exodus 8:1–15 CSB
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh and tell him: This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me. But if you refuse to let them go, then I will plague all your territory with frogs. The Nile will swarm with frogs; they will come up and go into your palace, into your bedroom and on your bed, into the houses of your officials and your people, and into your ovens and kneading bowls. The frogs will come up on you, your people, and all your officials.” The Lord then said to Moses, “Tell Aaron: Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, canals, and ponds, and cause the frogs to come up onto the land of Egypt.” When Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. But the magicians did the same thing by their occult practices and brought frogs up onto the land of Egypt. Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Appeal to the Lord to remove the frogs from me and my people. Then I will let the people go and they can sacrifice to the Lord.” Moses said to Pharaoh, “You may have the honor of choosing. When should I appeal on behalf of you, your officials, and your people, that the frogs be taken away from you and your houses, and remain only in the Nile?” “Tomorrow,” he answered. Moses replied, “As you have said, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God, the frogs will go away from you, your houses, your officials, and your people. The frogs will remain only in the Nile.” After Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, Moses cried out to the Lord for help concerning the frogs that he had brought against Pharaoh. The Lord did as Moses had said: the frogs in the houses, courtyards, and fields died. They piled them in countless heaps, and there was a terrible odor in the land. But when Pharaoh saw there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.

There is a difference between repentance and regret.

Exodus 8:5–8 CSB
The Lord then said to Moses, “Tell Aaron: Stretch out your hand with your staff over the rivers, canals, and ponds, and cause the frogs to come up onto the land of Egypt.” When Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt, the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt. But the magicians did the same thing by their occult practices and brought frogs up onto the land of Egypt. Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Appeal to the Lord to remove the frogs from me and my people. Then I will let the people go and they can sacrifice to the Lord.”
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Pain points our eyes to a need for change.

8 Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Appeal to the Lord to remove the frogs from me and my people. Then I will let the people go and they can sacrifice to the Lord.”
Illus: Think about a young child who is disciplined because they broke the rules. They will scream and cry because they feel the pain of the discipline you give them. Your ideal is a parent is for them to associate that pain with the action they committed. You want them to think, If I break the rules, I will face this punishment. So they, out of fear begin to change their behavior.
Illus: Think about a young child who is disciplined because they broke the rules. They will scream and cry because they feel the pain of the discipline you give them. Your ideal is a parent is for them to associate that pain with the action they committed. You want them to think, If I break the rules, I will face this punishment. So they, out of fear begin to change their behavior.
Our system of law today works in the same way. We want people to know, If I speed, I will phave to pay a substantial fine. If I steal, I will have to face such and such punishment. If I murder I could possibly lose my life.
In large part we are wired the same way at home. If I don’t pay my mortgage, I will lose my house. If I don’t brush m teeth, I will need a root canal.
Pain unsettles us enough to think twice about our decisions. This is what happened in pharaoh’s life. God brought pain to pharoah so that he would be forced to think twice about his life.
Remember pain is God’s gift to us to wake us from our own foolish decisions.
Illus: (CSB) 4 In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons: My son, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightly or lose heart when you are reproved by him, 6 for the Lord disciplines the one he loves and punishes every son he receives., 7 Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline?
Hebrews 12:4–7 CSB
In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons: My son, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightly or lose heart when you are reproved by him, for the Lord disciplines the one he loves and punishes every son he receives. Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline?
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4 In struggling against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. 5 And you have forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons: My son, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightly or lose heart when you are reproved by him, 6 for the Lord disciplines the one he loves and punishes every son he receives., 7 Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline?
My son, do not take the Lord’s discipline lightly or lose heart when you are reproved by him, 6 for the Lord disciplines the one he loves and punishes every son he receives., 7 Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline?

Instant reaction and longterm repentance are not the same.

8 Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Appeal to the Lord to remove the frogs from me and my people. Then I will let the people go and they can sacrifice to the Lord.”
or lose heart when you are reproved by him,
6 for the Lord disciplines the one he loves
and punishes every son he receives.,
7 Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline?

Instant reaction and longterm repentance are not the same.

8 Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, “Appeal to the Lord to remove the frogs from me and my people. Then I will let the people go and they can sacrifice to the Lord.”
Illus: LEt’s go back to our illustration, you punish your child for breaking the rules. Wanting to get out of the pain of punishment, they will say they are sorry. They might even try to do things the right way for a while. After a while though, they will return to do the exact thing they did to get introuble. Why because regret and reaction are not the same thing.
Same is true for us, you get a ticket for speeding, and you will drive slower for at least the next day. Truthfully, you will even brake every time you see a police car ahead of you. BUT… the pain of the ticket is normally not enough to get you to stop speeding longterm.
Pain and regret may cause you to think twice through dumb decisions, but they are not enough. Unless your pain turns into life change, all it is is regret.
Illus: (CSB) 9 I now rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because your grief led to repentance. For you were grieved as God willed, so that you didn’t experience any loss from us. 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly grief produces death.
9 I now rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because your grief led to repentance. For you were grieved as God willed, so that you didn’t experience any loss from us. 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly grief produces death.
9 I now rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because your grief led to repentance. For you were grieved as God willed, so that you didn’t experience any loss from us. 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly grief produces death.
9 I now rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because your grief led to repentance. For you were grieved as God willed, so that you didn’t experience any loss from us. 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly grief produces death.
9 I now rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because your grief led to repentance. For you were grieved as God willed, so that you didn’t experience any loss from us. 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly grief produces death.

Repentance is surrendering your life to God.

9 I now rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because your grief led to repentance. For you were grieved as God willed, so that you didn’t experience any loss from us. 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly grief produces death.

Repentance is about authority.

9 I now rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because your grief led to repentance. For you were grieved as God willed, so that you didn’t experience any loss from us. 10 For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, but worldly grief produces death. Repentance is about authority.
Exodus 8:9–11 CSB
Moses said to Pharaoh, “You may have the honor of choosing. When should I appeal on behalf of you, your officials, and your people, that the frogs be taken away from you and your houses, and remain only in the Nile?” “Tomorrow,” he answered. Moses replied, “As you have said, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God, the frogs will go away from you, your houses, your officials, and your people. The frogs will remain only in the Nile.”
9 Moses said to Pharaoh, “You may have the honor of choosing. When should I appeal on behalf of you, your officials, and your people, that the frogs be taken away from you and your houses, and remain only in the Nile?”

Repentance must be your response to God.

9 Moses said to Pharaoh, “You may have the honor of choosing. When should I appeal on behalf of you, your officials, and your people, that the frogs be taken away from you and your houses, and remain only in the Nile?”
(CSB) 9 Moses said to Pharaoh, “You may have the honor of choosing. When should I appeal on behalf of you, your officials, and your people, that the frogs be taken away from you and your houses, and remain only in the Nile?” 10 “Tomorrow,” he answered.
9 Moses said to Pharaoh, “You may have the honor of choosing. When should I appeal on behalf of you, your officials, and your people, that the frogs be taken away from you and your houses, and remain only in the Nile?”
10 “Tomorrow,” he answered.
Moses replied, “As you have said, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God,
Illus: As God shakes up your life, as he wakes you up, you can get angry at him, you can regret your decisions and not change, or you can turn in repentance to him.
Repentance is leaving your sins and joining to Jesus. Think of your sins as if they are weeds, if you just cut the top of the weed off, the weed will grow back. If you truly want to get rid of the weed, you need to pull the weed and dig up the roots.
Jesus says it this way, if your eye causes your to sin, cut it out because it is better to go to heaven eyeless than to have two eyes and go to hell.
This is what that means, if your cable package causes you to sin, cancel your subscription. If Netflix is causing you to sin, cancel it.
If drunkeness is your issue, stop going to places that serve.
If gossip is you sin, stop hanging around people who get you gabbing.
Cut your sins off at the roots. You are not strong enough to fight sin. If you tolerate sin, it will rule you.
Illus: (CSB) 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be zealous and repent. 20 See! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
(CSB) 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be zealous and repent. 20 See! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and discipline. So be zealous and repent. 20 See! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.

Repentance is the recognition that God is boss.

10 “Tomorrow,” he answered.
10 “Tomorrow,” he answered.
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9 Moses said to Pharaoh, “You may have the honor of choosing. When should I appeal on behalf of you, your officials, and your people, that the frogs be taken away from you and your houses, and remain only in the Nile?”
10 “Tomorrow,” he answered. Moses replied, “As you have said, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God,
Moses replied, “As you have said, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God,
Illus: Repentance is more than just leaving sin. If you leave sin and nothing else, you will find a new sin to take its place. Repentance is turning from and turning too. It is allowing God to have the place of sin in your life.
Illus: (CSB) 22 Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth. For I am God, and there is no other.
(CSB) 22 Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth. For I am God, and there is no other.
22 Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth.
For I am God,
and there is no other.
Moses replied, “As you have said, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God, 11 the frogs will go away from you, your houses, your officials, and your people. The frogs will remain only in the Nile.”
Moses replied, “As you have said, so that you may know there is no one like the Lord our God, 11 the frogs will go away from you, your houses, your officials, and your people. The frogs will remain only in the Nile.”

Genuine repentance will be seen through longterm change.

Exodus 8:12–15 CSB
After Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh, Moses cried out to the Lord for help concerning the frogs that he had brought against Pharaoh. The Lord did as Moses had said: the frogs in the houses, courtyards, and fields died. They piled them in countless heaps, and there was a terrible odor in the land. But when Pharaoh saw there was relief, he hardened his heart and would not listen to them, as the Lord had said.

Do you regret the sins in your life, or will truly repent and turn to God?

Illus: This sermon should not be hard to apply. You know the places in your life that belong to God. You know the sins you are hiding. Yeah, you feel guilty for them, and might even be scared of the pain associated wiht them. Are you willing to give them to God?
Illus: (CSB) 5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him. 6 If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth.
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FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in him. 6 If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” and yet we walk in darkness, we are lying and are not practicing the truth.
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