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A Butt Kicking That Will Change Your Heart

This Jonah series is kicking my butt. (Missed a message? Listen to Sunday’s messages by clicking here.)

  • chapter 1: “You can’t run from God.” If I’m honest, I try to.
  • chapter 2: Jonah cries out for God to save him from the uncomfortable state he is in, but not to change his heart.  I do that too!
  • chapter 3: God doesn’t call me because I am able, but because He is able. My potential isn’t in me, it’s in Christ.  But I seem to think I can do it because of my skills and who I am.  Do you feel this way too?  Please tell me I’m not alone in realizing how much like Jonah I am!

This is good though. Until you realize you need change, you will never ask God to change you.  Until you realize you need change, you will never kill your old self; you will never live Galatians 2:20:

My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.

Naturally, Sunday we ended our study in chapter four.  It kicked my butt again.  Shannon asked, “Do the sins of others bother you more than your own sin?”  Dang.  I mean… yes, I get caught in that snare.  Especially with my kids.  And my wife.  And the folks I don’t want to love because they aren’t like me.
Is that you too?
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But again, until I realize I need change, I will never ask God to change me.  So now I have a new prayer: “God I need your grace to change my heart.  Make me grace-filled instead of angry like Jonah.”  I have to confess that at first, I didn’t trust Him enough to change me.  And then I remembered who I am in Him.  I am a child of the Most High King, loved by the Creator of the universe. I am chosen, I am forgiven, I am righteous, I am holy because of Christ!  And God hasn’t given up on me.  He wants to change me.  And because I choose to trust him, He will.

And He will change you too! He won’t give up on you because He loves you!

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Heath is serving as the Executive Pastor of Adult Discipleship at SoHills. He is the husband of Karen and father of Reese (5) and Vivian (3). He is a lover of God, the outdoors, sports, and good food. Heath is passionate about helping people learn about themselves and discover how God loves them.

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