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Sermon Outline - Humbling Ourselves Before The Lord, 2 Chronicles ch.7 v.14

Date19/10/2003
Time11:00
PreacherRev. Maurice Roberts, Inverness
Sermon TitleHumbling Ourselves Before The Lord
Text2 Chronicles ch.7 v.14
Sermon ID685

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Introduction

  • God's appearance here to Solomon
  • A very helpful verse
  • Relevant to each and all of us
  1. WHY SHOULD WE HUMBLE OURSELVES?

    1. Because there is so little blessing
    2. Society is under God's judgement
    3. So few seeking the Lord
    4. So few being converted
    5. Preaching has very little effect
    6. Common grace also is removed
    7. Government has no vision - or else no will to carry it out.
    APPLICATION: Do you look at life like this?
  2. HOW SHOULD WE HUMBLE OURSELVES?

    1. We have all added to the sin
    2. Only God can remove these evils
    3. We have examples: Ezra 9; Neh. 9; Dan. 9.
    4. We set ourselves to abase ourselves before God and we open our heart
    5. With a readiness to change our evil ways and turn back to God
    6. "Seek my face". Explain.
    7. In confidence that God will hear us.
    OBSERVE: Is there not great need for this?
    "When nations are to perish in their sins
    'Tis in the church the leprosy begins".
  3. WHAT ENCOURAGES US TO HUMBLE OURSELVES?

    God loves a contrite heart
    Proof: Ps. 51; Isa. 57:15; Rev. 3:19.
    1. God is calling us to it today
    2. Everything else has failed
    3. God Himself gives this as the way to go in an evil day.
    4. There are biblical examples to encourage us: e.g. Judges, Josiah
    5. This text is itself is an encouragement
    6. Who knows what God may do in answer to our prayers?
      • we need fresh blessing
      • we need new members/adherents
      • we need more of God's presence
      • we need power in our preaching

CONCLUSION

  • Do we believe this promise?
  • Do we take to heart the promise that God "gives grace to the humble"?

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