Impromptu Sermon Notes for Sunday 10:30 am service at the Kannapolis Church of God on March 6, 2016 by Dr. Greg Sloo, Lead Pastor
Jeremiah 4:1 – 5
4 “If you will return, O Israel,” says the Lord,
“Return to Me;
And if you will put away your abominations out of My sight,
Then you shall not be moved.
2 And you shall swear, ‘The Lord lives,’
In truth, in judgment, and in righteousness;
The nations shall bless themselves in Him,
And in Him they shall glory.”
3 For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem:
“Break up your fallow ground,
And do not sow among thorns.
4 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord,
And take away the foreskins of your hearts,
You men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem,
Lest My fury come forth like fire,
And burn so that no one can quench it,
Because of the evil of your doings.”
I. Put Away Your Abominations, Then You Shall Not Be Moved
We live in a society that calls sin normal, and calls holiness hate. The church has even bought into some of the lies that the world trots out. We must stand up and be the church, even when it is not popular. If we want the church to stand, we must follow God’s standard, and then He will stand with us and we will not be moved.
II. Live So That God Will Be Glorified
What do people see in your life? Do they see the holiness of God, the powerful presence of His Holy Spirit? If not, live so that He may receive glory.
III. Break Up Your Fallow Ground
Fallow ground is hard, unattended soil. If you have not been reading, praying, fasting, meditating on the things of God, it is time to restore those practices and allow the Holy Spirit to break up the hardness of your heart so that you might be nourished, and that the life breath of God might infuse your soil for fruitfulness.
IV. Avoid Sowing Among Thorns
The system of this world includes choking sinfulness, and will drown out the life of God. The Bible says to lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares, or traps, us. Don’t let the stuff of this world distract you from the things of God.
V. Circumcise Your Heart
Circumcision is a practice usually involving babies, who can get past the trauma of the event more easily. God required Abraham to circumcise all his household to signify the covenant, and then had Moses require circumcision of all the men who were to enter the Promised Land. They took ten days to recuperate, because it was a painful and debilitating act. Cutting the sin out of our minds and hearts is a painful act at times, but a necessary one, much like cutting a cancerous tumor out of one’s body. It is painful, but healing.
VI. Live So Your Works Will Stand the Test of Fire That is Coming
Are you building with gold, silver, and precious stones, or with wood, hay, and stubble. There is a testing fire coming. Will your works stand the test?