Ravenous For Righteousness (Matthew 7:7-11)Darrell Hershberger, November 23, 2014
Part of the Sermon On The Mount series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
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Righteousness is another word for being like Jesus! We had a clarion call to change, becoming more like Jesus collectively and individually. Imagine how the world would look if righteousness would prevail. How would the Church look? How would I look?
The 6 R’s that will lead us to be true disciples of Jesus are:
1.?Recognition & Repentance
We have an amazing ability to deceive ourselves. It is so easy to see the small faults in others, but com-pletely overlook the big faults in ourselves. Does the Spirit reveal areas I need to change during a Gospel message, but the next Sunday I have not changed? We need to recognize ourselves and REPENT!
2.?Resolve and Resistance
We need to keep asking, seeking, and knocking even if it feels like we are asking too much. Grace is not opposed to effort, but to earning. Our daily asking, seeking, knocking needs to be “Lord, PLEASE change me in this specific area. Do we plan to change?
We need Vision, Intention, and Means to really change. Resist the devil and resist staying in your comfort zone!
3.?Relationship & Righteousness
It is relationship—the Holy Spirit. We’ll get more of Him, and He will get more of us! Walking with the Spirit mean listening to the Spirit, repenting, confessing my wrong, and continuing to walk with Him!
7Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: 8For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. 9Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone? 10Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him? (KJV)