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!
7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 9 Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? 11 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (ESV)