Last week I preached the first sermon of a series called “Draw a Circle” here at Weymouth Community Church. The whole “draw a circle” is that revival starts with individuals. Before churches can experience revival, individuals must experience personal revival. We need to draw a circle around us and pray, “Lord, send revival and let it begin in me!” In the first sermon we talked about three indicators that you need revival:
If you do not love God as much as you did at first, you need revival.
If your walk with God is defined by activity rather than intimacy, you need revival.
If you do not sense an urgent need for God’s help, you need revival.
These ideas were taken straight from the letters to church in Revelation 2 and 3. This week we are continuing the “Draw a Circle” series and will be talking about humility. Before we can experience revival we must be humble. C.J. Mahaney defines humility as honestly assessing ourselves in light of God’s holiness and our sinfulness. The Scripture we will be looking at is James 4:6-10. In this passages James tells us to come close to God, wash our hands and purify our hearts, and to be broken over our sin.
I wanted to share something in this post that I will be sharing in the sermon. Dan Jarvis, lead pastor of Weymouth, came up with twenty reasons not to sin:
1. Sin breaks the heart of my Savior.
2. Jesus died to save me from sin.
3. I’ll feel guilty and dirty if I do it.
4. This won’t really satisfy me.
5. Once I’m done sinning, I’ll wish I hadn’t.
6. My disobedience to God will hurt other people that I love and care for.
7. It will hurt God’s reputation.
8. I will come under the discipline of God.
9. It will rob me of my potential in life.
10. It will waste precious, God-given time.
11. Eventually, someone will find out.
12. God sees everything I do, say, and think.
13. It will keep me from fulfilling the purpose of my life.
14. I have more important things to do than to mess around with sin.
15. This sin will distract me from my spiritual focus.
16. It will rob me of heavenly rewards.
17. The devil wants me to disobey God.
18. There will be real consequences to this, some of which I don’t even realize.
19. God will hold me accountable.
20. I really love God, so, why would I want to disobey Him?
So next time you’re facing temptation or are thinking about committing a particular sin, remember some of these reasons you should NOT do it.