The Keys to Your Reversal – by Dr. Tony Evans
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when a person has a master key to a facility that means that they can unlock any door all doors are subject to this one key I want to launch our time together today by giving you the master key because the key I’m getting ready to give you will unlock every door you’re not an exception to this key it’s a master key for that whatever the circumstance or consequence is you are dealing with what is the master key that can give you hope about a reversal in your circumstances simply stated the master key for the reversal of consequences brought on by sin is developing a lifestyle of repentance repentance is necessary because of the existence of sin sin may be defined as any violation of the divine standard any violation of the divine standard the biblical word for it is sin the biblical word is not mistake the biblical word is not bad habit the biblical word is not my bad the biblical word for the violation of a divine standard is the word sin let me hear you say sin the reason why I wanted you to say it is because it’s not like a popular word but it is the only word God recognizes when it comes to the need for the repentance that gives hope for the reversal of circumstances so whenever we violate transgress the standard of God God says that sin now the reason if the sin has to do with the nature of God the Bible describes God as perfect and righteous in all of his ways he is a perfect being in the same way that you don’t like trash or garbage God doesn’t like sin so God cannot have any relationship with sin and maintain his holy integrity so that means sin has to be addressed before consequences can be addressed what many people want is God to change their consequence without them facing their sin leave my sin alone but get rid of the problems caused by it don’t ask me to adjust my sin make me feel better look better be better help a brother out help a sister out there can be no dealing with the consequence unless we deal with the cause and the cause it’s sin which is an affront to a holy God and a violation of his divine standard sin in the Bible violating God’s revealed righteous standard is associated normatively with death you saw it over and over again in this exact you’ll 18 passage why will you die repent so that you don’t die romans 6:23 the wages of sin is death James 1:15 when sin is completed it brings forth death over and over again hosea 14:1 your downfall is because of your sin so death is associated with sin in the Bible means separation a separation occurs when we sin a death occurs because a separation occurs what’s the separation fellowship with God is lost when sin is introduced God must separate from sin since we are sinning he has to separate from us in terms of our personal relationship which I’ll explain in a moment a distance occurs when sin is introduced into a scenario when that gap occurs because sin has been introduced that space due to the gap caused by sin that becomes filled with consequences there is a spacing issue where consequences fill in the gap where the sin created the separation because God is no longer there to block it you remember when God told Adam the day you eat the fruit that same day you will die but he didn’t fall down dead that day he didn’t physically die that day oh but he died because the Bible says that God removed him from the garden and from intimate fellowship with him so there was a spiritual death there was an emotional death it says fear took over and controlled him emotional death is when you can’t live with you relational death we hear we hear couples say when they are getting a divorce the death of a marriage there is a relational death that can occur there is economic death where your bills are controlling you and you’re not controlling them and so there is the death economically that cannot so there are all these kinds of deaths and they’re all death in the Bible because the biblical meaning of death is an illegitimate separation and of course then there is the worst death of all eternal death we call it hell eternal death is where a person is separated from fellowship with God forever it’s all all those are called death in the Bible so you must now clear your mind of limiting the definition of death to a funeral and understand that death is any illegitimate separation so then what is life life is the coming together of things that should not be separate it is the spirit in the body it is the relationship on track it is the economics in harmony life or what the Bible calls eternal life is not a place that’s heaven it’s an experience that his life in the Bible is experiencing God’s reality in harmony with you and in the various scenarios of your life so if you are a dead man walking or a dead woman walking in some category there has been an illegitimate separation that needs to be harmonized again and the word that God uses to bring the illegitimate to the legitimate is the word repent that is this word of turning death into life sin is the word for taking life and turning it into death so that’s why repentance is the master key for whatever the scenarios are today opening the door based on God’s prerogative to reversing limiting canceling or giving you the capacity to handle consequences as his prerogative but you don’t even get positioned for that prerogative without the word repent repentance is defined as an internal resolve and determination to turn from your sin repentance is an internal resolve and determination to turn from your sin sin creates a broken relationship where consequences brought on by Satan or situations or even what God allows to enter into your life because there has been a rupture repentance is God’s way of sewing back together the rupture with him when the rupture with him is sewn back together through repentance the possibility of reversal of consequences now exists repentance is the internal resolve and determination to turn from your sin without that internal resolve and determination thus no real repentance then you and your consequences must learn to live together the best way you can cuz you are stuck with them let me tell you the ingredients that you need to stir together to get a real repentance number one to repent start off with a recognition Oh said there is a recognition of sin to see if you don’t believe it’s sin then you don’t need to repent of it it is sin because there’s a violation of a divine standing that’s what makes something sin so you must recognize it to be so first John 1:9 says that if we confess our sins he’s faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness the Greek word confess means to say the same thing it’s what the griot mulligan means to say the same thing you must say about that thing what God says about it secondly there must be remorse over what you now recognize what the Bible calls in 2nd Corinthians 7 verses 10 and 11 godly sorrow godly sorrow is I’ve hurt God now you may have heard your neighbors you may have hurt yourself but the one thing has offended the most is God so he says godly sorrow leads to repentance that this thing whatever the thing is has hurt the heart of God he says it must be godly sorrow not the world’s sorrow worldly sorrow is you got caught godly sorrow is I’ve hurt the heart of God godly sorrow guilt and shame over sin must be the reaction to the recognition of sin then what’s recognizing it and being remorseful over it that must be the decision to reverse it the decision to reverse it how do you know that this thing is real that you really want to deal with it fruit in other words you are doing something that demonstrates you want a reversal he uses the word over and over in Scripture return return Zechariah chapter 1 verses 3 & 4 return to me so I can return to you Malachi chapter 3 verse 7 return to me so I can return to you I want to come back to you but you keep dying on me by refusal to address the sin having the sin is one thing not addressing it is another in James chapter 4 the people were concerned that their prayers were not being answered and were praying and nothing was happening he says you have not because you ask not in verse 2 verse 3 says you asked but you still don’t receive because you ask with wrong motives so that you may spend it on your own pleasures your adulteresses don’t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God God has enemies own camp because he’s writing to Christians or do you not think that the scripture says to no purpose he jealously desires the spirit which he is made to dwell in you why this a big deal of God to leave the jealous person he saved you for himself but he gives greater grace all he’s giving you divine favor therefore it says God is opposed to the proud you can do it without him but gives grace to the humble so what should you do submit yourself therefore to God resist the devil and he will flee from you don’t miss read that he didn’t tell you resist the devil he said submit to God a lot of people say oh I can’t get rid of this devil and you won’t because he’s got space to work in so he first says submit to God submit means to place yourself underneath the authority of someone place yourself under the authority of God and then resists the devil why because once you get God on your side you got help with the devil so if the devil is bringing these consequences and you want to get the devil off of your back you’ve got to first come underneath God so God can work with you and getting the devil off of you because the devil can handle you he can’t handle God working with you and how do you do that verse 8 says draw near to God and He will draw near to you repentance is a lifestyle of acknowledging to God our sin with the remorse that I’ve heard God with the request that he intervenes in not only my forgiveness but in my circumstances and repentance opens the door for him to limit postpone avoid reverse cancel or empower in the midst of dealing with the circumstance it’s his prerogative but you’ve opened the door for one many or all of the above that’s why whenever you see or almost every time you see repent connected with the word return he tells you what he’s gonna do for you if you do it he says you will establish now the grounds for God to deal with your consequences Isaiah 30 verse 15 says your deliverance is in your repentance oh I love what Acts chapter 3 says verses 19 to 21 therefore repent and return so that your sins may be wiped out in order that times of refreshing may come because it’s never what you want when you got consequence I want to be refreshed from them refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord and that he may send Jesus the Christ appointed to you whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which God spoke about by the mouth of his holy prophets from ancient time he says repent and return so that you can be refreshed the Bible says all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God as judge he has pronounced the whole world guilty because all have sinned so when we relate to God judicially as a judge we’re guilty so what the judge did god what sent Jesus Christ to the cross to bear our guilt God can only accept you into heaven if you are as perfect as he is so what God did was become a man down the cross and credit the righteousness of Christ to all who come to Christ for it so judicially as a judge you stand I stand we stand all who come to Christ stand before God as though we’ve never sinned because God has credited to our account the righteousness of Christ he who knew no sin became sin for us so when it comes to your eternal destiny guilt has been covered which is why you can’t lose your salvation guilt has been covered by the death of Jesus Christ because when it comes to your eternal salvation the judge has acquitted you once you come to Christ first John 2:2 makes it clear that at the death of Christ he died and propitiation for our sins but not for our sins only but for the sins of the whole world it says so he says your deliverance is in your repentance you’re driving south on the highway as you’re driving south on the highway it dawns on you you should have been going north so you recognize you’re going the wrong way you’re saying that you’re going the wrong way but you keep passing exit then you have not yet with you’ve recognized it you feel bad about it but there has been no reversal or attempt to reverse you feel bad enough long enough it dawns on you I better do something different so you see an exit coming up 1/2 a mile you move over to your right lane and you exit off of confession off-ramp I agree that I’ve been going the wrong way I confess South is not the right way so I’m getting off now you haven’t solved the problem yet but you’ve acted you’ve acted you got me it may not be big fruit but it’s some fruit and you’ve acted and you’ve pulled off on confession our friend but there’s a bigger problem getting all doesn’t solve your problem cuz loft is over there but there is a connection between the ramp you got off and the ramp you need to get on we’ll call it grace overpass because the Bible says grace is greater than our sin so when you get off the confession off-ramp there has been a buttress built for you to make it right so you now cross over grace overpass on the other side of the overpass is an on-ramp we’ll call that restoration on ramp so you get off on confession exit off ramp you cross over grace overpass you get back on restoration on ramp and guess what you’re headed in the right direction now depending on how long you’ve been going wrong it may take you a minute to get back fully on the right Road but I got some good news for you if you’ve ever been on a long trip and gone on a long journey and that was time to come home have you ever noticed it seems to take less time get home then it did going there now wait a minute it’s the same amount of miles if you’re taking the same route it may be the same amount of distance because you’re taking the same route but it feels different and you know I feel different cuz you go at home God says if I can just get you to come home it may take a minute it may take some time but because you’re coming home
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