Lasting Chance by Larry Wynn

(Outline) LASTING CHANGE
GENESIS 32:24-30
MARCH 9, 1997 A.M.

I. INTRODUCTION

A. IF YOU COULD CHANGE ONE THING ABOUT
YOURSELF WHAT WOULD IT BE?

1. TOO OFTEN WE WORRY MORE ABOUT
CHANGING OTHERS THAN WE DO
OURSELVES.

2. PERSONAL CHANGE IS A NECESSARY
PART OF A GROWING LIFE.

B. A WASTED LIFE IS ONE THAT IS NEVER
WILLING TO CHANGE.

1. ILL. THE PRAYER OF SERENITY:

2. WE NEED TO CHANGE IN ORDER TO
STAY FRESH.

ILL. I WAS TALKING TO A BUSINESS MAN
IN OUR CHURCH THE OTHER DAY. HE
WAS TALKING ABOUT GROWTH AND
CHANGE. COMPANIES THAT CEASE TO
GROW STAGNATE HE SAID.
EVERYONE SUFFERS. THE
EMPLOYEES , THE CUSTOMERS, AND
THE SUPPLIERS. THE SAME IS TRUE IN
CHURCHES. CHURCHES THAT CEASE
TO GROW STAGNATE. EVERYONE
SUFFERS. PEOPLE WHO CEASE TO
GROW STAGNATE ALSO. EVERYONE
SUFFERS.



C. MOST OF US ARE INTERESTED IN CHANGE.

1. THE POPULARITY OF BOOKS,
SEMINARS, AND PRODUCTS RELATED
TO CHANGE ARE INDICATIVE OF THAT
FACT.

2. THE PROBLEM IS CHANGE IS OFTEN
TEMPORARY.

3. CHANGE IS OFTEN TEMPORARY,
BECAUSE MOST OF THE ATTENTION IS
GIVEN TO THE EXTERIOR, THE
BEHAVIOR.

4. LASTING CHANGE MUST BEGIN ON
THE INSIDE.

5. LASTING CHANGE IS A WORK OF GOD.

D. GENESIS 32:24-30 OUTLINES THE PROCESS
GOD USES TO BRING ABOUT LASTING
CHANGE IN OUR LIVES.

1. GENESIS 32 SHOWS US HOW GOD CAN
CHANGE US TO BECOME THE KINDS
OF PERSONS WE HAVE ALWAYS
WANTED TO BE.

2. THE INCIDENT IN JACOB’S LIFE WAS A
REAL TURNING POINT.

3. JACOB HAD BEEN SOMEWHAT SHIFTY.
EVEN HIS NAME MEANS “SCHEMER”
OR “CHEATER”.


4. JACOB BECAME ISRAEL THROUGH
THE TRANSFORMATION THAT TOOK
PLACE IN HIS LIFE. THE CHEATER
BECAME A PRINCE.
E. THE MESSAGE OF GENESIS 32 IS VERY
ENCOURAGING.

1. THE MESSAGE SAYS WE DON’T HAVE
TO STAY IN THE RUT WE ARE IN. GOD
WILL HELP US CHANGE.

2. HOW DOES IT HAPPEN? WHAT DOES A
WRESTLING MATCH WITH AN ANGEL
HAVE TO DO WITH ME TODA ...


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