Mariam is veryy upset ! Team is hosting a new show and Mariam is the sole presenter. She feels like she can’t do it! She says she always messes things up! She doesn’t know how to change! Two weeks ago, they were recording the show “Road signs”, and she accidently deleted the tape!! She says she’s not very organized, and can’t be responsible for an entire show!
Can we change or can we not change? What is our heartlike?
A Soft Heart.... When I hear God’s word and it makes me realize that I’m doing something wrong.... I should ask God for His help and grace that would allow me to change. I should have the strong will to STOPit... I should let myself be easily shaped by God
"Blessed is the man who always fears the Lord, but he who hardens his heart falls into trouble" (Proverbs 28:14)
There are other hearts that are not hardened.... They hear God’s word and WANT to change! They put themselves in God’s hand so that He may shape them and TRANSFORM them
Because they have the DESIREto change, to stop something wrong, or to start doing something right, God will help them Even if it doesn’t seem easy, even if they fall on their journey, God will give them the strength to rise up again and continue, and they will rise up again and continue.
Example of someone who DID change, because He let his heart be easily shaped
“ Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net” (Luke 5:5)
“Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord” Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men
At that point Peter left everything and followed Jesus
When Jesus called Peter, he wasn’t perfect, he wasn’t this great preacher or saint that we know today, he had MANY weaknesses • But through his journey with Jesus, and the time he spent with Him, he learned from God, and he allowed Jesus to CHANGE him.
What were St. Peter’s weaknesses? At first, there were moments in St. Peter’s life where he didn’t have much faith
Do we sometimes lose faith? Examples? • When we pray something and don’t get the answer we want • When we see bad things happening
Do we sometimes speak without thinking? say things we don’t mean? make promises we can’t keep?
What did St. Peter become like after he changed? cautious bold courageous
Peter stood up and preached the word of God to all the people who were gathered there. • On that day, 3000 people believed and were baptized!!
He spoke bravely about the Lord Jesus without fear of the Jews • “We ought to obey God rather than man” (Acts 5:29)
they brought the sick out into the streets and laid them on beds and couches, that at least the shadow of Peter passing by might fall on some of them
He endured many tribulations, sufferings, and imprisonments for the sake of Jesus’ name.
How can we make our hearts SOFT, so we can easily make changes in our lives?
Keep God’s commandments, and realize when we have a problem that needs to be fixed. • Be willing to change anything that is wrong in our life. • Ask God to help us and His grace will work in us in order for us to change for the better
= + God’s Grace Power to Change My Struggle
Then we can say... I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13)
To Practice this Week: Find one thing that you need to change in your life… Something that you want to stop doing, or something that you want to start doing… Pray and ask God to soften your heart, give you that strong will to change, and strengthen you with His help and grace.
Clue # 8 The sacrament of Priesthood was instituted by who?
Clue # 9 Philippians 4:13