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50 Days of Transformation // Part 1

How To Get Closer To God // Spiritual Health
Rick Warren // January 18-19, 2014

Welcome to 50 DOT- Part 1

Our theme verse is ROM. 12:2

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.”

Think- feel- act

7 key areas- today spiritual health

The further away you get from God, the more your life is troubled. The closer you get to God, the more your life is transformed.

The LOST Son & LOVING FATHER: Luke 15:11-24 NIV

Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. 13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything. 17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. 21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.


LK. 15:13-14 “.. he wasted it all.. he had nothing left.. he got desperate and hungry... ... then he finally came to his senses...”

JER.29:13 GOD: “You'll find me when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else.” (Mes)


LK 15:17-18 “When he came to his sense, he said... “I have sinned against God and you...”

ISA. 59:2 “Your sins have separated you from your God, and have hidden his face from you...”

If you feel far from God- guess who moved?

Truth: You are as CLOSE to God as you CHOOSE to be.

PS. 51:1-4 “Be merciful to me, O God, because of your constant love. Because of your great mercy wipe away my sins! Wash away all my evil and make me clean! I recognize my faults and I am conscious that I’ve sinned against you.” (TEV)

How does God respond with I “own up”? Face up...

ISA 1:18 “The Lord says ‘No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow.’ (NLT)

This wk in your SMALL GROUP: Seven Habits For Spiritual Health

The HABIT of a Regular Spiritual Check-up

1. Look at page 220-224

2 COR. 13:5Test yourself to make sure you’re solid in the faith. Don't drift along taking everything for granted. Give yourself regular checkups. If you fail the test, do something about it!

1 COR.11:28 “A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup.”


Notice the change in attitude?

LK.15:11 The son drifted away saying “GIVE ME MY share...”

LK. 15:17 He returned to the Father saying “MAKE ME a servant”

That’s a HEART Transformation!

The greatest; from self-centered to God-centered.

Are you letting God do that?

Transformation is NEVER instant or overnight

2 COR. 3:18 “We... reflect the Lord’s glory, and are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

Transformation is a PROCESS but here’s the starting point

Just like the prodigal son, you must volunteer “MAKE ME”

ROM. 12:1-2 “Because God is merciful to you, OFFER yourselves as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship. And do not conform to the pattern of this world, but BE transformed by the renewing of your mind.


LK.15:23-24 “Filled with love and compassion, he ran out to his son, threw his arms around him, and kissed him!... Bring the best...”

God has a better life for you than you imagine

Get FED UP... OWN UP to my sin ... OFFER UP myself...


LK.15: 23-24 “We’re going to celebrate with a feast of eating and drinking... He was lost but now he’s found! So the party begin!

PS. 68:4 “Sing to God, sing praises to his name; lift up a song to him... his name is the Lord!” (ESV)

For your own transformation- you NEED to learn to SING!

CARD 1:The HABIT of group singing is good for your health!

PS. 13:6 “I will sing to the Lord because he has been so good to me!” (NLT)

Has God been good to you? Want to be transformed?

Need to get serious about trying to sing every song.

We’re going to start improving your health right now (stand).

Worship Set

This Is Amazing Grace

- Josh Farro, Jeremy Riddle, and Phil Wickham

Verse 1

Who breaks the power of sin and darkness
Whose love is mighty and so much stronger
The King of Glory the King above all kings

Verse 2

Who shakes the whole earth with holy thunder
Who leaves us breathless in awe and wonder
The King of Glory the King above all kings

Chorus 1

(Oh) This is amazing grace
This is unfailing love
That You would take my place
That You would bear my cross
You laid down Your life
That I would be set free
Oh Jesus I sing for all that You've done for me

Verse 3

Who brings our chaos back into order
Who makes the orphan a son and daughter
The King of Glory the King of Glory

Verse 4

Who rules the nations with truth and justice
Shines like the sun in all of its brilliance
The King of Glory the King above all kings

Misc 1 (Bridge)

Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy is the King who conquered the grave
Worthy is the Lamb who was slain
Worthy worthy worthy

No Longer Slaves 

- Jonathan David Helser and Melissa Helser

Verse 1

You unravel me with a melody
You surround me with a song
Of deliverance from my enemies
Till all my fears are gone

Chorus 1

I'm no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God
I'm no longer a slave to fear
I am a child of God

Verse 2

From my Mother's womb
You have chosen me
Love has called my name
I've been born again into Your family
Your blood flows through my veins

Misc 1 (Bridge)

You split the sea so I could walk right through it
My fears were drowned in perfect love
You rescued me so I could stand and sing
I am a child of God

I Give Myself Away 

- Sam Hinn and William McDowell

Chorus 1

I give myself away
I give myself away
So You can use me

Verse 1

Here I am
Here I stand
Lord my life is in Your
Your desires revealed in me

Verse 2

Take my heart
Take my life
As a living sacrifice
All my dreams
All my plans
Lord I place them in Your hands

Misc 1 (Bridge)

My life is not my own
To You I belong
I give myself
I give myself to You

The Lord's Prayer

- Lowell Mason

Our Father who art in heav’n
Hallowed be Thy name
Thy kingdom come Thy will be done
On earth as it is in heav’n

Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our debts
As we forgive our debtors

And lead us not into temptation
But deliver us from evil

For Thine is the kingdom
And the power and the glory
Forever and ever