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sermonette: Ground Hog Day - Again?

Overcoming our resistance to change
Bill Onisick
Given 26-Mar-16; Sermon #1314s; 17 minutes

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Bill Onisick, reflecting on a theme in the 1993 movie Groundhog Day, in which a weatherman (played by Bill Murray, who gets caught in a blizzard he failed to predict, doomed to relive the same day over again until he gets it right) sees a spiritual parallel in our process of overcoming well-entrenched perennial sins. Self-control is a spiritual gift that must be practiced; to not exercise this gift is tantamount to resisting and quenching God's Spirit. As spiritual adolescents, we often develop a defiant resistance to change, change which would ultimately make our lives easier and spiritually functional. If we become stiff-necked, like our ancestors at Sinai, we are clearly not submitting to God's Holy Spirit, sabotaging our overcoming and our path to salvation. Spiritual self-control is activated by regularly studying, meditating, praying, and crying out for more Holy Spirit and exercising it by our behavior.

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Acts 7:51 ; 14 Asking for God's Holy Spirit Being unresponsive Being self-aware that we have been stiffnecked Building our Self-control muscles Circumcision- a type of holiness Deuteronomy 10:13 Ephesians Exercising self control Exodus 32:9 ; 33:5 Failure to change Groundhog Day (1993) Ground Hog Day Ground Hog Day syndrome Jeremiah 6:10; 9:26 Lack of self-evaluation Leviticus 26:41-42 Hebrews 10 Perennial sins Putting off the old man Putting on the new man Resisting God's Holy Spirit Self-control muscles Self control Spiritual adolescence Stephen's audience Stiff-necked Stubbornness Uncircumcised ears Unresponsive ox Why change is difficult