December 30, 2018
Sermon Title: 2019--A Year of New Beginnings
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Matthew 6:15; I Kings 8:33-34
Scripture Text: Romans 13:11-14
11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.
13 Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery (immoral behavior), not in dissension (disagreement) and jealousy.
14 Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the flesh.
2019--A Year of New Beginnings
What is the one thing most people have in common at the New Year? Most of us make resolutions, don't we? One young boy asked his father what his New Year's resolution was, and his father said, "He was going to do everything possible in the new year to make his mother very happy."
The boy asked his mother what hers was, and she said, "To do everything possible to make sure your father keeps his resolution."
This is one of those very few times when everybody, believers and non-believers alike, are going to be doing the exact same thing at the exact same time: Leaving one place and going into another. Of course, I am talking about leaving 2018 and entering 2019.
Point I. LEAVE IT COMPLETELY-except reflecting on God's blessing
When we pray, we often take our needs to the Lord and ask His help in dealing with them. And then what do we do? Instead of leaving them with Him, we take them back with us as we finish praying.
- - LEAVE YOUR RESENTMENT BEHIND
- - LEAVE YOUR WORRIES BEHIND
- - LEAVE YOUR FAILURES BEHIND
Point II. GRAB HOLD OF THE FUTURE
Each New Year is a representative thing. It represents to us that there is a whole range of new opportunities for us; an unlimited chance to have a better life. At the start of every year, we see magazines publishing predictions on how they think the world will be in the upcoming year. Some of these predictions have been accurate, but most have fallen way short of being true.
- - OUR TIME ON THIS EARTH IS LIMITED
- - DO NOT LOSE WHAT WE HAVE--TO OVERLOAD
Point III. KNOW WHAT THE LORD’S WILL IS FOR US
I am assuming, that since you are in church today, you realize that you need the Lord in your life. And I am hoping that you really believe that your relationship with Jesus is more important than anything else in your life.
Life is what happens to you as you are focused on your dreams.
Dreams are fine, but don"t let them rob you of your life.
And keep your life in Christ, so that you truly can be -- all you were meant to be.
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