Zephaniah 3:17 reminds us that God is musical and He rejoices and sings over you. - -
The LORD your God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy; he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.
Monday, January 1, 2018
God’s Plan for 2018
From my notes I present a digested sermon as Pastor Allan ministered on Sunday.
The atmosphere at church was
charged with the presence of God, and Pastor hesitated to pull away and begin
He began:I don’t know about you, but 2017 for many of
us, we experienced bad things; Sickness, death, fires, and threats of a flood
and destruction.But through it all, God
was protecting, and keeping us in His care.
We try to figure out things
for ourselves and maybe we would have done things differently, but we must
enter a New Year with eyes wide open with NO regrets.
There were positive things
too in 2017.We were encouraged about
the unity at the prayer service at the State Theatre.
Our attitude is important as
we enter 2018.Know God has a good plan for you – A Hope in
God.He knows exactly His plans, but it
is important to stay in His will.
Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
Psalms 50:15 Call
upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me."
Understand that God always
has YOU on His mind, for a good future, and that is good.
Jeremiah 33:3 Call
to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do
There are pressures, and we
sometimes allow things in our life that should not be there.
God loves you and He desires
you to be free from things that hinder you.
Psalms 145: 18-19 The
Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on
him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry
and saves them.
This New Year, continue to
have conversations with God.He desires
to prosper and bless you.Realize it is
the enemy who does not want God to bless you.
Learn to claim answers to
your own prayers, and don’t depend on Grandma’s prayers.
God desires to bless you, but
there are conditions.Walk in His truth
and in His Way.Keep a tender heart and
keep seeking God.
At Christmas time, we turned
on the TV and there was a program about “Treasure seekers,” who have given all
their fleshly life looking for what may or may not be there.
The truth is that the
treasures of God are real and not fantasy. His will is to bless and his plans are good.
Seek Him and know He wants to
be found.Your Heavenly Father knows you
need certain things.
Don’t worry about tomorrow,
but seek first the Kingdom of God
and all these other things will be added onto you.
One of my favorite things is
to listen to others tell of the great things God has done for them.Serving God is exciting, with out ever a dull
Lastly I would encourage you
to ask, “What can I do for God in 2018?How much more can I give?Pray
for your neighbors even those in conflict with you.Show God’s love to others.You might not be able to change the world,
but let God change you.
Without Love all good works
are simply nothing.You are missing it
if you are not ministering with love.
God loved us and gave us His
Son.Receive the fullness of His love.All service to God in interlinked with love.
1.God loves you and
has a good plan for you.
2.Operate in His
will to know what his plan is.
3.Go deeper in God,
seek His face
You might say:“You want me to go where?To do what?You want me to give up that?
If you really want a deeper
level then we must be willing to obey.
But someone hurt my feelings
!!Honestly so was Jesus hurt,
betrayed, beaten, criticized, but He did not allow his hurt to stop Him from
fulfilling His destiny.
What is holding you
back?Are you willing to set it aside
and step forward?