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Sermon:
Sunday January 9th, 2005
Sermon: Expect things to change in your favor
Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11

Just in case anyone thinks anything differently, Godís thoughts, plans and actions toward you are good, not evil. Have we forgotten that it is a spiritual war and we are in the war zone wherever we goóeven here the enemy sneaks in to bring chaos and confusion, evil, manipulative, jealous thoughts. Itís no wonder the Word of God says to guard our hearts, renew our minds daily and put on the mind of Christ.

Iíve been away for a little bit, but never lost thought or prayers for you, my friends and family. And now, I have got some good and great newsóthe future is yours for the taking!

Okay, you might be thinking, great promise but that doesnít always happen for me. Why is that? What makes the difference? Simple. Happy, successful, fulfilled individuals have learned how to live their best lives now. They learned to make the most of the present moments of their lives and in so doing, enhance their future.

Then you have the others, and I am not going to be dwelling on the negatives very much this year. There were the ten and there were the two. God is going to be giving us the good, the faithful reports.
Others put off their happiness until some future date with these kind of thoughts:
Someday, things will be better in my life
Someday, I will be caught up with my work long enough to enjoy making some memories with my family
Someday, Iíll earn enough money, and I wonít have to worry about how to pay the bills
Someday, Iím going to get in better physical condition
Someday, Iíll have a better relationship with God and enjoy more of His goodness
Unfortunately, ďsomedayĒ never comes for some excuse or other.
Family, here is a news flash, today is the only day we have. We canít change the past and we donít know what tomorrow will bring. So what are we left with? To live at our full potential right now!

Luke 8:14
"And the seed that fell in the weedsówell, these are the ones who hear, but then the seed is crowded out and nothing comes of it as they go about their lives worrying about tomorrow, making money and having fun.

Luke 12:6-7
"Whatís the price of two or three pet canaries? Some loose change, right? But God never overlooks a single one. [7] And he pays even greater attention to you, down to the last detailóeven numbering the hairs on your head! So donít be intimidated by all this bully talk. Youíre worth more than a million canaries.

Give no thought for tomorrow. It has enough worries already.

Philip. 4:6
Donít fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns.

This year we are going to become the most fantastic church you have ever been to. We are going to enlarge our vision, develop healthier self-images, discover the power of our thoughts and words, let go of the past, get strong through adversities, live to give and