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New year - 2013

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Sermon shared by Bala Samson

December 2012
Summary: Friend, you cannot fight the enemy with a complacent spirit! A passive attitude will not conquer and possess! Are you listening to me?
Denomination: Pentecostal
Audience: General adults
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Begin with a bang! Possess the land - 2013!

Leviticus 20:24 But I have said to you, "You shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey." I am the LORD your God, who has separated you from the peoples.”

Friend, you cannot fight the enemy with a complacent spirit! A passive attitude will not conquer and possess! Are you listening to me? You cannot fight the enemy with negative words like: I cannot face this problem, I am ruined, I cannot recover again, the doctors report says that I cannot be healed, I have no future, I am too old, my marriage is destroyed; instead claim the promises of God and chase the enemy away. Glory to Jesus! The promise word from the Lord for you this year is “You shall inherit their land, and I will give it to you to possess, a land flowing with milk and honey!” Hallelujah!

Movie actor Salman Khan released his super-duper hindi film Debangg 2 on December 21, which happened to be month end and also Friday - a working day – normally new films are released during beginning of the month and weekends keeping collections and holidays in mind; however, Salman dared to go against all film-rules and norms and launched his movie which was a blockbuster hit. The collections had crossed Rs.100 crores in 6 days! Imagine! You may wonder, ‘hey Bala, you write with such precise details!’ I write this with tears brimming my eyes as well, the churches remain empty on Sundays, while the theatres are bursting with crowd on a working day to watch Salman Khan!

If an entertainer and a movie artiste like Salman could be so daring and challenging, why not we? Tell me. Pastors! I am with you! Youth Leaders! I am with you! Do not worry about the scanty crowd in the church, do not worry when your Bible study classes have empty chairs, do not worry when your youth backslide, do not worry when your church show no signs of improvement, do not worry if your painstakingly arranged prayer meetings flop – DO NOT WORRY …..keep moving forward, we would have blockbuster hits one day! Cheer up! The day would come when our people would take leave from work to attend church on Fridays! Say Amen. Did not Jesus say, “I will draw all men unto me?” Let us pray for such revivals! Moms/dads! Do not worry when you watch your kids show no signs of repentance or improvement despite your hard prayer and fasting – God is working in their hearts invisibly, they would shine one day for God, stay patient and steadfast in your prayers. Young people! Listen! Do not get discouraged with failures and delays; stay focused on God, continue to walk with God, allow the light of God’s word to fix the fractures and fissures it illuminates in the process. You cannot have pumpkin sized sins and expect God to bless you! Are you there? Should I mention the adulterous relationships, the clandestine Facebook friendships, drinking, smoking, cheating, stealing, lying, foul language, spiritual lethargy, pride, anger and unrighteousness? I have talked a lot about all this in the past, check it out!

A mother of two young girls has been in touch with me through email and has also been a passionate reader of my devotions who testified recently that her elder daughter with a little kid, who has been estranged from her husband, humiliated and
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