Summary: We need to take the month of Jan and pray for a great out pouring of God’s Healing Power to those who need “healing.” This healing encompasses physical, emotional, mental, spiritual and even healings in relationships. The relationships are between us and

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Sermon 12 in 2012

Introduction: The new theme and or vision for 2012 for Christian Hills is “12 in 2012.”

Questions: The first question that races across your mind may be this: “12 what in this year of 2012?”

Well most of you know that the year is broken up into 12 months. My mind reflects on my recent message on how important it is for us to allow the River of Life to flow through our church, our lives, our families and our communities this year. We need to make sure that we do not erect dams that hold back the flow of the River of Life.

If we have erected dams that are hindering the flow of the Spirit we need to choose to tear them down. We need to commit to allow God’s healing water to flow through us to heal us and transform our surroundings.

To me one dimension of the 12 has to do with the 12 months – 12 healings or 12 mile markers for the year. Let’s read the passage in Revelation 22:1-7 again:

Revelation 22:1-7: Reminds me of this truth about the River of Life and of God and of the Lamb’s Throne in Heaven: Please read along with me in your Bible’s:

The River of Life:

1Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb

2down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.

3No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him.

4They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads.

5There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign forever and ever.

6The angel said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent his angel to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

Jesus Is Coming

7“Behold, I am coming soon! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.”

This Scripture text reminds us of what Heaven – the New Jerusalem will be like but it also gives us a glimpse of Heaven today – it tells us that there is a Throne which belongs to God and the Lamb. From this Throne we see life flowing out from it – this life is symbolized by John as the river – the water - and it flows through the Tree of Life – this water’s life giving power comes from the Throne of God and the Lamb. It flows through this Life Giving Tree and it produces life and it produces a crop or a fruit – one crop per month – this fruit which is produced brings healing to the nations- to the people groups of this world. I see the number 12 revealed in this passage of Scripture – as 12 crops – 12 months – or 12 mile markers - pinnacle moments of healing to those who eat of this divine spiritual harvest.

As I have repeatedly and prayerfully read through this text I keep getting a sense in my heart that this New Year 2012 will be a mile marker year for Christian Hills Church and for our community.

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