Summary: A journey with God into the New Year
A JOURNEY LIKE NEVER BEFORE TWO
WHAT DO THESE MEN HAVE IN COMMON?? THEY ACTUALLY PASTORED/MINISTERED IN THE CHURCH IN EPHESUS!
REV. 2 VS 1-5
Revelation 2:1-5 (NKJV)
1 "To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, 'These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:
2 I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars;
3 and you have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My name's sake and have not become weary.
4 Nevertheless I have this against you, that you have left your first love.
5 Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place--unless you repent.
*AS WE START OFF 2016, I WANT TO START OFF HOT RATHER THAN COLD OR EVEN LUKE WARM, DON’T YOU??
*IF THAT IS THE CASE I WANT US TO TAKE A SPIRITUAL EVALUATION OF OUR LIVES INDIVIDUALLY AND CORPORATELY AND LET THE HOLY SPIRIT SHOW US – TEACH US- CONVICT AND CHALLENGE US TO GET HOT FOR GOD!
A. REMEMBER THE PRICE THAT WAS PAID FOR US BY OUR REDEEMER:
Luke 23:33 (NKJV)
33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.
Isaiah 49:16 (NKJV)
16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.
*JESUS WAS CRUCIFIED FOR US- THE MOST CRUEL FORM OF PUNISHMENT THAT MAN COULD COME UP WITH- OUR SAVIOR WITHSTOOD THAT WE COULD GO FREE, THAT WE COULD BE ETERNALLY SAVED, THAT HEAVEN COULD BE OUR HOME, THAT WE COULD HAVE THE PERSON OF THE HOLY SPIRIT TO COME LIVE WITHIN US, TO HELP US TO TRULY KNOW WHAT LIVING IS ALL ABOUT!
B. REMEMBER THE TIME WHEN YOU WERE THE CLOSEST WITH GOD—PLEASE TAKE THIS MOMENT AND CLOSE YOUR EYES AND THINK ABOUT HOW YOU FELT, WHEN THE VERY PRESENCE OF GOD FLOODED YOUR ENTIRE BEING, WHEN ALL YOU COULD THINK ABOUT WAS HIM—NOW WHAT IF I TOLD YOU THAT TODAY—GOD WANTS YOU CLOSER TO HIM THAN EVER BEFORE—HE IS CALLING YOU AND ME INTO A MORE INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP THAN EVER TO HIM.—THAT IS WHY I HAVE PERSONALLY INVITED SOME OF YOU HERE TODAY, I BELIEVE WITH ALL MY HEART THAT GOD HAND PICKED EACH OF US TO BE HERE TODAY TO WITNESS THE WONDER AND AWE OF HIS PRESENCE!
Psalm 34:8 (NKJV)
8 Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him!
2. REPENT- NOW THAT WE HAVE REMEMBERED THESE THINGS, IT IS TIME FOR US TO REPENT OF WHAT IT IS THAT CAUSED US TO MOVE AWAY FROM JESUS, TO SOME IT MAY BE WORK, TO OTHERS, IT MAY BE PLAY, AND TO OTHERS IT MAY BE HARDSHIP OR TRIAL HAS CAUSED US TO DOUBT THE GOODNESS OF GOD (THAT IS ONE OF OUR ENEMY’S OLDEST TRICKS). AND TO OTHERS IT MAY SIMPLY BE THAT WE TOOK OUR EYES OFF JESUS AND NEED TO GET REFOCUSED:
*THE WORD REPENT MEANS A CHANGE OF MIND THAT LEADS TO A CHANGE OF HEART, AND THEREFORE A CHANGE OF DIRECTION—IT DOESN’T MEAN TO SIMPLY SAY I AM SORRY (WHICH IT DOES INVOLVE THAT) IT MEANS TO GO THE OPPISITE DIRECTION THAT TOOK YOU WHERE YOU ARE!!