Summary: This sermon was delivered at the watchnight service on December 31, 2002 at White Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in Lyons, GA. where Rev. Matthew Wilson is Pastor. The topic was chosen to encourage the listeners to continue to serve God, even though the
Evangelist Carolyn Malaika Foster-Brooks
The Ministry of S.A.R.A.H.
Heavenly Father I have thanked you all year for the many blessings you have bestowed upon me that I didn’t even deserve. Father I am thanking you right now for bringing me to this appointed place of worship to serve and honor you for the last time in this year of 2002. God please grant me the wisdom and the words you want me to use as encouragement for the sisters and brothers who are going to receive Divine encouragement through me. Thank you Father for allowing me this opportunity to deliver the last message of this year.
We turn aside from the things that ordinarily occupy our waking hours and we wait for the strike of midnight that will usher us into the year 2003 in Your presence.
Have grace and mercy upon us Lord and turn our scars into stars!
Through your divine word let the people who read this receive the many blessings you have in store for them.
John 17:20 -22(nlv) ....The Prayer of Jesus....
"I AM PRAYING NOT ONLY FOR THESE DISCIPLES BUT ALSO FOR ALL WHO WILL EVER BELIEVE IN ME BECAUSE OF THEIR TESTIMONY. (21)MY PRAYER FOR ALL OF THEM IS THAT THEY WILL BE ONE, JUST AS YOU AND I ARE ONE, FATHER-THAT JUST AS YOU ARE IN ME AND I AM IN YOU, SO THEY WILL BE IN US, AND THE WORLD WILL BELIEVE YOU SENT ME.
(22) I HAVE GIVEN THEM THE GLORY YOU GAVE ME, SO THAT THEY MAY BE ONE, AS WE ARE ONE."
Even though....so that they will be one, just as you and I are one......
This is a night to count our many blessings because even though we have faced many trials and tribulations, WE ARE THE DESCENDANTS OF THE PROPHETS and as God said to Abraham in Acts 3:25, " THROUGH YOUR DESCENDANTS ALL THE NATIONS ON THE EARTH WILL BE BLESSED."
And, yes, I know that often life has seemed unfair and more than you could bear....It was just yesterday that some of our faith may have been shaken and we had to get down on our knees and cry out to God to deliver us from all sin and manners of evil....there’s a familiar gospel tune that says, "Troubles in my way, I have to cry sometime. Troubles in my way- I have to cry sometime. I laid awake at night, but that’s alright. ’Cause Jesus, He will fix it, after awhile!"
So, even though nothing seems to be going right, tears may endure for a moment, but joy....comes in the morning! Amen?? And according to Psalms 27:14 (nlv) when we WAIT FOR THE LORD’S HELP...BE STRONG AND BRAVE AND WAIT FOR THE LORD’S HELP. SO WHAT SHOULD WE SAY ABOUT THIS? IF GOD IS WITH US, NO ONE CAN DEFEAT US. (Romans 8:31 nlv)
We are here tonight anxiously awaitng the coming of 2003 because GOD’S MERCY IS GREAT AND HE LOVED US VERY MUCH. Even though IT WAS NOT BECAUSE OF GOOD DEEDS WE DID TO BE RIGHT WITH GOD and even though we were spiritually dead because of the things we did against God....HE SAVED US THROUGH THE WASHING THAT MADE US NEW PEOPLE THROUGH THE HOLY SPIRIT. WE HAVE BEEN SAVED BY GOD’S GRACE AND HE GAVE US NEW LIFE WITH CHRIST. (Titus 3:5-6/Eph. 2:4-5 nlv)