Summary: Most Christians have a general trust in God. When the storms of life come, can we connect His Word with our problems and can we connect ourselves with the God who spoke that Word?(Many thoughts taken from an article by David Wilkerson- These Times Demand

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Started the year exploring how to keep Jesus Christ out front in our lives in 2008.

Last week look at the significance of the church.

As we continue to look ahead - had this thought …

In many ways a new year is a door or a gate into a future filled with the unknown, whether good or bad, but holding possibilities and opportunities for us to step into and experience.

Through a strong relationship with God and faith, we can open up those possibilities and opportunities.

Cyrus- A Man Before His Time

Isaiah 45:1-3 (read)

Cyrus- man called by God many years before his birth

Isa 45:3 "I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden wealth of secret places, So that you may know that it is I, The Lord, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.

Michael Q. Pink- prophetic word- 1/2/2008 …

There are many treasures hidden in darkness waiting for you and me to discover. They are not lying on the path but rather in the hidden places, requiring light and diligence to find.

What are these treasures? It could be a new invention, a cure for cancer, alternative fuels, a book, a song.

Will we be light that brings these treasures to- world?

I believe God wants to entrust those treasures to His children. But we have to be seekers, searching early for wisdom, watching daily at His gates. Michael Q. Pink

Who- going to find these treasures? Seekers/watchers.

Lk 11:5-13

A Special Trust in God (David Wilkerson)

As we look through the gate into the year 2008 it is filled with unknowns- hard/easy, good/bad?

Many say God is going to bring judgment on our nation for our arrogance/immorality/violence.

Whether these prophetic words …

are true or not true,

will happen in our life time or not?

If I were to point to any one thing that might bring God’s judgment- I would look at abortion.

Let me take a small detour here … (SOHL insert)

Story of Cyrus tells something about when life begins.

Isaiah talks about Cyrus many years before his birth.

Isa 44:28 "It is I who says of Cyrus, ’He is My shepherd! And he will perform all My desire.’

Like Cyrus- God knows you and I long before we are even conceived in our mother’s womb (Psa 139).

Jesus- when talking about separating sheep/goats …

Mtt 25:34 … ’Come, you who are blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. NASU

Life begins at conception, but we were a person, conceived in God’s heart, long before conception.

There is no doubt- abortion is killing a person God created to live- a person with a destiny to fulfill.

World- abortions- 46 million/yr, 126,000/day

US- abortions- 1.37 million/yr, 3700/day

93% of abortions occur for social reasons-

unwanted or inconvenient pregnancies.

US- Since 1972- over 49 million abortions

My concern for the US …

Nu 35:33 "Don’t pollute the land in which you live. Murder pollutes the land. The land can’t be cleaned up of the blood of murder except through the blood of the murderer. MSG

If, how, or when God will judge us is unknown.

A Special Trust in God (continued)

During 2008 our nation may experience some strong storms- when they come will we be shaken?

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