Summary: A time of reflection on the grace and mercies of God, letting know that we love Him.
Introduction: Some time ago I bought a book titled “10,000 Ways to Say I Love You”.The book is a (Paperback edition )-by Gregory Godek.
The book description say “Say "I love you" again, and again, and again . . . “This little book of love is the biggest collection of loving ideas ever gathered in one place” Express your true affection with secret love notes, perpetual bouquets, secluded picnics, outrageous gifts . . . and 9,996 more ways to say ""I love you!"
As we seek to reflect and continue in a time of testimony of praise and worship, this is our way of telling God we love Him. This is our way of saying “Thank you God for all you done for us in 2007 and before”.
We love God because He gave His only begotten Son to die for our sins. His name is Jesus. Thank God we have Him tonight 2008; because without Him we are nobody-we ourselves are not sufficient–however our sufficiency is from God… (2 Corinthians 3:5)
I just want to take this time to acknowledge Jesus and let you know somethings about Him.
1.Jesus Christ is sufficient for Salvation (Hebrews 10:10-12)
2.He is sufficient for Creation (Col 1:16-17)
3.He is the only Mediator between God and man, He is the Sun that Enlightens, the physician that heals, the Wall of fire that defends; the Friend that Comforts; the Pearl that enriches; the Ark that supports; and the Rock to sustain under the heaviest of pressures; He is seated at the right hand of the Majesty on high (Heb.1:3;8:1)
4.He is our Peace (Ephesians 2:14)
5.He is our Hope (I Timothy 1:1)
6.He is our Life (Col 3:4)
7.He is our Lord of Hosts, the Redeemer,-the Holy One of Israel, The God of the whole earth (Isaiah 54:5)
8.He is the great IAM (John 8:58)
9.He is our wonderful Counselor, the Mighty God, Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6)
10.He is Lord (Philippians 2:10-13)
11.He is the first born of all creation (Col 1:15)
12.Advocate (1 John 2:1)
13.Almighty (Rev. 1:8; Mt. 28:18)
14.Alpha and Omega (Rev. 1:8; 22:13)
15.Authour of Life (Acts 3:15)
16.Authour and Perfecter of our Faith (Heb. 12:2)
17.Authour of Salvation (Heb. 2:10)
18.Beginning and End (Rev. 22:13)
19.Bread of Life (John 6:35; 6:48)
20.Chief Cornerstone (Eph. 2:20)
21.Chief Shepherd (1 Pet. 5:4)
22.Deliverer (Rom. 11:26)
23.Eternal Life (1 John 1:2; 5:20)
24.First and Last (Rev. 1:17; 2:8; 22:13)
25.Firstborn From the Dead (Rev. 1:5)
26.Great High Priest (Heb. 4:14)
27.High Priest (Heb. 2:17)
28.Holy One (Acts 3:14)
29.Hope (1 Tim. 1:1)
30.Hope of Glory (Col. 1:27)
31.Horn of Salvation (Luke 1:69)
32.Immanuel (Mt. 1:23)
33.Judge of the living and the dead (Acts 10:42)
34.Life (John 14:6; Col. 3:4)
35.Light of the World (John 8:12)
36.Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5)
37.Living One (Rev. 1:18)
38.Living Stone (1 Pet. 2:4)
39.Lord of Glory (1 Cor. 2:8)
40.Lord of lords (Rev. 19:16)
41.Man from Heaven (1 Cor. 15:48)
42.Mediator of the New Covenant (Heb. 9:15)
43.Mighty God (Isa. 9:6)
44.Morning Star (Rev. 22:16)
45.Offspring of David (Rev. 22:16)
47.Our Great God and Saviour (Titus 2:13)
48.Our Holiness (1 Cor. 1:30)
49.Our Protection (2 Thess. 3:3)
50.Our Redemption (1 Cor. 1:30)
51.Our Righteousness (1 Cor. 1:30)
52.Precious Cornerstone (1 Pet. 2:6)
53.Prophet (Acts 3:22)
54.Resurrection and Life (John 11:25)
55.Righteous Branch (Jer. 23:5)
57.Rock (1 Cor. 10:4)
58.Root of David (Rev. 5:5; 22:16)
59.Ruler of the Kings of the Earth (Rev. 1:5)
60.True Light (John 1:9)
61.True Vine (John 15:1)
62.Truth (John 1:14; 14:6)
63.Way (John 14:6)
As we come out of this praise break let us turn to 1 Samuel2:1-10.
Hannah means: grace or favour
In 1 Samuel 2:1-10-we saw a woman by the name of Hannah who took time to reflect on God Goodness.
Who was Hannah?
One of the two wives of Elkanah, an Ephraimite who lived at Ramathaim-zophim. Hannah visited Shiloh yearly with her husband to offer sacrifices, for there the tabernacle was located. She was greatly distressed because they had no children. She therefore prayed earnestly for a male child whom she promised to dedicate to the Lord from his birth. The prayer was heard, and she called her son’s name Samuel (“God hears”). When he was weaned he was carried to Shiloh to be trained by Eli, the priest (1 Sam 1). Hannah became the mother of five other children, three sons and two daughters (1Sa_2:2). Her devotion in sending Samuel a little robe every year is one of the tenderest recorded instances of maternal love (1Sa_2:19).
Hannah praised God for His answer to her prayer. In Luke 1:46-55, we see that Mary, mother of Jesus, also praised God –she modeled her praise after Hannah. Like Hannah and Mary, we should be confident of God’s ultimate control over the events in our lives, and we should be thankful for the ways God has blessed us. By praising God for all good gifts, we acknowledge His ultimate control over all the affairs of life. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, neither shadow that is cast by turning. (James 1:17)