End of Year 2019

End of Year 2019

 

As we look back at 2019, lots of things come to mind.

 

Psalm 32:8-9 (ESV) ~ I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you.

 

We see in the verses, God is speaking through David, promising His guidance to all who desire to live in obedience to Him. Looking closely at these verses we see:

 

  • He will show you the right path to follow.
    • We are not left to our own resources when it comes to obeying the Lord and walking righteously. God promises to provide enough instruction and guidance for holy living. How does the Lord teach and direct His children? Through His Holy Word and His Holy Spirit.
    • Through His Word, God leads us along the path of righteousness.
      • Psalm 119:105 (ESV) ~ Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.
    • God has also given us His Holy Spirit, who lives within us from the moment we receive Christ as Savior. Scripture teaches that the Holy Spirit speaks to our spirit and that His inner voice assures us that we are truly the children of God.
    • Equally important, the Holy Spirit helps us understand God’s Word as well as His will for our lives.
      • John 14:26 (ESV) ~ But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
      • 1 Corinthians 2:12-14 (ESV) ~ Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned.
    • You must not be rebellious like the stubborn horse or mule
      • I know, this is a wild and crazy way to end 2019, talking about a stubborn horse or mule, but when God is trying to mold us and make us, we can be stubborn at times.
      • I believe that 2019 has been shaping us for things to come in 2020. We have to REFOCUS our vision towards the things of God and NOT the things in our own mindsets. Let’s look closer at the stubborn horse and mule.
      • The nature of horses is to run away in whatever direction they desire. The nature of mules is to stubbornly refuse to move. In the same way that the bit and bridle are used to tame these animals, the Lord must use chastening to break our will and bring us into submission to Him. YES, we have a free-will, HOWEVER, we must willing allow our will to be broken and brought under the Will of God.
      • If we are wise, we will voluntarily submit to the Lord and choose to walk in obedience to His will.

 

2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV) ~ All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.

 

This may not be what you were thinking when walking into church this morning, however, I firmly believe that we haven’t seen anything yet, compared to what God has in store for us, His children. In 2018, we talked some about Spiritual Warfare. In 2019, we talked about Prayer, Faith and Action.

 

In 2020, I believe that as we enter into a new year and a new decade, God is going to be taking us into deeper depths of His Word and greater Heights of His Glory. NO, the road is not going to be easy, but CV is used to the not easy part. I do believe that if we REFOCUS (our VISION, our ACTIONS, and our PRIORITIES) God is going to pour out greater blessings that we have NEVER seen before.
 
Pastor Andy Lambert

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