Sunday 1/3/10 Pastor Alexís sermon: I Am Second
Judges 6:11-17, 34-40 Judges 7:4-7
We have a fresh start with 2010 to put Jesus 1st and us 2nd. We can do all things THRU Christ that strengthens us. Not us thinking about Jesus after we do our own thing. Everyday we can wake up with new mercies from God. He remembers sin no more because once we repent, our sins are washed away. God expunges our record and wipes it clean.
Everything we did last year is DONE! The past is behind us and we should press onto our Future. We need to line up with God and go into the future with Him. We need to stop trying to fit and mold God into our own image. He is God Almighty and bigger than EVERYTHING!!
******Remember with our Fresh Start :
1) Jesus Always Brings the Vision.
When we ask God for direction, we really want to hear from the Lord. Then we question if we can hear. How do we know its God that we are hearing? How do we know God will step up and do something? How do I know that this is you God? Jesus always brings the vision to us and we should test the spirit to make sure its GodĎs voice and not our own.
vs. 34 the Spirit of the Lord will come upon us like it came upon Gideon.
2) The Spirit Does the Work:
vs. 34, 7:4-7 God stripped away the tools, the people that Gideon thought he needed to do the work/mission. It went from 30,000 soldiers to 300 soldiers that Gideon used to fight the enemy. God made sure He got the credit for the conquering of the enemy with only 300 men against thousands.
God strips away what we think we need. God does it His way so we KNOW it was His doing and not ours. Our tools He strips away could be relationships, jobs, money etc. Anything we think we need, God will strip away and do it HIS WAY! vs. 7:13-15 God showed Gideon that His hand of favor was upon him.
3) Commit to Something Bigger than Ourselves:
In Jeremiah God says He has plans for us. We need to go about in the will of God and follow His instructions. God can and will speak to us and tell us what to do. We need to commit to God who IS bigger than us. We need to do it HIS way and not our way. vs 6:34 The spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon and the spirit did the work and completed the task. God gives us favor with people and this helps us in how we think. We need to not be fearful. If we believe that God is leading us then change the way we think.
God does have a plan and He is our direction giver. We need to see how God goes before us, how He is with us and how we have favor to accomplish the task.
God has given us the spirit to be successful and we need to submit ourselves to the plan of the Lord. The plan does NOT need us to add or subtract from it. All the plan of God needs from us is OBEDIENCE!!
**This year what are we going to commit to?
**What are our goals?
**Are we going to get our act together this year?
We need to be MORE about Godís plan then about our own plan. Its all about doing Godís plan and Godís way. Now matter what else we do, we need to LINE UP TO GODíS PLAN FOR OUR LIFE!!!!