“To all who mourn in Israel, he will give a crown of BEAUTY FOR ASHES, a joyous blessing instead of mourning, festive praise instead of despair. In their righteousness, they will be like great oaks that the LORD has planted for his own glory.” Isaiah 61:3 NLT
1. THE SPIRIT OF KINDNESS HAS INCREASED, AND IT’S BEAUTIFUL!!
“Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, BE KIND TO EACH OTHER, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32 NLT
2. FAMILIES ARE DOING WHAT FAMILIES ARE SUPPOSED TO DO!!
“So teach us to NUMBER OUR DAYS, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.” Psalm 90:12 NKJV
3. FILL YOUR TANKS, NOT FOR THE MILES LOST BUT FOR THE JOURNEY AHEAD!!
“You have mourned long enough for Saul. I have rejected him as king of Israel, so FILL your flask with olive oil and go to Bethlehem. Find a man named Jesse who lives there, for I have sel...
“…there is nothing new under the sun.” (Ecclesiastes 1:9 NKJ)
GOD WON, YOU WIN!
“This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you. And this day I will give the carcasses of the camp of the Philistines to the birds of the air…” (I Sam. 17:46 NKJ)
CLAIM YOUR VICTORY OVER YOUR CIRCUMSTANCE; DON’T CLAIM TO BE A VICTIM UNDER YOUR CIRCUMSTANCE
“…when they came to a place called Golgotha, which means Place of a Skull…” (Matthew 27:33 NASB)
● THE PLAN OF GOD WILL PREVAIL, THE PLAN OF THE DEVIL WILL FAIL
STAY IN FAITH, AND PEACE WILL STAY IN YOU
“The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet.” (Romans 16:20 NASB)
The ULTIMATE VICTORY, IS THE VICTORY OVER SIN & DEATH
“…He said ‘It is finished!’ And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.” (John 19:30 NASB)
“…death is swallowed up in victory…O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin…but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus C...
“Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked.”
1 Timothy 1:19 NLT
1. THE CROSS NEVER LOSES POWER!!
“For Christ didn’t send me to baptize, but to preach the Good News—and not with clever speech, for fear that the cross of Christ would lose its power.” 1 Corinthians 1:17 NLT
2. YOU CAN FIND HOPE AT THE DINNER TABLE!!
“And He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man will meet you carrying a pitcher of water; follow him into the house which he enters.” Luke 22:7 NKJV
3. COMMUNION PUTS THE FOCUS BACK ON WHAT’S IMPORTANT!!
“And when he had said these things, he took bread and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all; and when he had broken it he began to eat. Then they were all encouraged, and also took food themselves.” Acts 27:35-36 NKJV
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
(2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NKJV)
1. STAY CONNECTED
2. STAY TUNED TO THE VOICE OF GOD
3. STAY HOPEFUL, WE WILL REBUILD
Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
(Romans 5:5 NKJV)
But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed.
RENEW YOUR MIND, AND MAKE PLEASING JESUS YOUR GREATEST DESIRE
“…in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance to lust and deceit, and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind.” (Ephesians 4:22-23 NASB)
“Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.” (Proverbs 4:23 NIV)
2. GOD ALWAYS CALLS YOU TO ASCEND TO YOUR DESTINY
“ ‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.’” (Isaiah 55:8-9 NASB)
TELL YOUR MIND HOW TO THINK
“We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” (2 Corinthians 10:5 NIV)
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of lov...
“And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.” Hebrews 10:24-25 NKJV
THE CHURCH IS STILL RELEVANT!!
1. THE CHURCH IS A ONE-STOP SHOP FOR ALL YOUR NEEDS!!
“All the believers devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, and to fellowship, and to sharing in meals (including the Lord’s Supper), and to prayer.” Acts 2:42 NLT
“And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.” Acts 2:44 NLT
2. THE CHURCH IS COMPELLED BY JESUS!!
“They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need.”
Acts 2:45 NLT
“They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity…” Acts 2:46 NLT
3. THE CHURCH PROVIDES ROOTS TO KEEP YOU GROUNDED!!
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
(Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
“Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.”
(3 John 1:2 NKJV)
3 AREAS TO PROSPER IN: SPIRITUAL, PHYSICAL, FINANCIAL
1. GROW SPIRITUALLY BY SPENDING TIME WITH JESUS OF THE BIBLE
“Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”
(John 15:4 NKJV)
2. IMPROVE PHYSICAL HEALTH BY EXERCISING SELF-CONTROL
“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things..I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”