Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Time to Take Inventory of our Progress

It is tax time, when everyone takes stock of their finances for the last year.

How much did we actually make?

How much will the tax be?

How much will we get back?

So let us pause and take stock of our spiritual gains and losses; for this last year.

Let us look and see if we have walked along with Christ and gained more of the influences of the Holy Spirit;

or if we have let cares and troubles burden us down, and we have lost joy, and maybe some time.

How much of last year was spent in rejoicing in the Lord, and how much was spent in worrying?

Philippians 4:4, 6-7. “Rejoice in the Lord always: again I say rejoice.”

“Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Last year, how much time did we spend in prayer?

Colossians 4:2. “Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;”

Matthew 21:22. “And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.”

Have we prayed for our brothers and sisters in Christ? Those close or far away?

Has our time of prayer, increased or decreased?

Has our knowledge of what Jesus Christ will do for us personally, increased?

Have we obtained the promises we have been given us?

Do we have more of God’s grace, which He gives us by His Spirit.

(Remember, grace is the unmerited favor of power in our lives….or the ability to do what He puts in front of us, to do)

2 Peter 1:2-4 “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord.

According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:

Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises; that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature (having Christ’s character), having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust (lust is: I want this, and I want this now. Whatever “this” is).”

What about our stand as Christians?

Are we standing on the Rock?

It is quite true that amid the many anxieties and troubles….we may be shake and fear….

But our Rock of Christ Jesus, never moves under us; but holds us up, still.

Matthew 7:24-25 “Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken unto a wise man, which built his house upon the Rock:

And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a Rock.”

Have we let troubles deprive us of God’s joy or peace?

Do we know His sufficiency? In illness? In loss? Amid anger?

Are we letting His Presence comfort and guide us?

Romans 8:32, 37-39 “He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.

For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,

Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Paul wrote even after years of serving the Lord:

Philippians 3:12. “Not though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.”

And how did he do that?

Philippians 3:13 “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do,

forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,”

So, what about us…..

Whether we have learned a lot; or not gone very far with Him, this past year……we still we have a new year to gain.

To go on and get into our lives what has been given us in Christ Jesus.

Rejoice in the Lord.

Pray for ourselves, and others.

Believe, and obtain the promise of peace, everyday.

Stand on the Rock. (Hang on to Him, As He holds on to us)

Forget those things which are past.

Reach forth for those things Christ Jesus has for us ahead.

Let us gain more of Christ, Who is our life, this year.

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