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Hope for the New Year

  Jan 1st – Phillip   Read Romans 5:1-5. New Year’s Day: new goals, new ideas, new hopes, and new weight los plans. These desires to start anew in 2008 are held by many of us, a way to refresh…but not for the refugees and migrants we met today. They returned today hoping for the good news they desire: work, a way to get to the West, or even a way to get home after giving up on a new life in their host country.   Instead of happiness and celebration for the New Year, they experience the same oppressive daily life in North Africa. Ringing in the New Year is more like the ringing of handcuffs in prison, as one was caught this night attempting to escape to Europe.   However, all is not lost. Those meeting the immigrants at the church do provide hope through food, medicine, and clothes. The smiling faces and words of personal encouragement are the most important. A prayer for hope goes a long way for someone with little or no hope left.     So instea ...

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Setbacks

SCRIPTURE

Ezra 4:24 - Then work on the house of God in Jerusalem ceased and it was stopped until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia.

OBSERVATION

Zerubbabel was a geat leader he must have become discouraged that his work was halted for sixteen years.

APPLICATION

All ministry has setbacks we all face "walls". God will send encouragement like he sent Haggai and Zechariah to help encourage Zerrubbabel. Who in your life are your Haggai and Zechariah's?

PRAYER

Father help me to realize You have control in my success and failure. To allow You to have complete ownership of all my endeavors. Give me ears to hear what the spirit is saying and a heart willing to sacrafice my will for Yours. Amen.

By His Spirit

SCRIPTURE

Ezra 1:5 - Then the heads of father's households of Judah and Benjamin and the priests and the Levites arose even everyone whose spirit God had stirred to go up and rebuild the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem.

OBSERVATION

God moved on Cyrus king of Persia to allow the Jews to go and rebuild the temple in Jerusalem. Cyrus gave back to the Jews the articles that where taken from the temple by Nebuchadnezzar.

APPLICATION

God uses whoever He wishes when I feel outnumbered, small, insignificant remember God can change and guide all hearts to do His wishes.

PRAYER

Father stir up the hearts of believers in Crossroads that they will have a heart for missions that they will step out and make a difference. Guide us as one body for Your purpose. Reveal to us Your plan in Jesus name. Amen.

Shine for Christ

SCRIPTURE

Daniel 12:3 - Those who have insight will shine brightly like the brightness of the expanse of heaven those who lead the many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.

OBSERVATION

There are many paths to stardom the world tantalizes us with riches and power.

APPLICATION

I should make kingdom work my first priority always seeking ways to shine for Christ. The world may never know my name. My Father knows my name and He promises me eternity.

PRAYER

Father help me to gain your insight to have a passion always to share the gospel. Pull me out of the glitter of life and help me shine inwardly for You. Amen.

Praying Through

SCRIPTURE

Daniel 10:13 - "But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty one days; then behold Michael one of the chief princes came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia".

OBSERVATION

Since the fall of satan his spiritual realm has been against God's people.

APPLICATION

When I pray I am combatting the same evil forces. I am at war so I need to go into battle realizing God's army is beside me.

PRAYER

Father help me when I become weary and lose focus help me to stay fighting to push on. To keep praying realizing that just like Daniel Your answer is coming. Lord I do not want to give up as the spiritual battle rages help me to endure and seek You. Thank you Jesus that Your power is enough and in You I am strong. Amen.

Forgiveness

 

SCRIPTURE

Psalm 130:4 - But there is forgiveness with You that You may be feared.

OBSERVATION

When God forgives it is forgotten.

APPLICATION

Do I forgive and forget? I need to make sure I have no wall of unforgiveness. If I do not forgive how can I expect God to forgive me.

PRAYER

Father sometimes when we are wronged it is difficult to forgive. We need Your spirit to strengthen us and help us to trust in You. As we go through life people will hurt us but we have assurance that You are always ready to heal our wounds. Thank you Lord. Amen

Power of His Light

 

 

SCRIPTURE

Luke 2:32 - A light of revelation to the gentiles and the glory of Your people Israel.

OBSERVATION

Jesus is the light for all races and religions.

APPLICATION

Gentile can substitute for Muslim, Hindu, any religion. Jesus is the light for everyone.

PRAYER

Father, nothing is impossible for You.  Help me to realize my job is to be available.  You will do the rest through Your power. Amen.

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Creation - Redemption - Redeemed

SCRIPTURE

Revelation 21:6 - Then He said to me "It is done, I am the alpha and the omega the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost."

OBSERVATION

God created us, Jesus redeemed us the trinity will finish the entire plan of salvation.

APPLICATION

I am God's child. One day I will live in His new creation. I need to always be aware that what I do here has an effect on eternity.

PRAYER

Father help me to understand this life is temporary. I will see You one day. You started and created everything. You will come back and finish the story. Help me to share Your love and mercy with others I meet. Thank you Lord for giving me life. Amen

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