We praise God for a new year! We have started of with a great sermon series in line with our theme for this year, “The Year of Abundant Harvest”.
Harvest is not a time of sowing or plowing but of reaping and gathering.
The Word of God is a seed. Memorizing God’s Word alone will not bear fruit. If the Word doesn’t fall into our hearts, go deep and be rooted, there will be no harvest.
Only the seed of God’s Word has the power to bring in the harvest, if only we do not give up on it, no matter what. When we have toiled, dug and done all we can, it’s easy to give up on the seed. But just when you think it’s over, the harvest is at hand.
God doesn’t want us to give up as we have entered this year 2021 because the harvest is at hand! He has gone ahead of us and established it as a year of harvest. Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9).
Unless a seed falls to the ground and …
We looked at the declaration Jesus made; He said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life” ( John 14:6).
In John 14:1-14, Jesus speaks to his disciples about his departure from the earth and what was to happen thereafter. They were confused about how they would be able to follow Him and He declared to them, “I am the Way, the Truth and the Life”.
John 17:3 gives us the true definition of eternal life; it’s not just about believing in Jesus but also knowing Him, the only true God. Jesus rebuked the disciples because after being together for many years they didn’t KNOW Him.
The scripture also tells us that for lack of knowledge, the people of God are destroyed.
We must have:
In John 11:18-25, Martha run to Jesus. She believed that if He had come here earlier her brother Lazarus would have lived. But Jesus said I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE – Lazarus death did not change this fact about Jesus. Don’t limit God; life and revival is in Christ.
We are alive today because Jesus is alive, Hallelujah!
You may be a facing a situation that is dead, but there is nothing that is too far gone for Jesus to resurrect. Resurrection means to raise up, to awaken, to revive.
In 1 Corinthians 15:20, Jesus is the Firstfruit of those who have fallen asleep. Revelation 1:5 calls Jesus Christ the Firstborn from the dead. There were many who died and resurrected in the scriptures but they all died again. Jesus is only one who died and rose to live forever!
The resurrection of Jesus offers us three promises:
Our sermon series on the ” I Am” statements made by Jesus, continued on Sunday at Elim.
The message title, “I Am The Gate”, came with such conviction. In John 9:23-25, we see the account of the blind man that Jesus healed. There were many interrogations and much opposition from the Pharisees. In John 10:1-2, Jesus tells the Pharisees that “anyone who does not enter by the sheep gate is a thief and a robber. The one who enters by the gate is the Shepherd of the sheep”. Jesus declares, “I am the Gate for the sheep”. Jesus is the only Gate and unless we go through the Gate, we are not part of the sheepfold.
Benefits of having Jesus as our Gate:
The title of today’s sermon was “I Am The Light Of The World” declared by Jesus in John 8:12 and He went on to say, “whoever follows Me will never walk in darkness, but will have the Light of life”.
The Lord led the Israelites out of the desert as a pillar of fire by night and they celebrated the feast of the Tabernacle by lighting up the temple; Jesus stepped up in the Temple and declared that He is the Light of the world!
Why do we need Jesus, the Light of the world?
1. So that we don’t stumble – Psalm 119:105 says,”Your word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path”. Meaning that Jesus is one step ahead lighting up our path. Many believers are living in darkness, they stumble because they are not living in the light and allowing Jesus to lead their lives. But if we have Jesus we don’t have to stumble (we are not confused) because we are in the Light (1 John 1:7). In 1 John 1:5, there is no darkness at all in Jesus! If you need to know what step to take, seek Jesus and He will …
Today at church, the Lord continued to minister to our hearts in a special way. The message we received came to build on the previous messages in our sermon series themed “More than conquerors”. The title of the sermon, “Detained But Not Defeated”, came as a timely word for us in this season.
The dictionary definition of the word detained means to lack freedom. We can be spiritually detained in many different areas of our lives. Pastor Isaac charged us to have a change of mind based on the Word of God that has come to us.
Scripture says it is for freedom that Christ has set us free. We may detained for a season but we must not remain in detention. 2 Corinthians 4:17 tells us that our momentary struggles are producing for us something of greater glory. The word also tells us that, “Sorrow may last for a night but joy comes in the morning” (Psalm 30:5).
Philippians 4:8 encourages us to think and meditate on what is good, right, pure, excellent, praise worthy. We must be transformed by the renewing of our minds.
We need to approach our battles with:-
1. A new mindset – Romans 8:37 …