Rev. Cooper reminds us that we can cast our cares upon the One, True, and living God who cares for us!
The Way in The Manger
TEXT: Luke 2:11-14 (KJV)
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
In our world today, we find so many people that seem to be confused about what happens after this life. Some believe that there is no after-life, some believe in many different and various versions of after-life. Then, once you categorize all those variations - you have to look at what happens in this life to get them from here to their eternity. Eternal destinations are almost always shaped by what happens in this life - in almost every variation of belief.
If you ask the average “Christian” how to get to heaven - you will get many different answers. Today I want to declare to you that there are not MANY WAYS to get to heaven, or have eternal life with God - THERE IS ONLY ONE! - THE WAY in the manger!
Emanuel God with us is now God IN us through the Holy Spirit!
John 14:6 (KJV)
6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
THE WAY in the manger!
Pastor Dummitt preaches about our Priorities and how GREED tries to pervert our thinking. Don’t sacrifice your walk with God for money or material possessions. - IT’S JUST NOT WORTH IT!
1 Timothy 6:6-10 / 17-19 (NASB)
6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. 7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all [a]sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. / 17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 18 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good [a]works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
In the book of Genesis Chapter 13 we read about the decision that LOT made to move closer to Sodom…because it looked like he could prosper more there…even though it was an evil place and dangerous for his family’s spiritual well-being. We see Lot’s Family learning the hard way - IT’S JUST NOT WORTH IT!...
Releasing Worry is a major need in our society today.
The key is not to be naive and think that you will never have things that cause you to worry…
It’s what you do with worry that will make the difference in your life!
Don’t let the worries of life get your mind off of God. Instead, look to your heavenly father for provision, striving first to please him before anything else.
Text: Matthew 6:25-34 (NASB)
The problem of life is to change worry into
thinking and anxiety into creative action."
Harold B. Walker, from Think or Worry?
If something is wrong, fix it if you can.
But train yourself not to worry:
Worry never fixes anything."
1. Worrying won’t fix Anything.
Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. (NLT)
2. Worrying is bad for your health!
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. (NLT)
3. Worrying is the Opposite of Trusting God.
And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? (NLT)
Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (NLT)
4. Worrying Puts Your Focus in the Wrong Direction.
That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing? (NLT)
So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?' These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (NLT)
1 Peter 5:7
Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (NLT)
We need to look at what it will take for us to STEP FORWARD into the Defining Moments God has for us which will land us directly in the middle of His Purpose for us!
LISTEN TO GOD
MAKE THINGS RIGHT
DISCOVER Passions and Gifts and Strengths, and…
BE ACCOUNTABLE (to wise counsel)
And JUST DO IT!
Jesus must be the foundation of all we do and the purpose behind what we do. If we ever get away from making Christ known and glorifying Him, then every program, no matter how moral it is, will naturally collapse because it is not established on a firm foundation and purpose. In order for God’s Perfect Plan to be REVEALED in your life, you must first get a revelation of the FOUNDATION NEEDED!