North Augusta, South Carolina
From the Pastor’s Desk …..January 2016
It is with great pleasure to pen this documentary for the month of January. In so doing, we are blessed to do so under the theme titled “Let God Do Something New in Your Life.”
On New Year’s Eve, we shared that God wants our attention for 2016 by and through focusing on the three Rs – Respect, Recover and Restore.
We don’t have to be graduates of any major institutions of higher learning to know that for God to do something new in our lives; we need to have a relationship with His Son Jesus, the Christ.
We know that God is an orderly God. He believes in doing things in order or in an organized manner. Point in case! God tells us in Luke chapter 9 and verse 35, as they departed the Mt. of Transfiguration, “This is my beloved Son: hear him.” Then Jesus says in John chapter 14 and verse 6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through Me.
Now! Having shared this! If we are going to accept God’s challenge to Respect, Recover and Restore our relationship with Him and expect Him to do some new things in our lives, we must know Jesus as our personal savior.
It is recorded in Isaiah chapter 10 and verses 26 and 27, that God said to Israel, “Do not be afraid of those who oppressed you as the Egyptians did. In a little while, I will be finished punishing you, and will then destroy them.”
How many of you have taken under consideration that God will use your enemy to oppress you when you fail to respect, recover and restore your relationship with Him?
I know this to be true because in studying the 10th chapter of the book of Isaiah, I learned that God used Assyria to punish Israel, because they sinned against Him and refused to repent. They refused to respect, recover and restore their relationship with God. Therefore, He used their enemies, the Assyrians to punish them and then destroyed the Assyrians.
Now! I have reasons to believe that God is angry with our nation. He is angry with you and He is angry with me because we have refused to respect Him. We have refused to recover our spiritual zest Satan has stolen from us. We have refused to restore our spiritual relationship with Him.
So! What shall we do? Where shall we go and to whom shall we return? I am glad that our God is a second chance God. I know He is because this 26th verse of Isaiah chapter 10 tells us that God will do something new in our lives when we respect Him, acknowledge Him and recover our stolen spiritual zest from Satan and restore our relationship with Him.
In order for us to respect God, recover our spiritual zest and restore our relationship with Him, we must abide in His Son, Jesus Christ, and let Him abide in us.
When we abide in Jesus, God will stir up a scourge against our enemies. A scourge is a whip! God will, through the blood of Jesus, use a whip to beat our enemies when we respect Him, recover our stolen Spiritual Zest from Satan and restore our relationship with HIM.
If we want God to take away our burdens; if we want God to take the yoke off our neck; if we want God to destroy your enemies in 2016, we must restore our relationship with Him, through knowing that Jesus will make a difference. I know knowing Jesus will make a difference because knowing Jesus brings the anointing. When the anointing of the Lord falls on us, we pray in the anointing, we sing in the anointing, we preach in the anointing and we live in the anointing. When the anointing comes up on us, we will let God do some new things in our lives. Amen!
As I close this documentary, we pray that we have a prosperous New Year as we respect God, respect ourselves and respect others. Additionally, it is our prayer that we would go forward in this New Year to recover our spiritual zest stolen from us by Satan. And, last but not least, let us restore our relationship with God through knowing Jesus Christ as our personal savior. To God be the glory!
Rev. Dr. Alexander Pope, Jr.
Sermon Topic for January 2016
Let God Do New Things
What we do for Christ grows out of who we are in Christ