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Happy New Year! I hope that all of you started off your New Year feeling blessed and looking forward to what God has in store for you in 2011.
While I was down in Atlanta, Georgia on vacation with my family, I attended a Watch Night Service at a local area church in Fairburn, GA. At the time I was feeling very tired and exhausted from 2010. But little did I know the pastor had a word for me!
The pastor preached from Matthew 14:22-33. I believe that this is a passage that many of you had read before. It is passage about Jesus walking on water and following dialog taking place between Jesus and the disciples:
But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”
The theme for the night as well as the year at the church in Fairburn, GA was : ”Regaining Your Focus (on Jesus Christ) in 2011!”
Maybe 2010 was a tough year for you. Perhaps there were times when you stumbled. Maybe you were disappointed with yourself. Well take courage and don’t be afraid. 2011 is a new year! Whatever happened in 2010 is in the past! Leave it in the past! This is a new year in which I believe Jesus is calling the body of Christ to a greater and more powerful witness. What do you believe Jesus is requiring of you in 2011? What new ministry do you believe Jesus Christ would like to give birth through you? What is your passion? What makes you tick? What brings you joy? What opportunity to disciple and witness has Jesus placed upon your heart? Is there anywhere within your local church that you can see an opportunity for you to serve? What are your spiritual gifts? Perhaps Jesus is calling you to use those gifts in some capacity for the Kingdom of God in 2011? Jesus Christ will be right there with you, calling you to do great and marvelous things for Him in 2011. Hallelujah!
So with that, I am excited and focused in 2011 on the Kingdom!
I cannot wait to witness what Jesus has in store for the body of Christ in 2011! I do not know precisely what will happen to me in 2011, but I hope when Jesus Christ beckons me to “Come!,” I will obediently heed the call no matter what it may require!
As you prepare for tomorrow’s Bible Study, please read Job 28:1-28 and consider the following questions:
- What does it mean to fear God?
- Should Christians fear God and why?
- What is the difference between wise fear and faithless fear of God?
Please feel free to submit your answers with a post (below) on this blog:)
If possible please use scripture to support your answers:)