January 27th 2019

60 Months From Today

Part 4

This is week four of our “60 Months from Today” series. It’s really more than a series as we really look at who God wants us to be five years from now. My hope is that you make this your prayer, your hope and not fizzle out. Hope in what God will do in 60 months.

Main Scripture Verses

Deuteronomy 30: 15-18

Romans 7: 18-24

Philippians 1: 6

Matthew 4: 17

Speaker

Pastor Vince Farrell

Senior  Pastor 

 

60 Months From Today – Part 4 

This is week four of our “60 Months from Today” series. It’s really more than a series as we really look at who God wants us to be five years from now. My hope is that you make this your prayer, your hope and not fizzle out. Hope in what God will do in 60 months. Hope is where you will be in 60 months. Hope in what He will accomplish as you look back and see how He was there with you.

Last week I said,”To change my life, I must change my pattern.”>and picking up from there I’d like to challenge you with this thought, “to experience a change in any arena of life it will require: for you to start something for you to stop something perhaps both.

60 Months from Today – Allowing change

Change can be hard, no doubt, but as Christians—why? When we say “yes” to Christ we are saying we will become who God desires to make us….. the image of His Son. This is the real secret to lasting permanent change. It’s not going to happen because you read the greatest self-help books. 

It happens because you’ve learned to tap into God’s power.

This is one of the greatest gifts God has given us for our daily lives.

Life is choices, not chances.

Pastor Vince Farrell

When God brings His people out of slavery, out of Egypt and gives them the Promise Land, He says before they go in… you are about to receive what I’ve promised and I want you to know that you have before you the power of choice. Deuteronomy 30:15-18 in The Message.

Look at what I’ve done for you today: I’ve placed in front of you Life and Good Death and Evil. And I command you today: Love God, your God. Walk in his ways. Keep his commandments, regulations, and rules so that you will live, really live, live exuberantly, blessed by God, your God, in the land you are about to enter and possess. But I warn you: If you have a change of heart, refuse to listen obediently, and willfully go off to serve and worship other gods, you will most certainly die. You won’t last long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess. But I warn you: If you have a change of heart, refuse to listen obediently, and willfully go off to serve and worship other gods, you will most certainly die. You won’t last long in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.


Deuteronomy 30:15-18

60 Months from Today – allowing God to have His way

The first choice in change is allowing God to have His way. You’ve probably heard the quote from St. Bernard of Clairvaux,

“The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”


St. Bernard of Clairvaux

We need to understand that as Christ followers we must not live with a mindset to say hey thanks God for saving me from my sins and letting me get Heaven— I’ll take it from here. I’ll handle my life the way I set fit…hopefully none of us are thinking that! So, what do we do to make sure that’s not our attitude? Give God our hearts.

60 Months from Today – Changes begins in the heart

Real change begins in the heart. The heart is God’s specialty. Scripture is filled with examples of how it’s God that changes the heart of man. What does your soul look like? The soul and heart in scripture are interchangeable. When we think in terms of giving God our heart, we are meaning giving God our mind, will, and emotions concerning life. Giving Him our choices, desires, and energies about our marriage, our kids, our job, our money our_____________.

But if you’re like me, you give it to Him and then quickly take it back; the worry the “what ifs” you wrestle with the guilt of failing last time you “gave it to Him” or the shame of not trusting wholeheartedly and the frustration of praying again and again but struggling with really giving it to Him.

You’re not alone. Paul himself, the great man of God felt the same way you and I do. He said in Romans 7:18-24 in the New Living Translation.

And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do what is wrong, but I do it anyway. But if I do what I don’t want to do, I am not really the one doing wrong; it is sin living in me that does it. I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong. I love God’s law with all my heart. But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me. Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death?


Romans 7:18-24 NLT

I’ve got some news for you. Despite how you feel about yourself, God loves you more than you love yourself. He thinks more highly of you than you can. There is a war going on inside you and the way to win that war is to surrender to God. It’s time to chose to let God finish what He started. The same Paul who struggled like you and I do was able to surrender to God and allow God to have his way in his own life. He went on to say in Philippians 1:6

And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.


Philippians 1:6 NLT
 

I think often the reason we are harder on ourselves is that we know us. You know your faults. You know your shortcomings. You know your failures. When we chose to stay focused on them rather than surrender to God it allows our real enemy, the devil, to bombard us with all types of insecurities and lies. You must choose to see ourselves the way God sees you. He sees you as His beloved, as a work of art. Like many artists who gaze at a marble slab before sculpting, they see past the rock. It was the great Michelangelo carved amazing works of art from stone who said,

“My job is to free the human form trapped inside the block.”


Michelangelo

From then on, Jesus began to tell people, “Turn to God and change the way you think and act, because the kingdom of heaven is near!”


Matthew 4:17 GW
 

I simply want to end this morning with a question. Not end this focus, not end this series because we are just starting on our journey 60 months from today… 

Will you make the choice to give God the time needed to chisel your life into the image of Christ?

Continuing the Discussion

What could your heart change look like 60 Months from Today?

What could the church look like 60 months from today?