"Seek the Lord."
January 7th,2017 -Pastor Keith Cromie
Okay, my prayer for us all is that the New Year would not be measured by happiness but fruitfulness.
The joy of walking with God through the next 12 months will be filled with opportunities to see His power displayed in and through us. The results will be what the bible refers to as “fruit”. Just as the vineyards surrounding Livermore will produce fruit, so the vineyard of God’s people is poised to bear much fruit for God’s glory. After all, Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches.” Jesus reminds us (John 15) that if we will draw our life from him as his fully devoted followers, the result will be lives changed to the glory of God.
As we move into the opening weeks of 2018 I offer one word for your consideration: Simplify. Life can get so complex and busy that important priorities are crushed under the weight of urgent demands. Often the very foundational practices that Jesus taught his followers get set aside.
We can overcome such a tendency with a resolve produced by God’s own Spirit within us. That resolve is to simplify our approach to following Jesus. If we can keep it simple, we will more easily enter into the practices that bring joy, the very joy God desires for us.
We will focus our Sunday messages on the five priorities practiced by fully devoted followers of Jesus. The potential for us to produce fruit demands a simplification of our lives as it pertains to following Jesus each and every day.
Matt. 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
Heb. 13:15 (NIV) Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that confess his name.
1John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
1John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Deut. 4:29 But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 -- 11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. 13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
Matt. 7:7 ¶ “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
James 1:5-8 (NIV) If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6 But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7 That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
1Th. 5:16-17 Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you
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