If My people, which are called by My Name, shall
humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and then turn from their wicked
ways, then will I hear from heaven, will forgive their sin, and will heal their
II Chronicles 7:14
As we enter into a brand new year, what a great opportunity
we have to turn over a new leaf in life -- to put the mistakes and the failures
behind us. Start fresh! In the year 2006, I've had some failures in
my life. Today, I'm going to turn the page on 2006. I am going to
open up a brand new chapter and look forward to a new day with Christ.
As a church we have fought many battles in the year 2006.
Some may have been watching us from time to time. They may have made this
statement, "If you have to go through all that, I am not sure I want to be a
part of your church." The advantage we have is we have a Helper -- right,
Church? We had Jesus. The world doesn't have access to the help that
God provides His people.
"If my people, which are called by My name" --
Christians. The word "Christian" means Christ-like. We are not
Christians because we joined the church. We are not Christians because we
were baptized. We are called Christians because we live as close to being
Christ-like as we can be. Our blessings are based on our walk with God.
Pride is a very ugly emotion that people are caught up in.
They say, "I don't need Jesus. I am doing just fine without Him."
However, I will tell you something. I need Him more today than I did
yesterday and I will need Him more tomorrow than I do today. I need to
know He is going to be there when I lay down at night. I need to know He's
there when I wake up. I need to know He is there when I go to bed. I
need to know He will be there when I sit down to lunch. Without Him we
have a big fat "NOTHING."
We have a Savior who is willing to forgive us. If we
seek His face and turn from our wicked ways, He will forgive our sins and heal
our land. Confess all to God, not to me, JR Fields. All I can do is
become embarrassed and wipe sweat. God hears, forgives and heals.
Sherri sings a song "Healing Rain". We all need that
healing rain from time to time with family problems, emotional and physical
"I will heal their lands." God wants to heal your
heart, whatever the need, whatever the problem. Let us start the year 2007
out on this note -- if we do our part, God will do His. If we call upon
His name, He will be there to hear, forgive, and heal.
Brother JR Fields........December 31, 2006
Sermon edited by Mary King