Exodus 14: 13-21
We are here tonight for two reasons: Watch night has always had a dual purpose. We come to Watch Night to give thanks to God for bringing us through, the year that just passed, (2011); and to ask God; no let’s make it, “To plead with God to take us through a new year, (2012).”
We have the advantage of looking back over 2011, and reflecting on all the things that happened to us throughout the course of the year. We can say with certainty that if it had not been for the Lord on our side we would not have gotten through some of the trials that came flooding into our lives.
Some of us can say thank you Lord because we dodged those bullets; we didn’t have to deal with any catastrophes in our immediate family. No sudden deaths; no shocking news; no serious sickness; no gunshot victims; no fatal car accidents; no hospital stays; no break-ins; no robberies; no physical assaults: But some of us didn’t dodge all of these bullets, some of us did experience the pain...
We can look back over 2011 and give God thanks because we didn’t have to go without food; we didn’t struggle financially; we didn’t have to worry about how the bills would get paid; we didn’t have transportation problems; or stress from trying to make ends meet, or anxiety because we didn’t know where our next dollar was going to come from: But some of us didn’t dodge all these bullets, some of us did experience the pain...
We can look back over 2011 and give God thanks because we didn’t have to bail a child out of jail or go to some prison to visit a loved one: We didn’t have to find money to pay the lawyer, or cry when the judge pronounced the sentence: But some of us didn’t dodge all these bullets, some of us did experience the pain...
We can look back and whether we went through last year with or without suffering the wounds that life often inflict upon us; we can yet say thank you Heavenly Father for giving us the chance to see another year coming into view.
You might have mixed emotions about 2012! You might be glad to see it but apprehensive about what kind of year it will be. Let’s be real tonight! Someone here is not so excited about 2012 because last year left a bitter taste in your mouth.
Some body’s thinking that it’s not going to be any better because I’m still unemployed or underemployed. Somebody can’t celebrate because their child has 5 years left on their prison sentence:
Some body’s struggling to celebrate, some body can’t celebrate because their mind is on their problems. I can hear you saying a new year but the same old devils; the same old disappointments; the same old heartaches; the same old burdens; the same old worries; the same old, same old.
Some body’s not so impressed with God because you tried Him and nothing changed! You tried praising Him and the pain didn’t subside! You tried worshiping Him and the bills are still overdue! You tried praying but you didn’t get the job! You tried fasting but they still repossessed your car! You tried meditating but your wife still walked out on you: you tried Him but your husband is still seeing Sister-Girl!
You’re angry because the preacher showed you what God did for Job but He hasn’t done the same thing for you! You’re upset because you read about how God fed His children in the wilderness but you’re still hungry! You’re confused because the Sunday lesson showed how God blessed Abraham when there was a famine in the land but you can’t seem to get a break no matter where you turn!
So it’s 2012; SO What! O I’m GLAD YOU came here tonight! I’ve been waiting on you! I've been praying and hoping that you would stop being polite, and be real so that we could get to the bottom of why you find it hard to praise God and why you have such a struggle with walking by faith!
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Our theology is simply how we hear the Word of God speaking to our case. My theology is one of empowerment! I believe that God has empowered us as His Children to face any storm with the faith to know that we can get through it!
My theology is one that believes that God has invested in us every necessary gift to get us through any situation but we need to do three things:
SO the Lord has taught me to face every storm with the calm assurance that He is with me! Look at you neighbor tonight and say neighbor in 2012 believe that God is with you!
Secondly, the Lord has taught me that no matter how impossible the situation may seem, and no matter how unbeatable the case may appear to be “There is nothing too Hard for MY GOD!
Look at your neighbor and say “Neighbor no matter how hard it may look! In 2012 “There is nothing too hard for God!”
The third thing that the Lord has taught me is that He has empowered me with everything I need to go forward!
BUT GOD SAID
THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO LEAVE YOU WITH TONIGHT! IT’S 2012 GO FORWARD!!!