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New Year 2019

Introduction: Every year we make resolution or a LIST of things we want to do better and improve better in our life. I think the first step we need to learn to make is to remember what Christ did for us. Christ did so much that Christians do not realize for the cross is more about taking our sin and healing our diseases. Going to Heaven is not based on our goodness but on His goodness and our acceptance of that fact. Heaven or Hell is eternal. Death is final! There is no second chance for there is no purgatory. No Christ Know Hell but Know Christ and Know Heaven. So let’s make a LIST on the important things God wants us to focus on this year!

Focus Scripture Isa 26:3,4,12,13 3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength: 12 Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us: for thou also hast wrought all our works in us.13 O Lord our God, other lords beside thee have had dominion over us: but by thee only will we make mention of thy name.

The world wants peace whether it is with nations, yourself or with your family. To have peace the first step is Jesus for he is the Prince of Peace. The focus of Peace is Jesus and the Bible says that we have focus on Him. When we focus on Jesus then we can have peace for without Him there can be no peace. The Lord is the source of peace so without him we are left to our own devices. The next part of this passage says that God did our works in us. He is the source of Peace and He is the reason for us doing good works. We cannot do works without us focusing on Him. So when we praise his name his power flows and the works are manifested through us!

Isa 28:15-18 15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:16 Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.17 Judgment also will I lay to the line, and righteousness to the plummet: and the hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the hiding place.18 And your covenant with death shall be disannulled, and your agreement with hell shall not stand; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, then ye shall be trodden down by it.

We had a covenant with death for we were all born sinners. There is no one without a sin nature. You do not need to teach a child to do wrong but you must train them to do right. Death and Hell go hand in hand. If you have eternal death then you will go to hell. Eternal death is separation from God. We lied to ourselves and God and that was the basis for our relationship with God. The answer is in the work God did and that is because of the foundation that was laid by Christ Himself. The foundation that Christ laid must also be our foundation for there is no other foundation that we can lay but that which Christ laid for us. The Judgment has been made and it gives us righteousness because the righteousness of God is given to us, so we accept His righteousness and that righteousness will sweep away the lies that death brought to us, so that covenant will no longer exist for us. IT will not stand Our covenant with God overcomes that agreement. Truth conquers lies so focus on the Truth that Christ brings and makes us overcomers.

Live by Grace - The focus of our life must be grace for God is a gracious life so he wants us to be like him. To live by grace we must live under the covenant of grace. You must have a relationship with the God of grace. When we understand the God of grace then we can live by grace. Grace is a much better way to live then by law. The law puts your relationship based on your goodness and the sacrifices you offer, but grace based it on the sacrifice God offered for you!

Eph 2:4-10 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.10 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

The concept of grace is an important one and here it says that saves and keeps us. Yet even though the throne of grace gives mercy here it says the mercy of God is connected with the love of God that is the reason he came. The love of God sent Jesus. The love of God made Jesus go and stay on the Cross. Christ is one who gives to us his kindness and that gives us the eternal gift of God. The gift of God demonstrates to us the work of God which produces the good works that Jesus does into our life.

2 Ptr 3:18 18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

So we need to grow in grace and not just walk in grace. To grow in grace we must start with an understanding of grace. Grace is the knowledge that comes from knowing Jesus. Without grace we cannot know Jesus for Jesus is the one who sent grace so the world can be saved and come to know him.

Heb 13:20-21 20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.

The covenant that we looked at is the everlasting covenant that comes by grace. This covenant came to make us perfect before God. No one can be perfect in the flesh but we can be perfect in the spirit so God can know make us well pleasing in his sight even though we are still not perfect in our flesh. God does not see our flesh but he sees us according to the spirit. Jesus causes us to be made perfect in spite of our flesh. Thank God for Jesus Christ.

In Christ there is blessing -There is a blessing that God wants to give to us for God is in the blessing business. God does not want bad things to happen to us but they do. To the wicked in this life we see good things but in the end there will be good things for the righteous. God desires blessings for his kids. God has many blessings in store for us and the greatest blessing is union with himself and to live in Heaven with him!

Gal 3:8-14 8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

The focus of this for us is the reason for our blessing and the reason for it is what Christ did for us on Calvary. HE took the curse so that we can have the blessing. The blessing of the father of the Jewish people which is called Abraham’s blessings are given to the Gentiles because the Holy Spirit is given to us because of the faith we were given by God Himself. God did this because He wanted to justify the Gentiles so that we can be blessed with Abraham. The law is not of faith but grace is of faith.

Eph 1:3-7 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,6 To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved.7 In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

The reason comes directly from God the Father for he desired to bless us with the blessings that come from Heaven itself. The blessings start in Heaven. He chose us before the very beginning of the world for he chose us when we had no sin because of his great love. He wanted us as his children and this happened because of Jesus Christ So we need to praise him because we were accepted before him. So we have redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ and our sins are forgiven forever, by his grace which gives us great riches into his kingdom.

Rom 4:6-8 6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

David was a murderer and yet His testimony is that God will not impute his sins to him. David lived under the law yet had a grace mindset and said Blessed is the man whose sins are forgiven and covered. Blessed is the man because God does not impute sin to us. God is for us! God wants us in his family and want to great lengths so that sin would not be an issue between us anymore! This is the basis of our relationship!

Spiritual Senses - There are different things we can do to sense our understanding that things are going to happen in the Spirit. It might be the gifts of the Spirit or an inward leading that we should do. There is an inward knowing on what to do. We can do things by faith. Sometimes it will be by prophecy or some sort of direction by the Lord. So we need to follow the direction of the Lord and learn how to listen to the Spirit and to do that we need to stand in what He has already given to us. The senses we have are given by the Lord so we can hear his voice and heed his direction.

Gal 5:1-6 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.2 Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.3 For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.5 For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.

Faith needs love to work. Faith cannot work without love. Sometimes we try to work our faith without love but it does not work that way. God is love so faith needs love to work. We do not use faith to get liberty but to stay in liberty. The bondage comes to remove us from the liberty that we already have. Many things come by faith but we must remember that God is love so we must focus on God to get the faith to work. IT comes by Jesus Christ for without him we cannot do nothing!

1 Jn 5:1-5 Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments.3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.5 Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?

Here it is explained why we have the victory and how we overcome things. We are commandment keepers because of his faith. We do what God wants because of Jesus Christ and his doing for it is all about him and his doing. The love of God causes us to born of God. He keeps us and saves HE is our Savior and keeper but most believe that he just saves and we have to keep ourselves. God knows that we cannot ourselves for our self. Our salvation would useless if we had to keep ourselves for then our salvation would not be eternal.

Rom 1:15-18 15 So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also.16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;

Are you ashamed of the righteousness of God or the Gospel of God? There are those that die for the Gospel today in this world. The Gospel came from the Jewish people. Jesus was Jewish. The apostles were mostly Jewish. The OT was written by Jewish and the NT was written by mostly Jewish people! So it went through the Jews and came to the Gentiles. So we have a relationship with God which is called Righteousness or Right standing with God.

Thank God for Jesus - Daily we should thank God for Jesus Christ for without him we are nothing and have nothing. The Gospel is sent to us because of Jesus and our salvation is based on Him. We have no hope of Heaven without Jesus. Jesus is the focus of Heaven for God sent him to be our Substitute and our provision.

Col 2:6-10 6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:7 Rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.9 For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.10 And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:

I received Jesus by grace through faith. IT was not by good works so I cannot keep Him by good works. I demonstrate my Salvation by good works but I do not keep my salvation by good works. The things I must grow up in him so I can constantly give him thanks. Then men will not be able to deceive me through their philosophy for when I am focused on Him, I can walk straight! Jesus is the fullness of the Father and I have the fullness of God within me for the fullness of God was in Him, I can operate in the power of and authority if I will believe. Nothing is impossible to him that believes!

Col 3:15-17 15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

One of the way we can be led is by the peace of God . We need to thank and praise God by allowing the Word of God to be our guide. Our singing and deeds will also be emphasized on Christ for done to praise the Lord. We will no longer be afraid for grace will flow from our hearts. Our deeds and words will all be focused on Jesus for that is the plan that God wants to have in our life.

Phil 4:4-7 4 Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice.5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

No matter what happens we should live to rejoice in Jesus. Saturate our lives with prayer not just when we need something but saturate it with prayer and thanksgiving so you can then go to God with a proper attitude to God to make your requests to God. Then the peace of God will give you the understanding you need to keep your focus on the Lord in your heart and mind on Jesus Christ!

Conclusion: So as we begin another year on this earth let us do so by focusing on Christ and his provision. It is about what he did for us. The answer is to be found in Him. When we allow the Lord to be our focus then things change and God will then move and more in your life.

Next week: Jesus in the Minor Prophets 1

This sermon is copyrighted @2018 and is the property of our Pastor- Rev. Dr. Don Carson. Used by permission and for more information or questions call Pastor Don during the day at 732-297-7794.

This sermon is copyrighted @2018 and is the property of our Pastor- Rev. Dr. Don Carson. Used by permission and for more information or questions call Pastor Don during the day at 732-297-7794.