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New Year 2021


Introduction:  Every time that Jan 1 comes around, we get a fresh start. The chance to begin again. The past year is over and we begin again. So, this YEAR we should begin again and trust that God will improve what we have. You have a chance to improve yourself during 2021. 2020 was a lost of freedoms but perhaps things will improve. The focus we must have is on Christ and if we take the time to focus more on Him then things will improve for God wants to become greater in our life!


 

Focus Scripture Ps 65:11-13 11 Thou crownest the year with thy goodness; and thy paths drop fatness.12 They drop upon the pastures of the wilderness: and the little hills rejoice on every side.13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.

 Your year will be crowned with good things because God wants to prosper you. Back then they were in an agricultural society while we are in an industrial society.  They rejoice because of the prosperity they have because of who is with them. We rejoice because of the fact that God lives in us today. Our rejoicing should be because of the favor of God that indwells us.  Their songs came out of the joy they had. Sing with joy because of the Lord and his work, and not because of what we see in the world!


Gal 4:10 10 Ye observe days, and months, and times, and years.


They had feast days and their calendar was divided into the civil and religious year. Our calendar is a Gentile one called the Gregorian calendar. God bases his dates on the Jewish calendar.  We observe time and divide into different sections called days and months and years and also the times and they all rehearse what will happen in eternity.  In Daniel the word year is translated time.


Youth Renewed God has been around forever so no one knows how many years God has existed for existed in the beginning and with him there is no ending for God is a forever God. God says we can renew our youth. Too often we do not feel the same when we get older like we did when we were younger!  God is young even though he has been around for a long time. Let God renew your strength! Learn to see with your Spiritual EYE and not just with your 
physical EYE!


Eternal Way of Thinking 2 Cor 4:14-18 14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is  Irenewed day by day.17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.


 A good friend of mine and the founding pastor of this church had a great revelation and he said we need to see it with God’s POV! That means we need to see things God’s View. In God’s way of thinking we are renewed daily by the Spirit of God.  Our bodies are not being renewed for our bodies are mortal so our bodies with the cares of this world and the work of Satan but Satan cannot touch my spirit man and the spirit man is where God lives inside of me.  The eternal part of my body lives with God daily! The temporal part will perish but the eternal part lives forever with God.  Paul calls the things we endure light affliction!


Youth Renewed Ps 103:1-5 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.2 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits:3 Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;4 Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.


Look at what renews your strength! The Blessings of God here are: 1) blessing God’s name 2) soul 3) benefits in spirit and body 4) forgiveness of sin 5) healing 6) redeems your life from the devil’s works 7) crowning us with mercy 8) satisfies our mouth with his word 9) renews our strength 10) makes us feel young again like an eagle. The eagle is the king of the sky so the eagle represents Jesus here! That means that all these blessings listed here come from what happens when Jesus comes into our life!


Eagle Wings Isa 40:29-31 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.


When you do not feel tired all the time that means you are doing well in your body. It means that you are without strength! God wants you to be healthy and with strength! The way we do that is to wait upon God and let God be the renewer of your life to give you the strength and healing you need in this life!  You will fly above the storm and be able to be blessed with the blessings of Abraham for you will be above only and not beneath! You can run like Elijah and outrun a chariot and never be weary Walk and never faint
 

Expect Blessing – Oral Roberts used to tell us to expect a blessing! We need to expect God to pour a blessing into our lives! Expect God to heal you or deliver you. When Jesus went to the sick: they expected healing or expect miracles. God wants us to expect things to happen in our lives. However, we usually today think that God is not in the blessing business!  We want God to move in our life but since we have not seen it in a long time! God wants you to expect great things in your life so you can show it to others! ! SEE with the Word of God and not through the same way the World does!


Supply of the Spirit Phil 1:19-20 19 For I know that this shall turn to my salvation through your prayer, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Christ,20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death.
 

The reason that we have things is through the Supply of Christ. All we have is because of the atonement We receive when we put faith to our hope.  We need to be bold in expressing our hope and not passive! Know that if you are not bold in expressing your hope then you are not putting your faith to work.  So, you have this Supply in your bank account with the Lord! You can access this supply when your hope is boldly expressed! Then you can see that supply realized in your life! Activate your supply from the Lord this year!


Expected End Jer 29:11-13 11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.


God wants us to understand that he does not think evil! God wants to produce peace to you!  God wants to give you a good end. He wants you to start and finish well! Someone said it is more important how you finish then how you start and we will have a great finish if we are in Christ, for we will be changed to an eternal body!  God wants us to seek him for he wants us to find him! HE wants us to search us from our heart and not our mind! Seek God! Seek with your prayers daily and with joy!


Expect Salvation!  Ps 62:5-7 5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.6 He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved.7 In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.


Do you expect deliverance in your ilfe? Do you expect God to do something in your life? Do you expect your healing? Do you expect a financial breakthrough? You need to expect it before you can see it! God wants you to see it is all about Him and through Him! Your expectation is from him and your faith is through him! HE is your rock because you can rely on Him and he wants to be the one who defends you. God wants us to be our strength and to rely on Him as our source!


Accept the Gospel- What HAT do you wear in life? I am a Dad, Pastor, Doctor of Ministry, Husband, Author, Poet, Scrabble Director, Friend, and Man. So I have many different HATS depending on who I am to you. I might wear more then one hat in my relationship with you. God has many hats for God has many names! Your name to someone represents the HAT you wear. God wants you to accept the Gospel because of the HAT he wears to you in your life. Jesus wants to be the Savior to you and not just a man or prophet. Is Jesus your Lord and Savior? Is that the HAT he wears to you in your life?


Holy Priesthood 1 Ptr 2:5-7 5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,


 You are Holy and also a priest before the Lord! God says you are acceptable before the Lord who is the corner stone that holds the building together. You are precious and considered special before the Lord! When you make God precious to you, then you do so because of what God said about you since you realize that God considers you to be precious. God values you more then we can ever value him!


All Blessing  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;


God wants to give you all his blessings for he chose you long before you were born! The blessings come first from Heaven and then to the Earth!  You cannot be blessed on Earth until you are first decreed to be blessed in Heaven!  God calls you holy and blameless because of his love for you!  It is his pleasure to bless you! It gives him praise when you do good things! We praise through our life as well as through our worship! The blessings are: 1)  HE gives us favor ( accepted in the beloved)) 2) praise through the glory of God 3) grace 4) redemption because of his blood that was shed on Calvary! 5) forgiveness of sin 6) riches by grace 7) in his forever family.


Transformed Rom 12:1-2 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


You are transformed by renewing your mind according to the Word of God!  Until you renew your mind you cannot be transformed to knowing God! You need to learn that before God you are holy and acceptable before the Lord! This plea comes to us because of God’s mercy which HE has demonstrated to you because of Calvary! I can present myself to God as one who goes through the motions or one who is willing to sacrifice all! Be Holy! Be acceptable to Him and the Apostle Paul calls this our reasonable service! Jesus demonstrated that we should be a servant: for the greatest among us is one with a servant mentality! When you are transformed you will know that God produces in you what is Good and Acceptable before God so you will know that God calls you perfect in Him, since that is the will of God for those in Christ!


Restart a life I CAN is an attitude that we need to have! I CAN is the only attitude that produces in this life! I CAN is an attitude that gets things done!  You cannot get started without a CAN do attitude. To get restarted again you need to know that you CAN! This year needs to be started with a CAN do attitude! Things may be bad on the outside or in the world but God says you CAN! Walk in the attitude that God gives you for when you walk in that attitude the Words you speak will be magnified according to the thinking you have!


Created Deut.30:19-20 19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:20 That thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.


 God created Heaven and Earth and also blessings for both Heaven and Earth! He wants you to choose the life that HE created for you! Death was the result of sin but death was not created by God!  Death and cursing come from Satan but life and blessing come from God!  Choose what God provided and you do that by loving God and listening to the Spirit of God. God will in the end give you what He promised! HE will give you the blessing promised in the Abrahamic covenant!


Accepted Sacrifice Heb 10:1-4 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.2 For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins.3 But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year.4 For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.


Do you understand this passage? Sacrifice of animals was not enough! We have an acceptable sacrifice in Jesus Christ!  Because of Jesus you have what the law could not give to you! You are made perfect in God’s sight since the final sacrifice was made at Calvary!  Therefore, you should have no more sin be conscience of our sin, since God did the work for us! Yearly they had to remember sin because of the animal sacrifices made on the day of atonement! Jesus is our day of atonement! The atonement was made for us long ago once for all!


New Things Isa 43:18-19 18 Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.


Someone gave me this verse and so this is a life verse for me. God will do a new thing. This is a great verse for the new year! This year we will have a new thing for we are doing something new since we never were in 2021 before! We need to know that God will do the impossible for God loves to big things for us when we believe Him for it! The key is that we do not remember the bad or evil things that happened in our life. As one preacher said, FORGET IT! Do not remember the negatives but remember what God did say about you or what God did for you in this life. Recall the miracles he did for you but forget the bad things done to you or said to you!  God wants to do good for you and through you! When you recall the good that will give you a life changing mind and that attitude will cause you to have open doors in your life!


Conclusion - What kind of Year do you expect in 2021?  SEE with your EYE and with the EYE of God for he will give you a HAT that shows you that you CAN for the attitude that you have will change you in this life!  IT does not matter what happens in the world in 2021 for God wants to bless you regardless of what happens in the world. The world does not dictate our blessing, but God does! So learn to rely on God for your blessing instead of Washington DC! Politicians do not determine how blessed you are instead trust in the Lord!