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A big part of walking in Covenant with God is to know the provisions and conditions of The Covenant between God and man. This teaching examines what belongs to us as Covenant people.
Scripture: John 1:1-18; Ephesians 1:3-14; John 15:9-17 In this new year of 2014, there are many things that we could worry about: war, terrorism, disease. However, we need to remember that we are blessed with every spiritual blessing. God destined us for adoption as His children through Jesus Christ. While there are many things may do or accumulate here on earth, none of these compare to the blessing that cannot be taken away from us...our relationship with Almighty God.
So many turn to God in times of trouble and distress. But what about when times are good. The continuing story of Joseph urges us to navigate these good times by the power of God as well!
Deuteronomy 30:19-20 describes God's will for all men and women for all time. We choose life & blessings with the words we speak.
While there are many blocks to being thankful we are still told in Scripture to be cheerful no matter what and to be thankful no matter what happens (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 The Message). Hans Selye, who is considered the father of stress studies, has said that gratitude produces more positive emotional energy than any other attitude in life.
If I ever learned anything from commercials, it's this: I don't have contentment and what they're selling will bring it. So many of us live our lives like this. There is always something new and better to make us happy. Yet, only one in three Americans claims to be happy. Paul has some great words of encouragement to us at the end of his letter to the Philippians. Listen as pastor Jody Sledge explains Paul secret to contentment and challenges us to find it in Christ.
The message below was preached by Rob Willey, Senior Pastor at Harvest Bible Chapel Davenport, on July 27-28, 2013. The message came from Isaiah 33:13-16 was titled "Finding Your Way Back (Part 2)".