This past Sunday’s message was put together to go along with Brittany Teal, one of our volunteers, stepping down from helping in youth. Brittany has helped with Awakening Youth Ministries even prior to Lydia and I arriving three years ago. Brittany is launching into a new season with her school and work, so it is necessary for her to put more of her time and efforts into those areas.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-8NIV says,
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
Seasons change. Sometimes too quickly for us to process what is happening. This can cause us to feel awkward, unsure, excited, hurt, angry, confused, etc. The truth? Change can be confusing and frustrating. The question is, “How are we supposed to respond?”
1. Embrace the Future
Hebrews 13:8 says —Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
Seasons change, but God does not. That is why we can embrace the future. We know that God has everything under control.
Malachi 3:6 says — “I the Lord do not change…” We can count on God to have our backs even when life throws us the craziest seasons of change. God is our constant!
2. Remember the Past (Not live in the past)
Isaiah 46:9 says — Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me.
Psalms 77:11 says — I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
Remembering what God has done for us in the past helps create faith and confidence. While we don’t want to make the mistake of living and remaining in the past, it is important to remember all of the places that God has brought us through.
3. Live in the Present (Control what you can and live in God’s blessing)
Matthew 10:29-31 says— Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
We are God’s prized possession!
Isaiah 41:10 says— So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
God will hold us up AND strengthen us as we trust in him! Whatever season we may currently be in, we should be confident in knowing that we are God’s most valuable and prized possession. God can teach us more about him and strengthen us in any situation when we trust in him.
We took time after the message for everyone to tell Brittany how she had impacted our lives over the past few years before eating some DELICIOUS Cookies n’ Cream cake.
Be Blessed and have a Merry Christmas!