Jan 3, 2016                 Choose

Joshua 24:14-25 “Now therefore fear the Lord and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”  Then the people answered, “Far be it from us that we should forsake the Lord to serve other gods, for it is the Lord our God who brought us and our fathers up from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, and who did those great signs in our sight and preserved us in all the way that we went, and among all the peoples through whom we passed.  And the Lord drove out before us all the peoples, the Amorites who lived in the land. Therefore we also will serve the Lord, for he is our God.”  But Joshua said to the people, “You are not able to serve the Lord, for he is a holy God. He is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions or your sins.  If you forsake the Lord and serve foreign gods, then he will turn and do you harm and consume you, after having done you good.” And the people said to Joshua, “No, but we will serve the Lord.” Then Joshua said to the people, “You are witnesses against yourselves that you have chosen the Lord, to serve him.” And they said, “We are witnesses.”  He said, “Then put away the foreign gods that are among you, and incline your heart to the Lord, the God of Israel.”  And the people said to Joshua, “The Lord our God we will serve, and his voice we will obey.” ESV

Welcome to 2016                    Wet, Windy and Wild 2016.

I do not know what 2016 holds for me, for my family or for our church.  I am not a prophet nor claim to be one!

BUT – I do know who designed, built and holds 2016 in their hands!  GOD ALMIGHTY!

My Goal, and I would hope OUR GOAL, should be to draw closer and more faithful to HIM!

In our Text we find that the people of God had lost their focus.  They had been pulled away from their first love by sin, self and satan.

They needed to “get back on target.”

(SCOPE ILLUSTRATION)  The best scope in the world is of no value, useless, if it is not properly SIGHTED IN and adjusted.

Are we pointed at the right target?

Are we sighted in by the right doctrine, teachings and faith

Are we CLEAR on our target?

  • CHOOSE GOD
    • God Alone
    • REPENT
      • Is this the year of His return?
      • IDK – BUT we should live like it!
    • No FAKES, IMPERSONATORS or FALSE GODS
      • God is a JEALOUS God
    • If your FOCUS is on the world, YOU WILL MISS THE MARK
    • If your focus is in Sin, Self or satans snares YOU WILL MISS THE MARK
  • FOCUS ON GOD
    • Let everything off to the periphery fade away
    • Adjust your DIRECTION
    • Adjust your FOCUS
  • FOLLOW HIM
    • Commit
      • Choose THIS DAY who you will serve in 2016
    • Continue
      • Do not GIVE IN, GIVE OUT or GIVE UP on God and your life lived for HIM!
      • Stay FaithFULL
      • No CAMOUFLAGE CHRISTIANS
      • Stop trying to BLEND IN
      • STAND OUT
      • You have a right to speak and share your faith

LIVE FOR GOD in 2016 and discover everything HE HAS FOR YOU

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