Church Notes-11/26/2017

Persistance: The Key To Winning At Life
-Power of perseverance. One characteristic of successful people.
-The fulfillment of a dream has a tremendous cost. It doesn’t come easy.
-We want instant gratification. We don’t have patience.
Reading: Hebrews 10:36 You have need of endurance (persistance) that after you’ve done the will of God, you might obtain the promise.
-Persistance is evidence of faith. It makes us take action.
-God is in control of our life and all our circumstances.
-Persistant people don’t blame other people, but take responsibility for their own lives.
-If you are a child of God, He has called you to build something.
Reading: Luke 9:62 He who puts his hand to the plow and looks back, is not worthy of the kingdom of God.
-We can’t see our future by looking back, in reverse.
-We have to be persistant in what God calls us to do.
-What around us is causing us to want to give up?
-We shouldn’t ever get tired of doing the right thing, even if bad things begin to happen. We will reap if we don’t quit.
-It’s easier to quit than to persist.
-We don’t produce maturity over night.
-People who succeed in life are those who are determined, not destined.
-God didn’t create us to give up.
What I Got Out Of This Service:
In order to succeed in life, we have to be willing to work hard. Things aren’t handed over on a silver platter. Everything we have now is a blessing that God gave. We have to be content with the things that we have, and not feel envious of other people, or feel that we have to keep up with them, or have what they have. We are original, and with that comes being ourselves, and not feeling like we have to copy someone else. God designed us to be independent, yes, but that NEVER means that we don’t need Him. He created us, and loves us so much more than we know. We should want HIm to be a part of our lives. He loves us, so much, that despite all of the sin that this world had, He still wanted us to be saved, and so He sent His Son, Jesus Christ to this place where we live, so that we can be free. Life isn’t easy, and success doesn’t come by easily, either. We have to reap, if we expect to sow. No work? No results. Hard work? Better results than not working. But we must remember, working is not for monetary gain. It is so that we can give back, and bless others as we are blessed. We have to remember that the most important thing we can do is magnify God and Jesus. They are mighty, and greatly to be praised. Our life has to show others what we believe. No one will know, if we don’t tell them. So proclaim to all you know, in any way that you can, about what God has done in your life, and how having Jesus as your Savior has changed you. I for one, felt so lost before coming into the house of God for the most recent time. For years, I didn’t go to church. I don’t know if I was afraid, or if I felt like I didn’t need it. But the first time I went there, a little over a year ago, tears streamed down my face. I was so happy to be there. Life has never been easy, but I am determined to stay positive and try my hardest to make God, Jesus, my family and friends, and lastly myself, proud. I want to succeed, and work hard to get there. I don’t have it in me to give up. I can’t ever stop trying to be the best Christian I can be. Yes, that’s never an easy road either. I still struggle daily with multiple issues, either mental, physical, health-wise, etc, but I don’t let anything or anyone tell me who I am. I know who I am, and so does God. I am His child, and He loves me. So many mistakes I made over the years, but I am in a much better place than that now. To anyone reading this, it’s never too late to come to Christ. Jesus wants us to let Him in our hearts, and let Him keep us safe from any and all harm. Don’t ever think you’re alone. You are never alone. I recently watched a video that showed how Jesus is with us no matter what. He is there, and so is God. He’s there when we are lost, alone, afraid, upset, happy, sad, and any other myriad of emotions we will ever feel while we are here. He sees all the tears that fall, and even the tears that we are holding back. He knows every single thought we have, and He understands the motivations behind our decisions. We have to remember that come Judgment Day, we will face our Creator, and make an account of everything we’ve done, everything we’ve said. There will be no lawyer or advocate there for you, to defend you. You will face God, and you will be judged according to your works. The ultimate goal for me? Heaven. I want to be with the Lord forever in paradise. That is very possible, but only because of the blood that Jesus Christ shed on the cross, for all of us. If we believe in Him, and make Him our Savior, then we are saved. But our lives have to illustrate the commandments that God gave. We have to be obedient. Success? You want it? Then go get it. That’s what I plan to do. But I will never forget God or Jesus along the way. I am where I am because of faith and hope. So many times, I felt like giving up, but my family and friends have always been there for me, no matter what. That means so much to me. I am better because of all of them. I am ready to embrace my future, but I’ll never forget where I came from.

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