Happy New Year! Welcome to 2012!! I am so thankful for all that God did in 2011, but can’t wait to see what He is going to do in 2012!! This weekend, we had our 2 Sunday services and had the privilege of hearing from Ergun Caner. Dr. Caner is the Vice President of Arlington Baptist College in Arlington, Texas. Before that, he was on staff at Liberty University and also spent several years as a pastor. It was such an honor to host him and his wife, Jill, and their family at C3. Ergun has a powerful testimony. He was raised Muslim until he became a christian at the age of 18. From that time, he has dedicated his life to the Lord through ministry.
2 Kings 6:8-17
When the king of Aram was at war with Israel, he would confer with his officers and say, “We will mobilize our forces at such and such a place.”
9 But immediately Elisha, the man of God, would warn the king of Israel, “Do not go near that place, for the Arameans are planning to mobilize their troops there.” 10 So the king of Israel would send word to the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he would be on the alert there.
11 The king of Aram became very upset over this. He called his officers together and demanded, “Which of you is the traitor? Who has been informing the king of Israel of my plans?”
12 “It’s not us, my lord the king,” one of the officers replied. “Elisha, the prophet in Israel, tells the king of Israel even the words you speak in the privacy of your bedroom!”
13 “Go and find out where he is,” the king commanded, “so I can send troops to seize him.”
And the report came back: “Elisha is at Dothan.” 14 So one night the king of Aram sent a great army with many chariots and horses to surround the city.
15 When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha.
16 “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” 17 Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.
The 3 points from the scripture on how we can begin to live the life God desires for us were…
1. We must eliminate the whiners from our lives. Whiners will always focus on the problem. (vs. 15)
2. We must eradicate fear. 365 times in scripture, God tells us to ‘fear not’, that’s once for every day. Fear only paralyzes us, which is what the enemy wants. (vs. 16)
3. We must have a revelation of hope. Like Elisha, we must pray ‘God, open my eyes and let me see how you are working things for my good’. (vs. 17)
This weekend’s worship set included…
Tell The World – Hillsong
Freedom is Here – Hillsong
We the Redeemed – Hillsong
You Are For Me – Kari Jobe
Go – Hillsong