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Not another reminder with communion that we are one with the Lord and I don’t we let ourselves get afraid of her worry, but we do because we are human where one with him, who his spirit is with us in Austin. It’s just, it’s, it’s awesome. Ah, so I am going to go into the little I don’t know, I don’t I call on an official sermon, but ah, well word will lessen a little little perspective shift. Maybe I don’t know, we’ll see 0 got those in there. Um. But so as a re her I think november steve mentioned no, I’m not going to be able to to do a search to service on new Year’s day. And I’m instantly i prayed on, I’m like, oh lord wants to do something really cool. And, and he was giving me all this information on my God. Cool. Okay. I can do this guy is a to the, to the board. I’m like, what do you guys think cause I like to have that unity and, and I like to, I don’t do with too much without asking them 1st cuz I mean, it’s just better that way. I have a backing of everybody. We’re all together in the same page. So mike, ok, well, you guys think of this idea malik in any mouse, not like I’m standing, you’re excited as I was in person, but I get it trying to explain what I’m thinking, what god saying to me. And obviously he gave me more as we went along as we got closer um to it. So as we went into, ah, the year last year, last quarter of the year, you get my picture of, I’m going backwards again guys and sorry, we don’t wanna go that way. I go forward. I’m not going back. As much as good things can happen. bad in forward, so as we were kinda and the end of the year last year in, in the last kind of corridor i kept hearing this positioning positioning. I’m sure steve probably spoke about. I know maria spoke about even today. She mentioned it. Ah, how important this is about positioning ourselves and being in the right spot and that sort of thing. And God kept pointing that out to me again as we move into the new year. How important this is I’m and so I’m going to talk a little bit about what that might look like for you. Oh, if you’re like, what is I positioning now? So a couple of things. God showed me personally and, and for us today I think about positioning. So 1st thing I thought I was okay. My daughter plays sports. So I incident instant thought was okay, let each have a position and like ok, so it’s really like the coaches job is to make sure everyone’s on my right position on the team so that they can do their best rate so they can win the game, potentially do as well as they can. Um. So that was kind of my us and this is another thing. But um, so that was my 1st thought. I’m like ok. And I know the bible talks about each of us having part of the body, you know, and knock and talk tunnel gulped output, how vital that is the we do our part in, in the body arm, but also team. I thought of liquor like an orchestra. My kids also again back to the kids. My kids are in the band, um and on chorus and things like that. So they each have this part to play like megan. She knows many instruments. Now I’m to play the trumpet. She plays the french horn. I need some percussion and he asked to play lots of different areas and of caution as well. And, but they know like for that Mr. song for that particular thing, they know their part. And that’s vital for the song for it’s actually sound like what is most and they do grade and they get that. And so I see the same similar thing in the church when we rise up in that position. That is ours. As an individual, it helps the whole, but if something were to happen where We didn’t show up, Oh no, maybe off rock. Ah, maybe I just didn’t take it us. serious of I should’ve maybe died or know something did happen. The puzzle is missing pieces, right. In this picture, but it’s the same in the church. Maybe they didn’t get up out sunday inside of that and we don’t think I’m gonna go back there anymore. I don’t know. I don’t know. We’re missing pieces. If you look around today, there’s a little empty seats. I mean, not that I like to point that out because I know the gods fell on them in his art schuman prophetically. But I also know that there are some that might just be out there. And I’m thinking I probably should been there today. I don’t know. But as we’re as ones when are here and faithful and, and do what they’re to do, I think the other a whole school to get filled him there really do. And that’s kind of what I want to talk about today. More so I’m sorry I had notes and my phone. I’m not the tech guy that my husband is. But um, I’m learning that sir, go along. Ok. So Anyway, So another thing that, as I prayed about the positioning, another really the visual and an experience. Oh my God, led me to was Have, here’s a question, rhetorical, i guess many of us have been in the ocean or a large body of water. Yes. And you’ve been into the water a little bit. See, I’m a good swimmer, so I don’t go in too far. And honestly, I’m a big fan of the beach, but I’ve gone with the family because they all of it. And so if you go in so far, the waves will come in. If you’re prepared for it, you might get knocked around a bit. And this happened to me the very last time we been to the beach was a couple years ago. I went to ocean City. I’ve got brave and I’m like, I’m going out there. This is nice is really good. The wave came and I saw it coming. If you usually have some warning, right generally can kind of see it come small, smaller gets bigger as it gets closer to you. And all of the sudden i’m under it flipping turns. I don’t think I physically could possibly do, but the water hasn’t been plans. I’m like tumbling and I was filling that for a couple days to be honest bruises from oh that was from there. Okay. But this is what god reminded me of if you’re not ready for it, if you’re not in the position like the next time I was ready, I’m going stand and strong. I’m like, ok, it’s not going to get me this di ray not gonna go head over heels. I’m not going to because I can see it come. I can hear it coming. I know it’s coming and I’m ready. And I didn’t get knocked down so much that time and have muff ended a fee and the sand cuz I don’t go above my head. So I mean, the water was probably maybe know my waist or something to start with. But it went up there a little bit, so that’s the picture he was giving me. If we’re not positioned and ready, and we’re not digging in and we’re not okay, firm foundation of the Lord. This happens in life, right? self comes at us. We go flying. We are in a whirlwind, we don’t know what’s going on, you know, up from now and I don’t know. It’s easy to do. But the Lord is our foundation, right? So he gives us that firm footing. So we shouldn’t be tumbling all over the place when the wave comes, which I really thought oceans was so perfect for the the The picture he gave me. Ah. Because keep your eyes up, keep her face strong. You’re righty for that way. And so that’s the picture he gave me about positioning, specifically for us, the sheer to be ready. And so he gave me a couple ideas, i believe from ord ah, taken. I hope that they speak to you to so specifically we’re going to look at, 1st of all, if you call yourself part of new hope. And you believe you are called to be here, heart of something we’re doing here. Um, we do have core values and that I believe would be 1st thing if you’re not sure what you’re supposed to be doing, go back to those things. I didn’t put them on the screen, but I do have them here at least the title of them. And we do have a banner out there and it’s on our website. And if you need any other documentation, we absolutely gets you. All of it is based on scripture and it’s our core values of new hope and on condition. unstoppable love is one ah, sacrificial integrity, and spirit lead ministry. Those 3 things, if we’re doing those things, we’re in a pretty good position. I think. Especially if you’re called here to be part of us because that’s our values. So for filling those things or spoke pretty good, we’re very spot on. But for today and specifically for the sheer coming, god led me to song 112. And I’m gonna read it. It’s 10 verses. And we’re going to talk about it a little bit more. But and it’s interesting because I’m not the scholar bible scholar obviously that my husband is and I haven’t been trained in all that stuff, but god been trina, me for years. I’ve been with the Lord for many years. But as I prayed about this I specifically, and I guess it’s an impression, but I was hearing and I say hearing, but it’s more like an impression inside of me. I’m some on 12. I didn’t know someone taught us. I had no idea like ok, well I’m, well, I was in the songs kind of in proverbs, i’m looking for italy directional more about this positioning, cuz that’s where, where I felt like to talk about well, some 112 when I went to and I’m like, oh, okay, I’m there, read it now, but when I read it myself and like, well that really makes some sense. God wow, that is really you talking because sometimes I just have these ideas. I think sometime, but I do believe it’s him. And so if it speaks to you awesome, I believe he wants to. If not I it’s still good. I don’t know. sculpture. Oh, I mean, Oh my goodness, you know, claim any thing more than that. Um that is god’s word and in I’m sure it will speak because it’s as art. And so anyway, so 112, you know, I used to look new living translation. And I know that might differ for a lot of you. So amazing kind of sound a little to for it. I don’t know, I really didn’t compare but should be pretty well the same. I know. But I’m going back to going backwards again. Sorry guys. So so month. Well, so 1st of appraisal word, that’s pretty easy, right? Very basic, most psalms start that way anyway, right. But we should be doing that, raising him not forgetting what he’s done. remembering who he is, remember who what he’s done for us and what he wants to do, like count console, there’s no reason to not praise him, right. How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delay in obeying his commands? vast sums up baton of christian lifestyle right there. Right. I mean, fearing the Lord obviously having reverence for him obviously being kind of afraid of what we might do if we’re not right with. Oh I think but all obviously it putting him in a place of um you know, god ship, oh lord over everything like, you know, that’s really with that is saying and delight in obeying his command. So want to desire that, Ah, be happy when you are realizing, wow, i’m doing this. I got this gun. Got a me, we got this together. I’m and then there are children. Now we successful everywhere. An entire generation of god we people will be blessed. Yes, I was so excited reading like yes, that’s what we want here at New hope that’s what we want in this community. And also we want to see in the world, we want generations of godly people rising up and being blessed, but starts with us, right? We have to fear the Lord delight and the commands like these things are basic christian things, but it’s easy to let other things get in the way. It’s easy for us to forget or not consciously do the things that we know we’re supposed to do. All the time. Thank you for grace lord that she reads, even you are yena, forgive us and dross right back to where we should be. And then they themselves were wealthy, their good deeds will last forever. How hulu? Yeah, promise is. That’s what I seen to 2023 though. I feel like god really and pressing on this specific som in is just so good. So we’re gonna go the next are backwards like I thought really. And so for light shines in the darkness, and this was already mentioned today This morning, I believe and talking singing about little darkness fully. Ah, light shines of darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous. I believe new help are those things already. That’s not something we have to chat too hard to do, to be generous to be compassionate. I see that on us as a, as a body. That it, those things are a gift that this church definitely already has, but we can always grow in those things. Obviously, an righteous and God does that. Jesus makes us righteous and thank you for that. Jesus. God good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly. And that’s you know, hey basic, but it’s lend money generously. That’s something that is can be challenging more people and to understand that maybe you won’t always get it back. blended with the heart of it’s a gift basically. So I live at a way because if he get back, that’s awesome. So I don’t know, that’s how I am personally, i’m not saying I’m not I by doing my more given any, any does of that direction as not anything I’m I’m trying to do. I’m just saying the bible says right there when generously in conduct fairly. And so that is between you and the Lord. If that becomes your position, ah, such people will not be overcome by evil. And those are righteous will be long remembered. So we have the recipe, so to speak, of how not to be overcome by evil, right. generous, compassionate riches. obey god commands. I mean, these are brand new ideas, but it’s a great reminder for 2020, for you to walk out what it is. God is calling you, I know it, it, it’s a time of year. We often wonder about that sometimes like the beginning of a year when like okay, so okay, god did that. And so as he wants to do this year, and I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve had struggle a long time throughout my life of what in the world am I supposed to do? Like in the church? Like I’ve been in the church for a long time in like 20 years. I’ve been in really ministry lake and recognizing god wants me do more. But I have had struggle over the years we’ve that because it, it, it’s like, ok god, I know you one do more and that’s exciting thing. If you’re that person that thinks god really wants to do something in me that’s a good place to be. But dawned on me come in and try to confuse you about it. Like this is what a plat, the scriptures, and not only abby can seeker, you know, church leadership and I’m sure they can plug you in the things too. If it’s really, really get in to you, ah, then with of my preference, no matter what god gives nice, fun prophetic o words and knowledge and things like that when we, we do pray. So that’s exciting. But um I know that that was really a big struggle for me for a long, long time and I’m still fell on my way around. You know, as we get involved more we, we get when we step out a more we receive more to do so. god’s good that way too, but only when we’re ready for it. So that’s important to think about. So anyway, the next verse, again I said there’s only 10 person, so it’s not too too long. Ah, so they do not fear bad news. That’s a, that’s a hard one. Sometimes it’s gonna knock you for a loop, but we know who is bigger and better and greater than all things. They constantly trust the Lord to care for them. That’s easy for me to read, right? It’s easy for me to look at words up there and, and not always any 0 to walk. Sometimes when you are in that season of true justin, god to trust justin. God to hold you and, and get you through. But that’s what the church is. So perfect. For because we can really help each other. Ah, we can lean on each other, we can lift each other. And so it’s new hope is is here for that as well to help people through the seasons. Because they do come and they go and, and a sly finance unfortunately on falling world. So you have the C as in glory, we always wanna trust god. But we have seasons where we feel like we maybe a de Leon him a little bit more for specific things. Ah, they’re confident they’re fearless. Who and came face their foes triumphantly. And then my mind goes to David. Little david walking out there. Big goliath. Ah, he went out there and he knew he was going to win. He knew he won before he even faced the giant. That was very much bigger than em. Very powerful. I’m sure. Ah scary, i would think poor kid. Ah, but he did because he knew that god was the winner and he knew whose side he was on and who is representing and, and that’s what we can do as well. You know, we walk out into the world and, and know the Lord is before us alert is going and I, I just can’t get over the impression i have for this year for those things. victory is um, just being able to do that walk out in knowing who lord goat has been gone before you. He, you know I, I just see such great things coming this year. Um. So they convoy and they share freely, give generously again. Ah, to those in need, men are churches, absolutely a generous church. I look around and there aren’t a ton of people in the seats, like I said once before, but we are generous and we were gonna have business meeting coming up next year. And you can see that these help of financial generosity that we have, but also where a heart our churches sees a need and wants to fill that. And that’s amazing. That’s in like merisa we had, we are given. So we, we’ve really give we freely or given and we freely give and God is just so good. He’s met every need and Beyond. And as so amazing to be a part of what he’s doing here. Ah. And then the good these will remember forever. And they will have influence and honor. And I mean, that’s what he wants to do, but the good deeds obviously go back to lord, you know, we, we wanna continue to show who we represent here in this area, in our lives, in the world. And we have a legacy, right? Leave her our future generations. That will be blessed. And so that’s exciting for 2023. They’re good needs. Oh, I got a written verse tan. Go reverse 10. Good. And they wait. Good. Well see this and be it infuriated. They will grind their teeth and anger and they will slink away their hopes for on it. But we want to draw this heap all. What are the same as us rate we want to draw people with this impart? Same passion for jesus the, the desire to honor him here at New hope. But those other ones will see it. And now they’ll probably not like it. But I believe in I, I’m firm about this. When I see somebody reacting to something like obviously evil, we’re talking specifically satan and and those. But people sometimes can have that kind of influence in their life and behave certain ways that aren’t godly. And I say, I believe though when they have a reaction to something you’re doing, god is doing something. Um and even though it may come out ugly, he’s out of work. He’s doing something. And so I, in those situations i barely be praying for, for whoever it is. But so anyway, I know I’m probably rambling, but I do believe that god wanted to speak to each of us today. I believe that he wanted to remind us of those basics because it’s easy to they run, dane and honestly it’s easy for us as christians have been in the 8th while to not value it as much. You just do it. Oh yeah that Yep. I’ll go get them a gift card. Oh yeah, I’ll, I’ll, I’ll do this sir. I’ll send a basket over there. All you know, whatever, but I think god and I was speaking to Steve about this this week. I believe firmly the 2023 god wants to elevate us to a different level of that sort of thing. I believe that he wants us to step up in different ways that aren’t just a routine thing. Like you’ve always done. It’s easy to do something that, Oh that will you know how, how do that? And I believe he wants us to stretch ourselves a little bit more in the generosity in the giving in helping people and compassion for others. You know, there been tons. I said, I know of at least 3 fires this week. Last month. The summer I should say, at happened in this community in this area, fires complete, complete loss of everything. Someone had. They thought they had an all or it has brought it to archer. You know, we have reached out, we have less some. But what are other things that we wanna do? You know, god is just like impressing on me that sometimes it’s, it’s easy to do that and it’s not wrong. And it’s law generous and has heart. But what are things that may be hands on gonna mean he wants to step out there and be next to somebody that’s watching things burn. I don’t know that I believe you will lay that on our hearts. But I believe the sheer to step up. I believe that firmly in those areas and I know some of you have already been stirring in you. That’s something I want to do and you specifically, i know it. I know that he wants us to do more. And that’s what’s exciting is because when you have a hunger to do more, he’ll meet you there and he will make it, he’ll bless it because our hearts for him to be glorified, but also a little wild on the people that he want. So of and sir, I thank you. I thank you for that lord, I should a hearts in this place to day. Thank you. All right, so one little activity that we’re going to do before a singer last song for a move out and start our new year. Get going. I if I really felt like the Lord wanted us to, or maybe he’s already laid on your hearts. And I’m sorry if I say that a lot, but I don’t do much without his leading, especially on, on scenario holding a microphone. So I want you to understand that I’m not doing them out of my own heart or my own. Because honestly, if it was me, I be sitting probably at home and my husband to be honest with was my choice. But I’m here because I love him, right? So I just want to, I know I said that a lot, lot leading, but truly that’s just me and I don’t do a lot without him leading me, especially in a church format. So that being said, I bought cards and they have envelopes. Okay. And I bought close pin, somebody asked me what it is about. So over here, all the way over here. Oh, the river. We can’t really see, but there are string lonelier. What we’re gonna do, this is called hope wall, which I’m going to do a little more with it when I have a verse up there. But what we’re going to do, if you’re all willing, and I think it’s early step of face and acknowledging gods a day. So that’s up to you and your heart. But what we’d like to do is put on the card, right? Something that you’re hoping for for the next year, something you wanna give god and trust him for, for 2023. Whatever that looks like for you. We have envelopes so they can be, you know, anonymous if that’s something your is important to you. You can put your name on if you want. You do not have too much. This isn’t matter, but we have closed pins and we’re going to put them over here on this wall. This was going to be in the foyer. Every single time you walk into this building, you can look at that wall k lorden. I’m praying, i believe, and I’m hoping for every single item on that wall. Every single time in 2023, you walk in the door. If you come in one day and that thing you know, you put up there, god did or you saw breakthrough. We want to testify. We want to glorify him and we can take it down. And any time you walk in with another burden, a new thing, put it up cuz we’re gonna keep it in front of us. We want to remember who god is, but we also need some time. I’d a visual reminder of Okay. Yes, I’m praying for that. Now again, if you don’t feel comfortable with it, just written out there, I brought, i got him billups so we can have it all anonymous. If you do want that specific thing, you want people specifically, that’s fine, but I believe god will honor honor this act to, to keep it in front of us to keep all of us in the same direction. heart, a prayer prayer for even if it’s a blanket god you know, you know exactly was happening, we believe and trust that you’re gonna break through in the situation. Absolutely. We know and trust that he can do it right. We’re here in face together knowing that he is bigger than all of the things that we could possibly bought on a little wall. But I believe there’s just more to and I believe that he wants to move in a way to unify our church in heart and mind and prayer and focus because we’re stronger together. And we also represent him where his body and the more we worked together and the more focus we are, the more unified we are on things, the stronger his body is and the healthier it is. And so as we take a time, I’m going to have made, take this basket around cuz he is a good volunteer and good son. And so you can choose a card and an envelope, they’re kind of together. I, I know on the little, if you didn’t get a planner, let me know, but on there, there are pens are also pens in the back of the chairs. Ah, if you may take the envelope, nate, take the envelope. They have a card and envelope together. Yeah, give me the soccer. I am prep. It prep it have a near it’s ok. You don’t understand this. Okay, so what’s happening is there’s a card like this, like this kinda kinda big and there’s an envelope also with it. So you can use the envelope if that’s what you want to do. I just wanna make sure everyone has. Okay. So then you right on the card and then put it in limbo. And then we’re going to put them on the strings with a slip here. So make this show you not that the co wherever So he gave us a rough bed. Okay. If you don’t want to do it yourself, we can obviously help whatever we need. We were just want to step out in a way to show the Lord we trusting him and were unified to gather behind each other. Um and that’s the main heart of, of today. remembering who we are. remembering who, sorry, I didn’t notice that graphic of megan’s giving us some direction from the back to trying to help. Ah, So Thank you for your gift and how is there a maggot the computer? Oh, yeah. And, and as you do, it will make more sense when you actually see them and do them and it’s, it just something different. But yeah, so I have it out. Right. Um they especially intercessors. And always you guys get a lot of direction from the Lord, but when we have some specific things that’s really helpful sometimes. So that will be really good to. But all of us praying and lifting each other up throughout the year is kind of the goal. And just I’m looking forward to the testimony when we can take them down. Like I’m hoping next year it’s kind of empty. But anyway, I don’t because I really want more to pray about. But it’s exciting to, to see what god wants to do. And he makes no ashes out of beauty, firm ashes, and he can transform any situation, some excited to see what that looks like for all of us this year. But there’s a lot of things I think changing. I believe the god really is he’s really doing a lot, not that it not that he has stopped but he, you know, just some different specific things here for the season and this time and the sheer and so as a ah, you can take your time and do that, Ah, we do have one more song and then just you’re welcome to go. When you’re dying or you fill fill that you are. Um. So I’m gonna just pray and then as we’re preparing law, oh paul cards. I’m The guy just brings to mind whatever and, and we have more, I can fill both sides. I mean well like we always have need. Oh yeah. Oh no. Yeah, you can fill it up with multiple i. I don’t know. I honestly, there’s no, no real clear boundary on that part of it, but I am you know, whether however you fill in to do to for yourself. I mean, if you want to separate things, we could definitely do it that way. That’s. That’s right. Yeah, that’s exciting. To me because I do believe that and so I want to do get this, cleared out. So him do all the things. And so now what we do is thank you for all the situations. I know that these situations might seem overwhelming, but we know that you you hold them off. Where do you know all you see all you are, are all in a home and order the cooling to that truth as we move into 2023. And we hold on the hope that we know is come in newer hope even than what we had before. Being sure of what we hope for is raising our faith to know that you are in control. You are the king. You are worthy of all praise. honor and glory and my pay rate now for each $1.00 word as they knew, lead them to the things gathered that you are already pra, wister, and on worth it, you would just bless each one god and lord as we go to day where they would carry a blessing and understanding. More and more, I learned how we influence our, our, our children, how we influence our neighbors, and got how we represent you here. Help us be more compassionate, more generous, more eager to obey your commands, lord, quick to ask forgiveness. Quick to listen, lord. slow to speak, all those things god that you hear a spirit and do in US lord, ice bear have your way. I pray for big fruit, all of us to come home. Big spirits of the spirit were generosity. patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, self control. Thank you for doing the work to day and each one of us in this year. And we’re just bless each one. Has they go as they come and use the same soil? We receive the blessing of that or heard a song as scripture where we know that you are good. Let me know you have our best to mine how best to line up our hearts, our minds with you. The sheer would help us to step out into the things god you have for us. Help us to walk. The way you have us walk together, growing together, learning together, Being stronger than ever before, here at New hope and in this community. making yourself known to those around us and helping us to know you love them. That you paid a high price for them. You want to see them do well and prosper. You want blessings on this community, and so gary receive for them. The blessing of your, your heart ord. Thank you guys and help us to be vessels to share that help us to know when to share, when to step out. When to do the things you’re calling us. Thank you so much for this church. Thank you for them. The hope that you’re bringing the sheer, thank you for each situation that you are already working on, that you are making ways when there aren’t always you are clearing paths, lord, you are doing all the good things you do reconcile, restoring blessing, turning around things. It just seemed hopeless ears hurting it and to hope you’re bringing beauty to hashes from ashes aren’t we know, but you can have our excited to see what you will do. We stand here to day as your church, as your body, as your loved ones, knowing and trusting you for this 2023 to be here a year of the Lord, a year of your goodness and faithfulness and all those things were going to see them clearer than ever before alert in a new way or just continue, continue what you’re doing, but we’re excited to be apart. Thank you lord. Thank you. God.