Sunday, January 10, 2010
Craig opens his message with Isaiah 43:18-19, which says, "Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland." Craig suggests that this verse applies to many people who had a rough year.
How many people have a new years resolution? "By Valentine's day, 75% of you will have given up." Why is it that so many of us have good intentions, but we are unable to follow through? It might be because your intentions are not God intentions. What Craig urges us to do in this message is to listen to the spirit of God who will speak directly though you and will show you the "one thing" he wants to do through you.
Today, Craig is going to ask 4 "One Thing" questions to help us determine the "One Thing" God would have us do this year. Craig asks God what his one thing is every year. See, when there is a decade of "One Things" every year, your life can dramatically turn into a God driven life. The first question is;
1) What one thing do you desire from god?
Psalm 27:4 says, "One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple." This is what King David wanted. His one thing. There may be a person in your life who isn't a christian. Some of you have have a stronghold or an addiction or something that keeps you from fully worshipping God. Others of you may look at your marriage and see that your marriage is not what you want it to be. Your one thing may be your wanting God to deal with some so-and-so. Maybe you want God to slow things down for your job because you are missing out on life. You may desire God to change your heart. You may want to live by the graces of God. Maybe you just need satisfaction from God.
Years ago, Craigs "One Thing" was the same as King Solomon's. He wanted wisdom. So, God pointed him to Proverbs and every day, month in and month out, Craig read the a chapter from Proverbs (the book has 31 chapters, so it works out well each month).
2) What one thing do you lack?
In Mark 10, A rich man came to Jesus asking what he needeed to do because he couldn't fully experience God. Jesus looked at him "in love" (which gives the notion that God shows us what we lack, but does this out of love) and said to sell everything so that he could follow Jesus. The man walked away because he couldn't release his wealth. There are many of you who over a period of years, God has shown you the one thing that is lacking in you, but you refuse to embrace it or to do anything about it.
3) What one thing do you need to let go?
4) What one promise from God do you need to claim?
When David was annointed by Samuel to be the next king of Israel, he was a young man. God told Samuel, I do not look to the outside of a man but rather in his heart. As soon as David was annointed to be king, it was still a long road of back and forths. For instance, when Saul was after David, David chose to hide among the Philistines. He said to God, "there are so many things I do not know right now. There are so many things that have turned out bad, but this one thing I know. that my God is for me. I am trusting Him. I am not afraid of what mere man can do to me. For some of you, God will give you a promise and it will sustain you.
It was in the early years of the church and Craig was down because the church had outgrown his leadership capabilities and so he cried out to God. It was in that year that God said "my strength will be made perfect in your weakness". So now, and for the last 10 years, God has been building the church through Craig's weakness. What one promise do you need to claim?
There are so many promises God can give us. Here are a few. God promises to meet every need you have. God can meet your finanical needs. God said He will provide a way out for any temptations you may have. God can create in you a sense of having forgiven you. God promises to make everything work for the good of those who love of Him He will be with us forever. He promisese to give strength to the weiry. He says he will give us joy. He says he is the good shephard and he will guide us. He will give us peace beyond our understanding. God promises to give us power to defeat satan. God promises that we are more than conquerers. God promises us eternal life through his son Jesus.
There are some things I do not know, but I this one thing I know; My God is for me.