Refuge Church Message Notes: June 2, 2013
Series: God’s Will Is … Message: SEIZE THE MOMENT
A. Yesterday is GONE. (One Author I was reading recently wrote) “The fact that we live to see a new day is an opportunity to praise God. When we arise, we can command our day to be all that God has created it to be. The older saints used to sing a song “Just another day that the Lord has kept me. He has kept me from all evil with my mind stayed on Him”. Faith is predictable. If we keep our mind on Jesus every day, we can predict the outcome: WE WIN. If we failed to set our faith in proper position yesterday, God gives us a new day to do new things.”
(Isaiah 43:19)(NLT) For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
“Do not let yesterday’s mistakes hinders today’s growth. The same God that gave us new grace and mercy yesterday is the same God who will do it again today. Make every day count. Be not dismayed, discouraged or distressed, for God has a plan for our life today. And when tomorrow comes, He is committed to giving us a fresh start again.
Today, I encourage every person to embrace the new mercies of God. Forgot about what did not work yesterday. Praise God for the people walked out of our life yesterday. Thank God that yesterday is gone and today is going well.
B. Tomorrow is NOT PROMISED. I can’t tell you the number of people I’ve sat down with heart broken after they’ve lost a loved one. They say, “We planned to do this or we planned to do that.” Scripture says…”Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but the Lord determines his steps.”
(James 4:13-15)(NLT) Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” 14 How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. 15 What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”
C. Today is a GIFT. Every day is a gift from God filled with God given opportunities.
(Psalm 118:24)(NLT) This is the day the Lord has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.
It’s been said, “Yesterday is gone, Tomorrow is not promised, and Today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.” God’s will is that we seize the moment……I want to share with you how God’s word says we can best seize the moments God gives us….
1. Put the PAST BEHIND you. You can’t and you won’t move forward until you quit living in the past, worrying about the past, an d holding on to the past.” Many times it’s a matter of find forgiveness ourselves and offering forgiveness to others.
(Philippians 3:12-14)(NIV) Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
2. Seize the MOMENT IN FRONT of you.
I used to do nothing but student ministry for 11 years. And, one of the things I did weekly was spend about 10 hours a week at nothing but school lunches.. Meeting with high school and middle students I did know and building relationships with ones I didn’t know.
I’ll never forget meeting a 16 year old girl that came through our ministry. Through one of our mutual friends, we struck up conversation. I invited her to join us for our midweek worship service that would take place that night. She said, “I don’t have a ride.” I said, “We’ll have someone pick you up from your house.” So, around 5p.m. that afternoon she was picked up and brought to our Youth Worship Service…She was one of several students that were picked up that day and brought to a service that was focused on introducing them all to Jesus Christ. That night, She gave her life to Christ…
It was two years later that I heard this story out of her own mouth. She stood up in front of our youth group and said, “Two years ago I had plans to kill myself. I couldn’t take my home life anymore. So, I planned to take my life and put an end to my misery two years ago. One thing happened that changed that. Pastor Craig came to my school that day and invited me to a service. He said, God cared about me and that he cared about me. Long story short, that night I gave my life to Jesus Christ and discovered that God has a purpose for my life….It saved my life.”
(Ephesians 5:14-17)(NIV) This is why it is said: “Wake up, sleeper, rise from the dead, and Christ will shine on you.” Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.
Listen to me, my friends! When you don’t seize the moment in front of you, you may cause someone else to miss their moment to be changed forever.
3. PRAISE, PRAY & THANK God continually. All three of these things are things I personally don’t do nearly enough… But, these are critical to our sanity, to a positive mindset, and to us staying in the will of God….
(1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)(NLT) Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.
4. Don’t WORRY about the FUTURE.
(Matthew 6:31-34)(NLT) “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[a] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
5. Embrace your GOD GIVEN SEASON.
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8) For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven…
6. Live with a SENSE OF URGENCY.
If you’ve ever watched a ball game like football or basketball before you’ve seen a game or two that came down to the wire. Ever notice how a team who is trailing in a game, and may not have done much of anything the first three quarters of the game, all of sudden they come alive. WHY? Because they start operating with a sense of urgency.
It’s only when we live with a true sense of urgency that make the moments God gives us.
(Proverbs 6:4)(NLT) “Don’t put it off; Do it Now! Don’t rest until you do.”