The Year Of Unceasing Fruitfulness

(Ome: Hey beloveds! Welcome to the year of unceasing fruitfulness!

I’m here with the sermon notes from the first sermon of 2012. Are you excited that this year is going to be the year of unceasing fruitfulness? Y’know, I’m so grateful to know that even though this year is going to be a year of drought, for those of us who trust in the Lord, it’s going to be a year of unceasing fruitfulness! What a blessedness, what a confident expectation of good that we have in Christ!

As we begin our semester, let’s continue to meditate on God’s promises, and see His favour and fruitfulness manifest in your life, be it in your study or whichever area you so desire! Amen?

Blessed week, fruitful ones!)

1 January 2012 Sunday Service

Preached by Pastor Prince

2nd Service

Verses from the sermon:

Jeremiah 17:5-8 (KJV)

5Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. 6For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land and not inhabited. 7Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 8For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

Psalm 1:1-3 (KJV)

1Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Revelation 22:2 (KJV)

2In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Joshua 1:8

8This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

Joshua 24:29-31

29Now it came to pass after these things that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being one hundred and ten years old. 30And they buried him within the border of his inheritance at Timnath Serah, which is in the mountains of Ephraim, on the north side of Mount Gaash. 31Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had known all the works of the LORD which He had done for Israel.

Key take-home points:

  • A blessed person is someone who trusts in the Lord, whose hope [confident expectation of good] is the Lord. God’s way is so good. The world says that to have a good life, you have to be smart, you have to work hard, you have to have it all together. However, thank God that we do not operate by the system of the world. God says that as long as your trust is in Him, you are a blessed man.
  • While we’re here, I’d like to camp on “hope” a little bit. What does it mean to have hope in the Lord? The world’s hope is optimism. They hope for the best in the sense of wishful hope. They wish for the good. (Actually come to think of it, the word “wish” is more accurate of their hope.) Bible hope is not like that. Bible hope (“elpis” in Greek) is confident expectation is good. A blessed man is someone who knows and believers that he can confidently expect good in his life because of Jesus.
  • One sign of a cursed person is that he does not see good when it comes. A cursed person does not appreciate the good that God has put in his life. Thing is, even a cursed man, good comes on his life, but he does not appreciate it. He does not appreciate having a wife, having children who are at home, having an HDB to sleep in, being able to study in a university. I find that one symptom of a cursed man is that he is a complaining person, always complaining for the bad. Let’s not be a cursed man! Let’s be conscious of the blessings that God has showered on our lives. Look around and thank God for the good gifts in your life. They are all good gifts from God. Most importantly, thank God for the greatest gift, Jesus! (Digging Pastor Lawrence’s sermon here, amazing how different sermons connect!)
  • God’s rhema word for our church is that 2012 will be the year of unceasing fruitfulness. This does not apply to everyone. For the world, this will be a year of drought. It is only to those of us who trust the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is, who will experience unceasing fruitfulness this year. We will not fear when heat comes, because we are not of the world. We are cared for by God, we are constantly nourished by God, and our trust is in Him to bring us through 2012 in favour!
  • How do you trust the Lord? You meditate. God’s rhema word for us this year is to meditate. You don’t meditate to earn prosperity. Prosperity is ours in Christ, but meditation makes prosperity manifest in our lives. Meditation is God’s means of grace of transporting His blessings into manifestation in your life. When you meditate, you practically put your trust in the Lord, and you will find the fruits of the blessed man manifest in your life. Meditation is also God-given secret to good success and good prosperity. When you meditate, you will have good success, and whatever that you do, prosper!
  • One truth about meditation that I have caught down the sermons that Pastor preached on meditation is that meditation is worrying in reverse. When you meditate, you automatically deny yourself of worrying. You can’t psyche fearful thoughts and worrying thoughts out, but you can knock them out of your heart with God-thoughts.You can’t force yourself to not worry, but you can deny yourself the right to worry by meditating. Fill your heart and mind with God’s promises in Christ!