Pastor’s opening message on his sermon series entitled: “Taking Your Promised Land” started off with him saying how excited he was to share the things God has put in his heart! In our first week on study we were asked to write what our Promised Land would be and in the second week how to enter the Promised Land by believing and keeping the Lord’s 10 Commandments.
Today’s sermon message started with Deuteronomy 11:8-15 which says: “Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, and so that you may live long in the land the Lord swore to your ancestors to give to them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey. The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden. But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end. So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the LORD your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul—then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied.” God wants His people to know that even as they enter this land with giants to defeat they can make it when they look to Him for help! How this applied to us is when we make Jesus Lord and Saviour He comes into our life but the devil comes to steal us away! We will have battles in our Promised Land just as the children of Israel had battles in theirs but we can make it with His help!
The Old Testament tells us to keep the 10 Commandments which God gave and in the New Testament we are told to seek first the Kingdom of heaven and all things will be provided for us! The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace, loving God with all our hearts, minds, soul and spirit and loving our neighbor as we love ourselves! When we seek the Lord first by loving God and our neighbor we can enter into the Promised Land and have what He gives us to have!
James 2:14-17 says: “What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.” What are my deeds? Deeds are this: to love God with all your heart and your neighbor as yourself! We see in these verses that faith without works is dead! We must obey the commands of God to keep our Promised Land!
We invite you to come and taste and see that the Lord is good! Church services times are 10 a.m. Sunday mornings with Bible Studies at 9:30 am. Wednesdays at 7 p.m. we are there to minister to you through anointed messages straight out of the Bible with prayer time happening afterwards and delicious meals prepared just for you in mind! Come join us and get blessed! All of this happens at the Kenedy Civic Center Auditorium weekly. Visit us online at www.stxcc.org!