Seed of Faith – From The Beginning Of The Year To The End  By Pastor Dave  

“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.” Deuteronomy 11:11-12

Dear Faithful Friends:

We sit on the brink of a New Year.  I hope and pray that you are all well and healthy!
Last Sunday, the church worldwide celebrated Epiphany! I pray you have had some time to answer the questions in the SEED OF FAITH and that you’ve had some revelation from God’s word, too.

This week we are on to: The Baptism of the Lord! This is the week at our church when we draw new names for the coming year. Both Jac and I are ready to trade in our names from last year. She drew GENTLE FRIEND, I drew FEARLESS WARRIOR. We both had a hard year of chelation fall out. I think we are hoping to draw a new name like: EZPZ street, LOVE, JOY UNENDING. Something soft and fuzzy would be nice. Wait you say! What’s wrong with our old names? Well, Jac is not all that gentle (her words) and I’m not into being a warrior!We thought about trading names last year! But I must say, we both grew into our names–along with a lot of practice and opportunities from God!  If you want to join us in this spiritual exercise. reply to this email and let me know.  We will draw you a new name for 2020 and email it to you. We will also be putting our “WORD OF INTENTION” that the Holy Spirit is giving you this year onto our 2020 clean canvas. An intention is a goal, an aim, or a plan.  Jac has heard the word WAIT and has translated that into “Why Am I Talking?” She’s been journaling on her word already. I’m still WAITING for my word! Just today I had a friend tell me that the Holy Spirit gave him his word for the year.  His word is “obey.”  What a powerful word to walk with and work with this year. So What?  What is the word that God the Father, Jesus the Son and Holy Spirit the comforter giving to you?

This week, I encourage you to read chapter 11 of Deuteronomy.  Ask and allow the Holy Spirit speak to you about a 2020 goal, aim or plan. When we come to Deuteronomy 11, you need to know that the Israelite people have wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. Does that sound familiar to you? Maybe you have been wandering in the wilderness for the past year or so?

The Israelite people are finally sitting on the edge of the Promised Land; they’ve been waiting and wandering for 40 years for this very season.  They are given their last words of instruction from their faithful leader, Moses.

Earlier this week, I was reading Deuteronomy during my devotional time. The Holy Spirit had me stop and journal on the verses above.  I stopped on the words — “The Lord your God cares for you. The eyes of the Lord your God are upon you. The Lord your God is with you from the beginning of the year to the end.”   CARES — SEES — WITH– ME!  I wrote in my journal.    I was impressed with the thought that God wants to be with me! That God wants to be with His people. That God wants to be with you!

God tells the people that that the land they are about to cross over and take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys.

I recently flew to Pittsburgh to be at the retirement service for one of my spiritual mentors and longtime friend. As I was sitting on a plane flying over some of the largest mountains and valleys in the USA, I thought about the land and mountains and valleys that we all face. It was as though these words were sinking deep into my heart.

The land that God wants to give us is a land full of mountains and valleys. The Holy Spirit spoke to my heart, “This next year will be filled with mountaintop experiences that will bring you great joy and happiness.  Also, this next year will be filled with some valleys.  Some of these valleys will be dark, yet God has promised you that he will be in those valleys as well as in the mountaintops. Dave, hear the promise of Psalm 23, “Yay, though you walk through the valley of the shadow of death, you will not fear for the Lord your God, the Good and Great Shepherd of the sheep will be with you to comfort you.”

Each one of us is facing a new year. No one knows what it holds for us.

Do you find it comforting to hear Moses’ words? As we wait on God, we will face a year filled with mountains and valleys? Verse twelve is a wonderful promise — “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.” 

That is really, really, really, really good news.  From January first through December 31, God’s eyes are continually on us.

God wants you to hear this!  This New Year will be filled with mountains and valleys.  But God wants you to know that no matter what — He is with you!  God cares about the New Year and the land that you have just crossed over into. God’s eyes are on your land continually! Stop and think about this for a minute!  The eyes of the Lord are on you!  The eyes of the Lord are on your mountains and valleys.  The eyes of the Lord are continually on you from the beginning of this year all the way to the end!  Wow!  What a powerful promise.

Lord, God of creation.  You created us in Your image and Your promise is that you will sustain us with the promise of Your presence.  We ask that Your eyes would be upon us; and that You will continually watch over us as we face our mountains and our valleys. We stand in the promise that You will be with us from the beginning of this year to the end of this year. Help us, Oh Lord, to be sensitive to Your Words of life.  Amen

This past Wednesday our GALG (Get A Life Group) reunited for bible study after the holidays. We studied Mark 9. Jesus asks a great question, “How long has he been this way?” Jesus was asking this question of the father of the demon-possessed boy. Someone in the group said, “You know, I think that’s what happens with each one of us. Jesus walks alongside of us and asks, ‘Dave, how long have you been like this?'” The father says, “If you can help us, help us.” Jesus asks the father, “IF? IF? Do you BELIEVE that I can help you?” The father says, “I believe….but…help my unbelief.” You know what? I love the stories of the Bible.  Isn’t that just like us? Don’t we tell Jesus, “I think you can help me.” Jesus replies, “You THINK I can help you? Do you BELIEVE that I can help you?” Hmm.  Do I really believe that Jesus can help me climb the mountain of 2020 that lies before me? Do I really believe that I will survive the valleys? “Yes, Jesus, I believe you—but it’s not 100%. Could you help my unbelieving parts?”

And Jesus laughs, pats me on the back, thanks me for my honesty and says, “Let’s go! I will never you nor forsake you. Keep on believing!”  Jesus died on the cross for me, and for you. All of our unbelieving parts are covered in His blood. Go on. Ask the hard questions of Jesus and believe. He’s got your unbelief already covered.

See you Sunday.

God loves you and so do I,
Pastor Dave

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