“The Future is as bright as the promises of God!”
A Blessed New Year to all of you and your loved ones.
The Future is as bright as the promises of God!!!
It’s not just the end of 2020!!!
January brings much more than just the end of 2020. It brings a new year with new opportunities and new possibilities for God to change our lives and the lives of those around us. Each new year brings new opportunities for faith and service to our Savior. While many will seek to make new resolutions, as a church we ask God for a new vision—a vision for bringing salvation through Christ to our world.
We must not be paralyzed by the many uncertainties that the COVID 19 Pandemic has created. There is still….
- Unanswered questions, mysteries
- Unsolved problems
- Unresolved confusion
- Uncertain projections
We must move on and trust that God through time will bring greater clarity, direction and needed breakthroughs for us and the world around us.
1. We need to see 2021 from a high vantage point (Deut 1:6-7)
“The Lord our God spoke to us in Horeb, saying: ‘You have dwelt long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey, and go…”
Mountains in the Bible always symbolize the place of revelation and communion as clearly reflected by the life of Moses. Commit yourself to give time to be holy, get alone with God with focus and spiritual hunger for His Presence. As Moses said in Exod 33:15 “If Your Presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here”
2. We must be ready for the different terrains (Deut 1:7)
“…go to the mountains of the Amorites, to all the neighboring places in the plain, in the mountains and in the lowland, in the South and on the seacoast, to the land of the Canaanites and to Lebanon, as far as the great river, the River Euphrates”
Be ready spiritually, mentally and physically for the different natural and spiritual terrains that you will face in 2021. There will be times of highs and lows, hardships and ease, safety and danger. Do not be shocked and choosy. The grace of God is available for all terrains. 2 Kg 20:28, God is the “God of mountain and valley...”, and in 2 Cor 12:9-10, he says, "My grace is sufficient for you..."
3. We must move forward with courage, authority and strength. (Jos 1:3-7) because God has already given 2021 to you not to the Pandemic. (v3)
“Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you, as I said to Moses. From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory”.
Authority because He is with you and never leaves you v5.
“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life; as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you”
Strength because His Word will never fail you v 6-7.
“Be strong and of good courage, for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them. Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go”
The year 2020 will become a marker for history. For certain, it will be a marker that includes sickness, death, and dismal economic realities. But it will also be a marker for new opportunities. You are about to see God do an incredible work in thousands of lives and churches in 2021. We pray that it will include you and Metro Tabernacle.
Pastor Ong Sek Leang & Pastor Nancy Ong
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