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How to Have a Successful New Year
"The epitome of failure is to succeed at those things that make
no difference in eternity." Pastor Kenny Kuykendall
Matthew 6:19-21 "Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."
Lay up your treasures ______ ___________________
Treasures laid up on earth have no _________________________________________.
“Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.” (Proverbs 23:3-5 KJV)
When we look to what we possess as our “treasure” then that will be where our hearts are directed. Jesus tells us in this passage to not do this. As we saw in the passage from Proverbs at the top of this post, riches or possessions do not last. They are temporal and cannot be depended upon. However, the admonition from our Lord is to not place our hope in them or our trust. Instead, He tells us to lay up treasure in Heaven. This treasure is eternal, not temporal. Jesus tells us that if we place our hope in Him as our treasure then our hearts will be there instead of here. When that is the case, we will not be enslaved to self-gratification. Who does this? How can we do this? We must become Spirit-filled so that we will be guided and controlled by the Holy Spirit. When we do this, we will not be focused on how much wealth we have on earth, but we will be looking to follow our Lord as we carry our crosses in self-denial. (by Mike Ratliff)
2. Luke 12:16-21 Describes a man who laid up treasures on earth "for himself”: “And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich brought forth plentifully: And he thought within himself, saying What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
Worldly possessions can cause us to take our focus off _____________.
3. I Corinthians 3:11-15
"For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire."
Building on Jesus Christ as our foundation is compared to ______________, _________________, ____________________.
Building on anything else is compared to __________________, _______________, ______________________.
Every man's work will be tried by ____________________.
If it abides he will receive a _________________________, it not, he will suffer __________________.
Loss is in reference to _______________________ and not salvation.
4. Luke 18:18-23
"And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me. And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich."
The young ruler was not willing to let go of ___________ ______________.
What did he give up so he could hold on to his wealth? ________________
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?"
As a child of God is there anything in my life that I refuse to give up so that my relationship with the Lord can grow?
5. Joshua 1:7-8
https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Joshua-1-7/Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee turn not from it [to] the right hand or [to] the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Joshua-1-8/This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success."
Observe the ________________ (God's commandments). Do not let it depart out of thy __________________. __________________________ on it day and night.
The result of doing these three things is: Thou shalt make thy way_________________________, and then thou shalt have good success.These are ____________________________ promises. If we do our part, God will do His part.s, we will not be focused on how much wealth we have on earth, but we will be looking to follow our Lord as we carry our crosses in self-denial. (by Mike Ratliff)
"And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother. And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou