IS THERE NOT A CAUSE? (1 SAM. 17:8 & 29)

Intro: It's those moments before the battle we have to win.

I. He Taunts Israel (v. 8)

II. He Tells Israel (v. 9)

Ref. Eph. 6:12, Gal. 3:23-24, Jn. 1: 12-13, Eph. 6:16

III. Faith Sees (v. 26)

2. Cor. 5:7

IV. Faith Believes (v. 37)

V. Faith Speaks (v. 45-46)

VI. Faith Overcomes (v. 50)

Ps. 112:18

Conclusion: In the end, we have victory.

RESERVED PRAISE (PS. 65:1)

Intro: God's goodness gives us ample material for praise.

I. God's Material Provision

II. God's Spiritual Provision

Conclusion:

The God who hears prayers (v. 2)

The God who forgives (v. 3)

The God who fellowships (v. 4)

Those who have such readiness will pay their vow of praise.

LIVING IN THE OVERFLOW (PHIL. 4:11)

Intro: The path to victory leads to a pleasant place called contentment.

I. Overflow

Eph. 3:20; 2 Peter 1:4; 2 Cor. 9:8

II. Lack

Ps. 34:9-10; 1 Thess. 4:12; James 1:5; Job 4:11; Prov. 5:23; Prov. 10:21; Prov. 11:14; Hos. 4:6; Prov. 22:27

III. Contentment

Phil. 2:17; Job 24:7-8

Conclusion: Working into a place of being a blessing. "Lord make us a blessing."

New Year ~ New You (COL. 3:1-2, 16-17)

Intro: Three Steps to a New You in the New Year!

I. Seeking God through prayer & worship – (Ver. 1-2) -  Engages the Heart

Matt. 6:33; Isaiah 55:6; John 4:23-24; Matt. 5:8; Matt. 4:17

Psalms 51:10; Ph. 2:5

II. Surrendering to God’s Word – (ver. 16) - Restores the Soul

Hebrews 4:12; John 1:1; John 6:63

III. Serving Others - Practical Application (ver. 17) – Engages the Will

Matt. 20:28; James 1:22

Jesus says, I Am: John 6:48

Bread: John 8:12, John 10:9

John 10:11; John 11:25; John 14:6; John 15:1

Conclusion: Lord, make me better.  This year, I want to be better.  Lord, help me to stay the course.  My humble cry:  Lord, make me better.

THE PATH TO 2018 (PSALM 16:11)

Intro: God is our safest refuge.

I. Petition and Praise (ver. 1)

II. God is My Beautiful Inheritance (ver. 6)

III. A Wonderful Counselor (ver. 7)

IV. A Petition Becomes a Declaration (ver. 8)

V. Preserve Me from Death (ver. 9)

Conclusion: Full and forever -- Follow God's Path into 2018.