Series on the meaning of "NEW HAVEN"
Series on meaning of "NEW HAVEN" Anchor texts: Psalm 56:1-13 1Peter 5:1-14 Preacher: Reverend Ikenga Ndukwe N-New Creature: " Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new." (2 Corinthians 5: 17). E-Excellent W-Winner. H-Heaven: In all your undertakings,have heaven as a goal. A-Adoption: "To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons." (Galatians 4: 5). V-Vigilant: It is a call to be alert " Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:" (1 Peter 5: 8) WHY MUST WE BE ALERT 1.We have an adversary (Enemy)" Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time." (Revelation 12: 12) 2. He is walking about. 1Peter 5:8 " And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it." (Job 1: 7) 3. He is seeking for whom to devour " The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. " (John 10: 10) 4. The day of the Lord is approaching (Revelation 22 ) ------------ 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. ... 20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 5. The days are evil. THINGS THAT HELP US STAY VIGILANT: 1. Prayer: " And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. " (Matthew 21: 22) 2.The company we keep: " Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful." (Psalms 1: 1) 3. Building our confidence in God: " When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me." (Psalms 56: 9)