Amanda and I along with Mason and Elizabeth want to wish you all a Happy New Year! I know that many pastors, preachers, motivational speakers, life coaches and all the like, are posting or will be posting slogans and cliché’s in hopes to get people stirred up about one thing or another. I do not have a catchy slogan to give you or a saying to make you hyped up about 2019. But, what I do have is a promise, and the promise goes like this:
Deuteronomy 31:6-8 “6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” 7 Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the sight of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you shall go with this people into the land that the Lord has sworn to their fathers to give them, and you shall put them in possession of it. 8 It is the Lord who goes before you. He will be with you; he will not leave you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.”
5 Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” 6 So we can confidently say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?”
9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
In Summation, the promise is this, The Lord will be with you! That is a promise we must cling to. So many people have looked back at 2018 with pain, regret, anguish and the like. Many saying 2018 was the “worst” year of their lives, while others say it was the best year ever! Many entered 2018 with excitement as someone told them to believe for great riches, wealth, health, promotion and blessing, only to walk out of the year with great dismay. Our Hope must be in Him. Life brings so much craziness and the sobering reality that Jesus said to us was “In this life you will have trouble” I know, that is not a popular thing to tout, yet, it was the words of our Lord in John 16:33 (NLT), “33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth, you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” I am in no way against health, wealth, blessings and the like, I believe the Lord for all these things but more than that the greatest promise for me, is that He is with me, in and no matter what. Take heart! The Lord will be with you in 2019! No matter the successes or storms, He is with you. We love you and look forward to growing together with you in 2019. Sunday, January 20th will be State of the Church Sunday! A day of Vision Casting and celebration. Mark your calendar and invite friends and family to come and see where we have been and where we are headed. We love you all and count it an honor to serve you all these 20 years, The Lord has indeed been with us!
Partners Together in A New Season,
Pastor William, Amanda, Mason and Elizabeth McCarty
The MAC Family