PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF GHANA,
EMMANUEL CONGREGATION AMSTERDAM
NEW YEAR’S EVE MESSAGE 31st DECEMBER, 2011.
THEME: YOU HAVE DWELT TOO LONG BY THIS MOUNTAIN
Text: Deuteronomy 1: 6-8; 2:2, 13, 24-25, 31-37
Deuteronomy is from two Greek words: deuteros – meaning second ; and nomos – law. Deuteronomy is therefore the revision of the law – second law.
The book gives an account of how Moses reviewed the laws once more for Israel as the time for his death drew near.
Moses was about to die and Israel was about to cross the Jordan to face all the challenging situations and to take possession of their possession.
Deuteronomy was therefore an opportunity for Israel to review her covenant relationship with the Lord.
Tonight, we stand at the threshold of the New Year. The “old year” is almost past. It will soon be referred to as the “past year”. Let us take a stock of how the year 2011 went with us and strategize for the coming year by making the needed adjustments and resolutions..
Let us consider the following things as we do this :
Chap. 1: 6 You have stayed long enough at this mountain, Break Camp and Advance.
There are three things to note here:
Staying too long by a mountain
YOU HAVE STAYED LONG ENOUGH AT THIS MOUNTAIN.
Israel had come to Mt Horeb and for a long time, had failed to advance. God therefore charged them, “you have dwelt long enough at this mountain….”
Mountains can stand for challenging situations in life as well as glorious ones.
In the case of Israel, however, the mountain had become a real challenge and a stumbling block.
A mountain of complacency
A mountain of disobedience
A mountain of self-rejection/defeat
A mountain hopelessness
It was necessary for Moses to tell them “enough is enough”
You may have come to a mountain in your life as we bid good bye to 2011.
Mt of complacency
Mt of disobedience
Mt of challenging and difficult situation(s)
Maybe challenges in your marriage
Challenges in your health
Challenges in your job place
Challenges with finding a life –partner or getting a baby
Your mountain could be some success or an outstanding feat in the past year which is making you think that you have achieved something and need to be proud about it or boast with it.
Whatever your mountain may be, you need to be told tonight that “you have dwelt long enough at this mountain”
When Israel broke camp, there were tough decisions they had to take and important moves they had to make.
You need to break camp tonight:
Break from the camp of defeat, complacency, impossibilities, and other challenging situations.
Break the camp of diseases and poverty
Break the camp of numerous complaints
Break the camp of bad marriage
Break the camp of lack of parental control.
Break the camp of sexual immoralities
Break the camp of alcoholism
We are not just being challenged to break camp but also to advance.
When Israel advanced, they crossed the Jordan, fought the Amorites and took possession of their possession.
I challenge you tonight to get ready and ADVANCE
Advance and take possession………………1:8
You have been going in circles (going round the mountain) Turn now and advance!!! 2:3
Cross the Arnon Gorge …..2:24
I have begun to give it to you begin to take possess……2:31
Advance into good health
Advance into your well-being
Advance into your success
Advance into taking possession of your life partner, your pregnancy
Advance into a total committed unto God.