Visalia First
December 7, 2019
12/08/2019 Visalia First: From Night To Light
By: Mike D. Robertson
Lead Pastors | Mike & Karen Robertson

Isaiah 9:2 NLT
2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.

Where Do We Find Hope?

1. Even in a free SOCIETY, many are living exiled from God and away from hope.

Where Do We Find Hope?

2. For all who are in EXILE, there is hope on the horizon.

Jeremiah 29:13 NIV
13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

How Do We Find The Truth?

1. God used what the Wisemen were doing in ERROR to lead them to the truth.

How Do We Find The Truth?

2. At some point, a CASUAL spectator has to become a COMMITTED searcher.

Abiding in Jesus at work

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.
Colossians 3:23‭-‬24 NLT

Pray for wisdom and discernment in all things:

  • When I feel unappreciated
  • When I am mistreated
  • When I am overwhelmed

Guide me in dealing with others.

Help me to see the good in all people, to have a spirit of encouragement always on my lips, but to help others see where they can improve, I need wisdom and strength for all of what I am.called to do. Thank you father for loving me.

Elders who do their work well should be respected and paid well, especially those who work hard at both preaching and teaching. For the Scripture says, “You must not muzzle an ox to keep it from eating as it treads out the grain.” And in another place, “Those who work deserve their pay!” Do not listen to an accusation against an elder unless it is confirmed by two or three witnesses.
1 Timothy 5:17‭-‬19 NLT

Good to remember

Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers and sisters. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. He chose to give us birth through the word of truth, that we might be a kind of firstfruits of all he created. My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry,
James 1:12‭-‬19 NIV

Slow to anger

Ways in which I know I need the Holy Spirit… for self control and discipline:

  • Exercise
  • Eating right
  • Being kind
  • Finances, both at school and home
  • Patience with others
  • Loving others
  • Not overthinking everything
  • Being nice to myself
  • Getting into classrooms
  • Listening before speaking.
  • Going to bed on time
  • Spending (or not spending).

It is amazing all of the areas I still need Gods grace and mercy. And spirit.