Greater Experiences, Greater Expectations

The Senior Pastor of City Revival, Pastor Suresh Sundram
The Senior Pastor of City Revival, Pastor Suresh Sundram

17 Jan 2014 by Kim Yung CM-

 

“We need to be focused on what God wants us to do and we need to be expectant,” shared Pastor Suresh Sundram as he shared on the topic above at City Revival, Subang Jaya, on the 4th of January 2015. Just like when a seed is sown into a mother’s womb, one is not able to see the outward signs of what is happening inside until a few months pass. But once the outward sign manifests, one will feel a great sense of focus and expectation. “A lot of times we cannot see it, but God is doing something behind the scenes. God has got new things for us! Amen?,” shared Suresh.

 

“Forget the former things;
do not dwell on the past
.

See, I am doing a new thing!
Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?
I am making a way in the wilderness
and streams in the wasteland.

(Isaiah 43: 18-19)

 

The Praise and Worship Team of City Revival Church
The Praise and Worship Team of City Revival Church

 

The Word of God brings change! There are times when God allows situations into our lives, where we feel that we are in the wilderness (a situation where we feel that nothing seems to be happening). But despite being in the wilderness, the Lord is able to create roads and to create a river in the desert; He is able make the impossible happen.

“Sometimes, there are no words to describe what we are going through, and sometimes all we have is God, so we have got to put our trust in Him and know that God will make a way when there seems to be no way,” shared Suresh.

As we go through struggles in our life, keep the Bible verse Isaiah 43:18-19 close to your heart.

 

The City Revival congregation at Holiday Villa Subang Jaya
The City Revival congregation at Holiday Villa Subang Jaya

 

 

“We need to make sure we know who God is and we need to ensure that this is our priority,” he shared.

 

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.

(Romans 8:28)

 

“God is the Lord over our families, He is the Lord over our businesses, He is the Lord over our nation, He is the holy one, He is the one who paid for our sins, He is the Creator who formed you. Apart from Him, there is no life. He is the ultimate authority! A lot of good things that we have in our life (come from Him) because He created us. It is He who has given us talents and great things. Whether the enemy wants to do something or not, God is above that!” encouraged Suresh.

We must never limit God through some of the things that we have seen God perform or through our own understanding and experiences of Him. God is above that!

“He can do whatever He wants to do through whoever He wants,” he said.

 

But Jesus beheld [them], and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26)

 

Pastor Suresh preaching the Word
Pastor Suresh preaching the Word

 

DO NOT ALLOW your negative experiences of failures and discouragements to possess you and prevent you from moving on to the future. If you keep looking back into the past, you will not be able to move on to your something new. The key to moving on is to be focused, this is to lessen the room for accidents to happen; we cannot be focused if we are distracted. Clear up the things in your past that you are holding within you and remember that God is in control!

 

For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations. (Psalms 22:28)

 

“The everyday of this year will be a fresh experience! We have got to be saturated with God and be in close communion with God and His purposes,” shared Suresh.

Simultaneously, we need to distance ourselves from wrong associations.

 

 

“Sometimes we are so traumatized by the bad things that happened and we may feel that we are predestined for this bad thing; this is part of life. People often feel that because they have failed, they are a failure. Let me tell you that God makes no failures! As we look at the life of Jesus, was He focused? He was focused on the cross! Jesus died on the cross so that each one of us can experience His forgiveness,” shared Suresh.  

 

Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 3:12-14)

 

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