A NEW YEAR ‑ TO MAKE NEW COMMITMENTS
The Tree is given one more year to grow or
to remain the same and be plucked up.
We stand at the threshold of a new year.
We have another year to serve. Will it be
with mediocrocy or with fervor?
We must all make commitments to do better
in 1994 than ever before.
1. The tree belonged to a certain man
We belong to Jesus ‑ we have been bought
with a price.
1 Cor 6:20 For ye are bought with a price:
therefore glorify God in your
body, and in your spirit, which
1 Cor 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be
not ye the servants of men.
2 Pet 2:1 But there were false prophets
also among the people, even as
there shall be false teachers
among you, who privily shall
bring in damnable heresies, even
denying the Lord that bought
them, and bring upon themselves
2. God expects fruit ‑ this is not an
unreasonable request of the one who bought
us with such a price.
Matt 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth
forth good fruit; but a corrupt
tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Matt 12:33 Either make the tree good, and
his fruit good; or else make the
tree corrupt, and his fruit
corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.
John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth
not fruit he taketh away: and
every branch that beareth fruit,
he purgeth it, that it may bring
forth more fruit.
Romans 7:4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also
are become dead to the law by
the body of Christ; that ye
should be married to another,
even to him who is raised from
the dead, that we should bring
forth fruit unto God.
3. One day Jesus will return and we will
give account of our lives.
Romans 14:10 But why dost thou judge thy
brother? or why dost thou set
at nought thy brother? for we
shall all stand before the
judgment seat of Christ.
John 5:22 For the Father judgeth no man,
but hath committed all judgment
unto the Son:
John 12:48 He that rejecteth me, and
receiveth not my words, hath one
that judgeth him: the word that
I have spoken, the same shall
judge him in the last day.
1 Cor 3:13 Every man's work shall be made
manifest: for the day shall
declare it, because it shall be
revealed by fire; and the fire
shall try every man's work of
what sort it is.
2 Cor 5:10 For we must all appear before
the judgment seat of Christ;
that every one may receive the
things done in his body,
according to that he hath done,
whether it be good or bad.
Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men
once to die, but after this the
We must make the decision to serve God more
because God will not do that for us.
The keeper can dig and fertilize but the
final decision is up to you.
What will you do in this year?
How can I make and keep commitments?
I. ACCEPT YOUR RESPONSIBILITY
A. You have been chosen
John 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I
have chosen you, and ordained
you, that ye should go and bring
forth fruit, and that your fruit
should remain: that whatsoever
ye shall ask of the Father in my
name, he may give it you.
Eph 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in
him before the foundation of the
world, that we should be holy and
without blame before him in love:
B. You have a purpose
Rom 8:28 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.
Eph 1:4 4 According as he hath chosen us
in him before the foundation of the
world, that we should be holy and
without blame before him in love:
5 Having predestinated us unto the
adoption of children by Jesus
Christ to himself, according to the
good pleasure of his will,
Eph 1:9 9 Having made known unto us the
mystery of his will, according to
his good pleasure which he hath
purposed in himself:
10 That in the dispensation of the
fulness of times he might gather
together in one all things in
Christ, both which are in heaven,
and which are on earth; even in
11 In whom also we have obtained an
inheritance, being predestinated
according to the purpose of him who
worketh all things after the
counsel of his own will:
Eph 2:10 For we are his workmanship,
created in Christ Jesus unto good
works, which God hath before
ordained that we should walk in
2 Tim 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us
with an holy calling, not
according to our works, but
according to his own purpose and
grace, which was given us in
Christ Jesus before the world
C. You are an ambassador
2 Cor 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ,
as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in
Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
II. BY PRAYER
Confess any known sin
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is
faithful and just to forgive us
our sins, and to cleanse us from
Acknowledge and praise God in prayer
Matt 6:9 After this manner therefore pray
ye: Our Father which art in
heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the
branches: He that abideth in me,
and I in him, the same bringeth
forth much fruit: for without me
ye can do nothing.
Trust God in prayer
Psalms 9:10 And they that know thy name
will put their trust in thee:
for thou, LORD, hast not
forsaken them that seek thee.
Matt 18:19 19 Again I say unto you, That if
two of you shall agree on earth
as touching any thing that they
shall ask, it shall be done for
them of my Father which is in
20 For where two or three are
gathered together in my name,
there am I in the midst of them.
Luke 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray
always, that ye may be accounted
worthy to escape all these
things that shall come to pass,
and to stand before the Son of
John 15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words
abide in you, ye shall ask what
ye will, and it shall be done
Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto
the throne of grace, that we may
obtain mercy, and find grace to
help in time of need.
James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will
draw nigh to you. Cleanse your
hands, ye sinners; and purify
your hearts, ye double minded.
1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we
receive of him, because we keep
his commandments, and do those
things that are pleasing in his
III. BY CONTINUED SERVICE
1 Cor 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren,
be ye stedfast, unmoveable,
always abounding in the work of
the Lord, forasmuch as ye know
that your labour is not in vain
in the Lord.
James 2:17‑20 17 Even so faith, if it hath
not works, is dead, being
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou
hast faith, and I have works:
shew me thy faith without thy
works, and I will shew thee
my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there
is one God; thou doest well:
the devils also believe, and
20 But wilt thou know, O vain
man, that faith without works
2 Tim 2:3‑4 3 Thou therefore endure
hardness, as a good soldier of
4 No man that warreth
entangleth himself with the
affairs of this life; that he
may please him who hath chosen
him to be a soldier.
Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you
to serve the LORD, choose you
this day whom ye will serve;
whether the gods which your
fathers served that were on
the other side of the flood,
or the gods of the Amorites,
in whose land ye dwell: but as
for me and my house, we will
serve the LORD.
1 King 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the
people, and said, How long
halt ye between two opinions?
if the LORD be God, follow
him: but if Baal, then follow