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Shulanda J. Hastings

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Shulanda J. Hastings is an inspirational writer, Christian counselor and an ambassador to the faith-based community; helping them break mental health barriers. She is the author of the Beauty of My Thorns novel series and of the memoirs, Keeping My Faith While Saving My Mind.

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November 6, 2016 Sunday School Commentary

Lesson Guide, Direction

Everything’s Brand New
Devotional Reading: Revelation 7:13-17
Highlighted Text –  Revelation 21:1-8
Key Verse –  “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former  things are passed away” (Revelation 21:4).

Today’s message is so timely and relevant. We are two days away from knowing who our nation’s next leader will be. This past year many of us have had a mixture of emotions. Many of us have never felt such feelings about a previous election. But one constant that we have to be reminded of is that God is our ruler. He is Alpha and Omega and everything in between. Regardless of who He allows to be voted in through the hearts of men and women, nothing catches our omniscient God by surprise. As believers, we must stay rooted and grounded in our faith and its principles. For God is making all things new.

All New (Revelation 21:1-2)
We know that John, one of the 12 disciples, is the writer of Revelation. Our studies have also informed us that John wrote this book while in prison on the aisle of Patmos. The book entails the vision that John had during his incarceration for the faith. But if we journey the river of the text to today, we can not only be encouraged about our ultimate future, but our eminent future. In this season of our lives, we can expect for God to restore and renew the things that have been dormant and appearing dead in our lives. But this newness is going to require for us to intimately dwell in the presence of God.
Point to ponder:  Are you genuinely willing to make a sacrifice to get closer to God?  

God Dwells (Revelation 21:3-4)
God wants to dwell with us. He wants to bask in our praises and worship to Him. There is no other ruler on earth or in the heavens who deserves such adoration. The tabernacle was a temporary place where God’s glory resided. The only temporal existence today are the problems and challenges we face in life. We have an opportunity for a fresh start every time we dwell in the presence of God. He is always available. We must avail ourselves to Him.
Point to ponder:  Is your mind fixed that man made leadership is temporary, limited and fallible, but God is infinite, always accessible and perfect.

All Done (Revelation 21:5-8)
It is done. You have to determine which category you are in. It is done for the believers. If you are among the faithful and unwavering, there are promises that God wants to release to you during this season. Your period of long-suffering is about to come to an end. The pressure you have been feeling is about to be released. You have to stay in the presence of God and continue to declare His promises, His truths about your circumstances. You can not act like the fearful. If choose to be lukewarm and unfaithful to God in this season, He is not obligated to make everything brand new for you. You don’t have to experience a “second death”. You don’t have to repeat the cycle you are in right now. You can declare it is done!
Point to ponder: Will you choose to believe God?

Reflection
As I meditate on my year, I can already attest to things that God has made new and restored in my life. I have been sharing praise reports already with close friends and prayer partners. The very things that what dying in my life God has already resuscitated what no man could. He has already manifested ‘it is done’ in areas of my life. I choose to make the sacrifice to remain in His presence. In His presence, I’m made new. I am whole again. And regardless of next week’s outcome, I’m with HIM, the one who is Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. Who are you with?

Commentary by, Minister Shulanda Hastings
    Senior Ministry Leader
Spirit Realm Divine Manifestation Ministries


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