Dr. E Dewey Smith, senior pastor and teacher at The House of Hope Atlanta has been delivering illustrative sermons for over 25 years. Though he has been at this for a while now, he has never ceased to refine and optimize the production for his followers and audience. Subsequently, Watch Night 2017 was nothing short of expectation arguably the most thought provoking and authentic production yet.
The theme for Watch Night 2017 was simple, #TheTakeoff. Dr. Smith thoughtfully outlined a popular biblical story with the trials and tribulations of everyday life. In the genesis of his sermon, Dr. Smith cautioned his parishioners to be careful about what’s in your lineage. Essentially posing the question, “What happens when you’ve been given favor but you don’t know how to handle the favor?” Often times Christians cloaked in favor misuse or abuse their power with arrogance. Dr. Smith asserts that, “Arrogance is masked insecurity!” He encouraged the congregation to get beyond your insecurities to get to a new level of deliverance.
At times life can put us in some extremely precarious situations. Dr. Smith says, “Sometimes we can act foolish and arrogant when we have favor on our lives.” You know there are going to be times when your own family does not like you. In the Watch Night text, Joe’s brothers didn’t like him! This is because Joe was his father’s favorite. Dr. Smith exhorts, “Favor too soon can leave you in a pit – promotion with no process.” Smith continues, “Don’t be angry when you find yourself in darkness. God uses the darkness to develop us!”
Dr. Smith begin to interrogate his audience, asking, “Do you want better in your life? In your family, your finances and faith?” If yes, God will take care of you. You may endure some turbulence when you #Takeoff! One does not get on planes to go low; you get on planes to elevate! Dr. E Dewey Smith proclaimed that it’s time to take off to another level. He continued, “You can’t make it this year if you don’t have Jesus!”
The only thing that can sustain you is God! He can alter your perspective and change your life. As Dr. Smith always says, “If you stay small enough long enough you’ll be big enough soon enough.” Keep striving, keep working and keep praising. If you are interested in purchasing your own physical copy of #TheTakeoff2017 go to edeweysmith.org and click on the ‘Store’ tab. Meet Dr. Smith every Sunday at the House of Hope Atlanta for 7:15 and 10:15 services!
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