DECEMBER 3, 2006
“HE IS EVERYWHERE”
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 139:7-12
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Genesis 28:15 (KJV)
And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee
in all places whither thou goest, and will bring
thee again into this land; for I will not leave
thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to
The more we know about God, the more our emotions
towards God will be stimulated.
Worship, love and praise
Fear and dread
Joy and peace
Too often God’s attributes are only considered in
the positive point of view.
If we want to understand God in a fuller way we must
also see His attributes in the negative sense.
This is especially true when considering His
attribute of OMNIPRESENCE.
“God is present everywhere and at all times…not only
is God present in all things, but that all things
are present to Him.”
I. NEGATIVE ASPECT OF GOD’S OMNIPRESENCE.
The negative aspect of God’s omnipresence should
cause fear and dread to those who are not living a
life that is pleasing to God.
You cannot hide from God.
Because God is everywhere, He also sees everything
and there is nothing that can be hidden from Him.
A. WE CANNOT HIDE WHERE WE ARE FROM GOD.
As a child, did you enjoy playing hide and seek?
Who was the prophet that tried to play hide and seek
Jonah 1:3 (NLT)
But Jonah got up and went
in the opposite direction in order to get away from
the LORD. He went down to the seacoast, to the port
of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for
Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board,
hoping that by going away to the west he could
escape from the LORD.
No matter where we try to hide, God is always
Adam & Eve.
B. WE CANNOT HIDE WHAT WE DO FROM GOD.
Cain. Genesis 4:1-15
All though we cannot escape from the presence of
the Lord we can be separated from our relationship
Isaiah 59:2 (KJV)
But your iniquities have separated between
you and your God, and your sins have hid his face
from you, that he will not hear.
II. POSITIVE ASPECT OF GOD’S OMNIPRESENCE.
The positive aspect of God’s omnipresence brings
hope and peace to the hearts of those who have
chosen to follow Him.
Hebrews 13:5 (KJV)
Let your conversation be
without covetousness; and be content with such
things as ye
have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee,
nor forsake thee.
A. GOD IS WITH US WHERE EVER WE ARE.
Psalms 139:7-12 (KJV)
Whither shall I go from thy
spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I
make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the
uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy
hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even
the night shall be light about me. Yea, the
darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth
as the day: the darkness and the light are both
alike to thee.
B. GOD IS WITH US FROM BEGINNING TO END.
God does not begin with us and than abandon us.
Genesis 28:15 (KJV)
And, behold, I am with
thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou
goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for
I will not leave thee, until I have done that which
I have spoken to thee of.
Matthew 28:20 (KJV)
Teaching them to observe
all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo,
I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
Philippians 1:6 (KJV)
Being confident of this
very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in
you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
GOD IS WITH US IN TIMES OF TROUBLE AND TRIALS.
When we are experiencing times of difficulties we
often feel as though God has left us alone.
Job 23:8-10 (KJV)
Behold, I go forward, but
he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive
him: on the left hand, where he doth work, but I
cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right
hand, that I cannot see him: but he knoweth the way
that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come
forth as gold.
Isaiah 43:2 (KJV)
When thou passest through
the waters, I will be with thee; and through the
rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou
walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned;
neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
When we have the assurance that God is always with
us, it gives us the strength to endure the most
I didn’t say it would be easy.
Paul & Silas in prison
Acts 16:25 (KJV)
And at midnight Paul and
Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the
prisoners heard them.
D. GOD IS WITH US WHEN WE FACE SPIRITUAL
There isn’t a time when we do not need the presence
of God but when we are in the midst of spiritual
warfare we need His presence more than ever.
Deuteronomy 20:1 (KJV)
When thou goest out to
battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and
chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid
of them: for the LORD thy God is with thee, which
brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
THE PRESENCE OF GOD WILL GIVE US PEACE AND REST.
Exodus 33:14 (KJV)
And he said, My presence
shall go with thee, and I will give thee
When we recognize the Omnipresence of God, it will
give us comfort and assurance regardless of the
situation we might find ourselves in.
DECEMBER 10, 2006 AM
“THERE ARE NO SURPRISES TO GOD”
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 139:1-6, 13-18, 23-24
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalms 147:5 (NLT)
How great is our Lord! His power is absolute! His
understanding is beyond comprehension!
Exodus 3:7-8 (KJV)
And the LORD said, I have
surely seen the affliction of my people which are in
Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their
taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; and I am come
down to deliver them out of the hand of the
Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land
unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing
with milk and honey…
Have you ever considered what it must be like to
Imagine being in a room where there was a TV
broadcasting every TV station in the world and you
were trying to watch each one at the same time.
God is omniscience, OMNI “all” SCIENCE
“knowledge”. God has all knowledge.
God has perfect knowledge of:
Time & History
God’s knowledge is not acquired by learning as man
received knowledge, but God’s knowledge has always
been with Him and will never leave Him.
God knows all about us. Who we are; Where we
are: What we can become.
I. GOD KNOWS ALL ABOUT US.
Psalms 139:1-6 (KJV)
LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou
knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou
understandest my thought afar off.
Thou compassest my
path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all
my ways. For there
is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou
knowest it altogether. Thou
hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand
upon me. Such
knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I
cannot attain unto it.
NOTE: God knows, exactly where we are in
life. He sees. He cares. And most of
all, He is touched by it.
God knows you personally.
God has numbered every hair on our head.
A. GOD KNOWS OUR PAST.
Psalms 139:13-16 (KJV)
For thou hast possessed my
reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
I will praise
thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth
right well. My
substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in
secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of
the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet
being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were
written, which in continuance were fashioned, when
as yet there was none of them.
God knew us before we came to Him.
Romans 5:6-8 (KJV)
For when we were yet
without strength, in due time Christ died for the
ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one
die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even
dare to die. But
God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we
were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
God knows all about our past, He knows the good, the
bad and the ugly.
“He, who knows me best, loves me most.”
God knows our weakness and He forgive us of our
No matter what you past may have been, the future is
brighter that you can imagine. Why?
Because God specializes in using broken vessels.
B. GOD KNOWS OUR PRESENT.
Exodus 3:9 (KJV)
Now therefore, behold, the
cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I
have also seen the oppression wherewith the
Egyptians oppress them.
2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV)
For the eyes of the Lord
run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew
himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is
perfect toward him..
Psalm 34:15 (KJV)
The eyes of the Lord are
upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their
Jeremiah 32:19 (KJV)
Great in counsel, and
mighty in work: for thine eyes are open upon all the
ways of the sons of men: to give every one according
to his ways, and according to the fruit of his
Zech. 4:10 (KJV)
For who hath despised the
day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and
shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with
those seven; they are the eyes of the Lord, which
run to and fro through the whole earth.
C. GOD KNOWS OUR FUTURE.
Psalms 139:17-18 (KJV)
How precious also are thy
thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of
them! If I should
count them, they are more in number than the sand:
when I awake, I am still with thee.
Jeremiah 29:11 (GW)
I know the plans that I
have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for
peace and not disaster plans to give you a future
filled with hope.
No matter what you past may have been, your future
is far brighter than you can ever imagine.
God knows what is happening in our lives, He knows
the things that are causing us pain and heartaches.
God sees each tear we shed and hears every cry we
Not only does God know all these things, He loves us
and is already working out His plan in our lives to
bring glory and honor to Him and peace and joy to
When we understand that God knows all things and
that He loves us, we can allow Him to direct our
DECEMBER 10 PM
"WHAT IS THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS?"
There are many different opinions on the True
Spirit of Christmas:
These are all good but it takes putting them
together to reveal the True Spirit of Christmas:
THE REDEMPTION OF FALLEN MAN.
Wherefore in all things it
behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that
he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in
things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for
the sins of the people.
What was the driving force behind the redemption of
I. THE SPIRIT OF LOVE.
Romans 5:8 (KJV)
But God commendeth his love
toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.
Ephesians 2:4-5 (KJV)
But God, who is rich in
mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us
together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
It was God’s love for fallen man that gave birth to
His redemption plan.
Isaiah 53:6 (KJV) All we like sheep have
gone astray; we have turned every one to his own
way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of
I Have Not Moved.
God sought us out because He loved us.
Jeremiah 31:3 (KJV) The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying,
Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love:
therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
Ezekiel 34:16 (KJV) I will seek that which was lost, and bring
again that which was driven away, and will bind up
that which was broken, and will strengthen that
which was sick: but I will destroy the fat and the
strong; I will feed them with judgment.
If we want to posses the true spirit of Christmas
we must start with love in our hearts for others.
1 John 4:7-11 (KJV) Beloved, let us love
one another: for love is of God; and every one that
loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He
that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
In this was manifested the love of God toward us,
because that God sent his only begotten Son into the
world, that we might live through him. Herein
is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved
us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our
sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we ought
also to love one another.
II. THE SPIRIT OF GIVING.
It was God’s love for fallen man that prompted His
giving of the greatest Gift.
John 3:16 (KJV)
For God so loved the world,
that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have
God’s gift was not given to the ones who deserved
it but rather to the one who needed it.
Romans 6:23 (KJV) For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of
God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
2 Corinthians 9:15 (KJV) Thanks be unto God for
his unspeakable gift.
Ephesians 2:8 (KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and
that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
If God’s love for us prompted Him to give to us the
greatest gift, what should our attitude be towards
those around us who are in need?
1 John 3:16-18 (KJV) Hereby perceive we the
love of God, because he laid down his life for us:
and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his
brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of
compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in
him? My little children, let us not love in
word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
Proverbs 3:27-28 (KJV) Withhold not good from
them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of
thine hand to do it. Say not unto thy
neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will
give; when thou hast it by thee.
Proverbs 19:17 (KJV) He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto
the Lord; and that which he hath given will he pay
III. THE SPIRIT OF JOY.
When we experience the Spirit of Love and Giving it
will produce within our hearts and lives the Spirit
There is not greater joy than seeing a soul accept
the Redemption that God give to all who would come.
Psalm 51:12-13 (KJV) Restore unto me the joy
of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free
spirit. Then will I teach transgressors thy
ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
Psalm 126:6 (KJV) He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing
precious seed, shall doubtless come again with
rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
Luke 15:7 (KJV) I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in
heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than
over ninety and nine just persons, which need no
John 4:36 (KJV)
And he that reapeth
receiveth wages, and gathereth fruit unto life
eternal: that both he that soweth and he that
reapeth may rejoice together.
1 Thessalonians 2:19-20 (KJV)
For what is our hope, or
joy, or crown of rejoicing? Are not even ye in the
presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at his coming?
For ye are our glory and joy.
IV. THE SPIRIT OF PEACE.
Luke 1:76-79 (KJV) And thou, child, shalt
be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt
go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
to give knowledge of salvation unto his people by
the remission of their sins, through the tender
mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high
hath visited us, to give light to them that sit in
darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our
feet into the way of peace.
There can be no peace until we are at peace with
Once we are at peace with God we must strive to be
at peace with all men.
Mark 9:50 (KJV) Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his
saltness, wherewith will ye season it? Have salt in
yourselves, and have peace one with another.
Romans 12:18 (KJV) If it be possible, as much as lieth in you,
live peaceably with all men.
Romans 14:19 (KJV) Let us therefore follow after the things which
make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify
Hebrews 12:14 (KJV) Follow peace with all men, and holiness,
without which no man shall see the Lord:
If redemption of fallen man is the true spirit of
the first Christmas, should it not be the same for
us in regards to those around us.
The redemption of sinners.
The redemption of broken relationships.
The redemption of shattered fellowships.
Remember, we did not deserve God’s redemptive spirit
and therefore we cannot demand that others must
deserve our redemptive spirit. We must make
the first move.
“THRICE HOLY GOD”
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 6:1-8
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 6:3 (KJV) And one cried
unto another, and said, HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, is
the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his
Rev. 4:8 (KJV) And the four beasts had each of
them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes
within: and they rest not day and night, saying,
HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, Lord God Almighty, which was,
and is, and is to come.
The more we seek to know and understand God, the
more we realize how futile our efforts are.
How can we, the creation, understand the Creator?
Yet there should burn in our hearts a hunger to know
Him more and more.
Those who fail to seek to know God will always
struggle in the rudiments of their faith.
They will lack:
Those who truly hunger to know and understand God
take every opportunity of public worship, but they
don’t just rely on public worship, they spend much
time in personal worship and study.
Attributes of God person (Who He is)
God’s attributes of His abilities:
The final group of attributes we wish to consider
are His moral attributes.
We are only going to consider two, the others are
revealed in these two attributes.
Holiness is the very essence of God’s being.
No one attribute is greater than another, yet many
of God’s moral attributes are rapped up in His
How would you describe holiness?
Holiness means to be set apart, separated,
distinctive, different, and transcendent. It also
has the idea of perfection, purity, and moral
Lord is totally set apart, entirely different
from all beings throughout the universe, including
Did God Create Everything?
The very nature of God is light, the brilliance and
splendor of light, the most pure light imaginable.
1 John 1:5 (KJV) This then is the
message which we have heard of him, and declare unto
you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at
A. FEAR OF GOD.
NOTE: The more we understand God’s holiness
the greater our reverence and fear will be towards
Most Christians today do not have a healthy fear or
reverence of God.
Psalm 89:7 (KJV) God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of
the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them
that are about him.
Isaiah 8:13 (KJV) Sanctify the Lord of hosts himself; and let him
be your fear, and let him be your dread.
1 Peter 1:17 (KJV) And if ye call on the
Father, who without respect of persons judgeth
according to every man's work, pass the time of your
sojourning here in fear:
HIS NAME IS HOLY.
Isaiah 57:15 (KJV) For thus saith the high and lofty One that
inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in
the high and holy place, with him also that is of a
contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of
the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite
The Israelites refused to speak His Name.
Exodus 20:7 (KJV) Thou shalt not take the name of
the Lord thy God in vain; for the Lord
will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in
(NIV) misuse (GW)
C. HE CANNOT TOLERATE SIN.
Habakkuk 1:13 (KJV) Thou art of purer
eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on
God can have no part with evil or things associated
with evil. Thus anyone who wishes to be associated
with God must be holy even as He is holy.
Leviticus 19:2 (KJV) Speak unto all the congregation of the children
of Israel, and say unto them, Ye shall be holy: for
I the Lord your God am holy.
1 Peter 1:16 (KJV) Because it is written,
Be ye holy; for I am holy.
How can we who are sinful become holy?
Isaiah 64:6 (KJV) But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our
righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do
fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind,
have taken us away.
Isaiah 61:10 (KJV) I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul
shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me
with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me
with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom
decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride
adorneth herself with her jewels.
Zech. 3:4 (KJV) And he answered and spake unto those that stood
before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments
from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have
caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will
clothe thee with change of raiment.
The more we are exposed to God’s holiness the holier
we will become.
As light dispels darkness so God’s holiness drives
Let us draw nigh unto God with repentance and
sorrow and allow Him to cloth us with His holiness.
James 4:8-10 (KJV) Draw nigh to God, and
he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye
sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter
be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he
shall lift you up.
DECEMBER 17 PM
“THE FIVE FEAR NOT’S OF CHRISTMAS
SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 1:5-17
I. FEAR NOT, YOUR PRAYERS HAVE BEEN HEARD.
But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias:
for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth
shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name
We have the assurance that God hears our prayers.
God has promised to hear us
when we pray.
And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I
will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will
And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you;
seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be
opened unto you.
And if He hears them, we
know that He will answer them in the right way.
The secret of having our prayers answered the way
we want is to pray the prayers that God wants us to
Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer;
thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou
take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the
putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
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 unto you.
I JOHN 5:14-14
And this is the confidence
that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing
according to his will, he heareth us:
And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we
ask, we know that we have the petitions that we
desired of him.
He will hear our prayers in
the time of trouble.
PSALM 91:15 He shall call upon me, and I
will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I
will deliver him, and honour him.
ISAIAH 41:17 When the poor and needy seek
water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth
for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of
Israel will not forsake them.
And I will bring the third part through the fire,
and will refine them as silver is refined, and will
try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my
name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my
people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God.
II. FEAR NOT, YOU HAVE FOUND FAVOR WITH GOD.
LUKE 1:30 And the angel
said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found
favour with God.
God loves us as His children.
1 JOHN 3:1-2 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath
bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons
of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because
it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons
of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be:
but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be
like him; for we shall see him as he is.
1. Because we have favor with God He will
bless us with His strength.
For thou art the glory of their strength: and in
thy favour our horn shall be exalted.
2. He has favored us with mercy instead of
ISAIAH 60:10 And the
sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and
their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my
wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had
mercy on thee.
3. He hath favored
us with His everlasting love.
JEREMIAH 31:3 The LORD
hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have
loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with
lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he
will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he
will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with
III. FEAR NOT, FOR NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH
LUKE 1:35, 37
And the angel answered and
said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee,
and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee:
therefore also that holy thing which shall be born
of thee shall be called the Son of God. For
with God nothing shall be impossible.
We are often faced with what we consider as
impossible but there is no reason to fear because
nothing is impossible with God.
I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no
thought can be withholden from thee.
JEREMIAH 32:17 & 27
Ah Lord God!
behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by
thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is
nothing too hard for thee…Behold, I am the Lord,
the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard
MATTHEW 19:26 But Jesus beheld
them, and said unto them, With men this is
impossible; but with God all things are possible.
NOTE: There is no power that can
defeat the power of God.
Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none
that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and
who shall let it?
ROMANS 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God
be for us, who can be against us?
1 JOHN 4:4 Ye are of God, little children, and have
overcome them: because greater is he that is in you,
than he that is in the world.
1V. FEAR NOT, BUT BE OBEDIENT TO THE WILL OF GOD.
MATTHEW 1:20, 24
But while he thought on
these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared
unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of
David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for
that which is conceived in her is of the
Holy Ghost. Then Joseph being raised from
sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him,
and took unto him his wife:
This is one of the greatest promises we have but it
is also one of the most difficult to accept.
Trust in the LORD with all
thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge
him, and he shall direct thy paths. Be not
wise in thine own eyes: fear the LORD, and depart
from evil. It shall be health to thy navel, and
marrow to thy bones.
ISAIAH 48:18 O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments!
then had thy peace been as a river, and thy
righteousness as the waves of the sea:
There are two things that will cause us to disobey
the commandments of God:
1 SAMUEL 12:15
But if ye will not obey the voice of the Lord,
but rebel against the commandment of the Lord,
then shall the hand of the Lord
be against you, as it was against your fathers.
A lack of trust
ISAIAH 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither
are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are
my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than
V. FEAR NOT, FOR GOD HAS PROVIDED A SAVIOR.
LUKE 2:10-11 And the
angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring
you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all
people. For unto you is born this day in the
city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
We no longer have to fear the death and the
judgment of God.
He keepeth back his soul
from the pit, and his life from perishing by the
sword. He is chastened also with pain upon his
bed, and the multitude of his bones with strong
pain: So that his life abhorreth bread, and his soul
dainty meat. His flesh is consumed away, that
it cannot be seen; and his bones that were not seen
stick out. Yea, his soul draweth near unto the
grave, and his life to the destroyers. If
there be a messenger with him, an interpreter, one
among a thousand, to shew unto man his uprightness:
Then he is gracious unto him, and saith, Deliver him
from going down to the pit: I have found a ransom.
His flesh shall be fresher than a child's: he shall
return to the days of his youth: He shall pray unto
God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he
shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto
man his righteousness. He looketh upon men,
and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that
which was right, and it profited me not; He will
deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his
life shall see the light.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:55-58 O death, where is thy
sting? O grave, where is thy victory? The
sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is
the law. But
thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my
beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always
abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye
know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
I am forever grateful that these five “Fear Nots of
Christmas” in not only good during the Christmas
DECEMBER 24, 2006
“GOD’S CHRISTMAS TREE WAS THE CROSS,
GOD’S CHRISTMAS GIFT IS HIS SON”
SCRIPTURE READING: PHILIPPIANS 2:5-11
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Galatians 4:4-5 (NLT)
But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born
of a woman, subject to the law.
God sent him to
buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so
that he could adopt us as his very own children.
INTRO: WHO STARTED THIS CHRISTMAS THING?
There was a woman who was out
Christmas shopping with her two children.
After many hours of looking at row after row of toys
and everything else imaginable, and after hours of
hearing both her children asking for everything they
saw on those many shelves, she finally made it to
the elevator with her two kids.
She was feeling what so many of us feel during the
holiday season time of the year---overwhelming
pressure to go to every party, every open house,
taste all the holiday food and treats, get that
perfect gift for every single person on our shopping
list, make sure we don't forget anyone on our card
list, and the pressure of making sure we respond to
everyone who sent us a card.
Finally, the elevator doors opened, and there was
already a crowd in the car. She pushed her way into
the car and dragged her two kids and all the bags of
stuff in with her. When the doors
closed, she couldn't take it anymore and stated,
"Whoever started this whole Christmas thing should
be found, strung up and shot."
From the back of the car, everyone heard a quiet,
calm voice respond, "Don't worry. We already
For the rest of the trip down the elevator, it was
so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.
Our politically correct society today has turned
the Christmas season into a secular celebration that
has nothing to do with the real meaning of
But even as Christians it is easy to get caught up
in the secular celebration of Christmas.
What is the
true story of Christmas, when did Christmas begin,
and when will it be complete?
I. WHAT IS THE TRUE STORY
Many have never heard the true Christmas story do
not celebrate it at all.
There are some who know the story of Christmas but
have replaced the story of Christmas by Santa and
2 Corinthians 4:3-6 (KJV)
But if our gospel be hid,
it is hid to them that are lost: in whom the god of
this world hath blinded the minds of them which
believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel
of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine
unto them. For we
preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and
ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
For God, who
commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath
shined in our hearts, to give the light of the
knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus
ILL: Seeing at Christmas
For many more, only a small portion of the Christmas
story is remembered.
The story of a baby born in a stable and laid in a
manger is a sweet and lovely story but if that’s all
there is then that’s all it is, a sweet lovely
story, which has no eternal purpose.
What makes the birth of Jesus so different from the
birth of billions of other babies?
Who He was
What He came to do
Matthew 1:18-23 (KJV)
Now the birth of Jesus
Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was
espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she
was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
Then Joseph her
husband, being a just man, and not willing to make
her a public example, was minded to put her away
privily. But while
he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the
Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph,
thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary
thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of
the Holy Ghost. And
she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his
name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their
sins. Now all this
was done, that it might be fulfilled which was
spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, “Behold,
a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth
a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which
being interpreted is, God with us”.
The true story of Christmas is, “God coming down to
earth to redeem fallen man.”
You cannot tell the Christmas Story without telling
of the cross.
Had there been no cross there would have been no any
need for the stable and manger.
II. WHEN DID CHRISTMAS
Have you ever tried to watch a movie or read a book
from the middle?
on the Roof” The key to the movie is Tradition.
scene is in the middle of the Christmas Story.
story began in the pre-eternities before there was
anything or anyone other than God.
everything that was going to happen.
The plan of Salvation was put in effect even before
God had created anything.
2 Timothy 1:9 (KJV) 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
Titus 1:2 (KJV) In hope of eternal life,
which God, that cannot lie, promised before the
Revelation 13:8 (KJV) And all that dwell upon
the earth shall worship him, whose names are not
written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from
the foundation of the world.
The purpose of
the Law was to show man his inadequacy to be able to
had to come in human flesh to redeem fallen man.
Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
For unto us a child is
born, unto us a son is given: and the government
shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be
called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The
everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
III. WHEN WILL THE
CHRISTMAS STORY END?
The Christmas story will continue until Christ
returns and will go on throughout eternity.
The unbeliever will face
Revelation 20:11-15 (KJV) And I saw a great white
throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the
earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found
no place for them. And I saw the dead, small
and great, stand before God; and the books were
opened: and another book was opened, which is the
book of life: and the dead were judged out of those
things which were written in the books, according to
their works. And the sea gave up the dead
which were in it; and death and hell delivered up
the dead which were in them: and they were judged
every man according to their works. And death
and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is
the second death. And whosoever was not found
written in the book of life was cast into the lake
The Believer will spend
eternity in Heaven with God.
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 (KJV)
But I would not have you to
be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are
asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which
have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus
died and rose again, even so them also which sleep
in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we
say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which
are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord
shall not prevent them which are asleep. For
the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the
trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise
first: then we which are alive and remain shall be
caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet
the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with
the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with
DECEMBER 31, 2006
“WHAT DOES LOVE HAVE TO DO WITH IT?”
SCRIPTURE READING: I JOHN 4:7-21
SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 John 4:16 (KJV)
And we have known and
believed the love that God hath to us. God is love;
and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and
God in him.
Love is like a diamond, it has many facets.
Love is the most powerful force in the world and at
the same time it is the tenderest.
Love will cause a mother to face a wild animal to
protect her child; it will cause a solider to give
his life for his country.
Love will caress the brow of a fevered child and
hold the hand of a dying loved one.
Of all the attributes of God, Love is the one most
often mentioned and is often the one most
Too many people define God’s love as permissive,
God loves everyone and in the end everyone will be
We love to quote John 3:16 For God so
loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish,
but have everlasting life.
But we close our ears to Hebrews 12:6 For
whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth
every son whom he receiveth.
We will never be able to understand God’s love fully
until He reveals it in Heaven but there are several
aspects of His love we want to consider.
I. GOD LOVED US FIRST.
1 John 4:19 (KJV)
We love him, because he first loved us.
A. GOD LOVED US BEFORE WE THOUGHT OF HIM.
There are many who have never taken the time or
effort to consider God. (These are not wicked
or evil people)
There are many others who have never considered God
because they know nothing about Him.
One of our greatest responsibilities and privileges
as a Believer is to carry the Gospel to those who do
not know that God loves them.
B. GOD LOVED US WHILE WE WERE SINNERS.
To love someone who is against everything you stand
for is beyond our understanding.
Matthew 11:19 (KJV)
The Son of man came eating
and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous,
and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners.
But wisdom is justified of her children.
Luke 7:39 (KJV)
Now when the Pharisee which
had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself,
saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have
known who and what manner of woman this is that
toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
Luke 19:7 (KJV)
And when they saw it, they
all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest
with a man that is a sinner.
Romans 5:8 (KJV)
But God commendeth his love toward us, in that,
while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
II. GOD LOVES US EVEN WHEN WE FAIL HIM.
Human love will often turn against the one who
hurts and fails him, but God’s Love still reaches
out to those who sin and even turn from Him.
Ezekiel 34:16 (KJV)
I will seek that which was
lost, and bring again that which was driven away,
and will bind up that which was broken, and will
strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy
the fat and the strong; I will feed them with
A. GOD UNDERSTANDS OUR WEAKNESS.
One of the purposes for Jesus taking on human form
and nature was so the He could be understanding of
what we go through.
Hebrews 4:14-16 (KJV)
then that we have a great high priest, that is
passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let
us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high
priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of
our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like
as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come
boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain
mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
Psalms 103:13-14 (NLT)
The LORD is like a father
to his children, tender and compassionate to those
who fear him.
he understands how weak we are; he knows we are
B. GOD LOVES US THE WAY WERE ARE BUT HE LOVES US TOO
MUCH TO LET US STAY THE WAY WE ARE.
God loved the Children of Israel while they were in
Egypt but He refused to let them stay there.
Deuteronomy 7:6-11 (KJV)
For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God:
the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special
people unto himself, above all people that are upon
the face of the earth.
The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor
choose you, because ye were more in number than any
people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
But because the
LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath
which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD
brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you
out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of
Pharaoh king of Egypt. Know therefore that the
LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which
keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him
and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
and repayeth them that hate him to their face, to
destroy them: he will not be slack to him that
hateth him, he will repay him to his face.
therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes,
and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to
Some people think that because God loves them that
it gives them a license to sin.
God will chasten and correct those who stray from
For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and
scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
III. GOD LOVES US SO MUCH HE WANTS US TO BE PART OF
HIS FAMILY AND SPEND ETERNITY WITH HIM.
It is through God’s love for us that we are able to
be joined into His family.
1 John 3:1-3 (KJV)
Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed
upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:
therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew
him not. Beloved,
now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet
appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he
shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see
him as he is. And
every man that hath this hope in him purifieth
himself, even as he is pure.
Romans 8:17 (KJV)
And if children, then
heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if
so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also
John 14:1-3 (KJV)
Let not your heart be
troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.
In my Father's
house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would
have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
And if I go and
prepare a place for you, I will come again, and
receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye
may be also.
What does love have to do with it?, simply
Have you accepted God's love for you?
 All the Doctrines of the Bible: Dr. Herbert
Lockyer; Zondervan Publishing house, Grand Rapids,
Michigan pg 29
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