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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 thee of.

 INTRO: 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.”[1] 

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. 

NOTE: 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. 

   NOTE: As a child, did you enjoy playing hide and seek? 

   Who was the prophet that tried to play hide and seek with God? 

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 there. 

ILL: Adam & Eve. 

   B.  WE CANNOT HIDE WHAT WE DO FROM GOD. 

ILL: Cain.  Genesis 4:1-15 

NOTE: All though we cannot escape from the presence of the Lord we can be separated from our relationship with Him.

 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. 

NOTE: 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. Amen.  

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:

   C.     GOD IS WITH US IN TIMES OF TROUBLE AND TRIALS. 

NOTE: 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.  

NOTE: When we have the assurance that God is always with us, it gives us the strength to endure the most difficult situations. 

   I didn’t say it would be easy. 

ILL: 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 BATTLES 

NOTE: 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.  

D.     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 rest.  

CONCLUSION: 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… 

INTRO: Have you ever considered what it must be like to know everything? 

   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

o   The past

o   The present

o   The future

·       All things

o   Health

o   Science

o   Mechanical

·       Everyone

o   Weakness

o   Strengths

o   Victories

o   Failures

o   Actions

o   Thoughts

o   Motives

o   Dreams

o   Hidden sins

    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)  O 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.  

NOTE: 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 failures. 

   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 cry.  

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 doings:  

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.  

NOTE: 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 utter.  

   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 us. 

NOTE: When we understand that God knows all things and that He loves us, we can allow Him to direct our lives 

 

DECEMBER 10 PM 

"WHAT IS THE TRUE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS?

INTRO: There are many different opinions on the True Spirit of Christmas: 

·       Love

·       Giving

·       Joy

·       Peace

   These are all good but it takes putting them together to reveal the True Spirit of Christmas: THE REDEMPTION OF FALLEN MAN.

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Hebrews 2:17 (KJV) 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 fallen man?

 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;)

 NOTE: 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 us all.  

ILL: 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.  

NOTE: 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. 

NOTE: 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 everlasting life.  

NOTE: 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:  

NOTE: 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 him again.  

III. THE SPIRIT OF JOY.

NOTE: When we experience the Spirit of Love and Giving it will produce within our hearts and lives the Spirit of Joy. 

   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 repentance.  

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.  

NOTE: There can be no peace until we are at peace with God. 

   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 another.  

Hebrews 12:14 (KJV) Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:  

CONCLUSION: 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.

 

DECEMBER 17 

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 glory.  

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.  

INTRO: 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: 

·       Faith

·       Commitment

·       Stability

·       Victory

·       Worship

   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) 

·       Immensity

·       Eternal

·       Immutability

·       Self-sufficiency

   God’s attributes of His abilities: 

·       Omnipotence

·       Omnipresence

·       Omniscience

   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. 

I.  HOLINESS. 

NOTE: 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 Holiness. 

·       Righteousness

·       Justice

·       Perfection

   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 cleanness. The Lord is totally set apart, entirely different from all beings throughout the universe, including mankind. 

ILL: 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 all.  

            A.  FEAR OF GOD.

 NOTE: The more we understand God’s holiness the greater our reverence and fear will be towards God. 

   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:  

B.     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 ones.  

NOTE: 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 vain.  

   (NIV) misuse (GW) carelessly 

            C.  HE CANNOT TOLERATE SIN.

 Habakkuk 1:13 (KJV) Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity…  

NOTE: 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.  

NOTE: 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 out sin. 

CONCLUSION: 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. 

LUKE 1:13 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 John. 

NOTE:  We have the assurance that God hears our prayers. 

1.    God has promised to hear us when we pray.

ISAIAH 65:24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

 LUKE 11:9 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. 

2.    And if He hears them, we know that He will answer them in the right way.

NOTE:  The secret of having our prayers answered the way we want is to pray the prayers that God wants us to pray.

 

ISAIAH 58:9 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. 

3.    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.

ZECHARIAH 13:9 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.

 NOTE:  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. 

PSALM 89:17 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 judgment. 

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. 

ZEPHANIAH 3:17 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 singing. 

III.  FEAR NOT, FOR NOTHING IS IMPOSSIBLE WITH GOD. 

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. 

NOTE: We are often faced with what we consider as impossible but there is no reason to fear because nothing is impossible with God.

 JOB 42:2 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 for me?

 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. 

ISAIAH 43:13 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: 

NOTE: This is one of the greatest promises we have but it is also one of the most difficult to accept. 

PROVERBS 3:5-8 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:  

NOTE:  There are two things that will cause us to disobey the commandments of God: 

v      Rebellion 

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.

      v      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 your thoughts.  

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. 

NOTE:  We no longer have to fear the death and the judgment of God. 

JOB 33:18-28 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.  

CONCLUSION:  I am forever grateful that these five “Fear Nots of Christmas” in not only good during the Christmas season. 

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 crucified Him."

   For the rest of the trip down the elevator, it was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop. 

NOTE: Our politically correct society today has turned the Christmas season into a secular celebration that has nothing to do with the real meaning of Christmas. 

   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 OF CHRISTMAS?

NOTE: 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 Holiday Greetings. 

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 Christ.

 ILL: Seeing at Christmas[2] 

   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? 

   Two things: 

1.    Who He was

2.    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 BEGIN?  

NOTE: Have you ever tried to watch a movie or read a book from the middle? 

ILL: “Fiddler on the Roof” The key to the movie is Tradition. 

   The manger scene is in the middle of the Christmas Story. 

   The Christmas story began in the pre-eternities before there was anything or anyone other than God. 

   God foreknew 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 began,  

Titus 1:2 (KJV) In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;  

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 redeem himself. 

   God Himself 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? 

NOTE: The Christmas story will continue until Christ returns and will go on throughout eternity.  

1.    The unbeliever will face God’s judgment.

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 of fire.  

2.    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 these words. 

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.

INTRO: 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 misunderstood. 

   Too many people define God’s love as permissive, God loves everyone and in the end everyone will be saved. 

   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. 

NOTE: 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. 

NOTE: 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. 

NOTE: 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 judgment.  

   A. GOD UNDERSTANDS OUR WEAKNESS. 

NOTE: 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)  Seeing 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 only dust.  

   B. GOD LOVES US THE WAY WERE ARE BUT HE LOVES US TOO MUCH TO LET US STAY THE WAY WE ARE. 

NOTE: 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.  Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.  

NOTE: 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 Him. 

Hebrews 12:6 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. 

NOTE: 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 glorified together.  

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.  

CONCLUSION: What does love have to do with it?, simply everything. 

   Have you accepted God's love for you?


 


[1] All the Doctrines of the Bible: Dr. Herbert Lockyer; Zondervan Publishing house, Grand Rapids, Michigan pg 29

[2] OUR DAILY BREAD: Discovery House Publishers; December 21, 2006

 

 

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