Tuesday, December 14, 2010

(2nd of a 3 part series) The Joys of the Season: No Matter What You Are Facing


(My notes from Sunday, Dr. Chris at FBC Ruston presiding, if you trust my note taking.)

Matthew 1:18-20 -- "Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, "Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit."

Luke 1

God Can See Me Through The Impossible

I. You Will Face Situations That Seem Impossible

Mat 1:18-19 .. Joseph's problem was a pregnant fiance who said she was a virgin.
Luke 1:26 -- Mary had the same problem! (Luke 1:34 ... Mary to the angel, "How can this be?"

II. Give Everything To God

Mt 1: 19-20 ... Joseph stays calm and listens
Luke 1:34 ... Mary questions the angel for help

Mt 1:24 .. Joseph does as the angel says
Luke 1:38 -- Mary says she is the Lord's servant

Prov 3: 5-6 ... 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

1 Peter 5:7 ... 1 Peter 5:7 - "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you."

III God Will Come Through For You
John 8:41 ... ("We are not illegitimate children," they protested. "The only Father we have is God himself.") ... the Pharisees might be 'picking on' Jesus here, reminding him that he is 'illegitimate'
John 8:48 -- (The Jews answered him, "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?") ... Samaritans were 'half-bred' Jews ...

There are major bumps in the road for all of us, especially for Jesus

Luke 1:37 -- "For nothing is impossible with God."
Luke 18:27 -- "What's impossible with men is possible with God."

God WILL see me through the impossible -- IF I will let Him...