The Gift Of True Significance

December 18th, 2018

The Gift of “True Significance”

December 16, 2018

 

No one desires to be insignificant - no one wants to feel like they don’t count, No one sets as their goal in life, to feel like they don’t matter.

BUT UNDERSTAND THIS: if we use the world’s standards, very few of us, will ever measure up, and even if we do, we won’t measure up for long.

 

The good news is this - God’s s___________ of significance are not the same as the worlds.

 

 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts..” Is 55:8,9)

 

What do Jesus’ parents teach us about significance?

 

It is NOT education, money, family, background, or even natural ability - that makes someone significant.

 

Joseph teaches us that one of the things that make us significant in God’s eyes is, having a heart of F________…

 

“your f_______ is far more precious to God than mere gold.”  1 Peter 1:7

 

Mary teaches us about significance.

 “I am the Lord’s s______________ and I am willing to accept whatever he wants.” Luke 1:26-38

 

“You know the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to become first must be your slave just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve and give his life as a ransom for many.” Mt 20:25-28

 

GOD says IF you want to be significant … be a s________.

 

What can the place of Jesus’ birth teach us about significance?

 

No p______, No P_______ - is insignificant as long as J_______ is there!

 

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is IN you, whom you have received from God?” (1 Cor 6:19).

 

Don’t miss this! Don’t minimize this! Almighty God, if you are a Christian lives in you. YOU are the d______________ place of God

 

the lesson about significance from the shepherds…

 

Seeing C__________ was more important to them than mere sheep.

 

Second these guys were passionate about s_________________ the good news.

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The Gift of Indescribable Joy

December 10th, 2018

The Gift of “Indescribable Joy”

December 09, 2018

 

I want to give you 6 things that will keep joy in your Christmas.

 

  1. Give Your W___________ To God …W________ is one of the main reasons people lose their joy!

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows, it empties today of its s_____________.”

Corrie Ten Boom

 

 “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called c____________ of God! And that is what we are!” 1 Jn 3:1

 

  1. Refuse To Focus On What You D______ H_______!

Solomon writes in Pr 14;30; “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones..”

 

Ecclesiastes 6:6-7 (TLB)

Philippians 4:12-13 (TLB)

Psalm 17:15 (TLB)

  1. Include Time For R_______!

 

How do you make sure that include time for rest during this season of the year?

First you need to learn to say N______;..

 

SECOND, you need to STOP the constant push for m_______..-

 

  1. Never Forget The Reason for Christmas, is that YOU needed a S__________…!

         

Christ came, that little baby was born to a virgin, and was laid in a manger for one reason, and one reason only, to d____ for your s___; and m______.

 

  1. Hold Your T______________ Captive!

Paul writes in 2 Cor 10:5, “take captive every thought”

 

Phil 4:8; “Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think of such things;”

 

  1. Consider Your F_____________!

 

Hebrews 12:1-2 (ESV)

John 14:1-4 (ESV)

Romans 8:18 (ESV)

1 Corinthians 15:52-53 (ESV)

1 John 3:2 (ESV)

Revelation 21:1-4 (ESV)

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The Gift Of Incredible Hope.

December 3rd, 2018

The Gift of “Incredible Hope”

December 01, 2018

 

I BELIEVE …

I believe in the sun

          Even when it is not shining;

I believe in love,

          Even when I feel it not;

I believe in God,

          Even when He is silent.

 

it’s important to remember that even though times and cultures may change, God’s character remains the same. Hebrews 13:8 tells us that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever…      He never c________…

 

In the angel’s message to Zechariah we find hope.

 

First, we can count on God when we face impossible personal situations!

Their “impossible problem” involved their f____________….

          Elizabeth felt d______________

          Many were sure it was because of s_______!

 

“Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents?”  and Jesus replied, “it was not that this man sinned or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him” John 9:2

 

(Have you ever considered that just possibly YOUR “impossible situation” just might also be “so that the works of God might be d____________ through you?)

 

Impossible situations often seem possible when we l_______ u___… so l_________ u____!

God specializes in hopeless cases!!!!

 

“The same God who brought a child to a hopeless elderly couple is still God today.

Think about those words…. “Your prayer has been heard”!  

And pay attention, it was while He was about the w_____ that had been assigned to him that God spoke… It was while he was about the Fathers business that he found the framework of hope…

 

My friend, today God is a_______________ at work causing the events of your life to work for g________….

 

Second, we can count on God to fix an “impossible” situation for mankind!

God uses p___________ to process His p_____!

 

God’s not d_____. He’s very much alive and very much c_______ about you. You are never forgotten.

 

God said to all who feel hopeless, “N__________ will I leave you. N________ will I forsake you.” (Heb. 13:5)

 

The message Zechariah heard from God is for us as well: “Don’t be afraid. I haven’t forgotten Y____! Your prayer has been heard.”

 

The first real gift of Christmas is the gift of  “Incredible HOPE!”

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