Grace and peace family,
I pray you all are well and enjoyed yesterday’s worship. I want to thank God for the wonderful participation by the youth in our worship service. Below is short summary of yesterday’s sermon. I am also attaching information on the work of MICAH. People have asked me about the work they do and how they can partipate. If you want more information, review the attachments and contact me.
Our sermon was from Luke 1:26-33 “Ordinary Families, Extraordinary God: Not Fear, Not Fog, but Favor.”After walking with the older couple–Zecariah and Elizabeth–last week as they learned the would be blessed with a child, we walked with Mary as she entered into a season of blessings and expectation with a word from God. She would give birth to Christ–a powerful word for Mary. God has a word for you too. In this season of advent and expectation, darkness will try to steal your joy and doubt God. We saw from this week and last week ,the following ways that Satan can attempt to steal our joy and zeal for God– to make us miss God’s word for us. Look out for these joy stealers:
- Zechariah’s Doubt 1:16-20
- Elizabeths’ Disgrace 1:23-24
- Mary’s Fear and Fog 1:28-30
How can we respond when these emotions come up in our lives?
Responses from the Word of God
- Where there is doubt, ask God “help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)
- Where there is disgrace or shame, remember “there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” (Romans 8:1)
- Where there is fear, remember the “Lord is your light and salvation…remember he is the strength of your life…remember he has not given your the spirit of fear but love, power and a sound mind.” (Psalm 27:1; Philippians 4:13)
- Where there is fog, confusion or a racing mind remember to trust in the Lord and lean not to your own understanding…remember that in all things to be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer ad supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God and the peace of God thar surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Proverbs 3:5; Phillipians 4:6-7)
Be alert in your own life for these “joy stealers” and remember like Mary, God says you are “blessed and highly favored” and that God is with you!