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Mary and Joseph’s plans were interrupted for God’s greater invitation into the Messiah’s life. God has a way of interrupting our plans with His purposes. Don’t be alarmed if God wants to get your attention, so that His greater purposes may prevail. God sees the bigger picture and wants your participation into His plans. Won’t you put your plans on hold for God to work out His purposes in your life? Please do. You won’t be disappointed.
Like King Herod, at the birth of Jesus, we resist the Kingdom of God breaking into our world. Sometimes people forget that God doesn’t come into our world like a tyrant and terrorist, but rather God comes near as a offering of peace, like a little child. God’s Kingdom is breaking into this dark world to take over your kingdom of selfishness and pride. Is it possible that we act like King Herod in our resistance to God’s Kingdom also? We need to be like the wisemen who came seeking proximity to Jesus, bringing gifts of worship to the Savior. We all, like King Herod, have gone astray, but God has come for us like only the Missionary God can.
The faith story of Rahab, the “former” prostitute is compelling to say the least. Rahab was known for an interesting moral occupation. We might even say immoral. But when she gave her life in faith to those who could save her, we see that her history was changed. In Matthew 1, when the genealogy of Jesus is listed, we see something missing. When you come to faith in God, your story can change also. What is your faith story?
The armies of Israel faced a foe like never before, in a way they’ve never known before. God told them to march around the city 13 times, without talking, and then on the final go ’round, they would shout and the walls would collapse around them. The battle of Jericho goes down in history as one of the most unique battles of Israel, because, once again, they needed to merely obey God the Father, and God would take care of the rest. How about Jericho’s in your life? Are you battling something you have no control over? Is there a fight, that you can’t win? With God, all things are possible, and God wants you to have the victory, today. What is your Jericho, and how are you letting God win the victory?
Moses encounters God in the burning bush, but the bush is not consumed. God speaks to Moses about a tremendously ridiculous plan to free the 2 million Hebrews from the hand of Pharaoh, through Moses. Moses isn’t having it. He gives God four excuses, four questions about the plan, to persuade God from moving forward. God isn’t having it, either. Do you struggle with your own identity issues, or validation issues, or legitimacy issues, or even trying to prove God to others? Join us as we talk about the struggling faith of young Moses.
Faith requires sacrifice and obedience. When is the last time the Lord called you to sacrifice something for Him? What is it like to give up something of the flesh, in order to honor the God of faith? We come across so many ways to act out of our flesh, rather than to put aside our desires for the glory of God. Join us as we follow Abraham through his sacrifices in life.