The Keeper Of The Inn
December 18, 2016 • Jason Smith
The KEEPER of the Inn Luke 2:1-12 NKJV “And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This census first took place while Quirinius was governing Syria. So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city. Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”” #1: STOP giving God your left-overs "Left overs seem to be what we serve God on a regular basis!" Hosea 6:6 “For I desire mercy and not sacrifice, And the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.” God wants: -Love that lasts, not more religion!- Galatians 2:20 “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” If you are constantly giving God your left overs, soon there will be none LEFT OVER to give! #2: Make Room How do we make room in our INNS for Jesus? A-Kill the Excuses *too busy? *too prideful? *too comfortable/complacent? *too miserable? *too down on yourself? B-Regain control of the gate C-Make OURSELVES smaller John 3:30 I must decrease and He must INCREASE. #3: No More left overs plus Making Room= NEW BIRTH "Because of one person's obedience, it changed the entire course of history for everyone else."
You've Slept Long Enough
December 11, 2016 • Jason Smith
Title: YOU'VE SLEPT LONG ENOUGH Matthew 1:18-25 “The birth of Jesus Christ came about this way: After His mother Mary had been engaged to Joseph, it was discovered before they came together that she was pregnant by the Holy Spirit. So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly. But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: See, the virgin will become pregnant and give birth to a son, and they will name Him Immanuel, which is translated “God is with us.” When Joseph got up from sleeping, he did as the Lord’s angel had commanded him. He married her but did not know her intimately until she gave birth to a son. And he named Him Jesus.” #1- Joseph didn't Compromise his Character (He did the right thing) V. 19-21 “So her husband Joseph, being a righteous man, and not wanting to disgrace her publicly, decided to divorce her secretly. But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”” Joseph was full of God and he was full of Grace When you do the right thing, even when you're all alone, truth needs not to be defended. Just like a lion needs no defender. #2: Joseph Remained Obedient V. 24-25 "When Joseph got up from sleeping, he did as the Lord’s angel had commanded him. He married her but did not know her intimately until she gave birth to a son. And he named Him Jesus.” "He RSVP'd to God's invitation!" John 14:23 “Jesus answered, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.” "Our obedience to Jesus is not optional" #3: Joseph Trusted the Messenger V. 24- When Joseph "got up", awakened, from sleeping, he did as the Lord angel had commanded him. V. 20- the Message: "But as he was trying to figure a way out". God will never ask anything of you, unless He has already prepared the way for you!!! You can trust the messenger. Deuteronomy 31:8 “The Lord is the One who will go before you. He will be with you... "God used a step dad, who decided to step up, and to step in, so that the message of the Good News could continue stepping forward!!! It's time you trust the messenger.
Let It Be
December 4, 2016 • Jason Smith
Title: Let It Be Distressed- To suffer from anxiety. Anxiety-A feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome. "Anxiety creates Distress" Luke 1:26-38 “In the sixth month, the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came to her and said, “Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you.” But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be. Then the angel told her: Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High, and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end. Mary asked the angel, “How can this be, since I have not been intimate with a man? ” The angel replied to her: “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. Therefore, the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God. And consider your relative Elizabeth — even she has conceived a son in her old age, and this is the sixth month for her who was called childless. For nothing will be impossible with God.” “I am the Lord’s slave,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her.” 1-She was in Agreement with her inabilities 2 Corinthians 4:7 “Now we have this treasure in clay jars, so that this extraordinary power may be from God and not from us.” **When we are in agreement with our inabilities, then God is able to remove our distress and replace it with peace and purpose.** Matthew 11:28-30 ““Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. All of you, take up My yoke and learn from Me, because I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for yourselves. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.” 2-She Increased her Intimacy with God Luke 1:46-47 “And Mary said: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior, because He has looked with favor on the humble condition of His slave. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed,” She went from DENYING intimacy with God, to DESIRING intimacy with God. How do we increase our intimacy with God? A-Love Him Affectionately B-Remain Consistent C-Join Him in His work 3-She Embraced her assignment Luke 1:28b-“And the angel came to her and said, “Rejoice, favored woman! The Lord is with you.” But she was deeply troubled by this statement, wondering what kind of greeting this could be. Then the angel told her: Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. Now listen: You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call His name Jesus.” Luke 1:38 ““I am the Lord’s slave,” said Mary. “May it be done to me according to your word.” Then the angel left her." "LET IT BE done according to your word"