Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Countdown to Christmas Part 2 - LIFE LESSONS


Our text this past Sunday was from the Gospel of Luke 1:5-25 … we covered so much history and other pertinent information on our countdown to Christmas and in the end confirmed the fact that – God Hears.

This evening I want to use these same verses to review some Life Lessons.

Luke 1
6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.

Life Lesson #1

There Is More To The Plan Of God Than We Know
1. Zacharias & Elizabeth were both blameless but yet barren
2. There was no one to blame on earth or in heaven
3. I’m sure they were disappointed but they remained blameless

Job 1:22 In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly.

8 So it was, that while he was serving as priest before God in the order of his division,
9 according to the custom of the priesthood, his lot fell to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.

Life Lesson #2

Don’t Discount The Ordinary 1. Extra Ordinary Opportunities Come At Very Ordinary Times to Very Ordinary People – Even to fishermen, prostitutes and tax collectors.
2. Even when you don’t feel special, you still are
3. John 15:16 You have not chosen Jesus, but He has chosen you
4. Isaiah 40:31 Run & not weary, walk & not faint
5. Become Great In Your Ordinary
6. Conquering the ordinary qualifies us for the extra-ordinary

10 And the whole multitude of the people was praying outside at the hour of incense.

Life Lesson #3

It Pays To Surround Yourself With Praying People
1. Without praying friends, we may not have a prayer
2. Some prayer warriors are strange, but they will not cease to petition God for you in your time of need.
3. Even Jesus knew He needed prayer support in the Garden of Gethsemane
11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.

Verses 11-17 teach us the life lesson Life Lesson #4 for tonight

What Seems Like A Surprise To You Is A Plan To God
1. God is not shocked, surprised or taken off guard.
2. Like Ester, Ester 4:14, perhaps you came to the kingdom for such a time as this

18 And Zacharias said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is well advanced in years."
19 And the angel answered and said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings.
20 "But behold, you will be mute and not able to speak until the day these things take place, because you did not believe my words which will be fulfilled in their own time."

Verses 18-22 reveal:

Life Lesson #5

Sometimes It’s Better That You Say Nothing
1. If you can’t say something good ...
2. Proverbs 18:21 Death and Life are in the power of the tongue

23 And so it was, as soon as the days of his service were completed, that he departed to his own house.
24 Now after those days his wife Elizabeth conceived; and she hid herself five months, saying,
25 "Thus the Lord has dealt with me, in the days when He looked on me, to take away my reproach among people."

Life Lesson #6

It Might Not Be All About You
1. Even though it may affect you, it may not only be about you
2. God has a big picture plan ... an eternal perspective
3. Don’t limit God to:
a. what you know there may be more to it, a lot more
b. what you are going through our world or good vs. bad
c. how you feel God is not subject to our emotions of life

Thank God for giving such wonderful insight and these life lessons as we continue our Countdown to Christmas.