The Path Forward

Joseph LephiewSeries, Sermons, The Christmas Presence

SERMON NOTES

Receive and share the Gift.

“Now thanks be to God for His indescribable gift [which is precious beyond words]!”
2 CORINTHIANS 9:15 AMP

“Let us thank Godl for his priceless gift!”
2 Corinthians 9:15 GNT

“Thanks be to God for his gift that is too wonderful for words.”
2 Corinthians 9:15 NCV

As we close out this year 2018 and we had an Amazing year. This year was a year of growth, struggle, yet it was a year of change and getting ready to move into the newness of what God has for us.We know that Jesus is the gift. This wonderful indescribable priceless gift to us and the world.

Jesus was given to us by God. When this gift was born He had struggles and challenges from the beginning of His earthly life.The challenges they had at first by Mary being impregnated by the Holy Spirit and Joseph had to come to believe that. She becomes pregnant and she is ready to have this baby King and they can not find a room so a stable has to do and the King lay in manger. King Herod is out to kill the Christ Child. This is the beginning of His journey. He was born to die in our place. He was the sacrificial lamb for our sins and the sins of the world. He knew this was His Destiny.

“And having been warned [by God] in a dream not to go back to Herod, the magi left for their own country by another way. Now when they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod intends to search for the Child in order to destroy Him.””
MATTHEW 2:12-13 AMP

Here is the most powerful life changing act of God to mankind. It is Amazing, supernatural, Devine, Awesome, yet it is filled with challenges.After the all the treasure chest are opened and given to Jesus by the Magi or wise men, They are told not to go back to Herod. Herod is death, hate, rage, jealousy. This is the path forward. The path most people take is the path of least resistance. That is not usually God. Believers who are committed to Christ can not understand when things don’t go as they expected. Things may not go as you thought or expected but if you are a TRUE CHRIST FOLLOWER IT WILL ALL WORK OUT FOR YOUR BEST INTEREST.

GOD HAS YOUR BEST INTEREST IN MIND FOR YOU.

“And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.”
ROMANS 8:28 AMP

GOD WARNED JOSEPH IN A DREAM TO FLEE TO EGYPT AND STAY THERE TILL I TELL YOU.GOD SAID GO TO THE OTHER SIDE AND WAIT FOR ME TO CALL YOU BACK HERE. DANGER IS SEARCHING FOR YOU.

WHEN YOU TRUST GOD, YOU JUST LISTEN AND FOLLOW AND OBEY HIS DIRECTION AND GUIDANCE. HE SEES WHAT YOU AND I CAN NOT SEE.

JOSEPH DID NOT KNOW WHO WAS AFTER BABY JESUS. GOD DID. HIS JOB WAS TO JUST OBEY GOD AND GET TO EGYPT.

“I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster, plans to bring about the future you hope for.”
Jeremiah 29:11 GNT

God knows the plans that He has for you and I. He has a plan for me and my life and family and future. He knows the plans. IT DID NOT SAY YOU WOULD KNOW THE PLAN. Our job is to keep close to God and follow Him for He knows the plan. Follow Him for He has the plans. Plans to bring you prosperity and not disaster.God has a BLESSINGS PLAN FOR US. WHAT HAPPENS IS WE GET OFF OR GET AWAY FROM HIS PLAN. HE STARTS TO BLESS US OR PROVIDE FOR US AND MANY IT IS SO EASY TO GET LAZY, DRIFT AWAY FROM GOD AND OUR CHURCH.I HEAR THIS FORM PEOPLE WHO STOP GOING TO CHURCH, I STILL PRAY. I STILL TALK TO GOD. THE KEY IS NOT WHAT YOU ARE SAYING TO GOD BUT WHAT HE IS SAYING TO YOU AND ARE YOU OBEYING WHAT HE IS SAYING. ONCE PEOPLE GET THEY CAN DISAPPEAR. STORY OF 10 LEPERS JESUS HEALS ALL 10 BUT ONLY ONE COMES BACK TO WORSHIP AND PRAISE JESUS. GOD HAS A PLAN, WE HAVE TO BE VERY CAREFUL TO STAY CLOSE ENOUGH THAT WE CONTINUE ON HIS PLAN FOR OUR LIVES.

THE PATH FORWARD IS MANY TRICKY DETOURS TO GET OFF THE PATH. GET YOU AWAY FROM HIS PLAN FOR YOUR LIFE. OBEY HIM::::: JOSEPH OBEYED AND JESUS AND MARY LIVED. KING HEROD HAD ALL THE MALE CHILDREN 2 AND UNDER ALL KILLED TO TRY TO DESTROY THE CHRIST CHILD. HIS DESTINY WAS DEPENDENT UPON HIS FATHER OBEYING GOD.

“But prove yourselves doers of the word [actively and continually obeying God’s precepts], and not merely listeners [who hear the word but fail to internalize its meaning], deluding yourselves [by unsound reasoning contrary to the truth].”
JAMES 1:22 AMP

“Do not deceive yourselves by just listening to his word; instead, put it into practice.”
James 1:22 GNT

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall read [and meditate on] it day and night, so that you may be careful to do [everything] in accordance with all that is written in it; for then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will be successful.”
JOSHUA 1:8 AMP