What do you Believe?
CHIDREN OF GOD, in our PRAYER, PRAISE and WORSHIP SERVICE for this SUNDAY MORNING, we present to you our CHRISTMAS STORY beginning with the Birth of John as God’s divine plan unfolds for many UNBELIEVEING MINDS. It is a story that many of us have read and studied over a long period of time, but in it all there is always a ray of HOPE and INSPIRATION for a greater tomorrow when we celebrate this beautiful story of the unfolding birth of OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST. Our lesson today is simply title: “BELIEVE!” Allow this word to sink deep into your sub-conscious minds, and renew your Spirit daily whenever doubt begin to creep in. Let us lift up God in high praise for His mighty works, for He is worthy to be PRAISED.
LET US PRAY FOR UNBELIEVING MINDS:
Eternal God, Our Heavenly Father, we thank you for those among us who have believed, and we seek divine intervention into the minds of those that are still wavering in their faith. For we know that with you Heavenly Father, all things are possible to those who believe. Transforming a world of unbelieving minds may seem to be an impossible task for some, but we as believers are trusting you Heavenly Father, because we know that it is possible. You sent your only Son into an unbelieving world as a gift that those among us who would believe in Him should not perish but be transformed into a brand new creature and enjoy eternal life. Through our prayers Heavenly Father we are seeking the same transformation for those unbelieving minds among us today to come into the full knowledge and understanding that you are God, and they can do nothing without you. And for this Christmas Season, our prayers are for those unbelieving minds to know that Jesus is truly the reason for this Season. Amen!
TODAY’S SCRIPTURE READING:
For with God, nothing shall be impossible. (Luke 1:37)
Background Scriptures for today’s lesson is from (Luke 1:1-37)
TODAY’S MESSAGE IS TITLE: “BELIEVE”
Our Christmas Story is a true and profound statement by God who can do all things but fail. All He asks us to do is to BELIEVE. In this story, God performed one of the greatest miracles known to man, yet we find it very difficult to BELIEVE when the simplest things are right before our very own eyes. WHY? Do we not know that God can never lie, if He lies He will denied Himself. So why do we continue not to BELIEVE the word of God when the Word of God is truth in itself?
Perhaps, like so many before us, we want God to show us a sign. Let us examine for a moment the High Priest Zachariah, who was a minister of God that worked at the Temple managing its upkeep, teaching the people the Scriptures, and directing the worship services. When God sent His Angel Gabriel to tell Zachariah that he and His Wife Elizabeth was going to have a son Zachariah words came perilously close to doubt, [disbelief]. Zachariah wanted more than the word from this Heavenly visitor, he wanted a sign from God.
So Zachariah question the angle by asking, “How can I know this will happen?” At that very moment Zachariah saw only the obstacles and not the possibilities of the Good News that the Angel Gabriel was presenting to him from God. His thoughts were that he and Elizabeth were both well past their childbearing years. In Zachariah mind, he could not see, comprehend or even understand how God could perform such a miracle and place such a burden on him and his wife at this late stage in their lives. Gabriel explained to Zachariah by stating, “I am Gabriel; I stand in the very presence of God.” (Luke 1:19)
When we do not BELIEVE and allow doubt to creep in and rule over our unbelieving minds, it will result in some sort of punishment. God has His own ways of letting us know that He is not please with our actions, and just like any loving parent, He will punish us for our unbelieving minds. In Zachariah unbelieving mind, he asked for a sign and was quickly granted his request. He would be unable to speak until the Child was born. The angel’s words would certainly come true at the proper time, whether Zachariah BELIEVED or not. God’s plan had been set in motion and nothing could stop it. (LUKE 1:20)
Zachariah and Elizabeth had been childless for many years and God had promised a son to them, and God kept His promise. The promise came even before this child was ever conceived. God was waiting for the right time to ENCOURAGE them and take away their disgrace of not being able to bare a child in their early childbearing years. Elizabeth soon realized that in this impossible pregnancy, God had performed a MIRACLE. (Luke 1:23-25)
What God has done for Zachariah and Elizabeth, He will do the same for you. With God, nothing is impossible, all you have to do is, “BELIEVE!”
THE STORY OF THE BIRTH OF JOHN
When Elizabeth was full-term in her pregnancy, she bore a son, Her neighbors and relatives, seeing that God had over whelmed her with mercy, celebrated with her.
On the eighth day, they came to circumcise the child and were calling him Zachariah after his father. But his mother intervened: “No. He is to be called John.”
“But,” they said, “no one in your family is named that.” They used sign language to ask Zachariah what he wanted him named.
Asking for a tablet, Zachariah wrote, “His name is to be John.” That took everyone by surprise. Surprise followed surprise—Zachariah’s mouth was now open, his tongue loose, and he was talking, praising God!
TODAY’S ALTER CALL:
If you are a person studying this lesson with us today and have not received the saving grace of the Lord and would like to join the Lord’s family of BELIEVERS and receive ETERNAL LIFE, we simply ask you to, “BELIEVE!”
Now repeat this short prayer with me: “Lord I am a sinner, I have sinned against you, I BELIEVE that Jesus died for my sins, and on the third day you raised him from the grave and today He lives. I ask you to forgive me of my sins, and come into my heart and cleanse me of my sins. If you have prayed this prayer with me, you now are saved and have ETERNAL LIFE in glory.”
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Now to him who is able to strengthen you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery that was kept secret for long ages but has now been disclosed and through the prophetic writings has been made known to all nations, according to the command of the eternal God, to bring about the obedience of faith—to the only wise Godbe glory forevermore through Jesus Christ! Amen.