Dec. 06, 2020
DON’T GIVE UP – LOOK UP When you're hurting, confused, and worried.
“God, when I LOOK UP at the night sky and see your handiwork...the moon and all the stars that you set in place, I ask, ‘What are we mortals that you should bother with us? And why should you care about mere humans?’ But you made us just a little lower than angels and you’ve given us glory and honor, and you put us in charge of everything you made... Lord, you are amazing!” Psalm 8:3-6THE FIRST CHRISTMAS DIDN’T START OFF “MERRY”
MARY WAS CONFUSED & WORRIED
“Confused and deeply disturbed, Mary tried to think of what the angel’s words might possibly mean.” Luke 1:29
JOSEPH WAS HURT & BROKENHEARTED
“Joseph decided to break off the engagement quietly, so as not to disgrace Mary publicly.” Matthew 1:19
WHEN THEIR FOCUS CHANGED, THEIR FEELINGS CHANGED!
Are you feeling any of these this Christmas?
Do what each of these people did: Look up!
EVERYTHING CHANGED FOR MARY WHEN . . .
SHE FOCUSED ON GOD’S PROMISES
(The angel told Mary) “‘Nothing, you see, is impossible with God.’ And Mary said, ‘YES, I SEE IT ALL NOW! I’m the Lord’s maid, ready to serve! So let it be with me just as you say.’” Luke 1:37-38 (MSG)
FROM CONFUSION TO CELEBRATION
(Mary prayed) “God took one good look at me, and look what happened –
I'm the most fortunate woman on earth! What God has done for me will never be forgotten!” Luke 1:48 (MSG)
“Mary’s neighbors and relatives, seeing that God had overwhelmed her with mercy, celebrated with her!” Luke 1:58 (MSG)
EVERYTHING CHANGED FOR JOSEPH WHEN . . .
HE FOCUSED ON GOD’S PLAN (NOT HIS PAIN)
“As Joseph lay on his bed considering what he might do, he fell into a dream and saw an angel standing beside him. ‘Joseph, son of David,’ the angel said, ‘Don't hesitate to take Mary as your wife! For the child within her really has been conceived by the Holy Spirit.’” Matthew 1:20