12/21/14 Hope, Joy & Peace!

Posted by Pastor Steve Siegrist on Sunday, December 21, 2014 Under: Sermon
Intro: Do you really give must thought to having hope becoming a reality in a Baby wrapped up in swaddling clothes lying in a manager? You should, because without Christ you have no hope! The gift of hope allows us to experience the proof of Christ working in our own life; this gift also allows us to understand there is permanence in this relationship, and a power that the Holy Spirit enables us to use. This Christmas time gift also gives Joy for those who will really receive it, because this gift is a rare commodity! When one removes a few of the letters in the word commodity and adds just one additional you get the word common. The gift of Joy in the Christian life should be the common thread that brings all of them together. The Christmas season should allow all the believers to experience the true joy of the Gift.

The Bible says: “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” So maybe the question is, do you have faith? Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ? Not an image in your mind of a baby wrap in swaddling clothes lying in a manger or some Christmas card that quotes a scripture reference of the Christmas message and you hang the card on your door, because it is Christmas. Have you by faith received Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior? Because you see, you never really have peace in this world or the place you spend eternity until you have faith! That’s the gift of peace! HOPE, JOY & PEACE, THEIR ALL GIFTS. Do you have them? You can. Text: Luke 2:8-11 (NKJV)

“Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 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. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

1. The Gift of Hope:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials.” 1 Peter 1:3-6

Application: The gift of hope is Christ.

The Proof: vs. 3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

It is a guarantee by the resurrection of Christ!

The unsaved person is “without hope”; yet the believer has a living hope because he has a living Savior. Christ is our Hope, and we look for His soon-expected return. The Christian does not work for this hope; it is a part of his spiritual birthright.

The Permanence: vs. 4 “to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,”

It is kept in heaven for us.

“We have a priceless inheritance—an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay.” The inheritance is incorruptible. All things earthly have in themselves the seeds of decay and death; but “when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption,” the redeemed of the Lord shall receive a kingdom that cannot be moved, where “neither moth nor rust doth corrupt.” It is undefiled. The inheritance of Israel was defiled, but into the heavenly inheritance entereth not “anything that defileth” “Let Not your Heart be Troubled!”

The Power: vs. 5“who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.”

God’s mighty power assures us that we will safely arrive in heaven.

That’s the Gift! That’s what Christmas is: the proof of Christ, His permanence and His power that allows us to have hope and experience the Gift!

With this power we can live, we do not have to live in disappointment or depression because of what has happened in our life. “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5

2. The Gift of Joy:

“Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. 24“You haven’t done this before. Ask, using my name, and you will receive, and you will have abundant joy.” John 16:20, 24

The Gift also gives Joy for those who will really receive it, because this gift is a rare commodity! When one removes a few of the letters in the word commodity and adds just one additional you get the word common. The gift of Joy in the Christian life should be the common thread that brings all of them together. The Christmas season should allow all the believers to experience the true joy of the Gift.

Application: The rare commodity is real Joy!

Joy is Divine:

It is possessed and given only by GOD! Its roots are not in earthly or material things or cheap triumphs. It is the joy of the Holy Spirit, a joy based in the Lord. It is His very own Joy. Joy does not depend on circumstances or happiness. Happiness depends upon happenings, but Joy that God implants in the believer’s heart overrides all, even the most troublesome matters of life and death.

This is a rare commodity in the church! REAL Joy! Someone who’s world isn’t rattled every time something unexpected happens, this individual is able to go with the flow, move on, and get over it. Their feelings are not hurt so easily.

The source of the believer’s joy is several fold:

  1. The fellowship of the Father and His Son brings joy. 
  2. Victory over sin, death, and hell brings joy.
  3. Repentance brings joy.
  4. The Hope of glory brings joy.
  5. The Lord’s Word, the revelations, commandments, and promises which He made bring joy.
  6. The commandments of Christ and the will of God bring joy. Obeying and doing a good job stirs joy within the believer’s heart.
  7. Prayer brings joy.
  8. The presence and fellowship of believers bring joy.
  9. Coverts bring joy.
  10. Hearing that others walk in the truth brings joy.
  11. Giving brings joy.
Joy is Deliverance:

Joy defined is the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires: delight, a state of happiness or felicity a source or cause of delight: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control.”

The fruit of the spirit gives joy, so are you a source of joy? Are you delivered, and if you are delivered you will have this rare commodity! “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. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” Luke 2:10-11

Isn’t it a shame that this gift of joy that should be a common thread amongst all believers is such a rare commodity?

3. The Gift of Peace:

“Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” Romans 5:1 (KJV)

Is there peace in your world? PEACE Total well-being, prosperity, and security associated with God’s presence among his people. Linked in the OT with the covenant, the presence of peace was conditional, based on Israel’s obedience. In the prophetic writings, true peace is part of the end-time hope of God’s salvation. In the NT, this longed-for peace is understood as having come in Christ and can be experienced by the believers.

Application: Christ is our source of PEACE!

This Gift that is discussed in this message today can be fully appreciated from Manger? And to that I say yes because in this Manger was God, Emanuel. “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men”

Complete Peace:

Only God Can Give complete peace, peace is the Offspring of Trust, complete peace takes place in spite of external conflicts. To God be the glory great things He has done for He has brought to us a way to have peace. That way is Jesus: (No Jesus No Joy!)

One thing is certain: Jesus did not advocate conflict. He taught his followers to offer no resistance or retaliation when they were attacked or ill-treated. "Blessed are the peacemakers," he said, "for they will be called sons of God", meaning that God is the God of peace, so that those who seek peace and pursue it reflect his character. To put on the full armor of God we must: “shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.”

"And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven” Colossians 1:20

Conclusion: “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (KJV)

We must seek peace with ourselves and with God, with the world we live in and the life we experience! That is why Christ came: Seek peace and pursue it! “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:7 (KJV)

“For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

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