It is Time to be Amazed

Posted on November 13, 2010
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1 In individuals days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census ought to be taken of the entire
Roman globe.
two (This was the 1st census that took location while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)
3 And everyone went to his own town to sign up.
four So Joseph also went up from your town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of
David, simply because he belonged to your home and line of David.
5 He went there to sign up with Mary, who was pledged to become married to him and was expecting a
youngster.
six Although they happen to be there, the time arrived for that infant to become born,
7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and positioned him in a manger,
simply because there was no area for them in the inn.
eight And there happen to be shepherds residing out in the fields close by, maintaining look at over their flocks at night.
9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and also the glory of the Lord shone all around them, and they
happen to be terrified.
10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you very good information of wonderful pleasure that will likely be for all
the individuals.
eleven Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.
12 This will likely be a signal to you: You will come across a infant wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 All of a sudden a wonderful company of the heavenly host appeared along with the angel, praising God and
declaring,
14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to males on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s
go to Bethlehem and see this thing which has occurred, which the Lord has advised us about.”
16 So that they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and also the infant, who was lying in the manger.
17 When they had witnessed him, they spread the phrase regarding what had been advised them about this
youngster,
18 and all who learned it happen to be amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her coronary heart.
twenty The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all of the things they had learned and witnessed,
which happen to be just as they had been advised.
When you meet Jesus…you talk about Him (v. 17) and you worship Him (v. twenty)
Psalm 115 – you turn out to be like what you worship
— worship accomplishments & achievements… turn out to be driven & controlling
— worship money & wealth… turn out to be greedy
— worship approval & affirmation…become a people-pleaser
— worship comfort & ease… turn out to be lazy, slothful
— worship self… turn out to be saturated with hyphenated sins
(self-promotion, self-defense, self-righteous, self-love, self- ____)
Individuals who are genuinely worshiping Jesus will turn out to be like Him in character.
1Daniel, Darius & a Den of Lions
Daniel six
• Sennacherib & the Assyrians – exile of the northern kingdom of Israel in 722
• Nebuchadnezzar & the Babylonians – exile of southern kingdom of Judah in 586
• Darius & the Medes – take over the Babylonian kingdom in 522
4 phrases from Daniel six that reflect thriving (not just surviving) in exile…
Ø “…he was trustworthy and neither corrupt nor negligent” (v. four)
“One of the greatest hindrances to internal peace which the Christian encounters is the common
habit of dividing our lives into two areas – the sacred and also the secular…The sacred acts are usually
thought to become prayer, bible reading, hymn singing, church attendance…The secular acts include all
the ordinary activities of life which we share along with the sons and daughters of Adam: eating,
sleeping, working…These we often do reluctantly and with many misgivings, often apologizing to
God for what we consider a waste of time and strength. The upshot of this is that we are uneasy
most of the time…This state of affairs is wholly unnecessary…For the Christian, it may be said that
every act of his life is or can be as truly sacred as prayer or baptism or the Lord’s supper. To say
this is not to bring all acts down to one dead-level; it’s rather to lift every act up into a residing
Kingdom and flip the entire life into a sacrament…It really is not what man does that determines
whether his work is sacred or secular, it’s why he does it. The motive is everything. Let man
sanctify the Lord God in his coronary heart and he can thereafter do no common act.” – A.W. Tozer
Ø “…just as he had done before” (v. 10)
“You can choose the discomfort of the discipline of praying when you don’t feel like it, or the
desolation and terminal fatigue of life without prayer.” – Ben Patterson
Ø “…whom you serve continually” (v. 16)
Ø “…trusted in his God” (v. 23)
— what we’re ultimately trusting in often isn’t displayed until the mouth of the lions den
— Daniel six devotion flows out of a Daniel 1-5 lifestyle

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