Great Expectations: Expect Joy
Series: Great Expectations
Expectation #3: Joy
Pastor Dewayne Peters
Psalm 130:5 "I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope."
Luke 2:8-20 "And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, 'Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.' Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God, and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.' 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 that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.' So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told."
- The kingdom of God is not something external to pursue. It is within each and every one of us.
- Want to know if you are experiencing the kingdom of heaven in your life. How is your joy? How is your peace?
- In this life, follow the joy.
For God to bring...
- His presence
- His joy in full
- His kingdom to a place of healing, deliverance, and salvation
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