12 June 2016 - Complete Contentment and Confidence in Christ - Pastor Lim Lian Neo Sermon Notes Online - New Creation Church Sermon Notes Online
The Bible is both a weapon for us and a love letter to us. Only God can do that.
Philippians 4:11-13 - Paul wrote this when he was in prison. Paul had such a deep sense of contentment and confidence in Christ, regardless of the state he's in.
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:11-13 NKJV)
Luke 1:26-38 - Mary had a secret inner life and relationship with God. Here she is, approached by an angel telling her that she would bear a child,
the Son of God, when she was still a virgin, and she said "Be it to me according to your word".
“Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” And the angel answered and said to her, “ The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.” (Luke 1:26-38 NKJV)
John 2:1-12 - Mary knows God in a way that is really special. This is the kind of relationship with God that we should desire.
Mary knows Jesus' heart. She knew that Jesus would do it. When people say that it's not your time, you will know that it IS your time, because you have Jesus.
“On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Now both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. And when they ran out of wine, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does your concern have to do with Me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it. ” Now there were set there six waterpots of stone, according to the manner of purification of the Jews, containing twenty or thirty gallons apiece. Jesus said to them, “Fill the waterpots with water.” And they filled them up to the brim. And He said to them, “Draw some out now, and take it to the master of the feast.” And they took it. When the master of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and did not know where it came from (but the servants who had drawn the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom. And he said to him, “Every man at the beginning sets out the good wine, and when the guests have well drunk, then the inferior. You have kept the good wine until now!” This beginning of signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee, and manifested His glory; and His disciples believed in Him. After this He went down to Capernaum, He, His mother, His brothers, and His disciples; and they did not stay there many days.” (John 2:1-12 NKJV)
Prayer is not about whether God will give you attention. It is about whether you will give God your attention.
Luke 2:18-19 - Mary did something more than marvel - she kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.
It is possible to marvel and forget about it once something else comes along.
The definition of "kept" is "to preserve from ruin". Why is there a need to preserve what she saw from ruin?
It is because there is an enemy out there, the devil, who wants to steal the word of God from our hearts.
The definition of "ponder" is to "converse, consult, dispute (mentally)".
You will dispute in your mind all the negative reports and thoughts when the enemy tries to steal God's word from your heart.
“And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:18-19 NKJV)
It is great when spectacular miracles happen, but it's more important to have the supernatural.
This year, God has promised us that we will possess our possessions.
If you have an inner life and relationship with God, you will have a confident expectation of possessing your possessions - you will keep God's words in your heart.
When your inner world is prosperous, when you know Jesus and that He is good, everything in your life will change for good.
God will perfect that which concerns you. Just rest in Him.
God deserves our boasting in Him and our adoration because He gives us His grace and love undeservedly.
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