Pastor Dave Martin, Cross Creek Community Church, Dec 8, 2019
“When God Changes My Plans”
Christmas, Luke 1:26-38
Luke 1:26-38 26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. 31 You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.” 34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. 37 For nothing is impossible with God.” 38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.
How do we accept change when it comes into our lives?
When God changes my plans…
- Realize who God is.
Luke 1:26 In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, Lu 1:19 …”I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God… Lu 1:37 “For nothing is impossible with God.”
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
- Remember who I am.
Luke 1:48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed,
Luke 1:30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God.”
1Peter 5:5 God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble –
God uses the “externals” to change my “internals”
- Relinquish my will to God’s.
Luke 1:38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.
Changed Plans will:
- Expose the attitude of my heart.
- Affect you and those around you.
- Demonstrate my commitment to the Lord.
- Resolve to Walk by Faith.
Luke 1:45 “Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!”
My walk of faith may:
- Be frightening
- Encounter obstacles
- Seem to be illogical
Isaiah 55:8-9 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.
- Results in…
- God being Exalted v46 “My soul glorifies the Lord”
- Indescribable Joy v47 “My spirit rejoices in God MY Savior”
- Blessings to others v50 “His mercy extends to those who fear Him”
- Deep Satisfaction v53 “He has filled the hungry with good things”