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It’s A Wonderful Life, When You Truly Believe

Luke 1:26-35 & Matt. 1:18-25 (KJV)

Truly believing in Jesus, His gift of salvation and His ongoing work in our lives is an issue of the heart. (Rom. 10:9-10)

As the little boy did in the movie, Polar Express, those who truly believe:

  1. Hear what others don’t hear. For the Christian, it is the voice of the Lord.
  2. Experience what others don’t experience. For the Christian, it is the Spirit of the Lord.

What is it that prevents some from truly believing?

  1. Fear prevents some from truly believing in the Lord and all He has in store for them. (Luke 1:30, Matt. 1:20)
  2. Facts prevent some from truly believing in the Lord and all that He can provide for them. (Luke 1:34)

When sickness comes, believe in Jesus!
When finances are struggling, believe in Jesus!
When death occurs, believe in Jesus!
When relationships fail, believe in Jesus!
When things seem hopeless, believe in Jesus!

Remember, the Lord specializes in taking the ordinary and doing something extraordinary!

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It’s A Wonderful Life, When You Have Confidence

Heb. 10:35-39 (NIV)

Don’t let the hard times in life blind you from your confidence in God and give up, when you could receive the reward.

  1. Confident that with God’s help you can persevere through the hard times. (Phil. 4:13)
  2. Confident that God will fulfill His promise to be with you all the way. (Heb. 13:5)
  3. Confident that you and God will be pleased that you didn’t give up or give in. (Gal. 6:9)

I’m confident that you can make it to a wonderful life, just don’t give up, give in or go back during the hard times.

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It’s A Wonderful Life, When You Have Assurance!

Hebrews 10:19-31 (NIV)

It makes life wonderful and more enjoyable when you have the assurance that:

  1. Your sins are covered in the blood of Christ v.19, 20, 29 (sins are forgiven)
  2. Your sins are cleared from your own conscience v.22 (sins are forsaken)

Life is dreadful when you don’t have this assurance because the Bible tells us in verses 30-31 that the Lord will judge His people and it is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

When you deliberately (willingly & intentionally) sin as a child of God, the Bible says you better have a fearful expectation of judgment (v.27) because you have:

  1. Trampling on the Son of God v.29
  2. Insulted the Spirit of Grace v.29

Life can either be wonderful or dreadful, it depends on what you do with your faith and sin.

Are you?
1. Holding unswervingly to the hope you profess v.23
Or
2. Deliberately continuing to sin v.26

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It’s A Wonderful Life, When You Have Purpose!

Rom. 8:28-31 (NIV)

It’s A Wonderful Life of Purpose When:

  1. You know God is working for you (Our good) [Rom. 8:28]
  2. You know God is working out of you (His plan) [Eph. 1:11-12]
  3. You know God is working through you (His pleasure) [Eph. 1:4-9]
  4. You know God is working in you (His Word & light) [Phil. 2:12-16]

You know that you have a purpose when you have a passion for pleasing God.

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It’s A Wonderful Life, When We’re Thankful

1 Thess. 5:16-18 (NIV)

The scripture doesn’t say, be joyful when everything is going good, pray when you have spare time or be thankful in certain circumstances. No, it says that joyfulness, prayer, and thanksgiving should be a continual part of our lives no matter the circumstances!

Joyfulness, prayer, and thanksgiving are like triplets with the same spirit. If one is missing the others suffer. If you don’t have joy in your life, it’s probably because there is prayer or thanksgiving missing in your life regularly.

  1. Praying continually is to be God conscious and seeing everything in view of Him.
    (12:12)
  2. Thankfulness in all circumstances is focusing more on the good and blessing more than the challenges.
    (4:6)
  3. Joyfulness always is a byproduct of praying continually and being thankful in all circumstances, because joy is a fruit of the Spirit.
    (5:22)

Missing joy in your life? Maybe there is a lack of prayer and thanksgiving continually in your life.