Summary: Sermon based upon the preaching of Dr. Bob Pittman. A blending of the natural and the supernatural.
Blending of the Natural and Supernatural
-Based on a Sermon preached by Dr. Bob Pitman, February 23, 2009
Miracles Series 2009 – Black Creek
Have you ever really thought about the power of God? He IS an amazing God. The God of yesterday, today, and forever more is the God who “Created Heaven and Earth”. He is the same God who created all things living and breathing. He is the same God who is in control over ALL things.
What a mighty God, we do serve.
God has ways of getting our attention. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, God gets our attention! Through the power of the Word of God, God gets our attention! Through the power of the Holy Spirit through fellow believers, God gets our attention.
It is truly a blend of the Natural realm and the Supernatural realm!
God takes a lost sinner – filled with sin – filled with guile – cleanses this sinner of his sin, removes the sin, wrath, and guile, and makes him or her brand new again. That’s God taking the natural, blending in the supernatural, and producing a transformed being. That’s salvation
Throughout God’s Word – God does the impossible:
In Genesis – He is the Creator, notice Genesis 1:1-2
“Earth was without form and was void”
In Exodus – He speaks to Moses through the Burning Bush in Exodus 3
“I am that I am”
- In Exodus 7:10-13 – He takes Aaron’s Rod and it becomes a serpent
In 1 Samuel 17 – David is filled with the Spirit of God in slaying great Goliath
“God took the Impossible – and made it Possible”
In 1 Kings 18:21 – God fills Elijah with His Spirit to combat the enemy
“God wins again”
In Mark 14 – Jesus walks on the water
In John 11 – Tomb of Lazarus – Jesus Wept – “Lazarus Come Forth”
God, through the convicting power of the Holy Spirit – calls upon each one of us – when we reach the age of accountability – “Come, unto me (your name) – I will give you rest”
God blends the natural – with the Supernatural
Today, we look at the book of Luke 2:8-11
Mary – virgin – no experience with a man
• Filled with the Holy Spirit
• Conceived a child, still a virgin
• How? A blend of the natural and the supernatural
Look at the SHEPHERDS
Behavior – Keeping watch over their flocks
Job – Natural behavior for their profession
Look at the ANGELS
When the ANGELS spoke, the SHEPHERDS were “sore afraid”
“Blend of the Natural and the Supernatural”
Look what the ANGELS did
“Made an announcement with “Good News”
Good News for ALL PEOPLE!
What was this Good News?
1. There is No Reason to be Afraid
2. There is No Reason to be Sad
3. There is No Reason to be Lost
4. There is No Reason to Wonder who is in charge. – Jesus is Lord
This morning – let’s look at the other side of the fence:
What if Jesus would not have come?
I. We would be full of fearfulness
* Imagine what we hear on the news each day
- Murder, Suicide, Robberies, Incest, Abuse
- 10 killed in Alabama
- Pastor killed in Illinois
* There would be NO hope – NO help – NO heaven
* Life would be full of paranoia
II. We would have NO joy
• What happiness is found in constant sadness
• No joy? No Jesus!
• Life cannot be joyful when you are waiting for something bad to happen
III. We would not have SALVATION for Sinners
• If there is fear, no joy, there is no help and hope for sinners
• There would be no savior for the lost
IV. We would have an OPEN DEBATE on who is really in charge
• Is it the Republicans or the Democrats
• Is it this person or that person
See the folks overseas – they still see Jesus as a prophet, not the Messiah – they’re still fighting.
Since Jesus has come and is coming again:
I. There’s no need in being afraid
“Fear not” This is available to “all people’
God’s Word teaches us constantly to NOT BE AFRAID
God spoke to Joshua – “Be strong and of good courage”
Once we trust Jesus as our Lord and Savior – He dwells within us
The HS leads us and guides us each and every day!
II. There’s no need in being sad
In Heaven – No tears, no sorrow, ALL JOY – PRAISE – WORSHIP
Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice. Let your moderation be know unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving make your requests be known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Finally, whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report – if there be any virtue and if there be any praise – think on these things. I can do all things through Christ Jesus who strengthens me.