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Summary: Are we obedient enough?

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Obedience

-How many here tonight made a New Years resolution?

-How many have already been broken?

-Do you know what the #1 resolution is every year?

-lose weight/get in shape

-Some others are to quit smoking, call grandma more, etc….

-How about adding one more?

-How about being more obedient to god?

-Well Scott what do you mean more obedient?

-I already study my bible, go to church, I even TITHE!!!!

-Hey that’s great!! But are you as obedient as you should be?

-I believe if you look a little closer you’ll find room for your

improvement

-you could even ask god

( read matt 1:18-25 )

-Whoa wait a minute!! This is Christmas scripture

-I think of obedient people Mary and Joseph come to mind

-They didn’t ask for what was about to happen to them

-they had options, the didn’t have to obey god

-Let’s look at Mary for a minute

-Here she was betrothed to Joseph, now in Jewish laws they were

legally bound together not like our common engagement

-it was broken only by divorce

-so here’s Mary not quite married… pregnant

-Now Nazareth was a small town

-small town gossip…..travels fast

-I grew up in a small town ,smaller than Moulton

-And I could get in trouble at the ballpark and dad would know

before I could get home

-Little Susie Mae dumped Bobby Joe on Sat. nite we all knew by

Sunday school

-and I bet the little ladies at the Nazareth beauty parlor was all in a

tizzy about Mary

-Mary knew the talks were coming…the whispers…the stares..

-this wasn’t going to be easy

-Mary had options… she didn’t have to obey God

-she could’ve put the baby up for adoption

-she could’ve left Joseph

-She could’ve pleaded with God not to do this to her

-this was much to pain to go through

-But Mary was obedient unto God

-God chose Mary for this divine task because she was pure

and obedient

-Mary was obedient unto God during the inconvenient times

not just the convient times

-Maybe this is where room for improvement is

-Are you obedient to him during the incovient times or just during

the convient times

-Let’s talk about Joseph for a minute

-he finds out Mary is pregnant

-knows the child is not his

-Joseph hears the rumors, the whispers

-can you imagine what was going through his mind?

-in verse 19 it says Joseph was a righteous man and did not want to expose her public disgrace he had in mind to divorce her quietly

-now in my study text it says he would sign the necessary papers

and not have publicly judged and possibly stoned

-now in verse 20”an angel of the lord appeared to him in a dream

Son of David don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife

because what is conceived in her is of the holy spirit.”

-but Joseph had options… he didn’t have to take Mary as his wife

-the gossip would only hurt their marriage

-the child wasn’t his anyway

-he could take her away and divorce her

-but Joseph was obedient unto god

-there were countless others through out the bible that

brave and obedient

- if you’ll turn to acts 7:54-60

-Stephen was talking the Sanhedrin

- they took Stephen out to stone him

-in verse 59-60

59) while they were stoning him, Stephen prayed lord


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