Joy of the Promise #2

Joy of the Promise #2

Joy of the Promise

To remind you of what the premise of our series is I want to remind you that the promises that God makes to individuals in a a very private and intimate way in the Christmas story were intended to bless the whole world.  With that thought in mind I want you to see that God is still making  promises to us  as His children and that those promises  are also meant to bless others.  

God’s Promises are always personal to us

God’s Promises are always bigger than us

With God’s promises comes the joy that we all so desperately need

Luke 2:25-38

And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace, According to Your word; For my eyes have seen Your salvation Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.” And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him. Then Simeon blessed them, and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is destined for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign which will be spoken against (yes, a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.”

Verses 36-38

 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

Two completely different stories of two people who received a very intimate promise from the Lord.

Simeon (hearing)

  • Just
  • Devout
  • Waiting
  • Holy Spirit upon Him
  • Had a revelation (a very personal promise)
  • He would not see death before he had seen the Lord Christ
  • Led by the Spirit to the temple at the right time 

The promise fulfilled:  Now you are letting your servant depart in peace

A blessing for the whole world

I have seen Your Salvation which You have prepared for all people

A light to open the hearts of the Gentiles

The Glory of your people Israel

God makes personal intimate promises to us

We find great joy and hope with in them

But is never just about us

It is to bless others

  1. Faith and Hope are two graces which Christ uses above all others to fill the soul with joy.

Think about it this way faith and hope fetch all of their wine of joy out of doors. 

 Faith tells the soul what Christ has done and hope revives the soul with news of what He will do.  

But both draw sweet wine from the same source: Christ and His promise

So consider the promises that God has put inside of you

Because God put it in you

You can put your faith in what He has done, how he has been faithful in His Word to keep all of His promises like this promise to Simeon.

Then let the hope revive you of what it will mean when that promise is fulfilled. 

Remember this scripture from last week it is key to understanding the Joy of the Promise

Psalm 119:49-50

Remember fervently the word and promise to Your servant, in which You have caused me to hope.

This is my comfort and consolation in my affliction: that Your word has revived me and given me life.

Verses 36-38

 Now there was one, Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was of a great age, and had lived with a husband seven years from her virginity; and this woman was a widow of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. And coming in that instant she gave thanks to the Lord, and spoke of Him to all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem.

Anna, the greek form of the Hebrew Hannah (grace)

A prophetess

Daughter of Phanuel (the face or the presence of God)

Of the tribe of Asher (happy)

Very old

She had only been married 7 years and had been a widow for 84 years

If she married at 16 she was 107 years old.

Her promise came in her continual intercession

Intercessors experience a very deep and intimate relationship that continually reveals promises that others never experience

She served with fastings and prayers night and day

This intimate promise was answered in an instant and then shared with her world

To all those who looked for redemption in Jerusalem

2.  Patience is the back where the Christian carries his burdens, and hope the pillow between the back and the burden

Intercessors your time is now!

Just like Anna at the time of the birth of Christ

You are needed in this hour before His return

  Now patience has two shoulders one to bear the present evil and another to wait for the future good promised but not yet paid.

Nothing is more difficult then intercession

A prayer meeting is the most difficult of all meetings

For 13 years I had primary leadership for one of the largest mid week prayer meetings in the country.

What could God do in Livingston if we allowed God to use us to pray in Livingston

What could happen to our Wednesday night service 

What if we packed this place out on Wednesday 

Instead of being distracted by our present evils of gossip and slander

We began to wait for the future good that has been promised but not yet paid

I am calling out the Anna’s and the Simeon’s today we need you to find joy in the promises of God and stand strong until they are fulfilled.

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