From Help for Shepherds
Fear is a normal part of following God, but dive in anyway and serve.
How to Get There
- Zechariah and Elizabeth wanted kids more than anything else.
- To be without kids was a disgrace.
- God came and answered Zechariah's prayers.
- And he was terrified.
- The angel came to Mary, and she was scared. The angel came to the shepherds, and they were scared.
- Fear is a normal reaction to God reaching into our lives.
- But that's what Christmas is, God coming into our lives.
- We pray and pray for God to work, but when he does it's terrifying. Before God works, it's terrifying too.
- We get scared when we think God is asking something of us or guiding us. That's normal, but we can't let it stop us from serving.
- The temptation is to be like Zehcariah and ask for more and more signs and guidance, but it will still be scary.
- It's Christmas, we are not alone anymore. God is with us, we don't need to be ruled by fear.
- Dive in anyway, get your feet wet and God will come through.
Things to Watch For
- There are a lot of different reasons why the people who encounter God are afraid, same as us. Be careful not to lump them all together.
- Some of the times when the angels showed up, the people wanted what they said, others it was unwanted, and always it was unexpected.
- Excuses for not following God abound. Be careful not to say that asking for guidance is an excuse for not following, though. Zechariah needed more, and asked for it. He didn't like the results, but God still gave more.
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This Message is part 1 of Luke: Advent to Easter message series.