Mighty God

Mighty God-Isaiah 9:6Mighty God

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Mighty God

Isaiah 9:6-7

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.

A child will be born:

  • The government will be on his shoulders
  • No end to his government and peace
  • His reign will be righteous and just
  • His reign will never end

                MIGHTY GOD in Hebrew is “El Gibbor

Gibbor – Refers to a mighty warrior

In Hebrew the Bible uses gibbor in terms of a champion or hero

Champion – The one left standing after a conflict is over

Hero – The one who defeats the enemy

El – Refers to God

Examples:

  • Elohim – God
  • El Shaddai – The Lord God almighty
  • El Elyon – The most High God
  • El Olam – The everlasting God

What does Jesus being a mighty warrior look like for us?

  1. Jesus is able to do what he has promised

 

Colossians 2:13-15

When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, 14 having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. 15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross

John 10:27-30

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one will snatch them out of my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand. 30 I and the Father are one.”

No one can snatch you out of Jesus’ hands

The devil’s weapon was – sin

What does Jesus being a mighty warrior look like for us?

  1. Jesus is able to do what he has promised
  2. He is able to help us where we need it

1 John 3:8

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s works

& Jesus came to do even more than to destroy the devil’s works:

  • He has come to heal
  • He has come to restore relationships
  • He has come to build us up

               

1 Peter 3:22

Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him       

Matthew 28:18

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.

Hebrews 1:3

“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven

 

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Wonderful Counselor

Wonderful Counselor

Wonderful Counselor

Wonderful Counselor

Isaiah 9:6-7

For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the Lord Almighty
will accomplish this.

Some translations break the word up:

  • Wonderful, counselor
  • Wonderful Counselor

 

Jesus is a Wonderful Counselor

 

  1. He understands our struggles

 

The thing about Jesus

  • He knows the Father and was involved in creating everything

Colossians 1:16

For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him

Hebrews 4:15

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.

 

Here is something that Jesus has an advantage with…

THE HOLY SPIRIT

  • Dwells within us
  • Is in full unity with Jesus

What happened to Jesus that helps Him understand?

  • Betrayed
  • Alone
  • Wrongly accused
  • Ridiculed, beaten
  • Doubted
  • Misunderstood
  • Used
  • Gossiped
  • Abandone
  • Suffered loss

 

Jesus is a Wonderful Counselor

  1. He understands our struggles
  2. He cares for us

 

We aren’t just a client giving Him money

Romans 8:38  

For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Jesus loves us even when we have very little to offer him

  • He is not into you for the money
  • He is not into you for the fame
  • He loves you more than anyone else can

Jesus is a Wonderful Counselor:

  1. He understands our struggles
  1. He cares for us
  2. He gives us the best counsel

 

Here is our challenge – To actually listen and apply the instruction Jesus gives to us

Isaiah 9:4-5

For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.

His counsel is perfect. Why?

  • He knows how everything works
  • He deeply cares and loves you
  • He knows the future and how things are going to work out

 

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Thankful Hearts

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Thankful Hearts

Todays verse is not a typical “Thanksgiving Verse”               

Romans 1:21

“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”

LOOK AT WHAT HAPPENS TO US WHEN WE DON’T HAVE THANKFUL HEARTS:

  • Our thinking becomes futile
  • Our hearts become darkened

The PROBLEM is not a lack of knowledge, but an ignoring of the knowledge they have

Romans 1:22-23

“Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.

Romans 1:24

“Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen.”

HOW DOES GOD GIVE US OVER TO OUR SINFUL DESIRES?

Here is the truth:

  • God gives us strength
  • God protects us

Proverbs 30:5

“The Word of God is flawless. He is a shield to those who take refuge in him”

1 Peter 1:4-5

“This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time”

Ephesians 6:16

“In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one”

Job 1:8-11

  “Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.”

“Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied.

10 “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. 11 But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.”

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE DON’T GLORIFY HIM OR GIVE HIM THANKS?

  • He hands us over to our sinful desires
  • He gives us what we ask for

Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

God formed us in our mother’s womb! He:

  • Formed your gifts and abilities
  • Formed your desires
  • Formed your mental aptitude

There are two ways we can express unthankfulness:

  • Receive God’s blessings without giving Him any credit &
  • Grumble about what we don’t have

Philippians 4:11-13

”I  am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Nehemiah 8:10

                “Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.”

How to be filled with the joy of the Lord?

  • Have a thankful heart
  • Glorify God
  • Be content

The progression of unthankfulness:

  • Minds start to think futile thoughts and heart begins to darken
  • Their lifestyle becomes more foolish
  • Thus God gives them over to their sinful desires and sexual impurities
  • Then God gives them over farther in unhealthy relations
  • Then God gives them over to a depraved mind that does things that ought not to be done

 

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