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As much as I love taking sermon notes in my notebook, sometimes Steven Furtick talks so fast that it’s easier on my laptop. Such was the case with his sermon, “Kept in the Dark” today. Here are my notes from his sermon given at Elevation Church on Sunday, December 5, 2021.
Kept in the Dark Sermon Notes
Main scripture for today’s message: Matthew 2
Bethlehem tells us big things can come from small places.
“Out of me is going to come something that will change the world.” (from Matt 2:6)
We are watching something they are walking through. But we are watching with knowledge of what they’re walking through. You kind of want to pull them aside and tell them how it ends.
Be careful who you judge when they’re walking through something you’re only watching from a distance.
Jeremiah 1:12 – “…I am watching to see that my word is fulfilled.”
God Disguises Prophecies as Problems
If we look at the scripture from a human perspective, it was a problem; from a heavenly perspective, it was a prophecy. God disguises prophecies as problems.
The ones who should have seen God first were kept in the dark.
They knew the Bible too good to believe it. “You mean what I know about God could keep me from seeing who he really is?”
Shadow or Death?
Shadow or death? You don’t know which it is when you’re walking through it.
Sometimes you have to look low for God, not up in the clouds. He came as a little child in Bethlehem.
Matthew 2:14 – an angel came and took the child and his mother during the night…God does a lot of things at night that he can’t do during the day.
God is Your GPS
Are you exactly where you planned to be right now? You can’t always see what’s two steps ahead of you. God is your GPS.
“If I do something great, it’s not because I always walked in the light, but because I was kept in the dark.” Sometimes he’ll tell you and lead you through things in the night. And what you hear in the night you’ll be shouting about during the day.
Christmas prayer: God, keep me in the dark. When I doubt you, don’t let me deny you.
Don’t forget in the darkness what you’ve learned in the light.
Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight
God Never Sleeps
God is committed to his children and your freedom. He is watching over his word to perform it in your life. He neither sleeps nor slumbers.
“If God never sleeps nor slumbers, I’m going to rest, because one of us should.”
Exodus 12:41 – “…the Lord kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt…”
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