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The Spirit of Christmas - Week 3

SPEAKER: Pastor Charlie Riley
December 18, 2021

December 18, 2021
What Makes Christmas Awesome

Childlike Faith
Peace

What Is the Most Used Word During the Christmas Season?
“Gift”

Who Is The First and Greatest Gift Giver?
If It Were Not for God’s Generosity
We Would Be Nothing & We Would Have Nothing

He Gives Life Romans 4:17, John 6:33
He Gives Wisdom James 1:5, Ecclesiastes 2:26
He Gives Us Rain Jeremiah 5:24, Deuteronomy 28:12
He Gives Rest From Your Enemies Deuteronomy 12:10, 1 Samuel 17:47
He Gives You A Song Job 35:10
He Gives Strength Psalm 68:35, 1 Samuel 2:10
He Gives Breathe Isaiah 42:5
He Gives Grace And Glory James 4:6, 1 Peter 5:5
He Gives A Heart To Know Him Jeremiah 24:7
He Gives Light Proverbs 29:13, Exodus 13:21, Revelation 22:5
He Gives Freedom (And Food) Psalm 146:7
He Gives Rest From Sorrow Isaiah 14:3
He Gives Peace Numbers 6:26, 2 Thessalonians 3:16
He Gives You A Future And A Hope Jeremiah 29:11
He Gives You A Crown Of Righteousness 2 Timothy 4:8
He Gives You What Is Good Psalm 85:12
He Gives You The Desires Of Your Heart Psalm 37:4
He Gives Us The Victory 1 Corinthians 15:57
He Gives The Increase 1 Corinthians 3:7, Deuteronomy 8:18
He Freely Gives Us All Things Romans 8:32
He Gives Us All Things To Enjoy 1 Timothy 6:17
He Gives The Holy Spirit 1 Thessalonians 4:8

The Gift of All Gifts

Matthew 1:23
“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

Romans 8:31
What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?

Acts 15:11 (MSG)
Don’t we believe that we are saved because the Master Jesus amazingly and out of sheer generosity moved to save us just as he did those from beyond our nation? So what are we arguing about?”

The Oldest Trick In The Book?
God Is Holding Back

Genesis 3:4
Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

God Does Not Withhold Good From His Children

Proverbs 3:27-28
Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, When it is in the power of your hand to do so. 28 Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come back,
And tomorrow I will give it,” When you have it with you.

Psalm 84:11
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good thing will He withhold From those who walk uprightly.

One of The Greatest Spiritual Truths I’ve Ever Discovered
God Is Like A Mirror

2 Peter 1:3-4
3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these (The Promises) you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

Knowledge of Him (His Character) + Belief In His Promises = Partakers (You Become More Like Him)

When We See God As Generous
We Become Generous

Genesis 1:26-27 MSG
God spoke: “Let us make human beings in our image, make them reflecting our nature
So they can be responsible for the fish in the sea, the birds in the air, the cattle,
And, yes, Earth itself, and every animal that moves on the face of Earth.”
God created human beings; he created them godlike,
Reflecting God’s nature. He created them male and female.
God blessed them. “Prosper! Reproduce! Fill Earth! Take charge!

What Leaves My Hand From Our Heart
Does Not Leave My Life

Love Is Always The Greatest Motivator

John 3:16-18
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. 18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

When Generosity Is A Problem, Love Is The Issue

2 Corinthians 9:6-8
6 But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 7 So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

Everyone Has A Gift To Give

Romans 12:6-8 NIV
We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us….

You Were Made for God’s Image
You Were Hardwired for Giving and Generosity