23 Feb Can You Handle Your Christmas Assignment?
PASTOR WIL: (Singing.) Jesus is the center of my life. (Speaking.) Some of y’all goin’ in right now. Jesus is the center of my life.
FEMALE SINGER: Jesus, be the center of my life.
PASTOR WIL: Be the center. It’s why I’m here, it’s why I worship, it’s why I praise, it’s why I’m still alive. Because every day, He gives me new mercy, and new mercy, and new mercy, and new mercy, and new mercy. (Singing.) Oh…
FEMALE SINGER: All about you, yes, it’s all about you…
PASTOR WIL: (Singing.) Oh, I love you, Jesus. I worship and adore you. (Speaking.) Let’s worship Him. (Singing.) Just want to tell you, Lord, I love you, more than anything. (Speaking.) Come on, let’s take one good minute right here and just worship. (Singing.) I love you, Jesus.
FEMALE SINGER: I love you, Jesus.
PASTOR WIL: He’s the center of my life, is He the center of yours? And I worship and adore you. Just want to tell you.
FEMALE SINGER: Just want to tell you…
PASTOR WIL: Lord I love, Lord I love you…
FEMALE SINGER: …more than anything.
PASTOR WIL: Oh, Lord, I love you, yes I do.
FEMALE SINGER: Lord, I love you, yes I do.
PASTOR WIL: From the bottom of my heart to the depths of my soul, Lord, I love you, yes I do.
FEMALE SINGER: Lord, I love you, yes I do.
PASTOR WIL: Come on, everybody lift those hands, let’s just go into worship right there. Hallelujah. Lord, I love you, Lord, I love you, yes I do.
FEMALE SINGER: Lord, I love you, yes I do. Lord, I love you, more than anything.
PASTOR WIL: Father, in the name of Jesus, we thank you, and we praise you, Lord, this day. We ask you, Lord, now, for your Holy Ghost anointing power to bless us as we will hear from you, Lord, a word, Lord, that will bless your people on this most sacred day. We as the saints of God remember, Hallelujah, that for God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son that whosoever believeth in Him would not perish, but have everlasting life. We thank you for that life today in Jesus’ name. Now bless this word, we pray, thank God. Come on, give God a thunderous applause right there. Come on, bless your Jesus right there. Bless your Lord. Bless the Lord’s almighty soul. Come on, clap those hands up, Hallelujah, all you people, make a joyful noise unto the Lord, for God is good, for God is good, come on, come on, come on, Hallelujah. Make sure your row is praising God, make sure your section is praising God, make sure your area is praising God, come on, we are praisers, we bless the Lord at all times, we bless the Lord at all times, we bless the Lord at all times, oh! Hallelujah. Yes Lord, yes Lord, yes Lord, yes Lord. Hallelujah, let’s get right into this, Hallelujah. You may be seated in the presence of the Lord. As you are seating, let’s give God a great big praise for First Lady on this morning. What a powerful woman of God. We praise God for her, the mother of my children, the First Lady of our church, Hallelujah, and the wife of yours truly, we praise God for her. Come on, give God another great big hand for her. (Applause.)
I want you to go to Matthew 1:18 just real quickly. Our last Bible study of the year, God is giving me something special. I’m asking every member to meet me back here this Wednesday at 7:00 sharp, our last Bible study, some things that I want to share with the church going into the New Year. Of course on Saturday will be our New Year’s Eve service, and I, I think the best place to be when you’re going into the New Year is not watching the apple drop, or the acorn drop, or somebody else droppin’ it – okay, y’all ain’t workin’ with me – but to be in the presence of the Lord, watchin’ the Holy Ghost fall on us to prepare us for this next and upcoming year.
How many people are glad about Jesus today? (Applause.) Hallelujah. Glad to be in the presence of the Lord. Listen, on New Year’s Eve night, and it’s so important, God always leaves me to lay hands on every member, every family member for the New Year. We give you a bottle of oil, we go into 21 days of prayer for the beginning of the year. I believe that when you give God His, when you give God what He deserves first, God takes care of the rest. But seek ye what first? The kingdom of God, and all His righteousness, and all these things shall be added. So I believe that when we come out here on New Year’s Eve going into the New Year, we’re saying, Lord, we want to be in Your presence when the new year starts. Hallelujah. I don’t want to be somewhere tryin’ to turn up.
Y’all ain’t workin’ with me. Am I preaching in here? I want to be somewhere in the presence of God starting out my new year, and then we have a tradition at Victorious Praise that the first 21 days are all dedicated towards prayer, and some of us fast during part of that time. But every day, there’s a special prayer. I give you a 21-day prayer guide that we follow every morning. I will be on the prayer line for 21 straight days at 6:00 A.M. Many of you will join me during that period.
I believe that something special – that when you give God His time first, God takes care of the rest of your time. Oh, yeah. The devil didn’t mean for you to make it through this year, but some of y’all gave God the beginning of the year, and God took care of the rest of your year. Oh, y’all ain’t workin’ with me. Somebody said, “Well Pastor, I didn’t get rich.” Well, praise God, He must be a great God if he took care of you when you were still broke. Oh, y’all ain’t helpin’ me. You mean I still gained weight and didn’t get a good job? I guess I’m doin’ alright, so I don’t know what God’s gonna do. Oh, somebody, oh, y’all ain’t workin’ with a brother in this place. I’m lookin’ forward to a great 2017, somebody say, “Hallelujah.”
So on New Year’s Eve night, we’re gonna start on our knees in prayer at 8:00. Our main service, we will get started with praise and worship at 8:30, Dr. Grace is gonna give us a word on that night, and we’re gonna hear from our praise team, and dancers, and Sister Parker’s gonna give me a special number. Somebody say, “Hallelujah.”
So we’re excited about our New Year’s Eve service, saints, do not miss that, and we’re gonna allow God to use us. Now, on next Sunday – I kind of like this format a little bit, First Lady, they got me up before 11:00, praise Jesus. So on next Sunday we’re gonna do the same thing all over again, so y’all need to be on time, though. Hallelujah. See, y’all dragging late, that’s why the praise team gotta sing 90 minutes. We’ve been waitin’ on y’all to show up to church. Look at your neighbor and say, “We’re gonna be on time.” Praise God. Let’s give our praise team and our band a great big hand on this morning. They had it goin’, they had it rockin’.
Matthew 1:18, Matthew 1:18, God gives me this message, I was actually in a service, and I heard a preacher preach this and I said, Lord, that’s it, I want to share that word right there, and began to make notes on it, and God gave me this word as we were studying it over this past week. Matthew 1:18, “Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.” Look at your neighbor, say, “She showed up pregnant.” Oh, okay, y’all gonna work with me? Oh, yeah, they wasn’t married, she showed up pregnant. Oh, I’m gonna go ahead and preach.
“Then Joseph, her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make a public example” – because he could have, and in those times she probably would’ve been stoned – ‘cause it wasn’t his – y’all ain’t workin’ with a brother – “but was minded to put her away privately. But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thy son of David, fear not to take thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost. She shall bring forth a son” – this is one of my first passages I remember as a child – “and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and thou shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is God with us.”
I want to give you a reference passage which is going to bring this message together, Romans 8:28, and it says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose, for whom he did foreknow, them he did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren, more of whom he did predestinate, them he also called, and whom he called, them he also justified, and whom he justified, them he also glorified.”
Dr. Grace and I just finished a series of teachings, it’s, I’m gonna add this message to it, entitled, “The Power of Love.” It was based upon the thirteenth chapter of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians. It is also a central theme in our book, First Love, True Love, Best Love. It, it, it, it really talks about God’s value, the value of love, and many of you all are selling love cheap; the virtue of love – that is your birthright, the things that love gives you to overcome the mess of this world; and the victory of love – that we start out with puppy love or baby love, but if we let love finish, it’ll get the job done.
But today, I want to look at the love surrounding this thing that we call Christmas, I want to look at the extraordinary amount of love, the extraordinary love that was displayed here. The Bible says, “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.” God gave us His only begotten son, and Jesus humbled himself to become a servant even though he thought it not (inaudible) to be equal with God. What great love, the Bible says, that a man would lay down his life for a friend, but what is also amazing about this story is the others that were around this story, and their assignment in order for the Christmas story to come to pass. I call this the Christmas assignment, I’m gonna preach right here, Hallelujah. And so let’s look at what Mary and Joseph’s assignment was, then we’ll talk about your assignment.
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