Sunday Dec 07, 2014 -God’s Presence in our lives requires a shake up, God’s Presence in our lives requires hunger, and God’s Presence in our lives requires labor.

When the presence of god comes about in our lives, there is a laboring that is required.The rest that comes is an internal rest, you can’t earn or deserve that. It only comes about through grace by Jesus Christ and you’re never going to grow in grace unless you labor outwardly. The inward grace is never going to come about like it should.That presence of god that he has put within you, you’re not going to experience and grow with it unless an outward labor happens. Its the labor against the flesh. – Dwayne Terry

Sermon Transcript (PDF)

The Journey to God’s Presence

His Story… Our Journey At Christmas, Part 02

 God’s Presence in our lives requires a shake up.

Luke 1:39-40, 56 – At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. … 56 Mary stayed with Elizabeth for about three months and then returned home.

1 Peter 4:12-13 – Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.

James 1:2-4 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Hebrews 4:9-11 – There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

 God’s Presence in our lives requires hunger.

Luke 1:46-49, 53 – 46 And Mary said: “My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me– holy is his name. … 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty.

Psalm 84:1-2 – How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! 2 My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

 God’s Presence in our lives requires labor.

Luke 2:1-7 – In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.

Hebrews 4:9-11 – There remains, then, a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; 10 for anyone who enters God’s rest also rests from their works, just as God did from his. 11 Let us, therefore, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will perish by following their example of disobedience.

Colossians 1:29 – To this end I labor, struggling with all his energy, which so powerfully works in me.