Being a Person of Great Faith

Mt. 1: 18-25

Pew Bible Pg. 783

 

I. Be faithful to Gods Word, and yet kind. Mt. 1: 18-19

Without faith it is impossible to please God. For whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.

Heb. 11: 6

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with brotherly affection; outdo one another in showing honor.

Rom. 12: 9-10

Pleasant words are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

Prov. 16: 24

A. Identify with Joseph. How was he feeling?

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1. How did he react? _______________________________________________________

2.      How could he have reacted? _______________________________________________

3.      What could have been the results? __________________________________________

B. How was Joseph faithful to Gods Word? ________________________________________

C. In what ways was he kind? ___________________________________________________

D.     In what ways have you needed to affirm Gods Word and yet be kind?

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II. Be sensitive to the daily guidance of the Lord. Mt. 1: 20-24

Jesus said,

When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.

John 16: 13

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not in your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths. Prov. 3: 5-6

Trust in the Lord, and do good; so you will dwell in the land, and enjoy security. Commit your ways to the Lord; trust in Him and He will act. Ps. 37: 3,5

A. In what way did God give Joseph daily guidance?

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1.       How did Joseph react to Gods guidance?_____________________________________

2.      What might he have done? ________________________________________________

3.      Why did he take her as his wife? ___________________________________________

B. In what ways has God been giving you guidance? __________________________________

1. How do you know its God? ________________________________________________

2.      How faithful to trust Him are you? _________________________________________

a. Why? ______________________________________________________________

b. Why not? ___________________________________________________________

III . Observe great self discipline. Mt. 1: 25

 

Take control of what I say, O Lord, and keep my lips sealed. Dont let me lust for evil things; dont let me participate in acts of wickedness. Dont let me share in the delicaces of those who do evil.

Ps. 141: 3-4

A. In what way did Joseph exhibit great self- discipline? ______________________________

1 Why was this necessary? __________________________________________________

2. How did he know? _______________________________________________________

B. In what ways are you self disciplined in the Lord? __________________________________

Why? ____________________________________________________________________