THE GRINCH THAT STEALS PRESENCE

December 15, 2019

HAVING A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS

THE GRINCH THAT STEALS PRESENCE

 

  1. THE GRINCH STEALS YOUR AWARENESS OF GOD’S PRESENCE

 

The Grinch Disguises as:

 

  • THE DISGUISE OF BUSYNESS & RUSHING

  • THE DISGUISE OF COMPARING

 

But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone?  Tell her to help me.”

(Luke 10:40 NASB)

 

How the Grinch Steals Presence

 

  1. BUSYNESS & RUSHING STEALS THE NEEDED REST IN JESUS

 

And He said, “My presence shall go with you, and I will give you rest.”

(Exodus 33:11 NASB)

 

  1. COMPARING STEALS YOUR “JOY TO THE WORLD” IN JESUS

 

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have.  For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

(Hebrews 13:5 NKJV)

 

  1. CHANGE THE GRINCH’S HEART BY:

 

  • JESUS BUSINESS OVER BUSYNESS

  • REST OVER RUSH

  • PRESENCE IS THE PRESENT

 

 

In Your presence is fullness of joy; In Your right hand there are pleasures forever.

(Psalm 16:11 NASB)

 

 

Life Group Questions

  1. How can your awareness of JESUS’ presence in the present, change the way you live?

  2. How can busyness and rushing steal the needed rest in JESUS?

  3. Give personal examples of how comparison has stolen your joy.

  4. The Grinch had a change of heart.  Which of the 3 items listed in point #3 would you apply immediately to have a change of heart?

 

 

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