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This Sermon/Note Originally Published July, 1999


John the Baptist's Father

Luke 1:5-20

Zechariah was of the line of Abia (Abijah) who was number eight in the assigning of priests by David. (1 Chr. 24)

The duties of the priests were "to wait on the sons of Aaron, for the service of the house of the Lord, in the courts and in the chambers, and in the purifying of all holy things, and the work of the service of the house of God" (1 Chr. 23:28)

Elizabeth was a descendent of Aaron and had the same name as Aaron's wife. (Exo. 6:23)

So, both of John the Baptist's parents were righteous and blameless!

All their lives they had fasted and prayed before God for a child! To be barren was a reproach to Elizabeth!

- And here come the angel of the Lord!
It scared the pants off Zechariah! He hadn't expected to see anyone in the seclusion of the temple!

- The angel tells Zecharias about his son to come!
His relationship to Messiah. BUT Zecharias didn't believe it!

- But we believe the word of God! Jesus said, "If you believe it, you shall HAVE it! Jesus could not minister in one place because of un-belief!

The bible says that without faith it is impossible to please God!
Jesus said, "According to your faith, so be it."

We get salvation by faith!
We get healing by faith!
We get peace and security by faith!
- If we BELIEVE we can move mountains!
Everything we get, we get by FAITH!

But Zecharias didn't believe!

The angel told him he'd have a son..
But Zecharias didn't believe!

The angel told him that his son would minister in the spirit and power of Elijah...
But Zecharias didn't believe!

So why did God go ahead and give him a son?

I would have said, "Just for that, I'll give your son to somebody else!"

Someone who BELIEVES!

But, aren't you glad I'm not God!

- Now God had spoken it, it was SO!

- If God says it, IT'S SO!

- It's so if we believe it!

- It's so if we DON'T believe it!

No matter WHO comes against it!

No matter WHO tries to stop it!

No matter WHAT the devil says!

No matter WHAT your body says!

No matter WHAT the symptoms are!

The word of God is TRUE!

- In my mind's eye I can see the anger rise up in Gabriel!

He says in no uncertain terms, "Who do you think you ARE, you earth-bound mortal? I've come from standing in the very presence of God!

God Himself sent me to tell you this!

And you've got the unmitigated gall to stand there and DOUBT!

- Just for that, you'll be dumb for nine months!

You won't say another word for nine monthe!

You'll not spread your un-belief through the temple!

You're going to be without speech for nine months! If it had been me, I'd have given him nine YEARS!

- And God had spoken it - decreed it. And it came to be!
- You can depend on God's word even when you don't believe it!
- You can depend on God's word even when it's impossible!
No matter how dark it gets!
No matter what Caesar says!

- Let every man - every devil - let every demon be a liar!
But God's word is true!
- This bible is not the word of an angel!
It did NOT come second-handed!
It is the eternal word of God!

Read John 1:1

- Jesus said heaven and earth would pass away, but His word would NOT!

Ten million years from now you may remark on something that happened to Jesus while He was in the flesh, and some angel over in the corner may jump and shout, "AMEN!"

- Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever!

*** And God is looking for men, women, boys and girls who will STAND on that word!
Faith operates in the NOW!
- Do you have faith to operate in the NOW?

Faith is found among God's people. In God's house! In God's kingdom!
You won't find faith in God in the secular world!
If you make the world your friend, you won't EVER have faith!

- The bible says to have faith in God.
Make friends with the Christian world! You can NOT serve two masters!
You can't drink both cups: the Lord's and the devil's!

- So, look for your friends in the Church!

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