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The Word: "Living without Limits"

Date Recorded: 
Sunday, December 23, 2018
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Luke 1:5-16 NLT

5. When Herod was king of Judea, there was a Jewish priest named Zechariah. He was a  member of the priestly order of Abijah, and his wife, Elizabeth, was also from the priestly line of Aaron. 6. Zechariah and Elizabeth were righteous in God’s eyes, careful to obey all of the Lord’s commandments and regulations. 7.  They had no children because Elizabeth was unable to conceive, and they were both very old. 8.  One day Zechariah was serving God in the Temple, for his order was on duty that week. 9.  As was the custom of the priests, he was chosen by lot to enter the sanctuary of the Lord and burn incense. 10.  While the incense was being burned, a great crowd stood outside, praying. 11.  While Zechariah was in the sanctuary, an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing to the right of the incense altar. 12.  Zechariah was shaken and overwhelmed with fear when he saw him. 13.  But the angel said, “Don’t be afraid, Zechariah! God has heard your prayer. Your wife, Elizabeth, will give you a son, and you are to name him John. 14.  You will have great joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15.  for he will be great in the eyes of the Lord. He must never touch wine or other alcoholic drinks. He will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even before his birth. 16.   And he will turn many Israelites to the Lord their God.

Luke 1:26-38 NKJV

26. Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27. to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28.  And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!” 29.  But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30.  Then the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32.  He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33.  And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.” 34.  Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?” 35.  And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36.  Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37.  For with God nothing will be impossible.” 38.  Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Applications:

Living Life with God’s Favor Opens the Door to Miracles.

Trusting God Allows You to Live Life Without Limits.