MY TEXT: Isaiah 9:6 For a child has been born–for us! the gift of a son–for us! He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor,           ] Prince of Wholeness.

THIS TEXT COULD EASILY BE THE OPENING LINES OF A NEW TESTAMENT ACCOUNT OF THE CHRISTMAS STORY!

Written 700 YEARS before CHRIST was BORN it’s a Timely Reminder of GOD’S Redemptive Plan for ALL!

THE CONTEXT: ISRAEL is wandering in DARKNESS because of their Rebellion & Disobedience!

ISAIAH SEE’S: Isaiah 9:2 The people walking in darkness have seen [ ]; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.

God’s REDEMPTIVE PLAN is a PROMISE to SHINE HIS LIGHT into their DARK WORLD! A NEW DAY DAWNING!

Today we KNOW that Jesus is the GREAT LIGHT:
John 12:46 I am Light that has come into the world so that all who [ ] in me won’t have to stay any longer in the dark.

Today, Christians have the PRIVILEGED EXPERIENCE of KNOWING that JESUS CAME, that HE DIED that he WAS RESURRECTED from the DEAD and IS ALIVE FOREVER!

TODAY! (Because of the Holy Spirit) The Light of Christ is IN us Eph 5:8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of [ ].

CS LEWIS in his book “A Grief Observed” (after the death of his wife, Joy to Cancer at age 45) said this: “You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. It is easy to believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box. But suppose that you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it? … Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief.”

Eph 5:8 Walk as children of light [9] (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true)

BUT FOR US! WHAT ISAIAH FORESAW FUTURISTICALLY WE HAVE NOW SEEN HISTORICALLY!

What ISAIAH saw as A COMING HOPE in the FORM of a CHILD: Isaiah 9:6 For a [ ] has been born–for us! the gift of a son–for us! He’ll take over the running of the world. His names will be: Amazing Counselor, Strong God, Eternal Father, Prince of Wholeness.

WE HAVE SEEN FULFILLED in the well DOCUMENTED BIRTH of CHRIST over 2000 years AGO!

Luke 2:8 there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. [9] An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. [10] But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. [11] Today in the town of David [ ] has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord

SO JESUS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD IS NOW HERE SO NO ONE HAS TO LIVE IN DARKNESS OR WORRY ABOUT THE LAND OF THE SHADOW OF DEATH!

TODAY! We need to know HIS NAME IS STRONG GOD!

Once again this phrase does not refer to WHAT HE DOES; it’s WHO HE IS. He’s IS our STRONG GOD!

So when we read: Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a [ ] tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
We get a PICTURE of a BELIEVER in Christ (Only HE Can Make Us Righteous) literally RUNNING INTO HIS NAME in order to FIND SAFETY!

Of course Jesus has MANY NAMES! We can RUN INTO ANY ONE OF HIS NAMES at ANY TIME!

But today we are TALKING ABOUT His Name being our STRONG or MIGHTY GOD and because it’s WHO HE IS!

We have the PRIVILEGE of RUNNING INTO HIM as our STRONG TOWER or FORTRESS!
In HIM we are Covered, Protected, Comforted, Restful, Peaceful and SAFE!

HIS NAME … STRONG GOD (means something!)

The word “STRONG” in the Hebrew is GIBBOR!

MEANS: Champion, Great, Helper, Hero!

IT IMPLIES: Mighty Warrior! Valiant Warrior! Strong Warrior!

BY IMPLICATION: when you RUN INTO this STRONG GOD it’s like you are POSITIONING YOURSELF like JEHOSHAPHAT DID when facing a HUGE CRISIS!

LOOK AT WHAT THE STRONG GOD SAYS: 2 Chronicles 20:17 You will [ ] have to fight this battle.

Instead the invitation is RUN INTO HIM & STAND FIRM! Take up your [ ]; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.'”

CONCLUSION: Let’s pause for a moment and thank God for fulfilling his promise to Isaiah! Today we HAVE the LIGHT of the WORLD now living in us; so we don’t have to GET STUCK in the SHADOWS or get caught up in the DEEDS of DARKNESS in our World!

When we hit as FAITH CRISIS we should always remember that we can call upon any of the NAMES of the LORD to GET HELP!

But TODAY we are FOCUSING on the NAME of the LORD being our [ ] and we can RUN INTO HIM at anytime to find SAFETY and HELP in our time of need!

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