South County Church
Worth the Wait
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  • South County High School (Entrance 15)
    Sunday 10:00 AM
Christmas Isn’t Canceled
Worth the Wait
Intro: How long are you willing to wait?

Big Idea: The Lord is with you in the waiting!

Scripture: Isaiah 9:2-7 NLT – 2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine. 3 You will enlarge the nation of Israel, and its people will rejoice. They will rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest and like warriors dividing the plunder. 4 For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders. You will break the oppressor’s rod, just as you did when you destroyed the army of Midian. 5 The boots of the warrior and the uniforms bloodstained by war will all be burned. They will be fuel for the fire. 6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!

Why are God’s promises worth the wait?

a. Darkness can’t stop the Light

i. John 3:19 NLT – Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.

ii. 2 Timothy 3:1-4 NLT – You should know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. 2 For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. 3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control. They will be cruel and hate what is good. 4 They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God.

iii. Isaiah 9:2 NLT – 2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.

iv. John 1:5 NLT – 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it.

v. Isaiah 42:16 HCSB – 16 I will lead the blind by a way they did not know; I will guide them on paths they have not known. I will turn darkness to light in front of them and rough places into level ground. This is what I will do for them, and I will not forsake them.

vi. Romans 5:20 NLT – 20 God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant.

b. Potential for Breakthrough and Joy remains constant

i. Depression, addiction, healing, restoration of relationships, needing a job, the loved one far away from God (popping up on screen)

ii. Change can happen in an instant!

1. Isaiah 9:3-4 NLT – 3 You will enlarge the nation of Israel, and its people will rejoice. They will rejoice before you as people rejoice at the harvest and like warriors dividing the plunder. 4 For you will break the yoke of their slavery and lift the heavy burden from their shoulders.

2. Jeremiah 29:11 NLT – 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

3. Psalm 30:10-12 NLT – 10 Hear me, Lord, and have mercy on me. Help me, O Lord.” 11 You have turned my mourning into joyful dancing. You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy, 12 that I might sing praises to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever!

4. Isaiah 9:5 NLT – The boots of the warrior and the uniforms bloodstained by war will all be burned.

c. Salvation has come and will come!

i. Matthew 24:35 NIV – 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

ii. Matthew 1:21 NLT – 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

iii. Isaiah 9:6-7 NLT – 6 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 His government and its peace will never end.

iv. Psalm 23:1 NLT – The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need.

Where do you need the LIGHT of Christ to burst through?

a. Your salvation might be closer than you think!

i. Romans 13:11-12a NIV – 11 And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. 12 The night is nearly over; the day is almost here.

Next Steps
Memorize: Isaiah 9:6
Evaluate: Where do I need a breakthrough right now?
Action: Take some time to reflect on where you see the light of Jesus shining in and around you.