Dr Michael Ziglar discussed on Extreme Genes Family History Radio

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Sometimes we need someone to stay with us even when we say we want to be left alone Dr Michael Ziglar says that's part of what Christmas is all about god is here to stay he wants to be with you because he loves you he loves you not because you're lovable but because he is love that broken capacity that you have been you love and be loved by others that from him it's a sign an indirect sign that he gave you as a sign of his love and that's not all he did he gave you a direct clear unmistakable sign doctors signallers messages titled here to stay today's program also features the kids praise choir from king of glory Lutheran church Williamsburg Virginia hello I'm mark I sure thanks for joining us today the Lutheran hour is part of a global Christian outreach effort that seeks to gain a hearing for the gospel here in North America and in more than fifty countries around the world your prayers and gifts make it possible thank you for your faithful support now here's our speaker Dr Michael Ziggler don't leave me alone is what my son Jude said to me don't leave me alone because I keep bringing myself down if you leave me alone the night before June and I had had a rough night I had to in for some consequences because of his behavior and he was not happy with me he was mad and he was telling me afterward leave Galway leave and I had a hunch in the moment that leaving him at that moment would not have been good for him but it's hard to know that when the person you're trying to be there for is telling you go leave get out of here but I didn't I asked you permission if I could share this with you later and he said yes and he said actually I was wondering when I was going to make it on the loose for an hour so there you go Jude but I wanted to share his words with you because I think you can relate I can relate I know what that's like to feel like there's this monster inside of you and you want to push everybody away Judy Judy said I feel like I turn into the incredible hulk and if you leave me alone I just keep bringing myself down and I can relate to that you can probably relate to that that there's this green monster inside of me that comes out and I can't control it kinda like the whole but way less powerful and way less green and less worthy of a comic book I feel that I've been there we've all been there and we've all needed someone to be there for us even if we're pushing them away this simple message of the birth of Jesus the messiah is that god has come to be with us god has come to be with you he's here to stay he won't leave how do I know he send you signs he says at least two kinds of signs let's call them direct signs and indirect signs so for example when I come home I go in my kitchen and I see on the kitchen counters baking pans and flour and butter and brown sugar all over the place that's an indirect sign that someone in my household baking cookies now the direct sign is there on the counter it's a note from my wife Amy and it says hi this is baking cookies go get more butter from the store that's a direct sign that's a clear sign so also god sends you signs he has come to be with you because he loves you he sends indirect signs and direct signs let me give you an example of an indirect sign that he is giving you it is your capacity to love your capacity to love and be loved by other people it's in you this innate in born undeniable capacity to love and be loved that's a sign from god some people just write it off as evolutionary baggage as a survival mechanism that we've picked up along the way but I think that that view is less compelling than it might have once been because human beings express love and affection like no other creature what other creature has expressed affection in something like Shakespeare's eighteenth sonnet shall I compare thee to a summer's day thou art more lovely and more temperate what other creature says stuff like that to their beloved no other creatures record love songs nor other creatures plan parties no other creatures give elaborate gifts at Christmas to show love there's something different about us we have been gifted with this capacity to love and be loved and it is a sign an indirect sign from god but it is a distorted sign there's interference in the signal static in the channel we have this capacity to love but something's gone wrong with it now you've experienced this if you've ever tried to love someone over time eventually you stumble across something in them that's unlovable and it's in everyone it's in your co workers and it's in your friends it's in your romantic love interest it's even in the person that you thought was your soul mate it's in your children and your parents and even your sweet grandmother and when you saw this thing and then this unlovable thing and then you had to decide whether or not you would keep on loving them keep embracing them keep being there for them will you leave them we keep them at a safe distance only visit them every other Christmas we try to fix them make them more attractive to you and whatever strategy you've taken I know that you felt the limit the insufficiency the brokenness of your capacity to love to love someone who is deep down an insecure child to love someone who is mean to love someone who who hates themselves and he's pushing you away and the problem is the same from the other side I know that there's something in me that's unlovable and I think you know that there's something in you that's on lovable it's like there's an alternate personality like the incredible hulk like some monster some snake that lives inside of me that I can't control when you've got one two and part of you believes like me that because of this people won't really love you they won't really love the whole you they might love a part of you they might love a piece of you the the part that they find attractive the part that they find impressive but they don't love the whole you because they don't know what you are like you know what you are I know that the day is coming when I won't be valuable I know that the day is coming when I won't be productive or attractive and then people will see you how unlovable I really am and so maybe it would be better if you just went away now and against all of this okay all of this is the simple message of the birth of Jesus the messiah thank god is here to stay he won't leave he wants to be with you because he loves you he loves you not because you're lovable but because he is love at that broken capacity that you have in you love and be loved by others that from him it's a sign an indirect sign that he gave you as a as a sign of his love and that's not all he did he gave you a direct clear unmistakable sign sign that he has come to be with us to be with all of us with everyone who will look to his son Jesus one of the earliest followers of Jesus of Nazareth was a Jewish man named Matthew Matthew wrote a biography about Jesus and Matthew wants to show you whoever reads his book whoever listens to his book he wants to show you that Jesus is the fulfillment of the creator's commitment to love his creation Jesus is the fulfillment of god's commitment to be with us because he loves us listen to how Matthew tells it in the first chapter of his book now this is how the birth of Jesus the messiah came about his mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph but before they came together Mary was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit and Joseph her husband because he was a righteous man because he did not want to expose her to public disgrace he wanted to divorce her quietly but after he had considered these things work an angel of the lord appeared to him in a dream and said Joseph son of David do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife because that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit she will give birth to a son and you are to give him the name Jesus Jesus which means the lord saves you are to give him the name Jesus because he will save his people from their sins all this took place to fulfill what the lord had said to the profit through Isaiah the virgin will conceive and give birth to a son and they will call him and you well which means god with us after Joseph woke up he did everything that the angel the lord commanded him to do he took merry home to be his wife but had no union with her until after she had given birth to a son and he gave him the name yes the gospel of Matthew first chapter some years ago I knew a Jewish man named Steven Stephen once said to me if Jesus is the messiah why isn't there peace on earth Stephen was referring to ancient Hebrew prophecies about the messiah from profits like Isaiah the missile was supposed to be this king descended from David who would rule over all of Israel and over all of the nations in his kingdom would bring peace and there would be no end to his reign and so if Jesus is the messiah then what's the deal the New Testament gives a two part answer to Stevens question the first part is hold on peace is coming true pieces coming because Jesus is coming again and he will raise the dead and he will make all things new hold on peace is coming and the second part of the answer is this for there to be true peace on earth first there must be peace between you.

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