The Sermon today was really very good!
Pastor preached about Zacharias and Elizabeth, who are the parents of John the Baptist.
5There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the division of Abijah. His wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.
6And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
7But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and they were both well advanced in years.
The Bible tells us that Zacharias and Elizabeth were both righteous and blameless before God. However, Elizabeth was barren.
In today’s context, it would mean that they are great Christians who prayed, tithed and served God fervently.
Interesting thing about them, was that when their breakthrough came, they were Not Ready to receive it! God was going to give them a great Xmas Present, but they said NO!
They were so used to barrenness, that they were indifferent to change. In fact, God had to shut Zacharias up, as he was saying the wrong things! His old lifestyle of barrenness, was hindering his faith in God.
Death and life lies in the power of the tongue, and our man Zacharias was saying the wrong things!
A contemporary example : U may look the part by dressing well and looking sharp, but if your speech does not match up to it, you would hinder your promotion and your level of influence automatically diminishes.
I believe that this is precisely why we need to be people who are full of faith, and yet well read at the same time. If not, we will not become ‘pillars of influence’ in the society we live in!
The old lifestyle of barrenness – Tradition
The breakthrough – Transition
The fruitfulness – Transformation
No one likes change, but every time, if we want a revival, it means CHANGE!