MONDAY, DECEMBER 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.
Isaiah 9:6 (NLT)
CHRISTMAS AT NORTHSTAR: MIGHTY GOD
Often when we ask for a person’s signature, we will call it their “John Hancock.” This is because of the fifty-six signatures on the Declaration of Independence, one stands out above the rest. That signature belongs to John Hancock. He was the first to sign the declaration and he signed it in a large and legible script so that the King of England could read his name without using glasses. Mr. Hancock wanted it to be very clear where his allegiance lay. His commitment to his country was so clear that when King George III offered amnesty to all who would cease fighting, John Hancock was among the select few who were left out of the offer.
In Isaiah 9, God provides us with a clear declaration of who Jesus is and what He will be born to accomplish. One of the names He uses to describe Himself is “Mighty God.” Mighty God could be rendered “God is a warrior” or “God is mighty.” Ultimately, this name speaks of God’s military might for no enemy will be able to prevail against Him. Yes, this little infant is mighty. And yes, Jesus is the God who fights for His people.
In the sermon, Steve discussed ways we could experience God’s mighty power in our lives. How have you experienced God fighting for you in the past? In what ways would you like to experience God’s power in the future?
Praise God as your defender. Thank Him for allowing you to experience the benefits of His unparalleled power.