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THE 5 POINTS TO THE STAR

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INTRODUCTION

THE WAY I CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS AND THE WAY PEOPLE CELEBRATED IT THEN AND NOW TODAY ARE 2 SEPARATE OPPOSITES
PEOPLE WOULD HAVE LIGHTS UP AND HOUSES WERE DECORATED
WE HAD FOOD
THERE WAS ALL KINDS OF DIFFERENT SCENERY
WE WOULD HAVE A CHRISTMAS TREE BUT WE WOULD BUY IT THE WEEEK BEFORE CHRISTMAS BECAUSE IT WAS CHEAP
BUT ON TOP OF THE TREE WAS ALWAYS A LITTLE STAR SHINING
AND TODAY A STAR WOULD NOT LOOK LIKE A STAR THAT PEOPLE USUALLY DRAW
BUT TODAY I WANT TO TALK ABOUT A STAR IN MY LIFE-THE ONLY STAR, WHO IS THE KING OF KINGS AND THE LORD OF LORDS

BODY

IT IS AMAZING THAT ISAIAH CALLS HIM WONDERFUL, COUNSELLOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, AND THE PRINCE OF PEACE
HE GIVES 5 DIFFERENT ATTRIBUTES TO THE NAME OF CHRIST; WONDERFUL,......
ON THE NIGHT THAT CHRIST WAS BORN IN A MANGER, THERE WERE 3 WISW MEN, WHICH WOULD MAKE 5 WITNESSES TO THE BIRTH OF CHRIST
THERE IS A FIVE FOLD WITNESS THAT WOULD MAKE A WITNESS
WE HAVE 5 BOOKS IN THE BEGINNING OF OUR BIBLES CALLED THE PENTETEUCH, THERE IS A FIVE FORLD MINISTRY THAT LEAD THE CHURCH IN GOVERNMENT AND AUTHORITY
5 IS A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER TO GOD, IT IS THE NUMBER OF GRACE
IF YOU WOULD HOLD UP YOUR RIGHT HAND YOU HAVE 5 FINGERS ON REALLY EACH HAND
THERE WERE 5 WOUNDS IN THE BODY OF CHRIST WHEN HE WAS CRUCIFIED-THERE ARE 5 POINTS THAT I WANT YOU TO REMEMBER
THERE IS NO WAY THAT YOU COULD LEAVE CHRIST OUT OF THE STORY AND STILL CELEBRATE THE MASS, CHRISTMAS
WHETHER HE WAS BORN ON THE 25 IS NOT SIGNIFICANT
THE SIGNIFICANCE IS THAT HE WAS HERE AS A HISTORICAL FACT, AS A BIBLICAL FACT, HE IMPACTED THE WORLD LIKE NONE OTHER
WHETHER YOU BELIEVE OR DON’T, NO ONE IMPACTED THE WORLD LIKE JESUS CHRIST
33 YEARS ON THE EARTH AND 3-THREE AND A HALF YEARS OF MINISTRY HE REVOLUTIONIZED THE WORLD
AT THE AGE OF 30 HE BEGINS THE MINISTRY AND DOES SO FOR 3 YEARS AND AFTER 3 YEARS, HE WENT TO THE CROSS AND PAID THE SACRIFICE
CHRIST DID NOT WAIT UNTIL HE WAS 30 TO GIVE US BOTH WORD AND MESSAGE-IN THE BEGINNING WAS THE WORD......
AND THE WORD DWELT AMONG US AND WE BEHELD HIS GLORY, THE GLORY OF THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH, THAT’S WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT
THERE ARE 5 POINTS THAT WILL HELP YOU GO INTO THE BRAND NEW YEAR

1. MAN HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD’S PROMISE

WHEN THE ANGEL CAME TO MARY AND SAID YOU’VE BEEN HIGHLY FAVORED, YOU SHALL BRING FORTH A SAVIOR WHO WILL SAVE HIS PEOPLE FROM THEWIR SINS
THE 1ST THING THAT SHE SAID WAS, HOW CAN THESE.......
OVER THE CONVERSATION SHE BEGAN TO DISCOVER WHAT EVERY BELIEVER HAS TO UNDERSTAND- MAN HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD’S PROMISE
MARY BEGAN TO REALIZE THAT GOD DOES NOT NEED THE HELP OF MAN TO PERFORM HIS WORD IN YOUR LIFE
EVEN IF MAN IS CRITICAL AND MOCKS YOU, MAN CANNOT STOP WHAT GOD WANTS TO DO IN YOUR LIFE
I DON’T KNOW WHAT GOD HAS PROMISED YOU
MAYBE YOU ARE BIRTHING A BUSINESS, FAMILY, MINISTRY, VISION, CAREER AND YOU MAY NOT SEE THE NATURAL RESOURCES THAT YOU NEED BUT GOD HAS SPOKEN SOMETHING INTO YOUR SPIRIT AND YOU SAY GOD I DON’T HAVE ENOUGH HELP, SUPPORT
BUT GOD WANTS YOU TO UNDERSTAND IN THIS SEASON IS THAT MAN HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD’S PROMISE
IF GOD PROMISES YOU SOMETHING, HE IS ABLE TO BRING IT TO PASS
THE SPIRIT OF GOD OVERSHADOWED MARY AND THAT’S WHAT YOU NEED
BECAUSE MAN WILL APPROVE YOU ONE MOMENT AND DISAPPROVE YOU THE NEXT
MAN WILL SING HOSANNA AND THEN CRUCIFY HIM
MY HOPE IS BUILT ON NOTHING LESS THAN JESUS BLOOD...
YOU DON’T HAVE TO HAVE MAN, MAN’S APPROVAL, MAN’S RESOURCES, MAN’S MONEY
YOU THINK YOU HAVE TO HAVE MONEY BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING BUT YOU DON’T HAVE TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD IT, SEE YOUR WAY CLEAR, PEOPLE DON’T HAVE TO EMBRACE YOU OR SUPPORT YOU.
IN FACT, THEY CAN GOSSIP ABOUT YOU
BUT MAN CANNOT CURSE WHAT GOD HAS BLESSED
IF GOD BLESSES YOU, YOU HAVE TO STAND AGAINST EVERYONE AND SAY, HE WHICH HATH BEGUN A GOOD WORK IN ME SHALL
MAN HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH GOD’S PROMISE
DON’T ABORT YOUR BABY
IT MAY BE HARD, DIFFICULT, CONTROVERSIAL, HAVE PAIN, NOT HAVE SUPPORT, HAVE FRIENDSHIP, BUT IF GOD STARTED SOMETHING IN YOUR LIFE DON’T ABORT IT
AS A MATTER OF FACT, PAIN IS AN INDICATION THAT BIRTH IS GETTING CLOSE
YOU HAVE TO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS SOMETHING INSIDE OF YOU WORTH FIGHTING FOR

2. GREAT THINGS ARE OFTEN BORN OUT OF THE SYSTEM

WHEN MARY GOT READY TO BIRTH, THERE WAS NO ROOM FOR HER AT THE INN
NO ORGANIZED SUPPORT, NO SYSTEM, NO STRUCTURE TO HELP HER BIRTH WHAT SHE WOULD DELIVER
MARY WAS SO PREGNANT WITH DESTINY THAT SHE UNDERSTOOD GREAT THINGS CAN BE BORN OUTSIDE OF THE SYSTEM
GREAT THINGS ARE OFTEN BORN OUTSIDE OF THE SYSTEM
DON’T WAIT FOR THE SYSTEM TO OPEN UP THE DOOR TO BIRTH WHAT GOD HAD PUT INSIDE OF YOU
DO
GOD WILL DO GREAT THINGS IN STRANGE PLACES
GREAT THINGS ARE OFTEN BORN OUTSIDE OF THE SYSTEM
REJECTED PLACES, NEGLECTED PLACES, LONELY
WHO ELSE WOULD LET HIS CHILD BE BORN IN A BARN
BUT, YOU DON’T HAVE TO LET ME IN FOR MY PROPHECY TO COME TO PASS
MANY PEOPLE HAVE GIVEN UP ON THEIR DREAM, PROMISE BECAUSE THE SYSTEM SAID THERE’S NO ROOM FOR YOUR FAITH, CONVICTION, PROMISE, CARRY YOUR CROSS
THEY MAKE ROOM FOR EVERYTHING ELSE
THE WORLD IS ALWAYS SAYING THAT THERE IS NO ROOM FOR FAITH
DON’T LET THE CIRCUMSTANCES INTIMIDATE YOU
GET OUTSIDE THE SYSTEM
IT IS TOO TIGHT, RESTRICTING, ORGANIZED
IF YOU ARE GOING TO DO A GREAT THING, YOU HAVE TO STEP OUTSIDE THE SYSTEM
THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX, DO SOMETHING,
GREAT THINGS ARE BORN OUTSIDE OF THE SYSTEM
I’M COMING OUT
GO AHEAD AND STAY IN THE INN
BUT I’M WILLING TO STAY IN AN UNCOMFORTABLE PLACE TO GET WHAT GOD WANTS ME TO HAVE
NOBODY HATED PEOPLE MORE THAN CHURCH PEOPLE
HE WAS MORE ACCEPTED AROUND SINNERS THAN RELIGIOUS PEOPLE
HE DIED OUTSIDE THE SYSTEM-THE SHUT THE GATES OF JERUSALEM AND HE DIED OUTSIDE OF THE SYSTEM
SO, THAT ALL OF US WHO HAVE BEEN REJECTED BY THE SYSTEM WOULD HAVE ACCESS
I WANT TO THENK GOD FOR PUTTING JESUS WHERE I COULD REACH HIM
IF GOD BEFOR ME THEN WHO CAN BE
WHEN YOU SHUT THE DOOR, GOD LET ME IN

3. EVERYONE WHO FOLLOWS YOU ISN’T FOR YOU

WHEN JESUS WAS BORN ALOT OF PEOPLE WERE LOOKING FOR HIM BUT ALOT OF PEOPLE WERE NOT WITH HIM
THE WISE MEN WERE SEEKING HIM TO GIVE HIM SOMETHING, AND HEROD WANTED TO KNOW WHERE HE WAS AT SO THAT HE COULD KILL HIM
EVERYONE THAT FOLLOWS YOU ARE NOT FOR YOU AND EVERYONE THAT FOLLOWS YOU DOESN’T WANT TO BLESS YOU
THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE LOOKING FOR YOU, LOOKING FOR WAYS TO DESTROY YOU
THANK GOD FOR THE WISE MEN BUT DON’T FORGET HEROD
HEROD IS LOOKING FOR YOU TOO
EVERYONE THAT SAYS AMEN IS NOT FOR YOU OR BEHIND YOU
EVRYONE WHO SMILES IN YOUR FACE ISN’T FOR YOU
DON’T BE FOOLISH ABOUT EVERYBODY WHO FOLLOWS YOU
HEROD FAKED TO BE A WORSHIPPER
HE WAS INTIMIDATED BY WHAT CHRIST WOULD BE
SOME PEOPLE ARE INTIMIDATED BY YOU AND BY WHAT YOU CAN BECOME
THE DEVIL DON’T FIGHT YOU FOR WHERE YOU ARE BUT FOR WHERE YOU ARE GOING
ALL OF THE FIGHTING PEOPLE, SAY, SOMETHING GREAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN YOUR LIFE

4. KEEP YOUR GIFTS HIDDEN WHILE YOU GROW

AFTER THE BIRTH OF CHRIST, JOSEPH AND MARY TOOK HIM TO EGYPT TO HIDE HIM FOR 2 YEARS
IF THEY WOULD HAVE EXPOSED HIM TOO SOON SOMEONE WOULD HAVE GOTTEN TO HIM
YOU CAN’T LET EVERYBODY KNOW WHAT YOU HAVE
KEEP YOUR GIFTS HIDDEN
HIDE IT
IF JOSEPH WOULD HAVE HID HIS GIFT, HE WOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN SOLD, NEVER TO POTIPHER
THE ONLY MISTAKE THAT HE MADE IS THAT HE TOLD EVERONE ABOUT HIS GIFT TOO SOON
LAUGHING WITH PEOPLE THAT WANT TO KILL YOU
SHARING YOUR PROPHECY WITH PEOPLE WHO ARE JEALOUS OF YOU
MARY HID HIM UNTIL HE HAD GROWN
OF YOU
YOU HAVE TO HIDE YOUR GIFT UNTIL YOU ARE GROWN
YOU CANNOT TELL EVERYONE ABOUT YOUR GIFT
STOP TRYING TO BE BIG AND IMPORTANT
LET THE OTHER PEOPLE TALK ABOUT THEIR PROMISES
WEEPING MAY ENDURE FOR A NIGHT BUT JOY IS COMING IN THE MORNING
IT’S NOT TIME YET, I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL MORNING
BUT ONCE THE DAY BREAKS AND IT IS MORNING YOU WILL SEE WHAT I HAVE BEEN CARRYING ALL ALONG
ITS ON THE INSIDE AND IT IS GROWING
BE STILL AND KNOW THAT HE IS GOD
SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO BE STILL

5. ALWAYS LOSE WHAT YOU HAVE IN WORSHIP

MARY FACED ALL THIS OPPOSITION AND WHEN SHE WENT TO THE TEMPLE THEY HAD LOST JESUS
THEY HAD LOST EVERYTHING IN WORSHIP
ALWAYS LOSE WHAT YOU HAVE IN WORSHIP
NEVER LET GOD GIVE YOU ANYTHING THAT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT YOU CANNOT LOSE IT IN WORSHIP
DON’T COME INTO THE PRESENCE OF WITH SOMETHING THAT HE GAVE YOU
YOU KNOW THAT MARY HAD TO BE A GOOD WOMAN
GOD CHOSE A GOOD MOTHER TO CARRY HER SON
\BUT WHEN JESUS WAS ABOUT 12, THEY HAD LOST HIM IN WORSHIP
GOD DID NOT REBUKE THEM WHEN THEY LOST JESUS
WHY
BECAUSE WHEN MARY GOT INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD SHE LOST CHRIST
THIS IS THE KIND OF WORSHIP THAT YOU CAN’T BE TAUGHT
THIS KIND OF WORSHIP THAT YOU CANNOT FAKE
THESE PEOPE CAN GIVE EVERYTHING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT EVERYTHING THAT THEY RECEIVED IT IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
THIS DOES’T PLAY GAMES, OR PASSING OUT CARDS
THIS IS THE WORSHIP THAT HAS AN EMPTY WOMB, WHO HAD NOTHING BEFORE GOD TOUCHED HIM
EVERYTHING THAT I OWN GOD GAVE IT TO ME
NOTHING SHALL SEPARATE ME FROM THE LOVE OF GOD
I DON’T HAVE A DEGREE SO IMPORTANT THAT I CAN’T TALK ABOUT CHRIST AMONG MY PEERS
YOU WERE LESS IMPORTANT, STRUGGLING, FIGHTING, WORRYING, SUICIDAL, YOU WOULD GET LOST IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
A LEVEL OF WORSHIP THAT WE KNOW WE ONLY REC’D IT IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
WHEN MARY GOT INTO THE PRESENCE SHE LOST EVERYTHING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD EXCEPT THE GOD WHO GAVE IT TO HER
THIS WOMAN GOT PREGNANT IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD, TOOK CARE OF THINGS RESPONSIBLY BUT WHEN SHE GOT INTO THE PRESENCE OF GOD, SHE LOST EVERYTHING
BUT WE HVE A NEW CHRISTIAN TODAY THAT IF YOU DON’T SHAKE THEIR HANDS, THEY WILL CHANGE CHURCHES
CAN YOU LOSE EVERYTHING IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
MARY WATCHING FROM AFAR OFF, HE DIED, BUT SHE STILL DIDN’T LEAVE THE CHURCH
ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST, THE BIBLE MENTIONS MARY
THAT’S HOW SHE COULD GO THROUGH WHAT SHE WENT THROUGH
SHE WANTED TO BE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
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