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God With Us Week 2 : In The Storm

Matthew 1:18-25

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. 19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. 20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:


“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,

    and they shall call his name Emmanuel”

(which means, God with us). 24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife, 25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus.

:  צַדִּיק     


“Joseph, being a just man”


Proverbs 29:25 (NIV)

The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.

  1. Surrender Control
  2. thoughts, attitudes, behaviors.
  3. Surrender Reputation
  4. Surrender Your Dream

Reflection Questions:

1.    What broken dreams have you dealt with in life?

2.    Are you a codependent people pleaser? In what ways does that show up in your life?

3.    Fear of rejection forces us to compromise our convictions. When have you surrendered to the opinions of others?

4.    Of the three things Joseph surrendered which do you need to surrender most right now?