Throughout your life, you can choose to have a spirit of doubt, despair and pessimism . . . or you can choose to have a life filled with faith, joy and expectancy. You can believe that God’s glory is over in your life and that your best days are behind you . . . or you can believe that God isn’t done with you yet and that great things are ahead of you!

 

Connection Questions

  1. What is the meaning of the name “Ichabod”? What is the meaning of the name “Immanuel”?

 

  1. What events occurred in the life of Ichabod’s mother in the time leading up to his birth?

 

  1. Describe what it means to have a spirit of Ichabod.

 

  1. Describe what it means to have a spirit of Immanuel.

 

  1. In this sermon, Jentezen Franklin says, “Don’t ever allow your present to name your future.” What does this statement mean to you?

 

  1. How can you maintain a spirit of Immanuel when you face difficult situations in your life?

 

Conclusion

The message of Christmas is Immanuel – God is with us. We never need to feel abandoned or hopeless. Whatever comes, whatever happens, whatever we face, we can choose to say, “Immanuel – God is with us. God is for us. God is always on our side!”

 

Connection Point

Matthew 1:23 (NLT): “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’”