Posted by Joel Tiemeyer on Dec 13, 2019

The Polar Express – Frozen Tracks #3

 Scripture Reference: Luke 2:1-7

 In the video we know this is not the start, we also know this is not the destination. The “Frozen Tracks” happen in the middle of the journey. It is in the middle where the chaos happens. It is in the middle where the adversity happens. It is in the middle where the testing of the conductor’s abilities happen.

 

In our life, we have the similar experience. We are not at the beginning, but we’re not at the destination either. We are in the middle.

It is in the middle where the chaos happens.

It is in the middle where the adversity happens.

It is in the middle where the testing of the conductor’s abilities are tested.

 

Most of your life isn’t starting something or finishing something it is figuring out how to deal with the chaos in the middle. 

 

When we are in the middle, will we trust him with outcome even though we are still in the process?

Faith isn’t for the arrival at the destination, Faith is to get you to the destination.

 

In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.

 

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, 

 

From Galilee to Bethlehem is roughly a 4 or 5 day journey around 90 miles. It tracks through the Valley of Jezreel, across or along the Jordan Valley through the Judaean Desert. Finally reaching the uphill track to Jerusalem and on past down to Bethlehem, to the outskirts of the city because the was no room in the inn.  

It is one verse in the middle of the whole Christmas story.

 

A Moment in the Middle

In the middle of it all, there is always a moment, no matter what you are going through.

In the middle of any movie there is that one moment. In the middle of a game there is that one moment. In the middle of an MMA fight there is a moment.

 

The question is, not if there is a moment, but will you recognize the moment?

It matters, from where, you see the moment. If you look at your life from the circumstances of your life, you’ll stay critical about where your current situation.

When you look at your life from God’s vantage, you’ll see the advantage. To see it from an advantage you have to come up to a higher viewpoint.  

Your vantage point of the moment determines your victory in the moment.

 

Will you miss the moment? Or let the moment bring you to movement? David said “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

Many of you are not on Frozen Tracks but you are Frozen in your Tracks.

But I’ve got good news. Even while your worrying about it, God is working on it.

 

Movement in the Middle

In the middle you have to stay in motion.

 

When you are not sure, I challenge you to look back and see the battles you’ve won to give you courage for the battle your about to face.

He is not trying to make a monument out if you but create movement in you. Even if your first move is to look back to see how far you come.

Getting off Frozen Tracks starts with traction.

 

Paul says this to the church in Philippi.

Philippians 1:6 And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. It is right for me to feel this way about you all,

 

Paul assures the Philippians that his imprisonment is actually helping to spread the Christian message, rather than hindering it. He also expresses gratitude for the devotion and heroism of Epaphroditus, who the Philippian church had sent to visit Paul and bring him gifts.

Paul’s saying “I may be in prison, but the prison isn’t in me.” There’s more movement with the Gospel now there has ever been.

Paul is encourager while he is the one in chains. So tell me “Who is free and Who is really in prison."

 

Momentum in the Middle

Momentum doesn’t happen with movement but with mindset. But you need movement to get you outside yourself.

When you have movement, you can change vantage points.

When you have movement, you can be in prison but realize prison isn’t in you.

When you have movement, you can be in poverty, but poverty isn’t in you.

 

… and if it isn’t in you, it can’t control you, it can’t contain you, and it will eventually be conquered by you!

That’s why it is Christ In Me The Hope Of Glory!

 

Get moving because God is trying to get the momentum of Heaven on your side, but he’s got to get you outside of the frozen tracks in your mind.

            Romans 12:1 Be transformed by renewing your mind.

You cannot confuse your story with the scene you are currently in.

 

The great thing about the scene you are in is you can talk to the Author who wrote the story. If you are in the middle of anything… this is your moment. Recognize it and talk to the Author of your story about it.

 

Here is the most powerful part of the Christmas account.

-Jesus recognized the moment. And it wasn’t his birth, but his death.

-Jesus decided you create movement when he recognized the moment. His movement, even though if separated him from God, it moved him towards you.

When Christ moved towards Cross he moved closer to you. Not just to you but for you.

-Now all the momentum of heaven is waiting on your mindset, your decision.

 

Here’s how to get moving off the Frozen Tracks this morning. Whether you are stuck in the middle or lost and don’t know Jesus at all the prayer is the same. Pray this with me.

 

 

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