This is the best resolution Ive ever heard. #1 Realize: “We only know a portion of the truth now and what we say about God is incomplete… We r going to see it all then, see it as clearly as God sees us, knowing Him directly JUST AS HE KNOW US. #2 Remember: ” But for now, until that completeness comes, we have three things to do…Trust steadily in God, Hope unswervingly, love EXTRAVAGANTLY. And the best of these three is love. GO AFTER A LIFE OF LOVE AS IF YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT- BECAUSE IT DOES!!! This was written by Paul in 1 Corinthians 13: 10-13 and 14:1. This is “The Message” translation of the Bible. This is my pray for all of us this 2013, That we know Gods love extravagantly. Have a wonderful day and a wonderful new year.
Monthly Archives: December 2012
Singing and praising God are such an amazing part of Christmas. The Angels sing-Luke 2:13 “Suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace, good will toward men” The Shepherds sing- vs.20 “Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them” We sing- Eph.5:19 “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” But did you know GOD SINGS? Zephaniah 3:16-17 ” Cheer up! Don’t be afraid! For the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty savior. He will rejoice OVER YOU with great gladness. With His love, He will calm your fears. He will rejoice OVER YOU by SINGING A HAPPY SONG!” The angels sing, the shepherds sing, we sing because our Savior who came to bring us underserved salvation. God arrived to live among us. God rejoices over us. God quiets us with His love. But what makes God sing? YOU. Have a wonderful Sunday. I’m praying for you. And God is singing!!!
The baby in the manger fulfilled all the prophesies of scripture. For us who are His people there is a special prophesy made 6 months before Christ’s birth. Luke 1:67-79 Zachariah prophesied our salvation, our fearlessness, our holiness, His light for us, His guidance and His peace and rest.
“Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he came and set his people free.
He set the power of salvation in the center of our lives… So we can worship him without a care in the world,
made holy before him as long as we live… Through the heartfelt mercies of our God,
God’s Sunrise (JESUS) will break in upon us,
Shining on those in the darkness,
those sitting in the shadow of death,
Then showing us the way, one foot at a time,
down the path of peace.”
Now that the evening of Christmas has come-REST IN THE BABY IN THE MANGER.
Why did God make me? my grandson asked. We all ask. Colossians 1:15-20 “We look at this Son (Jesus) and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s ORIGINAL PURPOSE…everything got started in Him and finds IT’S PURPOSE IN HIM…So spacious is He, so roomy, that everything of God finds its PROPER PLACE IN HIM…all the broken and dislocated pieces of the universe-people and things…get properly fixed and fit together in vibrant harmonies, all because of His death, His blood that poured down from the cross.” God made you for Himself. Your purpose is in Him. As we struggle with our direction and our minds, remember our purpose and proper place is in Him. Christ is the reason God made us. We are His through His blood. We are made for Jesus. Our fulfillment is in Him. Look to Christ and find your reason to live. “Let your lives be built on Him. Then your faith will grow strong…” Col 2:7. God made you extraordinarily
THE Star of Christmas
The prophets told of THE STAR. Numbers 24:17 ” I see Him, but not now; I behold Him, but not near. A STAR will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel. ” The prophets took great care, trying to find out the time and circumstances to which THE Star would appear. Even angels long to look for it. But Peter saw THE STAR. 2Peter 1:19 “And we have the word of the prophets made more certain…as to a light, shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and THE MORNING STAR rises in your hearts. ” In His great mercy, He has given us new birth into a living hope that can never perish! The third and final time we see Jesus as THE STAR. Revelation 22:16. “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony- I am the Root and Offspring of David and THE BRIGHT MORNING STAR. ” I wonder if the star that the wise men saw in the eastern sky wasn’t glimpse of the glory that Jesus left in Heaven so that He could be our very own personal Star of Christmas.
Don’t be alone.
They brought for ALL!
“The angel said to them, Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be TO ALL PEOPLE. ” Luke 2:10. Good news and great joy to ALL. Then the angels said “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace, goodwill toward men. ” Luke 2:14. God sent peace to ALL. The shepherds told ALL “Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child.” 2:17. The Holy Spirit worked for ALL. “For that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.” Matthew 1:20. Mary-“brought forth her first born son, and he called His name Jesus” ” For there is born TO YOU this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ The Lord” Luke 2:7. “And ALL THOSE who heard it marveled at those things…”2:18 Christ came for ALL. Praise Him and Marvel.
Keep Believing!! Jesus said to His disciples “Philip don’t you know… Don’t you believe… Just believe that I AM” John 14:9-11. Jesus focused on Thomas. “Jesus came through the locked doors…then He Focused On Thomas…Don’t be unbelieving, BELIEVE!” John 20:26-27. When we doubt, Jesus lovingly focuses on us. The entire Bible was written so that we would Keep On Believing! John 20:31″ These things are written down so that YOU WILL BELIEVE that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and IN THE ACT OF BELIEVING, have REAL and Eternal LIFE in the way HE PERSONALLY REVEALED IT” ! BELIEVING IS CONTINUOUS! When we believe, Jesus reveals Himself to us. Colossians 1:22-23 “He brought you into the very presence of God…But you must CONTINUE to believe this truth and stand on it firmly” Philippians 4:7 “His peace will guard your hearts and minds AS YOU LIVE IN CHRIST JESUS.” Want more of Jesus? BELIEVE!! Im praying for you