Merry Christmas y’all!
For God so loved the world that He GAVE His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16.
We give gifts at Christmas. The person we have purchased or made a gift for has to receive the gift and then open the gift or it is of no effect. The same is true with the gift of Christ given to us by God. God sent His son to earth to live, to die and to rise again. All this was done so that we would have our penalty for sin paid, and to have the grasp of sin and darkness broken in our lives. God has created us with a free will. We can choose to accept or reject the gift of Christ. The gift can never be opened or it can be opened and redemption comes along with many other gifts that God promises to those who believe and receive:
Love, joy, peace, grace and mercy to name a few. These gifts come and are unexplainable but only come once the gift of salvation is received and opened, so to speak.
The angels declared in Luke 2 to the shepherds the good news of great joy for all people – a savior. This would bring the gift of life (spiritual) through Jesus. No longer dead in our sins but made alive through Him. Old things are past away, behold all things become new by the power of Holy Spirit. The light He shines into our lives exposes the darkness and it has to flee. By the power of Holy Spirit, He then brings to us JOY and PEACE that the world can’t give us.
HE GAVE. Our part is to believe and receive. A GIFT so unexplainable and so powerful that will turn our lives right side up! Receive the gift today! Call on Him name.
Are you struggling today? Do you have a lot on your mind that is making you fearful or worried? Did you know that those of us who are in Christ do not have to live this way?
In Phillipians, the Word of God has this to say to us: 4:6 In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
What I notice here is that our part in having peace is IN everything (not after everything) pray and pour your heart out to Him. Did you know there is freedom in speaking the truth? Be honest with Him, lay it all out before Him. Bind this all together with being THANKFUL to Him for ALL He has done, is doing and what He will do. Then the promise comes to us….PEACE. HE CARES ABOUT YOU TODAY AND EVERYTHING YOU ARE GOING THROUGH. Give it to Jesus! Hold nothing back!
In Isaiah 139: 13-16 it says: For it was You who created my inward parts;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well. My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.
We are remarkably made. Science proves it in so many ways. God fashioned each of us each uniquely. He loves us with an everlasting love. His love for us goes beyond our wildest imagination. Yet, in all of this so many of us are unhappy with who we are, the person God created. We are also disappointed in features that were given to us and wish we were like someone else. Many have spent thousands of dollars trying to change themselves. But, would you consider that God, in His supremacy, created you exactly as you need to be. If we could get around our insecurities about ourselves, our life would be so much better, our relationships would be better and we would be at peace. We would be able to see past ourselves and help someone else who is hurting. In Zechariah 2:8 we are called the apple of God’s eye. Wow, the creator of the universe thinks we are the greatest thing! Let’s start believing it about ourselves.
You are loved, you are chosen, you are uniquely fashioned, you are the best!