Joshua 24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
As the new year begins
As the new year begins remember what I have given u. I have given u life n freedom. Life to live or waste but not without consequence. Freedom to choose but not without responsibility. Salvation to invest in others but not to keep hidden. The past holds memories sweet n precious, harsh n painful. What u do with those experiences r up to u. U can become bitter or better. I give u the present to determine ur responses. The past is behind u. The present is swiftly fleeting. The future is upon u. Make a choice. Whom will u serve? What will u share?
My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. -COLOSSIANS 2:2–3
He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure. -ISAIAH 33:6
His treasures r before us today. As we wake n consider our work n plans we must look to his plans for us. Hidden throughout our day will be treasures from God. His still small voice of leadership warns us of bad choices. He gives us guidance for the present n the immediate path ahead. What a blessed gift if we will listen for his voice. So many r lost. They wander without direction. Others like the prodigal brother live on the plantation of Gods sufficiency only to be in survival mode. God desires that we thrive n live abundantly. His riches r more than direction n decision making. Throughout out day he places people we can bless or witness to or disciple. Hidden among these r people who r our teachers n blessing. God places events n angelic intervention to speed us on our way or to bring delay so our journey accomplishes his will. Be like the log adrift in the river. Yield to the flow of His spirit. Let his wind fill ur sails n his hand guide ur rudder. Be in him n let him flow in u n thru u. Find the riches of God this day. Be blessed n not stressed.
35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
My heart breaks.
Words fail to render the pain that is in my heart. So much pain n sorrow in the world overwhelms me. So much evil leaves me with bitterness. I long for His return n hate the sin that covers our lives. I know so many broken hearts n see so much pain. Hope fails me if it were limited to this life. I am thankful my hope sets on a higher plain. I rejoice that my confidence anchors secure within the vail. Nothing. Not life or death. Nothing in the heaven or in the earth can seperate me from Christ. Christs love n life secures all. His peace is incomprehensible.
If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in him and he in God. And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him… There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. -1 JOHN 4:15–16, 18
Love knows no bondage
Love is not control. Love is not obsession. Love is not lust. Love is not manipulation. Love is not childish. Love does not trick. Love is not secretive. Love does not lie. Love is not physical or emotional alone. Love is not reactionary. Love is not performance based. Love is not taking. Love is not vengeful. Love is not selfish. Love is other oriented. Love is mature. Love is patient. Love is kind. Love is committment. Love is truthful. Love is open. Love is a willful choice. Love is selfless. Love is free of fear. Love is honest. Love is forgiving. Love is friendship. Love is grudgeless. Love is giving. Love is good. Love is God. We need God badly because we love so poorly.
Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. -PHILIPPIANS 2:6–7
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich. -2 CORINTHIANS 8:9
Take a moment n imagine. I am eternal God. I spoke light into existence. Like a potter w gentle hands I took clay n fashioned a body. I breathed life into that clay n created a living soul. Take another moment n imagine the vistas of Glory I left to wrap myself in human flesh. As I added to myself human flesh I neccessarily limited myself to the bondage of humanity. I became like u so I could free u. I came to set the captive free. I took on human frailty to bind up broken hearts. I came to overcome sin, death n the grave. When I approached the faithless there sprang faith. When I looked to the weary, hungry people, I gave them food. When the sick came to me I healed them. At every funeral I attended there was life n ressurection. Chaotic became peaceful. Demons fled their human captive to inhabit swine. On the cross I drew all sin to me like a magnet n bore it all for u. When I died I finished salvations work n buried ur sins. At my ressurection I proved my deity, my father confirmed my payment for ur sins n the spirit secured ur eternal life. I am alpha n omega. I begin everything n end all things. Behold me as a babe. Embrace me as ur savior. I am Christmas.
When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. -MATTHEW 2:10–11 NKJV
A Light from on high will dawn upon us…to shine upon and give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to direct and guide our feet…into the way of peace. -LUKE 1:78–79
Wisemen seek the True Light
I am both incomprehensible n apprehendable. That is, u cannot know all there is concerning me yet I make myself known to u. My incarnation, my triunity, sovriegnty, are just a few things that stretch ur faith n comprehension. Yet wise men anticipated me looking to the word of God n the heavens for answers. When my light shown down on them they followed the star. Such it is with u right now. If u seek me I will lead u to myself. If u need peace my peace will be found. U must surrender urself to my leadership. Try not to only know wat I allow u to know of me but sometimes just bask in the light of my presence. Do as wise men did. Worship me. They did not debate the theological issues of the incarnation. They did not ponder the wonder that God became flesh. No, they believed it; recieved it; n fell down n worshipped me. To know me greater requires trust. The greatest path of trust comes thru surrender, acceptance n worship. Worship me n know me n experience my light n peace.
It is good to praise the LORD and make music to your name, O Most High, to proclaim your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night, to the music of the ten-stringed lyre and the melody of the harp. For you make me glad by your deeds, O LORD;I sing for joy at the works of your hands. How great are your works, O LORD,how profound your thoughts! -PSALM 92:1–5
I came limited by flesh. I hungered, thirsted, hurt, n experienced weariness. I went thru frailty n sins temptation n grieved when my friend died. All of this, I did so I might be aquainted w ur trials. Further I went thru the jaws of death n hell so u could be set free. I came to bring order from chaos, forgiveness for sins, liberty for captivity n life where only death existed. All of this I did for u. It is my Christmas gift. This gift, tho is not for private consumption. This gift is for sharing. Do not keep ur blessings to urself. Share my gift so that sins r forgiven, captives r freed, mourners r comforted n the gift keeps on giving. This is my Christmas wish.