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Travel Through

After years of studying the sky the wise men noticed that the star in the East had appeared. They must have been overwhelmed with joy. I’m sure they were ready to hit the road running, allowing themselves no detours along the way. Imagine the joy and excitement that the wise men felt as they finally reached their destination. After roughly two years they came face to face with Jesus. Months of traveling had come to an end. Weeks upon weeks of anticipation became reality. These three men had traveled the road led by the star in the East and now they were being rewarded with the biggest blessing of all: worshipping at Jesus’ feet.

How long have you been walking the straight and narrow pathway that is leading to an eternity spent at the feet of Jesus? Did you start out your journey excited and eager only to find that now you are becoming a little road weary? I encourage you to remember why you chose the road you are on. Remember the joy you experienced when you first met Jesus as your savior because whether you’ve been traveling for hours or even decades the end goal is the same. Keep following The Light. Worshipping at Jesus’ feet will be worth the journey.

Hiding or Seeking

The Holy Ghost had revealed to Simeon that he wouldn’t see death until he saw the Christ the Lord. To put it plainly, he was guaranteed a next breath as long as he didn’t see Jesus.

Some would have fled any place that might have the potential of being visited by Christ just to live a little longer. But Simeon chose not to. He, being led by the Spirit, went to the temple: the very place babies went to be dedicated to the Lord. It was here that Simeon was given the honor of blessing the baby Jesus, his parents and prophesying about the wonders of Christ.

Simeon understood that running from the presence of Jesus wasn’t worth missing out on the glory of being part of His story.

It is my prayer that you and I will have that same frame of mind causing us to be willing to offer everything we have to be used to glorify Christ.

Luke 2:21-32

He Saw it Coming

Jesus knew that he’d have to go head to head with the devil in the wilderness. He knew that his best friends would fail Him when He needed them the most. He knew each piece of the crucifixion He would have to endure.

Jesus didn’t blindly walk in to becoming flesh. He is the Word. He knew what He had coming…yet He still chose to come to earth for you. Let that love sink in.

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…” (John 1:1

Here Am I

Mary could have said ‘not me’ when she was told that she had been chosen to carry Jesus in her womb, to be His mother. She had the same free will that we have today.

But can you imagine the blessings she would have missed out on if she refused to follow God’s plan for her life?

We are given a choice. Our response can be ‘not me’ or it can be ‘here am I’. How will you respond when called by the Lord?

Luke 1:26-38

Broken People

Jesus’ lineage wasn’t perfect. It consisted of a deceiver (Jacob) and an adulterer (David), among many others that had made bad decisions or chosen sinful lifestyles. Also hundreds of years of his ancestors’ lives were spent in captivity.

What does this say to us? To me it says that Jesus wants to take the broken, shamed and helpless to use them for his glory. Before Christ even stepped down onto earth he had already painted a picture of what he would offer to mankind: forgiveness, mercy and grace.

Scripture taken from:

Matthew 1:1-17

#winning at Christmas

🎄🎄🎄Christmas Shoppers, #winning would make a great gift! 🎄🎄🎄.

Details: #winning is a 16 lesson Bible study on wisdom. Scripture studies come from both the Old and New Testaments. It can be completed individually or in a small group.

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The wise warrior determines to follow Jesus. Wisdom is paired with peace, frightens Satan and glorifies God. We are victorious in this life and in eternity when we depend on God’s wisdom to protect us and steady us as we battle and share the Gospel of Christ. We learn wisdom through the prompting of the Spirit and the study of the Word. Surrendering ourselves to resort to God’s teachings versus our own ideas takes initiative and determination. However, in this context, surrendering doesn’t mean that we give up; it means we are winning.

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Jesus is the Way

  
Imagine a flock of sheep scattered throughout the countryside: Separated. Worn. Tired. Hungry. Thirsty. Lost. 

Now imagine a shepherd herding the sheep to him. Taking them to fresh water. Feeding them in green pastures. Strengthening them. Guiding them.

Instead of a grungy mess of wandering animals we now see a distinct flock that is well tended to. 

We are that flock. We are the reason Christ came. We needed direction. We needed protection. So Jesus came to be our Shepherd, to be our leader, to make us His. 

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