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Here Am I

  
Mary could have said ‘not me’ when told that she was 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?

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Still Hope

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The hype may be over but hope still remains.

“If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.” (I Cor. 15:19)

Wise Men Still Seek Him

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The wise men found what they were looking for only because they followed the light.

King Herod had zero wisdom to offer them.

To get where the Lord would have us to be we need to seek only the Light of the World, Jesus.

He alone is sufficient in guiding us to where we need to be.

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Of every man, woman and creature, Jesus is the only one that has ever chosen to be born. He is also the only one who knew that in choosing life He was ultimately choosing death.  Literally, He was born to die.

And still yet He chose you. Us. Everyone.

While surrounded by legions of angel worshippers, in such a place of beauty that we can’t even fathom, He chose to leave it all to be born in a lowly manger. He left it all so that He could become our righteousness through the death of the cross.

“He was born to die” may seem like a morbid Christmas greeting at first. But if you know Him, if you call Jesus your Savior, then the greeting doesn’t  just give you reason to celebrate this wonderful season; it gives you reason to live.

II Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Favorite Gifts

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I get so excited for the Christmas season. Not just because of seeing my family, spending time with friends and all the activities that go along with the holiday but because I look for Jesus to meet me at some point throughout this special time. I wait for Him to open my eyes a little wider to His truth, to be able to see Him a bit more clearly. Each year I look forward to this present the most.

Jesus never disappoints.

A few years ago my spiritual eyes saw the “swaddling clothes” a little sharper.  The Holy Spirit began to speak to me about what else He was wrapped in: Love, Peace, Authority, Righteousness, Truth…

Isn’t God good? He took a simple phrase and changed my view of Christmas from there on out. Since then “swaddling clothes” has taken on an entirely different meaning. I no longer see them just as cloth that kept Baby Jesus warm; to me they are a reminder of what Jesus was wrapped up in for mankind.

Final Destination

Hebrews 12:1

Matthew 2:1-11

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. And then 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.

 

Fear Not

Jeremiah 29:11

Luke 2:8-11

As the shepherds stood before the angel they must’ve experienced emotions other than happiness. Maybe they faced fear, reluctance, doubt, even annoyance.

But the message that was given to them”fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.” spoke straight to their souls, abolishing all fleshly concerns. The message is still capable of speaking to us today.

Maybe you haven’t experienced the “great joy” The Lord has to offer you through salvation. Or maybe you have but continue to shut Him out of certain areas in your life, fearing His reaction. But just as the angel had spoken all those years ago…Fear not. I bring you glad tidings of great joy: There isn’t any need to fear allowing The Lord into your life or into your secret places. Jesus has come to save you, encourage you, comfort you and be faithful to you. He only wants what is good for you. Accept His presence, guidance and love to experience the great joy that He has to offer.

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