I came to bring life

I came to bring life-Jesus All parents have hopes and dreams for their kids. As soon as a mom learns she is pregnant she wonders what her child will become. Yet that baby lying in a manger already was! That tiny baby lying in a manger, walked along streets of gold. Could command legions of angels.  That baby is the word of God made flesh. That baby is God.  Was there at the beginning of the world speaking things into existence. (John 1: 1-2) In Him, was life. (John 1:3) In Him was hope. Hope for a restored relationship between God our creator, and man. In Him was a way. In Him was truth. Most importantly in Him was LIFE. Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me”. John 14: 6 Therefore Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the gate for the sheep. All who ever came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. He will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 12: 7-10 That tiny baby lying in a manger, was God seeking us out to restore a relationship with us.  (Luke 10:19) That tiny baby was God’s hope for the world, and the reason we celebrate Christmas. Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy...

Open your heart

Open your heart-manger As a new mom you want only the best for your baby. I remember picking out crib sheets and making a quilt for my new little one. Washing them to make sure they were clean for my new baby.  Mary didn’t have those luxuries. Out on the road, far away from home, and it’s comforts, she made due with what she had. She didn’t have a new bed for Jesus, she wasn’t able to wash things down before placing him down to rest. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and lay him a manger… Luke 2: 7 A manger, a feeding trough for the animals but a place open to receive the newborn Savior. A very unlikely place one would think for the King of the universe; yet here is where he lay. Like the manger, one would think our heart would be an unlikely place for the King to live. Yet when we make that decision to repent and accept His free gift of salvation, He pours His love into our hearts and His Spirit into our beings. (Romans 5: 5) This Christmas search your heart deep, If you have never asked the Lord to forgive you for your sins, and wrongdoings, start with that.  Then welcome the Lord into your life to help change it. It will be the best decision you will ever make. The ABC’s of Salvation A-Admit your are a sinner For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God–Romans 3:23 A-Ask for forgiveness Everyone that calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved–Romans 10:13 B-Believe what...

Are you seeking Him?

Are you seeking Him?–wisemen I love the Christmas sweatshirts I see that say “Wisemen still seek Him.” So many times we look to try to find the answers to our problems in every way except the Lord. When we are lonely we look to find someone to “fill the void.” When we need money we decide the answer is in becoming a work-a -holic. When we are sad we turn to alcohol, drugs, even food or other activities to take away the pain. We wander around rather aimlessly not fully understanding that our loving Father who created us, has the answers we are are looking for. If we are lonely, we have a friend that sticks closer than a brother. (Proverbs 18:24) When we need provision, all we need to do is ask, for my God will supply all my needs according to His riches and glory. (Philippians 4:19) When we are sad, we have one that can turn our mourning into joy, and give us true comfort. (Jeremiah 31:13) The wisemen saw the star and followed it to find the newborn king. Are we seeking him as well? For wisemen (and women) still seek Him. Are you? But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well…Matthew...

Pointing to Jesus

Pointing to Jesus-The Star O Star of wonder, star of night Star with royal beauty bright Westward leading, still proceeding Guide us to thy Perfect Light (Excerpt from “We Three Kings) The next “character” in our nativity, really isn’t a character, it’s more of what one would consider a “prop” or decoration, even a piece of the scenery;  but it still deserves to be mentioned at Christmas.  (Since) the heavens declare the glory of God and the skies proclaim the work of his hands (Psalm 19:1)  it’s only fitting that there was a star in the night sky pointing to Jesus. The wisemen saw the star in the east, and followed it to come worship the newborn king. Just like that star long ago, I need to let my light shine before men. My actions, my words, my life, need to be pointing the way to Jesus. So like the wisemen of long ago, others can see the light inside of me and be led to the Savior. The star of our nativity only has one mention in the Christmas story,  but it is such an important reminder to us not only at Christmas but always. Is your light shining this season? In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:...

Declaring the Goodness of God

Declaring the Goodness of God.-Angels I remember when I found out I was pregnant  for the first time. After telling my husband, we decided we would patiently wait and tell our family at Christmas time (it was right before Thanksgiving.)  My patience was short lived though as I was so excited the news just bubbled out of me almost as soon as I saw my mom at dinner. Angels appeared to the shepherds with the same overwhelming desire to share their news. A SAVIOR, THE KING OF KINGS had been born. God was making a way between Himself and man and it was here and it was now and the news HAD to be told. When is the last time you HAD to share about the goodness of God in your life? An amazing testimony of God’s provision, or one of those “God-incidences” that only could have happened at the hand of our creator. News that was so exciting when you opened your mouth it just bubbled out? All around us God is doing amazing things, just like the angels we need to declare the goodness and glory of God. Start today, look around, He’s at work, see what He is doing, and open your mouth to declare the goodness of God. Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his greatness. Let the whole world know what he has done. Psalm...

Open Your Eyes

Open your eyes–animals I have grown up with animals; dogs when I was really little, then cats and now a mixture of both. Animals have a way of knowing something is going on, something is happening. When I am sick, my dog Sarah gets really protective of me and wants to lay down next to me. When we are excited, the dogs go nutso and want to join in the fun. If my “modern day” animals act this way , imagine what the animals were going through back at the time of Jesus’ birth. They knew something wasn’t quite right, people don’t normally settle into their area. They would have figured out it was time for a little one to be born. With the visitors that were coming in and out of the place probably figured that something pretty special was happening. All this they figured out just by observing. How is it we have a tendency to “miss” what God is doing even when we do observe?  All of creation tells of the glory of God. As if that isn’t enough, if we don’t  praise him, the very rocks will cry out. (Luke 19:40) In His word God tells us that His power and his divine nature are clearly displayed through His creation, yet so many miss it. Open your eyes today to see the wonders of your creator through His creation. Learn how He renews His tender mercies for you every morning with the rising of the sun. (Lamentations 3:23) Try to understand how far the east is from the west, to understand how far away he...

The Joy of Salvation

And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told. (Luke 2: 8-12 and 16-20) Imagine the joy of the shepherds. They were told of their SAVIOR being born and it was announced by angels singing of God’s glories. What a way to be told. They went to see with their own eyes what was being declared then they spread the news praising God for all the things they had heard. Remember the first time you heard the good news? When you heard it, suddenly you wanted to know more. News of someone saving you from well YOU and all your intentions, and failed tries, and wrong doings and most importantly bringing peace between you and God, brought...

Pin It on Pinterest