Are people taken in by the magic of Christmas more tgen the miracle birth of Christ. Sitting and pondering the thought after opening a gift. Christmas is just as individualized in thought as anything. Mediate in spare time today your own thoughts of the season of celebration. May Christ rule your motivation.
By christina farris
May God’s blessing flow this Christmas season in the lives of all you love and hate. A person that desires not God, desires a life without rainbows, feeling snow or rain on a cold day and more important the knowledge of life of abundance with God. God loves us so much he sent his Son born of virgin as promised in and to Isaiah. He be born as light and hope to the world. He would teach and demonstrate his power as God’s only begotten Son, as well as show his humanity by dying on the cross for yours and my sin.
Emmanual would be his name meaning God with us. He would be called Jesus the hope to the world. Let us celebrate this Christmas season. Never forgetting the true reason of the seaon. The birthday of Jesus.
Daily Devotions For Sunday: by Christina Farris 12/25/2016
Psalms 117:1-2 KJV
(1) O praise the LORD, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people.
(2) For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the LORD endureth for ever. Praise ye the LORD.
I serve a God that never fails me when I trust in Him. The shortest Psalms in the whole book of Psalms is today. Today is Hanukkah and Christmas both around the world. Some not celebrating the knowledge of Christ but is celebrating God. I praise Jesus for coming as a babe in the manger, but I praise God for His Spirit covers our land. His Spirit covers our world with the knowledge of His truth. The knowledge of His Saving grace.
As I celebrate Christmas I can not help but rejoice in our Saviors birth, but even more so in how God’s perfect design of scripture passage never fail when we obey Him. The devil wanted to fight me tooth in nail, with an upset stomach, either it was turkey or the mms. I decided it did not matter the devil was not going to win this morning.
God’s power still resides over our land. The power of love whether you celebrate Hanukkah only or both Hanukkah and Christmas. The importance is we celebrate Emmanuel God with us. Passing the knowledge of God to all generation and the message of Christ too. Let us open our hearts and minds this Christmas that God is victorious through the promise of His word Emmanuel. He has not forsaken his people.
Let us praise and worship Christ our King this Christmas season. Let us worship His Spirit this Hanukkah. Let us thank Him for his mercy endures forever to all generations.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for your mercy and grace. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Devotions for Saturday: by Christina Farris 12/24/2016
Luke 2:19-20 KJV
(19) But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.
(20) And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
The keepsakes we cherish over a life time seems small and sometimes larger then we truly have space for. I am pretty sure I have a box somewhere in my house with a small collection of things that had meaning to me as a child. Yet not one toy is among the items that I kept. In fact the items in the box as no value but to me. It kind of strange the items I kept. One was a rock I painted at camp and another item was a small instrument called a recorder, that may have a little value, because they do not make them that way anymore. However the point is this box contains odds and ends of the past, but took very little room to store. With moving and getting rid of larger items was necessary for space. Yet when I think back, perhaps these small memories take me back to another time or place in my head and heart.
Mary had stories she would know by heart, and would keep these things for future generation to share with their children and friends. The shepherds heard the stories and passed them on because of the joyful news that a Savior had been born. Nothing with treasuring something and keeping it in one’s heart, but at some point one needs to share the message of Christ if you received the good news about Jesus. We need to be like Mary as she ponder these things and kept them in her heart, yet we need to be like the shepherds going to and fro in their tending of the sheep telling the story of their Savior birth. Will you be like shepherd and Mary. Will you treasure this Christmas the story of the birth of Jesus. Will you pass it on.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for the birth of your Son help us pass it on. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study For Devotions: Luke 8:15 KJV
(15) But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
Daily Devotion for Saturday: by Christina Farris 11/19/2016
Luke 1:8-25 KJV
(8) And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course,
(9) According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord.
(10) And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
(11) And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
(12) And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him.
(13) But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.
(14) And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
(15) For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.
(16) And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
(17) And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
(18) And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years.
(19) And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.
(20) And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
(21) And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.
(22) And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.
(23) And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
(24) And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying,
(25) Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
One might think of the story of Abraham that his journey started at the promise God spoke to Abraham about going to the promise land but in truth we do not know that for a fact, for his father Nahor was idolater. Noah journey did it begin with the commission from God to build an ark? No Noah was a man of faith and was then commissioned to build an ark. Paul in his journey was a Jew by faith called on the road of Damascus into believing in the Son of God. Timothy had faith from childhood, but his call came much later in his life as a young man. Zacharias was a priest and his call to have a son came through time of his ministering to the Lord in the Holies of Holies. A place only priest and those dedicated to the temple for cleaning could enter. It was Zacharias turn to enter. Stories are told that the priest would have a rope tied to his waist when entering and if he died while performing his duty, he would be pulled out by a rope. Zacharias a righteous man before God and man, went into the Holies of Holies. Yet Zacharias a man of faith was in for a shock when an angel appeared to him and spoke the word of the Lord to him. Had Zacharias only meditated never imaging a true visitation of an angel? Was Zacharias ever believing but never thought it possible that He would be granted such a prophesy to be fulfilled in his day?
Something to think about if God speaks to your heart is it from God one might ask? One might ask how can not know? The Word came by an angel to Zacharias in form of prophesy. The visit of angel was perhaps ever so believing in the possibility it might happen, but when it did he could not receive what he saw and heard. When Christ appears will we receive Him. The fact is God’s people will receive Jesus but, the reality is only come when they go to meet him in the air. What I mean is that on the day of Christ turn, we are ever hoping, but when the day comes, it is only the sound of that trumpet and the shouts of joy of God’s people and the lift off will people grasp the reality of salvation.
The reality of visions and a visitation from God or angel is something our minds can not perceive or fully receive, because of our humanity and our reality of daily life. Zacharias would see the fulfillment of his son‘s birth and know the truth. His mouth that was muted by the word of God spoken by the angel came to be as he tried to tell the people of his vision. No words came forth from his mouth, but the people praying outside the temple knew Zacharias had a vision. Had God spoke or was Zacharias facial expression enough to allow the on lookers to know, it is truly envisioned in the telling of the story. However we know God’s word came to pass.
God’s word should be enough to be believed on its own without signs and wonders, but in truth in reality our humans minds need proof. Proof of the reality of it being of God, that God instructed the vision and the dream. What has God spoken to your heart lately, anything? Are you doing it, and are you following the plan God has for your life? Zacharias went home to his wife, not a prostitute and had she would conceive and have a baby. One can not be running around like a chicken with his head cut off when God has instructed you in the direction you should go. Zacharias course was homeward to impregnate his wife. As crazy and male chauvinistic as it sounds that way, it was not because he missed his wife it was because it was the word of God this time. If he been able to tell his wife she might of done what Sarah did. But no doubt with his inability to speak she sought o comfort him the only way she knew would work.
God plan always works, God’s word is always true, but it hard for us human’s to believe with our minds not fully grasping the reality of God and His word. People of faith even doubt, so do not be ashamed of a lack of faith, but be humbled if God choose to use you in anyway. Be ashamed of not submitting to God’s will for your life even if it does not come till you are old.
Dear Heavenly Father give me faith even when I doubt the reality of visions you place in my own heart for my own life. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
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Continual Scriptural Study for Devotions: Hebrews 6:13-20 KJV
(13) For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,
(14) Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
(15) And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
(16) For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
(17) Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
(18) That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
(19) Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
(20) Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Daily Devotions For Saturday: by Christina Farris 11/12/2016
Luke 1:5-7 KJV
(5) There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
(6) And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.
(7) And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
This morning as I think of the price of life is sometimes painful. One does not always get everything in life that they want. Yet one is told if they work hard they can achieve anything. Zacharias and his wife had no children. Had they long for them scripture really does not say, beyond the fact they were old. We know that they were righteous people. They were God ordained people for Zacharias and Elizabeth both came from the priestly line. The were righteous by faith, but not by their ancestry. Zacharias was from line a priest divided by David and placed in the 8th order and Elizabeth from the line of Aaron.
Faith never guarantee you would have everything when you wanted it or desired it. Children were perhaps furthers thing from Elizabeth and Zacharias mind when an angel would appear to him. After all Elizabeth and Zacharias were said to be old and Elizabeth past child bearing. The need to bear a child was important to carry on the family line. It meant your family line was cut off not have children and or a boy.
Those that know the story of Luke one know Elizabeth does have a child name John the Baptist and she conceives in old age. Yet for many years Elizabeth had to accept God’s way of making them wait. Perhaps she even given up hope except for the promise of the story of Sarah who had Isaac in old age. Faith is kind of strange it is like having the hope of what someone else might of gained, knowing the possibility, but never knowing if it would happen to you. It like healing. One hopes if they have incurable disease God will do a miracle, yet never knowing if God will. If God knows the desire of our heart why does he not grant it. In the story of John the Baptist, Elizabeth desire for a child is finally granted. Healing comes several ways, a cure is found, a miracle happens or death occurs and you go home to be with Jesus in his timetable not yours. Yet is not the desire of healing coming to pass with faith. Adoption, fostering, and natural conception all can be apart of faith in having a child. Whether natural part of a tree or unnatural part of tree line. Your family is not define by birth parents, only defined by love.
Elizabeth would conceive a child, but there many women today without children. Some by choice and some waiting to long to hunt down Mr. Right do to career choice and education or location. Yet even so women still have a family by either divine intervention, or finding one. Divine intervention does not happen often. Yet no reason not to hope. Yet one has to face reality when it beyond child bearing years. No Elizabeth perhaps still thought of Sarah. Yet it not reality for most and the adoption or fostering might be to overwhelming to try to form a family because of income. Yet God has ways of working that out too sometimes and then other times a woman’s heart is broken. Yet there always children around that need an extra adult in their life.
God’s plan for each and everyone of us is different. God ordain Elizabeth and Zacharias to have the forerunner of Christ. He ordain them, not just to be parents but to raise him in the wilderness. Elizabeth and Zacharias may of gotten o raise their son, but he would die in his thirties, because of words spoken about the the king’s brother’s wife. God orders the preaching of His word it must be carried out. The beheading of John, Jesus own words were that one must decrease so he could increase.
God’s miracles are for the increase of spiritual growth. God’s divine intervention in one’s life is for spiritual growth of you and someone watching. God does things on his timetable not ours. Yet doors are open His way. God does not open doors that one can not handle by oneself or with the help and strength of the Lord.
Dear Heavenly Father has you grant each person the desires of their heart may it be according to your will in their life. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Countdown To Thanksgiving 13 Days left: Thank God for children of the world that give us hope and dreams of a future that not always ours.
Continual Scriptural Study for Devotions: Romans 4:19-22 KJV
(19) And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:
(20) He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
(21) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
(22) And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
Daily Devotions for Friday: by Christina Farris 12/25/2015
(9) When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
(10) When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
(11) And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.
(12) And being warned of God in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed into their own country another way.
Merry Christmas 2015, no doubt you believed the reports this day was coming unless Christ has returned to take his people home, then that would constitute a difference type of celebration and yet the same. As children tumble out of bed in hopes to see their dreams and wishes come true by the opening of presents. I can remember years ago seeing the presents not yet put under the tree and figuring out if I got what I asked for or not. Hoping that I was right until Christmas morning came until I could open the packages. If dad and mom had known I told my sister about the size of the packages my parents would of killed me. Yet Christmas morning I was not disappointed in what I discovered under the tree.
As the wise men came to a house not a stable a few days maybe a year or two later after searching high and low for the new king, the star rested over a house. A house where Mary and Joseph was staying. Whether it was rented or own no one knows, but what we do know that upon seeing the child the wise men worship him, and gave his gifts of wealth. The wise men knew from the star that it was a baby or small child they were searching for. It was a child not so ordinary but one that would be a great king. They found what they expect nothing less nothing more, but they knew when they found it, that their Savior had been born.
The wise men now seeing the promise beneath star, knew it shined bright because of a special babe that was born. Their fear of God now enhanced because of their find enough so that when God said not to go back to King Herod they obeyed instead of obeying the word of the King. Had the evidence of the baby to be king been enough to cause a fear to obey Israel’s God. Where the wise men were in their faith in God is unclear, but what we know is they feared the God of Israel enough that they obeyed instead of returning to King Herod. Obeying God maybe for your protection or another. After all by obedience to God it gave Joseph and Mary time to escape to Egypt. God’s divine will is protection for purpose. This was God’s protection through dreams and through prophecy to seers from afar. Their testimony to Joseph and Mary that God’s protection was for a purpose.
Dear Heavenly Father thank you for your plan of protection of life until our it is our time to die. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Bible Verses: Hebrews 11:7
(7) By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
Daily God’s Promises: Hebrews 11:1
(1) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Daily Devotions for Thursday: by Christina Farris 12/24/2015
(1) Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,
(2) Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
(3) When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.
(4) And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.
(5) And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet,
(6) And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel.
(7) Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.
(8) And he sent them to Bethlehem, and said, Go and search diligently for the young child; and when ye have found him, bring me word again, that I may come and worship him also.
The greatest journey one will ever go on is the search for the Messiah. It begins with the first knowledge of God and continues on till one is standing before the Messiah for the first time. The dawning of truth of the Messiah begins with the searching of scripture from early verses of Christ died for me, to God so loved the world, and many verses through out scripture that speaks to the heart of who Christ is and why he came. If we measure the point to the cross and the cross to heaven one would find a wide range of grace. Grace that called one to salvation and continued through the journey. When we deserved to be struck down God’s grace came to us before salvation, through the convicting of the Holy Spirit, a holy God, who seen a person that was in need of some light. If all the wise men could see what that one star promised of a Messiah yet to be born and kept their eyes focused on that one hope, they one day would see their hope.
The journey for the wise men started with many errors along the way, from false religions and idols until the Messiah star appeared. Some people will grow up in false religions only to find Christ later on in years. Some follow false religions because of how they appear to have light and have only darkness of evil within them. Those that follow dangerous cultic activity will find themselves looking to a false hope if they remain to long, never knowing the truth about a loving God that cares for them.
The star of David that appeared to the wise men lead them to the false king Herod. Though he was earthly king he was not the Messiah or father of the Messiah. Yet the star rested above the palace. Perhaps it rested to wake the gentiles in the palace of the Christ child appearing, to also the priest in Jerusalem. The star was great importance because it meant a threat to the throne of King Herod. Yet he seemed curious enough to get the scribes of the Jewish people to find out when this child should be born and where. Scripture points the way but the Gentiles ever believing yet never receiving at this point for the king would one day crucify all the baby boys from new born to age of two because despite the request the wise men never returned to the king to tell him where to find Jesus. If Herod had wanted to know why did he not travel with the wise men. If He had wanted to truly worship he would of followed these men because of the star that had not been seen in the sky before stood above his palace. Yet the new star was not enough to convince the scribes or the king, only the wise men of east continued on their journey in search of the new king.
You might be searching for Jesus for the truth that He is who He says he is, continue in your search, for He will reveal himself to you by His Spirit, but do not expect all the evidence you find to convince another. For the prophesy of old to the time of Christ is evidence enough for a believer. For the none believer only God’s knows what will convince and break the harden heart against him.
Dear Heavenly Father break the chains of unbelief in those who are looking for the truth of the Messiah, knowing God will not leave them out if they will only believe. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Bible Verses: Isaiah 9:7
(7) Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
Daily God’s Promises: Acts 17:11-12
(11) These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
(12) Therefore many of them believed; also of honourable women which were Greeks, and of men, not a few.
Daily Devotions for Thursday: by turtle30c
Isaiah 60:1-22 KJV
(1) Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee.
(2) For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.
(3) And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.
(4) Lift up thine eyes round about, and see: all they gather themselves together, they come to thee: thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.
(5) Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.
(6) The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD.
(7) All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered together unto thee, the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar, and I will glorify the house of my glory.
(8) Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows?
(9) Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.
(10) And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.
(11) Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.
(12) For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.
(13) The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.
(14) The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the LORD, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.
(15) Whereas thou hast been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.
(16) Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the LORD am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.
(17) For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.
(18) Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.
(19) The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.
(20) Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
(21) Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.
(22) A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the LORD will hasten it in his time.
Arise and shine it is Christmas morning. With the dawning of each Christmas morn we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Yet every child that believes in Santa sits under the tree to get gifts they hope Santa has brought them. Riches untold unforeseen comes to them, and some only receive the gift of hope of a brighter tomorrow, missing the stockings, because no one cared to reach out to them in need. I often wonder why the wise men coming a year later has to do with Christmas, but Mary and Joseph did not travel home and perhaps the gold, frankincense and myrrh were need for their journey to come. No clue if Joseph did work while in Bethlehem or if their supply was enough, yet we do know the Savior birth came in manger because there was no room in the inn. Perhaps there were others untold that came to the birth of the Savior. We only hear of the Shepherd and the Wise Men. Yet the story of what happened when they came into the temple with Simeon and Anna when they rejoiced eight days after King Jesus birth. There very little we know about this time period, but yet it is enough to give hope of a new king.
We know through Jesus ministry on earth many came to him from all over including the Greeks in Jerusalem, and Roman soldiers, and not just the tribe of Israel. Some bowing to the miracles performed by Jesus, bowing and worshiping Jesus. It had been like this at the coming of God to the temple, when the Holy Spirit filled the temple. When the temple was rebuild, people flocked to see the rebuilding as well as to lend a hand with supplies. Pine trees and other wood along with gold to rebuild the temple. Yet the temple of Christ day that was being built, was not one made with man’s hand’s but the power of God by His Spirit.
The rising of God is nothing new to Israel, or the Gentiles, yet the coming prophesy of a virgin birth was something new. It was like the dawning of hope to the world. A dawning not fully understood. A dawning that God was not only with us, but had not forsaken the people of God. Gentiles far and wide came through out Christ ministry, yet it is not the only thing witness, it was the healing that took place that had not happened in centuries before. Miracles by the thousands. These miracles were enough to spur the next generation of believers to even now. For the coming of the Holy Spirit upon even the Gentiles was proof God had not forsaken even them. It was proof that God was not just a God of Israel but a God to the world. Yet He could only be born into one tribe and perhaps it was one tribe that need a little more proof of God was with them then any other. Perhaps it was the proof that Israel needed for the world to see that their God was not conquerable. With obedience to God came the fruit of God in a person life. And with Christ birth came evidence to the world of God a sign that was over 400 years old that was said to come.
As we reflect on Jesus today let us not forget the hope of salvation He brought to the world. A renewal of faith to the world and the end of traditional sacrifices once the resurrection had happened. The hope that God was reachable to all and not just a few if they would only believe in Jesus.
Dear Heavenly Father remind us daily that Jesus came to the whole world not just a few. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Bible Verses: Luke 2:8-17 KJV
(8) And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
(9) And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
(10) And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
(11) For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
(12) And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
(13) And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
(14) Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
(15) And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
(16) And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.
(17) And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
Daily God’s Promises: Acts 10:44-45 KJV
(44) While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
(45) And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost.
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Daily Devotions for Wednesday: by turtle30c
Isaiah 59:1-21 KJV
(1) Behold, the LORD’S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:
(2) But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
(3) For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies, your tongue hath muttered perverseness.
(4) None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.
(5) They hatch cockatrice’ eggs, and weave the spider’s web: he that eateth of their eggs dieth, and that which is crushed breaketh out into a viper.
(6) Their webs shall not become garments, neither shall they cover themselves with their works: their works are works of iniquity, and the act of violence is in their hands.
(7) Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths.
(8) The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.
(9) Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness.
(10) We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noonday as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.
(11) We roar all like bears, and mourn sore like doves: we look for judgment, but there is none; for salvation, but it is far off from us.
(12) For our transgressions are multiplied before thee, and our sins testify against us: for our transgressions are with us; and as for our iniquities, we know them;
(13) In transgressing and lying against the LORD, and departing away from our God, speaking oppression and revolt, conceiving and uttering from the heart words of falsehood.
(14) And judgment is turned away backward, and justice standeth afar off: for truth is fallen in the street, and equity cannot enter.
(15) Yea, truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey: and the LORD saw it, and it displeased him that there was no judgment.
(16) And he saw that there was no man, and wondered that there was no intercessor: therefore his arm brought salvation unto him; and his righteousness, it sustained him.
(17) For he put on righteousness as a breastplate, and an helmet of salvation upon his head; and he put on the garments of vengeance for clothing, and was clad with zeal as a cloke.
(18) According to their deeds, accordingly he will repay, fury to his adversaries, recompence to his enemies; to the islands he will repay recompence.
(19) So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.
(20) And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD.
(21) As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.
Who will fight for man at a time of injustice. When blood is pour out in the streets and there is no defense. Our God puts forth His word and Salvation helmet is put on his Son. The image of God in the form of man, walks before the people. Joshua seen the victor before Him when the walls of Jericho came tumbling down. Yet Joshua walked in victory, not as one in defeat. Israel where is the days of Joshua, leading the battle front, only to discover God is before him in battle.
God is not slack concerning His promise, though men of faith fall like sinners. God protection is for the believer, but it also for those that will hear and believe. Israel was backslidden falling into captivity of the mind and soul. Not remembering the word of God needs to be put into practice. The attitude let me do it my way, only to find our way is not always God’s way, and our way is a way that leads to destruction when we refuse God.
A need for Savior because man has turned from God. A need for the word of God to come back to the people. A need for intercessor between God and man. A need for a Savior to explain the ways of God to us. As Mary and Joseph head to Bethlehem, one has to think of the birth of our Savior to come, and yet tonight of all nights it is one of the greatest reminder of our Savior coming for all mankind. As the word of God stretch forth across our nation and around the world, there many places yet to hear the Gospel because it goes for each generation, not just each nation. It would be hard to get everyone in the world to hear truth of God’s word all at the same time, or even around the world, even with modern technology. Someone would find something else to do. Yet when the eastern sky is parted the Savior voice will be heard by all. No one will be able to escape it. God seen we needed His Word and He brought it forth in the form of a babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manger. God had preached to the Nation of Israel when the rebuilding of the temple took place. God raised up men like Ezra and Nehemiah to bring forth His word.
The bring forth of God Word is bring forth salvation to all that will hear and obey. Christ comes in the form of Infant to teach us of God’s word, to be the Word, to transform each and every heart that will believe. God’s word coming forth to each generation that will receive the truth of who Jesus is. Allowing Jesus to be king of our hearts and minds. When we receive Jesus it becomes like glue or sealant that can not be broken on our hearts and mouth. God’s word flows as freely from our lips as do words of our brain and soul, because we are not God. This sealant from heaven is permanent as a child of God. As God speaks through us, it only because of His sealant upon belief that the word of God comes forth by His Spirit to speak life to those around us. Our actions must speak those things as well. For God’s Spirit is action and His Word prophesize from us to the non believer so they might believe.
God sent a Savior to remind us and to give us hope to each generation. A living hope of how His Word goes forth and becomes. How His Word is indestructible. Once it penetrates our hearts we are saved. As Christmas Eve begins with reflection of our Savior coming forth as a babe, let us not forget what it must have been for Joseph and Mary seeing prophesy come true before their very eyes. What it must have been for Mary to see this infant come forth from her own body, and no she had not been with a man. How she must of wonder when the shepherds arrived and began to tell their story, how she need not to shout for the world to know, for the angels of heaven spoke glad tidings great joy to the Shepherds in the field. God needs not man, man needs God and needs proof of God. This sign is for the unbeliever and the believer. When God begins to speak to your heart you can believe.
Dear Heavenly Father the sealant of your Word be so fixed on our hearts upon belief, may our actions and our words speak your hope to those around us. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Daily Bible Verses: Luke 2:7 KJV
(7) And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
Daily God’s Promises: Ephesians 1:12-13 KJV
(12) That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
(13) In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,
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