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My Spirit Has Rejoiced

December 22, 2014

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My Spirit  Has Rejoiced

Before the virgin Mary bore Jesus,  she went  to visit Elizabeth,  the mother  of John the Baptist.     As they greeted  each other,  Mary gave special praise  to God  for all the things  that God caused  to happen  in bringing about the Savior.     In Luke 1:46-55,  Mary says,

My soul  exalts the Lord,
And my spirit  has rejoiced  in God  my Savior.
For He has had regard  for the humble state  of His bondslave;
For behold,  from this time on  all generations  will count me blessed.
For the Mighty One  has done  great things  for me;
And  holy is His name.
And His mercy  is upon generation  after generation
Towards those  who fear Him.
He has done mighty deeds  with His arm;
He has scattered those  who were proud  in the thoughts  of their heart.
He has brought down rulers  from their thrones,
And has exalted those  who were humble.
He has filled  the hungry  with good things;
And sent away  the rich  empty-handed.
He has given help  to Israel  His servant,
In remembrance  of His mercy,
As He spoke  to our fathers,
To Abraham  and his offspring  forever.

Mary’s praise  is directed  at all  that the Lord  has done  for His people.     She notes  how God exalts  the humble  and has mercifully remembered  His promise  of a Savior.     At this time  she had no idea  of the pain  she would have  to endure  seeing Jesus tortured  and crucified  —  although  when Jesus  was later presented  to the Lord  when He was eight days old,  Simeon prophesied,  “A sword  will pierce  even your own soul  —  to the end  that thoughts  from many hearts  may be revealed.”     (Luke 2:35)

Simeon’s prophecy came true  when Jesus  was crucified  for the sins  of the world.     At that time,  and even today,  the thoughts  of “many hearts”  are “revealed”.     Mary’s thoughts  were still directed  to trusting  in the Lord  even in her pains.     There were others also,  who realized  they really needed  to trust  the Lord  on this one  —  in spite  of their total lack  of understanding.     And then,  there were those  whose hearts  revealed nothing  but hatred  and pride.     They refused  to feel  any remorse  over their sinful behaviors  in crucifying  the LORD  of lords.

Mary could continue trusting the Lord because  in everything  that happened  to Jesus  over the years,  she  “treasured  all these things  in her heart”.    (Luke 2:51)     Before Jesus  was conceived,  Mary treasured God’s word  in her heart  and was always humbly  accepting the Lord’s will  for her life.     Treasuring  all that God  had done  in the past  enabled her  to praise God  with a true faith.

We need  to ask ourselves,  “What kinds  of thoughts  are revealed  in our hearts  when thinking  about Jesus’ birth,  suffering,  death,  and resurrection?”     Do we treasure  God’s word  so as  to trust God’s will  for our lives,  as Mary did?     Does thinking  about our Savior’s sacrificial love  bring about praise  from our hearts?

During this Christmas season,  let us treasure  God’s word  in our hearts,  so that we will honestly  be enabled  to say,  “Hallelujah!     My soul  exalts  the Lord,  and my spirit  has rejoiced  in God  my Savior.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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That Which Does Not Profit

December 21, 2014

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That Which  Does Not Profit

There is that saying  that is used year around  —  and especially  at Christmas time  —  “Wise Men Still Follow Him“.     It is in reference  to the magi,  also called the wise men,  who traveled  for two years  following a star  (because they probably were astrologers),  in order  to find  and worship the Messiah King.     The whole story  is told  in chapter 2 of Matthew.

The point is  that even though  they were  from a foreign country  (possibly Babylon  or somewhere  in the Persian Empire),  they had the common sense  to recognize  a truth  and the wherewithal  to endure hardship  because  of that truth.     When the Israelites  were exiles  in their area  many years before,  God’s word  was listened to  and absorbed  by their captors.     In God’s word  was Balaam’s prophecy  of a King  in Numbers 24:27,  saying,

A star  shall come forth  from Jacob,
And a scepter  shall rise  from Israel…

This prophecy  was noted  by the wise men,  and when they saw  a special star  in the sky,  they decided  to follow it  and find the prophesied King.     As the account goes  in chapter 2  of Matthew,  they finally found the King,  Baby Jesus,  and worshiped Him,  presenting Him  with the finest  of their gifts  —  gold,  frankincense,  and myrrh.     Then they had the common sense  to listen  to a warning  from God  in a dream,  and returned  to their home  by a different route  because King Herod  would have killed them  for not reporting  the whereabouts  of the Baby King.

Their faith  in God’s prophesied word  gave them the strength  to endure hardships  and dangers.     Their obedience  by faith  was honored  by the Lord,  as they were kept safe  for their journey.     When they saw Joseph,  Mary,  and Jesus,  the humbleness  of this poor King’s family  did not shake their faith  about Jesus’ true Kingship.     That shows  that they trusted God’s ways  far above  what most people  would tend  to think.     Their trust was truly wise.

In contrast  to the faith  and wisdom  of these foreign astrologers,  is how Israel  was during the time  of Jeremiah,  around 600 B.C.     Israel  was so degenerate  at that time  that the LORD prophesied  to Israel  through Jeremiah  in Jeremiah 2:4, 8, and 11,  saying,

What injustice  did your fathers find  in Me,
That they went far  from Me
And walked  after emptiness  and became empty?…….

And walked  after things  that did not profit…….

Has a nation changed gods,
When they were not gods?
But My people  have changed their glory
For that which  does not profit.

And so  it is today.     People all around the world  celebrate “Christmas”  with Santa,  elves,  reindeer,  presents,  feasts,  and music  of all sorts.     With all this empty celebrating  they have exchanged  the glory  of God  in Christ Jesus  for things  that do “not profit” them.     They are so unwise  that they refuse  to accept  the truth  about the birth  of Christ.     There is a better way  to celebrate  the Truth.

The truth is  that we are all sinners,  doomed  to die eternally.     But,  God’s love  for us  is so great  beyond words,  that He sent Jesus  to be born  in poverty,  suffer,  die,  and be resurrected  as a full payment  for all  of our sins.     This Jesus reigns eternally  as King of kings,  LORD  of lords,  and God  of gods.     Wise men  will not only see this,  but will accept Jesus  as King  in their hearts.     With Jesus  as a true King  in their hearts,  they will obey  His ways,  because they realize  it will be  to their eternal glory,  peace,  and joy.     That will be incalculable “profit”  for all eternity.

Wisely following  our Lord  and King,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  there is no other king  as wonderful  as You  and so filled  with love,  forgiveness,  and faithfulness  as You are  for Your people.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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She Was Found to Be With Child

December 20, 2014

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She  Was Found  to Be With Child

When a person knows  the Lord  in their heart,  they appreciate God’s forgiveness  and almighty authority;  they love others  because God  has so loved us;  they respect others  and show  that respect  in all their actions.     Joseph knew  the Lord  in that way.     His respect  and honor  for his Creator,  Sustainer,  and Redeemer  was such  that his whole life  was guided  by doing only what would be pleasing  in his heavenly Father’s sight.

Therefore,  in considering  these things  at this Christmas time,  we read  in Matthew 1:17-18,

Now the birth  of Jesus Christ  was as follows.     When His mother Mary  had been betrothed  to Joseph,  before they came together  she was found  to be with child  by the Holy Spirit.

And Joseph  her husband,  being a righteous man,  and not wanting  to disgrace her,  desired  to put her away  secretly.

Joseph knew  he was not the father  to Mary’s child.     Back in those days,  to be betrothed  was like our time  of engagement.     The marriage  was not consummated  until after the actual wedding date.     Joseph became betrothed  to Mary  because she was considered faithful  to the Lord  and a God-pleasing person.     But,  then Joseph  was faced  with her seeming infidelity.     Getting married  to a promiscuous woman  was totally  out of the question  for him.     Joseph’s number one priority was  to be faithful  to the Lord  above all things.

To be faithful  to the Lord,  Joseph needed  to break  their “engagement”,  but he did not want  to embarrass Mary  because he did love her  with a godly love.     He respected her  as a fellow human being.

It seems  like God’s word  is presenting Joseph’s situation  to us  this Christmas  for our personal consideration.     Do we love  our Lord enough,  like Joseph did,  to sincerely live  for God  with our whole lives?     Do we want  our lives  to honor  our Savior  and show  an honest respect  for God’s desires  for our lives?

Or…….  do our lives show  that we love ourselves  and the world  more than our Savior?

Where do we put  our faith?     Do we trust God  to work all things  for our good  in the end?     Do we trust God enough  to live  in a way  that honors Him?     Are we anything  like Joseph  in our faith  and trust?

And life goes on.

We have only this  short life-span  to decide  what is truth  —  what is right  and good  —  does God really love  even me?     The whole Christmas story vividly points us  in the right direction,  if we care  to see it.

As we examine  all the ways  God has proven  His trustworthiness  and love,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  all of Your word  is proof  of Your faithfulness  and love  for us.     Strengthen us,  that we may live  for You  now and forever.     Lead us  in the way everlasting.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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In Behalf of the One Who Waits

December 19, 2014

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In Behalf  of the One  Who Waits

God does awesome things  for us.     As Isaiah remembers  God’s great acts  of love,  grace,  and power  in behalf  of Israel,  he says  in Isaiah 64:4-5,

For  from of old  they have not heard  nor perceived  by ear,
Neither  has the eye seen  a God  besides You,
Who acts  in behalf  of the one  who waits  for Him.

You meet him  who rejoices  in doing righteousness,
Who remembers You  in Your ways.

There is no other god  that can do what the LORD God  has done  for all those  who “wait  for Him”.     That means  all those  who honestly look  to God  for the help  they need.

And,  here is what is so wondrous.     In this same context,  Isaiah talks  about all the sins  and uncleanness  that Israel  was living in.     He talks  about God’s anger  and punishment  of all those sins.     And yet,  in the middle  of all that,  Isaiah says  there is no other god  like the LORD  —  because the LORD immediately  has love,  forgiveness,  and compassion  on all those  who repent  of their wayward ways  by starting  to live righteously again  —  out of respect  for the authority  of the LORD  in our lives.

We need  to remember  that  in our lives.     There is no one  who can bless us  like the LORD  can bless us  —  when we start  to rejoice  in “doing righteousness”  —  that is believing  and trusting in Him  and His word  to us.

It is  when we remember  the LORD  and all  of His righteous ways  —  turn  to the LORD  for forgiveness  —  and desire  to live  in loving obedience  to His call  of love  and salvation  in Christ  —  that God acts  on our behalf,  to help us gain the victory  in this life  of temptations  and trials.

Realizing  what God has repeatedly done  for all His people  from the beginning  of time,  we see how great God our Savior is.

As we long  to live  for our Lord  and look to Him  for our help  in need,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You have done all things  for us  because You alone  are our righteousness  in Christ Jesus.     You even help us  to remember  Your ways,  that we may see Your goodness  and live  in it.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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For All the People

December 18, 2014

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For All  the People

Some things  that we hear  are best kept  to ourselves.     But,  other things  simply must be shared  with everyone.     It can be wrong  to keep certain things  to ourselves.     When the angel  announced Jesus’ birth  to the shepherds,  the angel’s message declared  in Luke 2:10-11,

Do not be afraid;  for behold,  I bring you good news  of a great joy  which shall be  for all the people;  for today  in the city  of David  there has been born  for you  a Savior,  who is Christ  the Lord.     And this will be a sign  for you:  you will find a baby wrapped  in cloths,  and lying  in a manger.

The angel specifically said  that this good news  is meant  “for all the people”.     It was given  with the intention  that the shepherds  should share this  “good news  of great joy”.     Therefore,  it would have been very wrong  for the shepherds  to keep  this news  to themselves  or be afraid  of sharing such a wonder.

These shepherds were well acquainted  with the promises  of God  for a Savior.     Like King David,  who was a shepherd boy  about a thousand years before them,  these shepherds  had faith  in the Lord.     They were shepherds  near Bethlehem,  near where David used  to shepherd his flock  and the town  where the Savior  was prophesied  to be born  (Micah 5:2).     One can be pretty sure  they realized  that they lived  in David’s home town  and that Micah  had prophesied  the Savior would be born there.     All that played  an important part  in their reaction  to the angel’s announcement  to them.     So,  we read  in Luke 2:15-20,

And it came about  when the angels  had gone away  from them  into heaven,  that the shepherds  began saying  to one another,  “Let us go straight  to Bethlehem then,  and see this thing  that has happened  which the Lord  has made known  to us.

And they came  in haste  and found their way  to Mary  and Joseph,  and the baby  as He lay  in the manger,  and when they had seen this,  they made known the statement  which had been told them  about this Child.     And all  who heard it wondered  at the things  which were told them  by the shepherds.    

But Mary  treasured up  all these things,  pondering them  in her heart.

And the shepherds  went back,  glorifying  and praising God  for all that they had heard  and seen,  just as had been told them.

These shepherds looked  for a babe lying  in a manger  and knew  He was the Savior  because that is what the Lord declared  to them  through the angels.     They were not ashamed  to accept  the fact  that God’s Messiah  was born  in a stable.     That seems  to indicate hearts  that realized  God’s wonders  in their personal lives  on a daily basis.

The shepherds  were so positive  about God’s message  that they made it known  to everyone.     They did not meekly speak  with embarrassment  —  not too sure  if they were speaking  the truth.     They were  “glorifying  and praising God  for all  that they had heard  and seen.”

Are we  as sure  as they were  of Jesus  —  born  in a stable  —  being our Savior,  sent  from God?     Are we  “glorifying  and praising God”  for being able  to see,  from all the prophesies  throughout the Bible,  that Jesus  truly is  our Savior  from sin?

The angels  were not ashamed  of Jesus’ birth place.     The shepherds  were not ashamed either.     God works  in ways  we cannot understand.     God’s glory  is in His almighty ability  to condescend  to the most humble  of places  to show that,  yes,  He can love  even us.

There,  we glorify  and praise  His holy Name,  because  we are loved  and saved eternally.

As we think  about God’s coming  to us,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     All glory be  to God,  for He gives us  the peace  of His salvation  in Christ alone.     So great  is His love  to even the least  of us.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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All Things Have Been Created Through Him and for Him

December 17, 2014

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All Things  Have Been Created  Through Him  and for Him

All the secular emphasis  for Christmas  is on Santa  with his elves  and reindeer,  gifts,  trees,  decorations,  and snow.     That obviously misses  what should have been the point  for setting aside  a day  for celebrating  the Savior’s birth.     Nobody knows Jesus’ actual birth date,  and that is not important.     One thing  that is important,  though,  is the fact  that Jesus  is much more than a baby  in a manger.     Jesus is our Creator.

Jesus  is God  come down  to this earth  to save us  from our sins.     As Matthew 1:23 says,

Behold,  the virgin  shall be  with child,  and shall bear  a Son,  and they shall call His name Immanuel,  which translated means,  “God  with us”.   

This point  is emphasized  throughout God’s word  in a number  of ways  that are important  for us  to realize  as we celebrate  a meaningful Christmas  —  a meaningful worship  of Christ.     In Hebrews 1:2  is a truth  to consider.     It says,

In these last days  God has spoken  to us  in His Son,  whom He appointed heir  of all things,  through whom also  He made the world.

The whole world  was made  through Christ  —  that babe  in a humble manger.     The apostle John  has more  to say  about this.     In John 1:1  he says,

In the beginning was the Word,  and the Word  was with God,  and the Word  was God.

John  calls Jesus  “the Word”.     Then he says  in John 1:3,

All things came  into being through Him;  and apart  from Him  nothing came  into being  that has come  into being.

When Paul  was explaining  to the Colossians  the reasons why  they should lead lives  that are worthy  of the Lord,  he says  about Jesus  in Colossians 1:16-17,

For  in Him  all things were created,  both  in the heavens  and on earth,  visible  and invisible,  whether thrones  or dominions  or rulers  or authorities  —  all things  have been created  through Him  and for Him.

And He is before all things,  and in Him  all things hold together.

So,  Jesus not only created  all things  —  but He sustains all things  —  He holds all things together.     This world  could not continue  to exist  without the power  of Jesus  causing all the seasons,  growth in plant life  and animal life,  and every other miracle  of sustaining all  of creation.

Considering all this,  doesn’t it make sense  that common decency  should lead us  to worship Christ  in the right way  during this Christmas season?     It’s obvious  that the majority  of the world  doesn’t really agree.     They prefer  to emphasize shopping,  parties,  gifts,  food,  Santa,  etc.     They boldly choose  to ignore their Creator  and Sustainer.     And then,  they wonder why  they have no peace.

As we think  about Christmas  —  about God  our Creator  miraculously coming down  to be our Savior  and Redeemer  —  let us worship  in spirit  and in truth.     As Jesus  told the Samaritan woman  at the well  in John 4:24,

God is spirit;  and those who worship Him  must worship  in spirit  and truth.

Carefully examining  all these truths  in God’s word,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord God Almighty,  Your love for us  is so great  that You even condescended  to be born  in human form  that You might suffer  and die  to pay  for our sins.     All glory be  to Your name alone.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

A 2.67 year old says  I Pledge Allegiance

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

.

Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

.

How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

.

Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

.

O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

.

Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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Let Every Valley Be Lifted Up

December 16, 2014

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Let Every Valley  Be Lifted Up

It is so important  for everyone  to recognize  their sinful nature  —  and realize  just how condemning it is.     Bluntly,  our sins condemn us  to an eternity  of hell  —  and there is absolutely nothing  any one  of us  can do  to worm our way  out of it.     Everyone is a sinner,  and anyone imagining they can do enough good works  to merit heaven  is even more condemned  for such arrogance  and pride.     They are blasphemously contradicting  God’s word,  and puffing up  their ego.

Although our sins condemn us,  we do have a joyful  and sure hope  in Christ Jesus,  our Savior.     His suffering,  death,  and resurrection  have made  a full  and most satisfactory payment  for all of our sins.     Because  of Jesus,  we are now free  from all the punishment  we deserve,  simply by believing  and trusting  in God’s promises  and truths.

Questions:    Are we humble enough  to admit our sin?     Do we imagine  we have the power  to deserve heaven?     Are the religious teachings  of all the other various belief systems  confusing us?     Do our rough times  in life  make us wonder  about God’s love?     We need  to listen  to God’s words  of comfort,  telling us  about our Savior.

Isaiah 40:3-5  prophesied the purpose  and work  of John the Baptist’s preaching  about our Savior.     Isaiah wrote  around 740 years beforehand,

A voice  is calling,
“Clear the way  for the LORD  in the wilderness.
Make smooth  in the desert  a highway  for our God.
Let every valley  be lifted up,
And every mountain  and hill be made low;
And let the rough ground  become a plain,
And the rugged terrain  a broad valley;
Then the glory  of the LORD  will be revealed,
And all flesh  will see it  together;
For the mouth  of the LORD  has spoken.

When John the Baptist  preached repentance  to get our hearts ready  for the LORD  to come  to us  with His gift  of salvation,  he preached  the necessity  of our turning  to God  according to the truths  of our sinful natures  —  and according  to the truths  of God’s faithful love  and promises throughout the Old Testament.

We need  to let  our repentant hearts  “be lifted up”  by the promises  of God’s forgiveness  through faith  in Christ.     There is no condemnation  for anyone  who puts their trust  in Jesus  —  absolutely no condemnation.     Romans 8:1  confirms,

Therefore  there is now  no condemnation  for those  who are  in Christ Jesus.

So,  all the humble  who trust  in Jesus  are no longer condemned.     That is our joyful assurance.     And,  those who are troubled  by all the other  deceiving challenges  in this sinful world,  can also  take a joyful comfort  in God’s loving promises,  as they look  to God’s word  and learn  how very trustworthy it is.     The proud  and arrogant  who refuse  to believe God  will all  “be made low”  when they see  that they stand condemned.

In the glad peace  of God’s salvation  for all believers,  we say,  “Hallelujah!     LORD,  You have done  all things well!     Thank You!”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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