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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.

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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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