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The Kingdom of God Has Come Near to You

December 25, 2015

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The Kingdom  of God  Has Come Near  to You

During the rush and activities  of Christmas,  very few realize  that  “the kingdom  of God  has come near  to you”.     People are much too busy baking,  shopping,  decorating,  getting ready for Santa,  attending gatherings, etc.  to even realize  that God Almighty  is gently nudging us  to look  at His love  and salvation lying  in a manger.     Thinking about eternal salvation  is the farthest thing  from the people’s minds.     But,  we need  to pay attention  to the Reason  for the Season.     That is what Christmas should really be about.

During His ministry,  Jesus sent out His disciples  and gave them instructions  for sharing the gospel  everywhere they went.     ( Luke 10:1-12 )     Whenever  and where ever  God’s word  is heard,  we need  to know  that God  is coming near  to us.     Therefore,  in Luke 10:9,  Jesus instructed  His disciples  to tell everyone,

“The kingdom  of God  has come near  to you.”

No matter what the world is involved in,  when God’s gospel  presents itself  —  in whatever way  we might see  or hear it  —  we need  to stop  and realize  that  “the kingdom  of God  has come near  to you”  in its own quiet way.     It might be in a picture,  a Christmas card,  a nativity scene,  a carol,  a sermon,  a devotional,  or a conversation.     God is nudging us  to pay attention  to the reality  of His sacrificial love  for us.

The seriously cautioning part  of Jesus’ instructions  to His disciples  in Luke 10:1-12  is that anyone  who rejected  God’s gospel message,  as it is stated  throughout the Bible,  would be condemned  on Judgment Day.     Hopefully,  we won’t reject  the gospel message  of Jesus’ birth.

God’s love  in that manger  should be  the very center  of our joy  and celebration.     We aren’t worthy  of God’s love,  but He loves us anyway  and wants our hearts  and minds  to accept  His love  and salvation through faith.     Then  in peace  we say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord Jesus,  thank You  for coming down  to earth  to save us.”

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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