It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

Archive for December, 2020

The Word Became Flesh and Dwelt Among Us

The Word of God is the Son of God, Jesus, who took on flesh,the body of man that He may restore all mankind to Himself. 

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us and we beheld His glory, the glory as the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. NKJ

Christmas envelops the spirit of giving and grace. It is during this season more than any other that people are moved to give charitably to others and to those who are in need. It is in this Spirit that Christ came as a gift of grace and love to all mankind bringing with Him mercy and peace that we may know His joy. 

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men. NKJ

Luke 2:10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. NKJ

This good news of great joy is for all people, nations, tribes and tongues. Christ being the creator and sustainer of all that exists, He came to rescue His creation. Though we all were sold into bondage through the rebellion of sin, the love of Christ came to redeem and deliver us from this captivity. 

Revelations 7:9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands. NKJ

Luke 4:18 “The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor, He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recover of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; NKJ

All heaven and earth rejoiced at the coming of our Savior, Lord and King. The living Word of God became flesh, the Son of Man and lived among His creation.  We now can walk in restoration and live in love and fellowship with God our Father. The love of God is relational in that it is displayed in relationships as father and son, as husband and bride and as brother to brother and as friend to friend. 

John 20:17b….but go to My brethren and say to them, “I am ascending to My Father and your Father, and to My God and your God.”

The gift of grace and life that Christ brings to us in our daily lives deserves the same adoration and worship that He received at the announcement of His birth.

Matthew 2:10-11 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshipped Him. NKJ

Jesus Came to Earth and Brought A New Government

Jesus brought another government to the earth, a spiritual kingdom that operates on the earth for God’s people. Jesus established a kingdom where we can walk in the light of the good news of Christ. Wherewith He has broken the yoke of sin and the rod of the oppressor. We are no longer chained to the sins of our past or the tyranny of men. There is a spiritual government, God’s kingdom on earth, that we now have access to through the belief and faith in the completed work of Christ. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we have hope that we can live a different life on earth. 

Isaiah 9:2,4,6,7a   The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined. 4 For You have broken the yoke of his burden. And the staff of his shoulder, The rod of his oppressor, As in the day of Midian. 6 For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7a Of the increase of His government and peace There will be no end…

God came to earth in the likeness of a human, the Christ child Jesus was born to walk and live on this earth just as we have and He is to be our example.  Jesus experienced the pain, sorrows and trials that we all have experienced living in this fallen world. Jesus came as a man to fellowship with us, to let us know He understands what we are going through and to set us free. Jesus experienced it all, the rejection, hurt, pain and even one of the most horrific deaths, the death of the cross, but with the love of God, He forgave us all our sins and wrongdoings.   

To us was given the Son of God, The Son of The Most-High God for payment of our sin debt. Only the sinless Son of God could pay the debt humanity owed for their rebellion against God that plunged us into darkness.  Satan became the prince of darkness and the prince over this fallen system of government on the earth. Only the Blood of Jesus as the Son of God, could atone for the sin of mankind to bring us into His marvelous light.

Though it was at a great cost to God, He gave us His Son so that we could become sons of God, children of The Most-High King. We can now call God, Abba Father, because the sin debt owed has been paid and we are heirs of our everlasting Father through faith in Christ. He is a good Father who meets our every need and gives us our daily provisions.

God is Wonderful; He is full of wonder; He is amazing and breathtaking with the marvelous actsthat He does for us and He takes delight in giving to His children. God has given us His Holy Spirit as our Counselor and guide and if we lack wisdom in any situation we may ask God and He will give to us liberally and generously. They call Him Almighty God; there is nothing above Him in power and might.

We have seen some dominating people rise to power but God stands above them all. We can stand in faith and in trust the All Mighty God whom we serve and He will give us a peace that the surpasses understanding. Jesus is our Prince of Peace. God did not want man to live in fear of Satan, sickness, death, the wickedness of men or in fear of lack and poverty. Jesus came to dispel this darkness so that we may have in this world provision, protection and authority over our circumstances. As true believers and Christ followers we are no longer under the curse of sin and death but we have been set free by the Son of God, to be free in actions, thought and deeds.

Luke10:41-42 And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen the good part, which will not be taken away from her.” NKJ

The key to peace is knowing where to put our trustand it must be in love God has for us. So many of people say they believe God and trust in His Word but do not know God’s character or His attributes and know little of His Word. The lack of understanding and knowing Him is why they become full of fear and doubt. Their minds have not been renewed to the new way of thinking, which is crucial to living successfully in the kingdom of God. 

Babies are born into this natural world and they must learn how to navigate this worldly system to live successfully on the earth. The same is true in God’s Kingdom, those who are God’s people should learn how to operate in God’s kingdom/government while on the earth. Kingdom citizens, those who are re-born into the family of God have access to the spiritual kingdom/government of God on the earth. Some believers in Christ are ignorant of their authority and how to operate in His kingdom successfully.

When our minds are filled with the concerns and issues of this world it manufactures fear. When our minds are filled with the wonders of God, His Majesty and Sovereignty we are able to overcome fear and to live with peace and operate in God’s kingdom effectively. It is then that we are able todisplay the peace of God in our lives that people will marvel at.

Many people rely on stories of men and the traditions of their culture to teach them how to function in the kingdom of God. Unfortunately,what is passed down is not truth and lack the of knowledge of God’s word. This is the reason we see so many people who call themselves Christians living defeated. Some people have more knowledge of this world and have more faith in the worldly government system than they have knowledge of God’s word and faith in His kingdom. 

Daniel 11: 32b …but the people who know their God shall be strong, and carry out great exploits.

Those who know and trust in Jesus shall be strong and do great feats, deeds and achievements. Followers of Christ are under a new Government and New King who has power and authority over our present circumstances because we belong to Him and we live in a different kingdom.

The Good News of Jesus and His government is the reason we are celebrating the birth of Christduring this Christmas season. 

Luke 2:14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men. NKJ

Grace is God’s Gift of Christmas – Jesus is our Gift of Grace

he spirit of Christmas is Grace in Christ Jesus! God is showing His grace, favor, kindness, goodwill and love to all humanity through Christ. Grace provides what we cannot obtain for ourselves, grace gives us forgiveness, love and mercy, which is undeserved, unmerited and unearned. We can express God’s love through kindness, goodwill and favor to others who may not deserve it but it is still given regardless of merit. 

God so loved this world that He gave His best, Jesus, to save us even when we were in our worst state. God loved us while we were lost and did not care or love Him and He expressed His love in the Gift of Christ our Savior. The love of God sacrifices and gives even though it may not be received or be reciprocated.

Jesus emptied Himself of all His right as the Prince in heaven and humbled Himself to be born of flesh as a child on earth. He was born of flesh and restricted to a life in a fallen world fixed in an appointed time for the service of others. Jesus came to show the grace, mercy and love God has for all mankind. 

Luke 2: 10-11 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. NKJ

God gave us His best gift; Jesus Christ His Son and the angels sang of this joy to all mankind and the men responded in worship. Wise men sought Him and gave gifts to honor the Child who was born to be King of kingsover all the earth. Wise men are still seeking Jesus and are giving gifts to honor Jesus as Lord and King. 

These wise men went looking for the Christ though it wasa great distance way, at much cost and much preparation. They came from a far country to search out where Jesuswas born to give great and costly gifts they had prepared for the King, the One who was worthy of all they had and more. 

These gifts were to show honor to the God in heaven andto Mary and Joseph so they could survive and provide for the Christ Child. We honor our God when we honor His children and give to those created in God’s image. When we give to the least of those in humanity, those who are in need on the earth, we are giving to God.

Proverbs 19:17 When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the LORD, and the LORD will pay you back. GNT

We should make it our tradition and to teach our children the true Spirit of Christmas is to give the gift of grace to others, to those who may be undeserving. Instead of teaching them to focusing on themselves and their friends we should be an example of God’s love and give to thosewho have not earned it but out of grace we give gifts. We should show love to honor our Lord and King by givingthe gift of grace to those who are without strength or assets. 

We should be determined to express the love Christ has shown us to those who are underserving are around us. We should teach our children that Christmas is about the greatest gift ever given was given to us.  We should wantto give this good and great gift of God our Father to others rather than looking to receive one. 

Romans 5:6, 8 For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. 8 But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

Jesus walked in the grace of God as a man to fulfill His purpose. He was given the same power that we have access to today, the Holy Spirit. God has given us the ministry of reconciliation and the command to love others as He has loved us. 

We should desire to give this gift of grace to others and determine how we will express this Spirit of Christmas, love and grace to those around us who are in need. During this time of the year the world softens its heart and expresses kindness and show compassion to one another. How much more should we, who are in the household and family of God, express His Grace to otherswho are without hope?

Galatians 6:10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith. NKJ

Jesus is our example and was led by the Spirit of God to give the good news of the gospel, that God’s kingdom has returned to the earth that we can now be forgiven and enter into His kingdom. Jesus showed the love of God to the brokenhearted that they did not have to be alone and that they can receive the Holy Spirit as their companion,guide and God as their Father. To those who wereenslaved to the appetites of the flesh and their addictions,they too can be set free by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

We also can help those who are blind to the truth of God’s word by showing the love of God in our actions. Those who are oppressed through injustices of this fallen world system or who live under the tyranny of social or cultural hatred can be set free by the love of God through the blood of Jesus. Now is the acceptable time to receive from God this precious gift of Grace.

Luke 4:18-19 The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord.

Jesus is our reason for Christmas; He is our gift of graceand the reason we give to those who are unable to help themselves. Jesus came and provided what we could not provide for ourselves. Let us choose to be the provisionthat someone may need during this Christmas season. Let us be as the wise men of old and prepare gifts for our Sovereign King to show honor and to worship Him, through the people we serve who are in need. 

Ephesians 4:7,12 But to each one of us grace was given according to the measures of Christ’s gift… for the equipping of the saints for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, NKJ

This Christmas let us give the gift of Christ’s grace, in a word of encouragement, in an expression of concern, in the displaying of love to those who may even be ill tempered and unlovely but who are in desperate need of God’s love.

A Child Was Born – To Die For Us. A Son Was Given – To Reign Over Us

Great love was shown toward us when Jesus laid aside His Royalty and Majesty on High to become part of humanity on earth. He laid aside being called the Prince and Son of God in heaven to being called One conceived out of wedlock, having another Father, and not being Joseph’s child. He lived a life of sorrow, rejected by men and died on a cross. All this He endured because of His love and compassion for you, for us. Hedid this to redeem humanity from this fallen world system and introduce a new government and to become our Sovereign King in the kingdom of God on earth.

Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a Childe is born Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. NKJ

Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected by men, A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him; He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, and He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed. NKJ

Many people see Jesus’ life as one filled with all glorious times until the crucifixion, but in reality Jesus humbled Himself and lived a life of rejection and confrontation with the irreligious people of His day. Jesus being Deity, The Creator and Sustainer of this world allowed Himself to become an infant, confined in the womb of a woman for nine months. He was raised asMary’s child living in the home with His stepfather and stepbrother’s and stepsisters. Jesus was rejected and taunted by men and attacked by Satan, yet He kept His eyes on the love He had for us, to rescues us from eternal death and to bring us into the family of God.

1 Colossians 1:15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. NKJ

Mark 6:3 Is this not the carpenter, the Son of Mary, and the brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? And are not His sisters here with us?” So they were offended at Him. NKJ

God’s love is so great and His plan was so intricate and so complex that it was put into place to save us before the foundation of the world was laid. God foresaw our needs and fore-planned how He would come and rescue, release and saveus from our wickedness, depravity and sin. Jesus’ birth was announced with great majesty in the heavens but was revealed in meekness and humbleness on earth being born an illegitimate child of Mary in a stable.  Jesus’ life was threatened even as a child as Herod tried to kill Him and His family but they fledtheir home into another country to save His life. 

Ephesians 1:4 Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will. NKJ

Matthew 2:13 Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.” NKJ

Jesus lived 30 years preparing for a three-year public ministry that would be filled with confrontation and hatred from men,with spiritual attacks from Satan followed by His death on the cross.   It was God’s love for us that was displayed in the life, death and resurrection of Christ. 

Throughout His ministry they said Jesus had a devil spirit; he was a friend of sinners and called a winebibber or habitual drinker of alcohol. The irreligious of His day even tried to stone Him because they were offended by His truth.  

Luke7:34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners! KJV

Jesus despised the shame and humiliation that He went through but He focused on the joy that it would bring to mankindthrough salvation. Through faith, we who believed in Jesuswould become children of God and adopted into the family and kingdom of God. As true followers of Christ, when hardships and attacks come, we should press into the presence of God to see the spiritual view of these situations. Through meekness we too may see how lives could be saved or changed if we endured the shame as Christ did for the joy of possibly saving someone’s soul. 

Hebrews 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and shas sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. NKJ

Some people lose heart and give up because of hardships and the things they have had to endure. Whether we give up hope,or stand in faith, will depend on what we allow our focus to be centered on. When our eyes are on Christ and the eternal souls of mankind, these temporary afflictions and hardships will seem light and brief in comparison to entity. 

2 Corinthians 4:17-18 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the thins which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. NKJ

As followers of Christ we must train our eyes to look at the spiritual and eternal things rather than the natural and temporal. This is a practiced skill that takes time in God’s word and in the presence of God with a concerted effort to think on the things of God.  We all were born and raised to focus on the natural things of life, where much value was placed on the fleeting and passing things of this world.  Once we are born into the government of God’s kingdom, we are given the Spirit of God and we learn to esteem and discern the spiritual things of Godabove those of this world. 

Unto us a Child was born, to die a death He did not deserve. Unto us a Son was given to live a life of rejection in a worldly system to bring us into a kingdom where we may live accepted in the commonwealth of God’s government. We were once aliens but now we are His Beloved and adopted into the royal family of God in His kingdom on earth.  

Ephesians 2:12-13 That at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenant of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. NKJ

As we look at the circumstance of Jesus’ birth, life and death and all that He went through, we see He did not allow any situation deter Him from His God given purpose. In celebrating Jesus, we are thankful for the way He stood steadfast on our behalf and look to Him as our example, our Prince of Peace and Joy.

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