God Of ALL My Days

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READ:   Psalm 139:16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

I remember as a little girl often finding myself wondering about life.  I would lay in my backyard and just wonder why I was born?  Why was I even here in existence?  I think even at such a young age, I knew and understood that there was so much more to life than just me and my plans.    I believe it was God placing those thoughts into me that were causing me to search for Him.   God tells us, "If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me", Jeremiah 29:13.    

I'm so glad that I found THE ONE who was wooing my heart even at a young age.   Now that I am much older, I can look back and see just how He held me up at times, walked beside me at others, and protected me over and over again.    There were times in my life when I didn't know which way to go - sometimes things looked so dark that I didn't think there even was "a way" to go... but He made the way just like He parted the Red Sea for the Israelites to cross - He made a way for me.    

No matter what season of life you find yourself in... it is so reassuring to know that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever and He is the God of ALL our days.     

You're the God of ALL my days

Each step I take  - You make a way

And I will give you ALL my praise

My seasons change - you stay the same

You're the God of ALL my days!   

Dear Jesus - thank you for loving me with such an everlasting love that no matter what you take care of me, just because I'm yours and your love for me is that great.  Thank you for wooing me to come to you and for being my love.   Thank you for always being with me - I praise you and thank you that you will never leave me or forsake me.  You are MY GOD always and forever! My ONLY ONE!  <3   

Forgetting Your Past

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READ:  Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

We all have made mistakes.  We can look back and say, "I wish I never did that!"   OR "I should have taken a different path."      We can't change our past - it is BEHIND US and OVER WITH.    Dwelling in the past - won't change it.    Crying over the past  - won't fix it.   It's OVER, DONE, CAPUT!    

Paul tells us what to do - he says,  "FORGETTING WHAT LIES BEHIND and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Jesus Christ!" 

But what does this mean exactly?   --- it means that we make a DECISION to NOT let our past take our attention from the present OR hinder our moving forward in the future.   Maybe you made mistakes in the past - maybe even this past year, but a new year is before us and we need to be READY to put all of our focus on what God has in store for us THIS YEAR.  

Isaiah 43:18 “But forget all that–it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.”

The devil will do his best to try to remind you of past failures and mistakes - but looking back only makes it more difficult to look forward.    You have to LOOK in the direction that you are walking.     God is ahead - He is your future.  Put your trust in Him! 

 

Jesus = Peace Between God And Man

BIBLE READING:  Luke 2:8-14  That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord's glory surrounded them.  They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. "Don't be afraid!" he said.  "I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people.  The Savior - yes, the Messiah, the Lord - has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David ! And you will recognize him by this sign:  You will find the baby wrapped snuggly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.  

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others - the armies of heaven- praising God and saying, 

"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased".  

This is a section of scripture that is familiar to us especially during the Christmas season.  But many people look at the turmoil in the world today and say 'where is the peace'?  People misunderstand this scripture to say that Jesus was bringing 'peace on earth'.   Jesus himself said in Matthew 10:34-36 - "Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the world.  No, I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.  I came to set sons against their fathers, daughters against their mothers, daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law; your worst enemies will be the members of your own family."   That doesn't sound like Jesus came to bring peace ON the earth, does it? 

The peace the angels were singing about was peace BETWEEN God and man.   Prior to Jesus there was no means for forgiveness of sin.   Man had to sacrifice animals over and over, and still there was no way for the people to actually feel forgiven.   The blood of the animals was inadequate.   Jesus coming was going to be God's way of bringing peace between God and man once again.  The is the peace that God intended when he created Adam and Eve and they walked and talked with him in the coolness of the Garden of Eden.  Adam and Eve had a relationship of peace with God and God's plan was to restore this.   Jesus was sent here with a mission and the mission had begun.   Jesus would be the means for peace on earth once again between man and God.  

God was making the whole human race his friends through Christ Jesus.

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Christ was without sin, but for our sake God made him share our sin in order that- in union with him - we might share the righteousness of God, 2 Corinthians 5:21

Wise Men Seek Jesus

BIBLE READING:  Matthew 2:1-2   Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, "Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star as it rose, and we have come to worship him".   

Matthew 2:9-11  And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem.  It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was.  When they saw the star, the were filled with joy!  They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshipped him.  Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  

The wise men saw the star and they knew the of the prophesy that said, 'And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, for a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel,.'  (Matthew 2:6). They knew this star meant the ruler (King) was come.   

They came presenting gifts:  frankincense, gold, and myrrh.    

GOLD:   A precious metal.  The value of gold would have helped Joseph and Mary greatly.  This gift was symbolic of the divinity and worth of Jesus. 

FRANKINCENSE:  A white resin or gum.  Frankincense was highly fragrant and was often times used in worship where it was burned as a pleasant fragrant offering to God.  It is a symbol of holiness and Jesus' willingness to become a sacrifice for the sins of the world.  

MYRRH:  A spice used for embalming.  It symbolizes bitterness, suffering, and affliction.   Jesus would suffer greatly as he would someday pay the ultimate sacrifice by giving his life on the cross for the sins of mankind.  

The wise men chose gifts that were very symbolic of our Lord and Savior, who He was and what He would do for mankind.   

If you could bring a gift to Jesus - what would you choose?   The only thing that He desires from you is your heart.   He paid such a tremendous price for you to be able to spend eternity with Him, but your heart must be surrendered to Him as Lord and Savior for this to happen.  

Jesus wants YOU this Christmas season.   Will you surrender ALL of you to Him?   

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Me - my gift is me

All I am - all I'll ever be

I'm not ashamed for the world to see

That it's me - my gift is me