JESUS CHRIST ~ EMMANUEL GOD WITH US ~
EMMANUEL "GOD WITH US!"
“GLORY to GOD in the HIGHEST, and on earth Peace, Goodwill toward men!” Luke 2. If there was ever a time to PRAISE the LORD the time is NOW!
Notice that whenever you read, watch or hear the news it is not usually good! There is an overabundance of things going on all over the world. There are many natural disasters all about us and the results are devastating… Mass murders on the rise and wickedness abounds. The economy has been down and is slowly rising? Unemployment rate has been up and slowly changing! WoW! The United States of America's Government "SHUT DOWN!" President Obama and the Congress reached a massive impasse and were unable to move forward... The lives of many are drastically being impacted. Many loved ones have passed on making their transition to eternity! Many corporations have closed, many have lost businesses, careers, jobs, estates, homes, stocks, possessions and yet … Immorality has become acceptable?
Marriage & family is ordained by God! The powers that be and principalities yield much spiritual warfare that seeks to break up many families and put in place a different way of living. Redefining the marital roles...
Disloyalty and manipulation, justified, along with works of the flesh and deception slowly but surely intertwining itself in many relationships... Children tossed to and fro. This is not God's Way! Seemingly harmless it has opened the door for much chaos…
How horrendously horrific that the lives of many children were taken at gunpoint by a young unstable misguided mass murderer. LORD have MERCY! Stress levels are constantly being elevated... No wonder; Suicide,divorce, murder, sicknesses, diseases, depression and evil are abounding! LORD HELP!!!
There is also a resurgence of discrimination in many shapes and forms and on a multitude of levels. There is an enormous amount of oppression and loss of freedom as well as invasion of privacy; all due to the overwhelming threat of foreign and domestic terrorism as well as suppression & oppression...
A host of false teachers controlling and leading many astray… God wants to be a part of our daily lives. He does not want you to just go to worship. God wants us to be HIS CHURCH! God wants you to be confident in your personal relationship with Him. He wants us all to grow in His grace daily. Many are living in fear… This does not have to be.
God does not force His Will upon us. He allows us to choose. I assure you in the LORD you can discover everything that you will ever need for Life & Living! He can also deliver you of fear. His Word is " A lamp unto your feet and a Light unto your path."
Look at GOD! “The LORD is my Light and my Salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the Strength of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27.
It is important to know who you are through Jesus Christ! It is so very IMPORTANT to know HIS WORD & STAND upon HIS WORD! In HIM you can have the VICTORY!
We are living in a time that anything goes! What GOD has said is wrong it is accepted as right. What is GOOD is called evil, evil is called good and many are trying to make what is right in the eyes of the majority rule and become accepted as the norm… Lord help us!
The Word of God is being fulfilled! Truly we are in the last days! “No one knows the day or the hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son but only the Father. As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man…” Matthew 24. So it is today!
Begin to prepare each day as though you were to see the Lord face to face! Live to PLEASE GOD not man... There is ALWAYS HOPE in the LORD!
When Noah was building the ark there were millions and millions of people here on earth. The world had become a place where “anything goes” it was no longer the paradise that God had intended for His people. They allowed themselves to become caught up in the ways of the world. Don't allow anyone to make you stray from what you know to be right. Fewer and fewer listened to the Lord! Look how time repeats itself! It is time to break dysfunctional cycles of behavior... The spiritual warfare was rampart and satan continued to deceive many! SO it is NOW! It is a little frightening to see just how quickly God’s principles were laid aside… Imagine way back then it had never rained! In spite of the criticism Noah received he remained focused on the LORD! It may be hard to fathom or comprehend but in the whole entire world he was the only man and his family that was listening to the Lord. Noah was a righteous obedient man and obeyed the Lord in spite of what was going on in the world.
“The Lord saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The Lord was grieved that He had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the Lord said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth – men and animals, and creature that move along the ground, and the birds of the air- for I am grieved that I have made them.” Genesis 6.
The world had become flooded with evil and this brought a greater flood upon them that destroyed the world. What God had said not to do had become the norm! Does any of this sound familiar? Look at what is going on today? There is much to learn and ponder in the Word of God! It is Powerful and “ALIVE” it is All True! The Gospel is continuously being shared and going forth all throughout the world. Time is winding up! From this magnificent illustration we can learn the importance of listening to the Lord rather than compromising His Word in order to be accepted by the masses. God will Never direct you to do anything that goes against His WORD!
EMMANUEL GOD is with us!
Jesus told us “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Therefore go and make disciples of ALL nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to OBEY EVERYTHING I HAVE COMMANDED you. And surely I AM with you ALWAYS to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28.
GOD KNOWS WHO BELONGS TO HIM!
Know God’s Word for yourself! There is only ONE TRUE CHURCH! We the collective body of believers all around this world that was created through HIM are HIS Church! We are the body of Jesus Christ! PRAISE GOD!
God is so gracious, loving, kind and Sovereign! He has provided a way back to Him. He has given us a path by which we must travel and Jesus has paved that way! "He is the Way The TRUTH and the LIFE." It is the Narrow Way that is His way!
Today it is important for us to fully embrace the Truth of His Word regardless as to what is happening about us! WE CAN ALWAYS TRUST GOD! He has given us many examples as to what happens when we ignore, disobey or lay aside His Word! Know just like in the time of Noah many will not understand you. Had you ever thought about where were all those multitudes of people that Jesus healed, fed and saved when He was being crucified? How many sat on the sidelines and said nothing! We too can expect more of the same! Just like then many did not really expect the outcome…
We too can expect not to be welcomed, maligned, mistreated, persecuted, misunderstood… But do not become disheartened. Become aware and continue to look to the Lord. Ask the Lord for wisdom and discernment to properly apply His Word to your life! “Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not to your own understanding. In All your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your path.” Proverbs 3.
We must learn to honor and esteem God’s Word above the ways of the world. No person, judge, king, president, prophet, prophetess, bishop, apostle, pastor, deacon or priest was able to overcome sin in the flesh. Therefore God sent His only Begotten Son to come in the form of sinless flesh and overcome sin in the flesh for us! “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. That whosoever BELIEVES in Him shall not perish but have Eternal Life.” John 3. It within this verse one can gain spiritual acuity and focus on the Power of The Gospel of Jesus Christ! Jesus accepted the punishment for our sins and humbled Himself and was obedient through His death on the Cross! He took back what was lost and redeemed us and He arose with ALL Power! To believe means that you begin to take action and step out on Faith. You are a believer because you have given your life to the Lord and Believe, Trust and Embrace the full Gospel of Jesus Christ!
As you Celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ; Know that Emmanuel means God with us! We can truly celebrate "CHRISTmas!" Know without doubt that as a believer JESUS CHRIST abides in your heart! We must continually ask Him to fill us with His presence daily...
The GOOD NEWS!
JESUS CHRIST makes all the difference in the world! It is a wonderful, thoughtful, kind, loving gesture to give to others... So ENJOY this season of giving... However, make it a point to take time and spend some time with the Lord reflecting on ALL He has done for you! He TRULY is the all time GREATEST GIFT of ALL! We can ALWAYS find something to be THANKFUL for! REJOICE in HIM! We all continue to exist because of GOD! "For in HIM we live and move and have our being..." Act 17. CHRISTmas is REALLY about JESUS CHRIST and not just the presents; but about HIS PRESENCE in your life! HE is our "KING of kings and LORD of lords! He is our PRINCE of PEACE! No matter what you can ALWAYS FIND LOVE, COMFORT and PEACE in HIM! "Be STILL & KNOW!" EMMANUEL "GOD IS WITH US!"
As we examine the life of Jesus Christ we can see that He encountered an enormous amount of spiritual warfare during His sinless life. We learn that He suffered much! Many of those he helped turned their backs on Him... The birth of Jesus Christ born to The Virgin Mary was a marvelous astonishing miraculous miracle! This glorious occasion changed the world forever! Jesus was dispatched from Heaven to defeat the enemy for us! His spectacular Victory was felt on earth and in Heaven!
We can offer Praise; because of Jesus Christ we can learn to “Worship Him in Spirit and in Truth!” It is because of Him being born in the flesh, living a sinless life, being crucified, then He died and was buried! He became the Holy, Pure, Sacrificial, Consecrated Lamb of God! He redeemed us through His precious blood. There is POWER in the BLOOD! He shed His blood as the ultimate sacrifice so we might have life and have it, more abundantly. Not only on earth, on this side of heaven but through eternity! How amazing! PRAISE GOD!
The GOOD NEWS!
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For He chose us in HIM before the creation of the world to be HOLY and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons (daughters) through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will – to the praise of His glorious Grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves. In Him we have the redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s Grace that He lavished on us with all Wisdom and Understanding. And He made known to us the mystery of His will according to His good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment to bring ALL things in heaven and on earth together under One Head, even, CHRIST…” Ephesians 1.
The GOOD NEWS!
There is a wealth of knowledge and security within the depths of the Holy Scriptures! Jesus was the WORD wrapped in sinless flesh! Jesus was born during one of the most difficult eras in history! Much political turmoil going on… At the time of His birth many many babies were killed... From the very beginning there were those who avidly sought to destroy Him! Interesting, they were so intimidated by His extraordinary birth! As time passed He was treated atrociously, beatened, maligned and yet; Jesus fulfilled His earthly mission! This is why we ALL need Him as Savior & Lord! Through Him we are "more than conquerors!" Romans 8. He has provided us with His Holy Spirit to lead, guide and protect us! WE CAN ALWAYS TRUST GOD!
God has already BLESSED us with every spiritual blessing! The blessings of God go far beyond material or temporal they are eternal! Before we were ever born God chose us! God does not want us to be unaware or ignorant of the TRUTH of His WORD nor live in denial! He does not want His Word to be a secret! We must warn the people! He wants us to boldly proclaim “The GOOD NEWS!” The GOSPEL of Jesus Christ! The Word of God is His story. God is Sovereign! When we truly belong to Him we are to represent Him! We are to live out the principles of His Word in spite of what is happening in this world. Jesus is coming soon!
As we prepare to CELEBRATE the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ it is spiritually beneficial to keep in mind the many wonderful Blessings of the Lord! Jesus Christ is the most precious “GIFT” ever given by our Creator, Father and Lord! We can REJOICE in this THROUGH ETERNITY!
“For to us a child is born, to us a Son is given: and the government shall be on His shoulder: and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9. HALLELUJAH!
When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord we have something to shout about! In every and any situation God will see you through! “God will never leave nor forsake you!” We can Praise Him throughout the year and forever more knowing that JESUS CHRIST is not only the “Reason for the Season” but the reason for LIFE and living through eternity!
GOD BLESS YOU! ~ MERRY CHRISTmas & Have a Wonderfully Blessed NEW YEAR ~