Happy Birthday, Jesus!

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We know it’s probably not Your birthday, but it’s the day we celebrate Your being born in the flesh to become fully God and fully man.  Thanks for all You have done for us as Your spiritual people and for those who are Your physical people.  We truly look forward to an eternity with You.

Today is all about Him.  Be blessed.

 

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Yes, Mary did know

 

Scripture says Mary kept things close to her heart, which means they were basically verbally unexpressed.  She did know that Jesus was the baby born of a union between her and God the Holy Spirit, so she did know that He was divine and special.  Whether she knew He would someday walk on water, we don’t know.  What we do know is that she was aware He could spiritually change physical things like He changed the water into wine at the Cana wedding, so astonishing the one who oversaw the feast.  It was the custom of the day to serve an inferior wine after serving the best to the guests.  Did Mary know He could heal?  Scripture doesn’t say, but I believe she did.  It would be interesting to know what went on in her household while Jesus grew into maturity.

Pastor G and I pray you join us in celebrating Jesus this December 25.  It likely is not the day He was born, but it’s a day worth celebrating because it is all about Him. Be blessed.

 

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God wants you to know……….5

that nothing can separate you  from His love.

 

Romans 8:31-35 (NKJV)

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 

 

Pastor G and I pray this passage will always be part of your life.  Be blessed.

 

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God wants you to know………4

He sees everything you do and is well-pleased when you do things that truly delight Him.

 

Matthew 25:31-40  (NKJV)

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will  be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

 

You are truly the apple of His eye.

 

Deuteronomy 32:10  (NKJV)

10 “He found him in a desert land
And in the wasteland, a howling wilderness;
He encircled him, He instructed him,
He kept him as the apple of His eye.

 

 

Zechariah 2:8  (NKJV)

For thus says the Lord of hosts: “He sent Me after glory, to the nations which plunder you; for he who touches you touches the apple of His eye.

 

 

Psalm 105:15 (NKJV)

15 Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones,
And do My prophets no harm.”

 

Pastor G and I pray you understand how precious you are to God.  He has ordained and anointed you and looks to see you live His love.  Be blessed.

 

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God wants you to know…………3

how to live His love.  Like with everything, God teaches us how He wants us to live and love.  He wouldn’t task us with such an important mandate without showing us how.

 

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

 

Micah 6:8 (NKJV)

He has shown you, O man, what is good;
And what does the Lord require of you
But to do justly,
To love mercy,
And to walk humbly with your God?

 

So, do you do things in a spiritually just manner?  God can help you do this if you ask Him.  Do you love mercy and show compassion?  Do you walk humbly with your God or does pride get in the way?  Do you really think you know better than God how to live and  love?

 

Matthew 25:31-40 NKJV)

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

 

Pastor G and I pray you can see what it takes to live God’s love.  We rejoice in whatever changes you make to leave your carnal nature behind and replace it with these wonderful qualities that will remain with you for eternity.  Be blessed.

 

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God wants you to know………2

how very important spiritual love is to Him.  Love is not only who God is but what He does, and He looks for the same in us.  After all, He works to transform us into the love that He is.

 

Matthew 25:31-40 (NKJV)

31 “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ 40 And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

 

Note verse 34.  These are those who live His love and who God wants with Him for eternity.  Oh, I long to be in that group.  How about you?  Is that kind of spiritual love so natural to you that you automatically perform these acts of love?  I pray you do and that, like these sheep. being love like that doesn’t occur to you until it’s pointed out.

Pastor G and I pray that you ask God to be love as He is.  Scripture says that love covers a multitude of sins, and who among us is not guilty of sin?  Let’s focus on being love to all He sends across our path and to recognize those divine opportunities to show love.  God’s blessings and love be with you all.

 

Proverbs 10:12

12 Hatred stirs up strife,
But love covers all sins.

 

 

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God wants you to know…….

How very much He loves you. It goes way beyond John 3:16.

John 3:16 (NKJV)
6 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

He loves you so much that He said He would never leave or forsake you. (Yes, Jesus is God!) Note He looks for appropriate conduct and an attitude of gratitude, though.

Hebrews 13:5 (NKJV)

5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

He looks for you to live the love that’s in you and for others to be able to see the difference between how you are and how those that don’t know God are.

1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NKJV)
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not [a]puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, [b]thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

Galatians 5:22-23 (NKJV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Pastor G and I pray that you meditate upon these things while asking God to transform you into one He truly loves and desires to spend eternity with.

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