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O Come all you Faithful! How many of you just sang this song in your heart – O Come all ye Faithful … Joyful and Triumphant? It is a song of young and old. Angelic beings even know this song. It is a song of a God who loves us so much that He came as a baby and who trusted his parents to care for him. He was vulnerable to the cares of life just like you and me, yet; He believed in you so much to accomplish his purpose that He sent His son, Jesus, Son of God. I often wonder what the heavens must have been like as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit discussed going down in human form. Were the angels whispering? Did the Universe break forth with a celebration? Did the animals stir from their sleep? Did the fish swim toward Bethlehem? Did the trees wave their branches? I believe the whole earth sang in glorious celebration!
Just like an expecting family – I believe that when God sent His Son to the earth all creation was stirring with excitement. Even those who did not want to believe knew of His arrival. After all God created us in His image. For those who did not believe, I think their very DNA from the Father stood alert at the coming of the newborn King.
No one knows exactly when a baby will come but the Heavenly Father. He speaks and the womb (God’s creation) moves at His command. It was true for Jesus and it is true for You!
At God’s command let there be:
Authority – light and darkness
Heaven and Earth – firmament (the vault of heaven; sky) in the midst of the waters;
Establishing – waters under the heaven gather into one place and let the dry land (earth) appear; Let the waters be called Seas;
Seed – Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields see, fruit trees;
Orders our Steps– Sun to shine by day and the moon and stars to guide us by night; let them be for signs and seasons – days and years
Depth and Height – great sea creatures to cover the depths of living water and birds to fly over the expanse of the heavens
Pleasure – Animals
Dominion – Man and woman in His image. God’s very DNA fills you today!
Blessing and Honor – Rest to ponder the goodness and righteousness of the Lord
Did you think this was a creation story? Well it is. God created all of this for you to reproduce His glory on the earth as it is in heaven. Sadly, many men still could not see it, so God’s amazing grace gave you the greatest evidence of all – His Son Jesus. A baby, born of a virgin, now in flesh appearing came to life for us. A baby who was vulnerable, in need of a parent to care for Him – feed him, cloth him, bath him, change him and teach him. He was faced with the same consequences and choices we do; He was given everything you already had from your Heavenly Father. God’s creation and purpose for us never changed. Jesus resurrected what was already given to you.
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the LORD Almighty will accomplish this. – Isaiah 9:6,7 (NIV)
O Come all ye faithful….Come and behold Him…God’s ultimate creation story!
“BLESSED IS THE MAN WHO PERSERVERES UNDER TRIAL…” (JAS 1:12)
We Christians have many reasons to celebrate. God is in His heaven; Christ has risen, and we are the sheep of His flock. That’s reason in itself to daily celebrate. Yet sometimes, even the most devout believers may become discouraged. After all, we live in a world where expectations can be high and demands can be even higher.
A lot of folks fail to meet the expectations of others (or, for that matter, the expectations that we have for ourselves), we may be tempted to abandon hope. But God has other plans. He knows exactly how He intends to use us. Our task is to remain faithful until He does.
If you have become discouraged with the direction of your day or your life, turn your thoughts and prayers to God. He is a God of possibility, not negativity. He will help you count your blessings instead of your hardships. And then, with a renewed spirit of optimism and hope, you can properly thank Him for His blessings, His love and His Son.
“The fact that you have been knocked down is interesting – but the length of time you stay down – is all that’s really important.” I can’t recall the author who wrote or spoke these words but I remember the words well. You need to reconcile yourself to the fact that as you travel through life, you’ll have problems, and you’ll stumble. I believe the question here is, are you going to stay down, or are you going to get back up and keep on going? A lot of folks have been down so long that they’re comfortable there ~ and they’ll even trip you up just to have company. Watch out for these kinds of people!
These scriptures will give you staying power to reach your goal and move beyond the discouragement when it comes for a visit. “For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe….he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon a rock…I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Ps 27:5, 13). “Blessed is the man who preservers under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him” (Jas 1:12). “My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Ps 73:26). “…Do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised” (Heb 10: 35-26).
Corrie ten Boom so beautifully stated…”The strength that we claim from God’s Word does not depend on circumstances. Circumstances will be difficult, but our strength will be sufficient.”
These promises are yours; claim them today!
My Prayer of Grace Today ~ Dear Lord, when I am discouraged, give me perspective and faith. When I am weak, give me strength. When I am fearful, give me courage for the day ahead. I will trust in Your promises and live with the assurance that You are with me not only for this day, but also throughout all eternity. Amen!