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Scripture -Jesus's Birth

12/12/2017 09:42

Old testament

Isaiah 53:1-12

To whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

"For He grew up before Him like a young plant, and like a root out of dry ground; He had no form or comeliness that we should look at Him, and no beauty that we should desire Him.

He was despised and rejected by men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces. He was despised, and we esteemed him not.

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, He was bruised for our iniquities; upon Him was the chastisement that made us whole, and with His stripes we are healed.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all.

He was oppressed, and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is dumb, so He opened not His mouth.

By oppression and judgment He was taken away; and as for His generation, who considered that He was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?

And they made His grave with the wicked and with a rich man in His death, although He had done no violence, and there was no deceit in His mouth.

Yet it was the will of the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief; when He makes Himself an Offering for sin, He shall see His offspring, He shall prolong His days; the will of the LORD shall prosper in His hand;

He shall see the fruit of the travail of His soul and be satisfied; by His knowledge shall the Righteous One, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous; and He shall bear their iniquities.

Therefore I will divide Him a portion with the great, and He shall divide the spoil with the strong; because He poured out His soul to death, and was numbered with the transgressors; yet He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors." 

Isaiah 9:6-7

"For a child has been born for us, a Son given to us; authority rests upon His shoulders; and He is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and His kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with Justice and with Righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this."

Micah 5:2

"But you, O Bethlehem of Ephrathah, who are one of the little clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me One who is to rule in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days." 

Zechariah 9:9

"Rejoice greatly, O daughter Zion! Shout aloud, O daughter Jerusalem! Lo, your King comes to you; triumphant and victorious is He, humble and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." 

Isaiah 52:13-15

"See, my servant shall prosper; He shall be exalted and lifted up, and shall be very high.

Just as there were many who were astonished at Him - so marred was His appearance, beyond human semblance, and His form beyond that of mortals - so He shall startle many nations; kings shall shut their mouths because of Him; for that which had not been told them they shall see, and that which they had not heard they shall contemplate."

New testament 

Luke 1:26-38

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,

To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin`s name was Mary.

 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. 

And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.

 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto Him the throne of His father David:

 And He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of His kingdom there shall be no end.

Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren.

For with God nothing shall be impossible. 

 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.

Matthew 1:18-25

Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily.

 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.

And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins.

Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.

Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:

And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS.

 

Friend, God has given us these accounts so we may know that He is the Father of Jesus.

God shows us that He had a Plan.

God explains how He carried out the Plan without satan knowing. Born of a virgin to keep the Holiness Pure. Born lowly wihtout all the riches of Heaven to show man how to live blameless. Born into the line of a King (David) A man after God's Own Heart, because He is a King. Born with ordinary looks, not what satan was used to having seen in the Kingdom - the Light was contained for a season and a Purpose.

For 30 years Jesus grew and was not noticed by satan.

His family were witness to healings and miracles - His mother knew what He could do and at the wedding feast He performed His first public miracle, turning water into wine at her request.

When He started His Ministry on earth at 30 years, satan must have been quite surprised! But, he lost no time in trying to tempt Him to give up His earthly ministry.

We find that God was Pure in His Plan.

He didn't bring a rock star who millions would follow because of talent, good looks and moves.

He didn't bring us someone like the great heros we see portrayed in movies today, the Batmans, Supermans and so on.

Our Saviour didn't need to commit any violence at all.

Yet torturous violence was committed against Him, an innocent.

He wasn't wealthy so no one could desire to know him for his riches and possessions. Yet He knew He had the wealth of Heaven at His fingertips should He ask for it and died so we may have the same according to God's Will for us.

He wasn't good looking by man's terms.

What He did have was Love and compassion for us.

He understood us and knew our need for Knowledge and a Saviour. He knows how satan and his army of followers have tempted us, abused us, killed and destroyed our souls.

But his birth brought a new era.

And that is why believers rejoice and set a day aside to celebrate His birth.

 

 

 

 

 

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Meditation 1 John 2:15

11/12/2017 10:55
Meditation Verse
 
Scripture. 
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.  If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 
1 John 2:15  KJV
 
The Apostle John wrote this letter to believers instructing them on how to live a Christian life.
 
In this short verse he sums up how we are to look inward to our own life, to see if we love the world and the things of the world, more than we love God.
 
In other words; who comes first in our lives? 
 
Is it the love of the planet? 
 
Is it the love of the things created by God, animal, bird, fish? 
 
Is it our family, loved ones, friends? 
 
Is it the things man has created; home, auto, toys. 
 
Is it someone; an entertainer, a philosopher, or our cultural heritage, a certain way of living?
 
All these things are allowable, although when one becomes a true believer, many of those extra human beliefs will be put aside for higher thoughts. 
 
They should never overpower or come first, before our love for Him who created and gave us, the Spirit that is in us.
 
He gave the Spirit to us for His own pleasure, knowing that He would abundantly give us the same pleasure, when we return to Him fully locked in to Him, never wavering in faith.
 
That pleasure is one on one communing with God as Friend and Confidant.
 
The evil in this world desires to hide this from us.
 
It is jealous of what we can have with God. 
 
It knows of the Magnificence of the One who is called " I Am That I Am". 
 
Evil has found that turning it's back on God was not it's best idea. 
 
Evil believes it's only hope is to gather more and more like minded souls to itself; and sets out to snare souls into it's traps for eternity.
 
Is God afraid? 
 
I know He is not and He could never be. 
 
The numbers won't matter to Him at the end. 
 
Now they do. 
 
He does not want any more to perish to evil than have already done so, and asks each believer to 
be a witness for Him.
 
Granted, we do not do a good job as His ambassadors, but each in his or her own way, can be used by God in some way even when they do not know they are being used.
 
Believers should always be available to the Spirit and walking in God's Will for them.
 
Be yourself in God.
 
Speak Bible Truth.
 
Prayer.
Lord, thank You for this warning.  This world is very bold in it's attempts to entice me and I have fallen many times.  Thank You for Your forgiveness and the peace it gives when I confess to You.  Help me to meditate day and night on Your Word and to come to You daily for all my needs to be met and to commune with You.  I want to have open communication with You  24/7.  Inhabit my life, my mind, body and soul and teach me Your Ways until I leave this earth to go to be with You in Spirit.  Amen.
 

 

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Caught In The Web

10/12/2017 21:23

 

Friend, do you ever feel like you are caught in a web?

Unable to move forward fluidly?

You have the sensation of moving, but feel caught in the web.

Your limbs are stopped, yet you move your muscles over and over, but go nowhere?

Something invisible is holding you in place not allowing you to go where you desire to go.

(In reality you may be sprawled on a bed unable to get up.)

There really is no resistance you can actually feel with your flesh, but yet it takes ages for you to move from that "caught" position, just a few inches, if at all!

It could take hours, days, months and years in that web struggle. 

Some never get out. They die in the web!

Sometimes there are many issues that hold us there; too fat, too skinny, far from the world's view of beauty, too poor, not educated enough, child abuse, neglected, raised abnormally, and so on.

Depression is sometimes thought of like this also and is sometimes the result of being in the web with these issues.

Like treading water constantly with no land in sight, no way to rest, angry monsters circling you as you struggle to dogpadde in the resisting water.

Jesus can help us through to the other side of the web, to freedom.

I am proof.

I was caught in the web and my experience was that my thoughts were the web that wouldn't let me move.

The web said to me that because of "this " or "that" I would never be able to do "that" or go "there."

First it was things about myself.

I wasn't worthy in all "these" ways!

How could I ever be, I thought?

How could I change the things I was born with?

I wasn't made for this society or times!

Then it was about not measuring up at work.

Not ever being accepted because of "any of the above" reasons!

Later it was because of my family members who "let me down;" alcoholism, drug addiction, atheism, anger and greed.

All these things could have been true and most had a core of truth to them because of how society accepts and denies other humans.

The cliques, the memberships and clubs we love to join; the dividing of the races and hope for acceptance on a human level, these too may keep us in the web.

But having a knowledge of Jesus and His Teachings from a childhood spent going to Sunday School, the Lord was able to use His Word, which I had hidden in my heart, to show me that what others thought of me I could not change if I was a willing partner who accepted the criticism they judged me by.

Once this Word from God, confirmed by Holy Scripture was allowed to blossom by me, in my heart and soul, there was no looking back.

First I had to acknowledge who I am and be confident that God loved me even while others didn't.

I became, with the Guidance of the Holy Spirit, an overcomer.

The web no longer could hold me.

I could do anything as long as it was in God's Will for me!

What a Revelation to the soul and spirit this was!

The feeling was like awakening from the cocoon and being led into the Light of God.

The dull feeling and greyness disappeared.

I was a child of the Most High God and He loved me and was willing to walk me through life and offered me Eternal Life as well.

I loved the Light and would not let it go!

I learned that Jesus is the Light.

I needed to know more and knew that I would find Truth in the Holy Bible.

It became my Lifeline to sanity and joy.

It's Truth is soothing to the soul and spirit as I struggle through relationships with people who are caught in the web of lies set by satan.

 

 

 

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Choices Choices Choices

07/12/2017 16:13

Friend, today you and I will make a myriad of choices.

These choices determine many things. 

Some things of the flesh, but also some things of the spirit.

Denying God exists is a choice.

Saying we have no proof when God says He gives us proof, is a choice to deny without considering what God has said, from a spiritual standpoint.

There is no question and should be none in our mind about His existence.

Some may prefer to believe in evolution, but that doesn't mean it is Truth in the sense of whole and complete Truth.

There may be an element that evil has taken and woven into a believable story, but it is not what God has said is truth.

Some believe in other gods, not believing what God has said; There is only One God, Triune, Father, Son and Spirit.

He says He is The Creator of all things.

Heavens and earth and all living things throughout all the universes.

Everything, everywhere.

Some believe in worshipping the things He has made, and this is a denying of The Creator God, choice.

Some like to believe that if they can get millions to follow them they will hold sway against God, in Heaven.

It's a choice to take on God, His Law, and his Will.

We can change man's law, God allows that, but we will never change God's Law and Will.

Hitler and many like him have tried.

Another way to speak of God's Will is to say God's Justice.

At the Judgement the Law will either confirm us or condemn us, and His Will/Justice will be done in both outcomes.

We will all know as we bow before the Throne where we stand before God.

Today and in times past man has changed his own laws to allow him to sin more against God and man.

But, never forget, we have not changed the Mind of God.

His Law stands.

He sees what we are up to.

He sees the sinful desires we have that we try to make into something a Just God would approve of.

We should be very careful because at some point in time when men have sinned so fully against God, The Law has determined a disastrous fate for mankind.

Sodom and Gomorrah, The Flood.

When men and women were so wicked and unbelieving in the One who gave them life and the spirit within and God could see they would never turn to Him, His Law automatically took over.

We are subject to The Law of God.

It can be a good thing for us or it can bring disaster on us.

That is our choice. God given. Free Will choice.

No one to blame but ourselves.

Today we can reach out and accept the Hand of God, Jesus, Who has risen from the dead and paid the price for our sins if we accept Him as King.

This Eternal Choice offered by God will confirm us at the Judgement.

Have you or will you make the choice to choose Redemption by the Son?

It is God's Ultimate Gift to mankind.

That is the best choice to make, friend!

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