Friday, December 29, 2023

The Magi's Visit-What To Give?

 "When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route." Mathew 2:10-12

Imagine what Mary and Joseph must have thought when these three Magi came into the stable bringing gifts to their baby.

We can assume they explained they had seen the star in the East and had followed it to the Christ Child. With them they had three gifts: Gold, frankincense and myrrh.

There is a spiritual meaning concerning these three gifts. Gold recognizes Christ kingship, frankincense is a symbol of deity and myrrh a symbol of death.

Mary and Joseph would have pondered these things in their hearts.

I often wonder what is it we could bring to Christ to honor Him. The thought comes to mind that I can give Him my all. Recognizing Him as my Lord and King for now and forever. I can strive each day to put Him first in my life, obey Him, pray and meditate on His words. Surrendering everything to Christ gives me everything!

Blessings and Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 25, 2023

Mary's Answer To God


I am amazed at the courage Mary had when the angel told her she had been favored by God to bring forth the Christ Child. Are you wondering why I said courage?  Because Mary  was a teenager, not yet married; she is told she will supernaturally become pregnant.

People would talk, she could be ostracizied , and Joseph could turn away from her. She could lose everything. Yet, this young girl's faith was so strong she said yes. Luke 1:38 says, And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her."

Would I have had such courage? Would my faith have been that strong? I can only hope! And Yours?

Billy Graham said, "One of the greatest demonstrations of faith in all the Bible was Mary's answer to the angel, accepting God's will for her life ––no matter the cost."

What will our answer be to God?

Monday, December 18, 2023

Mary's Experience The Week Christ Was Born

 This week will culminate in the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As I was thinking about writing this post today, my thoughts went to a young girl, traveling with her new husband from Nazareth, a city in the northern region of Galilee to Bethlehem for the census. A young girl who was nine months pregnant.

How difficult it must have been for Mary, during this particular week. She was nine months pregnant, had to ride a donkey, which would not have been comfortable, but especially being pregnant. It says it would have taken about four days for them to walk the distance between Nazareth and Bethlehem. The distance was between 70 and 90 miles. The terrain was unpaved and had steep slopes, with changes in elevation. Imagine what it must have been like for Mary.

Then after a long journey, they are told there is no room for them at the inn. She is close to giving birth. They need shelter. What were they going to do? No one knew that the Savior of the world was about to be born! 

The Innkeeper directed Joseph to the stable, he must have noticed their desperation. I can see Joseph now, gathering straw and pushing it together for Mary. The animals surely wondered what was happening.

This week, let us give thought to what Mary and Joseph went through. Putting ourselves in their situation, gives us a better understanding of what happened as we get close to the birth of the Christ Child.



Monday, December 11, 2023

Are You Listening?

Just Listen

God has touched my life with these words, and I share them with you so He can do the same in your life. He loves to commune with His children. By reading His words we learn more about Him. We develop a relationship with Him. We talk to Him, and if we will listen, He will talk to us through His word.

God talks to His children the problem is we just don't listen.

He wants  to help you in your everyday walk and to help your family. We need God's help in our everyday lives. He is waiting for us to ask Him to come in and help.


Monday, December 4, 2023

Do You Have Hate?


Jesus said, "If anyone says, 'I love God,' and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen." 1 John 4:20 ESV

Our Lord makes it very clear, if we love God but hate our brother, which means anyone, then we lie about loving God.

Makes you think doesn't it? We probably all have been guilty of hating someone at sometime in our lives . . .and if this is so, then we could not possibly have loved God, because God is love. 

To hate someone because of the color of his skin, believes different, from a different country, and different ethinicity. . .are we not aware God created all human beings? Do we not know their blood is the same color as ours? 

One day, I will stand before God, and I do not want to hear Him ask me, why did I hate. I love God and I try to check myself often to make sure hate does not get into my heart. As a child of God, I need to practice what the Lord God tells me to do to please Him. Maybe if all of us did, then the hate we see being shown on TV would not be there.

This Christmas season, let us remember Christ came to earth as a baby, to grow into a man to live among us and experience what we do. Then gave His life up for us all. That means 'all'. He forgave us of our sins and now when we accept Him as our Savior we have eternal life.

Blessings this Holiday season!

Friday, December 1, 2023

Jesus Answered

Matthew 22:29 "Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God." (KJV)

In other words we don't understand because we do not know the scriptures, nor the power of God. If we knew what God's word says then we would have the knowledge we need to deal with the everyday things that come our way. We would know God's will and we would not have to worry like we do.

Try reading a Psalm, like Psalm 23. What is it saying to you? Spend some time reading it, then asking God to reveal to you what He is saying to you through His words. The more you come to know Him the more you will understand your position in Him.

God Bless.



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