What Do You See?

birth-466140_960_720“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given…”

So begins Isaiah 9:6. The announcement elicits excitement in expectant couples when the desire to have a child is realized. But this child would be no ordinary child, although He was.  Many would see what we all see when we look in the face of a newborn – the miracle of birth. But those with eyes to see saw more.

God announced his birth thousands of years before it happened.

“And I will put enmity between thee and the woman,

and between thy seed and her seed;

it shall bruise thy head,

and thou shalt bruise his heel.”

Gen. 3:15.

By eyes of faith Adam and Eve and the millions born of them would see the One to be born of a woman and defeat Satan. Throughout the Old Testament each book reveals shadows of who this child would become. Isaiah made it clear, as usual as his birth might be, his conception would be most unusual.

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign;

Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son,

and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Isa. 7:14.

Around seven hundred years later those with eyes to see beheld the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy.

“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…
  • 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…

Joseph…knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son:

and he called his name Jesus.”

(Matt. 1:18-25).

The advent of God with us echoed throughout the Old Testament writings. The Seed of God in the womb of a woman grew and was born as any other baby. The shepherds saw the heavens erupt with the praise of angels at His birth.

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David

a Saviour,

which is Christ the Lord.”

Luke 2:11

Mary’s mind must have been reeling as she thought on the shepherds’ visit and the things told her in the beginning. Jesus, her son, God’s Son, would save the people from their sin. Looking at his tiny face she saw Immanuel, God with us. Only time would reveal the import of it all. For now, she could only keep, ”…all these things…in her heart.”

As the law required on the eighth day Joseph and Mary took her son to be circumcised, naming him Jesus. An ordinary happening for any Jewish boy.  After her time of purification, Mary and Joseph took the infant Jesus to present him to the Lord, again fulfilling the law, “Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”.  Ordinary events in a Jewish family until an old man, Simeon took the baby in his arms. He blessed the Lord saying,

…mine eyes have seen thy salvation…A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel…”

At that same instant an aged woman, Anna, came to them and gave thanks to the Lord for she had eyes to see the redemption of Israel in this small child.

Later, wise men came to see the child the heavens declared a king. Herod saw only a threat to his throne. Joseph and Mary fled to Egypt to protect Jesus. They would return to their hometown of Nazareth after Herod died. There Jesus grew as children grow.

“And the child grew,

and waxed strong in spirit,

filled with wisdom:

and the grace of God was upon him.”

The son of man, the Son of God, a most unusual child. Many looked upon him but only a few had eyes to see Christ the Lord, the light that erupted into a dark world on the night of his birth.

“In him was life;

and the life was the light of men.

And the light shineth in darkness;

and the darkness comprehended it not…

John 1:4,5;

I am the light of the world:

he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness,

but shall have the light of life.”

John 8:12;

What do you see when you look on the baby lying in a manger? Your answer determines your eternity.


Adapted from my post, “A Most Unusual Child” published in 2017.

Praying the Lord’s Prayer for Christmas, Completed Prayer

“Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 150: 6

Praise God for He is:

Our Father which art in heaven…

“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…

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.”

Luke 1:30-32,35

“But when the fullness of time was come,

God sent forth his Son,

made of a woman, made under the law,

to redeem them that were under the law,

that we might receive the adoption of sons..”

 Gal. 4:4-5

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God,

they are the sons of God.

For ye have not received the spirit of fear bondage

again to fear; but ye have received

the Spirit of adoption,

whereby we cry

Abba, Father.”

Rom. 8:14,15

“Blessed be the God, and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

which according to his abundant mercy

hath begotten us again unto a lively hope

 by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead..”

1Peter 1:3

Praise God for He is holy.

…Hallowed be thy name…

“And Mary said,

My soul doth magnify the Lord,

and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour…

For he that is mighty hath done to me great things;

and holy is his name.”

Luke 1:46,47, 49

“He sent redemption unto his people:

he hath commanded his covenant for ever:

holy and reverend is his name.”

Psalm 111:9

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things,

as silver and gold,

from your vain conversation

received by tradition from your fathers,

but with the precious blood of Christ,

as of a lamb without blemish, and without spot…”

1Peter 1:18,19

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved,

let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,

 perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

2Cor. 7:1

Praise God His kingdom has come:

…Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven…

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea…

there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?

for we have seen his star in the east,

and are come to worship him…

And when they were come into the house,

they saw the young child with Mary his mother,

 and fell down, and worshipped him:

and when they had opened their treasures,

 they presented unto him gifts;

gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.”

Matt. 2: 1-2, 11.

“I will declare the decree:

the LORD hath said unto me,

Thou art my Son;

this day have I begotten thee.

Ask of me,

and I shall give thee

the heathen for thine inheritance,

and the uttermost parts

of the earth for thy possession.

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron;

thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

Be wise now therefore, O ye kings:

be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

Serve the LORD with fear,

and rejoice with trembling.

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry,

and ye perish from the way,

when his wrath is kindled but a little.

Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”

Psalm 2:7-12

“Now after that John was put in prison,

Jesus came into Galilee,

preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, saying,

The time is fulfilled,

and the kingdom of God is at hand:

repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

Mark 1:14-15

“And be not conformed to this world:

but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,

that ye may prove what is that

good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Rom. 12:2

Praise God for His provision:

…Give us this day our daily bread…

“And Mary said,

My soul doth magnify the Lord…

his mercy is on them that fear him

from generation to generation.

He hath shewed strength with his arm;

he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seats,

and exalted them of low degree.

He hath filled the hungry with good things;

and the rich he hath sent empty away.”

Luke 1:46, 50-53.

“The Lord is my shepherd;

I shall not want.”

Psalm 23:1

“Be careful for nothing;

 but in every thing by prayer and supplication

with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God…

But my God shall supply all your need

according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Phil. 4:6,19

Praise God our sins are forgiven.

…And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…

“And she shall bring forth a son,

and thou shalt call his name

JESUS:

for he shall save his people from their sins.”

Matt. 1:21

“Have mercy upon me, O God,

according to thy lovingkindness:

according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies

blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin.”

Psalm 51:1-2

“And as they were eating,

Jesus took bread,

and blessed it, and brake it,

and gave it to the disciples,

 and said,

take eat; this is my body.

And he took the cup,

and gave thanks,

and gave it to them, saying,

Drink ye all of it;

For this is my blood of the new testament,

which is shed for many

for the remission of sins.”

Matt. 26: 26-28

“If we confess our sins,

he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,

and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1John 1:9

“Therefore being justified by faith,

we have peace with God

through our Lord Jesus Christ…”

Romans 5:1

“And be ye kind one to another,

tenderhearted, forgiving one another,

even as God for Christ’s sake

hath forgiven  you.”

Eph. 4:32

Praise God for guidance.

…And lead us not into temptation…

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David

 a Saviour, which is

Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you;

Ye shall find the babe

wrapped in swaddling clothes,

lying in a manger…

And it came to pass,

as the angels were gone away from them into heaven,

the shepherds said one to another,

Let us now go even unto Bethlehem,

and see this thing which is come to pass,

which the Lord hath made known unto us.

And they came with haste,

and found Mary, and Joseph,

and the babe lying in a manger…

And the shepherds returned,

 glorifying and praising God for all the things

 that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”

From Luke 2

“The Lord is my shepherd…

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness

for his name’s sake.”

Psalm 23:1a,3b

“I am the good shepherd,

 and know my sheep, and am known of mine…

My sheep hear my voice,

and I know them,

and they follow me”

John 10:14,27

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come,

he will guide you into all truth:

John 16:13

“There hath no temptation taken you

but such as is common to man:

but God is faithful,

who will not suffer you

to be tempted above that ye are able;

 but will with the temptation

also make a way to escape,

that ye may be able to bear it.”

1Cor. 10:13

Praise God deliverance has come.

…but deliver us from evil…

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel;

 for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

And hath raised up an horn of salvation

for us in the house of his servant David…

That we should be saved from our enemies,

 and from the hand of all that hate us;

To perform the mercy promised to our fathers,

and to remember his holy covenant:

The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

That he would grant unto us,

that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies

 might serve him without fear,

in holiness and righteousness before him,

 all the days of our life.”

Luke 1:68-69, 71-75

Offer unto God thanksgiving;

and pay thy vows unto the most High:

And call upon me in the day of trouble:

 I will deliver thee,

and thou shalt glorify me.”

Psalm 50: 14,15

“Giving thanks unto the Father,

which hath made us meet to be partakers

of the inheritance of the saints in light:

Who hath delivered us

 from the power of darkness,

and hath translated us

into the kingdom of his dear Son;

In whom we have redemption through his blood,

even the forgiveness of sins…”

Col. 1:12-14

Praise God…

…For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory. Amen.”

“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.”

Luke 1:31-33

“Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty,

give unto the LORD glory and strength.

Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name;

worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”

Psalm 29:1-2

“And a voice came out of the throne, saying,

PRAISE OUR GOD, ALL YE HIS SERVANTS,

AND YE THAT FEAR HIM, BOTH SMALL AND GREAT.

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude,

and as the voice of many waters,

and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying,

Alleluia:

for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”

Rev. 19:5,6 

“And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Luke 1:45.

Remember what has been done tells us what will be done. God is faithful.

Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

Praying the Lord’s Prayer for Christmas, Part 3

bloggratitude-1201944_960_720“Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 150: 6

Praise God for guidance.

…And lead us not into temptation…

“For unto you is born this day in the city of David

 a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

And this shall be a sign unto you;

Ye shall find the babe

wrapped in swaddling clothes,

lying in a manger…

And it came to pass,

as the angels were gone away from them into heaven,

the shepherds said one to another,

Let us now go even unto Bethlehem,

and see this thing which is come to pass,

which the Lord hath made known unto us.

And they came with haste,

and found Mary, and Joseph,

and the babe lying in a manger…

And the shepherds returned,

 glorifying and praising God for all the things

 that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.”

From Luke 2

“The Lord is my shepherd…

he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness

for his name’s sake.”

Psalm 23:1a,3b

“I am the good shepherd,

 and know my sheep, and am known of mine…

My sheep hear my voice,

and I know them,

and they follow me”

John 10:14,27

“Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come,

he will guide you into all truth:

John 16:13

“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man:

but God is faithful,

who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;

 but will with the temptation also make a way to escape,

that ye may be able to bear it.”

1Cor. 10:13

Praise God deliverance has come.

…but deliver us from evil…

“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel;

 for he hath visited and redeemed his people,

And hath raised up an horn of salvation

for us in the house of his servant David…

That we should be saved from our enemies,

 and from the hand of all that hate us;

To perform the mercy promised to our fathers,

and to remember his holy covenant:

The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,

That he would grant unto us,

that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies

 might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him,

 all the days of our life.”

Luke 1:68-69, 71-75

Offer unto God thanksgiving;

and pay thy vows unto the most High:

And call upon me in the day of trouble:

 I will deliver thee,

and thou shalt glorify me.”

Psalm 50: 14,15

“Giving thanks unto the Father,

which hath made us meet to be partakers

of the inheritance of the saints in light:

Who hath delivered us

 from the power of darkness,

and hath translated us

into the kingdom of his dear Son;

In whom we have redemption through his blood,

even the forgiveness of sins…”

Col. 1:12-14

Praise God…

…For thine is the kingdom, the power, and the glory. Amen.”

“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.”

Luke 1:31-33

“Give unto the LORD, O ye mighty,

give unto the LORD glory and strength.

Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name;

worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”

Psalm 29:1-2

“And a voice came out of the throne, saying,

PRAISE OUR GOD, ALL YE HIS SERVANTS,

AND YE THAT FEAR HIM, BOTH SMALL AND GREAT.

And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude,

and as the voice of many waters,

and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying,

Alleluia:

for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”

Rev. 19:5,6

christmas-1913650__340“And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” Luke 1:45.

Let’s celebrate this Christmas season and each day after we are given as children of the King.

Merry Christmas!

Our God Reigns!


My final post in this series will be the three sections put in one post; no pictures just the scriptures. May you read and pray them as one and be blessed. Thank you for stopping by.

Praying the Lord’s Prayer for Christmas, Part 2

“Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 150: 6last-supper-2610875__340

Praise God for His provision:

…Give us this day our daily bread…

“And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord…

his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.

He hath shewed strength with his arm;

he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.

He hath put down the mighty from their seats,

and exalted them of low degree.

He hath filled the hungry with good things;

and the rich he hath sent empty away.”

Luke 1:46, 50-53.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

Psalm 23:1

“Be careful for nothing;

 but in every thing by prayer and supplication

with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God…

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

Phil. 4:6,19

Praise God our sins are forgiven.

…And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors…

“And she shall bring forth a son,

and thou shalt call his name JESUS:

for he shall save his people from their sins.”

Matt. 1:21

“Have mercy upon me, O God,

according to thy lovingkindness:

according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies

blot out my transgressions.

Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity,

and cleanse me from my sin.”

Psalm 51:1-2

“And as they were eating,

Jesus took bread,

and blessed it, and brake it,

and gave it to the disciples,

 and said,

take eat; this is my body.

And he took the cup,

and gave thanks,

and gave it to them, saying,

Drink ye all of it;

For this is my blood of the new testament,

which is shed for many

for the remission of sins.”

Matt. 26: 26-28

“If we confess our sins,

he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins,

and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

1John 1:9

“Therefore being justified by faith,

we have peace with God

through our Lord Jesus Christ…”

Romans 5:1

“And be ye kind one to another,

tenderhearted, forgiving one another,

even as God for Christ’s sake

hath forgiven  you.”

Eph. 4:32

What Christmas memory do you have showing the faithfulness of our heavenly Father to provide all your needs?

Let’s praise Him together for His good and perfect gifts.

Merry Christmas!

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Praying the Lord’s Prayer for Christmas, Part 1

blogpraise-1154566__340“Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.”

Psalm 150: 6

Praise God for He is:

Our Father which art in heaven…

“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…

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.”

Luke 1:30-32,35

“But when the fullness of time was come,

God sent forth his Son,

made of a woman, made under the law,

to redeem them that were under the law,

that we might receive the adoption of sons..”

 Gal. 4:4-5

“For as many as are led by the Spirit of God,

they are the sons of God.

For ye have not received the spirit of fear bondage

again to fear; but ye have received

the Spirit of adoption,whereby we cry

Abba, Father.”

Rom. 8:14,15

“Blessed be the God, and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

which according to his abundant mercy

hath begotten us again unto a lively hope

 by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead..”

1Peter 1:3

Praise God for He is holy.

…Hallowed be thy name…

“And Mary said,

My soul doth magnify the Lord,

and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour…

For he that is mighty hath done to me great things;

and holy is his name.”

Luke 1:46,47, 49

“He sent redemption unto his people:

he hath commanded his covenant for ever:

holy and reverend is his name.”

Psalm 111:9

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things,

as silver and gold, from your vain conversation

received by tradition from your fathers,

but with the precious blood of Christ,

as of a lamb without blemish, and without spot…”

1Peter 1:18,19

“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved,

let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit,

 perfecting holiness in the fear of God.”

2Cor. 7:1

Praise God His kingdom has come:

…Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven…

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea…

there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?

for we have seen his star in the east,

and are come to worship him…

And when they were come into the house,

they saw the young child with Mary his mother,

 and fell down, and worshipped him:

and when they had opened their treasures,

 they presented unto him gifts; gold,

and frankincense, and myrrh.”

Matt. 2: 1-2, 11.

“I will declare the decree:

the LORD hath said unto me,

Thou art my Son;

this day have I begotten thee.

Ask of me,

and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance,

and the uttermost parts

of the earth for thy possession.

Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron;

thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel.

Be wise now therefore, O ye kings:

be instructed, ye judges of the earth.

Serve the LORD with fear,

and rejoice with trembling.

Kiss the Son, lest he be angry,

and ye perish from the way,

when his wrath is kindled but a little.

Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.”

Psalm 2:7-12

“Now after that John was put in prison,

Jesus came into Galilee,

preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, saying,

The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand:

repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

Mark 1:14-15

“And be not conformed to this world:

but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind,

that ye may prove what is that

good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Rom. 12:2

Today may we join hearts and voices to praise our Father together for He is holy and worthy of praise, and is sovereign over all.

How do you keep Christ the center of your Christmas celebration?christmas-2874137__340

 

Not Yet Fulfilled

“Looking for that blessed hope,

and the glorious appearing

of the great God

and

our Saviour Jesus Christ.”

Titus 2:13

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HE CAME.

“For unto us a child is born,

unto us a son is given:

and the government shall be upon his shoulder;

and his name shall be called

Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God,

The everlasting Father,

The Prince of Peace.”

Isa. 9:6

Of Heaven and Earth
HE’S COMING AGAIN

“Behold, he cometh with clouds,

and every eye shall see him,

and they also which pierced him:

and all kindreds of the earth 

shall wail because of him.

Even so, Amen.”

Rev. 1:7

“BEHOLD I COME QUICKLY…” 

Rev. 22:7

The Christmas account is still being fulfilled.

Are You Favored?

In pranced my grown daughter striking a model’s pose. Her arms swept over her torso with a grace I didn’t know she possessed. She tilted her head back smiling as if revealing knowledge withheld from others. She glanced from one older brother to the next as she displayed her newest t-shirt proclaiming, “I am my dad’s favorite.” I will let you imagine the dialogue that followed. It wasn’t pretty but it was funny.

The impact of the t-shirt would have  been greater if her dad had bought it for her instead of her buying it for herself.

Unlike my daughter, Mary didn’t need to announce the Lord God’s favor in her life. He sent an angel to declare it. Now, that carried impact.

“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…” Luke 1:28-29.

The Greek,CHARITOO, translates into favoured and is  derived from the word CHARIS meaning grace. Further explanation from Vine’s Expository Dictionary reveals not Mary’s grace but God’s grace given to Mary.

As a follower of Christ, you are favored in much the same way as Mary? No, the Lord’s favor doesn’t manifest itself the same way in you. But you are the recipient of His grace.christmas-2874137__340

How do you know Mary and  Christ’s followers are highly favored?

  • The word states it.

For Mary;

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

For Christ’s followers;

 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” Eph. 2:8.

“Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.” 2Tim. 1:9.

  • There is evidence of God’s grace in Mary…

God is with her.

“…Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee…”

”…And they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.” Matt. 1:23.

  • And in the Lord’s followers:

God is with us.

“And the LORD, he it is that doth go before thee, he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.” Deut. 31:8.

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as he have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.”Heb. 13:5

  • God entrusted Mary with the gospel, the living Word.

“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.” Luke 1:35..

  • God entrusts His follower with the gospel.

“But as we were allowed of God to be put in trust with the gospel, even so we speak; not as pleasing men, but God, which trieth our hearts.” 1Thess. 2:4.

“And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. And the grace of our Lord was exceeding abundant with faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.” 1Tim. 1:12-14.

  • Mary was made worthy to suffer for the gospel.

“And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.” Luke 2:34,35.

“Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother…When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother…” John 19:25-27.

  • The follower’s call to suffer:

“For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake:” Phil. 1:29

“Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner, but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling…For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” 2Tim. 1:8,9a,12.

  • Mary’s response to God’s favor:

“And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord: be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.” Luke 1:38.

And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.” Luke 1:46,47

  • Our response to God’s favor:

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.” Romans 12:2.

  • Mary responded to God’s grace with obedience and praise.
  • What is your response to the grace God offers you? 

Where Is God?

Christmas approaches. The day we celebrate as the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, arrives. We look at our world and some may wonder where is God?

“Therefore the Lord himself shall give  you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isa. 7:14.

Matthew 1:22 gives us the fulfillment of Isaiah’s prophecy and the meaning behind it.

“…which being interpreted is, God with us.”

“Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?

If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold thou art there.

If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;

Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.

If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.” Psallm 139:7-11.

Where is God?

He is wherever His people are. And He promises,

“I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Heb. 13:5b

He is among those in need.

“For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.”

And the righteous will ask, When did I do this for you?

“And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.” (Matt. 25:35-36;40).

He is in His own.

“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” Gal. 2:20.

He is at the right hand of God.

“…who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us…Rom. 3:34b; Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.” Heb. 7:25.

Where is God?

“…which being interpreted is, God with us.”


As you think on Christmas and God with us, what does that mean to you? How does He make his presence known to you?

Heavenly Father, thank you.

Time, Thoughts, and Treasures of God

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If taking time to think of another gives one value, then each of us is a treasure unto God.

The Christmas tree sparkled with lights and too many shiny plastic icicles, but it captured all my child’s heart wished for. Underneath the tree sat one package my dad bought for me. My dad did not shop, not even for Christmas. That was Mom’s job. This year was different. He had been away working on the railroad and when he came home he carried a package for me and my brother. The first and only gift I remember from that year, 1959, a “Gail of the Golden West” cowgirl doll, about as tall as I was, still has a place in my home and heart.

The worth of Gail does not lie in her cost but in the value it gave me in my father’s eyes. The time he took from himself and gave to think of me makes her priceless.

If taking time to think of another gives one value, then each of us is a treasure unto God.

“Many, O Lord my God, are they wonderful works…and thy thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned…if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.” Psalm 40:5

 “How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand; when I awake, I am still with thee.” Psalm 139:17,18

We were in His thoughts before time began. In fact, time began because He thought of us. He has no need of time for He is from everlasting to everlasting. He extends time to give us space to come to Him.

The Lord is…longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come…” 2Peter 3:9,10

When that day comes, time will be no more. He tells us He will shorten the time so those who are his will not be deceived by the evil surrounding them. He lengthens it for the lost and shortens it for the believer…only God. But we are also told we are not promised another day. As God shows  his many thoughts towards us in the time He gives us, He tells us to use His gift of time wisely.

Today is the day of salvation. The moment we are living in is the only moment we have before facing eternity with or without Jesus Christ as our Savior. How we use His gift of time is our gift back to Him.

Time is not the only evidence of His thoughts towards us. We find His greatest thought towards us in the manifestation of Himself in His Son, Jesus Christ.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have ever lasting life.” John 3:16

God’s gift is evidence of His loving thoughts towards us. He thought of us and He gave Himself for us.

“Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

“Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God…”1John 3:1

Jesus is now preparing a place for his followers, and He said, “…if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”John 14:3.

One day time will slide into eternity. The Son has you in His thoughts and is preparing a place for you with Him and the Father for evermore.

“How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 

For further reading: Matthew 6:19-21

If you look at how your time is spent, what would it say about what you treasure?

What is your most precious memory? Why?  If you would like to share it, please leave it in the comments below. I would enjoy hearing from you.

Prayer: Father, as your thoughts are towards us may we hold you in our hearts and minds each day  showing forth your glory in a dark world.


As we continue in thanksgiving to the Christmas season I will be reposting some older blogs. I pray they will encourage you to keep your eyes on the Christ of Christmas. May your time with family and friends be blessed.

Again I say…

blogpraise-1154566__340“Rejoice in the Lord…” Phil. 4:4. “I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.” Ps. 69:30

“And Mary said, my soul doth magnify the Lord, And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior.” Lu. 1:46,47.

“And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the LORD; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.” Isa. 25:9.

They waited and He came. Rejoice for our salvation has come. Rejoice for as He has come, He will come.

Jesus said: “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3.

“And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.” Acts 1:10,11.

“He(Jesus) which testifieth these things saith, Surely, I come quickly.” Rev. 22:20.

“…and again I say, Rejoice.” “…rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.” Lu. 10:20b.

May you rejoice in Christ today and always, remembering your redemption draws near. May you and yours rejoice with the great joy in the Lord’s increase as you plant and water the seed of the gospel in your hearts and the hearts of others. Amen.