Archive | December 2015

Emmanuel

Isaiah 9:6  “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, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

Matthew 1:23 “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.”

Luke 2:11 “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.”

Jewish history records the birth of a man named Yehoshua to a virgin named Miriam and her husband Yosef.  She was thought to have conceived this child in fornication.  Yosef too believed this, and was disposed to put her away until an angel appeared to him and said,  “Yosef, son of David, fear not to take unto thee Miriam thy wife:  for that which is conceived in her is of the Ruach ha Kodesh.”  Matthew 1:20

Yehoshua is the Hebrew name for Jesus, He is a divider of families and cultures.  A decision must be made, we will all make a choice.   The question we must ask ourselves is:  Who is this man?  Is He the Son of God as it is written and believed on among Christian people?  Is He simply a good man, a teacher or a prophet as many religions teach?

Christmas, the time of the calendar year when Christian people of all nations remember the birth of this child.  Each year there is increasing hostility against Him and those who hold to faith in Jesus.

What to do?

“My Beloved is mine, and I am His.”  Song of Solomon 2:16

“As He is so are we…in this world.”   I John 4:17

“When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”  Matthew 9:36

We must humbly come to the Lord and ask that we may be filled with the love and compassion that He has.  Out of that infilling we will do the will of the Father as He did.  John 5:19

When you go out and about during this season, I want to put you in mind of a truth that will keep you from feeling resentful, being sarcastic or being religious.   When a store clerk, a waitress or some other person serving you says, “Happy Holidays”, don’t be offended.  You are being served, the person has most likely been instructed what to say and they don’t want to lose their job.

The etymology of the word Holiday is Holy Day.  Was it not a Holy Day when the Savior was born into this world?  One of the meanings of  Holy is, “set apart for sacred use.”  Instead of being offended, you can smile and say, “A Happy Holy day to you too.”  People know that Christmas is about Jesus birth, at least here in America they do.  There is a fight over having a manger scene somewhere in America every Christmas season.

Someone once said that we will be asked one question when we stand before God, the righteous judge, “What did you do with this man called Jesus?”

Jesus still makes the news.  He is the King over the Kingdom of Light and Light dispels darkness, it cannot be hidden.

Matthew 5:14  “You are the light of the world.  A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.”

Let you light shine!  Love like Jesus loves!  Give the world a smile, they need it.

Merry Christmas!

Joy

 

 

 

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Broken and Poured Out

As I was awakening this morning I heard the words “Broken and Spilled Out”, I immediately thought of Rebecca Pippert’s book of the same title.  I read it many years ago; it had a profound effect on my soul.  At the time I was struggling with something and having a very hard time with it.

I had no idea what was happening to me during that interlude, all I knew was that I felt miserable.  I was in a place in my walk with the Lord Jesus where I thought I should be happy.  I had no idea that I was on the potter’s wheel.

Isaiah the prophet said this:  But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.  Isaiah 64:8

There is a poem called, “The Tea-cup”, I don’t know who wrote it, but it is appropriate to the idea that I just mentioned.  Essentially, the story goes that a couple went into a store, saw a tea-cup and when it was handed to the lady, it began to talk to her about the process it went through to be the beautiful cup it was.

The tea-cup begins to explain:  “There was a time when I was red clay.  My master took me and rolled me and patted me over and over and I yelled out.  “Let me alone,” but he only smiled, “Not yet!”

As each verse goes on the tea-cup tells of the process it went through.  it was put into an oven, taken out and brushed all over, put back into the oven, brushed and painted all over and put into the fire again, finally it was placed on a shelf.  An hour later the tea-cup was shown what it looked like, it said “That’s not me; that couldn’t be me.  It’s beautiful.  I’m beautiful.”

The master replied, “I want you to remember, I know it hurts, I know it made you dizzy, I know the fumes were bad.”  He explains why the process, why the oven, the fire was necessary, then he closes with these words:  “Now you are a finished product  You are what I had in mind when I first began with you.”

Each of us is at some stage of the process.  God knows what He wants, He alone has the picture, the plan, for each of our lives, our part is to yield to His way.  He is the potter and we are the clay.  There must be brokenness, a willingness to allow Him to mold us, there must be a yielding to the will of God so that He can complete that good work in us that He has begun when we received Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  Philippians 1:6

God is love!  Whatever He does is because of love.  When we go through hard times, it is because we are in the preparation process, there cannot be a resistance to the will of the potter and have the outcome that He planned for our lives.  Our self-centered willfulness must be broken, without it we will never be the container for His Glory that He has planned.  There is only one true and living God, we must yield the throne of our lives to Him.

Broken, yes, not to harm us, but in order that the plan of God for our lives may be completed, that we might be ready to be a vessel through which He can pour out His love and blessing upon others.

Each of us has been given a valuable and precious gift, the right to choose.  People and circumstances can influence, but we choose what we will do with our lives.  I remind us again that no choice is a choice.  Going with “the flow”, will take us down the path of “the devil, the world and the flesh.”, the Bible calls this worldly wisdom.  God always stands ready to give us His wisdom, but we don’t have when we don’t ask.  James 4:2

God desires that each of us be a Masterpiece.  There can be no Masterpiece without a Master craftsman.  Will you yield your will to God today and allow Him to make of you what He wills?

God bless you as you go through the process.

If you have not yet received Jesus as your Savior and Lord, today is the day of salvation.  Come on home, the Father is waiting to welcome you into His Kingdom, there is a special place reserved just for you.  Welcome Home!

Love in Jesus, Joy