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Showing posts with label Christmas devotion. Show all posts
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Monday, December 20, 2021

Born a King, to Reconcile Us to God


During his questioning of Jesus, the governor Pilate inquired if He was King of the Jews. Jesus in turn asked Pilate if he was speaking for himself about this, or did others tell him this concerning Him (Jesus). As is always the case, the Lord goes to the root and heart of all matters. 

More questions from Pilate ensued and Jesus answered, "My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My kingdom is not from here."

'Pilate therefore said to Him, "Are you a king then?" Jesus answered, "You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I was born, and for this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice." ' (John 18:37)

He who made all things is the Lord God Almighty; the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End, Ruler of all, the Word made flesh. He is righteous, just, merciful, gracious and true.

Open your heart to the Lord and receive Him today. He will come in and sup with you and you with Him. What a privilege, what a high honor!

"Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!" (1 John 3:1)

Jesus, the gift to the world that lasts forever! He is the way, the truth and the life. Eat of Him and drink of Him, this Christmas Season and always. Share the blessed good news!

Related Bible Readings regarding the purpose and mission of Christ, His finished work:

The Gospel According to John, Chapter 1, Chapter 3:1-21, Chapter 6:22-71, Jesus' Prayer to the Father for His disciples in John 17:1-26)


A Walk In The Garden Devotions




For unto us a Child is born; unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of peace. -Isaiah 9:6

 

The Old Christmas Story That Never Grows Old in Our Hearts
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Wednesday, December 25, 2019

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Monday, December 16, 2019

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

Christmas Devotional: Divine Purpose

God Himself in human flesh—born of a virgin—to save the souls of men. This miracle cannot be fathomed by the human mind, but what it has accomplished is real for all who have had an encounter with the true and living God and His Spirit that raises us from death to life, from darkness to light.

He whom God delivered from a virgin's womb has come to deliver us, so that we being delivered, can walk in the light and be used of Him to take His light to a dark world. He has come to live in us. Praise the Lord, our Emmanuel!


Mary who found favor with God, believed the word spoken by Gabriel the angel, a messenger of God and yielded herself to God's divine purpose. She didn't understand how, but believed in the Lord, saying "Be it unto me according to thy word."

For the angel had said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end." (Luke 1:30-33)

At the appointed time, it came to pass: Jesus was born.

Mary and Joseph were not told beforehand, that there would be no room at the inn and that their baby (God's Son) would lay in a lowly manger; they didn't know (prior to a dream from God) that King Herod would seek the young child to destroy Him. They didn't foresee that at a very young age, Jesus would stay behind at the temple after the Feast of the Passover, causing them much sorrow and anguish. They didn't know of all the powerful miracles Jesus would wrought, neither did they comprehend all the things Jesus would suffer as He went about doing good.

Yet Mary pondered many things. Oh, what pain she must have felt as she looked upon Jesus in agony on a cross, being mocked, wounded, bruised and about to die for sins he did not commit.

We know that sorrow was turned into joy and mourning into dancing. For Christ arose, ascended on High, has led captivity captive and has given gifts to men.

Like Mary, we must trust in God and His divine purpose for our lives and the world. As a yielded vessel in the hands of God, (as so many before us,) we can persevere in the midst of trials and tribulations, we can fight the good fight of faith, and finish our course with joy.

"Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For He has done marvelous things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained Him the victory. The Lord has made known His salvation; His righteousness He has revealed in the sight of the nations. He has remembered His mercy and His faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God." (Psalm 98:1-3)

None of the world's most beautiful gifts can compare to the gifts we receive by the Holy Spirit to transform us from our old, sinful nature to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ and empower us to preach His gospel; for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believes.

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved." (John 3:16 & 17)

A Christmas Devotional By A Walk In The Garden Hope and Encouragement for Life's Journey


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Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Prelude


This could be the "Eve" of a promise in Jesus, fulfilled in your life. There was "a day before" Christ our greatest and best gift was born of Mary who found favor with God. 


Likewise, this could be "the day before" you deliver that which the Holy Spirit has conceived in you and has purposed for you to bring forth for the glory of God.


A Christmas Prelude to the Upcoming Christmas Day Devotional on 12/25/18 on A Walk In The Garden



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Thursday, December 20, 2018

Every Good and Perfect Gift is From Above


A Prayer:

Thank You Abba Father for all that's good and perfect comes from You. Help us to reflect your glory in all we say and do. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.



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Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Life is Merry & Bright With Jesus Every Season

Daily Walk With Jesus: Having Christ as the center of our joy and knowing that He loves us so much, all of our seasons can be merry and bright. Whatever you're going through, draw near to God and He will draw near to you. In His presence, there is fullness of joy; at His right hand are pleasures forevermore. He is altogether lovely. Let us worship Him in the beauty of His holiness, in Spirit and in truth. May His peace rule in our hearts; may His joy overflow our souls.


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Sunday, December 25, 2016

Glory to God in the Highest...

On this day, in the midst of the festivities, we reflect and again hear the heavenly host and echo their praise to the ends of the earth. "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men." (Luke 2:14.)



May you and yours have a most joyful Christmas. The greatest gift is Christ our Lord. Rejoice!

Monday, December 19, 2016

The Joy of Christmas Can Be Yours Forever

Knowing the Christ of Christmas will bring you real joy, before and long after the 25th of December. Receive His pardon for sin and enjoy living in His presence. For in His presence, there is fullness of joy, at His right hand pleasures forevermore.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Jesus is the Reason For the Season



Jesus 
wants to have a personal relationship with us. From the beginning, we were created in God's image and in His likeness. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. What was lost through sin, has been restored through the redemption of our souls, through Christ Jesus, the second Adam from above.

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. (Revelation 3:20)



Monday, December 23, 2013

The Old Christmas Story That Never Grows Old in Our Hearts

"Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Emmanuel." {Isaiah 7:14}


{Luke 1:26-33}

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 favored, 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 favor with God. And behold, thou shall 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.

{Matthew 1:18-20}

"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 public 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."

{Luke 2:7-14}

And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. Then the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger."

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"


Reflection

Unlike the stories we read about in everyday life and are soon forgotten, or the news we discard as old news, the story of the entrance of our Lord Jesus Christ into the world, in human flesh, never grows old in our hearts.

The Christmas season is unlike any other celebrated on earth. Even those who have not experienced new birth, find themselves caught up in the joyful atmosphere and are giving glory to God.

God Himself in human flesh—born of a virgin—to save the souls of men. This prophecy and miracle cannot be fathomed by the human mind, but the born-again experience is real for all who have had an encounter with the true and living God and His Spirit that raises us from death to life, from darkness to light. Praise the Lord, our Emmanuel!

In His time, God brought to pass His perfect plan for the redemption of souls and restoration of broken lives. Before the foundation of the earth, He set in motion His divine purpose for you, me and the world. Receive the hope and blessed peace that He alone can give. Be filled with His unspeakable joy... be filled with His Spirit!

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

- A Walk In The Garden Devotions


Peace and goodwill to all, this Christmas season and always... In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.



Saturday, December 22, 2012

For Unto Us A Child Is Born...

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given - and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace, there will be no end. Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom - to order it and establish it with judgment and justice - from that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:6,7)

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The zeal of the Lord has performed it. It surely came to pass. 

From Our Hearts to Yours
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!


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