The Incarnation

Abstract Painting of Jesus BirthAs we enter December and, what I guess is the start of the Christmas season, I often struggle with “getting in the mood.” I’m not sure why but I’m always glad when I finally get there. Christmas stands as a glorious picture of God’s desire to connect with us on the most intimate of levels. It’s about Him choosing to enter our world and become forever one of us. That alone should give us pause and cause us to wonder in amazement and humility. Our God loves us more than we can imagine.

If you’re finding it difficult to latch on to that Christmas spirit, give this article I came across on the incarnation a read and spend some time reflecting on the greatness of God’s love. He became flesh and dwelt among us sot that we could forever dwell with Him.

“And we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.”

from me to you

Good Thoughts on the Incarnation Here.

Listen Closely!

Listen Closely!

 

Jesus said, “My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow Me.”

It is a blessed truth that the life we have in Christ is at its core life with Christ. This wonderful gift of an everlasting relationship with our ever present Savior is the reality to which we’ve been called. The creator and sustainer of the universe and all it contains, knows you. Yes, you, personally!  How awesome is that?

Because we’re created in the image of God, we are relational beings. Our lives in this world are largely defined by our connections to others. Those we touch and those who touch us shape our perceptions of ourselves and the world and fill our lives with joy, purpose and sometimes pain. The pain is there because of sin and selfishness and will one day be done away with but the laughter, the hope, the love and the joy, it’s these things that make life worthwhile. I think it would be enough if life was simply defined by our human relationships but it doesn’t stop there. Our Creator made us not only to relate to each other but to relate to Him as well.

Consider these statements made by Jesus. “I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly” and “I have spoken to you that My joy may be in you and your joy might be made full.” And consider these made by others. “In Your presence is fullness of joy” and “I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord’ and “we know that the Son of God has come, and has given us understanding so that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.”

Jesus knows us. We must seek to know Him. The life He offers is not just a life of duration but a life of elation, a life through which our personal knowledge of the God who loves us is ever increasing.

Jesus is calling. He’s calling to you. Do you hear His voice? Will you follow Him? Listen closely and align your heart with the heart of the psalmist. “When you said to me, seek My face; my heart said to you, Your face, Lord, will I seek.

From me to you…

Where Do We Go from Here?

Where Do We Go from Here?

I watched last nights’ election returns with a pit in my stomach and, even now, I admit to feeling a deep sadness for the country I love. I am very aware that not everyone feels as I do. In fact, some probably feel excited and optimistic. I sincerely hope my sadness turns to joy and your optimism proves itself well deserved.

No matter how you see the election results, there are some truths we do well to remind ourselves of…

  • Our citizenship is in Heaven from which we have a Savior and King, Jesus the Messiah
  • Our Savior has promised to never leave or forsake us and to be with us always
  • We have been transferred from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of God’s Son
  • We receive a kingdom that cannot be shaken by anything
  • We await the return of Jesus who will rule this world in righteousness and glory
  • We have an inheritance reserved in heaven and protected by the power of God
  • We are sojourners and aliens in this present world
  • We look forward to an eternal city whose designer and builder is God
  • We are right now His children and His people and nothing can separate us from His love
  • Our battle is not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces in the heavenly places
  • We are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which He prepared ahead of time for us to do
  • And I could go on and on…

Regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in (good, bad or indifferent) we are here for a purpose. We are the chosen instruments of Almighty God to bring His grace and love to a lost and dying world. His commandment remains; “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and mind and strength… and your neighbor as yourself.” And our commission hasn’t changed either; “Make disciples… teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.” The world may be changing around us but God still wants to use us to change the world. We do this one life at a time by helping them learn to follow Jesus.

So, where do we go from here?

  • Pray without ceasing
  • Love without compromise
  • Always speak the truth in love
  • Continually seek direction from Jesus and do what He tells you
  • Present your body as a living sacrifice to God on a moment by moment basis
  • Abide in Christ as a branch abides in the vine so that you will bear much fruit for the kingdom of God
  • Remember that apart from Him you can do nothing

As we rely on Christ and offer ourselves to Him and His will, we will see hearts changed and God’s rule in this world increased. After all, “Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.”

And don’t forget the words of Micah…

 “He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

 From me to you

 

Recipes for Life!

Recipes for Life!

I like to cook. It’s one of those things that lets me focus my mind away from daily struggles and enjoy the creative process. Plus… I like to eat too.

When I’m cooking, I like to experiment with various ingredients to see how they impact the taste and texture of whatever dish I’m preparing. Sometimes I like the result and sometimes I don’t but every time I gain more insight and knowledge into the nature of the ingredients and how they mix and mingle to create the tastes and textures I’m looking for. It’s important that I accurately assess th faculties of each ingredient so that when I use them in varying amounts, I get the desired results.

Life is much the same. As we live each day, we experience the moments, meditate on the possibilities and gain insight and knowledge about ourselves, those we have relationship with, the world around us and the God who made it all. As these ingredients mix together, they form in us a view of the world that will impact the way we live our lives. This worldview will have a profound effect on our thoughts, our feelings, our actions and our relationships. This is true for all of us. There are no exceptions. Because of this, it is vitally important that we assess things accurately, truthfully. If we don’t see things as they really are, the tastes and textures of our lives will be adversely affected and the resulting thoughts, feelings and behaviors will end up giving us indigestion.

My goal with this blog is to raise issues that are relevant to life and offer up insights into the truth of things that have aided me on my journey and will hopefully help you too.

I am painfully aware that the discovery of truth and how that truth applies to everyday life is a daily process and that missteps and mistakes are sometimes made but our God is ever present and has promised to lead us into all truth. We don’t discover truth on our own but as He reveals it to us. If we mess things up, He is more than able to instruct and correct us. Our goal is to let the truths He teaches us mix together in ways that produce ever increasing wisdom and love.

Jesus said, “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly.” I believe the abundant life Christ offers is deliciously tasty and fulfilling. As the psalmist says, “taste and see that the Lord is good.” My hope is that we can learn together how to live our lives in the most abundant way possible.

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