Posted by: John | December 21, 2011

Celebrate By Resting In JESUS This Christmas

Brothers & Sisters,

              I pray you have a most blessed Christmas season celebrating JESUS, our Blessed Savior & King of Kings!  I pray the Lord blesses you & your families with a special time of worship & thanksgiving for All He is!  Today I wanted to share how faith celebrates God’s Sovereign Power in our lives as we simply come to JESUS.

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. . .And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him” (Hebrews 11:1,6).

“No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength.  A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.  But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine.  We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help & our shield.  In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His Holy Name.  May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in You” (Ps. 33:17-22).

“God is our refuge & strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar & foam & the mountains quake with their surging” (Ps. 46:1-3).

Without faith, it’s impossible to please God.  Without faith, we’re not plugged into JESUS, the Source of Strength & Purpose.  I personally acknowledge that there’s many times I live life “unplugged” & miss out on His blessings of strength, wisdom, love, peace, & joy.  As we read His Word, we see that many times over God exhorts us to turn from fear to faith in Him.  Reflecting on that, fear views the circumstances as things are spinning out of controlWhereas, faith in JESUS celebrates God’s Sovereign Power & Purpose in engineering all things—joy & suffering, life & death, seen & unseen, past, present & future for the glory of JESUSFurthermore, when we personally trust in the Lord, we celebrate the Lord & His unfailing Love to provide for our greatest good by leveraging everything in our life by His Sovereignty for JESUS’ glory!    

Are you living by faith or are you unplugged?   Earlier this Christmas season, I found myself unplugged.  I felt oppressed by the circumstances & I recognized that joy & peace were absent.  I turned to JESUS & literally said, “I’m coming!”  As I prayed, I found joy, peace & strength in His embrace.  JESUS said in His Word, “Come to Me, all you who are weary & burdened, & I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28).  Come to JESUS & find His refreshment.  Place fresh faith in our Lord & Savior so He can refresh you with His confidence, strength, joy & peace.  Have a blessed Christmas celebrating JESUS, our Greatest Gift of all!!

Dear Heavenly Father,

We praise You, O Sovereign Lord!  Praise You for Your incredible grace to send JESUS to be our Emmanuel, Savior, & King!   Bless us with undivided hearts that celebrate Your Sovereignty with fresh faith.  When our circumstances don’t make sense, help us to trust Your Heart.   Bless us with greater faith, so we may plug into You, Your Presence & Power.  Help us by Your Holy Spirit to reflect Your Heart & glorify Your Name.  We trust You with our cares, concerns & fears.  Bless our focus this Christmas season to truly worship & exalt You, O JESUS!  It’s in the Precious & Most Powerful Name of JESUS, Our Savior, I pray.  Amen.    

In His Love,

John

JESUS is 1st!  To Him be All Glory!

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