“And you are in Him, made full and having come to fullness of life [in Christ you too are filled with the Godhead–Father, Son and Holy Spirit–and reach full spiritual stature]. And He is the Head of all rule and authority [of every angelic principality and power].”
Colossians 2:10 AMPC
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
That night there were shepherds staying in the fields nearby, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.” When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. After seeing him, the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child.
Luke 2:8-12, 15-17 NLT
We must be so dedicated to the cause of Christ like the shepherds, they went thru Bethlehem searching for the exact inn where Mary and Joseph were with Jesus. He is the reason for the season and we must seek to see Him in every aspect of the celebration
An elementary boy came home from tryouts for the school play. “Mommy, mommy” he announced, “I got a part. I’ve been chosen to sit in the audience and clap and cheer.” When you have a chance to clap and cheer, do you take it? If you do, your head is starting to fit your hat size.
She will bear a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus [the Greek form of the Hebrew Joshua, which means Savior], for He will save His people from their sins [that is, prevent them from failing and missing the true end and scope of life, which is God].
Matthew 1:21 AMPC
We are saved when we are able to find and understand that the true end and scope of life is God! Apart from God, we are and have nothing! The totality of our life is GOD! Nothing else, nothing more!
People caught up in a lot of talk can miss the whole point of faith – is this not the life we all live today? So much talk about God, His ways,etc, so much talk about our faith, our activities, our past exploits and not enough living out of the very things we talk about. Activity has over taken intimacy, e are so busy with God and talk of Him yet we don’t know much and have little experience of the God we talk so much about. The world is tired of all our talk! They want to experience this God and it is our duty to make Him known! God help us
“And oh, my dear Timothy, guard the treasure you were given! Guard it with your life. Avoid the talk-show religion and the practiced confusion of the so-called experts. People caught up in a lot of talk can miss the whole point of faith. Overwhelming grace keep you!”
1 Timothy 6:20-21 MSG
Called from “The Names if God” Devotional
Since we were created for worship, we will inevitably worship.
Whatever it is that we choose to worship we will take on its characteristics.
If we worship self… we become selfish, self-righteous, and self-focused.
If we worship money, a career, promotion, or position… we become envious, competitive, discontented.
If we worship a person or a relationship… we become insecure and approval-seeking.
However, when we worship and fellowship with God, we become like Him. We take on His fruit and His Spirit displaying His love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control
“And [God] Who provides seed for the sower and bread for eating will also provide and multiply your [resources for] sowing and increase the fruits of your righteousness [which manifests itself in active goodness, kindness, and charity]. [Isa. 55:10; Hos. 10:12.]”
2 Corinthians 9:10 AMPC
“This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.”
2 Corinthians 9:11 MSG
God provides, that is not in doubt, but we must understand that God provides seed and multiplies the seed expects you to sow that seed in order to get bread and for you to have ‘full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way’ He multiplies seed! Glory to God!