1 ST. GOSPEL

The Book of Isaiah in the Old Testament is the 1st GOSPEL !

Thoughts about CHRISTmas

Do YOU celebrate the HOLY DAY of CHRISTmas?
OR…
Do YOU celebrate the Holiday of Christmas?

Do YOU REALLY Understand the DIFFERENCE?

The words of the Prophet Isaiah Ch.7 vs 13-14 Echo throughout the Heavens:

13 Then Isaiah said, “Hear now, you house of David! Is it not enough to try the patience of humans? Will you try the patience of my God also? 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

The MAGI knew who HE was:

Matthew 2:2 “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.”

PONTIUS PILATE knew who he was:

Mark 15:2 Pilate questioned JESUS, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And JESUS answered him, “It is as you say.”

Will YOU be able to answer HIS Question to YOU, when YOU STAND ALONE BEFORE HIM?

JESUS WILL ASK YOU… WHO DO YOU SAY THAT I AM ?
Luke 9:20 “ Peter replied “The Christ of God.”

The REAL TREE of LIFE

It has always been interesting to me that mankind is continually warned to read and understand God’s Book. Yet, God says that it is His Creation, not mankind that continually groans to be rid of the curse of Sin. It is Creation that is anxiously waiting for the Second Coming of Christ. Mankind seems to care less about the topic.

Man throughout the centuries has ignored the God that created him. God in turn has stated that there will only be a Remnant (the few) throughout ALL of history who will find Him and gain Salvation. Mankind, to whom God gave a mind to reason with, Mankind who bears the Image of The Creator…is blind, naked, and deaf and unable to see, touch or hear the words of God because of his arrogance and pride in himself and his accomplishments.

But the Creation, having not been made in the image of God, having no ability to reason, or to think…KNOW their Creator. The Creation as God Himself has said, groans bearing the weight of the curse, and anxiously awaits its removal and the re-creation of a new earth promised by God.

From the very beginning, from a seedling, the trees focus is upward to its Creator. In life trees performed their job, their role, their calling before their Creator in loving obedience. They provided cover and homes for animals. They provided the coolness of shade, and bore fruit for mankind. They provided oxygen for the earth, so we would have an atmosphere conducive to life. And they sacrificed their very essence for the benefit of their appointed caretakers.

Yes, mankind was given dominion over the trees and over all creation by God. But the main calling of trees was to lift up HOLY hands and clap in worship to their Creator when the Holy Spirit moved them by the wind.

They know the story that is written in the Word of God. They know the story that man continues to ignore. They know its beginning because they were there. They live in hope because they know its ending as they groan and wait for their Redemption.

And they do for us what we are too ignorant to do for ourselves or for others. They pray that our eyes would be opened and we would catch the vision of The Lord HIGH and LIFTED up upon HIS Throne.

You see God has not only planted the knowledge of Himself in each human being, but also within the trees, the birds, the animals. The knowledge of the Creator is within everything He has created.

He is Lord of the Living and Lord of the Dead. He is Lord of the FOUND and Lord of the LOST. Both the Living and the Dead, will bow down before their Creator by the power of the Holy Spirit and give HIM PRAISE for who HE IS.

How REAL is JESUS to you?

Is your WALK of FAITH so strong that you can…

Feel His hand:

in yours as you walk through this journey called Life?

Can you Hear:

HIS footsteps as HE walks alongside you?

Can you Smell:

the Sweet Fragrance of Christ all around you in the midst of your storm?

Without that kind of FAITH:

your walk on this planet called Earth is extremely difficult. Even Jesus cried out to HIS FATHER from the Cross; My God, My God, Why have YOU forsaken ME?

And in return:

the Silence of God was Deafening. Yet even the silence was part of the plan, because that is what we do as believers…we live out HIS Plan …not ours.

We are called:

To take HIS NAIL PIERCED HAND and WALK by FAITH and as we walk we are to walk in HIS STRENGTH, not ours.

And as we WALK in FAITH we are to TELL HIS STORY to Everyone that CROSSES our path.

As It Is Written

Long ago in Bethlehem, born of low degree
God in man came to earth
To set the captives free.

Inspired of God, the prophets foretold, how
The Messiah would come someday,
As it is written it came to pass,
No matter what men might say!

Our Savior foretold in prophecy, too
the things that were to be
And now His Word is coming to pass…
For all the world to see.

He said nation would rise against nation
And that iniquity would abound;
That there would be famine and earthquakes
And false prophets with doctrines unsound.

As it was in the days of Noah,
When man thought himself all wise.
He will come like a thief in the night, and
His bride, the Church, shall rise.

The tribulation will curse this earth
Like man has never known.
For with great travail and anguished cries,
Even loved ones will betray their own.

But such shall hail the King of Kings,
Who was born of low degree.
Every knee shall bow, each tongue confess,
That Jesus Christ is He.

God is not man that He should lie,
So do not be deceived.
You, too, will confess that Jesus is Lord-
Even if you haven’t believed!

For He shall appear to all mankind
From the greatest unto the least.
As lightning shining into the west,
That cometh out of the east.

So watch the eastern sky Oh race of modern man,
As it is written, it shall come to pass-
Jesus is coming again.

 

CHRISTmas PRAYER

ABBA / DADDY,

Most everyone we know, and love tend to forget that this HOLYday called CHRISTmas is about Jesus, Your Son, Your gift to each of us.

We forget that 3,500 years ago YOU wrote down through the hands of YOUR Prophets the Messianic Jewish Old Testament Prophecies about a coming Redeemer, the coming Messiah who would take away each individual’s sins if they but believe in JESUS and His death on the Cross.

You sent your Holy Angels to proclaim His birth to Shepherds; the poor to whom the hope of the ages would mean the most. How awesome to think that Heaven touched Earth that night so long ago.

We thank you for last year, for you honored each of us with food, clothing, shelter, relationships with loved ones and a job to work and pay our bills.

Help us to learn from life and its lessons. Help us to love one another. Help us to look forward to each brand-new day, because with you, all things are possible.

Regardless of what might be ahead, we trust YOU in all our circumstances. We may not be sure of the future, but we know who holds the future in HIS hands.

We look forward to your personal care for each one of us and those we care about so deeply, through the coming year. Those we desperately love; who have not come to know you yet. Help us to share the Gospel with them.

We Praise, Honor and Thank…

You Father for sending us your beloved Son as our Redeemer.

You Holy Spirit for staying with us during our Journey Home.

You Jesus, for going to the Cross, because of the joy you saw in the future.

Yes, Jesus, who is able to keep us from stumbling, and who will bring each of us that know and love HIM into His glorious presence, innocent of sin and with great joy.

We recognize and honor Jesus as YOUR great gift to us at CHRISTmas.

Yet , we also look up to the Heavens, as YOU promised, for the soon Coming of our Messiah, our Redeemer, The King of Kings and The Lord of Lords…
Yeshua/Jesus… “The Lion of the Tribe of Judah.”
Amen and Amen

A LETTER from ABBA FATHER TO MY CHILD

Merry  CHRIST-mas
FROM ABBA / YOUR DADDY
 
TO MY CHILD
You may not know me, but I know everything about you Psalm 139:1
I know when you sit down and when you rise up
Psalm 139:2
I am familiar with all of your ways
Psalm 139:3
Even the very hairs on your head are numbered
Matthew 10:29-31
For you were made in my image
Genesis 1:27
In me you live and move and have your being
Acts 17:28
For you are my offspring
Acts 17:28
I knew you even before you were conceived
Jeremiah 1:4-5
I chose you when I planned creation
Ephesians 1:11-12
You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book
Psalm 139:15-16
I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live
Acts:17:26
You are fearfully and wonderfully made
Psalm 139:14
I knit you together in your mother’s womb
Psalm 139:13
And brought you forth on the day you were born
Psalm 71:6
 
Romans 8:30
“Those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also GLORIFIED.”
 

Come Ride the Christmas Train

 

I stepped out on the balcony tonight. It’s 11 pm. The Sun went to sleep earlier and now the Moon reflects the light of the Sun onto the scene before me.

The night can be so very beautiful. The sky is clear with an explosion of pinpoints of light…the stars are everywhere. As I behold this scene I recall that the Heavens declare the Glory of the Lord.

Its December 14, 2008, the wind is still, yet I am cold, very cold standing out here on the balcony. I can reach out before my face and touch my breath.
The landscape lit by moonlight is both beautiful and eerie. Shadows seem to come alive in my mind as I survey the shadow lands before me.

Finally I can hear it coming, just a pinpoint of light, but growing ever larger as it gets closer. I signed up for this trip year’s ago, but the disclaimer on the contract said the train would not come for me until I had matured in my Faith and finally could let go of everything that tied me down to earth.

You see this is a special trip for believers who have peace on earth among the storms and have written on their hearts
“The Lord is my ROCK, The Lord is my FORTRESS, The Lord is my DELIVER, and He RESCUED me.

I am standing waiting on a second floor balcony for the CHRISTmas Train to pull up next to me. In years past I watched as this train of light passed me by. You see I still had too many burdens that weighed me down. My attitude was wrong and I rarely looked up in anticipation of His coming.

Now I know more than ever who HE is and each day of life that He has granted me I take seriously in terms of my calling, which is to serve HIM Faithfully.

So now this CHRISTmas Train filled with light is stopping in front of my balcony so I can get on and take the trip of a lifetime. This trip is a virtual trip “Back to the Future”………You can find the rest of this story on www.crosseseverywhere.com Go to the Category Christmas and find “The Christmas Train”.

FATHERS Blessing

 

Father, Change Me!

When I cry out in desperation, trying to reach deep within the darkness of who I am to find me

LET ME NOT BE THERE.

I want yours to be the only hand reaching out from my heart
within me

TOO ME.

I want yours to be the only heart that beats deep

WITHIN ME.

I want you to be the only person that I can find

WITHIN ME.

For I want to grow up and be just like you

AND NOT BE LIKE ME.

In JESUS….. I found me!

CHRISTmas Blessings

May El Gibbor, the Lord God Almighty cover you and your family with His Wings of protection.

May Yeshua, the Lord Jesus, continue to provide your family with His Grace and Mercy as you make HIM the center of your relationships.

May the Ruach HaKodesh, the Holy Spirit bless and keep you and your family as He lights the steps of your path all the days of your life and all the way home to heaven.

Best Wishes to you on behalf of the Lord of Light, Yeshua the KING of the Jews, Jesus the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.

Remember there is no CHRISTmas without HIS CROSS.

Wishing you His Shalom this CHRISTmas  HOLY  DAY.

Gods timing has always fascinated me, especially when pre-written history comes to pass before humanity. For century’s people have read the following with Blind Eyes, and Deaf Ears. They are the majority according to Biblical Standards who are fools, having no wisdom in them.

In the Old Testament God prophesied of His Messiah’s coming in Isaiah 7: 10-14…”Ask a sign for yourself from the Lord your God; make it deep as Sheol (hell) or high as Heaven!  Then GOD said LISTEN now… therefore the Lord Himself will give you a Sign: Behold a Virgin will be with Child and bear a Son, and she will call His Name IMMANUEL (God with us).

The first Christmas was perfectly timed as described in the New Testament. Galatians 4:4-5 says, “When the fullness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law.”

What is the fullness of time? God’s sovereign timing. He ordered world events so everything was ready for Christ’s coming and the subsequent outreach of the apostles.

God is doing no less today in ordering the events of the world for His Son’s second and final coming again.

A CHRISTmas  THOUGHT…

One king held the Frankincense. One king held the Purest Gold. One king held the Myrrh.

And One KING held the HOPE of the world. 

“I don’t know what the future holds…but I do know JESUS holds the future in HIS  NAIL PIERCED HANDS !!!”

May you seek God with all your heart mind and strength…so that TRUE wisdom and discernment will be found in you.