God With Us!

“Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,”  which is translated, “God with us.” (Matthew 1:21 NKJV)

As we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, remember it is not about the gifts we give to others, but about The Gift He gave to us. And we know that the 25th of December is not the day He was born and it really doesn’t matter. What’s important is that He was born, He lived, He died, He rose and now sits at the right hand of His Father–interceding for us, watching over us, empowering us with His Spirit to accomplish all things and live the abundant life He promised us! Let’s celebrate Him and be thankful for all we have in Him and through Him!

Happy Birthday Jesus Merry Christmas Everyone!

Having a Glad Heart!

“Therefore my heart is glad, my tongue rejoices and my body also will rest in hope” (Acts 2:26 NIV).

In this message in Acts 2, Peter preaches, re-telling how David felt about the presence of God in his life, we retain the same hope that David had, and the same promise that Peter gave to the three thousand that were added to the group of believers that day; the gift of the Holy Spirit, God’s presence always, is available for all who believe, repent, and are baptized.  Whether we receive the gift from God is up to us because we do have the option to refuse or reject.

What was the last gift you rejected from someone?  Anyone?  Many of us accept gifts when we don’t like them, cannot use them, or simply do not want them.  If we have a relationship with the giver, we accept the gift because we do not want to offend them.  If we have a relationship with God, why would we reject the gift of the Holy Spirit?  This is a gift that gives us power to live right, to hear God, and the courage to move forward when it seems like everything and everyone around is against us.

When we know and understand the power of the gift, the purpose behind the gift and the love of the giver, we too can say, our hearts are glad, our tongues rejoice and our bodies will also rest in the hope of eternal life. Have you been added to the Book of Life?  Is your heart glad? If your heart is glad, praising God is as natural as breathing and sharing His goodness a joy!

Father, we thank You for providing us with Your Word for in it, we are always reminded of what You will do for us and who You are to us.  Thank You for adding us to the fold of believers, for giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit, and now help us to allow the Holy Spirit full reign in our lives to bring You glory!  In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!