January 7, 2021
This is a perfect reminder today that we cannot be and are not tossed about by the winds and the waves of this world; but we are strategically positioned to speak to them.
It is important to weigh our words and speak out of obedience; not out of emotion.
If you’re feeling weighed down and overwhelmed, take your seat in that Heavenly place to rest and gain perspective. You will not get that scrolling on socials or anywhere else.
So, today, I speak a clear perspective over us all, peace to the storms and peace over the nations. The Lord’s Will WILL be done...trust His word.
I heard someone sharing some historical details the other day that left me in awe and I really wanted to share it with you.
In our Bibles, we read of the night Jesus was born. These scriptures are read year after year and yet, this year, after hearing this new bit of knowledge; I'm undone.
"So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2:4-12 (NIV)
Back in that day, in the Jewish culture, the manger was made of stone and chiseled in it was the well where they would put the hay for the feeding trough. However, when the lambs were born, the most pristine, unblemished lamb would be taken, wrapped and placed in that manger to keep it safe from predators. This protected, pristine, unblemished lamb was to be for the annual sacrifice; the atonement for the household's sins.
So, when the Angel of the Lord appeared to the shepherds and told them their long-awaited Messiah was born, wrapped and lying in a manger; they knew exactly what that meant.
The Messiah born was the pristine, unblemished lamb that would be the atonement for the sins of the world. The King of Kings, not wearing a crown but born in a barn and laid in a feeding trough; protected from those that would hunt Him down.
Not one detail of the Scriptures we read is without God's multi-faceted purpose woven and breathed into them. The only thing missing from these living words is our revelation of them.
What a gift!
I pray as we close out this year and move into the next one; we walk humbly, we speak boldly, we remain surrendered to God's Voice and open to all the revelation, wisdom and discernment needed to take each step forward.
May our Lord continue to bless you, keep you, HIs Beautiful Face shine brightly upon you and wrap you in His Peace.
Merry Christmas to you all.
Gethsemane - where Jesus travailed and blood dripped from His brow. The cup He asked to be passed from Him was not a cup filled with His list of prayers, dreams, desires or even filled with His desire for more of God’s presence. It was filled with the drink called Salvation; tasting all of humanity’s filth, wickedness, sins, shame and sicknesses. What a weighty drink. Jesus could have, for the first time, caved into His flesh and refused to fulfill this purpose to which He was called. But, He didn’t because His love for all of us far outweighed His personal desires.
Until we can travail for what is in others’ cups more than we do for what is in our own, we will continue to be off target.
Jesus told us to pick up our crosses to follow Him, but the cross He carried was ours; so maybe, the cross we carry isn’t ours but someone else’s.
“Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”
Matthew 16:24-25 (NIV)
“Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me. Then I will teach transgressors your ways, so that sinners will turn back to you.” Psalms 51:12-13 (NIV)
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