( For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved JOHN 3:17). can you imagine prospective parents saying, "we'd like to adopt a child, but first we want to know a few things. Does he or she have a house to live in? does he or she have a ride to school? can he or she prepare their own meals? no agency would stand for such talk. they would say to them, "wait a minute. you don't understand. you don't adopt a child because of what he or she has; you adopt them because of what they need.they need a home. the same is true with God. He dosen't adopt us because of what we have. He doesn't give us His name because of our wit or wallet or good attitude...adoption is something we receive, not something we earn.
( You are the Christ, the son of the living God Matt. 16:16). Jesus came into this world as God's Ambassador, sent from Heaven to tell us of God's Love, and to bring the war between us and God to an end. Jesus also sends us as His Ambassadors to share that same good news to a sin sick world. ( 2 Cor. 5:20 Amabassadors for Christ). "In Him was life, and the life was the light of men" ( John 1:4). No matter how dark the world gets... no matter how dark our paths may seem...Jesus is still our life and light.
( I am the bread of life John 6:35 ). jesus came to the world so we would know, once and for all, that God is concerned about the way we live our lives, the way we believe, the way we die. God could have told us in other ways, of course--and He had, throughout the pages of the old Testament and in the lives His people. By His written Word He declared His love for us. But Jesus was the living Word. By His life, death, and resurrection, Jesus DEMENSTRATED God's love in a way we could never deny. Paul wrote, "But God DEMONSTRATES His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us" ( Rom. 5:8). Everytime Jesus fed the multitudes He DEMONSTRATED God's love. Everytime Jesus taught He DEMONSTRATED God's love for us. Everytime He healed someone, He DEMONSTRATED God's love for us. And when He rose from the dead He DEMONSTRATED God's love for us.
( God also has...given Him( Jesus) the Name which is above every name Phil.2:9). Over 2000 years ago, on a night the world has come to call Christmas, a youg Jewish maiden went through the experience countless mothers had before he: She brought forth a child. But this birth was like no other in the history of the human race. For one thing, this Child had no human father. As the Angel had promised, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you" ( Luke 1:35). This was no ordinary child. This was the unique child of God, sent from Heaven to earth to save us from our sins. Amid the glitter and busyness of Christmas, don't lose sight of the miracle of the first Christmas. With the wise men, let us fall down and worship Him( Matt. 2:11).
( James 5:13, Anyone who is having troubles should pray. Anyone who is happy should sing praises). Do you want to know how to deepen your prayer life? Pray. Don't prepare to pray. Pray. Don't read about prayer. Just pray. Don't take a class about prayer. Just pray. Posture, tone, and place are personal matters. Select the form that works for you. But don't think about it too much. Don't be so concerned about wrapping the gift that you never give it. Better to pray awkwardly than not at all. And if you feel you should only pray when inspired, that's okay. Just see to it that you are inspired every day.
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