Today is Christmas Day, the day we celebrate that God became a man, Emmanuel, i.e. God with us. Take your own Bible and hunt down Philippians 2:5-7 where Paul tells us – God’s motivation to do such a vulgar thing. For the thrice holy God to even simply look down on the things in heaven and earth that have been corrupted and contaminated by Satan’s sin requires the Holy God of Heaven to humble Himself. Various translations use different words in Psalm 113:6 to describe that, but the original Hebrew word means that He has to debase and humiliate Himself to even look at and consider His own creation because it is so unholy and contaminated with sin.
For the Holy God, omnipotent (all-powerful), omniscient (all-knowing), omnipresent (everywhere present all the time), eternal (having no limits, no beginning, no end) to then debase and humiliate Himself even more to take on the form of a man, even a helpless, vulnerable baby is a vulgarity, the kind of crudeness that no one could ever expect from the One Who is High and Exalted above all else. But He did it for you and for me, Praise His Holy Name!!!! Philippians 2:8 goes on to tell us that He took it so far as to die on a cross. There is so much meaning in those few words. He took the curse of our sin upon Himself to redeem (purchase) us from the curse of sin. (Galatians 3:13) Oh glorious day!!!
And that is the reason He was born 2,000 years ago. That reason was so that He Himself could do for us what we could not do for ourselves – make peace with God for us. That’s what reconciliation means.(2 Corinthians 5:18-21) And that reconciliation allows us to have what Jesus of Nazareth, the God-Man, defined as eternal life in John 17:3.
So, today, this Christmas Day, spend some time with your Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit of Christ that He has made to live in us and seal us for all eternity for His own purposes.
Rejoice, Celebrate, Party, Commemorate, Delight yourself in Him, Spend intimate time with Him to exalt Him on this day that He gave Himself to us in humility and shame, but also in joy and power, and triumph. Finally, worship Christ the King and attribute to Him all that He deserves. You’ll find that in Revelation 5:12 –
12 … “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!”
Today give Him what He deserves!!!!
And go find someone, anyone to tell about what He has done!!!
Today, tomorrow, sometime, anytime, all the time!!!!!
And I recommend that you do it at a truck stop near you. There are men and women working today, driving a truck. Take them a Christmas celebration.
In Matthew 16:13, “13 When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, saying, ‘Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?’" Jesus chose an interesting place to question his disciples.
Today it is uninhabited archaeological site in the Golan Heights. In that day it was a great city. Herod the Great had built a white marble temple in honor of his Caesar. It is also the site of numerous other gods of the time, not the least of which was Pan, and numerous Syrian gods such as Baal.
And then “15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?”
Today, Jesus might very well ask His disciples, “Is anyone asking you Who I am?”
Unfortunately, it is too often the case that there is no qualitative difference in the lifestyles, character, or behavior between those who claim to know Him and those who do not.
If Jesus were asking His disciples today, He might ask, “Do YOU tell people Who I am?”
His disciples then did. They knew Him. Go read 1 John 1:1-3 where he says they saw Him, they listened to Him, they touched Him. Verses 3-4 say, “3 This is the life we have seen and heard. We are reporting about it to you also so that you, too, can have a relationship with us. Our relationship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. 4 We are writing this so that we can be completely filled with joy.” according to the God’s Word for the Nations Translation.
Now, we don’t see Jesus with our eyes, we don’t hear His voice with our ears, and we aren’t able to touch Him. But those of us who have believed the Gospel know Him just the same. Jesus said, “3This is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.” That’s Jesus’ own definition of salvation – to know the only true God and Himself that the true living God sent.
We have a personal relationship with Him. You may not be on close speaking terms, you may not know Him well, but if you are born again, you know Him. If you know Him, you cannot say with John in 1 John 1:4, “4 … so that we can be completely filled with joy” unless you are telling other people about Him. Jesus prayed for you in John 17:13 – “13 "But now, Father, I'm coming back to you. I say these things while I'm still in the world so that they will have the same joy that I have.” If you want the joy that He had, that carried Him through His life and through His death, do whatever you have to do to become better acquainted with Him. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21 gives us some startling revelations. In the context of knowing Him and telling people about Him, God has given over to us the ministry of reconciliation that Jesus had while He was on the Earth. If you are not acting as His ambassador executing His ministry of reconciliation, you cannot possibly have the joy He had. Is that acceptable to you? I hope not. It’s part of your inheritance.
May God richly bless you.
“7 Rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving.”
By definition, a “missionary” is someone... sent by God to take the Good News of Jesus to the world. The eight million Truck Drivers of this country have little or no opportunity to hear the gospel.
As God enlarges and expands the vision of Truckstop Ministries... we want to maximize the opportunities before us to help distribute bibles on other materials in North America. In addition to our staff, Chaplains, and Chapels, we envision hundreds of Missionary Drivers —Truckers Friends Network — on the move, bringing a Christ-presence to truck stops all over the country and encouraging and reaching out to Drivers and their families.
The Missionary Driver is someone who... has a growing and passionate faith in Jesus Christ, someone who has a missional calling to minister in many different places and ways, someone who has a great burden for Drivers, and someone who has a vision of seeing every Driver in America come to know Christ as Savior!
1 John 1:7 says, “7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.”
What does walking in the Light mean? What does it look like? Maybe you know that walking is a metaphor used in the Bible to describe how we conduct our daily lives. Here’s what came to my mind immediately as I asked myself that question:
Psalm 138:2 tells us, “2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.”
Today, seize hold of these Words of God for your own life.
On this day 7 months ago, I was in Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler, TX after having had a stroke.
What Satan intended for my destruction, God has transformed into a blessing for me. All the way through this, my wife, Vivian, and I have been blessed. Please don’t think that I am bragging on her or myself. As Paul wrote, “31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
On the evening of May 5, 2013, I lay in the hospital, dying. No one knew what the outcome would be. Twenty years earlier in 1993 in the month of May, Vivian’s father suffered a cerebral aneurysm which bled twice into his brain. So, she knew what to expect. If I even survived, I might be only an eggplant, requiring constant care. (By the way, her father not only survived but has thrived. I encountered him this morning out gathering wood for his wood burning stove.) One person came to her to inform her that the stroke was a judgment from God on me for sin I had done. I hope he knows that he is forgiven for such a hateful remark to her in her painful distress.
And he was mistaken and deluded, bless the Lord. On May 11, 2013, I lay there in that bed in ICU. Vivian says I was conscious and responsive, though not making any sense when I talked. I can only say that I have no memories of it. I was in the Twilight Zone. I couldn’t stand on my own. I couldn’t walk. I was incontinent x2 – that means, in medical terminology, that I voided my bowels and bladder involuntarily. I was a mess. May God richly bless my wife who never left my side until I was released to go to the rehab hospital on May 14.
In contrast, this very morning I walked a full mile and what I call “dogtrotting” a quarter mile. Now my dogtrot is not a thing of beauty – it’s simply a fat man shuffling along at a pace that is barely the equivalent to my wife’s fast walk. But it’s a whole lot faster than this fat man walks. It feels like my hair is streaming away from my face and I have to be careful to keep my mouth closed so I don’t get bugs in my teeth. For me, it’s shucking and jiving right along. I am able to walk further and I have and I can dogtrot further and I have, but this combo is working wonders for me right now as my daily regimen. It’s on uneven ground which makes it even tougher for me.
Yeah, I’ve had to do a lot of work, therapy and exercise, falling down and stumbling around, but I am completely aware that it is God at work in me. I glory in what the Lord has done. What Satan planned for evil to me, God planned good to come out of it. And guess what, God’s plan worked. Satan’s did not.
When people ask me how I’m doing, I tell them “God is blessing me all over. And when you’re as fat as I am, that’s a whole lot of blessing going on. He’s got to break out the large trowel for that job.”
I want to close with James 1:2-4 from God’s Word for the Nations Translation, “2 My brothers and sisters, be very happy when you are tested in different ways. 3 You know that such testing of your faith produces endurance (my note – this means cheerful endurance). 4 Endure until your testing is over. Then you will be mature and complete, and you won't need anything.”
That’s the reason Paul wrote to the Philippians in 4:4, “4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!”
"We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do."
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Will being religious get you to Heaven? There are 4 Greek words that are translated as either “religion” or “religious” in 7 verses in the King James Version of the Bible. None of the references are complimentary of either religion or being religious. Why do you think that is?
All religions have a set of doctrines about the nature, character, personality, etc. of a supreme being(s) or entity. These doctrines must be understood and believed.
Second, there is a recognition and acknowledgement that there is something that has separated humanity and the supreme entity and interferes with harmony between the two parties.
Third, there is a list of behaviors, successful compliance with which enables humanity to re-establish harmonious relations with the god/goddess or the plural thereof.
See, all religions are about what a human being does to reach God.
Religion is a matter of performance of deeds or what the Bible calls works.
“29 Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.” John 6:29.
The Bible teaches a relationship with God not a religion about God. Jesus said, “3 And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.” in John 17:3. King James Version Do you know God and the Lord Jesus? Do you have a personal relationship with them?
“27 But God chose what the world considers nonsense to put wise people to shame. God chose what the world considers weak to put what is strong to shame. 28 God chose what the world considers ordinary and what it despises--what it considers to be nothing--in order to destroy what it considers to be something. 29 As a result, no one can brag in God's presence. 30 You are partners with Christ Jesus because of God. Jesus has become our wisdom sent from God, our righteousness, our holiness, and our ransom from sin.31 As Scripture says, ‘Whoever brags must brag about what the Lord has done.’" 1 Corinthians 1:27-31, God’s Word for the Nations Translation
Do you know God and the Lord Jesus? Do you have a personal relationship with them? Religion is about what you have done. Have you been religious enough? What is enough?
Biblical Christianity, real Christianity is about what God has done for us in Christ. “29 … This is the work of God, that ye believe on Him whom He hath sent.”
I expect we all know Benjamin Franklin’s most famous quote, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”
If you’ve been saved for very long, you surely know the Lord’s pound of cure, provided in His Word, for when we fall into sin. found in 1 John 1:9.
But what about an ounce of provention? He’s provided that too, in His Word. Check it out:
“7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” – 1 John 1:7
“… the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” Cleanseth is, in the original Greek language, in the present tense. Greek tenses have very little to do with time, as they do in English. Greek tenses describe the type of action, not the time of the action. Here, the Word says literally that the blood of Jesus is continually, repeatedly cleansing (purifying, purging), i.e. literally, removing us, separating us away from all sin, if we walk in the Light.
If we walk in the Light, as He Himself is in the Light, the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, is continually separating us from all sin!!!!! Can I hear an AMEN???
Let’s all learn to apply the ounce of prevention to our lives and walk in the Light.
Do Christians Shine?
Matthew Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!
I got a call from a friend of mine Donnie Heifner recently and he asked me a question. He said do Christians shine? I said what? He said do Christians shine? I said what are you talking about? He said he has had several people walk up to him and say, “you’re a Christian aren’t you?” He said yeah how did you know? “They said because you are shining!”
I said, “ yeah we do shine, “I remembered when I first got saved and my wife took one look at me and said, “What’s going on,” I said . “what do you mean “ and she said, “there’s something different about you!” Then I remembered when Moses came down off Mt. Sinai with the two tablets in his hands that his face was shining. I told Donnie yeah we do shine!
In Matthew Chapter 5 14-16 we find one of the most quoted verses in the bible.
You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
This may be one of the first verses you learned in school. No doubt you sang the song: This little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine. Jesus said that we (His disciples) are the light of the world. We must not hide that light under a bushel or in a church building.
What does Jesus mean by light? Jesus also calls Himself "the light of the world." John calls Him "the life that is the light of men," "the light that shines in the darkness" (John 1:4-5). The light in us is His light, the Holy Spirit that lives within us. The apostle Paul speaks of "the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ" (2 Corinthians 4:4). We have that light shining through our lives if our actions reflect the nature of Christ, His love, compassion, and forgiveness. His light shines through our attitudes, words, and deeds. When people see that our lives have been changed they will see Jesus in us, and see the power of God at work in us.
Hide it under a bushel, NO! Let your light so shine for all to see! In Hebrews 10: 32 the apostle Paul says, but recall the former days in which, after you were illuminated. Remember when you first got saved and how on fire you was to tell others what happened to you! That is the reason I like sharing my testimony so much it takes me back to the day I met Jesus out on that highway. Remember in Luke Chapter 24 how the two men were on the road to Emmaus and Jesus came along side of them and talked with them beginning with Moses and telling them all the things the Scriptures had to say about himself. And when their eyes were open to who He was, they said did not our hearts burn within us? Our hearts should burn with passion to tell others about Jesus and what he has done in our lives. When people look at us are they seeing Jesus? Are we shining for Jesus? It is a choice we must make each day. We are to take up our cross daily and follow Jesus
Hide it under a basket, NO! Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.
This month’s cd “Shining For Jesus” the testimony of Donnie Heifner, listen to it and pass it on, let your light so shine that others may see!
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