I have learned, and I am ok with the fact that I am not perfect and I have a lot to give to God. But thankfully, I have Him to give it to. Have a very beautiful day celebrating Jesus. I pray He is your focus for most of your day.
"For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will "~ Ephesians 1: 4-5 (New International Version)
The prophets and inspired writers of the Old Testament shared God's promises of Jesus. The writers of the New Testament told of God's fulfilled promises through Jesus. The Christ, my Christ. The Savior, my Savior. The Redeemer, my Redeemer. The Bread of Life, my Bread of Life. The King, my King.
Over two thousand years ago, God came in the flesh to live a perfect life. Tomorrow (or today for some), we celebrate God and the beginning of His journey as infant Jesus to resurrected and forever LIVING Jesus. Take time to talk to Him. Take time to reflect on where he has brought you from and to. Respond to his unending calls to be WHOLLY His, committed to His plan for your life and submitting and joyfully celebrating His perfect WILL for your life.
KNOW THIS, you cannot do this until you truly understand (from the deepest part of you) what He did for you.
“I have loved you just as the Father has loved me. You must go on living in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will live in my love just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and live in his love. I have told you this so that you can share my joy, and that your happiness may be complete. This is my commandment: that you love each other as I have loved you. There is no greater love than this—that a man should lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I tell you to do. I shall not call you servants any longer, for a servant does not share his master’s confidence. No, I call you friends, now, because I have told you everything that I have heard from the Father.” ~John 15:9-15 (J.B. Phillips New Testament)
Happy Birthday Jesus is an everyday occurrence because it’s all about Him, about what He did, about knowing that we need His work on the cross and that there is nothing greater than learning to become more like Him.
Today it is all about me becoming ALL ABOUT HIM.
God You are amazing.
You are my Creator.
You are my Teacher.
You are my Comfort.
You are my Savior.
You are my EVERYTHING.
“[[A Psalm] of David.]BLESS (AFFECTIONATELY, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul; and all that is [deepest] within me, bless His holy name! Bless (affectionately, gratefully praise) the Lord, O my soul, and forget not [one of] all His benefits--” Psalm 103:1-2 (Amplified Bible)
I already know that the world's freedom truly has a price, one that delivers pain, sorrow, guilt and shame. Freedom in Christ comes by Him paying the price for the world's pain, sorrow, guilt and shame. It is a price that can only be paid by Jesus. From the depth of me LORD, I thank You. That although I choose poorly, my choice for You rescues me from me and the world.
The more I know God, the more I’ll be out of step with the world… the more I know God, the more I realize that I am already victorious. The more I know God, the more I know that I am set apart from the world.
My emotions are now tucked in for the night and I am hanging up my ego. I reflect on the day and realize how I, once again, allowed the enemy to seep into my day. To distract me from God’s favor with his ploys to create doubt or friction. But, now it's time to reflect on the greatness of the day and forget the rest. Because of the greatness of God, we have great days all the time. Let me remember that I celebrate the "what" Jesus did for me daily.
It’s all about Him.
© 2011 Giving Thanks Daily, Shawn Boreta
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