The First & Greatest Christmas Gift

December 23, 2011

When I got up this morning my husband Rick was already up.  Just after greeting each other good morning he said, “This is Saturday, right,” with eagerness in his voice.

 

I said, “No, it is Friday”.  He was quite disappointed.  He thought it was Christmas Eve.

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Wednesday Word Study – Good Pleasure

 December 21, 2011

 Good Pleasure 

 

Transliteration: eudokia
Phonetic Spelling:
(yoo-dok-ee’-ah)
Short Definition:
good-will, favor
Definition: (a) good-will (good-pleasure), favor, feeling of complacency of God to man, (b) good-pleasure, satisfaction, happiness, delight of men.

 

Luke 2:14
“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

 

I know that there is a large population out there that believe that God is angry and eager to punish mankind.  I also know that there is a lot of people out there that believe that God punishes them and makes them sick and that makes them angry and fearful of God.

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Monday Meditations – Luke 2:13-14

December 19, 2011

Today’s Meditation Verse:

 

Luke 2:13-14
13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

 

Well it is less than a week before we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ our savior.  Today I want you to meditate on verse 14 keeping this thought in mind.  ‘with whom He is pleased’.

 

On that day the angles proclaimed verse 14 and declared for those whom with God is pleased, that they should experience peace.

 

Now we can look around our world today and see very little peace.  In fact we are in that time when Jesus himself said there would be wars and rumor of wars.

 

So where is this peace?

 

It resides within our hearts.  The peace that passes all understanding is not understood because of the fact that no matter what wars and turmoil is raging on the outside, the peace still resides on the inside, untouchable.

 

God himself has placed it there in those whith whom He is pleased.

 

If you don’t feel that peace within your heart today, just ask Him.  Humble yourself to Him, submit your life to him and receive all that He has for you.

 

This week, this very day, take the time to ask for and receive His peace.  There is no better time.

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Who We Really Are

 December 9, 2011

We’ve been talking this week about our heart, our inner soul and spirit, the true essence of ourselves.  We talked on Monday about receiving revelation knowledge in our hearts as opposed to knowledge in our minds.  This is the knowledge that brings power with it and cannot be taken away.  Revelation knowledge, knowledge in our hearts, changes us and transforms us.

 

For months I’ve been stressing the importance of learning to allow the Holy Spirit to lead and guide you in all that you do.  He does that from your heart.

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Wednesday Word Study – Bless

 December 7, 2011

 Bless 

 

Transliteration: eulogeó
Phonetic Spelling:
(yoo-log-eh’-o)
Short Definition:
I bless
Definition: (lit: I speak well of) I bless; pass: I am blessed.

 

Our Monday verse was:

 

Luke 6:27-28

27 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

 

This is a verse that I think benefits us to see more than one root word.  First let’s talk about the word bless.

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Monday Meditations – Luke 6:27-28

December 5, 2011 

Today’s Meditation Verse:

 

Luke 6:27-28

27 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

 

The past month has had some challenges for me and they all involved people.  In two instances someone I loved was being horribly mistreated and it infuriated me.  In two other instances I was done horribly wrong.

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How Can I Forgive?

 December 2, 2011

This week I’ve been writing about conflict and wounded hearts.  I’ve also been talking about how to react when we are mistreated and abused.  This is not an easy subject to talk about because it is not easy to respond the way we should, therefore it makes us uncomfortable to discuss.

 

But we must remember that this comes with transformation and as the Holy Spirit transforms us on the inside we will automatically begin to respond more and more the way that we should.  So in the meantime, we must be watchful and when we slip up, do not entertain condemnation.  We must forgive ourselves as Christ forgives us and move forward.

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