Friday, December 13, 2013

An attitude of submission

Merry Christmas!! With Christmas just a little under 2 weeks out, I hope you are all enjoying the season! Today I want to look at Mary, the mother of Jesus.  You see I think she is an awesome example of submission to God's plan.  She was sold out, friends, totally surrendered and happy to do anything God asked of her.  It is so cool to think about being the mother of Jesus! But wasn't quite that easy. You see God chose her because she was a virgin, but getting pregnant before marriage was a huge deal especially in her day.  Even though the pregnancy was completely virgin because God's Spirit put the baby inside of Mary's womb, people would not understand that.  She would be looked down upon.  Mary was engaged, preparing to get married.  Can you imagine? Mary's response to the angel when the angel came to tell her she would be the mother of baby Jesus is astounding! She responds with, "Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word." Luke 1:38 WOW! Are you and I that sold out...that willing to do ANYTHING God wants from us? Could we respond with basically saying, I am your servant, let your will be done?! What a testimony! And God chose a girl with that spirit and that attitude to be the mother of His SON! So cool...if we are willing to do anything for God, He will use us in a big way.  Yes, it's hard to trust God at all times, but He is worthy.  I love Mary's response to this situation that God placed in her life.  She was used in a huge way for God's glory! Let's be encouraged to trust God and His glorious plan for our lives! Remember that being sold out for God is the safest place to be! A verse that I think pairs well with this is 1 Corinthians 6:19-20, which says, "What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."  This verse tells us that we are not our own after we accept and ask for God to be our Saviour.  We are God's, to be used by Him and for Him in whatever way He plans.  Mary was a perfect example of being willing to be used by God in any way He wanted to use her! Are you willing? Are you being a Mary?

Friday, December 6, 2013

Which color are you?

Okay so I know we are now in the Christmas season, and I have already done a post about Christmas.  I thought about sticking with Christmas posts this whole month, but I just felt like this idea from God was too cool to pass up.  As I sat and looked at the different color leaves falling to the ground, I thought about the colors.  There is green, yellow, orange, red and then brown.  As each color was in my yard, I thought about how they progressed and changed colors.  Isn't God so creative with the different fall colors? I want to ask you, "what color are you?" Are you green and going for Jesus? Excited and faithful to God?  Are you yellowed with yesterdays? Too concerned with what happened in the past that you can't focus on the present?  Are you orange with obsessions or obligations?  Too caught up in what you're doing to be completely focused on God? Are you red with rage? Angry over something you can't change?  Are you brown with brokenness or no beginning? Have you ever asked God for His salvation?
You see you can be all sorts of different colors... but the one that pleases God is green! Are you going for Jesus? Living and loving for and through Jesus is the only way to be completely satisfied.  God can clean up your yesterdays, wipe away your obsessions, fix your rage, and redeem you from no beginning. But it's up to must ask Him to help you! And if you have no beginning because you have never trusted Him to be your Savior, you have to ask Him to be your Savior! Go green!

Matthew 7:7-"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:" God's answer may not always be what you expect or want, but His plan is always perfect.

Isaiah 61:3- "To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified."

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas started with a Gift

I don't know about you, but I absolutely love December and Christmas time.  It is probably my most favorite time of the year.  I want to remind you though that Christmas started with Jesus.  It didn't start with Santa Claus.  It did start with a Gift and that Gift was from God.  God sent Jesus, His only Son, into a world full of evil to save the people He created from doom.  That Gift was born into the world through a virgin lady that God handpicked to be the bearer of baby Jesus.  You see there would be NO Christmas without Christ.  You can't take Christ out of Christmas because when you do, you aren't celebrating Christmas anymore.  Christmas is Jesus' birthday and that's where it all began! Be aware and encouraged that this is a season to celebrate because of a Gift that God handed you over 2000 years ago.  He gave you His Son, so that one day, you could accept Jesus and ask Him to be your Savior so that when you die, you go to be with Jesus.  Aren't you glad Christmas started with a Baby in a manger that was 100% God and 100% human? Pretty cool, huh?! Well Jesus isn't a Baby anymore, He is standing at the right hand of God in Heaven and He is waiting for you to invite Him into your life if you haven't done so already and if you have, He is excited to use you as His child to fulfill His plan for your life.  So this Christmas when you celebrate, remember Who you are celebrating.  It's more than presents, food, parties, and fun, not that these things are wrong, but they can be when we don't realize who we are really celebrating.  It's a Miracle that happened many years ago that you are still celebrating! Praise the Lord!
Matthew 1:21- "And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins."
Acts 7:55- "But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,"