Christmas is…Day 21

Christmas is…

“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ— by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages He might show the immeasurable riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” —Ephesians 2:4-9

He is rich in mercy…

His love is great…

His grace is immeasurable…

What amazing gifts God has given us! We can experience and enjoy His rich mercy, great love and immeasurable grace not just at Christmas, but every moment of every day if we know Jesus as our Lord and Savior!

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

Christmas is…Day 20

“The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world.” —John 1:9

“But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.” —1 Peter 2:9

“I, Jesus, have sent my angel to testify to you about these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”—Revelation 22:16

“There are two daysprings in the world’s past and future history. One is when Jesus Christ came into the world to shine His light in our hearts. The second will be when He will come again in glory as the bright and morning star. We shall then be indeed as shining stars of varying degrees.” (Complete Word Study Bible Dictionary)

Is Jesus shining bright in your heart and life this Christmas season? Be encouraged today that in Jesus you have been called out of darkness and into His marvelous light! The True Light has overcome the darkness of the world and the darkness of sin in our hearts.

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright 2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

Christmas is… Day 19

“There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” —Romans 8:1

“Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died —more than that, who was raised — who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?…No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” —Romans 8:34-39

Oh what good news for our lives! Nothing, nothing, nothing…can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord! If you call Him Lord, walk in the reality of this truth as one who is loved completely, not condemned.

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright 2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

 

Christmas is… Day 18

Christmas is…

”Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though He was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on Him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” —Philippians 2:5-11

“He humbled Himself…” does humility define my life as a believer in Christ? Humility is the acknowledgement that I am utterly dependent upon God—I am a sinner in need of a Savior. Sin decieves us into believing we can do it all on our own; it’s independence. Will you bow your knee and humble yourself before the only One who is highly exalted, the Name above all names, born to take away the sins of the world?

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright 2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

 

Christmas is…Day 17

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him. In love He predestined us for adoption to Himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace, which He lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of His will, according to His purpose, which He set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in Him, things in heaven and things on earth.” —Ephesians 1:3-7

What a treasure of promises and blessing are found in these verses! Take time today to read through these verses slowly and ponder the wonderful gifts found in them.

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017 Susan Cady, susancady.com

Christmas is…Day 16

Christmas is…

“God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.” —Exodus 3:15

“Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.” —John 8:58

“Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in Me, though he die, yet shall he live.” —John 11:25

“So Jesus again said to them…the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” —John 10:7-10

We see and feel the effects of sin every day in our world, and in our lives. We know the experience of the enemy seeking to steal, kill and destroy. But we can rejoice in the fact that Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection brings us abundant life!

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

Christmas is…Day 15

“But after he had considered these things, an angel of the Lord suddenly appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, don’t be afraid to take Mary as your wife, because what has been conceived in her is by the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to name Him Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” —Matthew 1:20-21

“And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.” —John 1:14

“For the grace of God has appeared with salvation for all people, instructing us to deny godlessness and worldly lusts and to live in a sensible, righteous, and godly way in the present age, while we wait for the blessed hope and appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ. He gave Himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to cleanse for Himself a people for His own possession, eager to do good works.” —Titus 2:11-14

“In Him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of His glory.” —Ephesians 1:13-14

The grace of God appeared in human flesh with salvation for all people.

The Spirit of God resides in each one of us who is a follower of Christ.

We have been given everything we need for life and godliness in Jesus. (2 Peter 1:3)

Walk in the reality of those truths today! 

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

Christmas is…Day 14

And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.” —Luke 2:4-7

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” —Galatians 4:4-5

The Promise was kept. The Old Testament is full of promises or prophesies. In Genesis 3:15 God promises that a redeemer would come, and this redeemer would bruise the head of the serpent Satan, and provide atonement for the sin fallen condition of man.

Is there something you are waiting on God to answer in your life? He is faithful. He is trustworthy. He is active even in our waiting. Rest confidently and bask in the beauty of His presence while you wait.

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

Christmas is…Day 13

Christmas is…

“Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terrified, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David!” —Luke 2:9-11

“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.” —Romans 5:1-2

Do you live each day confidently and joyfully in all that Christ has done for you? Walk in the light of the Good News of Christmas every day of the year!

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

Christmas is…Day 12

Christmas is…
But He was pierced for our transgressions;
    He was crushed for our iniquities;
upon Him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with His wounds we are healed.
All we like sheep have gone astray;
    we have turned—every one—to his own way;
and the Lord has laid on Him
    the iniquity of us all.

—Isaiah 53:5-6

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” —Galatians 2:20

”There is something majestic about the birth of Jesus. But there is also something safe about it as well. If we can keep Jesus as a baby in our hearts and minds, helpless and small, we can control Him so His majesty doesn’t guide our life. Let Him be Lord of your life, not simply Savior.” —Greg Johnson

His death has brought me life. His chastisement brought me peace. He bore the full weight of my sin—a debt I can never repay. I am humbled and overwhelmed! My response is awe and worship. My heart’s desire and life commitment find expression in Galatians 2:20. Lord, help me to live for you alone!

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com