Christmas is…Day 24

Christmas is…

“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” —Luke 2:10-11

“…We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” —1 John 2:1-2

“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” —1 John 1:9

“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.” —2 Corinthians 9:15

Merry Christmas!

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

Christmas is…Day 23

Christmas is…

“I am the Lord, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King…Thus says the Lord…Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” —Isaiah 43:15-16,19

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.” —2 Corinthians 5:17-18

When you look in the mirror, what do you see? Do you see imperfections, inadequacies, past mistakes or hurts? Or do you see yourself as one completely and lavishly loved by God? He has reconciled us to Himself in Jesus. We are a new creation in Christ.

I love this quote by Elisabeth Elliot:

“If you dwell on your own feelings about things rather than dwelling on the faithfulness, the love, and the mercy of God, then you’re likely to have a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Our feelings are very fleeting and ephemeral, aren’t they? We can’t depend on them for five minutes at a time. But dwelling on the love, faithfulness, and mercy of God is always safe.” —Elisabeth Elliot

Walk in the truth of who God is and your identity in Christ Jesus!

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

Christmas is…Day 22

Christmas is…

“God showed how much He loved us by sending His one and only Son into the world so that we might have eternal life through Him. This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” —1 John 4:9 (NLT)

“For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of His glory He may grant you to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” —Ephesians 3:14-21 (ESV)

Are you weary today? Do you feel unloved, discouraged, or alone? Perhaps this Christmas is not a time of rejoicing and excitement but one of grief, loneliness, and heartache. I am praying these words of truth for you. That you might KNOW this immeasurable, unfailing, incomprehensible love of God, and be strengthened with His power at work in your heart, mind and soul.

Bask in the immeasurable, unfailing, incomprehensible love of God today! 

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

 

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 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