Christmas Is…Day 2

Christmas Is…

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall His name Immanuel. —Isaiah 7:14

But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” —Matthew 1:20-21

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…—Ephesians 1:7

Jesus is Immanuel, God with us, who has saved us from our sins and brought forgiveness to us.

How often do we strive to perform and earn salvation based on our own works?

What are some of the ways you seek to earn God’s favor and forgiveness apart from Jesus?

Remember today the grace God has lavished upon you which has brought redemption and forgiveness to you in Christ alone!

Receive this gift—cease striving and know that He is God!

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

Bluebirds & Bended Knee

“He bends down to hear me. I will pray to Him as long as I have breath.” Psalm 116:2

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The word picture in this verse of the Lord God Almighty bending down from the heavenlies to hear my prayer has so captured my heart. It reminds me of some amazing realities: the Lord desires to fellowship with me and His faithfulness and love toward me are unfailing. He longs for me to just be available – listening, waiting, and watching — for me to bend my knee in an act of worship and adoration to Him.

One day after reading this verse at my kitchen table, I bowed my head, closed my eyes, and just sat very still in the Lord’s presence asking Him to just show up. As I looked up a few moments later, out my window, I saw a beautiful bluebird perched on the deck. I know this was a gift from the Lord! He delights to give us gifts that thrill our hearts. And He knew this one would thrill mine. I just love bluebirds and so rarely see them. He leaves precious gifts like bluebirds on the windowsill when I am still, watching and waiting. What a delight to be in the Lord’s presence just enjoying Him!

What are some of the things the Lord delights in telling us?

  • I have loved you with unfailing love and have drawn you to me with cords of kindness. Jeremiah 31:33
  • Fear not, I am with you. Isaiah 41:10
  • You are engraved on the palms of my hands. Isaiah 49:16
  • Stop fretting, I am Sovereign. Rest in Me! Psalm 46:10
  • I have heard your heart’s cry, trust Me! Psalm 34:17
  • You are forgiven in Christ! Ephesians 1:7
  • You are complete in Christ! Colossians 2:10
  • Here’s a part of your life you need to surrender to Me. Proverbs 3:5-6
  • Minister to this person. Galatians 5:13
  • Seek forgiveness from someone or offer forgiveness to someone. Colossians 3:13

And these are just a few of the multitude of things He speaks to us and over us. Take time today to draw near to the Lord and just delight in His presence.

Rejoicing in Him!