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!

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Immanuel—God with Us

Remember, all the rushing and impatience of NOW! causes us to miss the joy of the moment. As we commit to being intentional this Christmas season and to not allow the hurried and harried NOW! attitude rob us of joy and peace, let’s slow down and soak in the presence of Jesus—Immanuel, God with us.

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His Name Is…Advent Devotion: DAY 5

Today we will look at the prophecy found in Isaiah 7:14:

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

What words or phrases stand out to you? What do you see foretold about the birth, life or death of Jesus? What do you learn about the character and nature of Jesus?

Read  Matthew 1:18-25 to see the fulfillment of this prophecy.

What further insight does this passage give you? How does knowing Jesus is Immanuel —God with us, encourage you today?

His name IS…Immanuel, God with us!

“Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful. —John 14:27

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

For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. —Romans 8:38-39

Jesus’ presence renews, refreshes and enables us to rejoice in the ALL the moments of this often harried and hurried season.

Share with us what you’ve learned by leaving a comment at the end of this post.

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This post was originally published on Get Real on December 5, 2014.

 

Get Real: The Freedom of Surrender

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Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.  —2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV)

Walking in the Spirit.  It’s a term we hear often as Christians.  But what does it really mean, practically, in our lives?  We know from Romans 7:13-25 and Galatians 5:17 that the flesh and Spirit are in opposition to one another.  There’s a battle going on!  I know there are days I certainly feel that way!  Let’s begin by looking at some examples of what our flesh can look like on a daily basis: Continue reading “Get Real: The Freedom of Surrender”