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

Christmas is…Day 11

Christmas is…

“The Word became a human and lived among us. We saw His glory—the glory that belongs to the only Son of the Father—and He was full of grace and truth.” —John 1:14

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, whom He appointed the heir of all things, through whom also He created the world. He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and He upholds the universe by the word of His power. After making purification for sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” —Hebrews 1:1-3

Take a moment to really ponder the riches found in these two verses. There is so much beauty, life, hope, joy, peace and love found in the words of these Scriptures! What the prophets and people of God in the Old Testament only longed for is the present reality for us.

Worship the Lord in all His radiant glory today!

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

 

Christmas Is…Day 10

Christmas is…

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call His name Immanuel (which means, God with us).” —Matthew 2:23-24

“Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” —John 14:6

Jesus makes it clear there is only one way to be reconciled to the Father. Only one way to experience God’s presence in our lives. He is! He is the way, the truth and the life for each of us.

This is a gift from God.

Our part is to simply receive the gift.

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

 

Christmas Is…Day 9

Christmas is…

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
because the Lord has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor;
he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives,
and the opening of the prison to those who are bound… —Isaiah 61:1

And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And as was his custom, he went to the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and he stood up to read. And the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written,
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives
and recovering of sight to the blind,
to set at liberty those who are oppressed,
to proclaim the year of the Lord ‘s favor.”
And he rolled up the scroll and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. And he began to say to them, “ Today this Scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing. —Luke 4:18-20

One of God’s names revealed to His people in the Old Testament is Jehovah Rapha—The Lord who heals (Exodus 15:26)

The ultimate fulfillment of God as Jehovah Rapha in our lives is found in Jesus!

He Himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By His wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. —1 Peter 2:24

The word for healer in the Old Testament means to mend, to heal, to make healthy. It describes the restoring of a person’s soul, life. Jesus has done this for us. We who were dead in our sin, separated from God, without hope or a future have been restored and healed in Jesus! We are never too far gone in our sin to be healed and restored in Christ Jesus.

Regardless of what you find yourself facing this Christmas, you can rest in the knowledge that Jesus is near and He is the heart-healer.

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

Christmas Is…Day 8

Christmas is…

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. And He is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything He might be preeminent. For in Him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross. —Colossians 1:15-20

by Him…through Him…for Him..in Him…

How often do we strive and seek to accomplish and do in our own strength? How often do we seek to find our identity and worth in created things instead of resting in who we are in Christ Jesus and all that He has done for us?

Look to Him today! Remember regardless of what you are struggling with or striving for rest in the fact that He is above all things, over all things and holding all things together.

All things for His glory!

Copyright ©2017 Susan Cady, susancady.com

Christmas is…Day 7

Christmas is…

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. —Isaiah 9:6

Have you not known? Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might He increases strength. —Isaiah 40:28-29

Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God. —Psalm 90:2

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. —Hebrews 13:8

When our world is shaky and uncertain, we can know and trust in the One who is everlasting and unchanging!

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com

Christmas Is…Day 6 

Christmas is…

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. —Isaiah 9:6

Who is this King of glory? The Lord, strong and mighty, the Lord, mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! And lift them up, O ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in. Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory! Selah —Psalm 24:8-10

Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, so that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you. —1 Peter 5:6-7

Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. —Matthew 11:28

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. —2 Corinthians 12:9-10

In what area of your life today do you need to know Him as Mighty God? Fall at the feet of Jesus and find rest for your weary soul and strength to face whatever comes your way this day.

Rejoicing in Him!

Copyright ©2017, Susan Cady, susancady.com