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

A Thanksgiving Invitation

Next week many of us will find ourselves welcomed into someone’s home to celebrate, give thanks and break bread together. Many of us will be welcoming others into our homes.

One of the early uses of the word welcome was to describe something pleasurable. From the Old English wilcuma “welcome!”—the exclamation of kindly greeting, and “welcome guest,” literally “one whose coming suits another’s will or wish”.

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Weary and Waiting

This week in our reading of Psalm 119, I was struck by two verses in particular.

Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope. Hold me up, and I shall be safe, And I shall observe Your statutes continually. —Psalm 119:116-117

I sensed an inner struggle with the psalmist from the opening verses of this section of the psalm, and I can relate. The psalmist begins with a declaration about those who are double-minded and then confirms his source of hope and refuge.

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Get Real! A Heart Massage

Heart Ps 19_14

“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O God, my strength and my redeemer.”     Psalm 19:14

Have you ever had a deep tissue massage?  They say a massage has almost a cathartic effect, to the point of bringing you to tears.  Recently, I injured my back.  My husband was applying a muscle rub to the affected area and he began to press deeply into the tissue.  It was painful!  I found myself in tears.  But afterward… a sense of relief and my back was much better.

This idea of deep tissue massage was on my mind recently as I read Psalm 19:14.   The words just seem to penetrate my heart.

How was the meditation of my heart?  

Meditation in this verse is the Hebrew word, higgayon, meaning a meditation, resounding music, whispering, mocking; refers to internal thoughts or musings. It denotes meditation or thinking in the heart as opposed to spoken words.  From the root word, hagah, meaning to moan, growl, mutter, meditate, plot, speak, devise, muse, imagine, utter. 

Heart is leb referring to the totality of man’s inner or immaterial nature.  These are the deepest, innermost feelings and thoughts.

Is there a meditation down deep in my heart that is not pleasing to the Lord?  

He has been speaking to me a great deal recently about my heart attitude.  I know how to say and do the right things most of the time—my outward attitude.  I even think I believe them and find reasons to justify them most of the time.  But the meditation of my heart can’t fool the Lord.  Is there something that is blocking the flow of His Spirit at work in me?  Is there something that is preventing me from being conformed more to Christ’s character?

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