Daily Archives: December 16, 2013

GOD’S CHRISTMAS GIFT TO YOU

FR-12x12 SA.ST8886 Tan John 3-16Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. It is a time when it seems that the entire world is transformed, as people consider what happened on that first Christmas night.

It is the time when families gather together. It is the time when we stop and reflect upon all the blessings that God has bestowed upon us. It is a time when we remember that greatest blessing of all, that God, in person of the Lord Jesus Christ, transcended time and space and came into this world to be our Saviour.

The Bible says in John 3:16 — “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Wrapped up in this one verse is the whole story of Christmas. Someone has said that if every other passage in the Bible were thrown away and only John 3:16 were left, there would still be enough simple gospel to save the whole world.

This verse has been called the gospel in a nutshell. It is and has been called the world’s greatest love story. It has been called the gospel of Christ in one sentence, but at Christmas, I call it God’s Christmas gift to you.

God (the greatest being) so loved (the greatest emotion) the world (the greatest number of people) that He gave (the greatest sacrifice) His only begotten Son (the greatest possession) that whosoever (the greatest invitation) believeth in Him (the greatest plan of salvation) should not perish (the greatest condemnation) but have everlasting life. (the greatest possession).

What a shame it would be if you did not unwrap God’s Christmas gift. What is that gift? You know what it is. God’s gift is eternal life through His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
 

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing
December 16, 2013
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While You Wait

Acts 1:1-14

Waiting on the Lord may be one of the most difficult aspects of the Christian life. When Jesus promised that he would return, he instructed his followers to wait. That is easier said than done. So what do we do in the meantime? What do we do while we wait?

No one likes to wait. But we wait in traffic, for the doctor, for a spouse, for a baby, for retirement, for sermons to get over, or for Jesus to return.
 
Waiting is not just something we have to do while we get what we want. Waiting is the process of becoming what God wants us to be. What God does in us while we wait is as important as what it is we are waiting for. Waiting, biblical waiting, is not a passive waiting around for something to happen that will allow us to escape our troubles. Waiting does not mean doing nothing. It is not a way to evade unpleasant reality.

Those who wait are those who work, because they know their work is not in vain. The farmer can wait all summer for his harvest because he has done his work of sowing the seed and watering the plants. Those who wait on God can go about their assigned tasks, confident that God will provide the meaning and conclusions to their lives and the harvest to their toil. Waiting is the confident, disciplined, expectant, active and sometimes painful clinging to God. It knows that we will reap a reward.
 
When Jesus told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem, he was telling them that that this was a means of experiencing his peace, his prosperity and his power. In waiting they would catch the wind of God’s Spirit. In waiting they would see God move.

Sometimes people ask, “But what do I do while I’m waiting?” Good question. During those waiting times take on the active role of a watchman. “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,” declared the Psalmist, “I wait and put my hope in His word. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning – more than watchmen for the morning” (Psalm 130:5-6). In biblical times, watchmen vigilantly guarded the city. They watched for enemies who might attack at night and they waited for the sun to come up. They were alert and obedient, ready to respond when needed.

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing
December 16, 2013
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GIFTS FIT FOR A KING

Genesis 43:11-14 

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Let’s consider our King. He deserves our best. After all that He does for us, anything less is an insult to the Lord. Sadly, most people are content to take the best for themselves and are willing to give the Lord the leftovers.

He deserves the best of our time. He should have the first part, the best part and not just the leftovers, if there are any. Our time is a great gift from the Lord. He deserves the very best. I should not wear myself out doing the things I want to do, but I should devote the best of my time to Him and His will.

 He deserves the best of our service. Our lives should be spent in the service of His perfect will. For too often, we only do the things we want to do. We serve ourselves and ignore His will for our lives. Be the best you can be where He has placed you. 1 Corinthians 12:7-26.

He deserves the best of our resources. Many people buy what they want and enjoy the fruits of their labors and give God the leftovers. He deserves and demands the first part of our income. The Bible says, “And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land, or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD’S: it is holy unto the LORD,” Lev. 27:30.

 God is not looking for elaborate, expensive gifts. He expects us to give Him a very simple gift. He expects us to give Him the very best we have. That is all He expects and it is a gift that everyone can give to Him. Just give Him a gift worthy of our King.

  Are you giving our King the absolute best you have? Or, does He have to settle for second best, third best or worse? Does your gift represent who you are in Him?

  • Does He have your best?
  • Does He have your all?
  • Does He have you?

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing
December 16, 2013
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The Perfect Christmas Gift

Luke 2:10-17
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Let me ask you a question… Is there any such thing as, “The perfect Christmas gift?” Have you ever thought for months, planned for weeks, gotten everything together, for what you knew would be the perfect gift for so-and-so’) You were so excited that you could hardly wait for them to get it. But maybe you didn’t turn out just perfect!!!

How do you know the perfect gift when you see it? What requirements does it have to meet? And who decides it is the perfect gift; the giver or the receiver?

If you want to give the perfect gift; it should be…A PERSONAL GIFT. “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son… “John 3:16

If a gift is going to be appreciated it takes some thought. It needs to take into consideration the person, their likes, their dislikes, their personality, their needs, their interests. A gift needs to be personal reflecting their personality… or maybe giving something of yourself. And when God sent his Christmas gift… it was personal. It was God’s own personal Son, His only Son, the Son that He loved. But it was more than that it was God himself… in the flesh.

And it was tailor-made for you personally. He came to die for YOUR sins… the sins that YOU PERSONALLY committed. And he came to bring PERSONAL FORGIVENESS, PERSONAL SALVATION, PERSONAL PEACE…God did not just pull an angel off the shelf and send it saying, “Well, I just feel like I have to give them something.” NO!!! God spent time considering our personal needs, our sin, our separation thinking of the best way to save us. And he came up with this idea I WILL GO TO THEM PERSONALLY AND PAY THEIR PRICE PERSONALLY. Jesus was the Perfect Gift and the perfect gift is a personal gift.

Practical Gift
“For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God… The wages of sin is death. ” Romans 3:23 and Romans 6:23. When God sent His Perfect gift it was Practical. There was nothing we needed more.

Romans 3:23 and 6:23 say that we had all committed sins and the result was that we were all separated from the love and mercy of God and were on our way straight to Hell. We were trapped in the swamp of our sin, unable to help ourselves and we were dying a slow death. God knew just what we needed. What we needed more than anything else and that is what he gave us. Not another ritual, not another commandment, not another prophet. We needed a redeemer, someone to come and buy us back from hell, someone who could pay our price so that we would not have to. There was only one gift that could “fill-the-bill”.. Jesus!

I thank God that He took the time to consider my needs, to care about my needs and then, that He loved me enough that he was willing to give past the point of comfort, past the point of ease he was willing to give a gift that cost him dearly. Jesus is the perfect gift because HE IS A PERSONAL GIFT. HE IS A PRACTICAL GIFT, A PLEASING GIFT AND A PERMANENT GIFT.

When God sent His Perfect Gift it was permanent. He sent his love, his forgiveness, his mercy, his presence, his strength, his help, his guidance.  And it was not temporary… Jesus Christ is an eternal gift God will never take it back even if we are undeserving or ungrateful.

Posted by Fay-An Swearing

December 15, 2013

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