There are so many times in life when our hearts are so full we seemingly cannot contain the joy of it. A new baby in the family. Maybe a new job or raise on the job. A time of thanks given to us for a “job well done”. A love for husband, parents, friends or child, can also overflow our hearts.
The one place we can freely, at any time, overflow our hearts is when we remember all the wonderful things the Father, God has done to and for us. Our eternal salvation was a costly gift given freely to us through the life, death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. Our daily provisions, health, relationships, kindness show unto us. The wonderful Holy Spirit who is with us here on earth at all times, loving us , teaching us, encouraging us and showing us who Jesus is more and more each day.
There are so many blessings we can outpour from a grateful heart. Maybe it’s time to release some today…oh yes it is.
Praise You Lord! Thank You for all You have done and are doing for us. We rejoice in God our Father, Jesus our Lord and Holy Spirit, friend and guide.
The wise men or Magi mentioned in the Bible were students of the mystical. They looked for signs and seasons by looking at the stars, nature and other means. When this bright star appeared, they knew it had special meaning. They followed it until they found the source of the sign in the sky.
It led them to Jesus, now a young child with his mother in a house. They offered gifts to him honoring him as the coming King. There are many prophecies in Isaiah 7 that were fulfilled at Christ Jesus’ birth.
This season of remembering his birth reminds us that if we seek for wisdom, we will find it. If we continue looking for the Savior, we will find Him. May your Christmas time be a blessed one filled with His blessings.
The Good Shepherd
Our Savior, Jesus Christ of Nazareth is our Shepherd. His heart beats for us. His eyes watch over us. His love reaches everyone in the world. He chose us all and gave His life for the salvation of all mankind. He feeds us, shelters us, guards us, brings us back from the edge of destruction and carries us when we are too weak to walk on our own.
Our choice to follow Him, opens up all those benefits to flow freely. He knows His own and speaks freely to them. If you have never chosen to follow the Great Shepherd, please think about it today.
John 3:16-18 ERV
16 Yes, God loved the world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him would not be lost but have eternal life. 17 God sent his Son into the world. He did not send him to judge the world guilty, but to save the world through him. 18 People who believe in God’s Son are not judged guilty. But people who do not believe are already judged, because they have not believed in God’s only Son.
John 10:14 (NKJV)
14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own.
John 10:27 (NKJV)
27 My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.
When Isaiah spoke these words to the nation of Israel, it had to have been an exciting moment! God had promised to send a Savior. One day in a small manger, this promise was fulfilled when Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem. He is the fulfillment of this wonderful promise given in Isaiah.
When we can openly give thanks to others for their acts of kindness, we open the door for a deeper relationship with that person. Our reaction of thanks, causes the person who did the action of kindness or love towards us to open their hearts a little more towards us.
It is the same with God. Our reaction of thanksgiving shows Him our hearts and we now more about His heart. His great love for us almost demands a place of thanksgiving. We cannot neglect that place of giving thanks. It is not just for His benefit, but also for ours. Our heart grows with greater love as we express it.