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"From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised," Psalm 113:3.

Heavenly Father, You are a great and awesome God, majestic, wonderous, highly exalted and to be praised. Thank You for Your abundant blessings. Transform us into Your image as we gaze on You and praise Your name.

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Thursday
Dec152016

Praise the MESSIAH

 "He found first his own brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the MESSIAH” (which translated means Christ)."

John 1:37-41, John 4:10, John 4:24-26

Jesus came to earth as a baby so that He might grow into a man, but not just any man. He came to be our Savior. He came to die for our sins. He came as our MESSIAH. Jesus' cousin, John the Baptist, recognized that He was the Lamb of God who had come to take away the sins of the world. Andrew, who heard John's proclamation about Jesus, followed Jesus and asked where He was staying. After spending time with Jesus, Andrew went and found his brother Simon Peter and told him, "We have found the MESSIAH." Andrew was intentional about his search for the MESSIAH. He was intentional about telling others he had found Him. Shouldn't that be being said about us, also? 

Jesus Christ, MESSIAH, You bring all good things: love, forgiveness, hope, peace, and joy! May we be as Andrew and be intentional about following You and about telling others about You.  

© Debbie Taylor Williams

 

Wednesday
Dec142016

Praise the LAMB of GOD

"These things took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.

The next day he saw Jesus coming to him and said,

'Behold, the LAMB OF GOD who takes away the sin of the world!'"

John 1:28-29

Do you remember the account when God called Abraham to sacrifice his son, Isaac? I'll never forget when the words jumped off the pages of the Bible. Abraham said to Isaac as they walked to the place where he was to sacrifice Isaac, 'God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.' So the two of them walked on together." (Gen 22:8)

God will provide the lamb for the sacrifice. 

And, so He did. A ram appeared in the bushes and Abraham sacrificed the lamb in Isaac's place. And, so God does for us.  He provides the Lamb - Jesus - innocent, holy, undefiled - to be the sacrifice for our sins.

God provided for Himself the sacrifice. 

Is it any wonder that the angelic announcement of Christ's birth was first made to shepherds? And the shepherds left the flock over which they were keeping watch...to find and worship the LAMB of God. 

Jesus, LAMB OF GOD, thank You for giving Your precious life as a sacrifice for our sins. We love You!

 

Tuesday
Dec132016

Praise the KING of the JEWS

"Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 'Where is He who has been born KING OF THE JEWS? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him.'"

Matthew 2:1-12

 

If you haven't read Matthew 2:1-12 in a while, open your Bible and read it as if you'd never before laid eyes on the passage. It's a remarkable account. King Herod learns from magi from another country, who are passing through Jerusalem, that the King of the Jews has been born. Is he pleased that another KING has been born? No! Matthew 2:3 says King Herod was "troubled" to learn that the KING OF THE JEWS had been born. But he was more than troubled. Matthew 2:16 says he was enraged.  Over the infant Jesus?  Yes. 

Contrast Herod with the Wise Men who "rejoiced exceedingly with great joy" when they saw Jesus; who "fell to the ground and worshipped baby Jesus;" who presented to Him costly "treasured gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh."

Enraged that the King of the Jews had been born, King Herod had all males two years old and under who were born in Bethlehem and its vicinity murdered. Did he kill Jesus? No. God had warned Joseph to take Mary and Jesus and flee to Egypt. 

At Christmas, we celebrate the birth of the King of the Jews. But not just the King of the Jews. Jesus is our King, also. May nothing deter us from being as the Wise Men, from rejoicing over His birth; from falling on our knees and worshipping Him. 

KING of the JEWS, KING OF KINGS, it is a joy to fall before You, to worship and adore You. Use us to spread the good news of Your birth to those who are troubled; to those who are enraged; that they may find peace and joy in You as we have.

Monday
Dec122016

Praise JESUS

"She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins."

Matthew 1:21

This year, we have looked at different names and traits of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit every day - for 365 days. It has been a sweet journey with you. 

Today, as we countdown to Christmas, we come to JESUS; to the name God appointed for His Son. 

Jesus. It means "Jehovah is salvation." It means Jesus is the Savior of mankind.*

In the angel's message to Joseph to name the Christ baby, "Jesus," we hear the Christmas message - the hope on which we anchor our souls. He, Jesus, will save us from our sins. He, Jesus, will save our children from their sins. He, Jesus, will save whoever looks on and cries out for forgiveness. 

We're there, at the crib, on bended knee, gazing on Jesus in the manger. We're there, on bended knee, gazing up at Jesus on the cross. And between the crib and the cross, Jesus showed us how to live - humbly - with forgiveness, pointing others to the crib and the cross. 

Lord JESUS, we praise You, Son of the Most High God, Savior of the world. We adore and worship You; and pray our lives bring You honor and glory, pointing others to You.

*http://bit.ly/2gQLtnD
 


Sunday
Dec112016

Praise IMMANUEL

"'Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call his name IMMANUEL,' which translated means, 'God with us.'"

Matthew 1:22-25

Can you imagine someone telling you what to name your unborn child? How about being told that your fiancé was going to have a son who would be born BEFORE the two of you came together sexually? While your head is spinning, add another piece of information: your fiancé is going to be pregnant not by a man, but by the Holy Spirit. This is seeming to be too much to absorb, but before you can ask a question, you're told, "you will name Him Jesus."  Before you can protest that you had planned to name your firstborn son after you, you're told "Jesus" was selected because He would "save His people." Your heart is racing. "Save our nation?" That thought is a good one! But before you can finish the thought, the announcer of the news continues, "...from their sins." You want to blurt out, "What? Save our people from their sins? But only God can do that." 

Lord God, IMMANUEL, we praise You! You are not a God who is far removed. You are WITH US...saving us. 

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