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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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Saturday
Dec102016

Praise HOLY JESUS

Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David;

and the virgin’s name was Mary. 

And coming in, he said to her, 'Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.' 

Mary said to the angel, 'How can this be, since I am a virgin?' 

The angel answered and said to her, 'The HOLY Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the HOLY CHILD shall be CALLED THE SON OF GOD."

Luke 1:26-28, 31 -35

I've replayed this scene in my mind repeatedly. The shock. How perplexed Mary must have been. Then, the days after the angel Gabriel left when she started noticing the pouch in her stomach and the changes in her body. And she knew. She knew she had not been with a man. And there was no way to convince anyone. Except the angel of the Lord also spoke to Joseph in a dream and told him not to be afraid to take Mary; that indeed, she was carrying the HOLY CHILD OF GOD

Then, after she had Jesus, He wasn't your typical little boy. If you're a parent, can you imagine having a perfect child? 

Christ's holiness is perhaps best seen on the cross when instead of hurling retorts to those who crucified and mocked Him, He prayed, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing," Luke 23:34.

And it is He, HOLY JESUS, who intercedes for us; who knows so often we don't know what we're doing when we sin. And it is HOLY JESUS whose birthday we celebrate at Christmas. 

How can we honor Him? By keeping Him at the forefront of our children's and grandchildren's minds; by keeping HIM the center of our attention. 

HOLY Lord Jesus, we praise and worship You. We honor and adore You. We love You. Help us focus on You and point others to YOU this season. 

Friday
Dec092016

Praise the GOOD SHEPHERD

“I am the GOOD SHEPHERD; the GOOD SHEPHERD lays down His life for the sheep.

He who is a hired hand, and not a shepherd, who is not the owner of the sheep, sees the wolf coming, and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep. 

 I am the GOOD SHEPHERD, and I know My own and My own know Me, even as the Father knows Me and I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep.

John 10:11-15

Are you feeling troubled? Are you in trouble - mentally, health-wise, financially, emotionally? Trouble and tribulation are part of this world. But Jesus clearly says to us that He's CONCERNED for us. That He's with us in the field of problems. And, that HE's not going let the wolfe snatch us away from Him. 

JESUS is WITH US in whatever we're going through. AND, HE will SHEPHERD US THROUGH our problems. 

If we're frustrated, overwhelmed, lonely, sad, or despairing, we're not alone and there is a path. 

Get as close to Jesus, the GOOD SHEPHERD as possible. Stay by His side. Walk where He leads. Follow His voice. If you do, you'll soon find yourself in green pastures, safe from the "wolf" that once caused fear. 

GOOD SHEPHERD, thank You for being with us in the midst of our problems and concerns. GOOD SHEPHERD, please lead us to a safe place; away from harm and fear. 

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Thursday
Dec082016

Praise the FIRSTBORN  

FIRSTBORN

He is the image of the invisible God, the FIRSTBORN of all creation.

Colossians 1:15

 

When we think about Jesus's birth, we must go back...way back, further back than our minds can imagine. 

Jesus was Mary's firstborn Son, but before His birth to Mary, Jesus was the FIRSTBORN of GOD, the FIRSTBORN of ALL CREATION. 

May we have the wonder of a child as we set up nativities in our home. May we have the wonder of a child as we consider Christ in the hay; that He would do that for us.  

...and let us worship and adore Him. 

FIRSTBORN SON, LORD JESUS CHRIST, we honor and worship You. Thank YOU, glorious Lord, gift from heaven.

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Wednesday
Dec072016

Praise the ETERNAL KING

ETERNAL KING

It is a trustworthy statement, deserving full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, among whom I am foremost of allYet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for ETERNAL LIFE. Now to the King ETERNAL, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.

1 Timothy 1:15-17

 

Do you feel the passion in Paul's words? He says that he is the chief of sinners and that God's patience with him demonstrates that God can be patient with anyone.

The ETERNAL KING is not only patient, He is also giving. He gives ETERNAL LIFE to anyone who calls on Him.

What greater love could there be? Jesus, our ETERNAL King is patient toward us; not wishing that any perish, but that all come to salvation. 

ETERNAL Lord Jesus, ETERNAL KING, we praise and worship You. You are the focus of our admiration, love, and gratitude this season and every season. 

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Sunday
Dec042016

Praise to Jesus, the DOOR

DOOR

I am the DOOR; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.'

John 10:9-10

Escape! "Escape from what? Escape from whom?" we might ask Jesus. He's come down from heaven to save mankind. Save us from what? We feel safe. We feel fine. Don't we? Is there something our Heavenly Father and Son can see that we can't see? Yes.

"The Son of Man came to seek and to save that which is lost," Jesus said on another occassion. There's that word again - saved - that word Jesus keeps using. And, He keeps saying He's the way of escape. Go through Him. He's the DOOR. The door to what? The door to heaven. 

There was once another door. The door on the ark. There was once another warning. But people didn't listen until it was too late. And the door was shut. 

Today, if you hear His voice, don't harden your heart. There is something to be saved from - hell. There is something to be saved for - heaven. The door is open right now. But it, like the door on the ark, will one day be shut. Don't be on the outside. 

Christmas isn't about Santa Claus. It's about Jesus coming to earth to save us. 

Lord Jesus, You are the DOOR of heaven through which we can enter and be saved. We praise, worship, and glorify You! 

Help others prepare their hearts for Christmas by sharing and liking on Facebook or forwarding these email blog posts as we FOCUS on JESUS. 

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Click HERE to order Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas. Click HERE to order your 2017 Prayers of My Heart prayer journal. 


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