This CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS is the story about God’s faithfulness.  He sent His only Son Jesus Christ so that we might know Light and desire it instead of darkness.  In His life he has shown us the way and in His death and resurrection, has opened heaven’s door for us so that we might go through it and live with Him forever.

How are we to respond to that kind of sacrifice?  What response is acceptable to such a great gift as that?

Romans 12:1-2 asks this from us,
“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
 

God loves us, we often hear that, but how much do we believe it?

Judges 6:12-13 says,
“When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” 
Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us?
 

Like Gideon, there are times when we, too, question God’s faithfulness.  It could be as simple as asking why God let Manny Pacquaio lose even though he has been giving God worship and honor, or as complicated as the question why God let the 20 children and 6 adults die that fateful day in Connecticut.

I, too, have my share of loss but I couldn’t make myself ask Him, “why?”

Out loud that is.

Truth was I had been questioning Him and had been asking Him why He kept on taking when I’ve lost a lot already and the people around me has not lost anything at all.  That only shows how foolish people could get.  Last Sunday I finally had my answer to that question.

I have learned that every sacrifice has to be consumed by fire.

In Hebrews 12:29 it says,
Every sacrifice must be put on the altar to be burned by fire,
so the sweet smelling savor can come forth.
“For our God is a consuming fire.”
 

and

 Everyone will be salted with fire.
“Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again?
Have salt among yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”
Mark 9:49-50
 

This following video is begging the question, “How much are we willing to give?”

When I first received the Lord in my life I had this song that speaks of the prayer of my heart which also reminds me to hold on and persevere even in the midst of trials.  Yes, there are things that I’ve lost in this journey but there have been much more that I have found and gained in my walk with my Savior.

May all who come behind us find us faithful
May the fire of our devotion light their way
May the footprints that we leave
Lead them to believe
And the lives we live inspire them to obey.

A Very Merry Christmas to you all!

My 100th post!

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