Behold The Star!

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Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him. Matthew 2: 1-2 KJV

 

The star that the wise men saw was not an ordinary star. It was His star. The star announcing the birth of the Messiah. The one who would take away the sin of the world. It was the light of one whom the prophets spoke about. Centuries had passed and they were alive to witness it all!  This caravan of learned men, bearing gifts, made their way to Bethlehem, to see this child. By the time they arrived, he was 3 years old.  What kept them going as they travelled over all types of terrain and weather conditions?  Why didn’t they falter in the heat of the day or the coolness of the night air? They followed this star for three years! Who does that and why? It was the light of the star and the Promise that lay beneath it.

Today, that Promise, that Light, that Star is within us. Inside every believer is that Light that can never be extinguished.  But life can be hard, gruesome, unkind, and unrelenting at times. Even the best of us waver and lose focus on the Light within, giving way to situations and circumstances that seem to choke the life out of hope.  Whether it’s the loss of a loved one, a broken relationship, financial hardship, or health issues, our “Herods” want to find the source of our Light and quench it forever. Just as Herod the King really wanted to kill the Christ child, Satan’s task is to kill our hope once and for all.

Our only recourse is to focus on that Light, but we cannot force ourselves to focus.  If we could, we would have succeeded by now. The key is the source of the Light and it can be found in this verse of scripture:

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.  John 3:16 KJV

The key to this whole verse is that God’s love for us caused an action on His part. He gave. Yes, giving is part of our DNA. It’s the reason our faces light up when we see the smile on someone else’s face as a result of our gift . It’s the joy we feel, not expecting anything in return, while walking away more blessed than the recipient. What if we were to turn the tables on our own tragedies like the woman whose son was killed in the line of duty as a police officer. She had every reason to literally stop living.  I can’t imagine losing a child.  But she chose to give by feeding the other police officers every year for Thanksgiving at her house until she was 70 years old. What a blessing!

Christmas can be a tough time for many people and believers are not exempt from the trials of life.  But instead of focusing on “What do the lonely do at Christmas?”;  How about being a blessing to  someone else. It could be something as simple as a smile, a hug, a listening ear, a sandwich to a stranger; paying for someone’s meal, or groceries; There’s no greater gift than the one we have inside of us!  Let’s “Give Love on Christmas Day!” And when we Behold the Star, it alters our perspective!

 

 

 

Stable Condition

It was a quiet, brisk, clear night. One could look up and see stars millions of miles away. The travelers had to make the best of an adverse situation. The tired couple needed a place to rest for the night. The accommodations they ended up with were far from the best because of the bustling activity in the city. There were seemingly no rooms to be found anywhere. It had been a long journey for them. He had tried to make his wife as comfortable as possible given the circumstances, but it was a losing battle. He felt so helpless. He hated that feeling. He just didn’t want to leave her home alone while he made this one last business trip. He had hoped after the conclusion of his agenda they could spend some real quality time together.  The ride had been a slow, bumpy one and his bride was visibly agitated. He had wanted to go a little further until she shrieked in horror. “Joe, we’ve got to stop now, this baby is coming soon!”, she yelled.   Of course, He started to panic.  He had just passed a small mom & pop motel, so he quickly made a u-turn; obviously agitating her more, and headed in the opposite direction.  He pulled in the parking lot and ran inside.  Of course they were booked solid as well, and the fire in his belly rose to a fever pitch.  “Look Buddy!”, he shouted.  “My wife is going to have a baby right in this lobby if you don’t come up with something! Think, man!  The clerk paused for a moment, then said “Follow me.”  Joe followed the clerk to the rear entrance, through it, and out to a wooden structure that looked like a stable of some kind.  “This is all I’ve got, sir.  It’s on the house.”  Joe was halfway around the front of the building before he realized what the clerk had said. He wanted to give a discourse of choice words but thought better.  As they made their way to their makeshift quarters, another contraction hit her. “AWHG!! How excruciating the sound to her husband who had no idea of the real pain she bore.  He made a bed of hay for her and placed a couple blankets on them for his espoused wife. There was no midwife to call. There were no cell phones or pay phones. There was no directory listings available. And even if there were, there was no time.  And she brought forth her first-born son. How beautiful was this child. The Holy One, Son of the Most High God. He would be called Jesus, Emanuel, God with us. Mary recalled the angel’s message and wept with joy. There was no receiving blanket and no incubator. The child’s earthly father prepared a feeding trough, filled with hay, wrapped the child in strips of cloth to keep him warm and laid him there.    What a place for one who would be King. But the Father would have it no other way. Although homeless and without at His entrance into the matrix of the earth realm;  this child’s influence would be world renown and millions would come to know Him as Savior and Lord. The Lamb of Love…For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son…   Love…The  Special Gift that keeps on giving. Thank you Father for your unconditional love for us all.

Making A Difference

It has been said that together we can accomplish more. That statement is true. But can I offer you the encouragement that one man or woman can make a difference. In the book of Exekiel the Lord searched for one person who would stand in the gap and intercede for the people that they would not be destroyed but found none. Could it be because no one felt their efforts would be good enough? We have several examples in the Bible of people making a difference. Remember Paul and Silas when thy were beaten and thrown in prison. The held an impromptu prayer meeting with much praise and worship causing an earthquake which not only set them free but everyone else in the jail as well. The jailer who witnessed this got saved and so did his entire household. Two people praising God in dire circumstances caused a turnaround Maybe God hasn’t moved you from where you are yet because there is a life or two that you need to impact. Its when people see the power of God working in your life that they want what you have. I guarantee you that a praying mail clerk in the right place can turn a company around, saving himself and others from being down sized.
Jesus himself is the best example. I hear you saying, “Of course, that’s Jesus”. We must remember that Jesus was fully human,yet divine when he walked the earth. He had to be human to show us what we are capable of. By one man the planet was lost and by another human access was regained. (Romans 5) We were created in His image and after His likeness. That means we have his nature as well as His good looks! (LOL). Think about it. One man heard from God, taught the principles to 12 other men who in turn turned the world upside down. As a result, you are now in Gods family and partakers of Heaven’s best. Beloved, one believer connected to the Father is the most powerful force on earth. God gets nothing done in this realm without man’s involvement. He gave us this planet (Psalms 115:16) Will you be the one the Father can count on to make the difference in your circle of influence?

EMMANUEL

For unto us a child is born; unto us a son is given…

The key phrase is “unto us”.  You may be familiar with the Gospel of John, Chapter 1 where it says “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was God, and the Word was with God…”  Notice that Word is capitalized. That’s because the Word is Jesus. It goes on to say the Word became flesh and dwelt among us—Emmanuel!  Why did Jesus have to come to the earth anyway? Because God’s Word is so powerful that it would take another Word from Him to cancel out the sentence of death on mankind after the fall of Adam.  Remember God said that the day Adam ate of the forbidden fruit he would surely die. God’s desire for man was to bring life, not death, so He had to introduce “Himself” into the earth realm; sinless, part human,part divine; to show man that it is possible to live in obedience to God. Then He had to “kill” the curse (that’s why Jesus had to die) in order to release the blessing.  He would introduce himself through the “seed” of a woman.  Wait a minute! A woman doesn’t  have seed, she has eggs! This was confusing to the devil, but God knew what he was doing. He couldn’t use a man’s seed because man’s blood was tainted by sin because of Adam. So he impregnated Mary with His Word and conception took place. Likewise, in our lives, no conception takes place absent of the Word of God.

So The Word became flesh; setting forth God’s original plan–to get heaven in the earth (Thy Kingdom Come…). Jesus (the Spoken Word) came to “see to it” that whatever God says come to pass. That’s why the Word of God cannot fail. So if God is with us, then is there anything we can’t do? Is there anything we can’t have.? Is there anything we can’t achieve. Are you getting the picture? God is with you; He’s not only with you, God is in you. You’re a Little “G” walking around in an earth suit. So act like it, walk like it, talk like it. Fear no man, cause Daddy’s  (our Father’s)  got your back. He will make His Word good!

Even God himself operated within time which came out of Himself. It took Jesus the same nine months in the womb that it takes every human born in the planet. What this tells us is that some things take time. Our job is to speak the word, give it time, and allow The Word to bring to pass what we have spoken.

The Most Trusted Man

He was once called the most trusted man in America. People counted on him for accuracy, integrity, truthfulness, and honesty. He consistently delivered them all. He worked hard, and played just as hard. He loved his job, but always took time for his family. He was an icon to say the least. He was a news anchor, and by most accounts, the best there ever was. What made him so powerful? How could this unassuming man gain the respect and admiration of Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, and the common everyday Joe?  Americans believed in him. They identified with him because even though he reported the facts as they were; he kept his humanity intact, feeling the same pain, but found strength to endure when having to report the death of President Kennedy. His candor and zeal to get the whole story is the benchmark of what a journalist strives for today. He was Walter Cronkite and people trusted him. In his death many honor him. 

There was another man who was quite influential, not only in his time, but before and long after he departed the scene. He too gained the trust of many. Starting with twelve, he took his message of truth to measures never seen before. Now there are millions who follow him; trusting him with their very existence. His motive was never to exalt himself, but to do the will of his Father who sent him. He too feels our pain; having experienced everything imaginable to us and more. He bore our sins and iniquities on the cross and His Father was satisfied with His sacrifice. We are no longer separated from him because of Adam’s sin. By the death of this one man, many were made righteous before God. Now being justified by our faith in Him, it is as though we had never sinned. His love for us is unending, In that He willingly lay down His life for us. If we were to visit Mr. Cronkite’s grave, no doubt, his remains are there. But the tomb of Jesus is empty because God raised him from the dead. He is now at the right hand of Father interceding for you and me.  His desire is for everyone in the world to trust and believe in Him. He wants to lose no one. But,  that is every human being’s choice to make. ”And that’s the way it is.”

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