Monday, December 30, 2013

And It Came to Pass...

(Read Luke 1:26-38)

An angel of the Lord spoke a word to Mary in a season.  

Then, there was some waiting on her part. 

(Read Luke 2:1-7)

"And it came to pass in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered."  (Luke 2:1, NKJV)

Did you notice?  "And it came to pass..." [emphasis mine]

(Read Luke 2:15-20)

So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”  (Luke 2:15, NKJV)

How about this part?  "...see this thing that has come to pass..." [emphasis mine]

What you are you waiting for God to bring to pass for you?

Know that when God speaks a word to you in a particular season, it will come to pass.  It probably won't happen overnight.  It may be days, weeks, months, or even years.  Be patient though. 

In just the right way and at just the right time, God will bring it to pass in your life.  Remember, He is no respecter of persons.  What He does for one person, He will do for another person.  He also keeps His promises.   

"For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us."  (2 Corinthians 1:20, NKJV)

Neither does He lie.  It's not part of His true character.  He blesses His children. 

"God is not a man, that He should lie, Nor a son of man, that He should repent.  Has He said, and will He not do?  Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?  Behold, I have received a command to bless; He has blessed, and I cannot reverse it."  (Numbers 23:19-20, NKJV)

Copyright 2013 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Let Jesus Out!

I have observed members of the body of Jesus Christ quenching the Spirit of God in their lives.  (1 Thessalonians 5:19)  I have also experienced the effects of it myself because of others' poor choices.  Perhaps, you also have observed it and experienced it yourself.  After all, we each affect one another when we are a part of the body of Christ.  (1 Corinthians 12:26)

Because believers do not obey God's word, they are not exhibiting the fruit of the Spirit.  (Galatians 5:22-23)  They are not becoming more like Jesus Christ.  Unfortunately, some Christians are becoming less like Him.

They choose to give into the flesh or the old sinful nature.  It's a shame.  It's disturbing.  It's sad.  Perhaps, they don't realize that they are a new creation.  (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Most of all, it's disobedient to God and His word.  It dishonors Him and does not glorify Him at all.  One of the main purposes is for His children to honor and glorify Him.  (1 Corinthians 6:20; 1 Timothy 1:17)

I want to say to those people within the body, "Let Jesus Out!"  Let Him live in and through you.  (Romans 6:1-14)  Allow Him to change you from the inside out.

Of course, it takes a daily renewal of the mind for all believers to experience the transformation.  (Romans 12:2)  We cannot be slack about being true followers and disciples of Jesus Christ.  It takes time, effort, communication, and an on-going relationship with Him. 

The more we spend time with Him---communing with Him---the more we will look and act like Him.  Make sure that you have let Jesus into your heart and life.  (Romans 10:9-10)  Then, you can definitely "Let Jesus Out!"

Copyright 2013 by Dawn Freeman. All rights reserved.