Thursday, December 7, 2017

Journey to Gratefulness Day 4: Salvation Is Come

Thus says the Lord, “Preserve justice and do righteousness, For My salvation is about to come
And My righteousness to be revealed” {Is. 56: 1 NASB}.

For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace {Isaiah 9:6 NASB}.
Grace. His grace is unfathomable. It is hard to grasp is it not? Imagine how Mary and Joseph felt. As the world slept; the Son of God became man; in all places a stable. They held Heaven’s perfect Lamb—the Great I AM. “Baby Jesus, Eternal Word of the One True and Living God.”[1] John, consciously building on Old Testament revelation in His wonderful Gospel, gave a glorious homily on Jesus—The Word—God Incarnate— who existed before time. He was not only with God, but was God. Yet He came as man to reconcile man to The Father. He came to offer salvation to a lost, dying world {John 1}. Christ. His Salvation. The greatest gift.

Ten things I am grateful for today:

1. How can I repay what the Lord has done for me? I will take the cup of Salvation and worship the Lord {Ps. 116:12-13 HCSB}.

2. The Lord is my strength and my song. He has become my salvation {Ps. 118:14 HCSB}.

3. I will give thanks to you because you have answered me and have become my salvation {Ps.  118: 21 HCSB}

4. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it {Ps. 118: 24 HCSB}.

5. Thankful that my help comes from the Lord. The maker of heaven and earth {Ps 121: 2 HCSB}.

6. That Gods love is eternal {Ps. 136 :3 HCSB}.

7. He alone does great wonders {Ps. 136 :4 HCSB}.
8. He made the heavens skillfully
{Ps. 136 :5 HCSB}.

9. For Your constant love and faithfulness {Ps. 138: 2 HCSB}.

10. Your abundant greatness {Ps. 150: 2 HCSB}.

Advent, like its cousin Lent, is a season for prayer and reformation of our hearts. Since it comes at winter time, fire is a fitting sign to help us celebrate Advent…If Christ is to come more fully into our lives this Christmas, if God is to become really incarnate for us, then fire will have to be present in our prayer. Our worship and devotion will have to stoke the kind of fire in our souls that can truly change our hearts. Ours is a great responsibility not to waste this Advent time. Edward Hays, A Pilgrim’s Almanac

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[1] Bodie and Brock Thoene, Why A Manger? (Vista, CA: Parable, 2006), 3.

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