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December 2021

The Gift of Love

For today in Bethlehem a rescuer was born for you. He is the Lord Yahweh, the Messiah. Luke 2:11
Listen! A virgin will be pregnant, she will give birth to a Son, and he will be known as “Emmanuel,” which means in Hebrew, “God became one of us.” Matthew 1:23

Soon we will celebrate a time in history in which the very essence of our being would be designed and modeled. Christ is the greatest gift ever given and we know this to be true because His life paved the way for Eternal Life.

 He was born to you.

He came to this Earth for you.

He took the form of man for you.

He would endure the demise and ridicule of the cross for you.

He laid down His life for you.

He truly is the Messiah who came to take away the sins of the world. He indeed is The Reason For This Season. We give because He gave, we love because He loved and we offer our best because He gave His best. There was no other objective for the arrival of Christ but to claim His Father’s creation and restore the relationship severed by the original sin which occurred in the Garden of Eden. Yes! Christ was born to you.

His birth has given you new life.

His birth has given you a second chance.

His birth has wiped the slate clean.

His birth has provided the very outline as to how we should seek to live our days upon this Earth.

There was a purpose to everything which Christ did while on this EARTH; today we choose to live our lives with purpose and to live on purpose. We allow His love for us to be the foundation of every aspect of our lives as an example of who Christ is and what He has done for us; He laid down His life for us.

The Greatest Gift Ever Given

The Christmas season marks the wonderful time of the year when God demonstrated the depths of His love for mankind by sending His very son to this Earth.

This very display of love not only gives us the definition of the word but also outlines the foundation of our lives and where we would be if it were not for the love of God. Matthew 1:23 gives evidence to this season of giving in which we exchange gifts simply because of the gift which God gave us through His Beloved Son. Though we didn’t deserve such an act of grace and mercy, we would be blessed beyond belief as we receive His gift of forgiveness leading to eternal life.

God always had a plan to resurrect the relationship between God and man and this should be enough proof for us to trust Him in every area of our lives. There is a seed in you just like the seed that was planted in Mary; this seed is your divine destiny and evidence of the conclusion of this verse which states God with us. God is with you through all the trials and tribulations you have faced and are facing; He is with you through the ups and downs, hills and valleys. The message for the man or woman of faith today is that God is birthing something in you. Something is going to manifest itself from the labor pains and experiences that you have endured through your lifetime. Knowing God gave the name of the Son to Mary and Joseph before He came from the womb lets us know God has already named the very blessing that will come from the struggles of your life.

Jesus declared in John 10:10 that He came to give life and give it more abundantly; the name of your child which will come from your struggle is PEACE, the name of the child that will come from your intense labor is CO-HEIR, the name of the child that will come forth from your poverty in Christ is BLESSED AND HIGHLY FAVORED. There is a name which you will love to claim at the end of your trying days, and knowing there is an expected end confirms GOD IS ALWAYS WITH US.

As you begin wrapping your gifts, remember the gift God wrapped in swaddling clothes. When you place your gift under the tree, remember the gift that was placed in a manger. You have a gift to share with the world that came over 2,000 years ago; let someone know in this season that Christ was born to save and pave the way to Eternal Life.

Victorious by His Grace!
Billie

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