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CHRISTMAS TREE

      YOU ARE A TREE!

Christmas Tree (1)

When I was growing up we, my three sisters and my brother along with my dad, would go into the woods and cut down our Christmas tree and on occasion the older kids and my dad would shoot mistletoe out of the trees. We would then bring the tree home where mom was waiting with fresh baked goodies and other party favorites. We proceeded to decorate the tree with lights, candy canes, ornaments we collected over the years, some of them where home made while others where passed down from my grandparents, and of course a lot of tinsel and an old tin star shining brightly on top.

A few years ago, while I was visiting my sister, the Lord gave me a story while I was sitting in her living room admiring her Christmas tree. As I gazed upon its beauty, she always has a perfect tree, He showed me something that I would like to share with you.

“You are a tree!” He said. Okay, I have been called a lot of things,but a tree is a new one 🙂 He then reminded me of a verse found in Jeremiah 17:7-8 (Amplified Bible):

[Most] blessed is the man who believes in, trusts in, and relies on the Lord, and whose hope and confidence the Lord is.  For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters that spreads out its roots by the river; and it shall not see and fear when heat comes; but its leaf shall be green. It shall not be anxious and full of care in the year of drought, nor shall it cease yielding fruit.

Jer 17:7-8 (AMP)

  • THE TREE– The tree is an ever green; it stays green all year round. It symbolizes everlasting life. In John 3:16 He says;

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 3:16-17 (NKJV)

English: A bauble on a Christmas tree.


  • THE ORNAMENT- Ornaments on the tree symbolize testimonies or precious moments you have in life.  As I looked at my sisters tree I saw new decorations and some with pictures ,while others were hand made .  These decorations/ornaments are special to her they remind her of years past and the fun she had. The ornaments we have in life are stories of how God has blessed us or delivered us out of a bad situation;they are praise and adoration we give to God.

Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits:  Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases,  Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with loving kindness and tender mercies,  Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

An artificial fiber optic Christmas tree

Psalms 103:2-5 (NKJV)

  • THE LIGHTS- We are the light of the world. The lights represent the different peoples there are in the world. Wherever we are, when we share what God has done, we shine as lights on the Christmas tree.

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord.

Eph 5:8-10 (NKJV)

       You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a peck measure, but on a lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men that they may see your moral excellence and your praiseworthy, noble, and good deeds and recognize and honor and praise and glorify your Father Who is in heaven.

Christmas gifts

Matt 5:14-16 (AMP)

  • THE GIFTS The gifts under the tree are symbolic of the fruit of the Spirit. A fruit tree has fruit that we enjoy but the tree itself does not eat them. They are not for the tree; they are not ornaments or lights. What gift/fruit do you have that you can share with others?

the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,  gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.

Leading the 2001 Christmas Pageant of Peace pr...

Gal 5:22-23 (NKJV)

  • THE ANGEL/STAR– To top off the tree we put an angel or a star. These ornaments symbolize you and I as the messengers of the good news. The star guided the wise men to where Jesus was staying. The angels visited Mary and also the shepherds.

And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.

Matt 28:18-20 (NKJV)

Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; 2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord, And in His law he meditates day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.

Psalms 1:1-3 (NKJV)

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

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STRONGER THAN BEFORE

Have you ever had a song or songs that inspire, comfort, encourage, or minister life to you? There are songs for every thing from finding love to loosing it, and everything else in between. But then there are songs that never get old. They are your “go to” songs. Ya know  the ones you can listen to years later and they still move you. These are such kind of songs for me. I literally grew up with these songs. I actually had the honor of meeting this person and know she lived what she believed. This month I am remembering  Janny Grein, who answered her call and in the process still inspires me to “stand” in the midst of the storm.

 

 

For which is easier: to say, Your sins are forgiven and the penalty remitted, or to say, Get up and walk?

   This is my verse for today. I thought I would share it with you.

He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.

Isaiah 40:29,31 (AMP)

It’s not only God’s will to save us from sin. He also healed us. He gave us power and strength… He delivered us from our sin. “But to those that “wait” for the Lord…” He makes us whole…healing is a part of salvation.

LOOK UP THESE VERSES  (You won’t regret it! 🙂 ) – 

  • Psalm 103:1-5
  • Psalm107: 17, 19-21
  • Isaiah 53:4-5
  • Jeremiah 17:14

The word salvation in Greek is- SOZO- meaning nothing broken, nothing missing.(Romans 1:16, Romans 10:10-13 for example) 

  “Your faith cannot operate beyond your knowledge of His Word.” 

– Gloria Copeland

Notice it does not say we will not have times of feeling weak (faint and weary), or feeling worn out/exhausted  (no might). It says that as we expect,trust and rely on God,  look for find out what His word/promises are concerning our situation, and hope in Him, apply stand,receive,take what He says as the Truth. Our strength and power will be renewed.

Two things to always remember:

  • It is Gods will to heal and restore us.
  • Gods Word never fails.

SAY WHAT YOU BELIEVE
        For with the heart a person believes (adheres to, trusts in, and relies on Christ) and so is justified (declared righteous, acceptable to God), and with the mouth he confesses (declares openly and speaks out freely his faith) and confirms [his] salvation.                                                                     

  Romans 10:10 (AMP)

 Declaration/ConfessionSay it out loud and receive it!

*You give power to me when I am faint and weary. In my weakness, You increase strength in me.I wait for You [expect, look for, and hope in You] and You renew my strength and power. I will lift up with wings of strength and rise as an eagle. I shall run and not be weary, I shall walk and not faint or become tired.                                                                                         ( Isaiah 40:29, 13 personified)

  For which is easier: to say, Your sins are forgiven and the penalty remitted, or to say, Get up and walk?
  But in order that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins and remit the penalty, He then said to the paralyzed man, Get up! Pick up your sleeping pad and go to your own house.
 And he got up and went away to his own house.
Matthew 9:5-7 (AMP)

* Gloria Copeland Healing and Wellness Life Line Book Your 10 Day Spiritual Action Plan (page 128 #8)

EVER LIVING HOPE

With all the stuff going on in the world these days, we need to remember, our Hope is a living Savior king!And through Him we are protected and our inheritance in Him can’t be touched!


   Praised (honored, blessed) be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah)! By His boundless mercy we have been born again to an ever-living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  [Born anew] into an inheritance which is beyond the reach of change and decay [imperishable], unsullied and unfading, reserved in heaven for you, Who are being guarded (garrisoned) by God’s power through [your] faith [till you fully inherit that final] salvation that is ready to be revealed [for you] in the last time.

1 Peter 1:3-5 (AMP)

 

 
     Without having seen Him, you love Him; though you do not [even] now see Him, you believe in Him and exult and thrill with inexpressible and glorious (triumphant, heavenly) joy. [At the same time] you receive the result (outcome, consummation) of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

1 Peter 1:8-9 (AMP)

JESUS IS OUR EVER-LIVING HOPE!

ALWAYS ON


God is always on the alert, constantly on the lookout for people who are totally committed to him.

2 Chronicles 16:9b  (Message Bible)

RISE AGAIN

Here’s a throwback song that I wore out my eight track on .  This song is by Dallas Holm from late 70’s early 80’s. the video is recent but the song is an ageless classic.  Enjoy 🙂


  For He says, In the time of favor (of an assured welcome) I have listened to and heeded your call, and I have helped you on the day of deliverance (the day of salvation). Behold, now is truly the time for a gracious welcome and acceptance [of you from God]; behold, now is the day of salvation!

2 Corinthians 6:2 (AMP)

I AM Here (A PRAYER)

You are not an accident! You were created! You are valuable!


O LORD, You have searched me and known me. You know my sitting down and my rising up; You understand my thought afar off. You comprehend my path and my lying down, And are acquainted with all my ways.  For there is not a word on my tongue, But behold, O LORD, You know it altogether.  You have hedged me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is high, I cannot attain it. Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?  If I ascend into heaven, You are there; If I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, And dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, Even there Your hand shall lead me, And Your right hand shall hold me.  If I say, “Surely the darkness shall fall on me,” Even the night shall be light about me; Indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, But the night shines as the day; The darkness and the light are both alike to You. For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.  How precious also are Your thoughts to me, O God! How great is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they would be more in number than the sand; When I awake, I am still with You.

Psalm 139:1-18 (NKJV)