An In­de­scrib­able Gift

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This is the last week of Ad­vent and the count­down is on for Christ­mas Day to ar­rive! In­ter­est­ing, as I jour­neyed through last week and was mind­ful of the Ad­vent can­dle for the week that rep­re­sented “joy,” I could sense that God was re­new­ing my sense of joy and ex­pectancy for what He wants to do in all our lives. It’s time to put off our “grave clothes” of the things that have been “mis­car­ried and aborted” in our lives and al­low Holy Spirit to heal those hurts and bring life to our un­re­al­ized dreams and ideas. In the midst of the hard­ships, He prom­ises that joy comes in the morn­ing. He wants us to get up, brush off what’s been hold­ing us back and move into a new sea­son. This week, the fourth and fi­nal can­dle rep­re­sents love. “But be­cause of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in trans­gres­sions—it is by grace you have been saved.” “Thanks be to God for His in­de­scrib­able gift!” What an amaz­ing gift He has given us… even when we don’t de­serve it! The gift of sal­va­tion is in­de­scrib­able be­cause it is FULL of EV­ERY­THING we’d ever need or want… It in­cludes God’s best for your health, pro­tec­tion, fi­nances, re­la­tion­ships and suc­cess in life. It means a com­plete change from the in­side out! As we’ve taken a closer look at the ad­vent sea­son, we have pre­pared for the dif­fer­ent “com­ings” of Christ; first as a babe born to take away the sins of the world and se­condly as the King on a white horse, com­ing to put the world back to­gether. Ad­vent means “com­ing, an­tic­i­pat­ing, or preparing.” We not only an­tic­i­pate the Christ­mas sea­son but also the sec­ond com­ing in which Je­sus comes to gather His chil­dren home to glory. Not only has the Lord come, He is also com­ing! Did you know that one of the most pop­u­lar and well-known Christ­mas carols, “Joy to the Word,” was based on Psalm 98? English hymn writer, Isaac Watts, penned th­ese words to cel­e­brate Christ’s tri­umphant re­turn at the end of the age; not to cel­e­brate Je­sus’ first com­ing. Al­though it may seem a bit odd that we sing this song dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son, we can ac­tu­ally see that it does have a part in our cel­e­bra­tions be­cause of the mean­ing of the ad­vent sea­son: “com­ing, an­tic­i­pat­ing, preparing.” “Ev­ery­one knows how God saved us, for He has dis­played his jus­tice through­out history. He never for­gets to show us his love and faith­ful­ness. …So go ahead ev­ery­one and shout out your praises with joy! Break out of the box and let loose with the most joy­ous sound of praise!” Joy to the world! The Lord is come! Let earth re­ceive her king! As we near the end of this ad­vent sea­son, I pray that you are en­cour­aged and full of hope, peace, joy and love. I pray that you will ex­pe­ri­ence the true mean­ing of this sea­son … of Je­sus’ birth and of His re­turn that is so im­mi­nent. Look for “Twas the Night Be­fore Christ Came” in the Christ­mas edi­tion of this pa­per. This poem was birthed out of God’s heart for each of you. Set aside some time to sit in His pres­ence in this hol­i­day sea­son. Know that I am pray­ing for each of you, my dear pre­cious read­ers, that this Christ­mas will be your BEST one yet! Je­sus came that you would have life and life abun­dantly! Al­low Him to pour out His gifts in your life dur­ing this Christ­mas sea­son! Merry Christ­mas and God Bless You All! Scrip­ture ref­er­ence: Eph­e­sians 2:4,5 , 2 Corinthi­ans 9:15, Psalm 98

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