Tuesday, December 5, 2017

You've heard the Story, or have you? The whole Story? The Christmas story really starts with a tree – not a Christmas tree, but a family tree.

Sure, and the fact that the Christmas story starts with a genealogy shows us that it’s a real story that happened in a real place at a real time. Later Jesus hung on a tree for you and me. Didn't stay dead long though. He lives!

"Don’t be afraid!' he said. 'I bring you good news that will bring great joy to all people. The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born today in Bethlehem, the city of David! And you will recognize him by this sign: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in strips of cloth, lying in a manger.'

Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God and saying,

'Glory to God in highest heaven,
and peace on earth to those with whom God is pleased.'

When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, 'Let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.'
They hurried to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby lying in the manger." Luke 2 
Welcomed, put off, or outright turned away. Each of us is sorta like an Innkeeper. Each.. decides if there is room for Jesus on the inside. Why wait too long, or reject? He won't ..you. See John 1:12-13 and invite Him in. When people are dead, they can choose to turn, trust Christ and awaken! How? God uses people. The church can choose to get close again -- to be revived
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Revival starts with you and me, starts with a humble choice and prayer. To be biblically revived means to “be restored to original condition.” A good thang! Do you need a personal spiritual revival? #Pray4anAwakening! Do ya need a personal spiritual revival? We all need Christ
Road to Revival, here ya go...
Repeat.. Re-do which leads to
"Look how far you have fallen (GRASP IT)! Turn back to me (admit it and quit it, the wrong-doin's -- repentance) and do the works you did at first (Edify). If you don't repent, I will come and remove your lampstand from its place among the churches (really don't want that happening)." Revelation 2:5 #Emph-mine #SeeContext #Pray4anAwakening2

You can do this.. Revive personally, then revive city-wide, then nationally revive, and then revive globally! God can do it. All peeps won't come to Jesus Christ willingly, but while we can let's influence as many as we can to do that for salvation.

Christmas, the incarnation in Bethlehem.. it wasn't a rags-to-riches kinda story; it is a riches-to-rags kinda story.
Jesus Christ chose to leave heaven's riches and glory for you. He went from being a Sovereign in beautiful splendor to being a practical serving kind of servant for us minus all that. 

He came here with pure love, He became human without ever.. not even for a sec ..ceasing to be God. Sinless! And there was no separation with the Trinity. He left there.. but did not become identical to us, He came here and became identified with us. What does the Bible say of God's great purpose?

"Jesus said to him, 'Today salvation has come to this house, because this man too is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.'" Luke 19:9b-10. 

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