For Thought

Good Monday Morning!

JT and I hope you have had a remarkable Thanksgiving and are ready now to move into a Christ honoring celebrating His Birth Season. I saw something on Facebook moments ago that I liked.

Jesus cameNo other child coming from a womb was/is like JESUS but let us remember they all are precious.

What does it mean to you that JESUS, fully GOD, fully human, arrived here as a baby; don’t mean to offend but truth is He came through a birth canal as did you and I? What’s that tell you?

Kathie

14 The Word became a human being and lived with us, and we saw his Sh’khinah, the Sh’khinah of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.

via John 1 KJV;CJB – In the beginning was the Word, and the – Bible Gateway

Onward

Our official celebration of Thanksgiving is behind us; now it is onward to Christmas. Our visit with my brothers and family was relaxing and fun. Just what I needed. Two years without seeing my siblings had been too long!

This morning I am bringing a guest to you. My You Version devotional reading this morning is right on the money. 🙂

A HEALTHY CLIMATE

The home must provide a climate in which love, trust, honesty, and security can flourish. If it does not, then all the material things parents provide have no meaning and actually make children frustrated and angry.

Trust and tenderness are fragile things. They cannot survive battering and bruising. For a person to love, he must give himself to another; if he is betrayed or taken advantage of, he will withdraw in pain and anger. God has structured the home so that all family members may learn to give their love without being hurt or taken advantage of. The home helps us develop those Christ-like characteristics God wants us to have. It is most significant that when God sent His only begotten Son into the world, He was careful to place Him in a healthy and godly home. If we want our children to fully realize their potential, we must provide the emotional climate to help them do so.

Of all God’s creatures, the human needs the longest time to grow up. A cat is a kitten for a relatively short time. Likewise dogs, birds, and other animals need only a short time to mature. Yet, God in His wisdom has ordained–not months–but many years of growing and learning before the human being can be put in full control of himself. And that’s what family life is all about: helping our little ones learn to control themselves.

Well, my friends, laundry, the grocery store, and more awaits me! Blessings of joy and peace to you today.

ABBA, thank You for a just what we needed celebration with family and friends. And now that we are back to life routines, I pray we will do them with a greater eagerness so that we will exalt JESUS. I pray our Christmas preparations will be holy and prepared with joy. We are remembering the grieving; this season often brings bittersweet memories; You know that well and You are able to empower and bring peace in the midst of them all. Thank You, ABBA. I pray we will lean on You. So for every Reader and Pray-er who comes to visit today, I pray for peace and growth of love and devotion for You and others in JESUS name.

18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, 19 and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe.   . . .

via Ephesians 1 NASB – The Blessings of Redemption – Paul, an – Bible Gateway.

Blessings of Joy and Peace,

 

Permission To Speak

Permission to Speak Freely. I understand it is a military term spoken to a Superior Officer for leave to be candid with said Officer.  (Please correct me if I am wrong.)

I believe there is a Sect of People with such an attitude (a belief system) toward Christians, and I might add, only Christians. To all others such demand is not applied.

I have some good news! We have Permission to Speak Freely from the HIGHEST AUTHORITY in the Universe. Actually more than Permission; rather a privilege and a command.

8 Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples.
9 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; speak of all His wonders.
10 Glory in His holy name; let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.

via I chron 16 NASB – A Tent for the Ark – And they brought – Bible Gateway.

4 And in that day you will say, “Give thanks to the Lord, call on His name. Make known His deeds among the peoples; Make them remember that His name is exalted.”
5 Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things; Let this be known throughout the earth.

via Is 12 NASB – Thanksgiving Expressed – Then you will – Bible Gateway.

1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.
2 Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; Speak of all His wonders.
3 Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.

via Ps 105 NASB – The LORD’S Wonderful Works in Behalf – Bible Gateway.

Allow me to call your attention to

MAKE KNOWN HIS DEED AMONG THE PEOPLES.
SPEAK OF ALL HIS WONDERS

Make known His deeds among the peoples;
Make them remember that His name is exalted.”

Let this be known throughout the earth.

We have permission to speak without apology and without PERMISSION from ‘Man’.  Our Father has NOT called us to arrogance. He has NOT called us to obnoxious-ness. He has NOT called us to offensiveness. Albeit to the unrepentant and unbelieving our message and our commission may be offensive; even as was our Savior, JESUS THE CHRIST, perceived offensive by the ‘religious’. That has not changed. Even so we have Permission to Speak Freely.  Moreover we have the privilege and command to do so.   Now is the time.  Would you agree?

One more caution.
One more admonishment to myself and to you.
WAIT before and upon THE LORD for HIM to empower you so you can speak this message with and IN HIS LOVE, knowing you may be perceived as offensive, until the soul who hears chooses to repent and then it shall be the BEST NEWS  s/he has or ever shall hear!

18 When I say to the wicked, ‘You will surely die,’ and you do not warn him or speak out to warn the wicked from his wicked way that he may live, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand.
19 Yet if you have warned the wicked and he does not turn from his wickedness or from his wicked way, he shall die in his iniquity; but you have delivered yourself.

via Ez 3 NASB – Ezekiel’s Commission – Then He said – Bible Gateway.

ABBA, seal this in my heart least I forget and at the appointment time come to You with blood on my hands. Let that not be, ABBA. Let it not be. In JESUS name let that not be.

We are accountable,