Saturday, December 20, 2008

*Christmas Blessings*

Dear Friends,

I want to wish all of my readers a very blessed and warm Christmas this year. My prayers for you include the sense of God's love showering down all around you as you prepare to celebrate, on the day of Christmas with your family and/or friends, and during the evenings when the hustle and bustle of the season settles down and you are left alone with your personal thoughts and reflections.

"There is no greater love than that a man lay down his life for his friends." Christ said these words and backed them up by willingly surrendering His life in order to bridge the gap between us and God. Through Him each person has the opportunity to come to God and receive the free gift of eternal life, never to be separated from Him again. This Christmas may the truth of Jesus's birth find its way solidly into your heart.

Because of the intercession of God on our behalf, He chose to come to us in bodily form and live among us while willingly giving up His Deity rights and choosing to live life with all of the limitations, trials, temptations, and sorrows of a human. He demonstrated a full life surrendered to the will of God's perfect righteousness and laws in order to show us a picture of true Holiness. He completely forgave each one of us our sins past, present, and future, freely and without reservation only requiring that we acknowledge Him as the One true God and choosing to surrender our free will in order to live a life by His standards.

Jesus now sits at the right hand of the Father interceding on our behalf if only we turn to Him and seek repentance. He understands all of our faults and sinful nature, He gives us a way out of each temptation, He gives us abundant life. Because of His birth we never have to be alone again, nor suffer the torture of eternal hell if we accept His free gift. He NEVER intended humans to be sent to hell. He created hell for Satan and his demons, however because of His perfect holiness He cannot tolerate sin and must allow humans to determine their own destination. If we walk away from Him, turn our backs and refuse to acknowledge Him, choose to live life on our own terms and under our own control never abiding by His standards nor choosing to acknowledge and live for Him as The One true God.... we must suffer the fate of our own destination by our own choosing.

No matter how "good" a person may be, not one of us is good or perfected enough to gain heaven. No, we must enter into God's presence by Christ and Christ alone. He alone can pardon and save us from that terrible fate. Only when we join with Him, can God view us through Christ's righteousness and perfection and allow us into His presence. This is why He came that 1st Christmas night, that is why His birth is the most significant birth in all of history, that is why every year the full meaning of Christmas must permeate our hearts and minds over all else. No sparkle or gift is as bright or lasting as the gift God gave us that night long ago....the gift of Himself.

May God bless you and keep you, may His face shine upon you, and may His love shower down all around you this Christmas.

If you haven't accepted Christ's gift of salvation, would you take time to consider Him and what He wants to give you? Would you take the time to consider His everlasting love for you and decide once and for all that you will accept His gift to you this Christmas? His gift can not be corrupted, wasted, broken, or ended. No, His gift is an eternal gift which goes on for infinity and this gift can be yours forever if only you will reach out to Him and accept it.

With my most heartfelt love & friendship,