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“Behold, the virgin shall become pregnant and give birth to a Son, and they shall call His name Emmanuel – which, when translated, means, God with us.” Amp Mt 1:23

A way is already made. Mary has already been pregnant. God is already with us!

The question for all of us is, “What have you done with that Truth?”

As Jesus Christ was formed supernaturally into Mary His mother, so He is still being formed into people just being saved this day.  His life and Kingdom have not failed to advance in any way.  In fact it is true that since the days of John the Baptist the Kingdom of God has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it (Mt 11:12).

The question is: “Have you laid hold of it as well?”

Has the life of Jesus Christ found a place in you?  Has He now been formed in you?

Do you know while there are many religions in the world, not one of them except Christianity can profess to have a solution for this worlds’ ills that is “out of this world?” And in fact it is not our solution at all, but that of God the Father!

That is correct! “Jesus Christ was born into this world, not from it.  He did not emerge out of history; He came into history from the outside. Jesus Christ is not the best human being the human race can boast of – HE is a Being for whom the human race can take no credit at all. He is not man becoming God, but God Incarnate – God coming into human flesh from outside it.” (Oswald Chambers)

As you and I come to the Lord in faith, asking for His life to dwell in us – He is Emmanuel, God with us (and within us) in every sense of the word.

As John the Baptist heralded His coming – a way was prepared – the King’s Highway! For everyone who could believe it and receive it – that way was made within them. The King’s Highway is not a royal road that you drive upon to find the Lord. But rather, it is a way formed within us, a way of life and light that gives entrance to the Kingdom of God to dwell within us and where the King and His principles of life rule and flourish within.

But it is from out of this world that it came. And as it is from out of this world, it trumps and overcomes every issue of this world! So whatever you are facing this day: moral dilemmas, financial lack or ruin, relationship conflicts, health challenges… every challenge in this world finds an answer in the life of Emmanuel – God with us! The challenge is… can you believe it?

We are called as believers to guard our hearts above all that we guard – for out of it flows the issues of life (Prov 4:22-23). It is in that very place, the heart of man the spirit, that the life of Emmanuel resides as the Holy Spirit! And out of your heart flows with the issues of His life… but only if you have first received – Him. You can have His way, and the Highway… today!

What better gift to have this Christmas – than His life flourishing in you! Merry Christmas!

 

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Day Sixty-Seven

The Enemy of Faith – Unbelief, and the Mercy that Overcomes

“But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him.”  Heb 11:6

            Many people are unbelievers in Jesus Christ because they have never had an encounter with the living God.  Few can remain unbelievers after having such an encounter.  Ever fewer make it their posture in life to actively fight against God by blaspheming, persecuting His people, and being outrageously insulting to the God of the Universe – but Saul of Tarsus was just this.  It was in this behavior that the Apostle Paul (previously called Saul) confesses that he was Chief among sinners.  He was not just an unbeliever – he aggressively contested against God and His recognition, and he persecuted other believers in the church unto their death.

Now maybe you are an unbeliever.  Maybe you have found it impossible to find this God.  Maybe you find yourself stuck in unbelief like a pit of quicksand!  But let me assure you – if there was hope for Saul of Tarsus (who was an Uber persecutor) – there is hope for you!

What is this hope?  MERCY!  Paul says that he obtained mercy for the reason that (through Paul’s life) Jesus might show forth and display all His perfect long-suffering and patience for an example to [encourage] those who would thereafter believe on Him for [the gaining of] eternal life. (1Tim2:6)  You see, Jesus has made a special provision for those who wrestle against Him in unbelief.  He has made a way to come to belief – it is through His mercy!

I look at this provision for Paul like I look at the raising of Lazarus from the dead. (John Chapter 11)  Jesus established His authority and power over life and death by raising Lazarus after being dead for four days.  Jesus also overturned every religious superstition that the spirits of the dead hung around for three days (and could have then been the explanation for Lazarus’ resurrection), by waiting it out for four days.  The point is, if Jesus could raise Lazarus, what situation could then be too hard for Him?  Likewise, if Jesus could win over Saul of Tarsus by mercy, who can be too hard, too unbelieving, too persecuting, or too obnoxious for Jesus to also win over?  No one can! Saul was the Chief of Sinners – and yet the Lord’s mercy reached out to him and won him over!

Now the point must be made here, that Saul had had no encounter with Jesus previously.  Saul was a Pharisee and hence steeped in the religious doctrine of the Law of Moses.  He excelled at it!  Yet the Law had not helped Saul find the true Jesus because Saul’s confidence was in his own righteousness according to the standard of the Law.  In his own mind Saul saw no need for the Jesus of the Christians.  In Saul’s religious thinking — he already had all he needed.  Saul was in fact quite ignorant of the truth.  First Tim 1:13 declares that Paul obtained mercy because he acted out of ignorance in unbelief.  Unbelief blocks faith from arising in you!  Unbelief is a mental stance where you are closed and have made up your mind concerning an issue.  Unbelief lodges in your thinking refusing to give way or yield to truth – and it is a device of the enemy (Satan) to keep you from believing. The Lord’s mercy overcame Saul in this because His appearing was so dramatic as to leave Saul unable to continue in his unbelief.  Saul simply could no longer entertain any other stance but to believe Jesus was Lord and He was at that moment standing before Saul! (Acts Chapter 9)

The same provision has been made for you!  The Lord would not have you continue in your same mode of unbelief about Him!  He has extended mercy already – that you will lay down your unbelief and turn to find Him!  He will reach out and make Himself known to you.  But you must let go of unbelief and not pick up it or doubt again!

Unbelief fills the mental pathways to receiving Jesus life like drugs fill and block neural receptors to be open to other life-giving substances.  But Jesus desires to fill and satisfy you at every point of your need.  Only when you make a conscious choice and let go of the doubt and unbelief can you begin to have faith rise in you to fill your heart and thinking!

The provision has been made – it stands!  But before doubt and unbelief so harden in you and harden your heart before God – choose today to lay them aside.  Open yourself to the Lord.  Receive faith from Him to believe this very moment.  Like Paul, your life will never be the same!

 

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Day Thirty-Eight

 

Force of Power:

The Drawing Power of Faith

 

“[Urged on] by faith the people crossed the Red Sea as [though] on dry land, but when the Egyptians tried to do the same thing they were swallowed up [by the sea].”  Heb 11:29 Amp

 

 

          There is no ability to counterfeit true faith.  The substance of true faith has no counterpart in this or any other realm — so the enemy cannot whip up his own dastardly corrupted counterfeit version.  It simply cannot come into being.  That is why the Egyptians were swallowed up by the Red Sea.  They lacked true faith – because faith arises from a belief that God is, and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him.  True faith in God would have taken the Egyptians across the Red Sea on dry ground – just like the Hebrews coming out of captivity – except that they didn’t have it.  That’s because true faith always draws us to God, draws us to seek, draws us to follow, draws us to know, draws us to receive.  Faith – as an incredible force of God — draws us!  So when the Egyptians tried to do what the Hebrews did in crossing over – they died.  In a very elementary sense, having no faith is like being dead.

          In Matthew 22:32, Jesus identifies God the Father as the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. He says He is “… not the God of the dead but of the living!” In Luke, two angels asked of the women looking for Jesus at His tomb, “Why do you look for the living among [those who are] dead?” (Lk 24:5)  The angels tell the women that Jesus is not there – He has risen!

          From 1Corinthians Chapter 13 we see that three things will remain – faith, hope, and love: the greatest of these being love.  These are substances that come from Jesus, and are components of His Kingdom.  They fill us, they anchor us, and they change us.  They make it possible for us to move from glory to glory as we seek the Lord through His word.  They are a force of God’s Kingdom and they cannot be destroyed.  They are potent with life and the power of God.

          In the days ahead, and even now – there will be shakings.  In the beginning when God began establishing His Presence with the Hebrews His voice shook the earth at Mount Sinai.  The people cried out in terror.  But there is a promise that in the days ahead He will once again not only shake the earth, but the heavens as well!  Hebrews 12:27 explains that this future shaking will be the removal and transformation of all that can be shaken.  That is so the things that cannot be shaken will remain.  Only three things cannot be shaken as they are in and of Christ.  Those three things are faith, hope, and love.

          This season is the time to reflect where and what you stand upon.  If you are not standing on the Rock (Christ) – if you do not know Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, you stand on shifting sand.  This is not a good place to be when the shaking starts.  But more than just because you will be secure in Him, I recommend you come to know Jesus now.  He is worth every thought you can direct towards Him.  His is your Creator, Lord, and King. Beyond any future security – don’t waste another moment not knowing Him.  No one is more worth it than He. 

         

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