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I Samuel 31; I Corinthians 11; Ezekiel 9; Psalm 48

The men of Israel had fled from the lost battle, and Saul and his sons were dead, their headless bodies attached to a wall. “Now when the inhabitants of Jabesh Gilead heard what the Philistines had done to Saul, all the valiant men arose and traveled all night, and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Beth Shan; and they came to Jabesh and burned them there. Then they took their bones and buried them under the tamarisk tree at Jabesh, and fasted for seven days.” I Samuel 31:11-13.

For all his faults and even though the kingdom was torn from his hands, Saul was still mourned and honored in his death. Sometimes I wish that I could undo all the mistakes and missteps I made in digging my own pit. Truly, the resurrection power of Christ Jesus that lives in me is the only force that could pull me up and out of those dark places.

Even so, I have experienced times when God seemed far away from me. At such times, I have examined my motives and my works to learn how far I have gone from Him. Corinthians 11:30-32 “For this reason many are weak and sick among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened by the Lord, that we may not be condemned with the world.”

Often, during those times, my family and others have commented on the blessings of God observed in my life. Their remarks confirm to me the unique position believers have in Christ Jesus. God illustrated that fact when speaking through Ezekiel and other prophets in the Bible to remind us that He marks His own.

Ezekiel 9:4 “…and the Lord said to him, ‘Go through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.’” I think of my many prayers to the Lord – admitting helplessness over things I have no power to change. Why does He come near? Because I am good – no! Because I am marked by Him; I am His own, and He alone is able to save.

I look around and the signs of God’s presence are everywhere – He is in the beauty of His creation; He is in His people, the Church; He is in the sacrifices and the tender gestures of the strong and the weak. He is here right now.

Psalm 48:12-14 “Walk about Zion, And go all around her. Count her towers; Mark well her bulwarks; Consider her palaces; That you may tell it to the generation following. For this is God, Our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death.”

There is no place I would rather be, Dear Lord God, than here and now to be in Your presence!

Janet (jansuwilkinson)

All Scripture and commentary quotes from: The Nelson Study Bible, New King James Version, Trinity Fellowship Church 25th Anniversary Commemorative Edition, 2002.

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2 Chronicles 3 & 4, Nahum 2, Luke 18, 1 John 3

The wonder of childhood is amazing. I love watching things through the eyes of my children and listening in (when they aren’t complaining) to their view of life.

During the Christmas season, I love watching them in the darkness as they admire the lights on the Christmas tree, watching them plan our annual home-Christmas pageant, or listening in as they play the “Christmas Lights” game, while driving in the dark.

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“But Jesus called the children to Him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me,  and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’”

Luke 18:16 & 17

“How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!…

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made know. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. Everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

1 John 3:1a & 2 – 3

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Here’s the really cool thing…I am a child too…God’s child! I can gaze upon Him with wonder and marvel at His incomprehensible love.

During this Christmas season, I am really trying to focus in, during my own personal devotions and times with my children, on the lavish love of the Father as I/we contemplate Him sending His son, Jesus, to earth as a newborn. A baby, and not just any baby, but the Creator of the Universe, exposed to all the filth and nastiness of a fallen world. And also to marvel at the lavish love of the Son, as He choose to come to our rescue.

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“This how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers.”

1 John 3:16

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Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, Yes, Jesus loves me, The Bible tells me so

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The Father, Son and Spirit could have chosen to rescue our race from the far reaches of heaven, but instead they chose to come close. They put Their love into action by sending Baby Jesus to live with us…Immanuel…God with us.

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“Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.”

“This is His command: to believe in the name of Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. Those who obey His commands live in Him, and He in them. And this is how we know that He lives in us: We know it by the Spirit He gave us.”

1 John 3:18 and 23 – 24

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Oh come let us adore Him, Oh come let us adore Him, Oh come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.

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Beckie (look2thehills)

Scripture references taken from NIV

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