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The joy of Remembering the birth of Christ is complete in knowing that He fulfilled his purpose by paying our penalty for sins.
Have you accepted him in your heart and made him Lord over your life?
As we celebrate this season let’s remember that Jesus is the reason for the season.
If you remove the reason then it all becomes meaningless.
There were several wonders that surrounds the birth of Christ.
1. Born of a virgin.
The conception was of the holy spirit. It had never been heard before and has never happened after. Mary was in grave danger of being stoned for immorality but from Joseph his fiancee to all the family members they all believed her story. She spoke the truth about the Angel’s visit and the words spoken to her. The God who orchestrated this convinced everyone who heard the story and thus spared Mary from the ridicule and shame.
2.Barreness was eliminated
Now Elizabeth and Zechariah were old and barren. I bet they had already given up the hope of ever being parents. They were in Continuous Service in the temple. Offering sacrifices for others and fulfilling their priesthood duties. But in God’s calendar Jesus needed a predecessor and they were the perfect couple to fulfill this purpose. Mary needed someone who can process the news with too. So when the angel give mary the words he also shared with her about Elizabeth being six months pregnant. The lord was concerned with Mary support system as she carried out the great assignment.
I always Imagine what was going on in Joseph’s mind. Did he feel betrayed and cheated? He must have loved Mary so purely. He planned on not embarrassing her, dumping her in privy.He had not spoken to anyone about his plans but as he was contemplating on how to go about it, the Lord appeared and defended Mary. Surely our thoughts are not hid from the Lord!
I admire Joseph boldness believing in the word of the Lord and embracing Mary as she was.
and he made of one every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed seasons, and the bounds of their habitation;
Acts 17:26 ASV
Imagine that God determines the places we will be born and also the time. In fulfilling all the prophecies concerning the birth of Christ, Mary and Joseph took a journey to fulfill a census call. All this for Jesus to be born in the right place according to the scriptures. Yeah Bethlehem and on a merger to fulfill the prophecy.
I have pointed out this wonderful scenarios to Express the divine planning for the birth of Christ. You are special to God and for our sake everything was articulated efficiently. There should be no place for doubts concerning our Lord Jesus Christ.
Believe in Him.
Confess your Belief
Embark on living a life of liberty.
Merry Merry Christmas
¤●Pastor Lucy Paynter
When pride comes then comes disgrace but with humility comes wisdom.
Pride is a a feeling or deep pleasure or satisfaction derived from one’s own achievements. (Dictionary)
The reason why I feel the need to write about pride is because I have seen many great people fall from glory to grass because of pride.
I call pride a peddler because it exchange what you got that’s is of great destiny for the feeling of satisfaction.
Pride peddling started in Heaven. It brought Lucifer down. I believe that pride is the original sin.
“Son of man, take up a lament concerning the king of Tyre and say to him: ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “ ‘You were the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone adorned you: carnelian, chrysolite and emerald, topaz, onyx and jasper, lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl. Your settings and mountings were made of gold; on the day you were created they were prepared. You were anointed as a guardian cherub, for so I ordained you. You were on the holy mount of God; you walked among the fiery stones. You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created till wickedness was found in you.
Ezekiel 28:12-15 NIV
1. You were a seal of perfection
2.Full of wisdom
3. Perfect in beauty.
4. Blameless in your ways.
Lucifer had a combination of all endowments that anyone would desire to have. (On the day you were created they were prepared. )
The creation team took time while designing Lucifer. He was a mark of perfection.
He was Blameless until wickedness was found in him. Wicked thoughts of how he can be equal to God 🤔
The opposite of pride is humility. One of the most fascinating definitions of being humble is not to think you are as important as the other.
I read this and a light bulb flashed in my mind. So does it mean that pride is in the mind? Yeah it all begins in the mind. As a man thinks in his heart so is he.
This understanding lead me to a deeper self reflection of my thinking and the level of pride I may be harboring in me.
I used to think Iam more important than some girls in my grade school. I always got the top position every semester. That achievement made me feel special and unique. I started thinking I am better because I study harder while the other girls are just discussing the hot boys. Through this thought process my attitude changed,my walking style changed, I cat- walked shoulders high feeling like I own the world. I remember one of my classmates got pregnant at the age of 13yrs and she became the talk of the school as well as the estate we lived in. My attitude towards her was outright rude and outrageous. I spoke harshly to her,questioning how she could be that stupid. I remember telling her I can never make such a mistake.
Pride makes us feel more powerful than others, more wiser ,more privileged and so on.
Lucifer was deceived by his magnificent looks,wisdom and ability to lead worship in Heaven. The other angels admired his position it got in his mind. He was cast down from Heaven with a third of angels.
We are living in an era where the devil is planting the seeds of pride in the hearts of many. It is his subtle way to ensure that many will self sabotage their destiny.
Self Afflicted Resistance.
In life’s journey we strive to achieve our goals and
realize our dreams. Every successful person shares
their measures of struggles and challenges they
encounter on their pursuits to succeed. Quitters are
ones who give up too soon because of the resistance
they face.No one gets everything served on a silver
platter with a silver spoon.
Many a times our hardwork and results thereof can
become a source of Pride.
Have you reached to the point where you notice
stagnation or stunted growth?
I realized that not all resistance is from people
or from the devil.
If you are resisted by people your persistence will
eventually bear fruits and you will succeed.
If you are resisted by the enemy , through prayers
and declaration of the word of God a breakthrough
Now the worst resistance is from God.
Yeah I said been resisted by God!
I am calling it self inflicted resistance because when
you harbor pride you automatically align yourself
to this resistance.
But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God
resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
James 4:6 KJV
●Pastor Lucy Paynter