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The best diagnosis of Christmas was given by a doctor over 2000 years ago. The doctor’s name? Luke. His diagnosis is found in the second chapter of his Inspired record, known to us Christians as the Gospel according to saint Luke. In the eleventh verse we have the message or diagnosis. “Luke 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord.” (KJV) Note the clear diagnosis from the doctor:

“UNTO YOU” — That is Personal

“THIS DAY” — That is PresentImage

“A SAVIOR” — That is Precious

We must remember, there is all the difference in the world between Christmas and Christ! Millions make a holiday over Christmas and often a mockery over Christ. Too often, Christ is cruelly crowded out of the special day which is intended as a day to remember Him. Holiness is hidden under a pile of holly. The wreath is hung higher than the Cross and worst of all, the precious Savior all too often is supplanted by Santa Claus! This should never be the case with Christians who are to Lift High Jesus Christ!

But without Christ, there can be no true Christmas. Without Jesus there is nothing about which to sing, or anything over which to rejoice! Outward merriment, too, often becomes inward mockery to the starved soul. It is past time for all to turn back to the old prescription of Doctor Luke! Let us meditate upon his words:

“UNTO YOU” …this is a personal message about a personal Savior and there should be no evasion or denial. What have you done with the Lord Jesus Christ? Have you received Him as your Personal Savior?

“THIS DAY” …yes, this very moment as you read, God is offering you the Greatest Christmas Gift that keeps Giving for all Eternity, His Only begotten Son! 2Corinthians 9:15 “Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.” John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

“A SAVIOR” …this is Christ, the Precious One who went to the Cruel Cross for us all! Because of His Grace, unmerited favor, His Atoning death on the Cross, all who receive Him become “2Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Remember Doctor Luke’s prescription? We all can receive the Free Gift from God. Have you received Him? Merry Christmas!

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I would like to share how the Lord Refreshed me on my vacation!!

I needed a Fresh perspective so I sought the Lord!! LONG o so LONG struggle with my mothers Graduation to Glory left me Drained… What shall I do Lord? Then a friend invited me to come and share with the Homeless outreach in Indianapolis!! I set out to go to a family reunion in Ohio and be with family but the Lord had other plans…lol Just like Him to move in mysterious ways!! I Prayed and cried to the Lord….Just One O Lord…May One be Blessed and Touched by your Word coming through my mouth and life!! My God did something I must share!! HE TOUCHED ME!!! Yes He TOUCHED ME!!

My friends Pastor and some other of her Church folk were so Open to Minister to those homeless folks it really Touched my heart!! We estimated 150 Homeless came to get food, cloths and support…Well they Lined up and could not get the physical provisions until they got a Spiritual Provision.. The Pastor played her guitar and we sang Amazing Grace!! Amazing Grace!! The Spirit of God then moved me to a different Message than I had planned!! Strong was the Presence of the Lord that Saturday in Indy!!

The Message the Lord laid on my while we sang Amazing Grace is as follows; Isa 61:1 ¶ “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;” This describes most of the beautiful souls we saw Saturday!! So many ,brokenhearted, Bound in sin, needing MERCY!! I am tearing up!! My people were there!! Your people were there!! They need Jesus!! Isa 61:2 “To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;” I saw many of the 150 who were needing Comfort!! They needed NOT a hand out~~but a Hand up!!!

God is very much interested in our soul winning the down and forgotten. The ones who are hungry physically & spiritually. God is Not all concerned with who goes to church every Sunday, because I have found that Most (notice I did not say all) of the Sunday Church folks are HELL Raisers the other 6 days. God have Mercy!! I don’t know how long we sang and Preached, maybe 45 minutes? The people were in line and I could see the Lord moving!! Isa 61:3 “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.” Anyone needing Forgiveness, Cry out to God till He comes and Saves you!! Keep Crying out for Mercy…WEEP because of your sins and Cry till He Showers you with Mercy!! His Mercy and Grace is before you now!! He is Providing your cloths and physical food through His people!! Praise the Lord Jesus for Dying on a Cross to Save your souls and Anoint you with the Joy of Gladness!! Cry to Jesus for Mercy till He answers!! Mercy triumphs over Judgment!! James 2:12 “Speak and act as those who are going to be judged by the law that gives freedom, 13 because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment!”

I saw the Lord Jesus being GLORIFIED Saturday!! He was using me and others to Show Christ in us the Hope of Glory!! That HE might be Glorified!! We are Jesus Ambassadors!!! We Represent Jesus!! I saw that in action!! Blessed my Soul!!! You see Faith without works is DEAD…James 2:14 What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him? 15 Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do.”

I confess~~I went hoping to see some come to Christ and found myself being Ministered too!! Spirit of the Living God!! Fall FRESH on me!! Was my prayer for that day~~He did!! Spirit came down and Ministered!! This was my trip to Indy!! Was Refreshing to my spirit!! If you who are reading this blog do not know Christ as your Savior, Cry to Him now for Mercy!! Cry out for forgiveness!! You are a sinner and need to Repent and turn to Christ!! He died for you on a Cross to Cleanse you from your sins with His own Blood…He was Raised from the Dead after three days!! Believe Jesus did this for you!! Cry to Him!! He will Save!! All that God may be Glorified!!

 

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A Message from the Lord Jesus to my heart 10 minutes ago. I MUST Share this thought.

Paul said he was the “chief” among sinners. This shows his Humility. 1Timothy 1:15 “This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief.”

Paul also said I am resolved to know nothing but Christ Jesus and Him Crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2 “For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.”

This verse that spoke volumes to me a moment ago; 1 Peter 4:11 “If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”

Christ was Crucified for you! Christ was Risen from the Dead for you! So, know this; Repent, you turn from your sins and turn Christ, that He might have Mercy upon you! Cry out to Jesus! 2 Corinthians 7:10 “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”

Let us never forget that we are all sinners and need forgiveness! We need not to continue in our sins! Christ was Crucified! Sins are Washed Away in His Blood! He sent His Holy Spirit to dwell in our heart’s to keep us Clean and accountable! We have a way out! Let us not make excuses for our sins! Let us lay them out before Jesus! The Spirit within us, if we are Born-again, will give us a way out so we will not fall into continued sins! 1 Corinthians 10:13 “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. 14 Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.”

Let us look at the Passion or Sufferings of Christ, as He paid our “sin” debt! Isaiah 53:4 “Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the LORD has laid on him the iniquity of us all.” See, Jesus was Crucified for you! How shall we respond to His Sacrifice? Acts 3:19 “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, 20 and that he may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you– even Jesus.”

Why not just Turn from the sins that have brought you nothing but hardship and pain? Is your sins so luscious that you go to Hell for them? Repent and Turn to Christ! Jesus will Save all who Repent and cry out to Him for Mercy!!

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I will sing unto the Lord a new song! I will shout and Praise His Name! Bless the Lord o my soul and all that is within me, Bless His Holy Name! I shall Glory in the Cross of Christ! I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ for it is the Power of God for Salvation to everyone who believes, first to the Jew then for the Gentiles! I Believe! I Believe! I Believe! My Soul cries out with Joy knowing that I am Declared Righteous in the eyes of the Only Holy God, through Faith in the Blood of Jesus shed on the Cross! My Soul rejoices because God assures me of Eternal Life by showing me the Resurrection of His Son!

Now that was my testimony of my Soul as I woke this morning! I want to now share a few thoughts for reflection. Last night I heard a “famous” lady preacher speak about the power of the Resurrection and the audience was moved to cheering! It seemed to me as a hyper emotional event. I must admit speaking about the Resurrection gets the spirit within me jumping! So what was wrong and why am I writing this blog? Simply to point to an error. The lady took a passage out of context by omitting a key component. This is the Passage; Philippians 3:10 I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.” By omitting the fellowship of sharing in His sufferings she deflated the Power of the Resurrection! Shall we as believers just speak and glory in the resurrection? Did the Apostle Paul, John or Peter? Absolutely NOT! So many Contemporary preachers and churches Proclaim victory in Jesus through the Resurrection without even mentioning the Power of the Cross! Galatians 6:7 “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. 8 The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life. 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. 10 Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. 11 See what large letters I use as I write to you with my own hand! 12 Those who want to make a good impression outwardly are trying to compel you to be circumcised. The only reason they do this is to avoid being persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 Not even those who are circumcised obey the law, yet they want you to be circumcised that they may boast about your flesh. 14 May I never boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.”

So many today fall into the category of verse 12. Trying to make a good impression outwardly by only sharing the resurrection with their hearers and avoiding the persecution that comes from preaching the Cross is a disgusting sin! “The cross is the only ladder high enough to touch Heaven’s threshold.” -Boardman “No Cross, No Crown.” –Thomas Fuller “To remember Jesus is to remember first of all his Cross.” -John Knox “Jesus has many lovers of His crown, but few bearers of His cross.” -Spurgeon “Trust Christ and you shall live. The bloody sacrifice of Calvary is the only hope of sinners.” -Spurgeon “Plunge into the “fountain filled with blood, drawn from Immanuel’s veins,” and in an instant you are whiter than snow. Every speck, spot, and stain of sin is gone, and gone forever.” -Spurgeon

The Resurrection of Christ makes the Soul rejoice and emotions soar, but a soul is dirty and must first pass through the Cleansing Power of the Bloody Cross! Without the Cross of Christ there is no True Resurrection Victory! Let us know the Power of Christ’ Resurrection by sharing in His Sufferings!

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The Passion and Love of Jesus Christ expressed while paying your sin debt on the Cross! Give Him Praise! He is Worthy! He is ALIVE! “You ask me how I know He lives? He lives within my heart!” He poured out His Life’s Blood to cover your sins? NO! NO! NO! He poured out His Life’s Blood, To WASH our sins AWAY!

Matthew 27:46 About the ninth hour Jesus cried out in a loud voice, — which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

Luke 23:34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

Luke 23:42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
43 Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke 23:46 Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When he had said this, he breathed his last.

John 19:26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Dear woman, here is your son,”
27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

John 19:28 Later, knowing that all was now completed, and so that the Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, “I am thirsty.”

John 19:30 When he had received the drink, Jesus said, “It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

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