THE GIFT OF HIS PRESENCE

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OF ALL THE GIFTS MY HEART REALLY WANTS THIS YEAR, IT WOULD BE TO SEE MY SON WHO IS BACK IN COLORADO…….he is living his dream of becoming a Chef and is hard at work at a Culinary school in the Keystone mountains.

I am sure there are many who are sad and lonely this year…….missing a family member whether it be due to miles in-between or a loss of some kind.  This time of year can be a joyous one or it can make your heart ache!

ARE YOU INTO THE TINSEL AND GLITTER OF CHRISTMAS OR ARE YOU INTO FEELING HIS PRESENCE IN THE QUIET OF THE CANDLES?

I find the more I look away from all the “stuff” the more I turn my attention to JESUS.  HE is the reason why we have Christmas in the first place and I am afraid our society has made it all about the getting.  Don’t you notice it year after year?  All that Christmas stuff comes out around Halloween!   Society tells us we need that one special thing to make us happy or to make someone else happy……..the Bible tells us our very existence is because of HIS love for us.  And HE came as a babe in a lowly manger to bring us tidings and great joy.  There is a joy that only JESUS can give…….no gift, no matter how expensive, can give you the joy HE gives.

By the time you read this, the presents have been opened, the toys are scattered about and Christmas dinner has been enjoyed……..do you feel full or empty?  Does your heart ache?  Feeling content and full and satisfied comes only with asking JESUS to come into your heart.  And you can ask HIM to come into your heart any time of the year, not just at Christmas. Only JESUS fills you in a way NOTHING else can……..no special present, no special someone can do what HE can do for you.  You see, HE is the ONE true GIFT.  HE is the ONE to look for and search for.  HE fulfills and lifts and comforts and guides and is your friend.  HE loves you in a way no one else can………HE knows who you are, every hair on your head, and calls you by name. You don’t have to get every thing in order spiritually, because JESUS meets you right where you are, sin and all.  HE forgives your sins, and HE redeems. Please take time and read PSALM 139 if you want to know how much GOD knows about you.

PSALM 139 says: “MY FRAME WAS NOT HIDDEN FROM YOU, WHEN I WAS MADE IN SECRET.”

You see HE knows all about you and you cannot hide from GOD, no matter how hard you try.  Some people think they can run from HIM, but truly your life will be empty and without meaning unless you run towards HIM.  The gift of HIS presence is actually beyond understanding……..but I do know that HIS presence gives you a peace like none other.  If you haven’t, decide today to ask JESUS into your heart!  Don’t delay and don’t find an excuse.  HE is waiting for you and has been waiting for the world to return to HIM from the moment HE arrived in the flesh, in that manger beneath the stars, long, long ago. 

There is a gift of love, and mercy and grace waiting for you……..it is the most amazing gift ever.  Don’t you want to open it?

ROMANS 5: 17   “FOR IF BY THE ONE MAN’S OFFENSE DEATH REIGNED THROUGH THE ONE, MUCH MORE THOSE WHO RECEIVE ABUNDANCE OF GRACE AND OF THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WILL REIGN IN LIFE THROUGH THE ONE, JESUS CHRIST.”

LOVE AND PEACE TO YOU THIS CHRISTMAS FRIENDS……..

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