Dec
04

God’s Word: For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful JoCounselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Encouragement Shared: It becomes so simple to enjoy this time of year the joys of Christmas … Then allowing the excitement of family, gifts along with the sights and sounds that come in the season to diminish the true meaning of Christmas. We love because He (meaning God) first loved us. The truth is that little baby born in the manger was born to die for us. Yes, he was born to give us freedom from bondages that ensnare us.

John 3:16-21 states:
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

Take heart beloved, and live confidently in faith that in the midst of life’s circumstance Jesus was born to die for our salvation the forgiveness of our sins. My encouragement for today; remember the true celebration of Christmas is Christ Jesus!

Mercy, peace and love be yours in abundance,
In Christ Love,
Love-Excellently ~
Jennifer Pettiford

Isaiah Chapter 9
9 Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—
2 The people walking in darkness
have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness
a light has dawned.
3 You have enlarged the nation
and increased their joy;
they rejoice before you
as people rejoice at the harvest,
as warriors rejoice
when dividing the plunder.
4 For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,
you have shattered
the yoke that burdens them,
the bar across their shoulders,
the rod of their oppressor.
5 Every warrior’s boot used in battle
and every garment rolled in blood
will be destined for burning,
will be fuel for the fire.
6 For to us a child is born,
to us a son is given,
and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the greatness of his government and peace
there will be no end.
He will reign on David’s throne
and over his kingdom,
establishing and upholding it
with justice and righteousness
from that time on and forever.
The zeal of the LORD Almighty
will accomplish this.

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