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Celebrate the GIFT!

an oldie… but goodie…Repost from 2013



Celebrate HIS Gift. His Indescribable GIFT.

For many, many years…I heard about Christ, but my with my ears only.

My heart was not penetrated.

I heard the Gospel, went to church, lived life…

Then, I strayed from it all for awhile…because the Truth had not yet set me free… (You can read more of my story here)

Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
John8:32

But one day, it hit me.


Christ was BORN, LIVED, and DIED for MY sins.

When the truth finally went from my ears to my heart to my soul…

it all changed.

I truly received the gift.  I truly understood the depths of it.


The Truth.

 

 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.
John 3:16

 

That without Him, I would not spend eternity with Him in Heaven.


That the Bible speaks the truth of life to us all.

All of my questions began to be answered in the Bible.
He speaks to us there.
If we listen, and truly hear it.


So it was no longer words, it was life.
It was no longer words, but it was Truth.
It was no longer dark, it was LIGHT.

When I truly received the gift and didn’t just say with words that I believed, I was blown away by God.


And I continue to be each day.

I was reading the story yesterday, of Jesus appearing to His disciples after His resurrection:

“As they talked and discussed these things with each other, Jesus himself came up and walked along with them;  but they were kept from recognizing him.
He asked them, “What are you discussing together as you walk along?”
 
They stood still, their faces downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, asked him, “Are you the only one visiting Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?”…
 
…” When he was at the table with them, he took bread, gave thanks, broke it and began to give it to them.  Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him, and he disappeared from their sight.  They asked each other, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?”

  They got up and returned at once to Jerusalem. There they found the Eleven and those with them, assembled together  and saying, “It is true! The Lord has risen and has appeared to Simon.”  Then the two told what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.”

 

After I read this, I had goosebumps. I realized that was me. And it is so true of so many!

The disciples had Jesus right in front of them! He walked with them, talked with them and they did not recognize Him.

Oh…that was me. 
Was it you?
Is it you?

He was walking right next to me…even into the pits of life at some points.
HE was there,
But I did not recognize Him!
He went with me into the pits.
He went with me everywhere.


But I did not recognize him.



“Then their eyes were opened and they recognized him,”

I woke up. I saw Him. It all became clear.

Without HIM there is no life. No eternity, no heaven…



I can hardly stand the thought of anyone I know perishing without accepting that truth.

So this Christmas I am praying, with all my might, that all would recognize Him.
Let the Truth penetrate their ears, and fill up their hearts, and awaken them to new life.

 There is NO GREATER GIFT!



That if you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Romans 10:9

Do you believe? Do you trust to let the Truth set you free?

Humbly admit you can NOT earn salvation without Him.  Not one of us is good enough. Repent. Ask Him into your heart, and let it be changed.


It is the greatest gift!

I Wish You a Very Merry Christmas

You are ALL a GIFT to me.

I never expected to be in this place with my blog….but I am so blessed to be.


I love you all and pray for a Christmas full of love and JOY for each one of you!

Thank you for reading, and I look forward to a new year of more encouraging, fellowship, and authentic relationships…

 
Celebrate the GIFT you have received!

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