A Savior is Born for You

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6, ESV)

Wonderful Counselor . . . Mighty God . . . Everlasting Father . . . Prince of Peace!

What if we prepared for Christmas in a different way this year? What if we deeply listened to our Wonderful Counselor, intently observed our Mighty God’s works, fervently prayed to our Everlasting Father, and fellowshipped with the Prince who brings peace that passes understanding?

“How small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?” (Job 26:14b, ESV) Listening for the loving whispers of Jesus counseling us.

“As he was drawing near—already on the way down the Mount of Olives—the whole multitude of his disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen.” (Luke 19:37, ESV) Observing our Mighty God’s works.

“And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” (John 17:3, ESV). Praying for a deeper relationship with our Eternal Father.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.
Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27, ESV). Fellowshipping with the Son of God who made it possible to rest in His peace.

A Child is born, a Son is given, a Ruler governs. The Gift’s name is Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. All the world needs.

Jesus is our Wonderful Counselor who leads us in all wisdom. He is our Mighty God who overcomes the world. He is our Everlasting Father, our Abba, in whom we live and move and have our being. Jesus reigns victoriously and is our Prince of Peace!

Loving Father, Thank You for giving the world Your only begotten Son, Jesus, so that we could have eternal life in You and in Jesus. Empower us to walk more closely with You as we prepare to celebrate Your amazing gift.  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

From the “Promise Walk” newsletter Christmas devotional. Download the 7-day Christmas devotional when you register for the newsletter.

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How Do We Pray?

“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it,” John 14:12-14 (ESV)

Tim Keller writes, “Prayer is both conversation and encounter with God. . . . We must know the awe of praising his glory, the intimacy of finding his grace, and the struggle of asking his help, all of which can lead us to know the spiritual reality of his presence.” [i]

How is your prayer life? Do you enjoy prayer? Are you intimidated when you are asked to pray in a group? Do you tell yourself that your prayers aren’t any good, that others pray better than you?

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Walking in the Light in a Dark World

“When the words of God enter into the chambers of the heart then light is scattered on all sides,” C.H. Spurgeon.[i]

“Your testimonies [commandments] are wonderful; 
therefore my soul keeps them. 
The unfolding of your words gives light; 
it imparts understanding to the simple
,” Psalm 119:129-30 (ESV).

My prayer for you is that you will find that God’s Word is unfolding in your minds and hearts so that these holy words light your path to understanding more fully what the glorious riches of abiding in Jesus are. 

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Who is Jesus?

  • Our Jesus is the Christ – the Messiah
  • Our Jesus is the Director of our steps
  • Our Jesus is God’s Son.
  • Our Jesus is our example.
  • Our Jesus knew no sin.
  • Our Jesus submitted to God.
  • Our Jesus submitted to governmental authority.
  • Our Jesus suffered in silence.
  • Our Jesus was beaten and did not open His mouth.
  • Our Jesus was nailed to the cross.
  • Our Jesus asked that the Father forgive.
  • Our Jesus took our sins upon Himself.
  • Our Jesus paid the price that we owed.
  • Our Jesus healed our relationship with God.
  • Our Jesus conquered death by rising from the dead.
  • Our Jesus sits at the right hand of God speaking on our behalf.
  • Our Jesus loves us with an everlasting love.
  • Our Jesus is our Good Shepherd.
  • Our Jesus is the Overseer of our souls.
  • Our Jesus is Salvation.
  • One day, we will see Jesus face to face

Our Jesus is coming again!

  • “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me 
    All the days of my life; 
    And I will dwell in the house of the LORD Forever.”
    Psalm 23:6

Good Shepherd and Overseer of our souls, we are overwhelmed by Your great love for us. We have sinned. Thank You for paying the price of our sins, so that we could be dead to sins and live to righteousness. Be our Lord and Savior. Teach us to follow You, to live for righteousness, and to imitate You. You gave Your all for us. We give our lives to You. In Your holy name, we pray. Amen.

When you think of Jesus,
what is the first word that comes to your mind?

Photo is what is thought to be the empty tomb of Jesus in Jerusalem.