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Throwback Thursday: The Grinch Who Tried to Steal Christmas

THE GRINCH WHO TRIED TO STEAL CHRISTMAS

Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, “Arise, take the young Child and His mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word; for Herod will seek the young Child to destroy Him.”
Matt. 2:13 (NKJV)

He was much worse than the Grinch. He wasn’t green, and he didn’t have a dog named Max. He didn’t dress up like Santa to steal the Christmas gifts, decorations and roast beef from the folks of Whoville. He was an angry king who would stop at nothing to protect his title, even to the point of killing all the male children up to the age of two years. All of this was done in an attempt to kill the young Child, Jesus.

As always, God intervened, and Joseph was warned in a dream to take Mary and Jesus, and flee to Egypt. Our Savior, Jesus, was…saved. His life was spared so that one day, He could give it up on a cross in order to save us.

This is a perfect picture of God’s providence at work, and it is at work in the life of every believer. Christian, you are safe and secure in the hands of God. “This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day” (John 6:39).

Friend, are you insecure about your salvation? Perhaps, you know without a doubt that you are not saved. This Baby that was born in a manger came into this world for one reason – to pay the sin debt for all who will believe. He was virgin born. He was fully God and fully Man. When you wholeheartedly trust Him, He will save you. That is the real gift of Christmas.

Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank You for coming to earth only to die for my sins. Forgive me, and cleanse me from all my sin. Help me to live for You and not myself. I trust You as my Savior, Lord, and soon coming King. Amen.

DIG DEEPER
Read rom. 3:23, Rom. 6:23, John 10:28, 1 John 1:9.

HIKING THE TRAIL
Make sure you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If so, praise Him for His birth and His death on the cross. Tell others about Jesus!

Copyright 2014 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Precious in God’s Sight

 

 

PRECIOUS IN GOD’S SIGHT

By Carolyn Dale Newell

He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, there is no beauty that we should desire Him.

Isaiah 53:2b NKJV

Jesus Christ traveled up Calvary’s hill burdened with the weight of the cross. A bloody mess from the intense beatings He endured, almost unrecognizable. As Isaiah prophesied, there was nothing beautiful about Him that anyone should desire Him.

Have you ever felt like that? Like you have nothing anyone would desire? Like you are not beautiful? Are the words “unworthy”, “undesirable”, and “unlovable” part of your self-image?

Perhaps, you have tried to run from your past, but it always catches up with you. The words that cut like a knife. The innocence that someone stole. The chains that feel unbreakable. God wants to heal your heart. When He saw Jesus on the cross, He saw beauty, and that is how He sees you.

Jesus went to the cross so He can give you beauty for ashes (Is. 61:3). He not only died to offer us eternal life, but the abundant life (John 10:10). Jesus knows your pain because He was abused, forsaken, and rejected. He loves you, and He came to heal the broken-hearted (Is. 61:1).

Jesus loves broken people. He waited by the well for the Samaritan woman. She was an outcast. She had gone from one shattered relationship to another. She didn’t feel beautiful or worthy of love, especially from the Messiah, but there He sat, waiting for her. She didn’t realize she had a divine appointment at the well. Jesus knew her past, and He loved her, giving her the living water.

Sister, that’s what He wants to do for you. For all of us. Commit your life to Him. Let the Great Physician begin His healing work. He wants you to see yourself as “the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God” (1 Pet. 3:4). Did you see that? You are precious in the sight of God.

The devil will whisper lies, but never let anyone tell you that you are anything less than the beautiful beloved child of the king.

Father, for many, you are the only good Father they will ever know. Heal the hearts of hurting women today. Thank You, in Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read John 4:5-30.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Can you identify with the woman at the well? If so, talk to Jesus just like you were sitting with Him at the well. Perhaps your life is great, and you can’t identify with any of this. There are many women who suffer from the trauma of sexual abuse. How can you reach out and help a sister in need?

 

 

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.