Yesterday, we looked at the fact that Jesus is the express image of God and to see God we should look at Jesus. But as I promised, I want to see where Jesus took this truth next as He answered Philip’s request:

Philip said to Him, "Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us." - John 14:8

Here is the passage again, with my highlighting:

Again, it would be awesome if you would read this aloud:

Jesus said to him, "Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip? He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how can you say, 'Show us the Father'? Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in Me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on My own initiative, but the Father abiding in Me does His works. Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me; otherwise believe because of the works themselves. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. "If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.

If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you.

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also. "In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. He who has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me; and he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and will disclose Myself to him. ~ John 14:9-21

Jesus, the way to know God

So along with telling the boys how they could see God, how they could get to know God’s character and nature, He was going to take this conversation to another destination.

The first paragraph of His answer basically goes like this. You have seen God because He lives in Me, and you have seen Me, the things I do and the words I say, show you exactly who God is.

And as we saw yesterday in Hebrews 1, He is not just the “good parts version” of the immutable (unchangeable) God, He is the “exact representation of His nature” (from Hebrews 1:3.)

The Other Shoe

After making it clear to the disciples that He was how they were to see God, He explains that in the very same way, they were, and we are, a way for people to see and know God.

Each reason Jesus gives Philip for seeing the Father through Himself, He turns around and explains how they will have the same ability to present or should I say re-present the Father to those they touch.

The same Spirit that was in Christ, “will be in you.” The same works that Christ used to demonstrate the character and nature of the Father, “he will do also; and greater works than these he will do.”

Just as Jesus spoke only what He heard the Father say, His promise to the boys comes down like this:

But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you. - John 14:26

Honestly, this revelation is a bit of a world rocker to me. I can be such a screw up at times. I hurt the people I love on a regular basis because my head is stuck where the sun does not shine, and I am thinking about my agenda, my needs, my…self, and that is NOTHING LIKE GOD.

But THIS is His plan. The master plan, set in place before the foundations, before time, before sin, before life as we know it.

If you are in a covenant relationship with Jesus Christ, His idea is that when people see you, they would be looking at the Father. [Boy, that feels downright blasphemous, doesn’t it?] [Click here to tweet it anyway]

OK – let’s not get all arrogant-n-stuff, because we fall, we fail, and that’s on a good day. But the fact is, when men and women look at YOU and ME, because of the new creation, the new heart, the new covenant, God, using His infinite power, gives your circle of influence a glimpse of the Almighty.

When they look at you, they see God, and when they see you fall, and God lift you up, they see their own need for God, their own need for “my Glory and the Lifter of my head.”

I know, crazy, right?

Lord, today, this day, shine through my successes and my failures, so those around me can see You, and are drawn to the Lover of their souls.

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping by.

See you again soon. In the mean time…

Shine where you're screwed in.

Ben

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Proclamation Ornaments

A few years back my dear one, Corinne, was listening to a radio preacher – Adrian Rogers of Love Worth Finding Ministries. (http://www.lwf.org/)

At that time they were selling what they called “Proclamation Ornaments.” It is a set of tree ornaments with an Old Testament Prophecy and on the back of the ornament was the New Testament fulfillment. They were intended to be an advent devotion tool, one ornament for each day of December leading up to Christmas day.

By the time we got them our kids were in High School and College so it was not practical for us to have daily family time with everyone present.

So the first year we got them, we bought a little tree which we set up in the room with our main tree, and as we opened presents that year, you would open a present, and then you would take an ornament and look up the Old Testament and New Testament passage.

I will not say it was easy to stay on track all day, but it really added to our Christmas. We don’t do it every year, but we have done it a number of times, and by the time you are done you have such a wonderful sense of assurance in your redeemer.

BenDirector3CroppedI thought I would lay them out for you here. They do go right through Christ life so it would work well for Easter as well.

Merry Christmas

Ben

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Day one - Son of God
Day one - Son of God
Day 1 Son of God
Prophecy Psalm 2:7
Fulfillment John 3:16
Day One Fulfillment
Day One Fulfillment
Day 2 Seed of a Woman
Prophecy Genesis 3:15
Fulfillment Galations 4:4
Day 3 Savior
Prophecy Isaiah 42:5-7
Fulfillment Matthew 1:21
Day 4 Born of a virgin
Prophecy Isaiah 7:14
Fulfillment Matthew 1:18-25
Day 5 Born in Bethlehem
Prophecy Micah 5:2
Fulfillment Luke 2:4-7
Day 6 The Way Prepared
Prophecy Isaiah 40:3-5
Fulfillment Matthew 3:1-3
Day 7 Teacher
Prophecy Psalm 78:3-4
Fulfillment Matthew 13:34-35
Day 8 Deliverer and Healer
Prophecy Isaiah 61:1-3
Fulfillment Luke 4:16-21
Day 9 Rejected by Men
Prophecy Isaiah 53:3
Fulfillment John 1:11
Day 10 Triumphal Entry
Prophecy Zechariah 9:9
Fulfillment Matthew 21:1-11
Day 11 Betrayed
Prophecy Zechariah 11:12-13
Fulfillment Matthew 26:14-16 & 27:3-10
Day 12 The Disciples Scattered
Prophecy Zechariah 13:7
Fulfillment Matthew 26:31,55-56
Day 13 Accused by False Witnesses
Prophecy Psalm 35:11
Fulfillment Mark 14:57-58
Day 14 The Silent Lamb
Prophecy Isaiah 53:7
Fulfillment Matthew 27:12-14
Day 15 Reviled and Mocked
Prophecy Psalm 22:6-7
Fulfillment Matthew 27:39-44
Day 16 Lots Cast for His Garments
Prophecy Psalm 22:18
Fulfillment John 19:23-24
Day 17 Not a Bone Broken
Prophecy Psalm 34:20
Fulfillment John 19:31-37
Day 18 Pierced for our Transgressions
Prophecy Isaiah 53:5
Fulfillment Luke 23:33 & John 19:34
Day 19 Buried with the Rich
Prophecy Isaiah 53:9
Fulfillment Matthew 27:57-60
Day 20 He Arose
Prophecy Psalm 16:9-10
Fulfillment Matthew 28:2-7
Day 21 The Righteous One
Prophecy Jeremiah 23:5-6
Fulfillment 2 Corinthians 5:21
Day 22 He Ascended!
Prophecy Psalm 68:18
Fulfillment Mark 16:19
Day 23 The Cornerstone
Prophecy Psalm 118:21-23
Fulfillment Acts 4:11-12
Day 24 He is Coming Again
Prophecy Isaiah 9:7
Fulfillment Revelation 19:11-16
The Ultimate Promise!
The Ultimate Promise!
Day 25 Jesus
Fulfillment Luke 1:26-35 & Luke 2:1-20 & Matthew 2:1-12
The Ultimate Fulfillment
The Ultimate Fulfillment

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For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11 NASB)

Lord

I remember talking to you young boy (probably 9 or 10 years old) who had been involved in church programs for most of his life. I asked him about his relationship with the Lord Jesus, and he told me that he had made Jesus his Savior a couple years back.

I know he was young, but this was a turn of phrase that he had picked up somewhere, and it really got under my skin.

I gently (at least I think I was gentle, but in those days that was not necessarily my hallmark) explained that you could not make Jesus your Savior. Becoming a Savior is something He did. Your part is to surrender to Him as Lord.

In explanation of the concept of Lord, my friend Kim, who led me to the Lord a few decades ago, used to say (and no doubt still does) ‘unless Jesus is your Lord, your Master, your King, your Boss, you have no place in the kingdom of God.’

Let me be clear. This is not a works thing, it is a submission thing.

I have said it before in this blog, we come into the kingdom of God in the role of servant, bowing our knee to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The government of our lives must rest on His shoulders.

There are those who gather with the body of Christ, tares among the wheat, who believe all the right facts about Jesus, but have never bowed their knee to His Lordship. They live their own lives without any regard to Jesus and His word. Again it is not about their works, the things they do, but their hearts are not surrendered to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. They never respond to the twinge of conscience when they walk their own way, if they are even aware of it anymore.

But you, beloved, who love Him and surrender to Him, living life listening for the voice of the Spirit, there is no condemnation for you. When you misstep, you quickly adjust as the Holy Spirit within you suggests adjustments and corrections to your path.

Do you see the difference?

One life ship guided by the rudder of the Holy Spirit (this is the Lordship of Jesus Christ) and one guided by self preservation, or betterment.

Who is Jesus to you today?

Will you bow your knee to Jesus this Christmas? He is still King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and is ready to be your King and Lord even now. [Tweet This]

Here’s how.

Simply call out to Jesus today. Tell Him you need Him to take leadership in your life. Confess every sin He brings to mind, right now, out loud. Take responsibility for your sin, pride and rebellion. Then open your heart to Him. (What does that mean?) Ask Him to be your Lord, Master, King, Boss and begin to submit to Him every day. Romans 8:14 says "They that are led by the Spirit of God, they are the children of God," so ask the Holy Spirit to guide you today and every day.

Hey, thanks for stopping in today. If you surrendered to Jesus for the first time today, tell somebody about it, get plugged into a church where they teach the Bible, and hang out with people who know Jesus and can help you follow Him.

BenDirector3CroppedMerry Christmas

Ben

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For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11 NASB)

Christ

When the Angels told the shepherd to find Christ the Lord, they did not go to the mailbox with “Christ” on it and ask for a baby named Jesus.

Christ was not His last name – it was His job description. Here it is in His own words:

The spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set free those who are downtrodden, to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord. (Luke 4:18-19 NASB)

You see Christ means anointed one.

Peter tells us again in Acts

You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good, and healing all who were oppressed by the devil; for God was with Him. (Acts 10:38 NASB)

Anointing is what makes all the difference in the world. Without anointing, you can preach, share, teach, pray, and it won’t do you any good.

It is the anointing that breaks the yoke.

Jesus did not do His works by the power He brought with Him, but rather by the power poured upon Him.

Here is the crazy thing. He is looking to pour His anointing on you!

The plan is simple – You can be Christ to those around you.

Isn’t that awesome?

BenI love Christmas!

Ben

photo credit: BloomKitty via photopin cc

Rebroadcast from Christmas 2012 - Enjoy...
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For today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11 NASB)

Savior

For the next 3 posts we are going to take a brief look at the Job description for a Messiah.

The first requirement is He must be a Savior.

The word Savior here is “sōtēr” which comes from the root “sōzō,” another of my favorites words in the Bible. It is very similar to the word we looked at yesterday – Shalom.

Here are some places it is used.

She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."(Matthew 1:21 NASB)

For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I shall be whole. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said, Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour (Matthew 9:21-22 KJV)

And besought him greatly, saying , My little daughter lieth at the point of death : I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live . (Mark 5:23 KJV)

"I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. (John 10:9 NASB)

So this job description includes the power to Save, Heal, and Make Whole.

I have heard it said “When Jesus saves a person, He saves the whole person.” But I will go you one better. When Jesus saves a broken person He make them whole.” [Tweet This]

This is what the writer to the Hebrews is saying:

Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25 NKJV)

I love this – He saves us, and keeps us saved by His constant intercession for us. What an awesome Savior we have!

BenMerry Christmas

Ben

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photo credit: USB Aurora via photopin (license)

You call yourself a Christian?

Have you ever heard those words? Have you ever just said the wrong thing, or hurt someone and had this question plopped in your lap?

How about this one?

If God is good, why…?

Our enemy loves this question and it’s derivatives. It’s one of his favorite ways to undermine our faith because it pokes at our identity. If he can undermine our conviction of who we are, and who God is, he can derail our forward motion, leaving us broken down on the side of the tracks.

It’s not a new question. In fact it was his first strategy with the Lord in the wilderness. Jesus had come up from the waters of baptism full of the Holy Spirit and fasted for forty days. We’re told He was hungry. [When I fast it only takes about ten minutes from the decision to fast for me to hit ‘hungry.’]

And the tempter came and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread." - Matthew 4:3

The adversary’s first attack targeted IDENTITY.

If you are the Son of God…

It’s his go-to attack. Every one of his many minions knows this one. It comes in dozens of disguises.

Why is this such a great place for him to start on us?

Because the very first thing that changes when you enter the kingdom of Heaven is your identity.

You see, you are no longer the old sinner man or the evil woman. You’re not that bad kid anymore. You’re a brand new creation, born again with a living spirit and a washed soul. Your body may look the same, perhaps your step is higher and your face brighter. But satan finds his way into your mirror and begins his attack.

Who do you think you are?

You call yourself a Christian?

You’re no saint!

I know where you came from.

I know what you did last summer—and last night.

If you are a son/daughter of God…

These lies can discourage and disarm you, diminishing your impact on the darkness. They tend to create a bushel to cover your light. These lies must be met with the Truth.

I am a new creation, the old me is dead and buried with Christ. All the things done in the flesh were left in the tomb with Jesus’ grave clothes. All that stands before the mirror today is washed in the precious blood of  Jesus. The charges against me were nailed to the cross and Jesus Christ paid the penalty for every one. I have everything I need for life and godliness through the precious promises of the Word of God. You, satan, are no longer my king, but I serve the risen Savior, the God/Man, Christ Jesus. Get behind me and watch me shine!

Now get out there and get glowing!

cropped-BenHeadshot.jpgSee you again soon,

Ben

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I'm away for the weekend at a wonderful (so far) conference - the Supernatural Life Conference in Harrisburg PA. One of my readers visited an article from two years ago and I realized it has been a long time since I shared my testimony on my blog, so I thought I would bring it back up for another look. This is my story. Perhaps you can share yours too.

Blessings

Ben

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Jesus said:

Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven; but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS.’ ~ Matthew 7:21-23

Who are these shocked folks outside heaven’s narrow gate?

  • They call Jesus Lord.
  • They have prayed “the” prayer.
  • They have been in Church – a lot.
  • They have even prophesied, cast out demons, and done many miracles.

When I read this I say with the eleven disciples at the last supper, 'Lord, is it me?'

In fact, this is the very scripture He used to draw me in.

I grew up as a church kid. I was always the good boy, always knew my memory verse, always got my Sunday school lesson done (albeit Sunday morning right before we left for church.)

  • I asked Jesus into my heart at age 4.
  • I was baptized in my little Plymouth Brethren Chapel when I was 11.
  • In my teens went through the Presbyterian Catechism.
  • At sixteen sang in a touring Christian choir
  • As a High School Senior joined the Church Choir
  • Considered becoming a missionary at the Urbana Conference at age 19
  • Taught Sunday school.
  • Ran the Christian Service Brigade boys program at our Church

Then one day I was listening to a preacher (Thank you brother Kim Josephson!) preach a sermon on the Rich Young Ruler, which described me to a tee.

I had to face the fact that I did not have an active, current relationship with Lord Jesus Christ. I asked myself, ‘Am I known by this Jesus?’

I started to ponder verses like John 4:10

…the sheep follow him because they know his voice.

I had to confess at age 25, I really did not know His voice. I knew His name, I knew His Word, I knew about Him, but He was not my Lord, my Master, my King, my Boss. I was not following Him, I was living life in a way that seemed right in my own eyes.

If you had asked me, I would say I had a relationship with Jesus, that He lived in my heart, but I could not point to His direction. I didn't know His voice. I didn't know His leading, so how could I be a follower?

For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. ~ Romans 8:14

That morning, listening to that sermon, driving down the road, I pulled off to the side of the road and, brushing tears from my eyes asked Jesus to take control of my life.

He had used His Word and His faithful messenger to expose to me the “one thing I lacked” (from Mark 10:21) and from that moment, with that very first baby step of repentance and faith, I began to “hear His voice” in my life.

I am so glad He is faithful. I am so glad He pursued me. I have a sense that those prayers and activities early in life were not wasted. He honored the little boy’s prayer at age 4, and wooed me for over 2 decades until finally I was willing to give Him more than lip service.

Where do you stand today?

If you feel some kind of vague uncertainty, brush it away. Vague condemnation comes from satan, and he loves to exploit the Word of God to his own advantage.

However, if you sense the Spirit of God saying take up your cross and follow me today, even if you have considered yourself a Christian for decades, don’t hold back. Give yourself to Him today. You will never be the same.

He will lead you to the life you were created for. [Tweet This]

I am so glad you stopped by today to hear my story. I would love to hear yours.

Just think, someone who does not identify with my story, might really resonate with yours! Why not blog about it, and leave a link below – or if you are not a blogger, just use the comment section here to tell us your story.

BenThanks for reading today.

See you tomorrow

Ben

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It’s a huge problem today. People have had their identity stolen and they don’t even know it until they go to check their assets and realize don’t have any access to their wealth.

I’m not talking about cyber-crime.

I’m talking about Christians who think they are lowly sinners, barely citizens of the kingdom of God. Christians who believe they are barely saved, and stand the risk of eternity in hell if Jesus happens to come back the day they skip church. After all, we should never do anything we would not want Jesus to find us doing when He returns.

It’s a crime, and Jesus is the victim.

What the thief made off with is that for which Jesus paid the ultimate price. God didn’t just pay a ransom of gold and silver to buy you back from the clutches of hell. He laid down the ultimate ransom. A life for a life. The life of the One and only Begotten Son of the Almighty, for you—for me.

For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. - Romans 5:10

We know from the Word that this transaction did not simply return us to His ownership—His slaves. He signed the papers with His own blood, and declared us—not His property—but His family.

Satan offered us up as slaves for sale, but Jesus paid for daughters and sons.

Sadly, though the price has been paid and the chains have been broken from our wrists and ankles, we approach our Father as though we are still enslaved by the hater of our souls.

It’s a crime, and the world is the victim.

Heaven’s plan, detailed by Jesus, included us walking through our generations as He walked through His, abiding in His Father, breaking the power of sin as we encounter it in the lives of others, preaching the gospel, healing the sick, raising the dead, setting the prisoners free.

the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked. - 1 John 2:6

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. - John 14:12

"And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons. Freely you received, freely give. - Matthew 10:7-8

Because Christians don’t know who they are, or what they have in their possession, they live low impact lives. They (we) keep our heads down, not wanting to impose our “beliefs” on anyone else.

It’s a crime, and Christians are the victims.

We have been given so much and yet live with so little. We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in Him.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, - Ephesians 1:3

The Host of this party has asked us to sit in the best seat—a heavenly seat with a perfect view of all that surrounds us. And yet, every time we approach our Abba, we’re groveling, begging forgiveness. Our lives are marked with compromise, not because we don’t love God, but because we don’t know we can live above the poverty level.

and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, - Ephesians 2:6

Let’s take back our identities, and live like the supernatural soldiers we are.

Thanks for coming by.

See you again soon.

Ben

PS - How do you like my new digs?

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My Christmas Gift

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Here's a rebroadcast from a couple years ago that I think you will enjoy - Merry Christmas!

God is the ultimate giver. I was thinking about this, and wondered if I could catch God giving in every book of the Bible. Most of the books of the Bible have way more than one gift from God. This is a very – VERY – limited.

He Gave:

Genesis – a covering for sin - 3:21
Exodus - the law – 20:1-17
Leviticus – the scapegoat – 16:10
Numbers – a bronze serpent for healing – 21:9
Deuteronomy – Salvation and Victory – 33:29
Joshua – a leader, Captain of the Lord’s army – 5:15
Judges – a deliverer – 3:9,15
Ruth – a Kinsman Redeemer – 4:1
1 Samuel – a giant killer – 17 
2 Samuel – a shepherd king – 5:2
1 Kings – His presence dwelling in His temple – 9:3
2 Kings – Eyes to see into the spirit realm – 6:17
1 Chronicles – mighty men of valor - 11
2 Chronicles – His presence in the temple – 7:14
Ezra – Protection to temple builders - 6
Nehemiah – rebuilt walls – 6:15
Esther – a happy ending – 10:1-3
Job – double restoration – 42:10
Psalms – sins forgiven, diseases healed – 103:3
Proverbs – Wisdom – 8:1-31
Ecclesiastes – Time – 3:1-8
Song of Solomon – Romance – 8:7
Isaiah – The Messiah – 7:14, 9:6-7, 53
Jeremiah – a hope and a future – 29:11
Laminations – new mercy every morning – 3:23
Ezekiel – assignments as watchmen – 3 & 33
Daniel – miraculous signs and wonders – 4:2
Hosea – Love when we were unfaithful – 3:1
Joel – prophesies, dreams and visions – 2:23
Amos – His word to proclaim – 3:8
Obadiah – Deliverance – 1:17
Jonah – His enemies repentance – 3:10
Micah – a ruler from ancient times – 5:2
Nahum – a just punishment – 1:3
Habakkuk – a revelation for a set time – 2:3
Zephaniah –Justice – 3:5
Haggai – the fear of the Lord – 1:12
Zechariah – a fountain to cleanse us from our sin – 13:1
Malachi – the Sun of righteousness with healing – 4:2
Matthew – great rewards – 6:6
Mark – a King making His triumphal entry – 11:10
Luke – a Father to come home to – 15:24
John – His Only Begotten Son – 3:16
Acts – His Holy Spirit – 2:1-4
Romans – sonship – 8:15
1 Corinthians – The gifts of the Spirit – 12:1-11
2 Corinthians – Spiritual weapons – 10:3-6
Galatians – The Fruit of the Spirit 5:22-23
Ephesians – The full armor of God – 6:10-18
Philippians – righteousness through faith – 3:9
Collisions – redemption, forgiveness of sins – 1:14
1 Thessalonians – the Word of God – 2:13
2 Thessalonians – a share in Jesus’ glory – 2:14
1 Timothy – abundant grace – 1:14
2 Timothy – all scripture – 3:16
Titus – Salvation – 2:10
Philemon –every good thing – 1:6
Hebrews – access to the throne – 4:16
James  – every good and perfect gift – 1:17
1 Peter – pure spiritual milk – 2:2
2 Peter – all things that pertain to life and godliness – 1:3
1 John – forgiveness to those who confess 1:9
2 John – grace, mercy and peace – 1:3
3 John – prosperity and good health 1:2
Jude – prayer in the Holy Spirit – 1:20
Revelation – The Lamb of God – 1:6

Go thou and do likewise!

Be a giver this Christmas.

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The watchmen who beat our girl in the streets are back and they have this to say:

Why should you gaze at the Shulammite,

Song of Songs 6:13

Don’t they have a point?

Why is everyone so interested in seeing this one who is so over the top in her devotion to the Lord?

Shouldn’t we be looking at Jesus? Isn’t it supposed to be about Him?

This Song is so different that what we hear in Church sometimes.

Sometimes in church I hear that I am ugly and hopeless.

Sometimes in church I hear that in me there is no good thing - nothing good in me. I am filthy and wretched, worthless and unworthy.

Yet in this Song, time and time again we hear the voice of the Lord taken by His brides beauty.

Why should we look at this maiden?

Why should we look at this lover of God?

Why should we gaze on this Shulamite?

But then I hear my Father say

How lovely are Your dwelling places, O LORD of hosts! 

Psalm 84:1

Much of this song has been given to the beauty of the bride. When the King of glory looks on His bride, He sees beauty. He sees a holy, perfect, lovely, beautiful godly bride. His delight!

Why should we gaze on this Shulamite?

As you gaze on the Shulamite, no doubt you will see the Christ in her.

God’s desire - God’s hope is Christ in you.
God’s work - God’s plan is Christ in you.
God’s will - God’s way is Christ in you.

The world is crying “We would see Jesus.

He says, “Look at my bride.”

nora and papa at the table, benBlessings,

Ben