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In Isaiah 6, the prophet tells of His day in the throne room of the Most High God. He gives us a description of his fearful and wonderful surroundings. He saw the Lord seated on this throne. He saw the Seraphim calling out with voices that shook the temple, “Holy, holy, holy.”

At first, all he can hear is the warnings of the Seraphim, Then the realization of the Lord's intense holiness breaks through to his spirit and he sees himself as God sees him.

Then I said, "Woe is me, for I am ruined! Because I am a man of unclean lips, And I live among a people of unclean lips; For my eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts." - Isaiah 6:5 NASB

Immediately upon his repentance his ability to hear the voice of the Lord opened up. And repentance it was. One glimpse of the Lord’s holiness cut him to the core and he had to be rid of it. It reminds me of Peter’s sermon on the day of Pentecost. Under the anointed preaching of Peter, the veil was lifted for three thousand souls. They saw the Lord through the preaching of Peter and repented, turning to Jesus for salvation.

Once Isaiah could hear what’s going on he picks up on a conversation.

Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" - Isaiah 6:8 NASB

It strikes me that this is not a one-time conversation in the halls of heaven. I believe, not unlike the Seraphim crying out, “Holy,” day and night, the call for workers in the field is continually going out.

“Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”

I’ve heard that call. Have you?

But someone else heard that call. Jesus, in that throne room, hears the unrelenting call of the Father, “who will go for Us.”

Sometimes I wonder if those of use who hear this age-old call to the lost, aren’t hearing an echo of the call that put Jesus in a manger two thousand years ago. Was Isaiah simply reiterating Jesus’ own answer to that call?

Here am I, Father, send me.”

Jesus answered His Father's call to rescue his sons and daughters.

Jesus answered His Father's call to set aside His splendor and put on swaddling clothes.

Jesus answered His Father's call to face temptation like a man.

Jesus answered His Father's call to torture and death at the hands of the ones he came to save.

What a wonderful Savior we have in Jesus Christ the Lord.

Glory to God in the Highest.

I'm so glad, as we celebrate the incarnation, we are still able to give Him glory with our praise, our love, and our obedience. Aren't you?

Thanks for stopping by.

Merry Christmas.

Ben

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It’s getting close to Christmas, and so like a good Christian I am mucking around in the Christmas story a bit. Don’t get me wrong. I love these passages. The incarnation is a huge deal!

Anyway, I’ve come across this reference and thought I'd dig around this a bit.

"OUT OF EGYPT I CALLED MY SON." - Matthew 2:15

I wanted to go back to the original prophecy. Now we know that God called His son Israel out of Egypt, and this idea is floated a few times in the scripture. But this quotes actually comes from  to Hosea, and this passage moved me.

When Israel was a youth I loved him,
And out of Egypt I called My son.
The more they called them,
The more they went from them;
They kept sacrificing to the Baals
And burning incense to idols.
Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk,
I took them in My arms;
But they did not know that I healed them.
I led them with cords of a man, with bonds of love,
And I became to them as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws;
And I bent down and fed them.

Hosea 11:1-4

Isn’t this beautiful?

Here’s the part that has pushing it’s way into my heart all day:

But they did not know that I healed them.

Psalm 107:20 says “I sent My Word and healed them.”

How sad.

Is true in the World today?

It’s been two thousand years since His stripes have healed all who would come. I don’t care if you take this healing as physical, spiritual, emotional, or how you see it. It is finished! And yet...

Men and women are living lives captive to sin.

Men and women are living lives with broken hearts.

Men and women are still dying without any hope.

Billions live as if the year were 2000 BC

Is true in the Church today?

But the really sad thing is how we Christians live as if we have not been healed.

As if we are still under the curse of sin.

As if we don’t have any hope of living the life He’s called us to.

As if we could not obey Him if we tried.

As if He is angry with us everyday.

As if we were still under the curse.

…they didn’t know I healed them.

If you are in Christ today - you are a new creation - saved, deliver, healed and free to worship, love and  serve the One who says of you… [please add your name and read this aloud - really it will help]

When ________ was a youth I loved him/her,
And out of Egypt [the world] I called My son/daughter.

Yet it is I who taught _________ to walk,
I took _________ in My arms;
But he/she did not know that I healed him/her.
I led _________ with cords of a man, with bonds of love,
And I became to __________ as one who lifts the yoke from their jaws;
And I bent down and fed _________.

I feel better now - how about you?

nora and papa at the table, benThanks for stopping by.

Have a blessed holiday.

Ben

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Christmas Light

For the next few weeks - through the holidays - Friday is for fiction. I have been working for the past couple months on some narratives of wondrous encounters folks had surrounding the birth of the Lord Jesus. I think you will enjoy them, and perhaps you’ll glean something new hidden in their telling.

So stop in on Fridays and see what’s up.

Walk in the light.

Ben

PS - If you would like to use any of these to punctuate your Christmas or Advent services let me know and I can get you the whole set ahead of time.

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First - let me say

HAPPY NEW YEAR - 2014  - We welcome you!

There - now that that is done, let me travel back in time a few days to last Sunday.

When you read the title of this post you probably said: Aren't we done with Christmas yet? - almost - I promise - at least here.

I had the privilege of preaching in my home church - Pascack Bible Church, in Hillsdale, NJ last Sunday, December 29, 2013 (I know - sounds like ancient history, doesn't it?)

Anyway - it was the last sermon in a series our Pastor, Chet Klope, walked us through this advent season, and I thought I would share it with you here.

Here is the link on our Church website to the audio of the sermon, and a place you can download it so you can take me for a walk as part of your New Years Resolution to move more.

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Angels From The Realms of Glory

Ben NelsonSpeaker: Ben Nelson
Series: The Songs We Sing As part of our Advent sermon series, “The Songs We Sing”, Elder Ben Nelson unpacks the deep meaning behind the powerful carol, Angels From The Realms Of Glory, including two lesser known verses.
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Below, for those of you who would rather read than listen is my sermon prep notes - the audio is pretty close, but this is not exactly a transcript.Once again - Let's walk together in blessing in 2014!
Ben

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Come and Worship 

Christmas is over. 

This year it seemed like a long haul, what with the Christmas commercials staring in September. Yes – September

No big surprise that yesterday my girls saw Valentine’s decorations in the Mall.

Many have eaten way to much. There was one 7-day stretch where I ate at 7 holiday meals/buffets, and believe me the 7 days were not the only things stretching.

Many have spent way too much.

I’m tired of the Christmas commercials.
I’m tired of the Christmas music playing in every store.
I’m tired of the ever-present Santas.
I’m tired of the elf watching my every move.
I’m tired of red and green.
I’m tired of the pine needles littering my living spaces.
If I hear one more rendition of “I’ll be home for Christmas” I think I might be sick.

So today when you walked into the sanctuary and the usher handed you a bulletin with yet another Christmas carol sermon… well, I get it. OK?

What I am defiantly not sick of is the story of the incarnation.

Paul captured its essence in one of my favorite passages in the Bible.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death-- even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. - Philippians 2:5-11 NIV

Jesus is God. He always has been God.
There was never a day when He was not God.

But Paul tells us here He emptied Himself.

He took off His kingly robes

He set aside His omnis – Omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence.

He did not lose them, He simply took them off, set them aside for a time. They still belonged to Him, and He still had access to them. There were times in His ministry when He slipped back into them.

On the mount of transfiguration recorded in Matthew and Mark He slipped back into some of His heavenly garments and Peter, James, John, Elijah, and Moses got a glimpse of His deity – His majesty – His glory.

In the garden of Gethsemane, as Judas and those who came to arrest Him approached, there was one moment when He stood up to “greet” them.

Do you remember how it went down? Jesus, out of the predawn mist asks the oncoming army, “Whom do you seek?”

The leader of the mob sent to arrest him called out “Jesus of Nazareth.”

Jesus spoke again and the strangest thing happened. He said “I AM” and all six hundred of the soldiers, the high priests and temple guards – everyone – fell to the ground.

He clearly never stopped being God. But the scripture tells us He humbled himself.

  • He took off His royal robes and put on swaddling clothes.
  • He stepped down from His kingly throne and lay down in a manger.
  • The same mouth that uttered the words “Light Be” and exploded the universe into motion, now cooed and dr00led and spit up on His mama’s shoulder.
  • The same mind that informed Solomon would soon sit and learn from the Spiritual leaders as a young boy in Jerusalem.
  • The Captain of the Lord’s army, who lead Joshua into battle against Jericho, would soon be taken captive by a Roman cohort.
  • The same lungs that breathed breath into the dust of the ground and called forth Adam, would heave with the words, ‘it is finished’ and then be still for three days.
  • The same Christ, this same Jesus, who condescended to put on flesh, would again put on immortality, and ascended into heaven.
  • This same Jesus who talked baby talk and ate baby food will one day judge all men dead and alive.
  • This same Jesus who was mocked and scorned and crucified is the One before whom every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess.

And that is what I love about Christmas.

One thing that strikes me in the Christmas story is the worship of this King of Kings when He does not appear to deserve or even desire worship. And I am not just talking about doting parents and grand parents. The story of the incarnation is full of folks who stopped what they were doing and worshiped this tiny king in a tiny town outside Jerusalem.

The carol we are considering this morning walks us right through the list of worshippers in a beautiful progression.

Angels 

Angels from the realms of glory,
Wing your flight o’er all the earth;
Ye who sang creation’s story
Now proclaim Messiah’s birth.

So it is a quiet night over Bethlehem. Smarter folks than I say it could not have been winter. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to learn that it happened on the day of some ancient Jewish feast. Perhaps Pentecost. The original feast of Pentecost or Shavu'ot – the feast of weeks.

Don’t get me wrong. I have no proof for this, and of course this is the day God chose to fulfill the promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit. But to the Jews it was the celebration of the day the Law was given. It was the day the Word became “stone.” What better day for the Word to become flesh.

Anyway, an angel shows up and starts talking to some shepherds. Next the sky is full of angels. (I wonder if it would have looked like a new star in the sky from far off in the east!– hmmm)

You see the angels, who had an inkling of what was actually happening, came from all over the earth. I wonder if every angel in creation came to see this great unveiling of God in flesh.

The angels have come to worship the newborn king.

Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ the newborn king

Shepherds

Shepherds, in the field abiding,
Watching o’er your flocks by night,
God with us is now residing;
Yonder shines the infant light:

Why shepherds?

Why not fishermen?

Why not tax collectors?

After all, that’s who Jesus picked when He was picking disciples. I don’t think there was a single shepherd in the whole flock.

But that night God sent the angels to tell shepherds.

Perhaps it was because they were the lowest of the low.
Perhaps it was because they were the most down trodden.
Or maybe it was because a thousand years earlier there was a shepherd boy who sat in these same fields under the these same stars and talked to God.
Perhaps it was because a millennium earlier Israel had a shepherd savior when they were faced with a giant problem.

I don’t know why God picked shepherds, but I know what the shepherds did.

They left their flocks and ran to worship Jesus.

Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ the newborn king

Wisemen

Sages, leave your contemplations,
Brighter visions beam afar;
Seek the great Desire of nations;
Ye have seen His natal star.

Again we must tweak the traditional Christmas story with what the Bible says. These “wise men” may not have shown up on the scene for up to two years, and for the record, we really don’t know how many came, just that the gifts listed were three, gold for His royalty, incense to depict the intercession He would make for us, and myrrh for the death He would die.

I know the Christmas cards have them arriving while Jesus was still in the stable, but the Bible tells us they came to “the house.”

One of the reasons I think it may have been as much as two years later is that after quizzing these magi, Herod had all the male children, two years of age and younger slaughtered based on the time these sages indicated.

Can you imagine this brutality? This is a part of the Christmas story we would like to forget, but it is not forgotten. Herod’s holocaust against the children of Bethlehem is recorded for all eternity.

Matthew 2:16 Then when Herod saw that he had been tricked by the magi, he became very enraged, and sent and slew all the male children who were in Bethlehem and all its vicinity, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had determined from the magi.

How did these sages, from far off lands, know a king had been born to the Jews?

Well, this word Magi is not a word that the Jews would have used to describe anyone in their world. It seems to have had Babylonian origins and so many scholars believe these “wise men” were not from the Far East – aka the Orient – but rather they were from Babylon.

Babylon was the land of Israel’s captivity, and it was in Babylon where Daniel and his crew Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego ascended from slavery to positions of honor, and Daniel in particular was given authority among the magicians and soothsayers.

It seems credible to me that Daniel would have told those in his circle of the promised Messiah. It was after all his great hope of deliverance.

So, these wise men, sages, soothsayers, whatever make their way from Babylon to Bethlehem and there they worship this child king.

Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ the newborn king

Saints

Saints, before the altar bending,
Watching long in hope and fear;
Suddenly the Lord, descending,
In His temple shall appear.

Next we come to Simeon and Anna.

Simeon was an old man who lived in Jerusalem, and had been told by the Holy Spirit that before he died he would see the Lord’s Christ.

When Jesus enters the temple on His eighth day to be consecrated, in accordance with Jewish law, Simeon speaks a wonderful prophecy over the child.

Anna was a widow who had been serving in the temple for decades, and now was eighty-four years old. As soon as she laid eyes on the child she began to rejoice and spread the news of the Messiah’s birth to everyone she saw.

These saints worship the child king.

Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ the newborn king

This is where our hymnal stops, but there is more to this carol. We will look at two more verses to bring it home.

Sinners, wrung with true repentance,
Doomed for guilt to endless pains,
Justice now revokes the sentence,
Mercy calls you; break your chains.

You see, without Christ, this Messiah, this Savior, we are doomed to the hopelessness of life in slavery to sin, and the endless pain and suffering, the darkness and anguish of an eternal hell and separation from the One who so dearly loved us.

The solution?

Repentance

Repentance has a really bad reputation these days

What do you think of when you think of repentance?

Do you think of men in sandwich boards crying in the streets: the End is near!
Do you think of people weeping at an altar.
Do you think of guilty feelings.
Do you think of failure.
Perhaps you conjure up remembrances of childhood punishment.

Maybe you feel like repentance is nothing but an endless, useless saying “I’m sorry” to God and then getting up and falling right back into the same sin.

But in reality:

True repentance connects you with the mercy that paid the price God's justice demanded, and breaks the chains of sin.

Repentance is one of the greatest gifts ever offered by our Wonderful Lord.

Repentance – true repentance is a gift with a promise.

God gives repentance, and if we will accept this gift and walk through repentance from start to finish, in the end, we will have victory and freedom from that sin. The reason we continually fall back into the same sins, is that we never fully repent.

We just feel sorry

and guilty,

and go back for more.

Paul describes repentance in 2 Cor 7:10-11

Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death. See what this godly sorrow has produced in you: what earnestness, what eagerness to clear yourselves, what indignation, what alarm, what longing, what concern, what readiness to see justice done. At every point you have proved yourselves to be innocent in this matter. –2 Corinthians 7:10-11 NIV

So then repentance breaks the endless cycle of sin and guilt and gives us the ability to live free and worship Him.

There is a moment when we begin this process with God. We come to Him with realization of our sin and our separation from Him. We see the doom of our current course, and turn toward Him.

The day of our salvation is the day we stand [or kneel] before Him and declare our need for forgiveness and our willingness to follow Him wherever He might lead.

Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ the newborn king

Though an Infant now we view Him,
He shall fill His Father’s throne,
Gather all the nations to Him;
Every knee shall then bow down:

And so we have come full circle.

There will come a day, when not only those of us who choose to worship, but all creation, above and below will bow their knee. Remember where we started:

at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. ~ Phil 2:10-11

And so I close with an invitation to you

Come and worship, come and worship, worship Christ the newborn king

Don’t be one of those who bows only when there is no choice.

Join the angels, shepherds, sages, Simeon and Anna, and all those who call on the name of Jesus today in bowing your knee to Him.

It’s no mistake that you are reading this today. God is offering you the opportunity to bow before the King of kings and Lord of lords. He is offering repentance and salvation to you today.

Did your spirit jump when I said you could be free from that sin that keeps you chained? That was God offering you the gift of repentance, and the promise of freedom.

Do you wonder about where you will spend eternity today? Do you have a longing, a stirring right now within you to have relationship with Jesus?

Today is your day. Today is the day of salvation. Don’t wait one more minute. Don’t resist this opportunity.

Come and worship, Come and worship, Worship Christ the Newborn King.

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Merry Christmas!

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. - Philippians 2:5-11

He humbled himself.

He took off His royal robes and put on swaddling clothes.

He took off the purple robes of majesty and put on diapers.

The same mouth that uttered the words “Light Be” and exploded the universe into motion, now cooed and drooled and spit up on His mama’s shoulder.

The same mind that informed Solomon would soon sit and ask questions of the Spiritual leaders in Jerusalem.

The Captain of the Lord’s army who lead Israel into battle against Jericho would soon be taken captive by a Roman cohort.

The same lungs that breathed breath into the dust of the ground and brought forth Adam, would heave with the words, ‘it is finished’ and then be silent for three days.

The same Christ, this same Jesus, who condescended to put on flesh, would again put on immortality, and ascended into heaven.

This same Jesus who talked baby talk and ate baby food will one day judge all men dead and alive.

This same Jesus who was mocked and scorned is the One before whom every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess.

O come let us adore Him.

Ben NelsonHave a great Christmas Incarnation Celebration

Come back soon!

Ben

Muth and Fath on their wedding day.
Muth and Fath on their wedding day.

How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! 

Song of Songs 4:10

Our Husband, the Shepherd King is speaking into the relationship as it stands with the maiden. His words, the words of Jesus, speak life into this brand new marriage.

My sister

Sister is possibly the closest of human relationships.
Sisters share secrets.
Sisters hold confidence.
Sisters love without condition.

OK – maybe it is not always this way, but that would be the ideal.

My bride

Bride implies intimacy
Bride implies partnership
Bride implies knowledge of the deepest needs and desires

Our Lord draws us into relationship.

It always strikes me that we come to the Lord as servants, and never really graduate away from that core of serving a worthy Creator, Savior, Master.

But we do gain further levels of relationship, as we spend our live with Him.

He calls us His friend.
He calls us His brother.
He calls us His bride.

I love this verse in Isaiah 54

For your husband is your Maker,
Whose name is the LORD of hosts;
And your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel,
Who is called the God of all the earth.

Isaiah 54:5

He is Husband, Maker, Lord, Redeemer, Holy One and God.

Hallelujah!

Ben NelsonThanks for stopping in today.

Merry Christmas

Ben

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Messiah Score

If you spent any time at Another Red Letter Day last Christmas, you know I am a fan of Handel’s Messiah. I posted the lyrics here, which, by the way, are 100% taken from scripture.

This time of year I put it on what ever device I am using and listen through it a number of times, and because it is all scripture, often the words jump off the device and get deep into my heart, demanding response.

On my drive to work yesterday, the I was struck by this bit from Malachi 3:

And He shall purify the sons of Levi. . . that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness. ~ Malachi 3:3

Ok – so here’s the thing. We Christians get hung up with the fact that we fall short of God’s grace, and spend wwwwaaaaaaayyyyyyy too much time feeling unworthy.

Get this:

One of the things the Messiah did in the incarnation, or perhaps I should say in His death and resurrection, was to purify those of us who worship Him.

The sons of Levi were the priests and those responsible for leading the nation in worship.

He came to purify those who worship Him, and for the record, He was completely successful.

He has given us the ability to offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.

[At this point we all lift our hands and shout - Hallelujah.]

So what are you going to do with that?

Here’s a thought

Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. - Romans 12:1-2

RECAP

He has made us worthy, purified us, so that we can make offerings to Him. And what offering shall we bring? How about our purified selves, ready to live (or die) for Him, and with open minds to the transforming Word of God so that we continue walking down the path toward more and more purification.

Let it be so in me today Lord!

Ben NelsonGod bless you all!

Thanks for stopping in.

Merry Christmas

Ben

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And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NASB)

Eternal Father

Ok – Honestly – I am not smart enough to figure out the trinity. I get Father, Son, Holy Spirit (sort of) but now I am seeing prophecy that calls Jesus the Eternal Father.

How does this work?

I dunno – but I am OK with that.

I do know that Jesus has the heart of a father.

When He met the woman at the well, He confronted the mess in her life.

When He met the woman caught in adultery, rather than taking up stones, He treated her as a father would treat His daughter.

When He met the leper whose only question was whether Jesus was willing, He said I will.

When He met the man whose son was throwing himself into the fire, He listened to the man’s tale and cast the evil spirit out of the boy.

He gave the widow of Nain back her son.

He let the little children come to Him.

Truly this Son of God is an Eternal Father.

I am so thankful.

How has He been a Father to you?

Ben NelsonMerry Christmas

Ben

 

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And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NASB)

Counselor

Proverbs 8 poetically personifies Wisdom. When I read it, I can’t help thinking to my self – hey – That’s Jesus!

The LORD possessed me at the beginning of His way, Before His works of old. From everlasting I was established, From the beginning, from the earliest times of the earth. When there were no depths I was brought forth, When there were no springs abounding with water. Before the mountains were settled, Before the hills I was brought forth; While He had not yet made the earth and the fields, Nor the first dust of the world. When He established the heavens, I was there, When He inscribed a circle on the face of the deep, When He made firm the skies above, When the springs of the deep became fixed, When He set for the sea its boundary, So that the water should not transgress His command, When He marked out the foundations of the earth; Then I was beside Him, as a master workman; And I was daily His delight, Rejoicing always before Him, Rejoicing in the world, His earth, And having my delight in the sons of men. (Proverbs 8:22-31 NASB)

Doesn’t that sound like Jesus, the only Begotten of the Father, the First Born of all Creation? Doesn’t it sound like The Word of God made flesh?

What is counsel but wisdom applied to your circumstances?

One of the most important verses for our training in righteousness is in James where it tell us:

But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him. (James 1:5 NASB)

And what kind of counsel did He give?

And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power. (Luke 4:32 KJV)

His counsel comes with power – authority. When He gives you guidance you can have complete confidence that this is the right way to walk.

Do you need wisdom applied to your circumstances today? Don’t hesitate. Don’t hold back. Run to the throne room where we have an open invitation. [Tweet This]

Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:16 NASB)

Ben NelsonMerry Christmas

See you tomorrow

Ben

 

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And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6 NASB)

Wonderful

Check this out – the word is not an adjective – it’s a noun. [Tweet This]

Another way to say it might be

He will be called Miracle!

Here – look where else this word is used:

Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? (Exodus 15:11 KJV)

I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. (Psalm 77:11 KJV)

Thou [art] the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people. (Psalm 77:14 KJV)

And that is how Jesus lived. He was Mr. Miracle.

In fact when John the Baptist was in prison, he sent his disciples to Jesus to ask if He was in fact the Messiah, and the answer was:

Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. (Luke 7:22 KJV)

And when people wondered whether to believe in Jesus He told them to “believe me for the very works' sake.” (John 14:11 KJV)

Furthermore, He was a light who lit us up so we can shine, He is the miracle that miracled us so we can miracle. (right – spell and grammar check hated that)

Here is what I mean:

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 NASB)

He truly is Wonderful!

Now it’s your turn to be wonderful!

Ben NelsonMerry Christmas!

See you tomorrow

Ben

 

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