Trinity’s Blessings (Elfchen Series #101)

Father

Listen

Fear not

Never be afraid

Be strong and courageous

Follow

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Son

Follow

With faithfulness

Voice leads us

Hear name now called

Faith

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Spirit

Faith

Strengthened daily

Breathing with hope

Never forsaking each believer

Promise

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Oswald Chambers Quote

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If you have heard Jesus Christ’s voice on the billows, let your convictions go to the winds, let your consistency go to the winds, but maintain your relationship to Him.

From John 21:7:  “That disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, ‘It is the Lord!’  When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he had taken it off, and jumped into the sea.”

Oswald Chambers (1874-1917) was a Scottish evangelist and Christian teacher.  Following his death from an illness while in Egypt during World War I, his wife took on the task of transcribing the detailed notes she had written from his lectures and sermons.  Gertrude Hobbs Chambers’ efforts resulted in the publication in 1924 of MY UTMOST FOR HIS HIGHEST.  I frequently read from this devotional, and it has greatly deepened my faith and understanding of God’s Word.

Savior Lives

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Conquering darkness

Empty tomb declares

Risen Savior lives

Grace pours out, God cares

 

Mourning no longer

Calvary’s cross bends

Righteous Savior lives

Love pays dividends

 

Looking to heavens

Evil crawls away

Faithful Savior lives

God’s Word, final say

 

Walking in His light

God’s design sustains

Steadfast Savior lives

Never changing lanes

 

Singing hymns of praise

God’s glory beyond

Blessed Savior lives

Mercy’s lasting bond

 

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Charles Swindoll Quote

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Listen carefully!  Jesus Christ opens the gate, gently looks at you, and says:  “Come to Me, all you who labor and are over burdened, and I will cause you to rest.”  Just come.  His provision is profound, attainable, and right.

From Psalm 32:7:  “You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with glad cries of deliverance.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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The only way to know the strength of God is to take the yoke of Jesus upon us and learn of Him.  

From Matthew 11:29:  “Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Oswald Chambers Quote

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Faith is not in what Jesus says but in Himself; if we only look at what He says we shall never believe.

From Luke 18:41-43:  “‘What do you want me to do for you?’  He said, ‘Lord, let me see again.’  Jesus said to him, ‘Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.’  Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.”

Greatest Gift

From John 3:16-17:  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life.  Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.”

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Imagine receiving one gift

But, never accepting its love

Forsaking Father’s lasting grace

Angels witness all from above

 

This precious gift brings lasting peace

Why would God’s love remain unwrapped?

Sin continues weaving darkness

Triggering mankind to feel trapped

 

Spirit moves into heart’s fabric

Cosmic collision stirs within

Christ stepping into this dark breach

Divine love snaps sin’s frail linchpin

 

For God so loved this fallen world

His Holy Son pays for sin’s debts

Unlocking eternity’s gate

Christ’s mercy saves, without regrets

 

Now embracing and accepting

Father’s loving gift now received

Trusting in Savior’s greatest gift

Forgiveness, all who believe

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From the words of American pastor and Christian teacher, Charles Stanley:  “The greatest gift ever given was the sacrifice of Jesus, and all we must do is accept this free gift in joy forever with Him.”

Wondrous Night

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The town wakes up to a new day.  It doesn’t quite seem like any other day.  A tranquil, peaceful night has given way to a quiet sunrise.

Few have heard of the overnight excitement at a nearby stable.  A babe lies wrapped in bands of cloth, and he sleeps in a simple livestock feed box.

Outside of the sleepy town, shepherds watch over their flocks at night.  However, with the rising sun there awakens a buzz among them.  A handful of them have returned from a most magnificent and blessed sight.

Directed by an angelic, heavenly host, these simple men were invited to witness the good news of great joy for all of God’s people.  An angel of the Lord proclaims, “To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”

With haste, the band of shepherds swiftly journey into the town.  Their quick pace is filled with overwhelming wonder. 

In arriving at a simple scene, filled with livestock, a husband and wife, and a newborn baby, the shepherds pay their respects to this Prince of Peace . . . Wonderful, Counselor, King of Kings.  Only a loving Father in Heaven could orchestrate such a joyous and lasting moment for the birth of His Son. 

God has heard the distressed cries of His people.  In this eternal moment, He forever reminds mankind that He fulfills His promises.

Later in the morning, a young shepherd boy wonders.  While he didn’t have the opportunity to see the baby in the manger, he has heard all of the other shepherds talking about their amazing experience while they praise God. 

Thinking to himself, the boy quietly asks a couple of questions.  Perhaps God will answer them in his lifetime.

  • What will this young King’s life be like? 
  • How will His coming change the darkness of this world?

He feels astounded and kneels to pray.  As he talks to the Lord, he is in awe of all that he has heard this day.

Divine Interactions (Elfchen Series #90)

Angelic Message

Virgin

Favored One

Mary’s unexpected motherhood

Spirit shares heavenly blessing

Jesus

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Hope’s Response

Joy

Prophecy fulfilled

Prince of Peace

Israel’s King of Kings

Messiah

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Father’s Blueprint

Emmanuel

Bethlehem birth

God with us

Gift of Gospel’s truth

Salvation

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Sin’s Island

From Colossians 3:1-2:  “So if you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.”

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Living on sin’s island

Forsaking faith in Christ

Breathing in darkest fears

Grace seeming too high priced

 

Searching far horizon

Scanning each tidal wave

Feeling Spirit’s nudges

Christ Jesus comes to save

 

Witnessing Calvary

Flooding tears crying out

Asking big question . . . why?

Salvation, still in doubt

 

Observing blood-stained cross

Watching Christ breath His last

Wrestling with sinful flesh

Evil’s hold, standing fast

 

Awaking days later

Running to empty tomb

Accepting Christ this day

Leaving sin’s island room

 

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From 1 John 3:2-3:  “ Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we will be has not yet been revealed.  What we do know is this: when He is revealed, we will be like Him, for we will see Him as He is.  And all who have this hope in Him purify themselves, just as He is pure.”