The Christmas story is the ultimate story. The word ultimate means that it’s the best. There isn’t any story that’s better. In this one tale, we read about the greatest power, the greatest revelation, the greatest victory, and the greatest gift ever known to mankind. By far, it is the greatest love story that was ever recorded in all of human history. The birth of the Babe of Bethlehem is an impossible story that was made possible by the power of God. We also see God’s guidance, mercy, and protection. Below are six points that are clearly evident in this wonderful story.
1. GOD LOVES US. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16
2. GOD CARES FOR US. What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Psalm 8:4 NASB
3. GOD IS WITH US. Let your character or moral disposition be free from love of money [including greed, avarice, lust, and craving for earthly possessions] and be satisfied with your present [circumstances and with what you have]; for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!] Hebrews 13:5AMPC
4. ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE WITH GOD. And he said, The things which are impossible with men are possible with God. Luke 18:27
5. GOD GIVES US STRENGTH WHEN WE ARE INCAPABLE. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Isaiah 40:29NIV
6. No matter what we’re facing in life if we’ll FOLLOW GOD’S LEADING, He will cause us to come out on top. “Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ.” 2 Corinthians 2:14NKJV
The Christmas story is meant to bring hope to all mankind. Within it is contained salvation, healing, protection, and provision. The same God of the Christmas story is with us each and every day of the year.
And that is cause for great rejoicing!
“FAITH NUGGET” - THE WORD of FAITH 12/2016 By Kenneth Hagin Ministries
1 John 4:16
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
1 John 4:10
In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation (sacrifice) for our sins.
1 John 4:19
We love Him because He first loved us.
Romans 5:5-9 New Living Translation
And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might perhaps be willing to die for a person who is especially good. But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. And since we have been made right in God’s sight by the blood of Christ, he will certainly save us from God’s condemnation.
Deuteronomy 28:2-14 All these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shall hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God.”…
1 Timothy 6:17 He giveth us richly all things to enjoy.”
Some people have very low expectations of what God will provide for them materially. They trust Him to feed and clothe them, but they don’t trust Him to feed and clothe them very well!
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
God is a loving Father. He gets great pleasure from blessing His children. He is extravagant where we are concerned. But don’t let that worry you. He can afford it!
Hearken to His voice and it won’t be long before His blessings will be overtaking you.
Without the force of love, faith and hope won’t work because Love is a Person. If you are born of God by making Jesus ‘The LORD of your life, you are born of Love. First John 4:7 says, “…love is of God, and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.” And Romans 5:5 tells us, “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.” The person of the Holy Spirit comes to indwell us at the new birth.
God’s own love is shed abroad into our hearts when we receive Jesus as Savior and LORD. That’s why love is the foundation of each of the fruits and gifts of the Spirit and the basis for every operation of the Holy Spirit. Jesus said the commandment of love is the first and greatest commandment. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. …And the second is like unto it, “Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets” (Matthew 22:37, 39-40).
The Apostle Paul prayed for the believers at Ephesus that “Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth and length and depth and height, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God” (Ephesians 3:17-19). Having an intimate knowledge of the breadth and length and depth and height of God’s love for you enables you to love others with His love. So if you’re rooted and grounded in His love, you will be quick to forgive and slow to take offense.
See Part 1 at the FAITH BLOG
John 17:23 I in them, and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them as You have loved Me.
The miracle of the new birth is that God Himself, by the Holy Spirit, comes to live inside your re-created human spirit. You become His son or daughter, and He loves you just as much as He loves your blood-covenant Brother Jesus.
That revelation is so astounding, rich and empowering! The same love where with God the Father loves the spotless, sinless Jesus, a resurrected man, is the way He loves you, His son or daughter. And He has entrusted to you that same love in your spirit and under your command, with which to love others. You have the same authority to forgive those who have come against, hurt, or offended you - just as Jesus did.
The world is to see this kind of love in you and realize the only reason for it is because you belong to Him. This covenant bond is what sets believers apart from the world and forges an inseparable and powerful connection that, when believers walk in its fullness, becomes irresistible because love – God’s love in us – never fails.
John 17:21-22 that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me. 22 And the glory which You gave Me I have given them, that they may be one just as We are one:
God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are One. All who make Jesus The LORD of their lives are in Him, and He in them. We are one in Him – one spirit and one family (1 Corinthians 6:17; 2 Corinthians 6:18). When we walk in love toward one another, the world can see there is something different about us. So many have wondered about how God could ever unify the Body of Christ today because we seem so fragmented and have so many problems. John 17:22 says the glory the Father gave Jesus, He gave us so we could be one. When the glory of The LORD is manifested, it brings us together. Every true revival in recorded history broke through racism and doctrinal divides. When the miracle power of God is flowing and His glory fills an area, all the divisions come tumbling down because they are things of the flesh. When the glory manifests, the Spirit of God is in control, and the things of earth and of the flesh begin to “grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace.”
Part 1 – John 17:20 I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;
All who believe in Jesus have come to faith in Him, directly or indirectly, through the men who were seated at covenant meal. And in John 17:20-26 we can see that Jesus looked down through the centuries and saw us.
He prayed for every one of us who would believe in Him. He prayed for you that day. Hebrews 7:25 says, “He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, because He at all times lives to make intercession for them.” According to this verse Jesus is still praying for you.
Believe the love He has for you (1 John 4:16). And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son.” John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave…and He gave…and He gave.
That is the message the Bible brings us from beginning to end. It sounds simple enough. Yet few of us really comprehend it.
We can understand the idea of a God of power. We can understand a God Who desires to be served. But an Almighty God Who loves us so much that He desires, above all, to give to us? That can be hard to believe.
For thousand of years, God has been working to drop the revelation of His love into the hearts of men. He’s made loving promises of blessing and protection. But He’s always faced that same obstacle – human beings who just couldn’t bring themselves to believe those promises were true.
The story of Abram is a perfect example. He wasn’t accustomed to the idea of a God who gives. He’s grown up as a worshiper of the moon. Then he encountered El Shaddai, the greatest Being of all. The one Almighty God. And the first thing this El Shaddai wanted to do was give to him.
God’s promises so astounded Abram that he couldn’t believe them. Lord, “how can I know I’m going to receive these things?” Gen 15:8
God answered him by cutting a blood covenant with him. That covenant settled forever any question Abram could ever have about God’s love and loyalty. Once blood had been shed, he knew God meant what He said.
God did the same thing for you. He cut a blood covenant with you. And He sacrificed His own Son to do it. Jesus’ broken body and shed blood have become the eternal proof of God’s love for you.
Through Communion He urges you to remember them again and again so that when your faith in His promises begins to waver, you “might have a strong consolation.” Hebrews 6:18.
Get a revelation of God’s love for you by meditating on the covenant He’s made with you. Get out the bread and the cup. Go before the Lord with them and take Communion thinking about the body and blood of Jesus that enables you to be a blood-covenant member of the family of Almighty God. Let them settle forever the question of God’s love for you. You’ll never again have to doubt His promises one you believe in His love.
Read the Lord’s Covenant Promise to Abram in Genesis chapter 15.
Receive the LOVE! Believe the LOVE!
Jesus declared it!
I declare it!
1. I believe Love is in me now!
John 17:26 And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”
2. I believe Love never fails!
1 Corinthians 13:8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
3. I believe Love is GOD!
1 John 4:8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Because I have received THE LOVE, and because I have believed THE LOVE, I can confidently declare
1 Corinthians 13:4-8. Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.
I PRACTICE AND WALK IN LOVE.
I AM LOVE!
Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.
NKJV: Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Don’t ever worry about not having enough love inside you. The Word says God’s love is shed abroad in your heart by the Holy Ghost. God’s love is in you. What you need to do is make a decision to let it flow.
Pray this prayer today.
In Jesus’ Name, I make a fresh and strong commitment today to live the life of love, to let the tenderness of God flow through me and heal the wounded hearts of those I meet.
Father, teach me to love even when things go wrong. Teach me to be patient and kind when the children are underfoot. To overlook the spiteful words of an angry spouse. To rejoice when someone at the office gets the raise that I thought I needed. Teach me to talk in love, to lay gossip quietly aside and to take up words of grace instead.
Lord, Your Word says that Your love is already inside me…that it has been shed abroad in my heart. So, today, I resolve to remove every obstacle that would keep that love from flowing freely into the lives of others. I put resentment behind me, and I forgive all those who have done me wrong.
In the days ahead, cause me to increase and excel and overflow with Your love. Cause me to be what this world needs most of all…a living example of love, Amen.”
1 John 4:7-17
Knowing God Through Love
7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8 He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. 9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. 10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Seeing God Through Love
12 No one has seen God at any time. If we love one another, God abides in us, and His love has been perfected in us. 13 By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent the Son as Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him.
The Consummation of Love
17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world.