The First Day of Christmas – The Greatest Gift of ALL

“But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

Herein lies the reminder of the most remarkable gift we have ever been given!  As we usher in this glorious season of celebrating the birth, the beginning of our salvation – found in our Savior, Jesus Christ, may we truly grasp the magnificence of this most momentous gift.

For each and every one of us, while we were still sinners, He came as but a babe, into a humble space, showed us the heart of our Heavenly Father, and then took all our sin and shame upon Himself, as He boldly bore them on the cross at Calvary.  He did not come because we were worthy, or somehow had earned His grace, but rather He came and died because He loves us and wanted to provide the way for us to spend all of eternity with Him.

On this first day of Christmas, may our hearts and minds meditate on the most magnificent gift that has ever been given – while we were still sinners, He came to save!

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O Holy Night,

 
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ever precious in our sight.

When all of heaven heard

God speak salvation’s word.

As a babe, He sent His Son,

so all sin and death’d be undone.

May we each receive God’s grace,

and ever rest in His sweet embrace.

Dear Heavenly Father,  thank You that while we were stuck sinking in sin, You sent Your Son to save us.  Thank You that though we were sinners, You chose to love.  Forgive us for the times that we allow our gaze to stray from the reason for this season, and may our every attitude and action announce the purpose of praising You, now and forever.  Teach us to give as we have been given and to love as we are loved.  May we be a reflection of You so that many may be moved to receive Your glorious gift of grace this season.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Laying Hold of Our Lifeline

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“We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go.  It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God where Jesus, running on ahead of us, has taken up His permanent post as high priest for us, in the order of Melchizedek.” – Hebrews 6:18-20 (The Message)

When we commit our lives to Christ and give everything to God, we are laying hold of our Eternal Lifeline.  Jesus, who has gone before us as our Redeemer and High Priest, is seated at the right hand of the Father, interceding on our behalf.  His Spirit is our ever-present help in our time of need; our Source of wisdom and strength – all that we need to be all that He has created us to be.
Our commitment to Christ provides our reason to run this race.  He goes before us, walks beside us, and dwells within us, all of our days.  When storms come, He remains steadfast, ever supplying security and strength.  When we stumble or seem to lose sight of Him, He is swift to provide a path to the cross, so that we again are reminded that as we ask, it has already been done – once and for all of eternity.
As if His mercy and grace were not already so much more than enough, He has gone before us to prepare a place where we may remain in the glory of His eternal presence forever!  In Him, we have joy and peace, hope and help, even when we walk through the worst of our days.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You sent Your Son to save us from our sin and Your Spirit to lead and guide us to a life everlasting in You.  Forgive us for the times we forget to cling to the cross, and have allowed heartache or regret to weigh us down.  Teach us to trust in Truth, so that we may take hold, and never let go.  Thank You that You lead us in love, so that we in turn, may love others as representatives of Your heart and hands, so all may find the opportunity to come and cling to our eternal hope in You.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Upright Unto Him

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“For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men.  It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope – the glorious appearing of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.” – Titus 2:11-13

God has shown His grace that leads to salvation to all of us.  That very grace, by His Spirit in us, leads and guides us to live the life to which we have been called, while we wait with great hope for the day He either returns or we see Him face to face.  His Spirit instructs us as to what we should and should not do, in order to live upright and godly lives all of our days.

None can do right by God without His gift of grace.  For His Spirit that dwells within us is a great gift that is given by Him.  The still small voice that speaks softly to our soul, will lead and guide us to the life everlasting, if we are willing to listen and heed His instruction.

Not one of us has the innate ability to live upright before Him on our own.  Without grace, there would be no hope.  Without hope, the heaviness of this life would leave us listless in our lack.  I am so thankful that we have hope in Him.  Knowing that we have all of eternity in His presence awaiting us in our heavenly home, makes the misery in the moments, more manageable.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your Son and removing the separation that once stood between man and Thee.  Thank You for Your Spirit that You grant to each of us who asks, to lead and guide us by Your grace, that we might live godly and upright lives that are pleasing to You.  May each of us extend the same grace that we have been given to all who walk among us.  Let Your light shine through us as we live and love like You, by Your grace.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present