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Who do you think you are?

2 Corinthians 5:17 Says: “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”
Ephesians 2:10 says: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
To be “In Christ” means you decided to become a follower of Jesus Christ, repenting of your sins, and asking Him you’re your heart. Once you do that you are a new creation.
I would encourage you to think about it. Once you have said yes to Jesus, then you can let go of who you think you are, and embrace who God has said that you are from the day of your conception; His masterpiece.
Because God has never called you a criminal or an addict. or even a bad person. Jesus calls you His workmanship; His creation. Don’t let the mistakes that you have made, determine who you are. Don’t let society determine who you are.
Why not let Jesus into your heart, and give Him an opportunity to help you finally become who you were meant to be; a new creation, a new person.
Repeat these words to yourself when you, or others try to tell you otherwise; “I am a child of the king’! “I am God’s masterpiece.” These words are truth, John says in John 8:32 “and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.”
Our prayer is that you will find peace, freedom and salvation through the power of Jesus Christ.

Change of Seasons

As we can see the change in the leaves, as well the climate; it reminds us of the coming season; fall. It also lets us know that change is a part of life.
It should also cause us to think about changes in our own lives.
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 5:17 "Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come."
This means that if you can believe that Jesus is real; that God sent Him to die on the cross for your sins, then all you have to do is simply admit to Jesus that you are a sinner, ask Him to forgive you, then ask Him into your heart. You will then be changed; transformed from the inside out. You, like the changing leaves, will be different than you were before.
So how has your life been going? Could you use a change in your life? Just remember this, there is nothing too terrible in your life, that God can't help you with, nothing so bad, that He won't forgive you, if you genuinely repent. Why not let Jesus into your life today? Then you can have your very own season of change.

Prayer request

Loving God, you know us better than we know ourselves. Help me see what you have planned for my life at this point and beyond. Breakthrough the walls I have erected that separate me from your plans for me. Help me honestly and sincerely consider my own failure to accept the grace and love you have provided. Forgive me for my sins for they are grave, and teach me to forgive as I pray for forgiveness. Teach me to love you with all my heart mind and soul, and to love my sisters and brothers in Christ as you have loved me. Strengthen me for today's journey and guide me with your gentle hand. Amen.

Advent Meditation

Luke 2:8-9
In that region there were shepherds living in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.

When I think of my Christmas story, I am not usually terrified as the scripture describes the shepherds. Sometimes I think... busy... exhausted... often homesick... usually broke... followed then with frustrated... sometimes peaceful, occasionally inspired... frequently overindulgent (food, drink, toys)... but never terrified that I can remember.

Last night I saw a picture of my two little nieces who live in Alaska, the older one smiling cheekily, the younger one screaming in sheer terror, sitting on the lap of that modern day Christmas angel, the department store Santa Claus. I studied the precious little girl's face, one I only know from photos, because she was born just after her daddy was stationed up in Kodiak two years ago. I recognized the terror in her eyes as like that of the group of shepherds who were just watching their sheep, when something unexpected, and frankly unwanted occurred in their lives. This intrusion of the eternal into our day-to-day lives; when God comes to walk among us as one of us, nothing is ever the same again. But we seem to be so terrified that we just can't hear the good news: Don't be afraid! For unto us is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.

Yet and still, maybe we should be terrified, just a bit. Like every mama and daddy of a newborn baby knows, life will never be the same. And when God gets right here with us, and tells us the real truth, we better be ready for our lives to be turned upside down. For this Christmas, and every day, our challenge is to not be afraid, to seek the baby in Bethlehem, to know him, accept him, to learn to let him lead us, and follow him all the way to the cross.

JESUS, LORD, TEACH ME, LEAD ME, LOVE ME. SHOW ME THE WAY TO GROW INTO A MATURE ADULT CHRISTIAN, READY TO WALK ALL THE WAY FROM BETHLEHEM TO THE CROSS. ON THE JOURNEY, GUIDE ME FROM ANYTHING THAT IS NOT PLEASING TO YOU, AND MAKE ME OVER IN YOUR IMAGE. BRING YOUR PEACE INTO THE WORLD, AND MAY IT BE YOUR WILL TO LET IT BEGIN WITH ME. AMEN.

shared by Rose Anne

Advent Meditation

James 1:13
Never, when you are being put to the test, say, "God is tempting me;" God cannot be tempted by evil, and does not put anybody to the test.

I am like a lot of other people. I do not want to feel responsible when something does not go according to plan. I want to blame someone else, and if no one else is available, God will do. How very, very wrong. God does not test us. How wonderful to know that God loves us and wants the very best for us. How wonderful to be secure in this love, and know that in all times and circumstances, God is good!

DEAR GOD, FORGIVE ME FOR BLAMING YOU WHEN I SHOULD BE ONLY PRAISING YOU. I ASK YOU TO TEACH ME TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY OWN WRONG ACTIONS AND THOUGHTS. THANK YOU, FATHER, FOR KEEPING ME SAFE IN YOUR LOVING KINDNESS. IN JESUS' NAME I PRAY, AMEN.

Shared by Charlotte B

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