Posted by Jeff Tiemeyer on Dec 10, 2018

O Christmas Tree - Two Trees

Daily Devotionals

Monday, December 10 

Isaiah 9:6 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Most people, when they read this very popular scripture, tend to put all of their focus on the what the Child shall be called while quickly reading over what is arguably the most important aspect of the entire verse.  If you will read the surrounding verses you’ll see that the attributes listed are directly attributed to who He is, not what He would become.  In other words, Jesus, being God’s Son, was already all of these things upon His arrival because of His relationship with God the Father.  The Son, the Divine Heir to all of Heaven, the only One who would ever be born with the same DNA as God Himself, would be the One who would come on the scene to walk out the plan of your redemption.  He was the only One who would have chance to succeed at living the kind of perfect, sinless life that could qualify Him to be the sacrifice suitable to redeem mankind.  Without that, all of the other characteristics and attributes, as amazing as they are, would never have the opportunity to be experienced by mankind.  So as you reflect upon God’s amazing Gift during this season, take time to focus on who He is, not just what He is. - Merry Christmas, Pastor Jeff

 

Tuesday, December 11

Isaiah 9:6 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

The term ‘counselor’ is often associated with someone who helps you cope while you’re going through a tough time, needing some sort mental or psychological assistance.  Counseling has become common place in workplaces, churches, and schools.  When Jesus is described as the Wonderful Counselor in today’s passage, it’s important to remember that while He will always answer every time you need any kind of help, the counsel that is being referred to is that of seeking wisdom or direction, not release from bondage.  Think about what your life would look like if had you sought and followed His counsel before every decision you’ve made.  How many regrets and hurts would you have been able to avoid?  How many relationship issues would have never come to fruition?  As you seek to know Him more as your Wonderful Counselor, make it a point to seek Him before you take that next step, make that decision, or move forward in that relationship.  While He will always be your deliverer, you can save yourself a lot of time and grief if you’ll first allow Him to be your Counselor. - Merry Christmas, Pastor Jeff

 

Wednesday, December 12

Isaiah 9:6 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

What comes to your mind when you focus on your Mighty God?  Strength, power, creativity, a conqueror?  Whatever attributes or characteristics come to mind, you can rest assured that He is all of that and so much more.  The part that many people fail to understand is that all of His might is at your disposal.  He came to Earth for the sole purpose of defeating every devil, demon, sin, sickness, or weakness that could try to keep you down.  He is the God and Lord above and over all things that will try to hinder you from being everything that He has called you to be.  When you, with humility, submit to His lordship, you have all of the power of Heaven at your disposal.  His intent has never been flex His cosmic muscle and force you into submission. Rather, it has always been to move any and every mountain that stands in between you and Himself.  That’s your Mighty God!  Mighty in every way shape and form, but most of all, mighty in His love for you. - Merry Christmas, Pastor Jeff

 

Thursday, December 13

Isaiah 9:6 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

While the example of what a true father should look has become very skewed in society today, the original Father and His heart for you has never changed.  From the very beginning, He made it His sole purpose to love you unconditionally and He has never once backed away from that.  In spite any mistakes or sin that may have taken place in your life, He has never changed His mind or had a moment of regret for creating you.  While your earthly father may or may not be in your life for any myriad of reasons, your Everlasting Father is right where He’s always been.  He is all around you, watching over you.  He is your biggest fan and supporter.  There is nothing that He has that He trying to withhold from you.  So whether your earthly father was good or bad, rich or poor, strong or weak, present or absent, you have a Heavenly Father who created you to be in His presence for all of eternity.  He wants you to experience His love and goodness in every aspect of you life in an everlasting way.  His arms are open wide, all you have to do is accept His invitation.  He wants you to be where He is. - Merry Christmas, Pastor Jeff

 

Friday, December 14

Isaiah 9:6 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Peace.  It’s something that everyone seeks.  Some seek peace in solitude while others seek it through company.  Others may look for it in relaxation and some in activity.  The mistake that many people make is not realizing that peace is not found in circumstances but in someone.  Jesus came as the Prince of Peace.  The first and most important peace He sought was man’s peace with God.  His blood was applied to Heaven’s mercy seat and satisfied God’s wrath that was brought about by man’s sin.  Because this He re-established this peace, His Spirit could reside in man and bring about the wholeness that man lost in the garden.  True peace is just that, wholeness.  It is literally interpreted as ‘nothing missing, nothing broken’.  Jesus, came to be your everlasting peace.  Peace that is not determined by your circumstances but by your position.  Whether or not you’re experiencing a peaceful life at the moment, you can experience true peace because He lives inside of you and has given you a place in the Kingdom. - Merry Christmas, Pastor Jeff

 

Saturday, December 15

2 Corinthians 4:11

For we who live are always being given over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

One of the biggest focuses during the Christmas season is the Christmas tree.  People will rearrange their entire home in order to make a place for this symbol of the season.  Tremendous amounts of effort get put into the lights and other decorations that adorn their family’s tree.  What if, however, people came to the understanding that Christmas was not about one tree, but two.  The Bible says in Galatians 3 that Jesus was hung on a tree and therefore took the curse that was upon mankind because of sin.  That tree, the cross, is the reason why the Christmas tree has any meaning at all.  You can even take it a step further by reading today’s text.  When you live in a way that shows the world that you are no longer a slave to sin, you are displaying the work that took place on the Calvary’s tree.  So in essence, you are that tree.  You are the light of the world displaying the glorious redemptive work of Jesus.  So as you decorate, put gifts under, and gather around the Christmas tree, let it remind of the tree that you’re meant to be.  Just as you light the Christmas tree, let your light shine for those who need to see it. - Merry Christmas, Pastor Jeff 

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