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  • Writer's pictureJoni

Day 14: God Is With You


Lately, I have had a perfect track record,

that everything I say

is causing conflict.

And this is making me doubt my

 FAITH,

because

when I speak HIS TRUTH

it gets turned around,

to pierce my heart

in such a hurtful way

that is used against me.

But then I think of

JESUS,

who was born

an innocent

 BABY

and then

died a GUILTY MAN'S DEATH,

with every nail that was driven into HIS BODY.

And I am in no way comparing myself to

JESUS,

because I could never do what HE did.

What I do feel though,

is like I am a little ant in a giant's world.

Oh it hurts when other's use

GOD'S WORD

against you.

Oh it makes your FAITH waver,

questioning at times

if it is all worth it.

But then you remember that it isn't about you at all,

as I hear the words,

"get over yourself".

From the moment you give your life to

CHRIST,

it isn't about you anymore,

because it is all about HIM. 

You FOLLOW HIM.

And you do what HE asks,

because you know HE is the ONLY WAY.

So maybe it really is about me,

because if I never gave my LIFE to

JESUS

then I wouldn't have REAL LIFE. 

I would not be LIVING IN THE PROMISE OF CHRISTMAS.

"For GOD so LOVED the world that HE gave HIS ONE & ONLY SON,

that whoever believes in HIM shall not perish but have eternal life"

(John 3:16).

Maybe I forgot about who I really am.

JESUS knew HE was the SAVIOR, 

yet HE allowed HIMSELF to be dressed as a BABY. 

HE LIVED as a BABY,

who grew up to LIVE as a MAN,

who LIVED to cry out on a CROSS,

when HE said those SAVING words,

"IT IS FINISHED".

JESUS did it ALL,

so that HE could be

my ALL 

and your ALL.

And once HE becomes your ALL,

THE JOY OF THE LORD is yours in every second,

whether you are having a great day or having a not-so-great day.

So my little pity party got interrupted,

by one knock at the door of my HEART,

and the whispering words of my SAVIOR,

"I AM HERE".

JESUS IS HERE.

Because JESUS IS IMMANUEL.

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name IMMANUEL” (which means, GOD with us)"

And there HE WAS

 on that SILENT NIGHT

lying in a manger,

because GOD ALWAYS KEEPS HIS PROMISES.

GOD IS WITH US!

A pity party forgets to INVITE JESUS.

And oh how I forget in those moments,

when conflict ARISES

and my FAITH is questioned.

So is my FAITH being questioned,

or am I questioning my FAITH.

A wavering FAITH forgets GOD'S PROMISES.

What PROMISE do you NEED to BELIEVE?

So on this quiet morning,

GOD has restored my WAVERING FAITH, 

because of my

WAVERING TRUST. 

I see

THE BABY 

in the manger

who is in my HEART, 

For my FAITH has not left me,

for THE BABY was born

so that HE could be BORN into every HEART,

to soothe the tears,

to heal the pain,

to whisper

I WILL LOVE YOU FOREVER.

I hear the voice of

CHRISTMAS

from

JESUS who was swaddled in RAGS.

I see HIS little eyes

looking at me,

that say to me,

 "Do not cry,

for I am here".

FAITH RESTORED.

TRUST RESTORED.

Because

JESUS IS JESUS ALWAYS

in good times and in not-so-good times.

 Therefore,

 when turbulent times

 may shake your world,

 it only takes a second

to remember

GOD'S PROMISES

because

GOD IS GOD.

And GOD did what GOD ALWAYS does,

as HE came to me with a PROMISE

because

JESUS IS THE PROMISE

And it is

 IN HIM

where my PEACE lies. 

"YOU will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in YOU" (Isaiah 26:3).

Therefore,

LOOK UP & LISTEN,

even if you can't hear

HIM,

because

GOD IS WITH US

because

of

CHRISTMAS.

HE is

"SOMEWHERE IN YOUR SILENT NIGHT"

(listen to the song below)


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