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3 Exciting Reasons to Celebrate Christmas -Luke 2:14

3 Exciting Reasons to Celebrate Christmas Luke 2:14

Why do we celebrate Christmas? In this devotional, we’ll read Luke 2:14 and unwrap 3 Exciting Reasons to Celebrate Christmas!

It’s Christmastime, and the excitement of the season is here!

The Christmas tree is decorated, the cookies are baking, and the stockings are hung by the fire. As the song says, it’s the most wonderful time of year!

Like everyone, I’m excited to see family and friends and take a break from the ordinary day-to-day.

And this Bible Verse from Luke 2 gives us three wonderful reasons to be excited to celebrate Christmas this year…

 

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!

                                          Luke 2:13-14 NKJV

 

What does Luke 2:14 mean?

You can almost hear the excitement ringing out as the angels proclaimed… Glory to God in the highest!

But what were they so excited about?

The birth of baby Jesus! Of course!

How do Christians celebrate the joyous occasion of Christ’s birth? In this scripture, from Luke 2, the angels showed us three ways.

So, let’s worship our Savior and celebrate His birth by following their example together.

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Give Glory to God

The angels understood the birth of Jesus was God’s promise to give us the Messiah fulfilled. And they knew one day this tiny baby would die on a cross to save us from our sins.

Praising and glorifying God was a natural extension of recognizing His amazing gift to mankind.

The day we understand Jesus died for us personally and decide to accept Him as our Savior is cause for a huge celebration!

And the Bible tells us the angels are in heaven celebrating the victory of Jesus every time someone is saved.

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

                                              Luke 15:10

As Christians, December 25th is the day we celebrate this change in our lives. It’s more than a tradition and it’s bigger than the holiday season.

Instead, it’s about remembering what Jesus did for us when He came to earth that day. And giving Glory to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15

Because as the popular Christmas quote goes… Jesus is the reason for the season!

Together, let’s give glory to God and worship Him just like the angels.

 

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Have Peace on Earth

The angels celebrated the gift of Jesus knowing with Him we have peace on earth from the Prince of Peace Himself.

In the Bible Verse from Isaiah 9, we learn this wonderful name of Jesus…

And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.

                                              Isaiah 9:6-7

The baby born to save us is a prince unlike any other. Jesus is the Prince of Peace sent to give us peace on earth.

The Christmas season is busy and a little hectic. There’s so much to do in a short amount of time. And peace may be the last thing on our shopping list.

But Jesus gives us peace. Real peace that stays with us year-round. He alone is our source of peace. And the One we can turn to when life seems anything but peaceful.

In Him, we have true and lasting peace.

And the Peace of Christ is a gift for us to share during this holiday season.

So, let’s have peace in our hearts and pass it around along with that cute Christmas cookie platter we all adore.

 

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Show Goodwill to Men

And lastly, the angels knew God’s goodwill would be received by those of us who believe in His Son.

Jesus is the gateway to the Father. And He opened the gate to eternal life when He was born here on earth.

Jesus is the Way, the Only Way to heaven. Through faith in Him, we receive the goodwill of God, the free gift of grace, and eternity with Him in heaven.

Here’s how Jesus described it…

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

                                                    John 14:6

The angels sang the praise of Jesus, the Way to everlasting life because they knew the enormity of this great gift.

This truth is the reason we celebrate the birth of Christ each December. Without the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, we wouldn’t have a Way to eternal life.

And it all started with the first breath of baby Jesus.

So, let’s show God’s goodwill to men by sharing our faith in God’s Son this Christmas.

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The Real Reason We Celebrate Christmas

The love of God for mankind and the love of Jesus to sacrifice Himself is the real reason we celebrate Christmas. The gift of saving grace they give to us is the greatest we’ll ever receive.

How many people are there in our lives who need to unwrap this gift?

While you’re wrapping those Christmas presents, I encourage you to think of those on your list. And to reflect with me on the angel’s joy and excitement over our greatest gift, Jesus.

And I pray these 3 Exciting Reasons to Celebrate Christmas inspire you to share your faith this holiday season.

May the excitement of the season fill your heart this Christmas and always!

Merry Christmas!

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Bible Verses about Winter that will Set your Soul on Fire!

Bible Verses about Winter that will Set your Soul on Fire

What does the Bible say about Winter?

 

Winter is a God given time of rest. A chance to hit pause and reflect on what He is doing in our lives. Because no matter what the season is, God still has a lot to say to us. In these Bible Verses about Winter that will Set Your Soul on Fire, we can read what the Ancient of Days is up to while the weather outside is a mix of rain, ice, and snow. Together, let’s allow His Word to warm our hearts and light ablaze within us.

Beautiful Winter Scriptures

 

Even the coldest Winter Bible verses are a beautiful reminder of God’s grace in our lives. His hand set the borders of the earth in their place and created a seasonal winter wonderland for our benefit. Giving us confidence that God is in control no matter what season of our lives we’re in.

You have set all the borders of the earth;
You have made summer and winter.

                                  Psalm 74:17 NKJV

 

For behold, the winter is past,
The rain is over and gone.
                                       

                                 Song of Solomon 2:11

 

Out of the south comes the storm,
And out of the north the cold.
From the breath of God ice is made,
And the expanse of the waters is frozen.

                                 Job 37:9-10

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While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

                                Genesis 8:22 KJV

 

It will be a unique day—a day known only to the Lord—with no distinction between day and night. When evening comes, there will be light.

On that day living water will flow out from Jerusalem, half of it east to the Dead Sea and half of it west to the Mediterranean Sea, in summer and in winter.

                                 Zechariah 14:7-8 NIV

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Bible Verses about Winter or Snow

Winter is a time to recognize God’s hand in our lives. Just as each snowflake is a unique creation, God made us a unique creation, created in Christ Jesus, for His glory. These snow Bible verses show us a glimpse of God’s glory and the salvation we have in Jesus.

For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’
And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’
He seals the hand of every man,
That all men may know His work.

                                  Job 37:6-7

 

For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,
And do not return there,
But water the earth,
And make it bring forth and bud,
That it may give seed to the sower
And bread to the eater,
So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth;
It shall not return to Me void,
But it shall accomplish what I please,
And it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.                              

                                   Isaiah 55:10-11

 

He spreads the snow like wool
and scatters the frost like ashes.
 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
Who can withstand his icy blast?
He sends his word and melts them;
he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.

                                 Psalm 147:16-18

 

Praise the Lord from the earth,
Sea monsters and all deeps;
 Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

                                Psalm 148:7-8

 

“Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the Lord,
“Though your sins are as scarlet,
They will be as white as snow;
Though they are red like crimson,
They will be like wool.

                                Isaiah 1:18

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She is not afraid of the snow for her household,
For all her household are clothed with scarlet.

                               Proverbs 31:21

 

“I watched till thrones were put in place,
And the Ancient of Days was seated;
His garment was white as snow,
And the hair of His head was like pure wool.
His throne was a fiery flame,
Its wheels a burning fire;

                                 Daniel 7:9

 

and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; 

                                 Revelation 1:13-14

 

And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat on it. His countenance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.

 But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified.  He is not here; for He is risen, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.

                                 Matthew 28:2-6

 

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These are just a few of the many encouraging Bible Verses about Winter that will set your soul on fire! I pray you will seek out more of them and most of all be transformed by the renewing of your mind (Romans 12:2) during this brief pause in nature.

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Festive Bible Verses for Christmas

Festive Bible Verses for Christmas

Are you wondering… What is a good Bible Verse for Christmas? These Festive Bible Verses for Christmas are the perfect way to remember Jesus is the reason for the season!

And I’m so excited for the holiday season ahead! Because the countdown to Christmas is on! And the excitement of the season is just getting started!

This past weekend my family got our festive on!

We put the Christmas tree up and decorated it with happy wishes for a bright and light holiday. There are even a couple of presents wrapped in festive red and green underneath it already.

The nativity has been lovingly arranged in its place of honor, our buffet table.

The ceramic snowmen from my childhood have found their way to the side tabletops.

The candy canes and chocolate fudge are waiting to be gobbled up.

And Christmas cards are calling my name.

Yes, we are ready and well prepared for the festivities.

But before it all begins, let’s reflect on the most essential part of Christmas…

The Messiah, the Chosen One, the Savior of our souls, Jesus.

In this short devotional, we’ll read some Festive Bible Verses for Christmas. Each one fills my heart with the true meaning of the season, and I pray they will do the same for you.

Plus, they make a beautiful addition for cards. Just choose your favorite Bible Verse for Christmas cards and include their inspiring message along with your heartfelt greetings.

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The Christmas Story in the Bible

The birth of Jesus in the Bible is the greatest story ever told! And each year we celebrate this joyous event.

The cute ceramic nativity we set out on our tables represents that story. The story that changed history forever!

The shepherds who came to worship. The wise men who came bearing gifts. The angel announcing the birth of the Savior. The holy family, Mary and Joseph. And most importantly, the Messiah Himself, the baby Jesus wrapped in swaddling clothes and sleeping in the hay.

They all remind us of the Christmas story and the importance it has in our lives every day of the year.

So, let’s read these Christmas story Bible verses and answer the question… What verse is the Christmas story in the Bible?

 

 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.

                                                     Matthew 1:18

 

But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 

                                                    Matthew 1:20 NKJV

 

She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.

                                                Matthew 1:21 NIV

 

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

                                                   Luke 2:7 KJV

 

For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

                                                   Luke 2:11

 

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!

                                                 Luke 2:13-14

 

When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

                                                Luke 2:15-16 NIV

 

 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

                                                Matthew 2:9-10 KJV

 

And Joseph and His mother marveled at those things which were spoken of Him.

                                                Luke 2:33 NKJV

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Old Testament Bible Verses about Jesus’ Birth

These encouraging Christmas scriptures are awe-inspiring!

So many years before Christ would come, God gave us a promise of a Savior. To see that promise in black and white should bring tears to our eyes and thankfulness to our hearts every time we read them. Because without this amazing promise, there wouldn’t be a reason to celebrate this glorious season.

But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
From everlasting.

                                                   Micah 5:2

 

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

                                             Isaiah 9:6 NKJV

 

Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom,
To order it and establish it with judgment and justice
From that time forward, even forever.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.

                                             Isaiah 9:7 NKJV

 

Therefore God, Your God has anointed You with the oil of gladness more than Your companions.

                                              Psalm 45:7

 

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.

                                             Zechariah 9:9

 

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.

                                             Isaiah 7:14

 

 

Bible Verses about the Meaning of Christmas

The most precious promise made to us in the Old Testament became the most wonderful Christmas gift we will ever receive. This precious gift came silently on a dark night, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.

What an amazing gift to see the Old Testament promise of the Messiah fulfilled in these scriptures!

Not because He said He would come, but because He came to save us and give us a new life in Him.

This is the true meaning of Christmas. Praise Jesus, the greatest Christmas present on our wish list!

 

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!

                                                    2 Corinthians 9:15

 

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 KJV

 

Him God has exalted to His right hand to be Prince and Savior, to give repentance to Israel and forgiveness of sins.

                                                     Acts 5:31

 

Likewise, I say to you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.

                                                   Luke 15:10

 

I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

                                               John 14:6

 

For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.

                                               Luke 19:10

 

For in Him all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form.

                                             Colossians 2:9

 

Did you find some Christmas verses that inspired you for the coming holiday season?

I’m praying the very best Merry Christmas wishes to you and yours this holiday season! And I hope one of these Festive Bible Verses for Christmas showed you the true meaning of Christmas and this joyous holiday!

Please let me know which scripture is your favorite in the comments. I’d love to read your thoughts and stories about what Christmas means to you. And I promise I’ll answer back.

Until next time, Merry Christmas! And let the festivities begin!

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Benefits of Winter – Psalm 74:17

Benefits of Winter Psalm 74:17 devotional

Why did God create Winter?

In this Psalm 74:17 devotional, we’ll answer this question and discover the Benefits of Winter, our God-given time of rest.

The dark days of winter are here. The beauty of the fall leaves is over, and the barren trees are all that is left behind.

I’ve been watching the coverage of the snowstorms on the news and my heart goes out to everyone who is struggling through yet another winter storm.

Although we haven’t had the extreme weather here in Arkansas others are experiencing, I know how difficult it can be.

Some of the hard ice storms we’ve endured in the past are still fresh in my memory.

A few years ago, my mom was fighting cancer and we had to get her to St. Louis for an important treatment.

But the problem was we were in the middle of one of the worst ice storms in recent history. My dad, brother, and I spent most of the day shoveling snow, putting towels and kitty litter under the tires trying desperately to get the car uncovered and unstuck so we could leave before the next wave of snow came down. It was exhausting!

During these times it’s easy to forget the reason why God made winter.

When we’re shoveling snow, driving to work on sheets of ice, or battling a cold or the flu, the benefits of winter can get lost in the struggle just to get through it.

But God did create this season and He had a reason for it.

What is the biblical meaning of Winter?

Let’s read this Bible verse from Psalm 74 and find the biblical meaning of this glorious winter season!

You have set all the borders of the earth;

You have made summer and winter.

                                         Psalm 74:17 NKJV

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In the beginning, God established the borders and limits of nature for our benefit. He made a beautiful creation for us to live on when He created the earth.

And it is not a coincidence that He created the four seasons. Because each season has a purpose in maintaining our environment. And winter is an important part of God’s plan to preserve the earth for our use.

This verse from Psalm 74, describes this plan perfectly and shows us God’s sovereignty over all of creation.

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Benefits of Winter for Nature

 

Even though we may not see it while we’re shoving snow from the sidewalk or scraping ice off of our windshield, God’s blessings pour down on us during this critical time in nature.

And each of the things listed in this Bible verse from Isaiah 55, bless us in ways we can only see once winter has ended.

 

For as the rain comes down, and the snow from heaven,

And do not return there,

But water the earth,

And make it bring forth and bud,

That it may give seed to the sower

And bread to the eater.

                                          Isaiah 55:10 NKJV

 

Just as our bodies need rest, so does the earth.

God, in His infinite wisdom, has given us and all of nature this time to rest and prepare for the coming spring.

The falling snow replenishes our water supply and keeps the trees alive during this dormant time. The frost protects the soil and keeps the seeds preserved for springtime planting.

Some of the animals are hibernating, while others have migrated to warmer climates. Giving them a time to rest and recuperate from the long summer months.

In truth, I’m hibernating a little bit this year too. I’m recovering from an injury and falling on the slippery ice is not my idea of a good time. So, I’ll use this cold snap to rest my body and refresh my spirit as I look forward to the coming spring.

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Spiritual Benefits of Cold Weather

This scripture from Isaiah 55 also has a bigger meaning we should address. Following these words about the Winter season the prophet wrote this…

It is the same with my word.
I send it out, and it always produces fruit.
It will accomplish all I want it to,
and it will prosper everywhere I send it.

                                    Isaiah 55:11 NLT

 

Just as the barren trees will once again produce fruit, the Word of God will prosper and never return void.

As we look at the benefits of winter, this is an important lesson for us.

Because the spiritual benefits of cold weather far outweigh anything going on in nature.

Building upon our faith by reading the Bible and praying should always be our priority. And winter, our God-given time of rest, is the perfect time to reconnect with God’s Word and store it in our hearts!

So, I plan to spend a great deal of my time this Winter reading the Bible and preparing my heart for the spiritual springtime ahead. My hope and prayer are that you will do the same.

May you be blessed by the truth of God’s Word and see the Benefits of Winter in your life today!

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 New Year, New You -2 Corinthians 5:17

New Year, New You 2 Corinthians 5:17

It’s time to turn the page and embrace a New Year and a New You. For most of us, that means making new resolutions to accomplish all of the things we’ve planned and dreamed about all year long.

Now that the Thanksgiving pie and Christmas cookies are gone, many of us will resolve to lose weight. We’ll spend lots of money on gym memberships or workout equipment in the hope of shedding those extra pounds.

Some of us got caught up in the grind at work and now we want to improve our relationships with the people in our lives. So we’ll resolve to carve out more time for those we love.

And maybe some of us will take up a new hobby or plan next summer’s vacation.

But no matter what your resolutions are, they all have something in common. We want to do something new. We want to feel the excitement of the road less traveled and have a renewed hope for a better future to come. These resolutions represent a transformation we want to take place in our lives.

But if we have accepted Jesus as our Savior, then an amazing transformation has already taken place.

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.
                                                                                                  2 Corinthians 5:17

Because we are in Christ, He has made us new. He has cleansed us of our past transgressions, changed us from within, and transformed us into the very likeness of Himself.

He’s given us the ability to let go of the past and move forward into that better future we hoped for. Because of this amazing transformation, we no longer have to think about all of the wrongs we’ve done, the things we wish we had done, or compare ourselves to the people around us. We are a new creation, a spiritual creation. Now we can see the world through spiritual eyes.

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Where will the new year take us? I pray we’ll see through our spiritual eyes the future God has in store for us, and grow closer to Him than ever before!

As you’re making your resolutions this year and striving to maintain them, I encourage you to think about the things you can do to improve your spiritual life as well as those that will improve your personal life.

So, I’ll leave you with this verse we all know so well and the one I will be thinking about this New Year…

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
                                                                                                     Jeremiah 29:11

Happy New Year and God bless!

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