The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…
"The Manger's Promise"
Christmas Day 2018
The birth of the Lord Jesus Christ shines as a beacon through the ages, heralding a promise fulfilled.
"Paul, a servant of Jesus Christ, called to be an apostle, separated unto the gospel of God, which He had promised afore by His prophets in the holy Scriptures, concerning His Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was made of the seed of David according to the flesh" (Romans 1:1-3).
God keeps His promises. Every pledge of His Word has either been fulfilled, or it will. He cannot lie. His faithfulness "reacheth unto the clouds." All His promises in Christ are assured. No one has ever trusted in the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and been disappointed for doing so. And no one ever will (Matthew 5:18; Titus 1:2; Psalm 36:5; I Peter 2:6).
Someone exists who can be trusted "with all thine heart" (Proverbs 3:5). Only perfect faithfulness elicits such confidence. The Baby conceived in the womb of Mary and born in the manger of Bethlehem revealed the trustworthiness of God. At the greatest cost to Himself, He kept His promise by delivering His beloved Son to a race of sinful human beings who would nail Him to a cross of sorrow, pain, forsakenness, and death. Indeed, no fulfilled promise more confirms that our Heavenly Father can be trusted than the birth of the Lord Jesus. Thus, when pondering Christmas, we do well to take spiritual inventory by seeking God's searching of our hearts:
"Heavenly Father, is there anything about which I am not trusting You? Any promise of Your Word I am failing to believe? Any matter about which I do not know Your peace because I am not prayerfully and thankfully approaching the Throne of grace? If so, I trust You to lead me to the altar of truth, repentance, faith, and the affirmation that You are true and Your Word is truth."
A promise fulfilled. This Day declares it, as does every day. May its holy Light shine brightly within our hearts, and then through us as a beacon leading others to rejoice in the manger's promise that no one has ever trusted in the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ and been disappointed for doing so. And no one ever will.
"All the promises of God in Him are yea, and in Him amen unto the glory of God by us."
(II Corinthians 1:20)
Weekly Memory Verse
Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.