Daily Devotional 12-22-14

THERE SHALL COME FORTH A ROD FROM THE STEM OF
JESSE,* AND A BRANCH SHALL GROW OUT OF HIS ROOTS.
THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD SHALL REST UPON HIM, THE
SPIRIT OF WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING, THE SPIRIT OF
COUNSEL AND MIGHT, THE SPIRIT OF KNOWLEDGE AND
OF THE FEAR OF THE LORD.
( ISAIAH 11:1-2 *NKJV )
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*Jesse was the father of King David }

THEREFORE THE LORD HIMSELF WILL GIVE YOU A SIGN:
BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL CONCEIVE AN BEAR A SON,
AND SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL.  ( ISAIAH 7:14 ) 

Note: the name “Immanuel,” In Hebrew means “God With Us.”

Friend, these were the words of the Prophet Isaiah,
predicting the Birth of Jesus Christ approximately 700
years before He was Born!  These verses are just two of
many verses that spoke of Christ’s Birth in the Old Testament.
These prophesies, of course, were fulfilled with the Birth of
our Savior.

The Apostle Paul, speaking of Christ’s Birth wrote,
WHICH HE PROMISED BEFORE THROUGH HIS PROPHETS
IN THE HOLY SCRIPTURES, CONCERNING HIS SON JESUS
CHRIST OUR LORD, WHO WAS BORN OF THE SEED OF
DAVID ACCORDING TO THE FLESH, AND DECLARED TO BE
THE SON OF GOD WITH POWER ACCORDING TO THE SPIRIT
OF HOLINESS, BY THE RESURRECTION FROM THE DEAD.
( ROMANS 1:2-4 )

So Friend, try not to get caught up in the hustle,
and bustle of the season, which is easy to do with Santa
Claus, Christmas Trees, and Presents.  Always keep in
mind that Christmas really stands for the Birth of our Lord
and Savior Jesus Christ and His great gifts to us, including
the Forgiveness of our sins and Eternal Life as well.  Amen.

Now Friend, I would like to wish you a Very Merry
Christmas, and A Wonderful New Year!  May all of your
hopes and dreams come true in the coming year!

All My Christmas Cheer,
Pastor Allen

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