Blessed is the manwho walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners,nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord,and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a treeplanted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season,and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. Psalm 1:1-3
6 Thus says the Lord, the King of Israeland his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last;besides me there is no god. 7 Who is like me? Let him proclaim it.Let him declare and set it before me, since I appointed an ancient people.Let them declare what is to come, and what will happen. 8 Fear not, nor be afraid; have I not told you from of old and declared it? And you are my witnesses! Is there a God besides me? There is no Rock; I know not any.” Isaiah 44:6-8
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. Isaiah 9:6
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus. Romans 5:1
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
18 I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this scroll: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to that person the plagues described in this scroll.19 And if anyone takes words away from this scroll of prophecy, God will take away from that person any share in the tree of life and in the Holy City, which are described in this scroll.
20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.
21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with God’s people. Amen. Revelation 22:17-21
Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit.19 And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.20 But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:
23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel”
(which means, God with us).24 When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife,25 but knew her not until she had given birth to a son. And he called his name Jesus. Matthew 1:18-25
8 Good and upright is the Lord; therefore He instructs sinners in the way. 9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble His way. 10 All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness,for those who keep His covenant and His testimonies. Psalm 25:8-10
And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory,
glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14
Blessings today! It is Wisdom Wednesday and our focus today is on Jesus, the Word made flesh who is the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth! I am so very thankful for the babe in the manger who is the Lamb of God! Not as many images today as a couple images are longer. I pray you will find a blessing here as you worship the King of kings and the Lord of lords in this Advent season!
17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. Hebrews 11:17-19
Abraham’s faith is our example once again in regards to Isaac. How do we respond when God asks for more than we think we can give. We respond by faith. Just think, Isaac was the reward of Abraham’s faith and now God has asked for Isaac.
It is a blessed life lesson for us because this thing called life always requires faith. How do we survive the hard times, the seasons that just rip our hearts to pieces. We walk by faith and not sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Where does that faith come from? The quick principle is you must spend faith to get faith. Abraham received the promise of a great nation, that in fact, all nations would be blessed through his seed. Now God has asked for his son, Isaac. It has been said that Ishamel was Abraham’s son of passion and Isaac was the son of God’s promise. God has asked Abraham to sacrifice the son of promise. If Isaac dies, it seems the fulfillment of God’s promise goes with him. Does Abraham have faith in his account (heart) to trust God even when he doesn’t understand. The Lord puts Abraham to the test.
22 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about.4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance.5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together,7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son,17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies,18 and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.”
By faith, by faith, by faith. Selah. God just made a major deposit into the bank of Abraham’s faith. All praise to the God who is, was, and forever shall be. Without faith it is impossible to please Him (Hebrews 11:6).
Let us come into His presence with thanksgiving. Let us make a joyful noise to Him with songs of praise. Psalm 95:2
It is Wisdom Wednesday and I am so blessed to be a child of the Most High God! Tomorrow our country will celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving. We know as children of God that every day is a day of thanksgiving. This doesn’t mean that we should ignore this holiday but rather use it for the glory of God and for the blessing and benefit of others. There will many opportunities to walk like Enoch and Abel…by faith, as we seek God for the courage to tell the story, His story in our many encounters with our families, neighbors, co-workers. I challenge every believer in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior to take a few days off from politics, proving points, and disagreements. Someone is in need of an encounter with Jesus, may our hearts be like Enoch’s dedicated, devoted, and pleasing to God so His Spirit can flow through us as instruments of righteousness that encourage such encounters, sweet aromas of Christ, and lights on display for His glory! May we be expressions of His love, grace, mercy, compassion, and Word as we offer thanks and gratitude to the True and Living God. May the Scriptures and images below help prepare our hearts! Blessings today and Happy, Joyous, Spirit-filled Thanksgiving!