Today’s Devotional – December 24th (The Greatest Gift!)

By admin On December 23rd, 2013

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“Complete List of Daily Devotionals”

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Today’s Devotional – December 24th

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THE GREATEST GIFT

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“According to my (Paul’s) earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:20, 21

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Paul the Apostle – Artist – Valentin de Boulogne or Nicolas Tournier – circa 1500s – Wikipedia – public domain

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A gift can come in many forms. There are many gifts a Christian can give to the world.

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Perhaps to stop and give money to someone holding a sign asking for help. Maybe that would be the greatest gift.

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Or giving a basket of food to someone who is hungry. Could that be the greatest gift?

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Or what about visiting someone who is sick or incarcerated?

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Or maybe to give clothes to some overseas mission?

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Or toys to needy children at Christmas?

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Or hand-out tracts or talking to people regarding Salvation?

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How about just being nice and friendly, and even being lovable to everyone? That too, is also a gift one could give to the world!

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Ah, but there is a much greater gift than all these!

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THE MOST PRECIOUS GIFThttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gifts_xmas.jpg

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Yes, there are many, many types of gifts a Christian can give to the world. And of course, this website highly encourages the above list of varieties of gift-giving, too!

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But there is a gift far more precious that you and I can give to this needy world: more precious than even verbally telling them about Jesus!

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But what gift could that possibly be?

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Gifts_xmas wikimedia GNU License, Version 1.2

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THE GREATEST GIFT

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Well, the answer to our puzzle is simply this: the greatest gift a Christian can give to a needy world is a purified heart and a life transformed into the imhttp://pt.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ficheiro:Transfiguration_bloch.jpgage of Christ.

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Oh yes, the world has heard about Christ! They’ve been told! They’ve listened to a multitude of empty words!

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But what the world needs now; what they really, really need, is to actually see Jesus!

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Oh no, not literally! But they need to see Him as He lives out His holy life through His believing, trusting Followers.

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Transfiguration – Bloch – Wikimedia Commons – US Public-Domain

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A LIVING EPISTLE, “KNOWN AND READ OF ALL”

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Oh yes, this is possible!

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Because with hearts purified and filled with the words of Christ, we will then become transformed into a Living Epistle, “known and read of all” 2nd Corinthians 3:2.

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Imagine that! An epistle, known and read of all mankind! This is the big missing piece to the great puzzle, known as the Gospel of Jesus Christ!

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Listen… “He that saith he abides in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.” 1st John 2:6.

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To walk, even as Jesus walked! What a tremendous witness that would be!

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Prayer – USMC – Wikimedia – US Govt. Public Domain

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THE WORLD WANTS TO SEE JESUS!!!

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Yes, unfortunately, the Church has not yet given birth to Christ within our hearts!

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Listen…“We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.” Isaiah 26:18

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This verse is especially for these last days, and speaks to the Church, even to us, His Elect. Satan has diverted us from our great commission to bring forth Christ in our hearts.

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And because of this, the world is disinterested in our hollow and empty sermons! They want to SEE Christ in us, not just hear about Him. We need to prove to the world that there is Power from on high! A Power to overcome!

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People on Times Square – Wikimedia Commons – Share-Alike License

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POWER INCOMPREHENSIBLE!

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Oh, you don’t believe that such a thing is possible?

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Well, just listen to Paul’s declaration… “Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us,” Ephesians 3:20.

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So it says here that God is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the Power that works in us! Incredible!

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So then, with such a Power working in us, there will no longer be any need for hand-out tracts or television or Internet ministries, such as this one! God’s faithful ones will shine as the Sun in its brightness, to a sin-darkened world. And we are now just before the dawning of that very Day!

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“Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.” Matthew 13:43

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Transfiguration bloch wikimedia commons US-public-domain

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TODAY’S PRAYER…

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“Dear Lord, Give me the desire and strength to fully engage in the work of purifying my heart and life, so that the world can see, not me, but Jesus…

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “Parable of the Sheep & Goats: The Greatest Gift”

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TODAY’S FEATURED HEAVENLY SIGN

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7 STARS IMITATE CROSS OF ORION

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This phenomenon begins in October, in the pre-dawn hours. It then begins a little earlier each night.

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The Cross of Orion Constellation star-chartThis Wikipedia star-chart to the left, has this Orion Constellation sketched in. You must locate Orion, when it is mid-sky, between east and west. You’ll be facing southward most likely, unless you are far south. Try to imagine it as a Cross on a steep hill. The 3-star belt of Orion becomes the crest of the hill. The 3 very faint stars that make up Orion’s head become the very top of the Cross.

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Next, locate the 7 Stars Constellation. This 7 Stars Constellation is seen by facing northward. It stands upright a little later in the night. Eventually, Orion will lay down and no longer be seen as an uplifted Cross! Beginning in November, the 7 Stars (AKA Big Dipper) can be seen as a Cross a little bit later in evening.

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When you are comfortable in locating Orion & The 7 Stars Constellations, then show a friend. This can be a great witnessing tool!

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READ MORE…

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To explore deeper into this subject, please read… “’7 Stars’ Imitate ‘The Cross of Orion’”

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TOMORROW:

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December 25 (True Meaning of Mary’s Travail)

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