But for the next six weeks, while you’re decking halls, shopping, baking, shopping, caroling, tree-trimming, shopping some more and getting more and more frazzled…take time to concentrate on the “Reason for the Season” and glean some much needed encouragement from Scripture.
Take a pre-Christmas journey with me through the New Testament.
It is Written
Matthew 5:13. “It is written” – I am the salt of the earth.
Matthew 5:14. “It is written” – I am the light of the world.
Matthew 21: 21-22. “It is written” – if I have faith and do not doubt I will not only wilt the fig as He did but I will also say to this mountain that is in my life: be removed and be cast into the sea, and it will be done, and whatever things I ask in prayer, believing, I will receive.
Mark 11:23-24. “It is written” – when I speak according to the word and will of God, Heaven responds.
Mark 16:15. “It is written” – I am to go into all the world and preach the gospel.
Luke 11:9-10. “It is written” – that whatever I ask it will be given to me, that whatever I seek I will find, that whenever I knock on the door it will be opened to me.
John 1:12. “It is written” – since I have received Him into my heart He has given me the right to become a child of God.
John 2:9,10,23. “It is written” – Signs and Miracles are to point to Christ so people will believe.
John 3:16. “It is written” – that He loves me so much that He gave His Son, Jesus Christ, to die as a sacrifice for all my sins so that I could live with Him for eternity.
John 3:18. “It is written” – if I believe in Him I am not condemned.
John 3:21. “It is written” – when I do what His truth says and come to Him who is light then I will escape darkness and condemnation.
John 3:36. “It is written” – I have eternal life.
John 4:50-53. “It is written” – when I believe, trust and obey Jesus’ word I will have what I ask for.
John 5:24. “It is written” – I have passed from death into life.
John 6:29. “It is written” – the work of God is that I believe on Jesus Christ, whom He sent.
John 6:46-51. “It is written” – Jesus is of God and has seen God and if I believe in Jesus I have everlasting life; He is the bread of life, He is “out of” heaven and has come to earth to deliver me from eternal death. He is the living bread – the One who gives life to me forever, and He gave His flesh on the cross for the life of the world.
John 7:38. “It is written” – out of my innermost being flows rivers of living water.
John 8:31-32. “It is written” – if I truly believe in Him and continue in His Word then I will know the truth and the truth will set me free.
John 9:7. “It is written” – if I will obey, I will receive.
John 14:12-14. “It is written” – that the works that Jesus did I will do also, and even greater works, because Jesus has gone to the Father and sent His Holy Spirit.
John 14:12-14. “It is written” – that if I ask anything in the name of Jesus that will bring glory to the Father, Jesus will do it.
John 14:12-14. “It is written” – Jesus wants me to do what He did and He has equipped me with his Holy Spirit to do just that.
John 14:20. “It is written” – I am in Christ, and Christ is in me.
John 14:23. “It is written” – if I love Him and keep His words then God will love me and the Father and Son in the Holy Spirit will dwell, remain and habitate with me.
John 14:27. “It is written” – I have peace in Christ.
John 15:9. “It is written” – I am loved by Jesus.
John 15:16. “It is written” – I am chosen and ordained by Jesus to go forth and to bear fruit – fruit that will last.
John 16:27. “It is written” – I am loved by the Father.
John 17:9. “It is written” – I belong to God, I am His.
John 17:13. “It is written” – I have the full joy of Jesus.
John 17:15. “It is written” – I am protected from the evil one.
John 17:18. “It is written” – I have been sent into the world.
John 17:22. “It is written” – I have God’s glory.
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