My gift to you is: Acceptance
From Luke 1:9 - According to the custom of the priestly office, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense.
I have chosen you. Mary and Joseph did not know what would transpire for them and yet the story unfolded right on time, according to my plan, because I had chosen them. What makes following me different from other religions of man is this; following me is a gift life. My best things are gifted to you simply because you are loved, you are chosen, and you have accepted my invitation.
Zacharias was serving in the temple and then he was chosen, accidentally it would seem, by the casting of lots, to go into the Holy of Holies and encounter the angel. My child, he was no more chosen than you are. While you were yet a sinner, before you even understood the gift of God, I died for you. While you were yet clueless, the Holy Spirit began to lead you into my presence because I have chosen you and what I have chosen cannot be stolen.
Zacharias and Elizabeth, who birthed John the forerunner of the Messiah, could not see they would become my followers through their relationship with their own son. Just the same, even though you may not be able to see it right now, you are walking in great divine favor, into a story of providence where you are highly favored. You have been chosen. You are on God’s path and nothing can stop my story from continuing to unfold in your life. You are much loved and highly favored because I have chosen you.
What divine encounter led you to accept Jesus showing God’s providential favor over you?
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An excerpt from "The Twenty Five Gifts of Christmas;
25 Daily Conversations with Jesus"
A daily devotional for December 1st through the 25th
These twenty five daily devotionals are written in first person from Jesus to you revealing twenty five gifts coming from His heart to your heart this Christmas season.
This devotional comes with a companion book: “Twelve Miracles of Christmas”. As a gift for becoming a Member of the Grace Becomes You community, we have included a download of the "Twelve Miracles of Christmas" book here. On December 25th, at the end of the series, we will make available to you all of the gifts in e-book form as well as the “Twelve Miracles of Christmas”.
The Christmas season is so busy with holiday activities on top of regular jobs, family and household duties. It is so easy for the real reason for the season to get lost in the frenzy. If your devotional life takes a dive during the holidays, fret not! Jesus has a personal word for you that will make this Christmas season spiritually vibrant.
These daily, three minute devotional readings are based on the events that took place in the lives of people around Jesus at the time of His conception and birth; Mary, Joseph, Zacharias and Elizabeth. Through these simple readings, new light springs forth from common words revealing powerful truths that will release the power of Jesus’ birth into your family, business, and your whole life all year long.
Never has one event had so much impact on the nature of man and the course of human events, from individual lives to whole of societal structures. Never has one event rewritten the lives and times of so many people on our planet. Are there personal truths just for you, hidden in these familiar passages, that could release the same earth shaking, life changing power of Jesus’ birth into your life? I believe the answer is a resounding "YES"!
Each of these twenty five personal messages reveals twenty five “gifts” Jesus is giving you. Each message is from a verse and the word that stood out to me as I prayed for you, which I have highlighted in bold. In just a few minutes a day for the next twenty five days, you can receive His gifts and release the power of Christmas to live a new, Holy Spirit powered life all year long.
Come now on a personal journey with just you and Jesus. Discover new intimacy with Him in these twenty five daily conversations leading up to Christmas. Each one is written in first person tense, as a personal message to you from Jesus. If seen with the eye of the heart, and acted upon, the twenty five gifts will release His power into your life.