Gifts of Christmas: Gift No. 13 ~ Right Standing
My gift to you is: Right Standing
From Matthew 1:19 - And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.
Come my beloved and open a gift from your groom. It is the gift of right standing before me. You do not have to earn my love. You do not have to earn my presence. You do not have to earn my acceptance. You do not have to earn my forgiveness. I have already given you all of these gifts. You have only to accept them. They are unconditional. There is nothing you can do to add anything to my work I completed on the cross. It is whole, complete, eternal. Nothing can stop it or break it or keep it from you. No matter how bad you think you are, none of your sin is greater than my power to forgive. You are forgiven whether you want to be or not. It is a gift. If you reject the gift, that does not mean you are not forgiven. It only means that you will continue to walk in guilt, fear, and condemnation. I am angry only about how these emotions hurt you.
You cannot change me. You can only change your position before me and I am here to help you even with that. Right standing with me is a gift. With Right Standing comes another gift for you, healing for the trauma that has kept you distant from me. I am not an earthly man. What anyone has done to you on earth is not what your Father in heaven would do to you. I show only tenderness, kindness, gentleness, love, acceptance, forgiveness, and patience. Anything else that has come outside those boundaries did not come from me! I have come to heal you so that you can be in Right Standing with Me.
Come close to me and see that I am all things good. I am here to heal, to make a way for you, and to be close to you. You will never be rejected. It is the place and work of the enemy to keep you away from me. Reject him and accept me. This year, I will pour many gifts of healing and restoration upon you and you will feel my love and acceptance. Come into my arms, my child, and find rest.
What trauma has life brought that the Holy Spirit can heal this year?
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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.