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Jesus Can Be Trusted

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“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound..”  
(Isaiah 61:1, AMP)
Because of the hurt I’ve experienced during my childhood years, I had (and still do have) some trust issues. I have some reservations when it comes to allowing someone into my circle, my space. In certain relationships, I only trust that person so far. I guess you can say that it is not really a relationship. But I don’t allow myself to openly give all my trust away because, eventually, that person will misuse it. Well, that’s what I believed.

You know the saying, “I’ll give you just enough rope to hang yourself” or “Give em time because eventually she or he will mess up.” Well, that was my mantra when it came to relationships and friendships. And it seemed those statements were proven true 80-90% of the time. Soon, when that person had enough rope, her/his character and actions would confirm that they were indeed untrustworthy. On the other hand, there were times when I didn’t see that person’s deceitfulness. Those times when I did let my guard down, I ended up slowly but surely being misled. Of course, after that happens, another wall was built to replace the broken one, but this time more fortified and stronger than before.

But even though I had some trust issues, and even though I had this fortified wall erected to protect my heart from the outside world, there was someone who would break down those barriers. I found someone whose love would penetrate right through my stoned wall. His love kept coming back, and keeps coming back. I found someone who would love away the fear of being hurt, the fear of being misused and rejected. His love would totally heal the scars and open wounds brought on by past hurts. I found someone who I could truly trust. One who would keep His Word and wouldn’t be fickle or wishy washy. I found someone whose Word was trustworthy and His love was gentle and patient with me.

Bit by bit, brick by brick, layer upon layer, my Savior gently pulled down my wall. He knocked down those insecurities and fear. He showed me that I can believe in Him, trust in His friendship, and trust in His love. Jesus assured me that He was dependable and would never hurt me, but would always love me in spite of the many mistakes that I’d make. He would love me for me, not for what I did, not for who I was nor what I had, but love me for me. Beautiful!

For to you is born this day in the town of David a Savior
Who is Christ (the Messiah) the Lord!” (Luke 2:11, AMP)

Jesus showed the world what real love is by coming as a baby and living a perfect life. He gave His perfect life to a messed up and imperfect world. His love heals the broken heart, the fragile heart, and the wounded soul. His love sets captives free and breaks down walls.

Do you have some reservations about relationships? Some uncertainties and insecurities? Some fears about what tomorrow may bring?  Well, you and I can have confidence in the Savior. Jesus can be trusted, and we can be certain that we’re protected and loved by Him.

My sister, tis the season to receive the love and protection that only our Heavenly Father gives through His Son, Jesus Christ. But this love isn’t just for the season, it’s for a lifetime!
May your holidays be filled with Christ’s magnificent and amazing love!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
During your Quiet Time, MEDITATE on God’s Word. WATCH to today’s music video. Allow these things to encourage you to walking in freedom!
 
LET’S WALK IN FREEDOM TOGETHER & IMPACT THE WORLD!

Rhovonda L. Brown is speaker and author of two bestsellers, Walking in Freedom!: A Thirty-Day Devotional Journey for Women and At Least Say, “Thank You!”: An 8-Day Devotional Plan for a Grateful Heart. 

Copyright ©2010-2016. Rhovonda L. Brown. All Rights Reserved.

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Time of Gladness

Christmas is only a few days away. Have you completed your shopping? Well, I haven’t begun and it’s not a surprise to me. When I’m not careful by not allowing my mind to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas, I’ll quickly be drawn into the secular attitude of this amazing Holy-day. The stress, irritability, rushing, shopping, creating a financial strain, and not focusing on the true purpose for Christmas will suck the joy right out of me. (It has in the past.) For the past few years Christmas has not been a holiday I favored. Can you believe that? A Christian not enjoying Christmas? Yes, I was that Christian, when I allow the world’s mindset of Christmas to distract me. I stress out about finding (and buying) that perfect gift. I spend what I don’t have on stuff that will eventually lose its value and sentiment after the holidays are over.

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Instead of allowing the spotlight to be on the real gift, which is Jesus, I get caught up in purchasing gifts that will never ever compare or measure up to my Savior. Yes, I would allow the pressure of getting and giving to pull the joy, laughter, and peace right out of my heart.

So, what does Christmas mean to you? To the Believer, Christmas signifies victory over every situation. Christmas is a joyous and wonderful time to rejoice and give glory to God for what He has done. It represents redemption to the loss, liberation to the captives and prisoners of sin, and freedom to the oppressed. Christmas means God has kept His promise of giving us a Savior, and it brings good news to all. And the birth of the Savior provided a bridge to take us on a new journey, a new path, and give us a new life.

“The Spirit of the LORD is upon me, for he has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the LORD’s favor has come. ” (‭Luke‬ ‭4‬:‭18-19‬ NLT)

Not only is Christmas a time of gladness, but on the other hand, Christmas brought judgment, and condemnation to Satan. The birth of Jesus gave Satan his notice, sealing his fate. On Christmas Day, the prophecy in Genesis was fulfilled. Satan would be crushed.

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (‭Genesis‬ ‭3‬:‭15‬ NIV)

That first Christmas was a big slap in Satan’s face reminding him that his time was running out. No longer could his slick words and slithering advances be the web that traps us. We have been given the power through Jesus Christ to not adhere to his lies nor fall for his wicked plots to twist up scripture (Luke 4:1-13). The first Christmas initiated such a beautiful time to reflect, with a grateful heart, the incredible gift of salvation God gave us by way of a innocent babe in a manger (Luke 2). Tis the season to be jolly! Why? For unto us a child is born. Unto us a Son is given (Is. 9:6). We have peace on earth because Emmanuel has come (Is. 7:14).

For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (‭Isaiah‬ ‭9‬:‭6‬ NLT)

My sister, I want to be filled with so much of the Savior’s love and joy (not only this season but every day) that it spills over and causes a lost soul to want to know the true reason we celebrate Christmas. May all of us be awestruck by the joy, peace, grace, and favor God has given to all through the brilliant gift and sacrifice of our sweet Savior, Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas, my sister!

But the angel said to them, “Don’t be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people: Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David. (Luke 2:10-11, HCSB)

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ENCOURAGING YOU TO WALK IN FREEDOM!
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