Call It What It Is

We get in trouble every time we make excuses for our behavior.

Everytime we try to rationalize away our sin.

Sometimes we do or say something wrong and then we try to make it ok by blaming someone else or telling ourselves everyone does the same thing so it’s not so bad.

“They started it.”

“I’m not as bad as ……………” (fill in the blank).

Isaiah speaks to this sin of rationalization in his 5th chapter:June 23 2016 call it what it is

“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil,

who put darkness for light and light for darkness.”

Rationalizing does not help us be better people.  The first step of turning away from sin is to see it for what it is.

Recognize the truth.

Be able to identify the truth and admit when we have not done the right thing.

No excuses.

No blame pointed at others.

When we are able to consistently call light ‘light’ and darkness ‘darkness’, we are letting the truth of God transform us.

This is the road of faith that God has called each of us to walk here on earth.  And God never leaves us on this road alone.  He walks beside us – guiding us and loving us.

Thank you, Abba Father.

Great Joy!

The angels had such good news to tell the world on the night Baby Jesus was born!

They told the shepherds to not be afraid – their news as going to create great joy for all people.Oct 20 2015 great joy

Great Joy!

For all people!

For all time!

The shepherds found Baby Jesus in the stable right where the angels said he would be.  And they praised God!

Simeon realized that his wait for a Messiah was over when he saw the Baby Jesus in the temple.  And he praised God!

Anna also recognized the Baby Jesus as the one who would redeem Jerusalem.  And she praised God!

We have great joy today because the Baby Jesus was born!

The Messiah!

He came to save all of us from our sin!

He brought peace into our world of chaos and anger.

He brought grace so he could replace our guilt and shame with his love.

He brought wholeness for our broken and empty souls.

He brought light into our dark and lost lives!

Today we join with the shepherds and Simeon and Anna in praising God for sending his son for us!

Thank you, Abba Father, for such Great Joy!