GOD WITH US-EMMANUEL
We are very grateful to our God for coming down to the world He created to demonstrate what REAL LOVE is. Love is practical and needs to be seen. We have seen how many lives have been transformed by accepting the Savior into their lives. I am one of those who have been transformed by the Love of Jesus. I did not understand what it means to really be a follower of Christ before. I was born into a Christian home, baptized on the eight day according to Catholic Rites, and grew in church but did not really understand what it really meant. I was very sinful, will take my mother’s money to take care of myself, and would defend myself with the reason that she was supposed to take care of me and she did not. I would go to confession to ask for forgiveness even though I was not sincere. I would do it again. If God were to punish me immediately without giving me a chance, I would not be alive today. This was just one of the several sins I committed while I was growing up. I had so many other sins that were too numerous to mention but would simply place me on the platform of the most sinful person. But thanks be to God for His mercies over me. The Grace of God upon me is without measure. I am grateful that God came down to this earth to save sinners.
What about you? Have you been living a sinless life? Well I congratulate you and please keep it up. But what I was made to understand from the Scriptures is that “All have sinned and come short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). Psalm 14:1-3 says “The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God. They are corrupt. They have done abominable works. There is none who does good. The Lord looks down from heaven upon the children of men. To see if there are any who understand, who seek God. They have all turned aside. They have together become corrupt. There is none who does good, No mot one.” From these Scriptures, it is certain that I was not the only one in this predicament that the serpent plunged us into. Therefore it is only God who could save us and wash us clean.. I would want to reiterate the song that says “Once I was blind, Now I can see” as an evidence of blindness when I was in sin. I was in total darkness, and I was going from one sin to another because of my blindness. But now that the Lord opened my eyes to appreciate the work He did on my behalf, I kept on wondering what really led me into all the wrong things I did. I just know that it is only the Lord that can open our eyes to really understand that the path of sin is slippery and it continues on and on and on until a Savior comes along. That is why I am glad that God is with us. He is still the same unchanging God who rescued the people of old, and He is still doing it in this generation. He did it for me and He will do it for you. All you have to do is to come to Him and ask for pardon, and ask for the cleansing by His blood, and ask Him to reside in you, and he will do exactly that. If you have any child that is disobedient, take his matter to Jesus, continue to pray for him, and the Lord that delivered me will deliver him.
His invitation is still as fresh as if it was spoken yesterday, and He says, “Come now, and let us reason together, says the Lord, though your sins are like scarlet , they shall be as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, they shall be as white as wool.” (Isaiah 1:16-18). God is with us and is waiting for you to come to Him with all your heart and soul and mind. He will open you to His way and you will never remain the same again. Make year 2019 your year of moving closer to God and putting all your Trust in Him, and he will enable you and empower you to walk in righteousness. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. God be with you all.