A True Christmas Story — a guest blog
It has taken me a lifetime to finally be broken and humbled to the fact that I am not the author of my life story. I am not the one who controls all life circumstances. In my shame and insecurity I had used the defense “I can just handle things my way, especially with all my tools of coping mechanisms in my toolbox.” After forty years of acknowledging God as truth, I still thought I had to do my part … still wanting to be in control.
This past summer on retreat and refuge far from stalking, God accomplished the healing process. Moreover, He displayed Himself to me as my Refuge and my Strong Tower. Faith is a gift. God’s grace alone, through God’s Word alone. But God can use the sins done to us and our own sins to bring us to conviction, to repentance and salvation. He is the author and finisher of our faith. We have been bought with a price — the blood sacrifice of Jesus, who died on the cross and rose from the dead and He will return. He drank the cup of wrath for us. We are sinners and dead to our sins, we could never earn salvation.
I am so thankful especially as a new born again Christian that Jesus came as a baby to save those who believe in Him. No more going through the priests or stinky goat and bull sacrifices, but He is our sacrifice. “It is finished.” (John 19:30)
We have a Redeemer who is everlasting love. God Most High, Holy God, Almighty King.
Celebrate Jesus’ birth and His plan for our lives. To God be the glory, GREAT things He has done.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
In His love, Joanne
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