24 Jesus replied, “Are you not in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God? 25 When the dead rise, they will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. 26 Now about the dead rising—have you not read in the Book of Moses, in the account of the burning bush, how God said to him, ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? 27 He is not the God of the dead, but of the living. You are badly mistaken!”
15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. 17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
18 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
That power is the same as the mighty strength 20 he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to come. 22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.
22 The Lord said to Moses, 23 “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
24 “‘“The Lord bless you
and keep you;
25 the Lord make his face shine on you
and be gracious to you;
26 the Lord turn his face toward you
and give you peace.”’
27 “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
How will we receive Christmas Blessings?
“And when all these things come upon you, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before you, and you call them to mind among all the nations where the Lord your God has driven you, 2 and return to the Lord your God, you and your children, and obey his voice in all that I command you today, with all your heart and with all your soul, 3 then the Lord your God will restore your fortunes and have mercy on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the Lord your God has scattered you. 4 If your outcasts are in the uttermost parts of heaven, from there the Lord your God will gather you, and from there he will take you. 5 And the Lord your God will bring you into the land that your fathers possessed, that you may possess it. And he will make you more prosperous and numerous than your fathers. 6 And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your offspring, so that you will love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live. 7 And the Lord your God will put all these curses on your foes and enemies who persecuted you. 8 And you shall again obey the voice of the Lord and keep all his commandments that I command you today.
9 The Lord your God will make you abundantly prosperous in all the work of your hand, in the fruit of your womb and in the fruit of your cattle and in the fruit of your ground. For the Lord will again take delight in prospering you, as he took delight in your fathers, 10 when you obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep his commandments and his statutes that are written in this Book of the Law, when you turn to the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
11 “For this commandment that I command you today is not too hard for you, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that you should say, ‘Who will ascend to heaven for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will go over the sea for us and bring it to us, that we may hear it and do it?’ 14 But the word is very near you. It is in your mouth and in your heart, so that you can do it.
15 “See, I have set before you today life and good, death and evil.
If you obey the commandments of the Lord your God that I command you today, by loving the Lord your God, by walking in his ways, and by keeping his commandments and his statutes and his rules,then you shall live and multiply, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land that you are entering to take possession of it. 17 But if your heart turns away, and you will not hear, but are drawn away to worship other gods and serve them, 18 I declare to you today, that you shall surely perish. You shall not live long in the land that you are going over the Jordan to enter and possess. 19 I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse.
Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live,
loving the Lord your God,
obeying his voice and holding fast to him,
for he is your life and length of days,
that you may dwell in the land that the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.”
Christmas Blessings are obtained by giving. It's true. Mankind unite - give Christmas Gifts. Without giving, Christmas is not much fun. Are Christmas gifts presents?
How will we have Christmas Joy? Being a Blessing.
The Power of God.The glorious Father, giving us the Spirit of wisdom and revelation - He is God of the Living.
He is enlightening us in order to know the hope to which He has called you. God has placed all things under His feet. His incomparably great power for us who believe.
How to obtain His blessing - bless those who allow mercy to be sown. Keep praying for all you know to be kept in this blessing. The Lord's Face shines on mercy bestowed and graciousness. The Lord turns His face to those who give earnest peace.
Jesus said a Neighbor is Merciful.
Jesus gave us examples of the way of Peace. He didn't choose to be born into apparent riches. He chose to be born to merciful Joseph. Jesus chose to be born to Joseph who would go out of his way for his family to have peace. Jesus chose to be born to Mary who said "God's Will be done." Mary said she would take the life God gave her and do her best. Jesus chose to be born to a woman willing to go with her husband a long way for an obligation in difficult circumstances. Jesus chose to born into a family that pulled together and the Gospels report them, twice, as seamless as the robe Jesus wore. Someone made that beautiful and seamless robe for Jesus.
Jesus chose Brothers who made mistakes and bothered Him. Jesus sometimes told His Brothers to wait and sit outside. Jesus knew something about His Brothers and He expected their best to shine forth in time.
What Jesus didn't fuss about:
Jesus didn't fuss when Nicodemus came to see Him out of the spotlight. Jesus was a bit tart. Jesus didn't lavish compliments on a truth seeker who came at his own convenience. Jesus didn't spend his days angling for a place in God's Temple. Jesus did spend time in prayer looking at the Temple and in conversation with His Father. Jesus knew the Essenes had left declaring the Holy Spirit was missing from the Temple - Herod was choosing the priests. Yet, Jesus entered the Temple at the very least 26 times. Jesus taught where people of God worshiped His Father. Jesus loved what His Father loved.
Jesus was teaching His beloved - God dwells within. Jesus told His disciples of a new Church. Where people worship in truth. This begins within us, earnestly, living with Father God dwelling in our souls.
Jesus didn't spend His Glory on arriving back at the Temple to make any late declarations.
Jesus spent time with the Narrow Path people who had really loved Him. Jesus appeared to more and more people as they earnestly wanted to see Him. God is about Loving His Beloved. Let's be one of that number.
And Jesus left no doubt as to where He was going. Father God blessed all of those Jesus forgave with forgiveness. Peace arrived. The Brothers of Jesus wrote of Love. The disciples of God wrote of Love. Blessings arrived. Love earnestly. Love genuinely. Be patient. Love again.
Father God, let us follow the riches Jesus chose. Let us take the life You have willed for us and be filled with Love for You and Your blessings. We will pray earnestly each day for the ones You have given us. We will love and trust in You, Jesus. To Your Glory and Will be done. Renew, refresh and encourage our souls in Your Overwhelming Love again Father God.
I have Joy, joy, joy, joy - down in my heart to stay. Thank God. Amen.
♔ Lord Jesus Saves †