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  • Old Testament Prophecies That Prophecy About the Birth of Christ.

    #prophecies #prophets #GodHadAPlan #ToRedeemHumanity

    We have become so intertwined with the culture of religious traditions” that we have forgotten that we serve a risen Savior, we are children of the Most, high and that He defines who and what we worship and not the culture! This devotional provides us with the history of the prophecies that pertain to the birth and coming of Our Lord. It also talks about why He came to earth. Not to fill the pockets of merchants, but to save humanity from their sins.

    (Unless otherwise cited all scriptural references in this devotional are from the New International version of the Bible found on Biblegateway.com).

    What We Know

    We know that Jesus’:

    • Cultural and religious background is Jewish. He is a direct descent of Abraham. See Luke 1 in the NT.  When the Lord spoke to Abraham in Genesis 22:18 he told him that “and through your offspring, all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.’ we are told that through Abraham’s offspring “all nations on earth will be blessed.”  Jesus Fulfilled that promise. He is the only descendant of Abraham through whom all nations in the entire earth can be blessed.
    • Great, great…… grandfather was JacobNumbers 24:17 identifies Jesus as a star and scepter “I see him, but not now; behold him, but not near. a star will come out of Jacob; a scepter will rise out of Israel. He will crush the foreheads of Moab, the skulls of all the people of Sheth.
    • Kingly line stems from Jesse and the “man after God’s own heart” King David. Isaiah. Isaiah 11:1 and Acts 13:22: A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots, a Branch will bear fruit.Be mindful that Isaiah is prophesying about a “king” after the time of the capture of Jerusalem by the Assyrians. Some of his prophecies about the Messiah include the following.
    • Isaiah 7:14Isaiah foreshadowed the virgin birth of Jesus
    • Isaiah 9:6-7 There would be a son called God  
    • Isaiah 11:1-10 All nations would seek the counsel of Jesse’s descendant (Jesus).  Verse 10: “In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious.”
    • Isaiah 7:14 shows us that He was born from a virgin: “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.”

    Jeremiah Prophecied About the Birth of the King

    Jeremiah, the “lamenting prophet,” also proclaimed Jesus’ lineage.  Jeremiah 23:5-6 The days are coming,” declares the Lordwhen I will raise up for David a righteous Branch, a King who will reign wisely and do what is just and right in the land. In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will live in safety. This is the name by which he will be called: The Lord Our Righteous Savior..” 

    Samuel Prophecies About the Birth of the King

    Samuel tells David what will happen to his lineage after he dies.  2 Samuel 7:12-13When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever..”

    Michah Names Bethlehem as the Birthplace of The Messiah

    Micah 5:2  identified the town and the clan from which Jesus would be born ““But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans[ of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel,
    whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”.

    The Witnesses

    Psalm 72:9-10:May the desert tribes [the shepherds?] bow before him and his enemies lick the dust.  May the kings of Tarshish and of distant shores bring tribute to him. May the kings of Sheba and Seba present him gifts [The Kings with the gifts?].”

    The Slaughter

    Herod attempted to wipe out his perceived rival, Jesus, because the Magi did not return to tell him where the Messiah lived. There is a specific prophecy in Jeremiah 31:15 that speaks to Herod’s behavior. “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.” The prophecy is realized in Matthew 2:16-18 When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:  “A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.”

    Hosea Prophesied About the Flight To Egypt

    God warned Joseph, in a dream; to take Jesus to Egypt, the family stayed there until Herod died. Hosea prophesied about this flight to Egypt in Hosea 11:1“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.

    Numerous religions in the world refuse to accept the fact that Jesus Christ is the Messiah. The loss of His Kingship over their lives is a belief system that prevents them from being safe. What does that mean? In Jesus’s own words! John 14:6 ESV Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” It is not our intention to condemn anyone. It is our responsibility to proclaim the Messiah and His saving grace to people all over the world!

  • The Agape FLC Food Pantry Is Open Today

    #FoodInsecurity #HelpingHands #CupofColdWater The Food Pantry is open today to meet the needs of Jasper County Residents. Come to the table of provision and see what the Lord has in store for you and yours.Agape Family Life Center DirectionsAddress5855 S Okatie Hwy, Hardeeville, SC 29927 |

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  • Forget not his benefits.

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    At this time of the year, we seem to forget why Christ came. He came so that all of humanity could become “children of God!” He is the only door to God.  Not any other person or religious leader can bring you to the throne of grace. Grace is huge. It is a benefit of knowing Jesus that we can only receive from Jesus. He is the portal to the Kingdom of Heaven. The door to eternal life.

    Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. I am the door: by me, if any man enters in, he shall be saved and shall go in and out, and find pasture. The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I have come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:7, 9-10 KJV, slightly paraphrased.

     

  • He came to show us his ❤️

    God knows that our hearts are searching for something and someone special.  He also knows that when we really understand his love that our lives will be totally transformed because we have found that someone special.

  • Psalm 73 (KJV): Go on Glory in your wickedness, It will not last forever! God is…

    Psalm 73 Chapter 73 (KJV)

    Context.

    The psalmist writes a lamentation about the age-old struggle that humanity faces. Why do the wicked become more affluent, and the innocent experience injustice and suffering? There is a strong correlation between this psalm and the books of Proverbs and Job.  It would be appropriate to name this a wisdom psalm/poem. It may seem as if the wicked has no end and that their wickedness will last forever. Just remember what happened to Job.

    God is good.

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    The psalmist struggled with the concept of God’s goodness when he started this verse. He speaks about his steps, almost slipped. David was at a point in his life where he might have doubted God’s goodness to him.

    For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. 10 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them. 11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? 12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

    The psalmist seethes at the prosperous living of the ungodly, the foolish, and the appearance of their never-ending strength. The wicked know about God’s existence, but because their evil deeds are not punished immediately, they think that they know more than God. They even question his veracity. “ They set their mouth against the heavens and their tongue walketh through the earth. –  And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High?” (Verses 9 & 11). He states that they have no worries. Scriptures speak about what will happen to God’s Children.

    Mark 13:13 “And ye shall be hated of all [men] for my name’s sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” Ephesians 3:20 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”

    God’s children will receive blessings. We will not receive them all in the flesh. (Prov. 3:9– 10; 8:18– 19; 10:4– 5; 14:24)

    My life is meaningless?

    13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. 14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

    On the other hand, the children of God appear to be suffering. Their innocence is a plague to them, and they are the whipping posts of the wicked, is it worth it. 

    The wicked’s final destiny

    15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. 16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. 18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. 19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. 20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

    Wickedness will last for a season, but joy comes to the people of God. We do not experience this joy sitting on the outside of his sanctuary and whining about what the evil has and or what they are doing. We do experience it in his presence. In his temple and with his people. Eccl. 7:15– 18 explains the state of all people. Although the Old Testament does not clearly delineate what happens to people after they have died, Daniel 12:1-3  (KJV) gives us some insight as to what will happen.

    1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever.

    It is a living hope.

    Am I a dumb beast?

    21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. 22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.

    The psalmist remembers the sentiments encased in Prov. 11:4, 18; 13:11 and considers his words. Before he developed an intimate relationship with God, he was lost and was as the wicked. However, now that he has maintained a personal relationship with YHWH, he knows that his previous statements about the strength and greatness of the evil and the abasement of the righteousness were just foolish. He seems to be comparing himself to Job 42:3, “Who is he that hideth counsel without knowledge? therefore have I uttered that I understood not; things too wonderful for me, which I knew not.”

    You are always with me – My God! – My Destiny

    23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. 24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 

    Now the psalmist remembers God’s promises to his people. He acknowledges the source of his strength. He remembers the sweet relationship that he has with his God and that when he thinks of him, his heart receives power.

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    Comparing those who are far from you with those who are near!

    27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.

    I put my trust in the Lord, not just to feel safe, but to also tell the world what a great thing it is to be loved by GOD.

    Prayer: Lord, you are always present in the lives of your children. We may see our circumstances as overwhelming, but they are just a tiny dot in the middle of a vast ocean.

  • Giving Tuesday: Support the forgotten.

    This ministry survives on the donations from others. Mental health and the need to support persons who need guidance and encouragement is needed today more than ever before. We are also looking to support the visually impaired in a rural town where there are no services for them at all.  Please donate to help us administer services and provide support to individuals who are among the “forgotten.” Use the donate link below to support; Food insecurity initiatives, and providing services and resources to the visually impaired.

    Donate to this Ministry

  • It’s Family Reunion Time Family of God – He came to Save us and make us one!

    #Familyof God #Rejoice #WorshipTheKingOfKings

    Read the real story for the season, and why rejoice together every Sunday.

    We have no rights to this song or video. Come and sit with us at FREEDOM LIFE CHURCH

    It is Sunday morning and millions of God’s people all over the world are getting ready for their weekly family reunion. It is better to spend one day in His house than life elsewhere. Enjoy your time of worship and fellowship and remember that reaching out to the unsaved is important too.

     

    Love each other with the same type of everlasting love that Jesus has for us! Tomorrow is not promised!
  • Turmoil, war, sickness, troubles—we each have our share. Russian and English Versions

    #SharingTheStory #TheGospel #Jesus #NoMoreWar

    Turmoil, war, sickness, troubles—we each have our share. Why is that? ENGLISH

    Потрясения, войны, болезни, беды — достаётся каждому из нас. Но почему? Russian
    Watch the story to the very end there is a special invitation waiting for you there. Смотрите историю до самого конца, там вас ждет специальное приглашение.
    Smotrite istoriyu do samogo kontsa, tam vas zhdet spetsial'noye priglasheniye.
  • If you’ve ever wondered why life is so hard..English and Russian.

    #TheStory #Hope #Jesus #TheGospel

    If you’ve ever wondered why life is so hard, watch this incredible short film. Click here for the English Version

    Если вы когда-либо задумывались о том, почему жить так тяжело, посмотрите этот потрясающий короткий фильм. Russian Version.

    Watch the story to the very end there is a special invitation waiting for you there. Смотрите историю до самого конца, там вас ждет специальное приглашение. Smotrite istoriyu do samogo kontsa, tam vas zhdet spetsial’noye priglasheniye.

  • If you’re not sure what’s to come after you die, watch this incredible short film. English and Russian

    #TheGospel #TheStory #JesusSaveEternally

    •  If you’re not sure what’s to come after you die, watch this incredible short film.ENGLISH

    Если вы когда-либо задумывались о том, почему жить так тяжело, посмотрите этот потрясающий короткий фильм. Russian Version

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