Honey Flow – UpWord by Ellen G. White – New Year Resolution

This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Philippians 3:13-15.

Yesterday was Christmas. Did you do as the Wise Men did by offering your gifts to Jesus? Or has the enemy changed the order of things, and directed the worship to himself? The gifts are now bestowed upon friends instead of Him who has made so great a sacrifice for us. All the gifts should flow in another channel, where they could be used in the salvation of men.

The new year is just before us. Shall not the gifts be turned to a better account than heretofore? Shall not confession be made and shall we not avail ourselves of the blood of Christ, who is able and willing to cleanse from all sin? For our sakes Christ became poor.

In the last great day we shall be judged in accordance with what we have done. Christ will say, “I was an hungred, and ye gave me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me no drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me not in: naked, and ye clothed me not: sick, and in prison, and ye visited me not. Then shall they also answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, or athirst, or a stranger, or naked, or sick, or in prison, and did not minister unto thee?” (Matthew 25:42-44). Christ will then say, “Inasmuch as ye did it not to one of the least of these, ye did it not to me” (Verse 45). And Christ will say, “Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” (Verse 41).

Christ came and set the example in sacrificing, and if we are Christ’s, then we will do the works of Christ. Instead of pleasing ourselves, we will be seeking to do others good, and to impart benefits to suffering humanity. And unless this is done, we cannot expect to have a part with Christ.

There are souls to be saved all around us, and each has a work to do to be reconciled to Christ. This is the work to take hold of in the new year. We are living for time and eternity, and we want the light to flash upon our pathway and in return we want to extend its blessings to others….

Let each strive to have a better record for the coming year, and live so near to God that you may be surrounded with the atmosphere of heaven, and thus be a representative of Christ.—Manuscript 60, December 26, 1886, a sermon preached in the Tramelan, Switzerland, town hall, John Vuilleumier translating.

Honey Dips – The Best Gift

No matter how many ideal gifts we purchase during the season for our loved ones, no earthly gift can compare to the gift that God gave the entire human race, over 2000 years ago.

God sent His only Son to come to this earth to die that we unfaithful humans might have a chance to live with hope. Perfection, Jesus, came into our world to give us, corrupted humans, divine help. Jesus gave up His royalty and glory in Heaven for woe and misery on this earth to reach out to us as humans. By becoming man, God demonstrated that humans matter and His love is not too deep, good or perfect to offer to us.

I’m thankful that God sent us a gift even before we could truly appreciate the gift and today, out of all the grand, exotic gifts we can purchase for ourselves and receive, that gift is still the best gift given to humanity.

This Christmas take some time to offer thanks to God for sending Christ to this earth, for choosing a humble virgin like Mary, for fulfilling the promise He made since the beginning of time and for being faithful and loving enough to offer us the gift of love daily.

Don’t allow indifference like that exhibited by the Pharisees when Jesus was born to be your response to Jesus this Christmas. Don’t allow Jesus to get lost in the busyness or under the Christmas tree or in the meals we consume. Accept His birth. Celebrate His life. Relinquish the throne of your heart to Him. Give Him your heart and best that you own, like the three wise men. Acknowledge Him as your King. Make Him your Savior. Celebrate His priestly role on your behalf in Heaven.

This Christmas the best gift you can give yourself is a recommitted relationship with Christ. That relationship will bring peace, joy and love into your life like nothing else on this earth. This Christmas the best gift you can give your loved ones is love. That love can transform, heal and change even the most wretched of humans. This Christmas, as you unwrap your gifts, remember the best gift given to Humanity – Jesus!

“Noel, Noel, Noel, Noel”

– Dee

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