Tuesday’s Torch 514
December 11, 2018
Christmas is fast approaching. While there is a great excitement and plenty of joy to be found, there is also a lot of stress, anxiety, and headaches. I’m going to focus this message on a great example of God’s love for us. Years ago in a time where passions were high, stress was elevated, political turmoil, religious uncertainty, God proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that He cares for us and will provide that which we need. Of course, I speak of His Son. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
He sent Him to us in the most humble of circumstances, to a lovely young woman named Mary with a righteous man named Joseph being willing to help raise the Son of God.
Christ was born in a manger for there was no room at any of the inns. We have all heard the story of how the King of Kings was born, and how he grew in wisdom and knowledge throughout his youth and into adulthood. He lived a perfect life to be the ultimate lamb without blemish, to take upon himself our sins and all the heartache and pains caused by them, and to give his life willingly to pay that price that we could not pay for ourselves.
God can provide for us the blessings that we sometimes don’t even know that we need. As we live righteously no matter what circumstances we find ourselves in, we prove to God that we are willing to allow His will to control our lives. So often blessings are tied to our obedience. Plenty have experienced the blessings that come from paying a tithe, or seeing that holding firm to keeping the commandments have blessed lives considerably.
So as we look at the upcoming Christmas holiday, remember to stay true to who you are. If you find yourself in a difficult place, God can get you through it. If you have no hope or faith, turn to Christ. He will not turn you away even if all you can do is want to believe. That is enough to begin to develop a relationship with the Savior. He is the greatest gift this world has ever and will ever receive.
May God bless each of you that receives these words. I pray that you can feel of the love descending from Heaven the way that I can. I would not be here if not for the truthfulness of the Gospel which I profess and preach. I know that God lives and loves us. I know that Jesus is the Christ. I know that He lived, died and came back from the grave for each and every one of us individually and as a whole. I know this as clearly as I know my own name. And I share these words in the name of Him we celebrate, even Jesus Christ, Amen.
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