Quote (Prayer)

“Do you wonder why God does not answer your prayers?And do you want God to answer your prayer? It is simple. You can get God to answer every single prayer you pray. The secret is to do what God asks you to do, and God will do what you ask him to do.” (Romilia quote)

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Which is the best prayer?

Do you know which is the best way to pray?

If I asked you, “which is the best prayer?” ,

I wonder what you would say. I have an answer for you; an answer that not many will think about.

The best prayer is not shouting at the top of your voice or talking to God for long.

The best prayer is obedience to God. Obey God’s command and you please God as never before.

God will do for you more than you could ever imagine.

Prayer is good. But it is not just talking to God. It is also listening to God, not just for listening sake, but to hear what He wants you to do and do it.

The Warning Signs

I approached the corner of a gorgeous, stately community. A large sign didn’t show which direction to proceed, and its definition confused me. Marveled by the message, I wondered if God was trying to tell me something. Dare I make a wrong turn because some things seem so inviting yet sin lies just around the corner?

God makes it abundantly clear we need to listen to His messages, but sometimes our spirit disagrees with the subconscious mind. Second thoughts might lend themselves to be valid than reality. God didn’t really place the sign but whoever did, might be sent by Him. Sitting with my foot on the brake and profusely sweating, how do I know for sure if it’s His warning sign?

John 8:47

“Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.”

In an instant, my car rumbled to a halt. Was it trying to tell me something? My mind went in reverse as God made His presence known. I cried out for Him to save me before I traveled further down the wrong road. I’m confident He saved me from a horrible error.

Can you imagine the magnitude of our mistakes if we did not have a close relationship with the Lord? We live in a world filled with signs, some good and some bad. The sole way to distinguish the best ones is to have a heart committed to understanding His words. This requires a heart fully surrendering to Him and plenty of prayers. In our moment of silence, God will relay His guiding words.

I started the engine again and regained my composure. The car behind me honked his horn, so I made a U-turn. I smiled at the driver and politely acknowledged I was in the wrong with a hand signal. God also knew where I might be if I not heeded the warning sign.

It’s a safe bet to acknowledge God tries to save all His children who hang on the brink of self-destruction. His voice speaks to us through the Bible, a friend, and yes, even a sign now and then. But don’t be tempted to look for a quick answer to the warning signs. God may not be finished revealing a situation to you. It is all in His perfect timing.

It is important to understand the Bible has many stories of people doing exactly what God wanted them to do, yet they still suffered hard times, persecution and even death. After all, His idea of success will not be your own, and sometimes there will be plenty of pain to endure along the road. Even in the darkest highways of life, we still need to stick to His plans. This is obedience to His word!

Not sure of your directional heading? Then turn to God who needs to be your driver. Follow the biblical legend, Jesus Christ, for the only way to get to heaven is with an invitation from Him. I pray every day the heavens gleaming light will radiate in your heart. The passion from heaven will transform you making life’s little temptations so much easier for you to handle. Learn to read the warning signs. Christ is here to help you if you let Him….. just don’t obey the warning signs of your subconscious mind.

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The Most Holy Dynasty: A Prelude to Christ

Welcome back to the final part of a three-part Special Edition of Everything Christmas Blogs. If you missed the first two parts of this special story, you may want to read them first by clicking on the following links:

www.danabicksauthor.com/blog/a-real-father-christmas

www.danabicksauthor.com/blog/the-humble-mother-of-a-christmas-savior

As Christians, it is important to know about Jesus and His family. Today, we will discover, as written in the Bible, the enthralling nativity story and birth of Jesus. Though some information is minimal, try to use your imagination, along with the details and facts to substantiate the most holy dynasty. It is truly a moving story!

I’ll never forget hearing these words from a “Christian” radio announcer who interviewed me, “So what if  Jesus was born by a virgin? Why is that important?” What a question for a true Christian to ask for God prophesied His son’s birth! Matthew 1:22-23 is definite proof Jesus is the Messiah and born of the Virgin Mary!

This was just one of many prophecies God gave us in the Old Testament. He wanted believers to know, beyond any doubt, who the real Messiah was when His son’s miraculous birth occurred on that wondrous night. In the biblical days of Joseph and Mary, everyone knew of God’s predictions. The wandering eyes of many who lived in Bethlehem and Nazareth waited for the great announcement. But, who would be the newborn King’s mother and father? Unbeknownst, it was a very young woman, a virgin, and she resided amongst them! 

You must understand how God performs miracles. He uses individuals and situations least suspected by others. Here, Mary was betrothed to Joseph, not yet wed, so she became the least dubious choice. Pregnant women in those times were married, not single, for they would have been stoned to death. It could place no worse of a stigma on Jews than to be born out of wedlock, so a virgin was necessary to carry out God’s goal. Shrouding Mary’s conception of the Messiah in mystery was of the utmost importance. Joseph had difficulty understanding her circumstance until a visiting angel described God’s plan. Divine intervention was the only way people would see this birth as God’s miracle and proof of His existence. Joseph’s testimony would help convince others along with one other woman…

Mary Visits Relatives

After Mary’s immaculate conception, she visited her cousin to share her pregnancy news. As God’s plans are always well thought out, He performed another miracle, but for a special reason. Elizabeth and her husband, Zechariah, were expecting their first baby, a boy, in three months. This elderly couple could not conceive so God blessed them with an infant who would one day become His ordained messenger. The angel, Gabriel, told Zechariah their son, John the Baptist, would soon introduce Jesus, as the Messiah.

Once again, God would use Elizabeth and Zechariah to prove He was the Almighty Savior of life on earth.

What Will Joseph Do Now?

After Joseph learned of Mary’s impending birth, he was very tormented and shocked. But, God sent an angel (unnamed in the Bible) to him to clarify the self-fulfilling prophecy. 

To protect Mary’s safety and obey God’s command, Joseph lovingly married her. He moved her into his home in Nazareth to prepare for her childbirth. But, several months later, Augustus Caesar organized a compulsory census and general taxation in Judea. For those who didn’t want to lose their property and possessions, it was imperative every citizen (which included Nazareth and Bethlehem) appear in person to register. There was much chatter a Savior was soon be delivered, and speculation arose. Some believed Caesar contrived the census so he might determine who was pregnant. He also instructed the Three Wise Men to search for the child who claimed to be the Messiah.


Augustus Caesar Census

Joseph worried about the health and welfare of Mary should they embark on the long trip (approximately eighty miles) to Bethlehem. But, since they were both descendants of King David, it was mandatory they make the trudge, cautiously south. I’m sure they faced many perils because of Mary’s limitations of being nine months pregnant. It does not indicate in the bible what mode of transportation they used, but Joseph was not a poor man. Therefore, a donkey may have been used to give her a some comfort.

The Journey to Bethlehem

They may have only voyaged ten miles a day, realistically, over the mountains and Judean desert. They probably also traveled with trade caravans as protection from bandits. The freezing weather was an obstacle too. Snow and rain would have drenched their long wool robes and socks. I cannot imagine such a horrific trip! But, God protected their every move for this was His ultimate plan.

As Joseph and Mary entered Bethlehem, it surprised them how many people were in the area. Maybe they were in Bethlehem for the census as well or because of the season of the year. So, Joseph walked from inn to inn trying to finding a warm, protected space for Mary. He finally convinced someone to allow them to stay on their property but, it was an area where animals slept and ate from troughs. Making the best of a bad situation, Joseph made Mary a bed of straw, and she rested in the old, run-down structure. You see, God felt it was important for Jesus to be born in the most humbling of circumstances. It would be less conspicuous to authorities because they wouldn’t suspect a Messiah to be born in a stable. This was a private time and not one to share with strangers.

It does not describe Mary’s birthing of Jesus in scriptures but allow me to reveal some interesting facts about childbirth in biblical days. Men were not allowed in a room when a woman was having a baby. Undernormal circumstances, village women stayed for the entire birth, and they announced the arrival of a newborn after the mother was comfortable. If no one were present for a delivery, it raised many suspicions. So, my curiosity peaks as to perhaps there were other people with Mary during the birth of Jesus. It’s hard to say, but it’s a fascinating thought.

The Importance of a Virgin Birth

So, let’s return to the significance of our Lord being born to a virgin. God created Adam and Eve sinless. They were to be the beginning of His perfect world. However, upon eating the forbidden fruit, sin stayed forever in the veins of mankind. As the centuries passed, God’s attempt to prove to the world He was the ruler of humanity failed many times. His greatest miracle and the only way to convince others of His existence, was to anoint a virgin woman to bear His Son. She would be fully dedicated to God. Jesus was born to replace Satan’s ruling on earth. For Him to be born without original sin and stay sinless, He could not inherit sin through man’s seed of sexual contact. It needed to be an immaculate conception.

Jesus is truly divine. He is the third part of the Holy Trinity who humbled Himself to become a poor man, born in the worst of conditions, to erase sin from this world. Yet today, mankind continues to devalue His words and even His existence. Is it any wonder God will not let humankind enter His gates of heaven except through His Son, Jesus Christ?

As Christians, this season is the time to celebrate God’s entrance into the world as a man. He is our forgiving and Almighty Savior. He wants us to have an everlasting life with Him by merely accepting Jesus into your life. We have but one chance to make this decision. Will it be yours or will you remain where evil lurks?

What can Joseph and Mary’s story teach us today? FAITH and OBEDIENCE! Amide fear and perils we each face in life, it is critical we carry our faith in Jesus Christ. He will guide us down a path designed perfectly for you. Sometimes it may not make sense, but allow Him to open doors. His ways always go beyond man’s comprehension, challenging both us and society, but you will not regret being obedient to His word.

May your Christmas be filled with the spirit and miracles of our Lord!

Thank you friends and followers for allowing us to share this special family’s story with you this week. The regular “Everything Christmas Blogs” will continue on Tuesday, December 11th. Hope to see you then!

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Give the gift of something special!

The will of God

Do you know the will
Of God?
Do you do the will
Of God?
Do you share the will
Of God?
Do you defend the will
Of God?
Do you oppose the will
Of God?
Do you work against
The will of God?
The will of God
is supreme;
The will of God is
The will of God;
It is imperative for us
To respect the will of God;
To obey the will of God.

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Quote (proof of faith)

“It is rather unfortunate that we go to Church, give alms, contribute to the financing of Church projects, and take posts in Church, but are still so weak in our faith. We show real proof of faith not through the profession of faith alone, but through obedience of God’s commands.” (Romilia Quotes)