Read Through the Story of Jesus’ Birth by Christmas

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The Christmas season is filled with lots of fun and celebration! Do you know what we’re celebrating? The birth of God’s Son! He came to save us, and make a way for us to have a relationship with God. That’s definitely a reason to celebrate! This December, read through the story of Jesus’ birth, and be reminded of what Christmas is really all about. Read a few verses every day, and finish it by Christmas!

Read Through the Story of Jesus' Birth by Christmas

Cast Your Cares Upon Him

CastWeek 43 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was 1 Peter 3-5, and 2 Peter 1-2.

1 Peter 1:7 tells us to cast all of our anxiety upon God, because He cares for us.

Are you anxious about something? Worried about how to handle a certain situation? Not sure what to do? Cast your cares upon the One who cares for you!

God loves us. Because He cares about us, He doesn’t want us to be weighed down by worries, anxieties, or cares. He wants us to give them to Him, trusting that He will take care of the things that are concerning us. He wants us to believe that He will accomplish what we can’t on our own, and show us how to handle whatever circumstance we may be facing.

A little child doesn’t worry about anything. They know that their parents will take care of them. God wants us to trust in Him the same way, knowing that He will take care of us. Have faith in your Heavenly Father, in His love for you, and in His ability to do far above all you could ask or think (Ephesians 3:20-21). Cast all your anxieties upon the One who cares for you!

God Hasn’t Given You A Spirit Of Fear

2 timothy 1 7This week’s memory verse from Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is 2 Timothy 1:7. This verse states that God hasn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.

“Over and over throughout the Bible, we encounter verses telling us not to be afraid. Here are a few of them.

  • Joshua 1:9 – Do not be afraid or discouraged. Why? Because your Heavenly Father is with you wherever you go!
  • Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is our light and salvation. Whom shall we fear?
  • Isaiah 41:10 – We are not to be afraid, for God is with us.
  • Isaiah 41:13 – God tells you not to fear, for He Himself will help you.
  • John 14:27 – Do not be afraid. Do not let your heart be troubled.

What are you afraid of? Know that with God on your side, you have nothing to fear. Place your trust in Him!”

Repost of “No Need For Fear.”

Powerful and Effective Prayers

Powerful and Effective PrayersWeek 42 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was James 3-5 and 1 Peter 1-2.

James 5:16 says that the prayers of a righteous person are effective and powerful. You have been made righteous through faith in Christ (Philippians 3:9). Therefore, your prayers are powerful and effective! Nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:37), and He promises that when you call to Him, He will answer you (Jeremiah 33:3). You have been given power over all the power of the devil (Luke 10:19). When you resist him, he must flee
(James 4:7)!

You have been given right standing with God through faith. You don’t need to be afraid to ask Him for what you need. He wants you to come before Him with the freedom and confidence of knowing that you are His child (Ephesians 3:12), and that He will give good gifts to those who ask (Matthew 7:11).

You are the righteousness of God in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21). When you pray, know that your prayers are powerful and effective because of what Jesus has done for you!

You Are His!

You Are His!This week’s memory verse is Isaiah 43:1. It tells us not to fear, because God has redeemed us, and summoned us by name, and we are His.

We have been redeemed. At the cross, Jesus paid the price to save us, and set us free. In Him we have redemption – the forgiveness of all of our sins (Ephesians 1:7). He bought us back at a high cost. Now we can have a relationship with the One who made us!

God has called us by name. He knows who we are. He is familiar with all of our ways (Psalm 139:3). He has numbered the hairs on our heads (Matthew 10:30)! He cares about each of us individually, and He has a plan for each of us. He knows the plans He has for us, and they are for our prosperity, not our harm – to give us a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11)!

You are His! Wherever you go, God is with you. If you have received Jesus as your Savior, then He is your Heavenly Father, and you are His child. No mistake that you make, no failure on your part, can change that! None can pluck you out of His hand (John 10:28)!

Fear not. You have been redeemed and summoned by name. You are His!

God Remembers Our Sins No More

remember no moreWeek 40 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was
Hebrews 6-10.

Hebrews 8:12 says that God remembers our sins no more! They have been completely forgiven because of what Christ has done!

“Because the price for our sins was paid in full at the cross, we have been totally forgiven in Christ. Not one of our sins remains undealt with. They have been completely erased – removed from us as far as the east is from the west (Psalm 103:12). When God looks at us, He no longer sees our sins. In fact, He no longer even remembers them. That is how completely we have been forgiven!

Under the new covenant, God is merciful to our iniquities, not only refraining from giving us what we do deserve, but also giving us many good gifts that we don’t deserve. We have been forgiven of our every sin, to the point that God remembers them no more. Rejoice in the fact that there’s no longer anything standing between you and your Heavenly Father’s love and acceptance!” – Excerpt from previous post, “He Remembers Your Sins No More!

Rest and Receive

rest and receiveWeek 39 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished this week’s reading was Hebrews 1-5.

Hebrews 4:9 says that there remains a rest for the people of God. What is this rest? Where is it found? Jesus answers this question in Matthew 11:28. He bids all who are weary and burdened to come to Him, and promises that He will give them rest.

Our rest is found in what Christ did for us at the cross. When He gave His life for us, the devil was defeated once and for all. All who believe in Him are made righteous, and are qualified to receive all of God’s blessings! Are you worried? You have been qualified to receive peace! Are you depressed? You have been qualified to receive joy! Are you sick? You have been qualified to receive healing! Are you experiencing lack? You have been qualified to receive prosperity!

We don’t have to fight and struggle to be good enough to earn God’s blessings. Because we have been made righteous through faith in what Jesus did for us at the cross, God’s blessings are given to us as free gifts of His grace! Jesus paid the price for them in full. We simply need to rest in His finished work, and receive what God wants to give us. Find your rest in Christ today!

No Need For Fear

No Need For FearWeek 37 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is drawing to a close. This week’s reading was 1 Timothy 5 -6, and 2 Timothy 1-3. These chapters finish Paul’s first letter and begin his second letter to Timothy, one of his partners is spreading the gospel.

2 Timothy 1:7 says that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind. Over and over throughout the Bible, we encounter verses telling us not to be afraid. Here are a few of them.

  • Joshua 1:9 – Do not be afraid or discouraged. Why? Because your Heavenly Father is with you wherever you go!
  • Psalm 27:1 – The Lord is our light and salvation. Whom shall we fear?
  • Isaiah 41:10 – We are not to be afraid, for God is with us.
  • Isaiah 41:13 – God tells you not to fear, for He Himself will help you.
  • John 14:27 – Do not be afraid. Do not let your heart be troubled.

What are you afraid of? Know that with God on your side, you have nothing to fear. Place your trust in Him!

Jesus Came To Save Sinners

Jesus Came To Save SinnersWeek 36 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly over. This week’s reading was 2 Thessalonians 3, and 1 Timothy 1-4. These chapters finish one of Paul’s letters to the church at Thessalonica, and begin a letter to Timothy, one of his partners in spreading the gospel.

Why did Jesus come? 1 Timothy 1:15 states the reason very clearly – He came into this world to save sinners. That is the reason He came to this earth. We couldn’t save ourselves, so Jesus accomplished what we couldn’t. He gave His life for us, and offers us salvation, if we will accept it.

It was sinners Jesus came to save. Some of us want to try to be good enough on our own, and earn right standing with God. We can only truly be made right with God, however, when we admit that we aren’t perfect, and accept Jesus as our Savior, rather than trying to save ourselves.

If you know that you have made mistakes, and wonder how God could ever love or care for you, know that Jesus came to save sinners, not those who were perfect by themselves. Receive the salvation He offers you. Accept His grace and forgiveness today!

Making Wise Media Choices, and Spending Time In God’s Word

Making Wise Media Choices, and Spending Time In God's WordWeek 33 of Called and Created’s Bible Reading and Memorization Plan is nearly finished. This week’s reading was Philippians 1-4, and Colossians 1. These chapters cover Paul’s letter to the church at Philippi, and begin his letter to the church at Colossae.

Philippians 4:8 tells us what kind of things to be thinking about – whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, or praiseworthy. One thing that affects our thoughts in a greater way than we may sometimes think is our choice of media. What are we watching and listening to? What are we reading online? Does it match up with the kind of thing Philippians 4:8 says that we should be thinking about?

What goes in our eyes and ears often ends up in our minds and hearts, and what’s in our heart will come out in our life. Therefore, our media choices often impact us more than we may imagine.

An excellent choice of what to be filling our minds with is God’s Word. It truly possesses all of the qualities mentioned in Philippians 4:8, and Psalm 1:2-3 says that those who meditate on and delight in the Word of God will prosper in whatever they do! Let’s be intentional about making wise media choices, make sure to spend time in God’s Word!