Send Me A Saint - Merry Christmas! in the Glory Cloud – Purity 611
Purity 611 12/25/2021 Purity 611 Podcast
Today’s photo of Marvin Clark, my daughter Haley’s cat, amongst wrapping paper of opened gifts comes to us from the ghost of Christmas past as this photo was captured by yours truly at the inaugural Christmas celebration at the domicile that is now known as River House.
In the wake of another epic year of walking in the Spirit and in the afterglow of last night’s Christmas Eve bliss, I was at an absolute loss this Christmas morning in terms of what photo I should share for today. So I was inspired to look back to a year ago to see if there was anything in the archives to share. In addition to Marvin’s photo, that will be the “featured photo” on FB, I am also sharing a few other photos of last year’s Christmas Day Sunset from friends in what is presumably various locations in Columbia County or other areas in upstate NY on mt4christ dot org as a Christmas gift of sorts, or in case the photo of my feline friend doesn’t fill your need for a view of a scene of God’s magnificent handiwork in His creation.
Yesterday, I shared my testimony of what I believe was an angelic visitation on Christmas Day of 2018, in a basement in Craryville NY of all places no less, and although I have not had a repeat encounter with the unseen messenger who delivered the message that I was not alone, I was not forgotten, and that I was loved, I am in the company of another messenger who was sent from God to share the same message, that I am not alone, that I am not forgotten, and that I am loved, to me this year in a less supernatural but no less spectacular way.
A year ago if you told me I wouldn’t be at my beloved humble house “down by The River” for Christmas 2021, I would have suspected that you were insane or that something terrible would have had to happen to prevent me from waking up on Christmas Day in the morning at my hard earned and providentially delivered home.
God didn’t send me an angel this year, but He did send me a saint, a holy one, a follower of Jesus Christ to pour out His love for me in a very tangible way as 2021 was the year that He sent TammyLyn Seguin into my life as an answer to my prayers for a Christian wife and it is only because of my love for her that I find myself away from my home in Stuyvesant . Instead I am at her place “down near the farm: in Easton NY where we will be spending our first Christmas Day together as a couple and our last Christmas Day together as “special friends” who are betrothed to one another, as we will be married on New Years Day, a week from today if the Lord wills it.
I pray and have to believe that God will allow TammyLyn and I to be married because He providentially brought her into my life, and I know He works all things together for good and gives good gifts to His children. And although TammyLyn’s and my journey to find one another has not been without a fair amount of turmoil, the pain, heartache, and losses of our pasts are fading memories and pale in comparison to the joy that we have in each other today.
So, it is my prayer that all of my friends reading this know that God loves you and that He wants you to know that He is with you, and He wants you to know Him more and that He has a better way for you to live your life.
So have a very merry Christmas, thank the Lord for all that He has given you in life, and be faithful to seek His presence, guidance, wisdom, and strength.
Begin a deeper experience with the Lord today by seeking Him for the first time or just keep walking and talking with God.
God bless you all and Merry Christmas!
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In my haste in packing for my Christmas weekend with my beloved fiancé, I failed to pack the “The NLT Bible Promise Book for Men”. So instead I have “randomly drawn from one of my many devotionals for today’s meditation verse.
Today’s Bible verse comes to us from Dr. Frank Ray’s devotional “365 Days in the Presence of God”
This morning’s meditation verse is:
32 Peter and the others had fallen asleep. When they woke up, they saw Jesus’ glory and the two men standing with him.
Today’s verse “ironically speaks about the topic of last week’s Bible Study with the Cincotti’s – the glory of the Lord, specifically the glory of the Lord Jesus.
The scene is the mount of transfiguration. Peter, James, and John had accompanied Jesus on another private camping trip up a mountain for prayer, and perhaps for some ministerial planning and some impromptu teaching. But this prayer session proved to be like no other.
Upon awakening Peter and the others saw “Jesus’s glory” as His “face was transformed, and his clothes became dazzling white. Oh and the two men that miraculously and suddenly appeared, were Moses and Elijah! Yes THE Moses and THE Elijah!
In a prophetic shadow of the return of Christ, the dearly departed giver of the Old Testament Law and the “raptured” Old Testament prophet and victor over the 400 prophets of Baal, had passed from the heavenly realm and were now back on earth in the glory cloud on the mount of transfigurations as witnesses to God’s message to the inner circle of the Apostles that proclaimed, if there were still any doubts, that Jesus was indeed God’s son and that the Apostles, and every born again believer after them, are to listen to Him.
This supernatural event clearly shows us that Jesus was more than just some wise teacher and that He was God’s anointed Son and the Messiah.
But as amazing and staggering as this experience in the glory cloud was, negative circumstances still caused all the Apostles to flee from Jesus when He was arrested and crucified.
So spectacular moments in the glory cloud of God’s presence aren’t necessarily enough to keep us on the path of Christian Discipleship. So we should exercise caution if we discover that we are preoccupied with having special “anointed” experiences of feeling the “glory cloud” that sometimes comes in the manifest presence of the Holy Spirit.
This experience wasn’t enough to keep the Apostles steadfast in the face of persecution, and likewise, believers who are seeking good feelings of being “slain in the Spirit” may falter when their journey of faith walks them through a dry patch, or they have to suffer loss or persecution.
It was after the Resurrection of Jesus, that the Apostles received the Holy Spirit and the boldness to go to their deaths preaching the gospel.
Oh and as good as those special moments with God are, their gospel message didn’t highlight their speaking in tongues or being enveloped in a cloud of God’s glory in the presence of Old Testament Saints.
The gospel message doesn’t center on our good feelings. It centers on Christ’s death and resurrection. And it is when we are crucified and die with Christ, that we can know who we are in Christ and continue to follow Him no matter how dry or desperate our walk of faith may become.
So rejoice if the Lord reveals His manifest presence in your life and you experience moments in His glory but remember that not every day in our life of faith will be filled with joy, like at Christmas, and it is only because of Christ’s death and resurrection that we have been set free.
When we take part in His suffering and resurrection by placing our faith in Jesus, we become children of God and are given the potential to go through the darkest valley of the shadow of death and somehow come through, still faithful.
As always, I invite all to go to mt4christ.org where I always share insights from prominent Christian theologians and counselors to assist my brothers and sisters in Christ with their walk.
Today we begin a new resource from Dr. Neil Anderson. As our Christmas gift that will bring us into the new year, we begin to share from Neil Anderson’s “Restored”, a condensed teaching that includes elements from Victory Over the Darkness, The Bondage Breaker, and the Steps to Freedom in Christ. Today, we only share Restored’s rather short introduction.
As always, I share this information for educational purposes and encourage all to purchase Dr. Neil Anderson’s books for your own private study and to support his work.
“If Christ had been too proud to die, he could not have
helped us whose basic sin is pride. So Paul and others
argue that by giving Himself up without pride, Christ
makes up for Adam’s sin of arrogance. If all this is true
it comprises certainly the most momentous fact of
human existence. Christ the free therapist for humanity,
bringing salvation as a gift of grace-that indeed is a
daring postulate.” – Rollo May
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God
is at hand; repent and believe in the Gospel.”1 – Jesus
You have just made the greatest decision of your life, or maybe you are still considering what becoming a Christian really means. The moment you decide to trust in the saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ, you become a new creation in Him,2 and you will be spiritually transferred from the kingdom of darkness to the Kingdom of God, 3 and enter into eternal life. Although you may not immediately feel like any great change has taken place, your life and destiny have changed forever.
Countless millions of people before you have made the same decision and have become a part of God’s unfolding plan to restore a fallen humanity. God has known you and loved you before you were even born. He has prepared a place for you in His kingdom, and He has a plan just for you.4 If you receive Him as your Lord and Savior, you will discover the eternal purpose and meaning of life.
Salvation is so much more than knowing why we are here. If you are willing to repent and believe the Gospel you will discover that Jesus is the Wonderful Counselor and the Great Physician. He came to set captives free and bind up the broken hearted. Jesus is the “free therapist for humanity”, and the purpose of this book is to establish you alive and free in Christ through genuine repentance and faith in God. Jesus loves you and wants you to fulfill your destiny as a liberated child of God.
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