Cast Up A Highway



The Doors Open

Posted on December 2, 2015 at 7:20 AM

Like a leaf riding the current down a mountain stream, joy floats quietly into my spirit uplifting, filling in gladness throughout my being. A smile settles on my face, a shining sparkle in my eyes. Tis the season. . .

About to begin a new year, for December has opened its doors announcing the Babe’s birth is approaching, the day of celebration is soon here. Once again songs of that “Silent Night” of His coming, the 3 royal visitors from the Orient bring gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to honor the Son of God’s arrival upon the earth.

Breaking the silence, a Baby’s cry rings out from the stable where mom and dad found lodging for the night; a star of glory and brightness brings supernatural light into the darkness; and angel songs announce to the shepherds and all mankind that our God of salvation has come upon the earth. Jesus, our Savior, has entred the earth to bring us freedom!

Giving. Joy brims to overflow as I see new ways of sharing with the kids and grandkids the love that Jesus brought to us, a love this world had never known before.

Jesus came as a sacrificial lamb whose death scooped up every debt of sin mankind had ever or will ever perpetrate, and He paid the price for them~ freeing all of us from imprisonment to satan.. From every ‘white lie’ to every murder and lustful thought and deed, for every sin of action or of the mind, Jesus paid for them in full by giving His life for us.

We are now free to choose~FREEDOM! What can we give to Him in return?

Reminds me of a story I heard of a very tough boarding school in a land far, far away. The headmaster was a rather mean spirited person who believed in corporal punishment for children who did not learn their lessons well.

In this class was a boy of small stature who had a nature less strong than the others. He tried hard but was not able to learn as well as his classmates and felt the sting of the paddle more frequently than most. This child became ill and was unable to eat much and suffered tremendous fear of the headmaster.

This particular day he went weakly to class knowing he had not measured up and would be beaten severely. As the headmaster called on him ordering him to the front of the room for his lashings, another child stood up and went to the headmaster,

“Please sir, my friend is ill, allow me to take the beating for him”. 

Sneering, the man looked at the child and said, “Oh well, if you want to suffer for one, you may take the stripes for all your classmate’s failures.”

The young student surprised the headmaster by responding, “Yes sir, I will do that”.

The headmaster did not lighten his hand as he beat the youngster, but the boy knew the beating could have killed his friend, and his own strength could sustain the pain. He took the punishment for his friend and all the other kids who had failed to measure up.

Jesus took the cruelty and the deadly pain of the crucifixion for you and me. Our sin condemned us to spend eternity in a fiery hell of mental and physical pain for eternity. Jesus loves us enough that He chose to take the punishment for you and me, so we could have the choice to spend eternity with Him in a place of love and happiness.

John 15:13 (NKJV)

Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends

So joy fills me as I am reminded of His birth and all the love it entails. Does a similar sweet spirit fill you as well when you remember what His birth began? Have you accepted His gift yet?

Categories: Beginning , God's Love , God's Word

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                                        AWESOME GOD


Sometimes the terrible awesomeness of God hits me and sends me reeling into deep meditation. It always carries its reward of a new closeness with my God. It happened this morning. In the beginning I was distracted with my mind wandering here and yon. Then I ‘woke up’ and commanded it to return. God is so good! Holy Spirit began to lead me in prayer.

Sorry, my Lord. I come to our meeting this morning with scattered thoughts; help me, Lord, to rein them in. That You even desire to meet with me is so amazing! Deep breath. Moses asked God, “what shall I say when they ask 'Who sent me’?” You responded, “Say the Great I AM sent me.” You, God, are not hemmed in by time. For You there is no ‘was, will be’, there is only I AM. Before You I bow down my heart, my 'who I am' I submit to You; help me become who You created me to be.

Exodus 3:13-14 (AMP)

13 And Moses said to God, Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, The God of your fathers has sent me to you, and they say to me, What is His name? What shall I say to them? 14 And God said to Moses, I Am Who I Am and What I Am, and I Will Be What I Will Be; and He said, You shall say this to the Israelites: I Am has sent me to you!

  • Footnotes: Exodus 3:15 To know the name of God is to witness the manifestation of those attributes and apprehend that character which the name denotes.

Can you feel the depth of that name? 'I AM' signifies so much ~ timelessness, absolute love, supreme power, unimaginable expansion ~ an incomprehensible being, totally surrounding. There simply are not words to express the grandness of Who our God is. HIS LOVE FOR US  S SO APPARENT IN HIS WORD!

Psalm 91:14 (AMP)

Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness—trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

Isaiah 52:6 (AMP)

Therefore My people shall know what My name is and what it means; therefore they shall know in that day that I am He who speaks; behold, I Am!

Indeed my God! You are the great I AM! This measures so deep and so high and so wide. You revealed Your staggering magnificence to David, and it comes out here:

Psalm 139:1-10

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2 You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

Even when it’s my mind traveling on tangents.

3 You see me when I travel and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4 You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5 You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7 I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave, you are there.

9 If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10 even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

You are always with me. 

You will guide me.

You will always be my support. Your strength

upholds me, protects me, supports me.

Lord, You are so good! What a privilege to know You! Thank You that You continue to grow me closer to You. Thank You! I love being together with You, my Lord.