God's Roadmap

Now may the Lord Jesus Christ and our Father God, who loved us and in his wonderful grace gave us eternal comfort and a beautiful hope that cannot fail, encourage your hearts and inspire you with strength to always do and speak what is good and beautiful in his eyes (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 TPT).

Sunday, December 31, 2017

The Focus of 2018 - The Real, Nitty-Gritty, Bloody Sacrificial Love of God

by Barbara Latta

John 3:16 is plastered on billboards, posters, signs at ballgames and quoted in Sunday School. The verse has become a mantra of sorts and has been heard so many times we have become numb to the meaning. The world doesn’t know what it means, but sadly, much of the Christian world doesn’t know the depth of this scripture’s meaning.

For years, I read verses about God’s love and I knew He loved me, but the depth of that intimacy sometimes evaded me. I saw myself as one of the masses of the billions of people on earth, but I didn’t always feel the personal-ness of it.

Last week this blog was about a baby whose purpose in being born was to die. That's hard to absorb. If I knew the baby I had given birth to was going to grow up to die so mean, filthy, evil people could live, would I still want to give him to that world? I have to admit, not me.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Jesus is the only baby born whose destiny was to die

by Barbara Latta

Jesus was born to die.

The incarnate Christ was forever changed when the Word of God became flesh. The second person of the Trinity laid aside the benefits of His deity to subject Himself to the creation He had made so He could redeem that same creation from sin. When Jesus was resurrected, He had an immortal body with scars He will have forever. …Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into my side…(John 20:27).

God’s plan for the ages was redemption for His creation.

For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you (1 Peter 1:20 NKJV).

And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel (Genesis 3: 15).

But we speak God’s wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; the wisdom which none of the rulers of this age has understood; for if they had understood it they would not have crucified the Lord of glory (1 Corinthians 2:7-8).

In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the
propitiation for our sins (1 John 4:10).

Jesus really is the REASON we have the SEASON, for without Him not only would we not have Christmas, but we wouldn’t have Resurrection Day. And Resurrection Day is the reason He was born.

May your Christmas be blessed and happy!

Feel free to share your joy in the comments section below.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

The True Light of the World

by Barbara Iliff

Today's guest post is by Barbara Iliff, a fellow writer and Word Weavers International member. Get your hot chocolate and enjoy memories and the meaning of Christmas lights.

I love lights. 
Since I was a little girl the brilliance of Christmas has been one of my favorite
Favorite parts of the holidays are hot chocolate
by the Christmas tree.
parts of the Holidays. My parents wove strings of colorful bulbs into the branches as my anticipation grew until finally the magic moment arrived. With our tree proudly dressed in the colors of Christmas, my parents plugged the lights in. My eyes shined and I crossed them just to have double lights!

My love for lights has not dimmed over the years. I took my own children riding around to see the shining glow on houses, light displays and even a snowflake street of white twinkling lights overhead. I sit in my living room near my Christmas tree and savor hot apple cider or hot chocolate while my soul feasts on the sparkle of Christmas.

But my favorite lights of all come alive just before Christmas at our church’s Candlelight Communion. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Significance of the Genealogy of Jesus Christ

by Barbara Latta

Babies are born every day all over the world. In America, we record the details of the birth
The Significance of the Genealogy of Jesus Christ.
on a legal document to certify the parents and vital information about the child. This is then recorded at the proper entity for the state where the birth occurred, and the child is legally a part of the family.

Family ancestry searches have become a popular pastime and profitable business. Information revealed about past relatives can be fun and informative and in some cases, may be a way to make claims to property.

Jesus’ Birth Certificate
In biblical times, genealogies were an important part of Jewish custom. The kingly lines were kept intact in precise detail by scribes to preserve the heritage. Jesus’ earthly ancestry is recorded both in Matthew and Luke with some differences. Scholars have debated over the reasons for the discrepancies, but the most popular theory is that Matthew traces Jesus’ line back to Abraham thus showing Jesus as the promised Messiah. Luke’s line traces through Mary’s ancestry back to Adam’s son Seth to reveal Him as the Son of Man and the second Adam. Even though Jesus did not inherit Mary’s fallen bloodline, He had to come as human to complete the work of defeating Satan the way Adam was supposed to. (Read the Genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1: 1-17 and Luke 3:23-38).

By having these details recorded in scripture, no one could debate the line Jesus came from. He was the Seed promised in the Garden of Eden to crush Satan’s head. He was from the royal line of David to rule as King.

Our Inheritance
We are written in the Book of Life through the
blood of Christ.
We become a part of God's kingdom through the blood of Christ. When we believe on His name and accept His sacrifice we are welcomed into the family of God. We are written in the Book of Life and our born-again birth certificate is final. No one can erase or take our names out of His book. We are certified in heaven and we are now children of God.
But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name (John 1: 12).

An heir to a royal throne will have a different demeanor than ordinary citizens. When we realize we are a part of the royal family of God, we will walk in our royal right and know what belongs to us; not in arrogance, but in the humility of Christ as servants of His on this earth. We are here to minister to others the love and grace of God, but also to walk in our authority to crush the work of the devil as he tries to spread lies and deception.

Walk in your royal inheritance by knowing who you belong to.

Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will (Ephesians 1:4-5).

How does knowing you belong to the family of God change your life?