Only Jesus Remains– 40.Christmas Child

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

Oct 22 to Jan 6 reflections from an upcoming book for tending hurting hearts at Christmas

Little Baby, because You dared to come do the whole God-assignment, Your eternal, perfect, wonderful paradisal Kingdom again within grasp. The place for which You made me. Yet even now Your victorious healing for every heart beginning. Yes, already begun. Finishing in eternity but progressing now. Such great relief and unmitigated joy to aching hearts!!  

As we choose to follow and approach, the veil lifts. We can see You more. The cherubim who had been stationed to make the way cloudy and masked, hidden, unclear and dark no longer guarding the gate. Instead Jesus, You became the Gate. Opened wide for entry back into the Kingdom of God through You. Selah!

Beautiful, small, no-account Baby, unseen by most while announced and extoled by angels, You were born to this purpose. This assignment. Not to stay little in a manger, but to grow as Father willed unto walking out a God-ordained difficult, painful destiny for love. For me. For all. For each one. Because You chose it.  Whether it was recognized or not. You are the flame of God’s living inextinguishable love.

You made us for communion and community with You. For life in paradise which is now called heaven. I was condemned without You to a destitute, mortal and ending living. No way out! No way to be with You forever. None. Locked out. A Savior needed. You. The One who could rescue all of us from our ignorant selves. The One who had the power and would pay the price. For love, without regard for our blindness. For mine. So, You could help us become Your love to others along the way.

Holy One, hopelessness ceases where my hope unites with Yours and this is grounded on unshakable trust that You so loved the world and still do. When I fix my hope on this singular reality, then it becomes my only hope because ultimately nothing else matters. Within You helps me realize that it is when I stubbornly insist on my own view of what I think I want (which is dark and unreal) that I succumb to hopelessness. That lesser view oriented to here, now and what I thought mattered without considering what You are about over all. To find hope which lasts and leads to all You have for me—and for each one—is to come into the light of reality according to how Creator made it to be.

On my own I think too small. You are not upset with me when I do. You know my childlikeness in comparison to Yourself. You made me this way and in fact, demand from me that I recognize it. My childlikeness is and always will be, and thanks be to You for loving me in it. You know Your ways are not my ways and Your thoughts are not my thoughts. Yours are forever higher and better! But to the extent I will let You help me gain Yours view (which is the only true and real perspective) to this extent disappointment will cease and hopelessness will no longer have any place to which to attach. I understand where I am. Why and how. Jesus, You are the unspeakable Gift!  All mysteries gradually unfold, come together and become understandable in You.

To come to this place of freedom, joy and unshakeable confidence where Your overriding purpose becomes mine requires dying to self. (Oh, Jesus, in Your image and likeness! As You did for me! It is here I need Your help.) It requires a facing of those hopes which I have built for my life and the lives around me with my childlike lesser views and letting these be removed and die. But this is for life. For life now and forever to the full. Hopelessness to hope. Death unto life. Core spiritual poverty unto abundance and fullness. God’s way. And You will help. Selah!

And You, the Little Child will lead them… Jesus!

1 And there shall come forth a Shoot out of the stock of Jesse [David’s father], and a Branch out of his roots shall grow and bear fruit.

And the Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him—the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord—

And shall make Him of quick understanding, and His delight shall be in the reverential and obedient fear of the Lord. And He shall not judge by the sight of His eyes, neither decide by the hearing of His ears;

But with righteousness and justice shall He judge the poor and decide with fairness for the meek, the poor, and the downtrodden of the earth; and He shall smite the earth and the oppressor with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He shall slay the wicked.

And righteousness shall be the girdle of His waist and faithfulness the girdle of His loins.

And the wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatted domestic animal together; and a little child shall lead them.

Isaiah 11:1-6

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will ]ease and relieve and [p]refresh [q]your souls.]

29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest (relief and ease and refreshment and]recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls.

30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.

Matthew 11:28-30

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Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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