Only Jesus Remains– 53.Christmas Vistas

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

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

Whatever is going on, a question pushes until it bursts forth: how could God allow this? The example and answer is Jesus, though this answer is not easy and at first perhaps does not provide rest for your soul because God’s will for Him (in whom all answers lie) led to a cross.

This was not because Father hated Jesus. (They are inseparably one.) Or because He wanted less for Him, but because He chose Jesus with whom to partner for execution of His greater, greatest plan.

This is true love! A love so difficult for us to understand, which was released through a type of power which at the time probably felt like no power at all. A King who conquers hearts and not countries. By revelation to these hearts which prompts a free-will abandonment to Him and His way versus any other way of life. A King who let evil have its way temporarily with what looked like finality because this King knew He would turn all things on their head. Not eliminating the evil effect but using it for His purposes. This is why the birth of Jesus had to look differently than people expected, too. It all did. Each aspect of Jesus’ life was not focused on creature comforts or making sure He had a measure of blessing due Him as faulty, foolish human wisdom measures blessing. Instead by how His life was, Jesus reveals to us the way of God.

The way to which we are invited. Beckoned. Exhorted. To become an out-working of God’s authentic love. The only true love, which is not a love which can love well on its own. Spirit’s guidance is needed.

By the way Jesus came we begin to understand His priorities and where He places value. In this is balm, bliss and freedom from other lesser standards. Like Jesus, all we have to do is let God cultivate in us His own heart-view and ability to discern His voice while carrying the cross He has allowed to be set before us. We just need to follow Him.

God works through all things. God works through all things!

He is ever-present. Ever leading. Ever-hope. Understanding the enemy’s heinous strategies and working through these in ways we can see and not see. Our hope and trust are in Him and this causes our joy to be complete. Suffering no longer surprises. We ask God to use it as He did the cross. We ask for an awareness for what Spirit wants us to do next and for whom. Jesus was the conduit of God-love and truth, justice and love (which is mercy) to the world. Oh, that God would use each of us fully in this way during this time that He has given us even through all hard, unwanted circumstances.

You came in love. As an Infant, You already knew Your destiny had been with God in the beginning. Yes, in the beginning You were already with God and You were God. What was an event of newness to the world! A surprise and suddenly long-awaited yet still mostly unrecognized, Your arrival was! You, the King, who knew exactly why You had come. You the already victorious One who’s coming was exactly in Your own perfect timing. You were not surprised to be born into poverty or that You would be driven unjustly by evil to the cross.  You knew all in advance and still You came. For love. For me. For them. For all. Bliss-filed, blessed Christmas! Hallelu Yahweh! (All praise be to the Lord God!)  

Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations.

Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience.

But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.

If any of you is deficient in wisdom, let him ask of the giving God [Who gives] to everyone liberally and ungrudgingly, without reproaching or faultfinding, and it will be given him.

James 1:2-4

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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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