Only Jesus Remains– 77.Christmas Fruit

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro copyright 2020

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

Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, is and is to come.

This is what you seek to remember. So, you gaze at Him. Spirit helps. He tenderizes you with an increasing grasp of this love, giving you more His heart of flesh (ultimately pierced for you!) instead of your current heart of stone. And as He accomplishes this supernatural work in you day by day you progress. You are able to love more.  

Not just Him, but also the ones near to you. The ones in your midst where He calls you to see, serve and value one another. Not your love pouring through or your attempts to love. But now being ever more in Him, rooted and grounded by the Truth from His Spirit, you do become like the tree in Psalm 1 on the river bank with your roots thrust down into the water (which is the Spirit), so you can always in all seasons bear His fruit, (which is also supernatural) as sustenance to others.  The fruit of Love. What they need as they need it.  The same food you crave and which He seeks to provide to you as well. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.

All from gazing at the Holy Adorable Face. Remembering how the birth really was. And the life. And then the cross. Where He staked it all for true Love. Unto Resurrection, Ascension and Spirit coming. Poured out and available for all of us. Contemplating Him. Letting Spirit form you in the process, so He can take you higher into this awareness, so you become fountains of love where others gain a drink of Him because He is flowing through. That place of being in Him, your Source, is what enables Him to flow out through you to accomplish His work in more hearts His way.  For His kingdom.

This does not stop. Joy beyond Christmas joy. And peace. Peace every day.

So seen in this light, it is not really a great co-mission assignment. We are not His equals. We are His vessels, which we can only be by constantly seeking to be in Him.

And along the way keep seeking like Wise Men gazing at His majesty, reflecting Him as the moon and the stars until His Light has fully come. When He comes again, the veil is forever gone and we see Him face to face. Onward!

Holy, holy, holy Lord. You are God of heaven and earth. And there is this place to which I come, where there is nothing left but You. You are the only One upon whom I can rely. Where every lesser goal has disintegrated as dust so that the only way I can look at life—the only view that I have—is Yours. Of course, I cannot gain or stay in this view on my own, but there Your Spirit is so graciously helping me. Empty, emptied and becoming emptied more, there are those days when there is and will be nothing to hang onto here. Nothing which gives me a sense of stability or certain care. These places, which in the past have been my undoing, now are no longer unexpected and with Your help gradually I can thank You for these. Yes, thank You. For then it is clear once again that all to which I clung was but sand. But mist. You are the Rock. You are the sustaining River. You are always there. Like Jesus, You work through all things. And Your purposes cannot be thwarted. You are calling to each one and yes, still to me, to come closer and in that place there is more healing, more awe, more wonder, and the possibility of becoming yet more a conduit for Your holy Life-force, the Spirit of life, the Spirit of love.

16 For God so greatly loved and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life.

17 For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him.

John 3:16-17

1 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice which I had heard addressing me like [the calling of] a war trumpet said, Come up here, and I will show you what must take place in the future.

At once I came under the [Holy] Spirit’s power, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with One seated on the throne!

And He Who sat there appeared like [the crystalline brightness of] jasper and [the fiery] sardius, and encircling the throne there was a halo that looked like [a rainbow of] emerald…

Revelation 4:1-3

1 Then I saw a new sky (heaven) and a new earth, for the former sky and the former earth had passed away (vanished), and there no longer existed any sea.

And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, all arrayed like a bride beautified and adorned for her husband;

Then I heard a mighty voice from the throne and I perceived its distinct words, saying, See! The abode of God is with men, and He will live (encamp, tent) among them; and they shall be His people, and God shall personally be with them and be their God.

God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away.

And He Who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new. Also He said, Record this, for these sayings are faithful (accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy) and true (genuine).

And He [further] said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I [Myself] will give water without price from the fountain (springs) of the water of Life.

He who is victorious shall inherit all these things, and I will be God to him and he shall be My son.

Revelation 21:1-7

11 Worthy are You, our Lord and God, to receive the glory and the honor and dominion, for You created all things; by Your will they were [brought into being] and were created.

Revelation 4: 11

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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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