Be still and know that I am the God who is for you. You call Me Father.
Be still and know that I am the God who is with you. You call Me Jesus.
Be still and know that I am the God who is in you. You call Me Spirit.*
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Christmas is the declaration that the God who is for you also came to be with you in the flesh, and has promised to be forever in you by His Spirit!
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Let the beauty, wonder and abundance of this Christmas season open the eyes of your heart to experience the true gifts that are yours in Christ now: “He has seated you at His table with Him…and given you every spiritual blessing in Christ” (Ephesians 1:3; 2:6-7). Resting in these profound realities is the only way to undo the exhausting cycle of a mindset of lack and truly “Be Still.”
“Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Cor 9:15)

God For Us

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one.” Romans 8:31-34

God With Us

“All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel’  (which means “God with us”).” Matt 1:23

“So the Word became human and made his home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen his glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son.” John 1: 14

“And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matt 28:20

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” Heb 13:5

God In Us

“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” Ez 36:26

“I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.” Eph 3:16

“Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own…” 1 Cor 6:19

 

*Opening quote is inspired by an Advent sermon by R. Rohr.