2. You get a new heart, one that is truly alive, alive to God.
For all the promises of God find their 'Yes' in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our 'Amen' to God for his glory."
How are we cleansed from our sin and idolatry? We are cleansed by the blood of Jesus, because He died to pay the penalty for our sin and break the power of our idols in our lives.
How are we given a new heart? We are given a new heart when we are made alive in Christ, united to Him so that His life might be in us.
How are we filled with the Holy Spirit? Christ gives us the Holy Spirit, sent forth from the Father.
How are we able to obey God sincerely the heart? Only once Christ has freed us from the penalty of the law can we walk in grateful and humble obedience to the Law, not out of fear or self-interest but out of love for who God is and what He has done for us.
How can we live with God forever as His treasured people? Jesus said He has gone to prepare a place for us, so that we may be with Him where He is forever. (John 14:3)
Whatever you may be hoping to receive for Christmas could never compare with what God has already given!
Heavenly Father, when You sent Your Son, You gave us everything we could ever need. Winning the lottery cannot compare with being adopted by You as Your child forever, forgiven and cleansed, loved and secure. Thank You for the best possible Christmas present, sent from Your heart for me. In Jesus' name, Amen.
This Christmas, we can give thanks and worship because "We Have a Savior, Emmanuel":