His Gift of Grace
The Wisemen were men of God who studied the words of the prophets.
They knew the signs of the birth of the Savior, “he that is born King of the Jews.”
When they saw “his star in the east” they came seeking him to worship Him.
See Matthew 2
BECAUSE OF THE SON OF GOD, YOUR DESTINY CAN CHANGE!
By now, we have all chosen our desired destination, something our heart needs from this ‘Journey to Bethlehem’. It’s comforting to know that our desires are in-line with the will of God and that we will journey with Him by our side.
Know that your ‘need’, whatever you have chosen for your desired destination, can be realized when you understand God’s Grace more fully. We need to know more about God’s grace if we intend to inherit what He has prepared for us in His Eternal Kingdom. We need to know more about the most glorious event in the history of the world....an event that changed everything for everyone. On that day life changed....yours and mine! Our destiny was changed!
Because of the sacrifice of our beloved Redeemer and Savior, the One we are seeking, we can live again and we can be freed from Satan’s power. We must never lose our sense of awe and profound gratitude for the eternal sacrifice of the Son of God. He came into this world, born in a lowly stable, with the purpose and intent of making a sacrifice for each one of us. His purpose was to bring salvation to anyone who would believe on His name.
THROUGH GRACE AND THE LOVE OF GOD
There has never been a greater love than the love of our Heavenly Father and our Savior. Without a Savior to redeem and reform us, there is little hope of reaching our desired destination.
When we take the proper steps to come to know our Father in Heaven and His Son, Jesus Christ, their love for us and the gifts they offer will empower us and direct us along the way...we cannot do it without Them. It is very important, for this journey, that we all come to know God for it is through Grace and the love of God that our desired blessings come.
A full measure of His Grace will come with complete and deep repentance. We have all made mistakes and are in need of repentance....or change. It is through our sorrow and suffering that we gain the light that we have come to acquire.
Know there will be opposition along the way, we will encounter it in many forms....embrace it! Don’t fear it. See it for what it is...Satan’s attempt to get us off our path. When we turn to the Lord for His love and empowerment, we will not be deterred, but will move forward even stronger and better for overcoming the challenge Satan threw in our path.
Our Savior’s greatest desire is to restore and heal us....not just to our previous innocent state...His aim is much higher! He desires us to become as He is, and He has prepared a way for that to happen.
The more we access their love and apply the Atonement to the times we stumble and fall, we will journey through the valley of sorrow and pain and begin a healing process. We will become aware of our sins and weaknesses and will move from being broken to becoming whole.
THE ATONEMENT OF JESUS CHRIST - A GIFT OF ENABLING POWER
“He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.” Psalms 147:3
Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, the plan of mercy brings about the means unto all of us that we may have faith unto repentance. Through the gift of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, an entrance into His everlasting kingdom is provided for us and we can enter into His presence and inherit all that He has!
Without our Savior to redeem and reform us, there is little hope of reaching our desired destination. Each day that we journey, we are asked to retain a remission of our sins. A full measure of His grace will come only with complete and deep repentance. If we have not suffered, we have not repented. It is through our sorrow and suffering that we gain the light that we are journeying to ‘Bethlehem’ to acquire.
It is so humbling to note that during Christ’s life, He chose to experience our pains and afflictions in order to understand us. Now we need to experience the pains and afflictions of this life in order to understand Him and the eternal purposes He has designed for us.
Think about it....Jesus died for you knowing you might not love Him back. That is true love!
THE GRACE OF GOD IS OUR GREAT AND EVERLASTING HOPE
“With the gift of God’s grace, the path of discipleship does not lead backward; it leads upward. It leads to heights we can scarcely comprehend! It leads to exaltation in the Celestial Kingdom of our Heavenly Father where we, surrounded by our loved ones, receive “of his fullness, and of his glory.” All things are ours, and we are Christ’s, Indeed, “all that [the] Father hath shall be given unto [us].” Elder Dieter F. Uchtdorf
To receive promised blessings we must go on this ‘Journey to Bethlehem’ with our heart’s desire to be changed...changed from our worldly and fallen state, to a state of righteousness, enabled through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.... redeemed of God and worthy of our desired destination.
“Yea, come unto Christ, and be perfected in him, and deny yourselves of all ungodliness; and if ye shall deny yourselves of all ungodliness, and love God with all your might, mind and strength, then is his grace sufficient for you, that by his grace ye may be perfect in Christ; and if by the grace of God ye are perfect in Christ, ye can in nowise deny the power of God” (Moroni 10:32).
It will be an extraordinary gift to feel the encircling arms of His love, as we come to Him to be healed and made whole.
SEEK HIM, RECEIVE HIM
Like the Wisemen, many others came when they knew about the birth of the Savior. They came seeking the Son of God to worship Him because they trusted the words of the prophets. They waited and anticipated His coming. They knew that “redemption cometh in and through the Holy Messiah” (2 Nephi 2:6). So they made choices that prepared them to worthily receive the Messiah who is the Savior of the world. And they became His witnesses.
The purpose of our desire is to come to a place where we can witness the presence of the Son of God while we sojourn here on this earth. We are seeking to have His presence with us always.
We desire to feel the power of His love and the healing blessings that only a personal relationship with Him can bring. Jesus Christ is the One that can heal our hearts and bring the miracles we are seeking, we need to know He can change our lives forever. We need God in our lives. He is beckoning for us to come and discover Him.
“Look for Christ and you will find him. And with him, everything else.” ~ CS Lewis
THIS WEEKS PERSONAL EXPERIENCE:
1 - On your Journal page, write out what burdens you are carrying at this time that could use ‘His Gift of Grace’, the healing power of the Atonement?
Take steps to overcome this burden by opening your heart to His love and apply the Atoning blood of Christ. Going through the repentance process heals us and makes us clean and whole.
“...will ye not now return unto me, and repent of your sins,...that I may heal you?”
3 Nephi 9:13
2- Also this week write in your ‘Sacred Journal’. Write a letter to your Heavenly Father telling Him about your burden(s). He has a good listening ear, so let Him know how you feel about it. Get it off your chest.
Then, respond to your letter, allowing the Lord to enlighten your mind with the things He would like you to understand.
3 - Notice on the ‘Journey to Bethlehem Map’ I have made changes....sorry! You will need to print off another map and re-write your summary of what your heart needs in the space labeled ‘Desire’ then under ‘His Gift of Grace’ summarize the burdens you are carrying at this time. Hang it or place it in a prominent place so you can be reminded of the changes you are desiring to make. Remember, Grace changes everything!
Find the Journal Page, Journey to Bethlehem Map, and Sacred Journal page under ‘Journey’ on the navigator tabs.
Pray and don’t give up!