Goods News – Sign

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Goods News – Sign

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. (Luke 2:12 KJV)

A Sign is a mark, feature or character that identifies or indicates the existence of something else not immediately apparent. It affirms identification and validates recognition. It is a method or signal that distinguishes an item in a pack.
Take fingerprint for instance, a profoundly unique mark (sign) that identifies every man. (Imagine that!). As numerous as people are, God in His great wisdom left this unique mark on every man which creates an imprint (sign) that tracks and identifies each one instantly. So pervasive and conclusive is the recourse to the use of this “sign” that forensic identification bypasses facial recognition for it. It is the “end of discussion” for any identification impasse. A sign validates identification.
When Jesus was born, an Angel announced his birth and birthplace by a sign, a unique and identifying mark that validated Jesus’ recognition. The Angel said unto the country shepherds,” Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” (Luke2:10-12) The effect of this notice by the Angel is for the Shepherds to look for the “sign” to identify the referenced Baby. The described sign is the validation and control given to assure accuracy and correction of the identification. Once the sign is confirmed, the item is marked. This is as fascinating as it is noteworthy.
In life’s course and relations, God often provides signs to aid our identification of materials of high importance relating to God’s leadings and directions. God often provides marks or signs that validate His leadings or relations with us. This notation will go forward to strengthen our confidence and assurance that we accurately identified what God introduced or directed for our engagement. It reinforces our resolve that we hit (and not miss) the mark.
The knowledge of this truth should motivate us to be cautious and conscious about signs so we may respond or react appropriately and without delay to important notices from the Lord. We need to be urgent about this Truth.
About our belief in God through the salvation perfected and delivered by our Lord Jesus; for our recognition and good notice, God provided signs that authenticate salvation and substantiate God’s honest commitment to its content as Bible recorded, ”He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved;… And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover” (Mark 16:15-18 KJV).
Beloved, having believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, the natural course sequel to that belief is the overflowing aura of life and victory evidenced by the accompanying signs. This is the point, if the Shepherds found it as the Angel described it by the sign, so real is the accompanying signs of our belief in Christ if we go forward to exercise the privileges. Welcome to the glorious era of signs and wonders. Merry Christmas.

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Good News – Good Place

And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. Mark 9:5 KJV

Jesus came to relocate you and me from a low place to a high place; far above all treacheries and caprices of the wicked one. He came to elevate our status from paupers and peasants to kings and priests and the Bible says, “…and we shall reign with him on the earth” Rev. 5:10. It is important and beneficial that we study to learn and understand the composition of our salvation and the inheritance delivered by it.
Prior to Man’s fall; notice the word “fall” indicating a tripping from an elevated position: Man was the most dignified and decorated creature of God on the Earth. About Man’s status, the Psalmist says, “You (God) have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet,” (Psalm 8:4-8 NKJV). Notice, Man was made, fashioned, created to have dominion over…all things. This was the status Man had; it was a painful loss but God was faithful to reverse and restore Man to glory and honor.
We must understand what the fall of Man represents to gain truth of his redemption and restoration. Simply, Man fell from being under God’s command to being under the devil’s command. Man by disobeying God elected a new “governor” to control and direct his affairs.
Whereas under God, Man was made to have dominion over all things, he represented God on the earth, replete and resplendent in Glory and honor until he was callously and wickedly overthrown by the debauchery and whims of God’s enemy; the devil. We must gain good understanding of the “behind the scene” playout of this game. Man; God’s treasured point of interest was captured and decapitated, left without color or color. Man became abysmally lost and depraved …but for God.
So Jesus came, to introduce and integrate the Kingdom (reign and influence) of God among men again, to extract us from the governing decadence and profligacy terror of the wicked; about this relocation the Bible in a “figure” says; “Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them” (Mark 9:2). The terrain and influence of God’s governance in a man’s life transforms the man as it sets him on a high mountain apart…” far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” Eph. 1:21 this God did when he made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, (Eph. 2:6 NKJV).
Peter saw the glorious effect and positioning occasioned by God’s Kingdom (rule and governance) in a Man and he exclaimed, “Master, it is good for us to be here…” (Mark9:5). Sure it is good to be under God. Would you consider this “good” place and be free, exempted and let off the lower abyss of the wicked devil? We can choose. After all Peter, James and John chose also to follow Jesus to get to that high mountain apart by themselves…come apart also, follow Jesus and He will take you to High points of Life, full and resplendent of color and Glory. Say Amen.

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Good News – Light

And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. Gen. 1:36

Tags are descriptive labels attached to an item to identify, recognize or classify the item. They are a very small piece (compared in size) attached to an item that profoundly impact the appreciation for the item by interested suitors or patrons. Tags contain valuable information that helps suitors or patrons make necessary determination about the item. It is therefore normal, usual and expected to always bypass the visual appreciation for an item and consider the descriptive details contained in the attached tag.
Tags are so important, necessary and essential to product evaluation that when a tag is missing on an item, the decision to purchase may be lacking vital/descriptive information required to conclude the selection regardless of the lure, appeal or visual attraction of the item. Decision is therefore impaired and improbable because of the missing tag. The converse is also probable; despite weakened visual attraction to select an item, clear communication of its nature and content by its tag may induce appreciation and selection of the item. There is a cogent lesson about tags, they inform the gratification and content of the eventual owner of the item.
In life’s course, it’s prevalent to see how life had tagged everyone. Some are healthy, others unhealthy, some rich, others poor, some others are neither, some are tagged clever, and others dull, etc. These tags often replace the natural name of people to identify them. It is not uncommon to identity some person as “richest” on the block though the name is unknown. It is my prayer that none of us will be incorrigibly tagged in Jesus Name.
Barren, was the descriptive label that described Elisabeth in family and social circles, she was so tagged. According to the Bible, “…a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.” (Luke 1:5-7 KJV) Notice, everything about Zacharias and Elisabeth was fine and admirable until Elisabeth’s ‘tag’ was read.
With the tag, “Elisabeth was barren”, she was attributed to the family condition, blamed for the situation and labelled as the cause of their childlessness. “…they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren,” (Luke 1:7) but thank God, a new era emerged in that family life and course. God removed the old tag and the Angel of God said to Mary, “thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible.” (Luke 1:36-37)
There is a good and great lesson here; God is able to remove life’s cruel tag and replace it with a new and glorious one. He can change our identifying labels to reflect good and great description and no time is past or awkward with God to do that. About Elisabeth, “she hath also conceived a son in her old age:” (Luke 1:36) but note; “For with God nothing shall be impossible” (Luke 1:37)
You and I must be and remain with God who only is able to re-write life’s bad label and give everyone a new Brand name. This is Hope. We must not resign to life’s difficult and embarrassing name tags or labels but rise up and seek God like Jacob also did and had his tag changed; “thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name:…be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;” (Gen. 35:10-11). Go for it.

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