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One more Christ gift to us. Weekend of December 14th and 15th, 2002

Do you remember as a kid saying something like this to your parents, "You don't understand." Sure you do, we all said it, we said it as we were trying to spread our wings and our parents were still trying to keep us under their wing.

Well, one of the many gifts the Lord God Creator of all things, Christ Jesus, has given us is the gift of His understanding exactly what it means to be human and to be tempted.

And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, there being forty days tempted by the devil. And during those days Jesus ate nothing: and when the forty days and nights ended, the Lord was extremely hungry.

So, the devil said unto Him, "If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread." And Jesus answered satan, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.

Then, the devil, taking the Lord God Jesus up onto a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said to Him, "All this power will I give Thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If Thou will worship me, all shall be Thine." And Jesus said to him, Get thee behind Me, satan: for it is written, THOU SHALT WORSHIP THE LORD THY GOD, AND HIM ONLY SHALT THOU SERVE.

And then satan brought Jesus to Jerusalem, and set Him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said to Jesus, the Son of the Most High God, "If Thou be the Son of God, cast Thyself down from hence: For it is written, He shall give His angels charge over Thee, to keep Thee: And in their hands they shall bear Thee up, lest at any time Thou dash Thy foot against a stone." And Jesus answering said to him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.

And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from the Lord Jesus, the Christ for a season. And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of Him through all the region round about. (From the gospel of Luke 4:1-14 in the ACPKJV)

All of the temptations we face in a life time the Lord faced all at one time. Jesus knows what it is like to be restrained, for He had the power to create earth and the heavens, yet, He was restrained. He was restrained by God the Father. Just like you and I were restrained by our parents as we tried to spread our wings, the Lord God was restrained by His heavenly Father.

So, while maybe our parents really didn't remember what it was like to be young and wanting to spread their wings, the Lord God Creator of all things, Christ Jesus does. So when we goof up and do something really dumb, something really wrong, by our going to Him and saying "I'm sorry Lord, please forgive me," He does remember what it was like to be young and tempted and does faithfully and completely forgive. And after forgiving, He puts what we have done out of His mind. Not like our earthly dads, moms, brothers, sisters, kin and wives who never ever forget anything, even when they have forgiven us.

What a gift, God knows what it is like to be tempted, understands the temptation and even though He never succumbed to temptation, He totally forgives us for falling to our temptations and then puts what we have done and He has forgiven us totally and completely out of His mind and remembers it no more.

Is that a gift or what? And it is just one of the zillions of gifts the Lord gives us, on HIS birthday. Think about it, we are about to celebrate His two thousand and second birthday and He gives us the gifts.

Oh Lord God, my Lord and my Creator, my Saviour and my Master, how do I ever thank You? How do I ever give You a gift worthy of You? How insignificant it seems to give You me for Your birthday, for all You have given me. But Lord it is the best I have to give You and pray You will find some use for this humble gift of myself that I give You, I pray that You will allow Your will to be done in my heart as it is in Your heaven.

Amen and Happy Birthday Lord.

God blessed America when she feared Him, now it appears, she may face His wrath.

ACP

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