Daily Light – Dec 22, 2017

Your daily goal:  
Philippians 3:14  “press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”   
(Monday-Friday, from my morning quiet time, I will write a short thought for that day which I pray God will use to motivate you to ‘GO’ for that day.  Your objective is simple…to GO…to GO OUT and share the love of Christ with someone in that day….to GO and bear fruit …to be light to the world.)
Today’s Daily Light
Almost Christmas 😊
Friends… I want to thank you for being a part of Daily Light.  With your help, we are sending DL to people across the United States and in India and S. America.  Our goal is to provide motivation and encouragement for people to be all they can be ‘in’ Christ ‘so that’ they can produce much fruit with their lives.  I end this week, wishing you a joyous Christmas season as we celebrate the birth of our Savior. 
The following is a writing from John Piper.   I think it further portrays the awe and wonder of our Great God and Father who ‘chose’ to freely give us His Son as our Savior. 
Our God is in the heavens; he does all that he pleases. (Psalm 115:3) 
This verse teaches that whenever God acts, he acts in a way that pleases him. 
God is never constrained to do a thing that he despises. He is never backed into a corner where his only recourse is to do something he hates to do. 
He does whatever he pleases. And therefore, in some sense, he has pleasure in all that he does. 
This should lead us to bow before God and praise his sovereign freedom — that, in some sense, he always acts in freedom, according to his own “good pleasure,” following the dictates of his own delights. 
God never becomes the victim of circumstance. He is never forced into a situation where he must do something in which he cannot rejoice. He is not mocked. He is not trapped or cornered or coerced. 
Even at the one point in history where he did what in one sense was the hardest thing for God to do, “not spare his own Son” (Romans 8:32), God was free and doing what pleased him. Paul says that the self-sacrifice of Jesus in death was “a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2). The greatest sin, and the greatest death, and the hardest act of God was, in some profound way, pleasing to the Father. 
And on his way to Calvary, Jesus himself had legions of angels at his disposal. “No one takes [my life] from me, but I lay it down of my own accord” (John 10:18) — of his own good pleasure — “for the joy that is set before him,” as it says in Hebrews 12:2. At the one point in the history of the universe where Jesus looked trapped, he was totally in charge doing precisely what he pleased — dying to glorify his Father in justifying the ungodly, like you and me. 
So, let us stand in awe and wonder. And let us tremble that not only our praises of God’s sovereignty but also our salvation through the death of Christ for us, hang on this: “Our God is in heaven; he does whatever he pleases.” 
Father…I am in awe of YOU.  Every day that I have life and breath…I am in awe.  I am in awe that you put up with me and continue to love me and that you are so kind, loving, and patient with me as you lead and guide me through the journey of this temporary thing we call life.   I treasure YOU above all things.  I am sooo thankful…soooo thankful that you gave me/us Jesus.  And precious Jesus…you are simply beyond amazing…to lay down, even for a little while, your high heavenly office as God the Son and come down onto our stage, put on human skin and play the part of the lamb tht must die…feel the pain, take the medicine of death and suffering, and then overcome and conquer it as only YOU could do… ‘so that’ I/we could spend eternity with you.   Wow…what a Father..what a Son…and what a Savior.   Amen
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