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Expectations | New Year 2020

My expectations for 2019 didn’t pan out.  Oh, for sure it was a good year as far as the usual subjects of weather, health, relationships, and personal growth …

But the most important event I was looking for did not happen.  Jesus did not come.

Most of you all are busy enjoying New Year activities today and I get that.  So I decided to keep this as brief as possible.  Mom and I are relaxing too.  We were up late watching fireworks displays on TV from around the world last night.  It was very entertaining and downright spectacular.

Then quite unexpectedly Mom said, “Wouldn’t it be great if the world celebrated the birth of Jesus at Christmas with as much enthusiasm?”

My heart just skipped a beat and those familiar Holy Spirit tinglings shot through me.

“Yes, Mom,” to her spontaneous remark.

We sort of lost interest in the TV soon after that and called it a night.

So here is my expectation – my hope – for 2020:

  1. I am praying that Jesus comes this year – PRAISE GOD!!
  2. I am trusting God for the promised GREAT AWAKENING in 2020 – THANK YOU, LORD!!
  3. All the usual good health, joy and peace this new year for my family, friends, fellow believers in Christ, and you readers of course!
  4. A national repentance and turning back to Jehovah God Almighty.
  5. In JESUS Name, MARANATHA 2020! MARANATHA 2020!
  6. And may there be THE BIGGEST FIREWORKS SHOWS WORLDWIDE AT THE SECOND COMING OF OUR LORD – or next Christmas, whichever comes first. Selah.

Share your expectations for 2020 in the comments.  I would love to read them!

THANK YOU for following Importantstuff.Live previously and in 2020.  Your encouragement fills my heart with true joy.  My love to All and God’s blessings and prosperity for you and yours in 2020.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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Today’s Nugget | Mary’s Song

Mary’s Song

46Mary responded,

“Oh, how my soul praises the

Lord.

47   How my spirit rejoices in

                God my Savior!

48   For he took notice of his lowly

                servant girl,

        and from now on all

                generations will call me

                blessed.

49   For the Mighty One is holy,

          and he has done great things

                for me.

50   He shows mercy from

                generation to generation

        to all who fear him.

51   His mighty arm has done

                tremendous things!

         He has scattered the proud

                and haughty ones.

52   He has brought down princes

                from their thrones

         and exalted the humble.

53   He has filled the hungry with

                good things

         and sent the rich away with

                empty hands.

54   He has helped his servant Israel

         and remembered to be

                merciful.

55   For he made his promise to

                our ancestors,

         to Abraham and his children

                forever.”

   56Mary stayed with Elizabeth

about three months and then

went back to her own home.

~ Luke 1: 46-56 NLT

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She Did What She Could

How can one person see the bigger picture while another is oblivious to the obvious?  At a time when there was a plot to kill Jesus, a woman close to Yeshua sensed trouble and took action.  Realizing that she could do nothing to prevent Yeshua’s death, she did what she could a couple of days prior to Passover:

And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as He (Jesus) sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask, and poured it on His head. ~ Mark 14:3 NKJV

The diners were shocked and criticized the woman, accusing her of wasting a commodity that was worth a year’s wages.  At the very least, they indicated it should have been sold and given to the poor.

But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” ~ Mark 14:6-9 NKJV (Emphasis added)

Satan is not “oblivious to the obvious”.  He immediately jumped on the opportunity of Judas’s dismay over the woman’s “waste”.  We know from that point on how the story takes its twisted path to Calvary’s cross.

10Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them. 11And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. So he sought how he might conveniently betray Him. ~ Mark 14:10-11 NKJV

But what just happened at dinner?  While Judas Iscariot was busy plotting the betrayal of the Messiah and the other disciples were enjoying a meal with Jesus, a woman follower sees the bigger picture and brought a most treasured possession to dinner.  She anointed Yeshua’s body right then and there, in case it would prove to be impossible later; believing that Jesus is the Lamb of God, soon to be sacrificed for our sins; Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

She did what she could – and today,

“what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”

If you enjoy reading about special people in history, you may like a previous post titled, What can you do?

And what is spikenard anyway? 

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Rome | Paul’s Valentine Message

It may seem like an odd title for the meeting between The Apostle Paul and the Jewish leadership at Rome.  However, we find that by the end of the day (and the Bible says “from morning till evening”) Paul testifies with all of the love in his heart that Jesus is the One who fulfills both the Law of Moses and the Prophets.  In other words, Jesus is indeed the long-awaited Messiah!

Yet some believe and some doubt.  As they prepare to leave his house, Paul delivers a tender message straight from the Holy Spirit through the prophet Isaiah:

26saying,

‘Go to this people and say:

“Hearing you will hear, and shall not understand;

And seeing you will see, and not perceive;

27For the hearts of this people have grown dull.

Their ears are hard of hearing,

And their eyes they have closed,

Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,

Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,

So that I should heal them.’  ~Acts 28:26-27 NKJV

Notice that not Paul, but The Holy Spirit, mentions that the people’s hearts have turned away from God.  Praise God that some of the Jews receive Jesus that day; while the remainder depart to argue the matter.

28”Therefore let it be known to you that the salvation of God has been sent to the Gentiles, and they will hear it!” 29And when he had said these words, the Jews departed and had a great dispute among themselves. ~ Acts 28:28-29 NKJV

Paul continues to preach about the Lord Jesus Christ from his own rental house for two more years.  No one forbids Paul, and we have no idea how many lives are brought into God’s kingdom through Paul at Rome.  Whatever the number, PRAISE THE LORD! – for each and every heart that softens, brightens, and turns to Jesus.

Long, Long ago the Lord said His love is everlasting, unfailing, and His heart is drawn toward His people.  God’s Valentine’s Day message to you is Turn, TURN your heart to Jesus. Repent and receive salvation today.

Firstly, God bless you for reading and following Jesus!

Secondly, thank you for following

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