Eight days after Jesus was born He was circumcised. He was a proper Jewish boy. He grew up in the town of Nazareth, by what we know He was just another kid in the neighborhood.
Luke 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and age and in favor with God and men.
Jesus was born a baby, He knew only what babies know. He had to grow in knowledge just like all babies. I heard a lady teach a Bible study one day and she made this connection: God knows all things, so Jesus was embarrassed when Mary changed His diaper! This is ignorance gone to seed. Jesus was willing to strip Himself of all the attributes that made Him God in order to please the Father. Jesus read and studied the Old Testament writings of the prophets in order to meet and know Jehovah. Joseph taught Jesus to be a carpenter but that wasn’t His calling. He was an ordained minister. He was a rabbi.
Luke 2:49 Do you not know that I must be about My Father’s business?
Jesus was a rabbi under the law but he answered to God, not the Scribes and Pharisees. The Jewish leadership was corrupt, they didn’t care anything about the people. When Jesus came along ministering to the people He made them look bad. They became jealous and began to look for things to accuse Him of so they could justify killing Him. We know very little about the early years of Jesus. Some have written books claiming to have “revelation” of His childhood, but unless they can show me in the Scriptures, I will not believe one word of it.
Luke 3:22 The Holy Ghost descended in the shape of a dove upon Jesus, and a voice came from heaven saying, You are My beloved Son; in You I am well pleased.
Jesus did nothing of significance until the Holy Spirit came to Him. Jesus could do nothing of Himself, He was just a man like you and I. The Bible calls Him Son of God, Son of man. The Bible refers to the whole human race as the sons of man, we are all the descendants of Adam just like Jesus. But He was also the Son of God because the Holy Spirit was His Father. The Holy Spirit was the one who planted the seed in the virgin.
Philippians 2:7 Jesus stripped Himself (of all privileges and dignity of being God) so as to assume the guise of a servant, in that He became like a man, born a human being.
Jesus was a man and remained a man until He was resurrected. He is now a man with a glorified body. He ministered for about three and a half years and during that time He was tired, hungry, thirsty and rejected by those He was sent to. Jesus would never have made it without the Holy Ghost, He could only do and say what the Father gave Him to do. Jesus had to find Himself in the Scriptures and then He had to submit to what they said about Him. Most times we must remind ourselves that Jesus is the best Christmas Gift we have or ever will receive. Merry Christmas!
God knows I am serious,
I bring Him His tithe.
I am motivated by love
because He first loved me.
His presence is my priority.
His rewards will find me
and when they do,
I will give Him all the glory.
You will declare a thing, and it will be established for you
Declarations over our children:
I declare my child(ren) shall be taught of the Lord
I declare great is the peace of my child(ren)
I declare my child(ren) hear God’s voice and walk in truth
I declare my child(ren) serve God all the days of their lives.
Declarations over America:
We declare that the power of Christ’s redemption is greater than the power of sin and death in America
We declare that America will be saved
We declare that truth will win in America. Lord send revival
We declare that life and decency will prevail in the United States
We declare that the Supreme Court will honor truth and justice, not their own ideals and desires
Declarations over our church:
We declare that FOJ will have a platform for the Holy Spirit to work from
We declare we are making room for the gifts of the Spirit to flow
We declare the spirit of boldness is replacing the spirit of fear
We declare we are putting every distraction, anything that would entangle us and we run with endurance in our vision.
We declare and believe revival is coming