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It's the wrapping on gifts that makes them such a surprise, right? When God chose to wrap His Ultimate Gift to us, he chose humanity as the paper. Join us as we explore the wonder of the way God chose to wrap himself in humanity in order to bring us to himself.
Godâ€™s Gifts At Christmas Part 1: Messy Gift Wrapping Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do. And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree that the law is good. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to doâ€”this I keep on doing. Romans 7:15-19 Wrapping Paper is Not the Giftâ€”Holiness is the Gift! . . . we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10 And we . . . are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 Misunderstanding Messy Gift Wrapping â€¢ Spiritual Apathy â€¢ Spiritual Performance â€œThe teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat. So you must obey them and do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.â€ Matthew 23:2-3 â€œWoe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men's bones and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.â€ Matthew 23:27-28 Unwrapping the Beautiful Mess 1. Thank God that youâ€™re in PROCESS Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 2 Corinthians 5:17 2. Trust God in your UNFINISHEDNESS . . . being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6 3. Pursue God with FAITHFULNESS â€œSet yourselves apart for a holy life. Live a holy life, because I am GOD, your God. Do what I tell you; live the way I tell you. I am the GOD who makes you holy.â€ Leviticus 20:7-8 (Msg) . . . pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 1 Timothy 6:11