Jesus, speaking to his father, said “I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”
That was his mindset, his goal, his resolution…to see his father glorified, to do what he asked.
As you start the new year and perhaps set some goals for yourself inquire what the Lord would have you to do. Seek his face. Give his will consideration and then priority. Following our Savior into the upcoming year will bring the peace, joy and comfort we seek after.
Scripture taken from: John 17:4
The wiseman traveled toward Jesus. Maybe they were expecting to find Him in the king’s palace, after all they were searching for a king. Maybe they knew that they’d find Him in a small home. But regardless of where their journey led them they were joyous when they reached their destination. Because Jesus was there.
You might find yourself in a completely unexpected place…but if Jesus is there you can have complete joy.
Originally posted: December 22, 2015
If you’re reflecting on the year that we’re closing in on you may realize that your bible reading or studying hasn’t been what you set out for it to be. Maybe you have fallen behind or have just quit altogether. Hopefully you are planning to get right back to it in the next few days.
If so there is probably a nagging in your mind something like this “God doesn’t want to meet with you now because you’ve snubbed him. or You’re on your own to figure this out-you’ve missed your opportunity. or What’s the use? You’ll most likely fail again.”
Those thoughts don’t mirror the God we serve. Those thoughts are condemning and go directly against the Word of God. I John 3:20 “For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.”
Our human nature opposes God’s attributes. He is longsuffering when we are quick to give up. He is merciful when we are harsh. He is love even when we feel only disgust.
Live by what the Word says to be true, not random thoughts.
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us…full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
The Word came to us over 2,000 years ago as a baby in a manger. The Word continues to abide with us–in the form of a book.
Just as the shepherds sought to meet the Word in form of flesh that first Christmas night, may we be found seeking the Word, our bibles, to experience what Jesus has for us today.
The young girl stared wide eyed at the angel that appeared unto her. She listened in awe as he spoke “…The Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women…”
The bible goes on to say that The Lord is with all His children. In Corinthians we learn that the redeemed of Jesus are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in them.
Isn’t that a comfort? To know that not only was The Lord with Mary, Jesus’ mother, but also that He is with each of us?
He is within us loving us…guiding us…correcting us…urging us to pray for one another.
Blessed are we among mankind.
Originally posted December 12, 2013
The Holy Ghost had revealed to Simeon that he wouldn’t see death until he saw the Lord’s Christ. To put it plainly, he was guaranteed a next breath as long as he didn’t see Jesus.
Some would have fled any place that might have the potential of being visited by Christ just to live a little longer. But Simeon chose not to. He, being led by the Spirit, went to the temple: the very place babies went to be dedicated to the Lord. It was here that Simeon was given the honor of blessing the baby Jesus, his parents and prophesying about the wonders of Christ.
Simeon understood that running from the presence of Jesus wasn’t worth missing out on the glory of being part of His story.
I am praying that you and I will have that same frame of mind causing us to be willing to offer everything we have to be used to glorify Christ.
Scripture taken from: Luke 2:21-32
Jesus and his parents lived in Egypt for a period of time. This phase of life wasn’t just one of waiting but a time to fulfill prophecy. The Word was being fulfilled as God was preparing the next phase of their journey.
Things had to happen before they started to Nazareth. Herod had to die. Can you imagine if they would have rushed their exile from Egypt? Herod wanted Jesus dead. So much so that he ordered the massacre of toddler boys the age of Christ.
You may want to rush through life, only wanting to get to the next step of your journey. Be patient. God is preparing the next phase. He isn’t just having you to sit idly by. Make the most of the position you’re in and trust that He is preparing a place for you.
“Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen waketh but in vain.” Psalm 127:1
What if we started evaluating our days based on this verse? What if we asked the Lord: show me how I can glorify you in this or use me today to build your kingdom?
If our mindset was to glorify the Lord in all we do we would most likely see stressful situations in our day to day decrease because 1) we would only do things that God has commanded or has a potential purpose for 2) our attitude and approach would be entirely different
Ruth’s choice of humility wasn’t the easy way out. She would become the sole support for herself and her mother in law. The decision, which would require a lot of work and dedication would lead her to the life God had planned for her and for generations to come, including you.
Obed, Ruth’s son, is in the lineage of Jesus.
Just because your calling takes a lot of effort doesn’t mean it isn’t your calling. Occasionally ministering to others seems simple and effortless. At other times it seems as though we work and work and wait and wait for results. During those times don’t give up. Push through. There are blessings in the future for your work in the present time.