It is when we stumble or fail, that we value and appreciate the grace of God. We fall face down and confess our sins and receive His grace with a grateful heart. But as time passes and we have been walking faithfully in the path of righteousness for some time, it is then we get familiar with grace. We take our success for granted often forgetting where we started. We become judgmental and look upon others with contempt. In 1 Corinthians 15:10, Paul said, “I am what I am by the grace of God” attributing his success to the grace of God. He is careful to mention that he was the worst of sinners- a persecutor of the church. Let us never in the best of days forget the grace of God as we did in our worst
Joseph and Mary like any of us must have prayed for a room in the inn. And the answer to their prayer was a “No.” Only a manger became available, and they had to take it.
The implications are deep. Just because I pray for something doesn’t mean I am going to receive it—any more than Joseph and Mary received a room in the inn. I’m sure they prayed for God to do the impossible and find them a place to stay. God answered their prayer in an odd way. This evidently did not shake Joseph and Mary’s faith that God let them be left out in the cold… Prayers of righteous people are always effective (James 5:16) but not always in the way we expect. How do we respond when God answers differently? Is our faith shaken?
Throughout the Bible, the Lord Jesus was given many names. He was called the Light of the world, the Lamb of God, the Good Shepherd, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Son of God, Christ, Jesus, the Promised One, the Bright and Morning Star and many more. Each of these names reflects a different facet of His character and helps us understand who He really is. Of all the names that were given to Him, though, none brings more comfort to my heart than Immanuel—God with us. Prayer: Father in Heaven, thank You for the comfort that comes from knowing You became flesh lived among us. I find comfort in knowing that You are God with us. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Philippians 1:6 I am certain that God, Who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished.’ We are all a work in progress! The Lord is not finished with you yet and He will continue to work in your life. The work He does in our lives is always a ‘good’ work with the prospect of wonderful things. The good work that He is doing within you is an ongoing process, but it will be completed.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that You are at work in my life. You are doing a wonderful and a good work in line with Your purposes and plans for my life. I embrace Your work in my life. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
At some time in life all of us feel the loneliness of sorrow. Mary and Martha were saddened by the death of their brother, Lazarus, and Martha said to Jesus, “If you had been here, my brother would not have died.” They were sorrowful because of a loss. Jesus wept with them. Jesus is with us in our sorrows. When we come to Jesus Christ, He does not promise to exempt us from trouble or sorrow. Tears will come, but we have a hope that our sorrows will turn into joy. In the midst of trials and agony and tears which come to us all, we do not grieve as one who is hopeless. Jesus turns our ash heaps into beauty, our mourning into dancing, clothes us with garments of praise and oh the joy we can experience by the power of the Holy Spirit!
Psalm 4:8 I will lie down in peace, and sleep: for You, Lord, only make me dwell in safety. Proverbs 3:24 When you lie down, you shall not be afraid: Your sleep shall be sweet. Today, if you’ve been struggling with getting good sleep because you’ve been carrying the cares of the world, release them to God. Just say, “Father, I trust You. I trust that You are working things out for my good. I trust that You are ordering my steps. Thank You for Your good and precious promises, and thank You for the gift of sweet sleep! I receive it in Jesus’ name!”
“Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 If we’re honest, we’ll admit that we often depend on our own strength and very often cast our cares onto a friend instead of the Lord. When we realize we have absolutely no ability in ourselves to handle our anxieties and concerns, we will not hesitate to turn to the One who does. That takes humility. Only a prideful heart thinks that we have the power in ourselves to solve every problem in life. But Jesus said, “Apart from Him, we can do nothing.” So we must trust Him to lift us up at the right time, to vindicate us, to prepare a table before us in the presence of our enemies, to anoint our heads with oil, and to cause our cups to run over—if we humble ourselves.
Hebrews 12:6 For the Lord disciplines the one He loves. God is gracious and merciful, but He is also holy and just. This requires Him to confront sin, which destroys the people He loves. Unless He can turn the hearts of His people from their wicked ways, they will not only harm themselves but also miss out on an intimate relationship with Him. If you are being disciplined for sin, remember that it is because God loves you and wants to turn your heart back toward Him. Be grateful that God cares enough about you to want the very best for you, even if it means temporary pain, but it can bring permanent blessing.
Genesis 22:18 ‘All nations will be blessed through you.’ The Lord promised Abraham that ALL nations would be blessed because of him.The truth is that the Lord wants to use each of our lives to be a blessing. How can you be a blessing to those around you? The reason He has blessed you is to be a blessing. May the Lord use your life and may many be blessed because of you! PRAYER: Lord, I dedicate my life into Your mighty hands. Use my life to bring light, hope, life and blessing into the lives of those who are discouraged, hopeless and despairing. May my life count, I pray. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Gates and bars do well to protect a home or a city, but then only are they secure when God makes them strong. The true safety is in God’s defence of it. Psalm 127:1 says, unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards watch in vain. Is God your defence? Have you taken shelter and refuge in Him? You can rest assured that He will keep you and your home safe and secure. Your children will be blessed within your walls. Don’t live in fear, child of God. For He has strengthened the bars of your gates and blessed your children within your walls. Psalm 147:13