Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.
As believers, we need to stay strong in the Lord because our source of strength is found in Jesus, for His word says, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13).
As humans, we fail and we are weak but Christ’s power is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinth 12:9). When we draw our strength from Him, we are limitless and soar like an eagle to new heights. Isaiah 40:31 says “But those who trust in the LORD will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.”
We just need to put our trust in Jesus rather than our own strength or wisdom. Trust in the LORD with all your heart; and lean not on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5). You are an overcomer and you are strong in Him. Be strong and victorious through our Lord Jesus Christ!
Every day we are presented with choices, either with your thoughts or how you spend your time. Have we ever thought, every single decision that we make is going to effect in one way or the other? The choices that you made long time ago, led to the destination that you are in, right now. Galatians 6: 7b says You will always harvest what you plant. What are you harvesting in? What kind of choices are you making? Is it pleasing to God?
Mark 4:24 says
The measure you give will be the measure that comes back to you.
The measure can be the time you put in, or how you spend your money. If you spend your money buying things, then you will end up having lots of things. If you spend your time having bad thoughts about something then you will end up miserable, frustrated and anxious.
Spend your time and thoughts wisely, and make a Godly choice that will please God. The Bible says in Psalm 90:12; Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. Our days are few so use wisely to glorify God. Invest into things that are eternal and dwell on things that bring glory to God. Make Godly choices and live a life that is pleasing to God.
As we begin this new year, we need to remind ourselves that we are God’s masterpiece. He created us in His own image (Genesis 1:27). He is reborn in our hearts and created us anew. He lives in us (Romans 8:10). We are His children. 2 Corinthians 6:18 says And I will be your Father, and you will be my sons and daughters, says the LORD Almighty.
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Since God lives in us and we are His children, we need to do good things. Not because, by doing good we can be saved. We are saved by His grace. That’s His gift to all of us (Ephesians 2:8).
Let’s begin doing good works because He lives in us. Ephesians 6:9 says, so let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up.
When unbelievers look at children of God, they see His image coming through in us. We are like a window where they can see Jesus and want to come to Him. By this, we can fulfill His ultimate goal of winning souls for Him.
As believers of Christ we have assurance that our lives can be revived and renewed in Him. The old me is gone now, in Christ I am clean and pure.
2 Corinthians 5:17
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come.
Take His word to heart and reflect on it and all the condemnation of this world is erased and we have a clean plate to begin a new chapter in our lives.
In this new year, let us all hold on to Christ our savior and never go back to the past and, cast away all the daunting thoughts and worries that burden us. Commit to Him whatever you do and your plans will succeed (Proverbs 16:3).
Lord, we commit and submit ourselves to Your will and plans because Your plans are for good and not for disaster, to give me a future and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). Help us to be disciplined by your word and serve you with our whole heart. Help us to live a life that is pleasing to you. We put our trust and hope in You alone. Amen!
During this season of gift giving and receiving, we may not be perfectly happy or the joy may be temporary. Do not expect or place your happiness in the things of the world, instead delight or rejoice in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart (Psalm 37:4). Our true gift comes from Him, the birth of His Son which is our gift of salvation. Submit yourselves fully to the Lord and seek Him with all your heart.
When we seek His kingdom and His will, all our needs are met and our desires are completely fulfilled. John 4:14 says Whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life. Let us all drink from His well and we will never thirst or desire for the earthly things.
1 Chronicles 16:10
Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
The true Joy comes from seeking Him and drinking from His eternal well. As we worship the Lord with all our hearts, minds and souls, we commit our whole life to Him alone, then we experience the eternal Joy in His Holy presence.
1 John 4:8
God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.
As we go through this season of advent and are preparing our hearts for Christ to receive His bride which is the church itself, we need hold fast to Him and His word. His word is powerful; it works our hearts to change and turn a wounded heart to His true love.
He first loved us, so receive His pure love now and share it with others. As He loved us, so we love one another, and that’s the new commandment He gave us in John 13:34.
It’s easy to say I love you but not always easy to do so. What is love? 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 clearly states Love is patient, kind, does not envy, does not boast, not proud, does not dishonor others, not self-seeking, not easily angered, keeps no record of wrongs, does not delight in evil, rejoices with truth, protects, trusts, hopes and always perseveres.
God lives in us since He is love (1 John 4:8). Let us experience His beautiful love by living in His word.
As Christmas is fast approaching we are planning and preparing for the big day, not just for family gatherings but also gift giving. It may not be a pleasant season for those who are alone or going through circumstances or battling a sickness.
We might be burdened with situations in families or fighting loneliness, we become tired of reasoning and our minds get clogged. Joyce Meyer says when the mind is busy it’s called ‘abnormal mind’ in her book, Battlefield of the Mind.
What do we do when we are weary and burdened? Go and rest in Jesus.
The Bible says,
Matthew 11:28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
When we are rested in God:
Seek Him with all your heart, mind and soul this busy season and rest in His presence more than worrying. Remember, He is the reason for this season.
So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.”
As we begin this advent season of waiting and celebrating the awesome arrival of Child Jesus which brings the good news of salvation, we actively participate by bringing ourselves to His feet and giving ourselves fully by renewing our faith, seeking Him like never before and giving charity to others with sense of gratitude.
In this holy season let us reflect on His gift of His son for our salvation and His unending love for us. Draw closer to Him and spend time in prayer and meditation and make room in your life to listen to His still voice. He is revealing to you His great plans and purpose as you wait on Him.
Through your life His name will be glorified and you will see fruit that will be of His kingdom. So slow down and begin your spiritual journey of waiting by submitting to His will and experience His infinite love.
We might have had lot of hurt in the past. In Christ, we have hope that He will give you a new heart and a new spirit.
Ezekiel 36:26 says
I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.
Believe in His word and receive it now and allow Him to mold you and mend your heart. Old is gone, new has come.
The heart that has been hardened from hurt and become stone, will be removed by our Lord and He is giving you a heart of flesh and is putting a new spirit that refreshes you inside out.
For this is the promise of His gift, of a new heart for you. Receive it now and claim it, in His name. Glorify Him and Praise Him for this renewal of your heart and spirit.
Sometimes our circumstances can dictate how we feel and do things. But that can changed by choosing to be joyful in all circumstances. Some of us live with a situation or with a health problem or lost a loved one. We don’t need to give in to the temporary situations. Instead we choose to shout with Joyful songs to the Lord and Worship Him with gladness.
We know that our Lord is good and we belong to Him. We trust Him that He will take care of situations and turn things around. Believing in Him, we come to Him with grateful praise and give thanks. Grateful heart produces joyful heart and gives us a serving heart.
When you are going through something, don’t give in, instead start serving the Lord and others around you. By this, we show others that we live for Him and are grateful for all His blessings and share the joy that comes from Him.
In this season, lets enter His gates with thanksgiving and His courts with praise. Be joyful and spread Jesus’ joy around you for He is good and His love endures forever and His faithfulness through all generations.
1 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
2 Worship the Lord with gladness;
come before him with joyful songs.
3 Know that the Lord is God.
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving
and his courts with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.
5 For the Lord is good and his love endures forever;
his faithfulness continues through all generations.