Encouragement, acknowledgment, affirmation. All words meant to lift us up. We long for it from our spouse, our boss, our pastor. We all crave approval. It’s important to our growth and development as humans and as children of God. Matthew 3:17 says, “and suddenly a voice came from heaven saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” Someday, hopefully we will hear those same sentiments when God tells us “Well done my good and faithful servant.” I look forward to that day. God bless you!
Courage… a word normally used for heroes, not ordinary people. We, as God’s children, can be courageous in our work for him. I am reminded of an ordinary woman who was taken into the house of King Ahasuerus and rose to be queen. When her uncle Mordechai asked her to petition for the Jewish nation, she reminded him that anyone who came to the King without an invitation was subject to death. In Esther 4:16, she told Mordechai to have the Jews pray for her for three days and said she would go to the King, not according to the law. And she said, “and if I perish, I perish.” In the face of death, she showed great courage! How much more can we accomplish with that type of attitude and faith. God bless you as you reach others for Christ.
Just because we’re saved doesn’t mean life will be a picnic. There are so many trails that each of us endure. It might be financial troubles, it might be sickness or the loss of a loved one, it might be an unwanted houseguest that causes you grief. In the midst of my issues, I am reminded of a song written by Gloria Gaither that says, “Because He lives (and my favorite part) I can face tomorrow… Lamentations 3:22-23 says, “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.” Aren’t you comforted to know that no matter what we are facing, we are never alone. God bless you!
It’s easy for us to misplace things. Sometimes they are unimportant and we don’t spend a lot of time searching, but other times we lose something very valuable; we may even lose our way and don’t know where to look. If we are backsliding, there is an easy way to find our relationship with Christ. Jeremiah 29:13 says, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” I pray that each of us doesn’t have to go looking, but if we do, we know where to look. God bless you!
The Lord needs us! There is a saying that 10% of the congregation does 90% of the work. It goes along with scripture when Jesus said the harvest is plenty, but the laborers are few. I want us to be quick to be available for the one who gave everything for us. 1 Samuel 3:10 says, “And the Lord came, and stood, and called as at other times, Samuel, Samuel. Then Samuel answered, Speak; for thy servant heareth.” It only takes a willing heart to be his servant. Let’s gladly do his work while we can! God bless you.
Wherever we are, we are his witness. Some may think that being a witness originated in the New Testament (Acts 1:8), but it really started in the Old Testament. The Jewish nation was told by God to be witnesses while they were in captivity. Isaiah 43:10a tells us, “Ye are my witnesses, saith the Lord, and my servant whom I have chosen”; and 43:12b says “Therefore ye are my witnesses..” Witnessing for Christ is our responsibility, not only when it is easy or convenient, but for wherever God leads us. How about asking God to guide us to someone today who needs to hear the Good News! May He bless us and give us courage.
Another new year is upon us: a chance for new beginnings. Many people use this time to make changes in their lives and to make resolutions to make the future better. What many people don’t realize is that only Jesus holds our future. 2 Corinthians 5:17 tells us about starting anew when we are taught: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” Let’s help others become brand new this year by sharing the love of Jesus. God bless you!
There are many in this world who don’t seek what’s important. They want fame, fortune, and success. Ponce de Leon searched for the Fountain of Youth, seeking eternal life. Many spend fortunes trying to stay young to accomplish the same goal, and, unfortunately, they don’t know that there is only way to receive eternal life: through Jesus Christ. 1 John 5:11-12 tells us, “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. He that hath the Son hath life, and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life.” Fanny Crosby wrote the hymn, “Blessed Assurance,” I pray that those who don’t know the Savior will find him and his blessed assurance this season. God bless you, and Merry Christmas!
Since biblical times, bells and cymbals have been rung to proclaim the joy in heaven and peace on earth at Christmas. When we hear Christmas bells, our hearts should be lifted. We sing the song “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day,” and some know the poem written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow on Christmas Day in 1863, “Christmas Bells.” Bells were a symbol of rejoicing in 1 Chronicles 13:8: “And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.” This Christmas, think of the joy they felt and rejoice! God bless you.
We have so many wonderful signs of the Christmas season. We observe carolers, shoppers, living nativity scenes, and lights everywhere. I admit that I might have overdone it this year! But the most important symbol of Christmas is the tree topper: the star. It represents the Bethlehem star. Numbers 24:17b says, “…there shall come a Star out of Jacob, and a Sceptre shall rise out of Israel…” I look forward to placing our star at the top of our tree and reflecting on what it represents! Merry Christmas, and God bless you.