Joshua 1:5 ” No one will be able to stand up against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

No matter what, the Lord is there for you.  His presence doesn’t hinge on how good you try to be or how many times you read His Word and pray…No, it doesn’t matter what you do or don’t do… God’s always there.  Maybe you’ve been abandoned or deserted by someone in the past,  so now you feel you can’t trust God.  But it’s different with the Lord, for His covenant with you is unbreakable, unchangeable, unshakeable.  Realize today…God will never leave  or forsake you.

I Thessalonians 2:4 ” On the contrary, we speak as men approved by God to be entrusted with the Gospel. We are not trying to please men but God, Who tests our hearts.”

There will come a time when you’ll come to a crossroads and you’ll have to make a hard decision…do you please man, or  God.  Sure, pleasing man is easy, painless and non-confrontational…for the moment.  But it usually comes with compromise and difficulties in the end.  When we intentionally and deliberately focus our conduct on what the Lord would want us to do…people will  see that our walk matches our talk.

Isaiah 6:10 ” Make the heart of this people calloused…”

Are you walking around with a hardened heart?  When we’ve been hurt over and over again, our only recourse is to protect our heart…our inner person.  We put up a wall of callousness  and apathy so no one can hurt us again.  It’s  effective, but makes us appear uncaring and insensitive to others.  It’s also really lonely within those walls…but we’re too afraid and distrustful to allow anyone in…so instead, we put on the mask of indifference.

But you may also be walking around with a hardened heart from sin.  Everything is going great… you  can make it on your own…you don’t need the Lord.  But obstinately refusing God will only lead to destruction.

II Corinthians 1:24 ” Not that we lord it over your faith, but we work with you for your joy, because it is by faith you stand firm. “

You are being an example to those around you whether you realize it or not.  You are an ambassador for Christ everywhere you go…whether you want to be or not, for when you take on the name “Christian”,  people will judge you by higher standards.  They will watch you closer and judge you harsher.  When you take on the name Believer,  you become an example… whether that be a good one or bad.

Daniel 3: 16-18 ” Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, ‘O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.’ “

The three Hebrew children knew just where their strength came from…there was no need to defend themselves before the king.  For their faith and trust in God enabled them to rest in the knowledge that the battle was the Lord’s, not theirs.  We too don’t need to fight our battles alone…the Lord is standing ever ready to advocate for us.  All He asks is that we walk in faith while He does the work.

Proverbs 14:3 ” A fool’s talk brings a rod to his back, but the lips of the wise protect them. “

Prudence…a word you seldom hear now a days.  It’s definition means to have carefulness and foresight.  If before we spoke,  we would employ both these concepts mentally…I dare say we would  not be blurting out things we wish we hadn’t said.

My wish for you this Christmas Season

Just think, you’re here not by chance, but by God’s choosing.  His hand formed you and made you the person you are.  He compares you to no one else – you are one of a kind.  You lack nothing that His grace can’t give you.  He has allowed you to be here at this time in history to fulfill His special purpose for this generation.

Written by Roy Lessin, Co-founder of DaySpring

Matthew 1: 20-21 ” An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, ‘Joeeph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.’ “

When the angel came to Mary she had questions, but in the end accepted the unfathomable.  With Joseph though,  it wasn’t that easy.  The very human feelings of hurt and rejection were evident in his decision to divorce Mary quietly.  And it certainly was within the Law to dismiss her from the bond of marriage with a Certificate of Divorce for her perceived conduct.  But before this could happen, the angel visited Joseph and convinced him that what Mary had told him was true…she in fact had not been unfaithful.  The Lord will sometimes give us a promise so wonderful and far-fetched that we can’t put our heads around it either…it’s at that point we will make the decision to either believe God or reject it based on our shallow emotions.

Isaiah 9:6 ” For to us a child is born, to us a son is given…

All of humanity was lost…floundering in a sea of sin…sinking to never rise again.   When a baby was brought forth…God bestowing this precious gift on all.   For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only son – Jesus Christ – to bridge the chasm between God and man…and bring  eternal life to a dying world.

Micah 5:2 ” But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for Me one who will be Ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

700 years later, in a quiet unpretentious little town, the Messiah was born.  There was no fanfare, no pomp and pageantry…just a barn and a baby.  The Lord would rather use the humble…the plain and ordinary to do His best work.  Common,  simple people are His very best instrument for some of His most wonderful miracles.  Don’t ever dismiss yourself as someone God could never use…for in fact, you are exactly who He wants.

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