Archive | December 2018

Proverbs 13:15 ” Good understanding wins favor, but the way of the unfaithful is hard.”

Another translation states, “but the way of the transgressor will not endure, like barren dry soil.” (Amplified Version)  We will never find favor with God and for that matter, in any work place, when we’re in it only for ourselves.  For when your work ethic is deceptive, and fraudulent…sooner or later you’re gonna get caught!  But when we approach anything we do with cautious wisdom and good common sense…all happiness and success will be ours…for we will not only have God’s favor, but man’s.

Judges 17:6 ” In those days Israel had no King; everyone did as he saw fit.”

This verse is repeated several times in Judges…the Jews had no ruler, instead everyone did what they thought was right, just, and pleasing to them.  But we know the definition of “doing as one sees fit” can mean a hundred things to a hundred people.  So what we see here was a form of anarchy…a absence of governmental rule and authority in the country.  And what we also see was growing confusion and disorder among God’s people.

Colossians 1:13 ” For He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the Kingdom of the Son He loves…”

To paraphrase Acts 26:18…We are to turn from spiritual darkness to the light of Jesus Christ… from the limited power of Satan to the infinite power of God, so that we may receive forgiveness of our sins and a place among fellow Believers who are sanctified by faith in Jesus.  The Lord has snatched us from danger and set us free…the chains have been broken off and we are no longer a slave to sin and the jurisdiction of darkness…for the Kingdom of God is now residing within our hearts. (Luke 17:21)

Micah 3:8 ” But as for me, I am filled with power, with the spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgressions, to Israel his sin.”

The prophet Micah had to make a very personal and difficult decision…be quiet and allow the greed and injustice he saw to continue…or speak out, denouncing the willful rebellion and habitual sinfulness he was witnessing.  For Micah, the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit far surpassed any threat in the world…and the righteous indignation within drove him to openly condemn the ungodliness he saw.  As Believers, we’re filled with the same Holy Spirit as Micah…the same knowledge between right and wrong…the same ability to bring light into darkness.  I pray that a spirit of righteous indignation rise up among God’s people, causing us to boldly speak truth where there’s lies and  deception.

Isaiah 65:16 ” Whoever invokes a blessing in the land will do so by the God of truth; he who takes an oath in the land will swear by the God of truth. For the past troubles will be forgotten and hidden from My eyes.”

It’s not God who throws the past up in your face…filling you with guilt, shame, and embarrassment.  And it’s not Him who reminds you of all the  stupid mistakes, bad judgment calls, and blunders you’d just like to forget. No, we’re really good at beating our-self up over our past without anyone else’s help!  But there’s nothing we can do about the past, and besides, God’s not concerned about it…what He’s concerned about is what we’re doing for Him today.  For God isn’t a God of the past…He’s a God of the here and now…with a focus on today, not on what happened years ago.  So let go of the past, it’s just a heavy weight you’re dragging around for nothing.

Matthew 2:1-2 ” After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the East came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the One who has been born King of the Jews? We saw His star in the East and have come to worship Him.’ “

These three wise men had traveled from a long distance, relying on astrological charts and Old Testament prophecy…following this bright star in the Eastern sky.  And on arriving in Bethlehem, they found the foretold King of the Jews and offered three extravagant gifts worthy of royalty…gold, frankincense, and myrrh.  So on this special day of giving and receiving presents, we also have three gifts we can give the Christ Child.  For Deuteronomy 6:5 tells us to, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”  These three gifts you have to give are unique only to you…for they comprise who you are…your mind, body, and spirit.  Therefore, they make up the greatest gift you could ever give anyone today…especially the King of Kings.

Romans 6: 23 “…but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

I know your day is busy with lots of last-minute things to do before Christmas.  But I have a present for you…so will you take a moment from your hectic schedule?  Now I know this present isn’t very pretty, in fact it’s very battered looking with red stains on the outside.  And to the world it would seem very old fashion and out of date.  But this present could literally change your life for the better…with joy, peace, and wholeness.  This gift is actually from God, and He, Himself, is offering it to you..  For this wonderful gift is His Son, Jesus Christ…and the whole reason why we celebrate Christmas tomorrow.  So please receive this gift of hope, called the Good News…for Jesus came and died for your sins that you may have eternal life.