Hi Everyone - Merry Christmas!
Remember to keep Christ in Christ-mas this year and worship Him.
It's almost that time again, everyone is busy preparing presents and food to share with family and loved ones for their special Christmas day celebrations.
But we must remember the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus! I'm very glad that He came to save me and you!
My prayer is that we will finish the rest of 2017 strong in the Lord and in the power of His might, and that 2018 will be our best year ever.
Though the darkness is increasing around us on many sides we, as Christians will arise and shine and do great exploits in His name, to the glory of our Father. May we all walk well pleasing to Him in 2018 and cause many to come into the Kingdom.
Our Father loves us and cares for our well-being in every area of our lives. He desires that we prosper and be in health as He says in 3 John 2.
Like any good father does at Christmas time, He desires the very best presents for us His children. He knows full well what we need but He still requires us to ask Him for it.
Did you notice we are to ask Him - not people?
There is a lot of begging going on out there in the Body of Christ and this is not God's way. Many ministries are asking people for 'special' gifts this Christmas time. They all know that giving slows down over Christmas, so they cleverly ask for 'special' gifts.
But we are to look to Him for our supply and not to people. Even though He may choose to use people as an avenue of blessing, we are to keep our hope and trust in Him. The moment we start begging people for help we have stopped trusting God. He is more than capable of taking care of each one of us if we will but trust Him and use the faith He has given us.
The scriptures declare He knows what we need.
Our Father God is all knowing or omniscient.
He knows us much better than we know ourselves! He is always looking out for our interests and He is thinking about us continually.
Consider the following scriptures from the Psalms and see how much He surely loves and as His thoughts toward us are innumerable!
Psalm 139:17-18 How precious are Your thoughts about me, O God! They are innumerable! I can't even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up in the morning, You are still with me!
As we ask for our daily supply the Lord will get it to us. But understanding the ways in which the supply will come greatly enhances our ability to receive, and we won't be as likely to let the blessings pass us by.
Look a little further at the two main avenues by which our daily supply comes to us.
1. His Word
John 8:31-32 If you abide in My Word, you are My disciples indeed, and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
You notice it's not the Word that you know about, or heard about once that makes you free. It's the Word that's abiding in you that makes the difference.
The scriptures declare Jesus as the Living Word. He is the Bread from heaven that we are to feed on each and every day if we are to be well nourished and strong spiritually.
God will speak to us and direct our lives each and every day through His Living Word that abides in our heart. If we will make feeding on His Word a daily priority, then go ahead and obey it as if the Lord Himself is speaking and giving instructions, we will be blessed indeed.
2. His Presence
Psalm 16:11 You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy. At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.
The difference between true Christianity and all the other religions of the world is that our God is living in us and we can know Him intimately. His presence is so wonderful and so satisfying. We were created to fellowship with the Creator Himself and nothing else will ever truly satisfy. We are to not just know about God, but to know Him intimately as a faithful friend and to know His voice. If we will spend time and make the effort to draw near to God, He has promised in His Word He will draw near to us.
So many will be bitterly disappointed on that great day when the Lord will look into their eyes and say, "I never knew you." This should be the number one desire of every believer to know Him personally.
May God bless you richly as you live your life for Him in the coming year!
Again have a truly Happy Christmas and an Abundantly Blessed Year in 2018.