‘And the government shall be upon His shoulders’, because He’s the King of kings and the Lord of lords, the government of the whole world rests on His shoulders. There’s nothing outside of His control. This Christmas time, the One who has the government of the world on His shoulders wants to carry you on His shoulders. Everything that concerns you is His concern and He desires to bear the burden of it as you trust Him and obey Him as Lord. One day, truly He will come again, not as a lamb but as a lion, the Lion of Judah and establish His Kingdom here on earth.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Please give me a fresh revelation of who Jesus is and the wonder of Your indescribable Gift. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
‘You, LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns into my darkness into light.’
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, some days it feels like my light is almost extinguished, but I know that You want to come alongside me and cause my light to burn bright again. Thank You for giving me hope in this hopeless situation. Light my path, Lord, for I do not know what to do. Amen
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14
What difference would it make if we truly grasped the fact that there are no guarantees about what tomorrow holds?
I suspect we would be a lot quicker to forgive. I think we would be much more apt to consider the needs of others around us. We’d say “I love you” more often and prioritize people over things and duties. I think we would spend a lot less time pursuing things that don’t matter and care a lot more about eternity and the people around us.
“Love like there’s no tomorrow, and if tomorrow comes, love again.“ (Max Lucado)
‘Above all, you must live as citizens of heaven, conducting yourselves in a manner worthy of the Good News about Christ.’
– We should always remember that as children of God we are citizens of heaven.
– We are His representatives and His ambassadors here on earth.
– How we live our lives is of great importance, because He has work for us to do.
– Let us live lives that honour the Lord so that others can be touched in the process.
PRAYER: Lord, thank You that I can be a ‘Citizen of Heaven’ and a representative for You. Use my life in such a way that I will be a part of expanding Your Kingdom here on earth and may my life bring glory and praise to You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Jesus said, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” Mark 4:35
Did He know they would encounter a storm? Of course He did. It must have been quite a storm, because even these seasoned fishermen feared for their lives. Just because you’re in Jesus’ boat doesn’t mean that it’s going to be smooth sailing. This storm did not hit the disciples because they had been disobedient but, rather, because they had been obedient. But He never for a moment left them.
Nothing is too difficult for the living God. Not a breath of wind or a drop of water can defy His sovereign will. If He said, I will take to the other side, He will take you there. No storm can keep you out of His will, away from His plan. On the contrary it will hasten you to the place of your destiny. The bigger the storm, the more the Lord will be glorified when we trust Him.
’…and whoever comes to Me I will never drive away!’
– The Lord will NEVER drive you away or reject you.
– His arms are always wide open, ready to receive and embrace you.
– All we need to do is respond to the invitation and come to Him.
– Remember, no one will ever be able to snatch you out of His hand.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, I come to You today because I need You in my life. Thank You that I can know the reassurance of Your warm embrace and I can know that I am safe in Your hands. Amen.
Proverbs 3:27-28 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it. Do not say to your neighbour, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”—when you have it with you.
As believers, we must reflect God’s goodness, generosity, and justice to the people around us. The Lord cares deeply about how we treat our neighbours. Our love for our fellow men is a reflection of our love for God and our trust in His sovereignty and justice. Look for opportunities to bless someone today. Some of you can do a little, others can do more, but all of us need to do good for those who need it when we have the power and the resources to do it
If God’s Word is true and I believe it is, then He will give me what I need when the time arises. I don’t have to live in fear or worry of what tomorrow will bring because He promises to be with me, to give me His Strength and His Power to meet whatever will come my way. Fear arises when we imagine that everything depends on us.
We have nothing to fear … if God is for us, who can ever be against us? (Romans 8:31) Be at peace, child of God, God knows how to meet your needs. You may not see a way, but He will make a way.
Go tell the wonderful things God has done for you! Mark 5:19
This is not a command just to the man who was delivered from demon-possession, but also a command to us! God is merciful! God has saved us through His Son Jesus Christ! God has been good to us; He has been faithful to us until now. How can we not share this powerful message with others?
Prayer: O God, give my mouth the words to say and a heart full of joy so that I can be effective in telling others what Jesus has done for me! In Jesus’ name I ask for this grace. Amen.