Counting Down to Celebrate Jesus Birthday

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Counting Down to Celebrate Jesus Birthday

Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

If you are a parent as I am, you have probably been told how many more days there is till CHRISTmas by your kids within these pass few days. You probably have a calendar with “X’s” marked counting down the days or even a cute Snowman counter that your kids change daily. “Matthew 1:21″ leaves me thinking about how Mary was probably anticipating herself on the birth of Jesus. She was going to be the mother of our Messiah, she would nurse him, change his diapers, swaddle him closely and feel the very breath of baby Jesus on her face as He laid sleeping in her arms. Mary knew that Jesus was not just a normal birth, but yet the very birth of our Savior. She knew that her time with Him would be very short on earth; but praise God He came into this world to save us from our sins so that we can spend eternity in heaven with Him. I can only imagine that Mary is in heaven today counting down the days she gets to look at her baby boy and celebrate His birth as the Savior of the World; but in her eyes He is still that little baby in a manger. Remember as your are out and about today fanatically finishing up your CHRISTmas shopping; pause with your family and praise God for the best gift ever, Jesus Christ our Savior, and share His gift with others.

Heavenly Father I praise You and thank You for my amazing gift of salvation. I am thankful that you sent Your Son Jesus as the gift of our reason to celebrate, not just on CHRISTmas day but everyday. I pray to keep my focus on Christ and share His great gift of the Gospel with all, in Jesus name I pray, Amen

Sharing The Love of Christ

Friday, December 19, 2014

Sharing The Love of Christ

Ephesians 3:17 That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

CHRISTmas is the time of year that we celebrate the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ. It is a time that we are overly filled with love, we want to give, give and give more of love out to family, friends and those in need through gifts. Everyone comes together with a merry heart, full of joy and overwhelming happiness. This is a love that is brought on by the amazing hope that we find in Our Lord. This is also a kind of love we can experience all year long and not just during this special season. When we accept Christ as our Savior through faith, and acknowledge we our sinners saved by His amazing grace, with a daily repentance of our sins; He will fill our hearts with His amazing love. When we believers make Jesus, Lord of our lives as well as Savior, we will be rooted, and grounded all year everyday in this kind of love that only God can give. Allow Christ to love others through you all year!

Heavenly Father I am thankful for Your amazing agape love and grace that You fill me with daily. I pray to be rooted in Christ in order to share His amazing love with others around me throughout the year, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Rapture Ready!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Rapture Ready!

2 Peter 3:14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

While on earth we as believers have jobs; not only are we to share the Gospel, but we are to walk the talk of humility. As well we are to be at constant watch for the return of Christ, (Mark 13:33 Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.) When Jesus returns the question is will He find faith in His (church) bride? (Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?) Us Christians are to obtain our peace with Christ with ALL men and not have any strife against another; we need to be blameless at all times, (Philippians 2:15 That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world.) When Jesus returns He needs to find His followers at work for the Gospel and at prefect peace with out spots, loving one another. Live each second of everyday rapture ready!

Heavenly Father I pray to have me eyes fixed on Christ return and my heart set on my home in heaven. I pray to live a life of humility, peace, spotless and blameless to be rapture ready. I pray to be at constant work for the Gospel of Christ, in Jesus name, Amen.

Finding Grace In God!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Finding Grace In God!

Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.

Like Noah we believers have found grace in the eyes of God. Like the millions that died in the flood, the lost today have the same opportunity to find grace in His eyes. The message that Noah sent out to ALL the world prior to the flood, of finding salvation on the Ark,(Genesis 6:3, 1 Peter 3:20) is still the same message for the lost today. The Ark was a picture of the cross,(1Peter 3:19-20,) and the flood is a picture of the coming Tribulation,(Matthew 24:37-40.) Noah looked to the coming of the cross and the coming of the Messiah. We Christians today look to the finish work of Jesus on the cross and the coming of His return at the rapture. Noah’s message was no different then ours; he spoke of salvation on the Ark, we speak of salvation at the foot of the cross. There are still millions in this world today that are still in need of God’s grace. As believers saved by His grace we need to be bold like Noah, and speak of eternal salvation through Christ on the cross. To the world we may sound crazy to believe in something that has never been seen; just as those millions who died in the flood had thought the same of Noah. We have to keep living a faithful life as Noah did; trusting in the finish work of Christ on the cross and believing in the coming of our Savior at the Rapture, (Hebrews 11:7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.) We believers need to continue our mission as the body of Christ and that is sharing the Gospel with ALL the world, (Matthew 28:19-29.)

Heavenly Father I pray to keep my focus on You and the finished work of my Savior on the cross. I pray to be at constant work, sharing the Gospel and pleading the warnings of the coming tribulation, until Christ returns to take me home. I pray my life as a believer will shine bright for others to see Christ through my faith, and find their enteral salvation at the cross, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Will The Cross Be Your Remembrance?

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Will The Cross Be Your Remembrance?

2 Peter 1:15 Moreover I will endeavour that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

“After my decease,” Peter wanted to make certain that after he died, God’s people would have a permanent reminder of the truth, so he penned this inspired letter 2 Peter. This written message could be read over and over. In fact, even hundreds of years later, it is useful to all Christians. I can still remember my Granny telling us kids, about how much God loves us, no matter our sins; and that He sent His One and only Son, Jesus Christ to die on the cross for ALL the world, (John 3:16.) She didn’t just speak those words, she lived those words. Now that she has joined our Savior in heaven for ALL eternity; I still remember her smell, laugh, baking hands and beauty…but most of ALL I remember her message of saving grace. As I read this verse in 2 Peter 1:15 it leaves me to thinking will the message of the cross be tagged to my life long after I die. Sure favour and beauty will always be in remembrance; but a true servant of the Lord shall be praised, (Proverbs 31:30.) Will the cross still be your message long after you decease?

Lord I pray that I will live my life to the fullest for Christ, using each talent and gift You have blessed me with; to bring others to the cross. Most of all I pray that when I join my Savior in heaven; that my faith in Christ, godly love and message of the Gospel will be what is etched in those minds of who still remain always, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

Do Good Unto ALL!

Monday, December 15, 2014

Do Good Unto ALL!

Galatians 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Giving is a blessing; and it should be sought out as an opportunity daily to share God’s love and the Gospel of Christ. Giving to the poor is not just restricted for Thanksgiving and CHRISTmas, we as believers should have a heart of Christ to give all year long, (Acts 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.) Showing God’s love is not just limited to the lost; but as well toward our fellow brothers/sisters in Christ, (John 13:34.) Each new day is a new possibility to give, share and lead. We can give our time, love, help and encouragement to both the saved and unsaved, ( 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.) By sharing God’s love with others loving one another whether they are a believers or nonbelievers; and as well sharing the message of the cross to the lost, (John 3:16.) We can lead others by example of living a spirit filled Christian life and teaching those in Christ the Word of God, (Ephesians 5:2, 1 Corinthians 11:1.) We have unlimited opportunities daily to lead and teach in Scripture; being a Sunday school teacher, youth minister, Awana leader, sharing by Facebook and Twitter ministries. We can even use the old fashion methods of calling, emailing or writing someone to share the Word of God and His love for them. Opportunity knocks at our door every morning as the sun rises and we take our first sip of coffee and meet the Lord in prayer, (Ephesians 5:16 Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.) But opportunity can also be missed if all we focus on is our needs and not others. Giving should be prepared and plan prayerfully with God to be on the lookout for those in need; and meeting their needs through your love and God’s Word. Remember our fellow brothers/sisters in Christ have needs just as the lost does; God reminds us in Galatians 6:10 to do good unto ALL men!

Heavenly Father I praise You for each new day and opportunity You give me to share Your love and Word with others. I pray to have my eyes and ears of Christ open to those around me in need; and to meet their needs through Your grace prayerfully, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.

DO ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD

This is my personal testimony that I felt lead to share in a devotion to any of those who many be struggling, give it to God. We can only move forward with God!!!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

DO ALL TO THE GLORY OF GOD!

1 Corinthians 10:31 Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.

I am an ex-drug addict; matter of fact through the grace of God I have been clean and saved going on 4 years now. Like any ex-addict we can allow something to take the place of our old addiction. Mine became my weight. Within the first year of my salvation I took on the fitness lifestyle of eating clean and working out 5-6 days a week. The problem was that I became focused on other’s appearances and what I believed I looked like in the world’s eyes, “this became my new addiction.”I would compare myself constantly to everyone that was on the same weight lost journey I was; tearing myself apart over things I ate, not exercising enough or feeling like I looked fat. Matter of fact I threw up plenty of meals because I was so disgusted with my appearance. I allowed competition to arise in my heart toward others. My feelings surface and before you knew it I was distracted by the world’s view of fitness and skinny instead of God and how He seen me. I found out I was pregnant at the beginning of 2013 I was shocked; considering my two oldest were 11 and 8 and I had no plans of having another baby, especially in my mid 30’s. During my entire pregnancy all I could focus on was what am I eating, am I getting enough exercise, will this weight be easy to shred when I have the baby. After having my baby the Fall of 2013 I decide I was gonna go into 2014 with a new outlook and loose the weight with a godly mindset. My addiction of still having my eyes fixed on the world and with it’s view of beautiful and skinny was still there and not on God. Needless to say I crashed and burned within 6 months into this New Year. I finally gave up and did not care anymore about what I ate or looked like. But glory be to God, He never gives up on His children. I have gone through a spiritual detox these last few months; of having no desire to be apart of healthy eating or exercising. Being detox of all the worldly views of beauty; was God shutting the door that no man could open, (Revelations 3:7). I had no self control with food or sugary drinks. I was bitter toward the lifestyle of fitness and healthy eating. During my detox God open my eyes to see other’s hearts and not what they look like, (1 Samuel 16:7). He also open my eyes to see myself the way He sees me and that is as His BEAUTIFUL daughter, (1 Peter 3:4). God dropped 1 Corinthians 10:31 in my heart, I searched His Word out and it became clear to me what His desires was for me; whatever I eat, drink or whatever I do…DO IT ALL FOR THE GLORY OF GOD!! God had open this door back up, BUT, this time I am to glorify Him and not myself and look to Him and not this world, and see myself as He does. I don’t know what your struggles are; but even us saved Christians can have addictions. It can be the greed for money, being a closet drinker or smoker, anger and even lust. Know that we no longer have to be controlled by the habits or desires of our flesh; but by only the Holy Spirit. Just like David and Bathsheba, (2 Samuel 11-12: 1-7) our secrets will surface, because God knows our hearts and struggles. We just have to confess, repent, give it to God for restoration and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us. God desires for us to accomplish our small and large goals, through Him and with a godly heart, mindset and actions. With God we can overcome and move forward (Philippians 4:13 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.)

Most gracious Heavenly Father I am thankful that even when I am unfaithful, You are faithful. I praise You for being patience with me and having the way for me to overcome my struggles through the cross or Christ. I pray that as I enter into the new year I will stay focused on You and the strength I have to accomplish my goals through my Savior. I pray to keep my eyes fixed on You, in Jesus name I pray, Amen

Is there room in your Inn for Jesus?

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Is there room in your Inn for Jesus?

Luke 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

When Mary was great with child, (Luke 2:5,) her husband Joseph was order back to the ancient town Bethlehem to register in the census, (Luke 2:1-4). As Mary went into labor Joseph went on a search for a place that his wife could give birth to their child, (Luke 2:6). Every Inn door he knocked upon each keeper would respond with the same answer; there is no room here! Finally a gracious inn keeper gave them a place in his barn where the animals stayed. Mary gave birth on that silent cold night as the whole world slept warm in their beds to baby Jesus. She wrapped Him in swaddling clothing; which was strips of clothing and laid our newborn King in a manger; where the animals eat from. I love this part of the story of our Savior’s birth. Why? Because the question still remains today as you hear the knock at the door..DO YOU HAVE ROOM FOR JESUS? Our we as believers so crammed packed with all the unnecessaries that we don’t have time to spend daily with our Lord? We can still be saved; but still not have enough room for Jesus to stay daily in our Inn. As unbelievers (not saved) is this world already occupying all your rooms to the max? Where does Jesus fit into our daily lives as children of God; is He only pulled out on special occasions such as CHRISTmas and Easter or maybe perhaps only when prayer is needed? We each are Inn Keepers; the question is, do you have year around, daily room for Jesus to take resident in your life or does He only get the left over space in your barn?

Heavenly Father I praise You that my newborn King was born on that silent CHRISTmas night. He came into this world surrounded by all of Your creation as the Savior of the whole world. I pray that I can have room for Him in my Inn everyday all day long throughout my time on this earth; till I am called home to spend eternity in His Inn, in Jesus precious name I pray, Amen.

Jesus IS the prefect gift!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Jesus, IS the perfect gift!

Luke 2:10-11 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

CHRISTmas is the season that is favored by many; a day loved by all ages. It is a time that family comes together to celebrate the day in remembrance of the birth of Jesus Christ our Savior. We frantically hit the stores as early as Black Friday, browsing the Internet on cyber Monday and hitting up the malls throughout the weeks to come to get all the great deals. We make CHRISTmas wish list of ideals for one another and hopes it is the perfect gift that will bring a smile on CHRISTmas morning. Many times we are told “I don’t know what I need, or my kids don’t need,” leaving us standing in the stores surrounded by tons of items without a clue of what to get our loved one. Many worry if they can even afford to buy gifts for those they love. I bring you good news; there is a prefect gift that fits ALL and His name is Jesus Christ. He is FREE, requires no batteries, assembly or even a package to be wrapped in. He is the greatest gift given on that first CHRISTmas morning, (Luke 2:1-20,) and is still the greatest gift today. He is for ALL believers & unbelievers. Even if our family member knows Christ as their Savior, showing His love to them is the best gift. If we have a family member that is among the lost; give them a Bible with, (John 3:16,) highlighted and read the very first CHRISTmas story with them. If you have the knowledge share the Romans Road of salvation with them as well. Jesus is the gift that does not have to be taken back or exchange for a different size; He is the perfect gift! Instead of us being worried about the perfect gift or that we can even afford it; let’s be more focused about sharing the Gospel on CHRISTmas.

Most gracious Heavenly Father I am thankful for the greatest gift I have ever been given; and that is Jesus Christ my Savior. I pray to not get caught up in the tradition of CHRISTmas but rather in the Reason for the Season. I pray to make Jesus my number one gift for ALL, I praise You and thank You, in Jesus precious Holy name, Amen.

Gifts Fit for Our King

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Gifts Fit for Our King

Matthew 2:11 And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

When the wise men came to see and worship baby Jesus at the manger they brought the newborn gifts fit for a King. In the CHRISTmas carol “Little Drummer Boy,”
(I am a poor boy too,
I have no gift to bring
That’s fit to give our King
Shall I play for you!
On my drum
Pa rum pum pum
I played my drum for Him
I played my best for Him
Then He smiled at me
Me and my drum.)
Jesus does not ask that we bring gifts as the wise men did; fit for a King. He only ask that we present ourselves as a living sacrifice, (Romans 12:1.) That everything that we do; we do all for His glory, (1 Corinthians 10:31.) Each of us have personal talents we were born with; and even spiritual gifts that Christ gave to us through the Holy Spirit at the moment of our salvation. We have been equipped through Christ to live a just, humble, loving, merciful and good life, (Micah 6:8.) The question is not what gifts do you bring to The King; but rather do you play your best at serving His Kingdom, like the little drummer boy did on his drum? Do you live a life that honors Jesus? By daily giving the best gift to others; the love of Christ and the message of the Gospel.

Heavenly Father I am so thankful for the greatest gift of all and that is my Savior Jesus Christ. I pray to live my life to the fullest for Jesus and to service Your Kingdom with all the talents and gifts I have. The best gift I can give to others is sharing the very first CHRISTmas story of how our King was born in a manger and died on the cross for ALL the world, (John 3:16). I pray to play my best for my King, in Jesus name I pray, Amen.