December 2020 week 4

Friday, December 25th 2020
“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy. 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.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭2:10-11‬ ‭KJV‬‬
Jesus is here! Like the wisemen of that time, let’s bring unto Him our best, to honor and glorify the Son of God, our savior, our King. He don’t need silver or Gold but a sincere heart and a true Spirit that will receive, Honor, and obey Him. In this joyful day, let’s spread that joy with all the gifts we can give but wrapped with the message of Christ, and the reason of His coming: to save the world.( Matthew 28:18-20).
We’ve been through so much this year, and we’ve seen nothing like it, but one truth that we can’t deny is it is the grace of God through Christ Jesus that brought us through this far. And the world needs Him too.
As we gather and celebrate with those we chose to, let’s proudly put Jesus at the center, count your blessings, and thank The Lord, for we are never the same because of Him. And may those who come in contact with us be transformed, because of the light we carry.
Have a blessed Savior Day celebration everyone.
Jesus is the reason for this season. Rejoice.
Love you all.
Merry Christmas.
Dear Lord Jesus,
We are grateful that because of your coming we are saved. We are safe in you, and we can rejoice daily.
We pray Lord, visit the broken, the lonely, the destitute, the hopeless, the fearful, those chained, those in need, the sick, …and bring them the salvation and life they need Jesus, give them reason to rejoice too.
Amen.

Thursday December 24th 2020

“And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 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.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭2:6-7‬ ‭KJV‬‬
Almost there. Right about this time, two thousand years ago or so…, according to the scripture in Luke 2, Mary and Joseph are on their way to the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, so he had to be taxed with Mary his pregnant wife. Arriving there though, with a full term pregnant woman, all the inns were full. No room were found to accommodate them, so a manger had to make due.
“ No room available, in the whole town of Bethlehem. “
Doesn’t the Lord sometimes find us like that too: Occupied/Full. Just like the inn-keepers – since it was tax season, many people were in town – we need the money, this is not the right time, our plate is full, our place aren’t fit or appropriate for a child to be born in,….. and so Jesus has to move on to find other places willing to receive Him. And just like that we missed our blessings.
( I pray that this time The Lord will not pass us by, but we will get it).
December 25th celebration is not mention in the bible but i wonder if maybe God allowed it so He can draw our attention, and enter our lives, so he can speak to us. If, we were distracted through the year, so much have happened in our lives surely He can get our attention now. After all, people( Christian and non-christian alike) always turn-up for a celebration. This is bigger than the celebration of the “Christmas day”. This is a reminder of who we are and whose we are; an opportunity to make things right with God; the joy for the salvation extended to us by God’s grace through His son, Jesus Christ, and the gratitude of one who is loved.
The Lord could have arranged the coming of His son, in the most lavish and grand fashion, – the King that He is (Philippians 2:6-11) but He chose a manger instead. That’s how much he desires to reach us. So, No matter how desperate our situation is, or how imperfect we think we are, or how undeserving, or how good we have it, or how complete our lives maybe, ….we are never full without Jesus.
Then, Let’s examine our lives, for the Savior is looking for a willing heart to bless.
What occupies our lives? Is there anything the Lord wants us to get rid of so he can take center stage in? What is the Holy Spirit convincing you to do? Let go and Let Jesus be the Life, Hope, Solution, Healing, Assurance, Strength, Protection, Option, Friend …. you longed for. Let him be our EVERYTHING again.
Dear Lord, we are grateful for your Love towards us. Thank you for giving us Jesus to be our Saviour. Forgive us for anytime we have rejected you. Purify us and restore us back to you. (Psalm 139:24). Establish in us the Fear of the Lord. Prepare us to answer for the source of our Joy. And show us how to celebrate YOU for what you have done for us.
In Jesus name.
Amen
Wednesday, December 23rd 2020
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
‭‭John‬ ‭3:16‬ ‭
For me Christmas is about love and sacrifice. The Love of God that He made manifest by sending His son Jesus to be our Salvation. It is about giving up on our selves so we can better serve others, per Christ’s example. Christmas is more than the gifts we expect to receive, the much anticipated fun of gathering and celebrating with those we love. It is about sharing the life we received through Christ with the hopeless, the lonely, the discouraged, the depressed, the sick, the bound, the poor, …
It is said that depression and suicide rate is quite high around this time every year, as many feels the weight of loneliness, desperation, discouragement, hopelessness,…And as the people of God we were purposed to go out and bring the world to Him ( Isaiah 61) and not to stay among ourselves.
We are encourage therefore to celebrate differently and show the world what Christmas is really about ( ie JESUS) through our love for others and our willingness to be inconvenienced for their benefits. Be ready to be there for someone, respond to a need, offer words of comfort, share testimonies, make a difference around us, especially with those that aren’t close to us, for it will not benefit us doing good to those we love ( Luke 6: 32-38). For true love gives itself for others. ( 1 Cor 13:5).
Dear Lord, Prompt us to represent you and honor you Your way this time, to be a light in this dark world. Show us who to help, where to go/be, what to do, what to say, and How to wisely and boldly share Jesus the joy of our salvation, and the Source of Our Life and Hope.
May we be a blessing to others.
In Jesus name.
Amen.

Tuesday December 22nd,2020

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

This morning, i am reminded  of God’s love for me, because the coming of Jesus Our Savior has blessed me with the privilege of that salvation. Salvation that changed my life to a 180degree. I still remember the clear and palpable shift, and i was never the same. He gave meaning to my life and He changed my name. Jesus’ coming for me in one word is literally life. I was dead and He came and give me life.

Dear Lord, we are more than grateful that you chose to give yourself away to save us. May your people be encouraged today in our salvation, that we belong to you, and that we are secured in you and we are loved.

In Jesus name.

Amen.

Monday December 21st 2020.

Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

Isaiah 7:14 KJV.

God’s promise was and is and will remain forever that He will always be with us. He didn’t just make a promise, he sent us an evidence of his promise and everlasting love through the birth of our Savior Jesus Christ His Son.

The miracle of Jesus’ coming is the hope that we’re reminded of today that we are not alone, abandoned or forsaken. Though the world is shaking, we shall be still for we know He is God and He is in control.

 

Dear Lord, thank you for reminding us that you are with us. Guide our path that we’ll walk in that assurance and live a life worthy of you, today.

In Jesus name.

Amen.