December is often recognized as a reflection month. No matter if it's a remembrance of great sorrow or overflowing joy, I pray especially during this holiday time that you will remember the Lord is our greatest treasure. Whether you feel forgotten, lost or enjoying the grandeur of this very season, know He hears your every whisper and will take care of every need you hold dear.
THE CHRISTMAS STORY.
From the book of Luke, in the Holy Bible “About that time Caesar Augustus ordered a census to be taken throughout the Empire. This was the first census when Quirinius was the governor of Syria. Everyone had to travel to his hometown to be accounted for. So Joseph went from the Galilean town of Nazareth up to Bethlehem in Judah, David’s hometown, for the census. As a decendant of David he had to go there. He went with Mary, his fiancee, who was pregnant.
While they were there, the time came for her to give birth. She gave birth to a son, her firstborn. She wrapped Him in a blanket and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the hostel.
There were shepherds camping in the neighborhood. They had set night watches over their sheep. Suddenly, God’s angel stood among them and God’s glory blazed around them. They were terrified. The angel said, “Don’t be afraid. I’m here to announce a great and joyful event that is meant for everybody worldwide: A Savior has just been born in David’s town, a Savior who is Messiah and Master. This is what you’re to look for: a baby wrapped in a blanket and lying in a manger.” At once the angel was joined by a huge angelic choir singing God’s praises: “Glory to God in the heavenly heights; Peace to all men and women on earth who please Him.” As the angel choir withdrew into heaven, the shepherds talked it over. “Let’s get over to Bethlehem as fast as we can and see for ourselves what God has revealed to us.” They left, running, and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in the manger. Seeing was believing. They told everyone they met what the angels had said about this child. All who heard the shepherds were impressed.
Mary kept all these things to herself, holding them dear, deep within herself. The shepherds returned and let loose, glorifying and praising God for everything they had heard and seen. It turned out exactly the way they’d been told!” (Luke 2:1-20). It was a simple scene that first Christmas – a rough room, a young couple and nothing but a feeding trough to put the child in. ...
Devotional: EXPECT TO SEE GOD'S GLORY.
Light Shines in the Darkness
It is not enough to know God exists. If we will live in the awareness of the heavenly, we must be freed from the boundaries of the earthly. To awaken faith, the Holy Spirit will take us through times when the presence of God cannot be clearly discerned. The Lord’s goal during these times is to bring to maturity our spiritual senses.
Therefore, do not accept that God has permanently hidden Himself from you, though during trials it may seem so. He is teaching us to see in the dark and to hear in the silence. He is making Himself known to our inner man so that, regardless of outer circumstances, we can continually be led by His Spirit.
To see God, beloved, it is imperative that our vision become spiritual and not just sensory. To hear God, we must learn to tune out the clamor of our fears and earthly desires. The outcome of this inner spiritual working is an increasing perception that nothing is impossible for God. The time of darkness, though it comes as an enemy, actually compels us to seek God more earnestly; we learn to even more revere God’s light. Never mistake temporary darkness for permanent blindness, for today’s training is the very process that opens us to see God’s glory. Ultimately, we will discover the truth of what Isaiah wrote, that “the whole earth is full of[God’s] glory” (Isaiah 6:3). Lord, Open Our Eyes!
Did not Moses endure “as seeing him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27 KJV)? Indeed, the Bible was written by individuals who actually beheld the glory of God. To see the glory of God is our call as well. Our spiritual vision is not an imaginary device of the mind, but that which comes from the living union of the Holy Spirit with our hearts. Did not our Lord promise that the “pure in heart . . . shall see God” (Matthew 5:8)? And is it not reasonable to expect that, if Christ truly dwells within us, we ought to perceive life with unveiled minds? Just as it is written, “But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18). ...
We must work . . . while it is day;
night is coming—John 9:4
Ever feel like you’re spending way too much of life watching? I mean, what’s your personal watching-to-working ratio? And, by “working,” I don’t mean work-work. I mean working on those specific things for which you were created—for example, those things mandated by the two great commandments (Matthew 22:37-39).
“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10).
Are you engaging in your good works? Or do you find that you're watching too many sermons about the Gospel, rather than living out the Gospel? Or watching too many movies and reading too many books about other people’s adventures, rather than living out the adventures God has for you? Or watching sports too much . . . watching others face their fears, face great odds, and push themselves beyond their supposed limits, rather than doing those things yourself? Don’t get me wrong, sermons, movies, books, and sports are good things. There’s nothing wrong with inspiration . . . but it’s got to be inspiration for something.
Share your thoughts below.
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Sisters! We released our new book “Talks With God Volume 1” a few weeks ago 🔥🔥 Talks With God is a compilation devotional of all of your favorite posts over the last year! You’re probably wondering where the captions and ideas for these posts come from? They come straight out of my conversations with God. So, I’m excited to present to you this beautiful devotional you can enjoy throughout the year. Want to purchase an autographed copy? Visit the link in our bio to order ❤️ TAG a sis who loves devotionals 👇🏽
“Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation. God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.”
Hebrews 6:9-12, 16-20 NIV #godsword#speaktruth#hopeisouranchor#hebrews#encouragement#readyourbible#prayeverday#devotionals
||Psalms 40: 1-2 || this scripture holds such a beautiful significance to this couple’s story. ✨You see, Steven and Jane are from completely different parts of the world. They went through many obstacles and trials not just in their own personal lives but also in the journey they took to find each other. ✨Psalms 40: 1-2 says, “I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.” ✨As if the fact that that scripture described their story so perfectly wasn’t amazing enough then how that became the scripture they would hold so dear to their heart is the cherry on top! Jane was at worship practice at her church when they asked everyone in the group to open up to that scripture. Jane laid her open bible on top of the piano, took a picture of it, and then sent it to Steven. Steven was shocked because little did Jane know that that was the very same scripture Steven did his devotional on that morning! ✨Watching Jane tell this story with a sparkle in her eyes, happy tears welling up, and pure confidence that Steven is the one made me so incredibly happy for the two of them. Love like that is so hard to find but if you just keep waiting, it may just come to you. Insta fam, please don’t settle.
FREEDOM REIGNS IN THIS PLACE.
“Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” 2 Corinthians 3:17
If you’ve been in the church for a while, a song probably started playing in your head as you read that verse. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. Can you hear the chorus? “Freedom reigns in this place/ showers of mercy and grace/ falling on every face/ there is freedom.” One of the most incredible things God gives us is the gift of freedom. He lifts the burden of sin and the wages of death and He sets us free.
Free from our past.
Free from our failures.
Free from the pressure to measure up.
We don’t have to do more to make God love us. He already loves us, even more than we know. It takes a lot of faith (and practice!) to step into that freedom and truly believe that we’re enough – right now, just like this.
I think sometimes we’re uncomfortable with the idea that we can’t earn God’s love because it makes us feel powerless. But the truth is that we are loved and we are in the family. God has sent the Holy Spirit – Comforter, Counselor, Advocate – to live in us. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
God, Thank you for the gift of freedom. When I get all tied up in my thinking you quietly whisper that I am loved and I am enough. You are more than enough. Thank you for the promise that You are renewing my mind. You are rewriting the story. Help me to rest in Your promise and breathe easy in Your freedom today. Amen.
Take Action: If freedom is an uncomfortable idea for you – shame might be getting in the way. Read Isaiah 41:9-10. Personalize it and pray it back to God.
By Claire Colvin
Used by Permission
Comments: go to: https://thoughts-about-god.com/blog/claire-colvin_freedom-reigns/ .
“Look, your King is coming to you” – Zechariah 9:9
What does Advent season mean to you? Are you taking time to observe advent this year? What are some of your favorite Advent traditions? .
⭐LIFE OR DEATH IS IN THE EYE OF THE BEHOLDER⭐
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 (NLT)
But thank God! He has made us his captives and continues to lead us along in Christ’s triumphal procession. Now he uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume. And who is adequate for such a task as this? 📖
1 Corinthians 1:18 (MSG) The Message that points to Christ on the Cross seems like sheer silliness to those hellbent on destruction, but for those on the way of salvation it makes perfect sense. This is the way God works, and most powerfully as it turns out. 📖
Have you noticed that when you are really making headway with the Lord you are either loved or hated, praised or persecuted.
When you actually make a stand for God the reaction amongst the crowd is black or white. There is no middle ground.
Jesus experienced this when He showed love and performed miracles throughout His life right up until His death. To some He was valued and showered with expensive perfume while others mocked, kicked, beat and killed Him.
You will find that some people cannot stand to be around you and may ridicule and mock you. If your life is a godly example, they may not be willing to follow or associate with you. Others however will find in you the glory of Christ, the Essence of Life, flowing out of you.
No matter how you are perceived, continue the work God has for you. Don’t be weakened, half hearted or deterred because of the crowd. Allow it to propel you forward to do greater things!
I wake up to this book on my nightstand daily. It’s filled with so much truth and wisdom and I love reading the word of God. 〰️
I love my morning devotional time and thought I’d share a few of my favorites with you here.
1)The Abide app is a wonderful app to use for prayer, devotion and Godly meditation. It has a lot of cool features and I’ve been enjoying it in the morning and at night. It lulls me right to sleep.
2) The Bible app is wonderful for daily scriptures as well as cool devotions that speak to whatever season you’re in. It can send you reminders and you can even do devotions with family or friends.
3)For the lady entrepreneurs out there, I also love @sheworkshisway because it had so many great Christ centered business devotional. Gives great perspective and reminds you to keep God first in all your #ladyboss goals!
What kind of apps or devotionals do you like for daily encouragement and prayer? Obviously nothing is better than just your trusty Bible and alone time with God, but I’d love to know your other fave ways to incorporate God in your daily life. Please share below!
This is ingrained in my kids’ spirits - they test boundaries and stretch their limits. When did we lose this? Let’s stretch ourselves and believe that we CAN do what we know God has called us to do. “The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.” 1 Thess 5:24
I love the #youversionbibleapp ! I love doing daily #devotionals on there. The perfect way to start your day! 😊 I kind of took a break from it though when I was reading through the Bible for 4 months because I was using my #shereadstruth Bible.
Sorry girls I’m a day late posting this as I was celebrating my son’s 12th bday yesterday. This is the book I have been reading each morning that was found thru @karenadawn’s book readings online & this has really helped me transform my negativity perspectives into positive perspectives daily. Namaste baby 🙏🏼 #tiuholidayhustle#tiuteam @toneitup @karenadawn @katrinaascott @studiotoneitupstefanie @studiotoneituptori @studiotoneitupchyna @studiotoneitupchevy #devotionals#prayers#theLord#alonetime#meditation#bookreading
Devotional: PIECED TOGETHER.
“I have become like broken pottery.” Psalm 31:12
The past fifteen months, a huge hammer has repeatedly smashed my world. I once carried my life in a beautiful bowl. A sudden job loss, poor health, and other issues have left what once felt solid in scattered, tiny shards. I didn’t know how to pick up the pieces.
Have you been there? Do I see you nodding?
Contemplating my situation, especially over the past year , I noticed a cross I have hanging next to my fireplace. I bought it years ago at a church festival…long before I turned my widowhood apartment into shades of turquoise. Most of its life it hung outside on a patio. But it matched my sofa now, so…
Who knew God would use it to show me He loves me?
It is a mosaic, made of three or four different china or pottery items that have been smashed into pieces. The artist gathered them together, placed them carefully in the cross mold, and then poured in the plaster of Paris to adhere them into a beautiful design.
What someone else might have swept up and dumped as useless trash, she saw as beauty. She could envision the end product. She arranged the pieces just so, and created something new, and stronger, and with new purpose.
I know I am not the first person to make this analogy. But it reminds me of what Jesus said to his disciples after everyone on the mount had been fed with the fishes and loaves. “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted” (John 6:12). With Christ as my mold, the pieces of my life have been transformed into something new. He knew they’d come together in a wonderful way. But first, they had to be broken to be repurposed. His Spirit has plastered these experiences together and made me stronger than before.
Thank you, Lord that You see the potential in each experience and that You will use it to Your glory and my benefit. Nothing is wasted. As You gathered the pieces of what I once had and began to mold them into my future, I have drawn nearer to you, wrestled with my pride, and learned to lean on the generosity of others. Most of all, I know anew that You are always with me. Amen.
By Julie Cosgrove
Used by Permission
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