“If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one.”………John Galsworthy
Have you ever made any New Year’s resolutions? If you have, how did you do? Are you making any New Year’s resolutions this year? I read this message on a church sign recently, “May your troubles last as long as your resolutions.”
Some people laugh at New Year’s resolutions, but it really would be to our benefit to take some time to allow God to reveal to us areas in our life where there is room for improvement.
Jesus said, “Watch and pray lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak,” (Matthew 26:41). The only way we can live better lives and experience victory over sin and Satan is to yield our mind and spirit to God’s Holy Spirit and let Him live through us. He then becomes our strength, our helper, our wisdom and our source. You will never be able to keep your New Year’s resolutions or make any improvement in your life on your own. It’s only when we fully surrender our will and spirit to the Holy Spirit will we experience a positive change. God is your biggest cheer leader. He wants you to succeed. He wants you to have an excellent future, but it is your decision to yield to Him.
May you experience and know the blessings of God in 2018.
December 19, 2018
“But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all people,” (Luke 18:10).
Though the birth of Christ was surrounded with circumstances of poverty and meanness, it was also marked with dignity far surpassing the pomp of kings. Why? Angels were the ones who announced Christ’s birth.
They said, “the birth of Christ would cause great joy for all people.” The Greek word for joy in this verse is chara, which means, “a calm delight.”
In the midst of many unknowns and many unanswered questions, Mary experienced joy even though she had many reasons to be upset and worry. She rejoiced because she knew that God was with her. The shepherds also found joy in the birth of Christ. “The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen.” The angels also found joy. “A great company of heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom His favor rests.”
What about you? Are you troubled and worried about the “unknowns” in your life today? Or, are you experiencing the joy of Christmas, chara, a calm delight? “His name shall be called, Immanuel, which means, ‘God is with us.’” God is with you and with me today. His presence surrounds us.
Look for Him! You will find Him! You also then will experience joy (chara) a calm delight!
December 4, 2017
Some people are, by nature, optimistic. It is their natural temperament. Others are, by the same token, pessimistic. One person sees a rose bush in terms of thorns, another sees only the roses. One person sees the dark side of every cloud, while the other looks for the silver lining. Yet, genuine hope can never be based on your particular temperament or momentary emotion.
In I Peter 3:15 we read, “Sanctify the Lord God in your heart, and always be ready to give an answer to those who ask you a reason for the hope that is in you.”
The Greek word for hope is elpis which means, “to anticipate with confidence.” Hope is not a feeling. Christian hope grows through faith in Jesus Christ. Christian hope is having confidence in God and His Word. This hope is an “anchor of the soul,” (Hebrews 6:19). Hope is an extension of faith. Faith deals with details, hope deals with the “big picture.” Hope is content to leave the large scope with the Lord.
In Romans 4:18 we read, “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations. He did not waver through unbelief regarding the promises of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.” Due to his age, Abraham couldn’t understand how his wife would be able to conceive a child. But he believed God and was hopeful.
Knowing and believing God’s Word and His promises will cause us to be hopeful people. As we allow Christ to live through us during this busy time of the year, we all will have many opportunities to share Jesus with others. Be a hopeful person and be prepared to share Christ with others today. They will thank you and you will be blessed.