I wonder why we speak of peace and joy and harmony yet live so inconsistently? We can so easily speak the good news of the gospel yet live a lie of Gossip, backbiting, arrogance, and selfishness! Strife seeks to walk among us and we succumb to it’s danger and the just plain, wrongness of it by taking sides and fighting with crushed and arrogant spirits. Yeah, it seems we have the talk but not the walk and then we wonder why others don’t get it or understand Gods’ grace and accept His unconditional love. Hypocrisy is the most confusing message we can send to others within our circles of influence and it’s so very real, and so very rampant in our churches and in our own hearts. When do get the fact that God’s work done in God’s way will be victorious and God’s work and ministry is the Good News in action as well as word? It’s not accomplished through down-talk and jealousy, backstabbing and ridicule. Through rivalry and bitterness! When do we wake up to see that withholding forgiveness, smiles, kindnesses and love only prove to worsen issues as they subtly and slyly become our strongholds used by the enemy to divide and destroy? Our Saviour came to break through the darkness of sin with His glorious light on that night so long ago. His divine and royal credentials became a humble birth in a stable. A heavenly, all-powerful God gave up His heavenly status to become a helpless babe born into a humble lineage, a poor family! God gave up His royal robes to be swaddled in clothes and laid in a feeding trough. From riches to rags He entered the world of rejection in order to bring hope to us here on the wretched earth, bound in our sin and strongholds. To us who speak the good news yet live lies of selfish arrogance. Yeah, He came to bring Peace on Earth and to reign glorious and victorious over our strife and fighting, and bitterness. Let’s get it as we enter into the glorious celebration of His birth. Let’s let go of anger, wrath, malice, hurt, pain and rejection long enough to see His divine light in our darkest of moments. Yeah, if we say we know the Truth of His love, grace and forgiveness, then what better time to demonstrate it through love, grace and forgiveness, than at this glorious time of joyous celebration of His birth?
We can be as King Herod seeking to destroy with lies and jealousy or we can be as Wise Men seeking Christ to honour Him in the way we live!
“Then Herod called for a private meeting with the wise men and he learned from them the time that the star first appeared. Then he told them, “Go to Bethlehem and search carefully for the child. And when you find Him come back and tell me so that I can go and worship Him too!” ….the wise men went their way and the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star they were filled with joy! …They opened their gifts and gave Him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.
Matthew 2: 7,8,9, 10, 11b
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Sure it’s a brand new year but it’s a brand new year on the tale end of the old one and so much weariness is there, just after the busy Christmas season, and yet, it’s still time to get moving and get going once more.
Weary soul, do not give up just because you don’t see evidence of fruit. Don’t throw your strong faith to the wind in your perplexed and tired spirit of life. Do not lose heart for the good of all things or for the good of your ministry. Your reward is great and is to come from our God, the giver of life, in His time, but , your now reward is that still, small voice at the end of the day that whispers into your weary heart “You were faithful, in the small things! Well done thou good and faithful servant!” Ah, yes, and we dare not ponder the failures or the successes of the day but just be obedient to God’s leading. Rely on Him! Hope in Him! Find courage in Him and rise up with new strength for the weary days! ~k
“Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary. So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.”
Galatians 6:9, 10
“Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
So here we sit with maybe some disappointments about the whole last year and maybe you thought you left the old baggage at the 20.15 terminal but it beat you to the 20.16 gate didn’t it? It arrived before you did and so here you sit on the brink of the first day of a new year and it’s the same old, same old. Wouldn’t you just know it? That’s because bad news travels fast, bondage doesn’t break easily and old habits die-hard.
Some things just didn’t go as planned and some things were left undone and some prayers weren’t answered and some things we just wish were different somehow. But they’re not, so ~ what do you do with that? Hey, you! There are things that we just can’t undo and some things that just can’t be made different by us. Those things we have to accept and place into God’s hand for good keeping. Habits? We can make our new resolutions and begin with every good intention to change, but the old stuff creeps back in as “Self” creeps off the altar of sacrifice. The loose end stuff creeps in to leave us reeling in guilt or fear or insecurity and disappointment and so perplexity reigns instead of peace and what do we do with that?
David knew all too well the evil about him, and invokes God’ s help while praising His character. He knew how to pray to our God of mercy and compassion. “Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer; answer me, for I need your help. Protect me, for I am devoted to You. Save me, for I serve You and trust You. Be merciful to me O Lord…..O Lord, You are so good, so ready to forgive, so full of unfailing love for all who ask for Your help.” Psalm 86: 1,2,3a,5
So, beautiful soul, ask for God’s help as David did. Pray to our faithful God who understands all the chaos of your heart and knows about that baggage that haunts you even into the New Year. Pray David’s prayer or pray a personal prayer on this brand new day of a brand new year. Open the windows wide on 2016 and without a speck of fear or disappointment or frustration breathe in the fresh air and newness of life.
A new resolution? Yeah, for sure! Go ahead and let go of the past and step into peace with God.
I can choose to dwell on my insecurities, my weaknesses, my hurts, disappointments, my frustrations and the failures of my past, allowing the enemy to crush me under the weight of their load, or I can lay them at the foot of the cross with a broken spirit, stand back and watch God make beauty out of ashes as He weaves His golden threads in, around, over and through the confusion of my broken dreams. God doesn’t want my perfection, He only desires a humble, repentant and willing heart. His desire is to pour His unconditional love and grace upon me to bless me, and give me peace, but He won’t control me. He gives me the freedom to choose “His life” over the enemy’s death. The choice is up to me. ~k
Begin again and watch God do something new!
“Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past. “Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert.”
Isaiah 14: 18 – 19
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Maybe last year left you with battle scars and you feel afraid and alone in the midst of some pretty heavy stuff on your plate. As difficult as it is to keep walking through it ~ keep walking through it with the Lord guidance. It’s through perseverance that our strength comes and our faith is made strong. Those things that don’t make any sense to you, don’t have to! They will in time and when they do you’ll see it’s those very things that were being gently guided and controlled by your Faithful Heavenly Father. Without any of your help it will all fall into place.
Pray, Relax and Walk on dear friend. trusting God to lead the way.
“Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD!”
“Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”
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