Today we will meditate on the words from Psalm 119:114 (NIV):
114 You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your word.
God gave us the Bible not (just) as a history book, but more importantly as a guide for life. As soon as we start to read the Bible and study all God’s word, then we will notice that God is actually providing us with all that we need to life. One of the things that you will learn, when you study the Bible is that when you trust on God as your place of refuge and your shield, that you will be able to deal with anything in your life much better. Put your focus and trust solely on God!
Today we will meditate on the words from Habakkuk 3:19 (NIV):
19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.
Put your trust on God and you will be more able to go through life and deal with anything that will come on your way. It is easy to trust on yourself or even on the help of others, but both will never result in the best outcome. As Christians we need to learn to trust on God, and on God alone, and as soon you do, then you will see that you can deal with anything much better, because your focus will no longer be on those occurrences, but on God. And you will see the temporary state of anything that happens in your life and know that with God you will not only get through that period, but also come out stronger!
Today I want to meditate with you on the words from John 16:33 (NIV):
33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
I love how amazing and powerful God and Jesus are! See, how God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit want you to have peace in your lives! In this world we meet so many things that can be used to undermine us, but as soon as we successfully learn to trust on God and His strength, then you will see that you will get through life so much better.
Today I again will meditate with on the words from Isaiah 26:3 (NIV):
3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.
As Christians we need to be focussed on God. When we do, then our mind will become more steadfast. Why? Because as soon as you put your focus on God and on God alone, then you will be less likely to be influenced by things around you. The devil will try and bring anything to take your peace away. Because as soon as the devil successfully takes your peace away (or even a part of it), then you will tend to be less more focused on on God. It is therefore important that we spent all our time to learn to trust and focus ourselves on God.
Today we will meditate on the words from John 14:1-3 (NIV):
14 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am.
In these verses we see that Jesus shares with us one of His missions for Him coming to this earth. Jesus makes sure that we are aware that if you believe in God, that you also have to believe in Him (Jesus). Jesus continues by explaining that all that He was doing on this earth, was to make a way for us to go to Heaven by the grace of God. Reading these verses it becomes clear to me that God has place for all of us, but it is up to us if we truly want to go to Heaven.
Today we will meditate on the words from Matthew 11:28 (NIV):
28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
There are so many things in our lives that can really way down on us. And don’t we all try to find so many ways to find peace/inner peace? I know I do. Although we will be confronted with so many ways to supposedly get this inner peace, there is only one way to receive this. And this was, is, and always will be only God! In this verse Matthew tells us that if we seek peace in our lives than it is God that we need to go to. Stop looking through all kinds of earthly methods to find this peace and start going to God. And you will see how fast you will start experiencing this peace, because with God you can lay down all your burdens.
Today we will meditate on the words from Luke 2:28-32 (NIV):
28 Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:
29 “Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace. 30 For my eyes have seen your salvation, 31 which you have prepared in the sight of all nations: 32 a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel.”
Jesus did not only come to this earth for the Jews, no He came for all of us! It is due to Jesus coming to earth that we also became part of God’s kingdom.
First of all, I want to wish you very blessed and amazing Christmas time. I pray that you will have a beautiful time with your family and friends. And also that as part of your celebrations you will be taking time to worship Jesus!
Today we will also be meditating on the words from Isaiah 9:6 (NIV):
6 For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, ever-lasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Blessings. See how even in the Old Testament they were showering blessings on the life of Jesus. For us it is also important to learn to continuously speak blessings over each other, but also ourselves. To often God points out the fact that there is power in the word. That means that your decision to either speak blessings or curses has a very big effect on your life. Ask the Holy Spirit to touch your heart and mind to be able to speak positive and in blessings and you will see not only how you are a blessing to others, but also how it will positively impact your life as well!
Today we will meditate on the words from Luke 2:16-20 (NIV):
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
See how amazing Jesus is. These shepherds came, possibly, as non believers and left als believers in God. Our lives and especially how we allow God to play a significant role in it can also be a way how God will reach certain non believers. This also shows how important it is for us to live according to God’s will.
Today we are meditating on the words from Luke 2:11-14 (NIV):
11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
We are now very close to celebrating Christmas and as such we have only an extra reason for focussing our attention on Jesus. The whole Bible actually revolves around Jesus and now we see that God is sending witnesses to Him to ensure that it is not only God and followers of God, that come to establish that Jesus is actually born. I really see the significance in these verses as it shows that God will not only use Christians to show His amazing power. It also actually makes sense that God will also use non believers. Someone that does not believe in you (up till that point) and he or she confirming that your Son, Jesus, is born, is far more stronger evidence. For us these verses should open our minds and widen our horizon that God will not just use other Christians to bless you, but also others.