Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Malachi 1:11 (NIV):
11 My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the LORD Almighty.
To me this verse makes me think about the omnipresence of God. God is so much bigger then anything in this world. That is why we see in this verse that God is praised all over the world and amongst all the nations. Because God is really blessing our lives and helping us, He deserves all the praise!
Today I want to meditate with you on the words from 1 John 4:7 (NIV):
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.
That the Bible is a masterpiece is already clear to me, but see how the bible verses of the last three days perfectly are in line with each other, while they are in different parts of the Bible and don’t even have the same authors. Today we are educated that the reason that we need to love others, is because all love comes from God. So we need God to love and to love others to also be able to love God.
Today I want to meditate with you on the words from John 13:34 (NIV):
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
In addition to the daily devotional from yesterday, today we again are meditating on the importance of love. Yesterday we were educated that we need to love our neighbours. Today we learn how: the same way that God loves us! It makes sense: if you are not able to love others, how are you able to fully love God? Also not loving others, will make room for negativity in your life … and this negativity will also influence your relationship with God! And this is something that you should never allow!
Today I want to encourage you with the words from Mark 12:30-31 (NIV):
30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’There is no commandment greater than these.”
The importance of love in our faith should be known by all of us. This verse from Mark again emphasizes its importance. First of all, we need to love God with all our heart, all our soul, all our mind and all our strength. In short, we need to fully love God with our whole being. Why? Well first of all, He is our creator and if we want to grow and be blessed, then we need to have our full focus and trust on God. And how can you have full focus and trust? If you fully love God. But God wants us to life our life as His children and to do so, we also need to love our neighbours. This is so important that He even tells us in these verses. And it makes sense that God wants us to love our neighbours. Because we if we allow any negativity to our neighbours it will corrupt us. We will allow negative influences in our life and these will also disturb our relationship with God. Because He wants us to have a pure heart that is fully focussed on Him!
Today I want to meditate with you on the words from Philippians 3:10-11 (NIV):
10 I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
These are very powerful verses and if these verses doesn’t make you want and desire to know Christ, then what will. It should be a real intense desire for all of us to know God, to understand His power, His resurrection, the suffering that Jesus did for all of us and so much more. Knowing this, then you should have but one desire and thought and that is to love and follow God!
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!