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 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.
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 I want to meditate on the words from Luke 2:8-11 (NIV):
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.
When Jesus was born, God made sure that their were witnesses. When God is working also in our lives it is important to give your testimony so that it doesn’t remain a secret how God has worked in your life and blessed you. But when it comes to Jesus specifically, but even for blessings in our lifes, the devil will try and do everything to make people think that it either did not happen or that it wasn’t God doing that particular blessing in your life. For this reason it also important that we also give our testimony so that people will get to learn about the work and blessings of God.
Today we will meditate on the words from Luke 2:6-7 (NIV):
6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
As we are now getting close to Christmas it is important and good to really stand still with the fact that Jesus came to this earth and died for our sins. For Jesus to be born a big chance for the world and mankind became reality. When we read the stories surrounding the birth of Jesus, we already see how the devil was using people to try and kill Him as the devil knew that the birth of Jesus wasn’t good news for him, but it is for us!
Today we will meditate on the words from Matthew 1:20-21 (NIV):
20 But after he had considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. 21 She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
First of all these verses are very important to me as it shows how God from the beginning already had planned that His Son, Jesus, would come to earth to die for our sins. When reading the Bible (even in the Old Testament), we continuously read how God already was telling us (mankind) that Jesus would be coming. WIth God nothing goes by chance, but all goes through His amazing plan for our lives. In these verses we read how he sent an angel to Joseph to inform Him that his wife-to-be, Maria, was going to have a child and not just any child, but Jesus. Considering they were not yet married, it was important that Joseph was also informed on her pregnancy and also how special this pregnancy was. Just imagine that God did not sent an angel to Joseph, then it could very well be that Joseph would be shocked and angry by the fact that his fiance was pregnant. By sending an angel, God knew that this was the best and only way to make sure that Joseph would understand that this child was Jesus and also that his finance was not unfaithful.
In our own lives these verses are also important and relevant. From these verses we learn how nothing in our lives is just by coincidence and God has already planned our lives. It is up to us if we want to follow God or not. But the more we follow Him, the more we give God the possibility to unfold his plan for our lives and that plan will be full of blessings for us.
Today we will meditate on the words from Luke 1:46-47 (NIV):
46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
Being a Christian is something that you need to do with your full heart, mind and soul. Choosing to follow God is something that you need to do as a full commitment. Don’t think that God will accept it, when you do choose to believe in Him, but that you don’t go all in. And how can you expect for God to go all in for you, if you are not willing to do so.
Going all in for God will also mean that you give your heart, mind and soul fully to Him and if you do, then you start noticing how your soul start to desire to glorify God and that even your spirit will rejoice. And when you go all in, then you will see how things will change in your life, because then God will also go all in for you!