Today we will meditate on the words from Luke 1:30-33 (NIV):
30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
See how God is always encouraging us. He will never allow us to go through something alone. Sometimes it may feel like it, but the fact is that even on those moments God is with you. So, in those time seek God all the time and see how He will continue to guide you through that moment!
Today I want to meditate on the words from Deuteronomy 18:15 (NIV):
15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.
I believe, and know, that God has a plan for all of us. It is up to us, if we are open to God’s calling for our lives. Let use today’s prayer to ask God to open up our eyes in which way He wants to use us for His ministry.
Today we will meditate on the words from John 14:6 (NIV):
6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.
As a Christian you need to fully understand Jesus and His role in the Holy Trinity. First of all, our faith is not one of “cherry-picking”. If you state that you believe in God, than you need to accept all that God has told us in the Bible. This is an important thing to realize, because we are living in a time in which we are taught to just choose all that we like and reject all that we don’t like. Yes, it may sound as a good thing, but actually it is a very wrong thing. Why? Things that are actually good for you, will often also require commitment, energy and perseverance.
And if you are willing to really accept everything, then you will see how it will actually turn out to be a blessing for your life. That difficult period can afterwards turn out to be one of the best moments, because of things that God taught you.
But coming back to Jesus. When I was talking about not cherry-picking, then it is also with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. They are called the Holy Trinity, because all of them are very important and cannot be seen separately. If you believe in God, then you should realize that you cannot go directly to God, but that you need to accept Jesus. Remember how it was Jesus that died at the cross for your sins!
Today we will meditate on the words from John 1:1-2 (NIV):
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning.
These verses are so amazing to me. Why? Because it shows that Jesus was not something that God decided on during our time on earth, but that He already knew that He was going to sent His Son to us well before He created earth and us. These verses show us that Jesus always has been and always will be. In these verses we are told that Jesus was always there, so also in the beginning.
This is a big difference between God and mankind. We tend to adjust our actions, based on current situations. But not God, God already has a plan set out for all of us and He will follow it from begin to end. If you look for some consistency in your life, know that the most consistent element of your life is and and can only be God!
Today we will meditate on the words from 2 Peter 3:10-11 (NIV):
10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare.11 Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives
The end of days is a moment that will come. It might be that we are the generation that will go through it, but it also might be that it will be after our lives on earth. Fact is that we do not know the exact timing of this. Therefore we cannot live our lives just thinking that we can do whatever we want, because you believe that judgment day will not be soon.
We need to be ready for that moment all the time. The best and only way to do is, that we need to live holy and Godly lives now. Do not make the mistake and think you can postpone the moment that you start living a holy and Godly live and think that you can live a worldly life now.
Be always prepared! But also know that it is also a sign of respect towards God, to live such a life!
Today we will meditate on the words from Psalm 136:1 (NIV):
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever.
This week we are meditating on the importance of giving praise to God. Today I want to stand still on this and ask you to go into prayer and first thank God for everything, but also to open your mind to all that God has and is doing for you.
Their is also another reason why God asks you to give Him praise. Not just, because He very much deserves it, but also because as soon as we do this, then we start remembering all times that God was there for us in our lives. And this realization will also help you in new challenging moments in your life. Because now you will enter those challenges with the knowledge that God is always there for and with you and that you will know that God is also there to guide you through that new challenge!
Today we will be meditating on the words from Colossians 3:16 (NIV):
16 Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
Although we like to be preoccupied with so many things from school, work, media and what not, however is this the right way to life you life? No, for God to lead and bless your life, then you need to make sure that your life, body and mind are also willing to accept God’s leading and blessing.
The way to bring your life into the modus where God can and will do amazing work, is to make sure that you feed your life with His message and let it continuously dwell in you. The more you will allow this, the more you will see your life changing.
I want to ask you to make time every day (in joy) to read your Bible, listen and sing Christian songs and pray to God. By doing so, you will not only do it to honor God, but you will also do it to enrich your own life!
Today we will meditate on the words from Hebrews 12:28 (NIV):
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe,
Amen. In this world, we might sometimes feel that the world is changing and attacking so much that we might feel shaken. God however knows how the world is continuously changing (and not in a good way) and how the devil is attacking us (well trying to, but failing because of God), so God gave us this verse in Hebrews.
When reading this verse, we will start to understand that we should never put our focus on either this world or our circumstances, because these two things are always changing. But what we also know that the only (and therefore also most) constant factor in our life is God. God never changes. This is such a comforting truth to be realizing. So, in everything that you do, please feel and know that God is the basis of your life.
Today we will meditate on the words from Colossians 3:17 (NIV):
17 And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
We need to look at the way we spent our days very differently, when we are Christians. We might consider certain things not really important for us and decide to not give it all of our attention. This could be for a certain subject at school or at work or something totally different.
Of course, you might tell yourself that it was no problem, that you did not attend to a request from a smaller client. However, when we read the verse above, we will come to the realization that we need to be aware that everything that we do, we need to do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus.
So, when start realizing this commitment that you have towards God and not so much to your employer or teacher. This will help you to get through your work day a whole lot different. Yes, you might not really like it at your current job, but that won’t allow you to do a sloppy or bad job there. Know that you are not working there for that employer, but to give honor to God.
And if you change your way of thinking and working, then God will also bless you with a better place of work. Why? Because you showed to God, that although you didn’t like the place, but that you gave it your best, because you wanted to honor God!
Today you and I will be meditating on Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV):
Spiritual Fullness in Christ
6 So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, 7 rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.
Follow these two verses as the guidelines on how to live your life everyday! I pray that we will grow more and more closer to God and that our lives will reflect our love for Him, by living according to His word.