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.
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 Luke 2:1 and 4-5 (NIV):
2 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.
Even people that don’t believe in God can be used by God to ensure that Gods plan with your life will come to pass. I think that is something that is even more beautiful. People that openly defy or reject that don’t see that their actions actually ensure that Gods plan will be realized. Therefore I want you to be open for the fact that you will sometimes meet actions of unbelievers of even help, and you shouldn’t reject it … because it could be just a way in which God will bring blessings to your life!
Today we will meditate on the words from Luke 1:76-78 (NIV):
76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven
As mentioned before God has a plan for all our lives. And this plan is not just to give us our desires. First of all, God will listen to our wishes, but they need to be in line with God’s plan with our lives. Because not all that we want is actually good for us.
What God also want for our lives is that we do work for Him. This is also so other will be able to learn about God. In these verses we see an example of how God knows which work for God is the one work that we are called to do.