Monday, December 13, 2010

The JOY of Christmas!

"There are many who say, "Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O LORD! You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound." Psalm 4:6-7 
You can have more true joy than unbelievers can even imagine.  They cling to false joy, which is gone in the morning and they are left with a bitter taste of emptiness. But we can have true joy!  Joy and happiness come from a relationship with Jesus Christ and life with Him!The Christmas season can truly be the "most wonderful time of the year"- full of true joy!

Monday, December 6, 2010

The Great Light!

Light is a HUGE part of Christmas and for good reason: JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD!
Meditate on these verses and praise Him for being our light!

"The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined." - Isaiah 9:2

"At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, becausethe darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining." 1 John 2:8

"In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:4-5
"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, "I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." John 8:12

"But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." 2 Cor 4:3-4, 6

Friday, December 3, 2010

Walking in His Steps

"Whoever says "I know him" but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked." 1 John 2:4-6

What a challenge! We are not saved by our works (Eph. 2:9) but our works do evidence a change in our lives.  To the world around us, we need to be living proof that Jesus lives and is the Christ because of the way we live.  In our pursuit of being "little christs" and followers of Him, we need to live like He lived.

Does the way you respond to tough situations reflect Christ?
Do you treat your parents the way Christ would have treated Joseph and Mary as a child?
Do you show respect to your elders, selflessness to your little siblings, and care for the sick the way our Lord did?
Do you treat the lost with the same compassion?

You are the only bible some people will ever read.  Show them that the truth is really true because it is true in your life.