Sunday, December 14, 2014

Suddenly Christmas

The shepherds and the Angels had a glorious time together just before Christs birth. I cannot fully imagine how the shepherds felt when the angel appeared to them as they were watching there flocks by night. They were minding there own business doing there normal routine. When all of a sudden an angel appears. Let's read Luke 2:10 and the angel said unto them, fear not: for, behold I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. Wow! A real angel was in the midst of them.  It must have been a jaw dropping moment! Then the angel proceeds with an awesome message V11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. What an unbelievable message! The angel proceeds in verse12 to tell them that this shall be a sign  unto them:  you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes lying in a manager. And then, wow, if seeing an angel was not enough, all of a sudden  a multitude of the heavenly host of God shows up(v13)  praising God saying Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men. The second message was as wonderful as the first. 

God wanted the shepherds to know he loved them and the world so much that he was sending his son Jesus so they could be saved from their sins and peace would once again be in place between God and man. It was a suddenly to the shepherds! The good news was astounding, prophetic, and supernatural! How could this be they must have wondered? They probably said to each other "Did you see what I saw?".  And did I hear that right?  That a savior of the world was born this night? Suddenly it was Christmas!  Peace on earth good will toward men! What beautiful words. What a glorious night for us all! To know that gods will is for us to be saved and live in peace! Merry Christmas to all! 

This devotion was written by the heart of Pat James. 

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Every Gift


James 1:16-17
16 Do not err, my beloved brethren.
17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

Every Christmas we all make a list of all the things we would like to see under the tree on Christmas morning. No matter the number of gifts on our list there is usually that one gift, that special gift that we long for most of all. We know about what size and shape that gift should be. More and more gifts are added each day to the pile under the tree. We look for all the ones with our name on them. When we don’t see one that looks as if it will be that perfect gift we are looking for we are disappointed. When Christmas morning comes we are not really that excited because we know just by the wrapping of the gifts that the special one is not there. We begin to open our gifts one by one, ripping off the paper and ribbon to see what not so perfect gift is in the package. Then, we get to that one last gift still knowing that it does not contain what we are truly seeking. We unwrap it to discover that it IS what we have truly been longing for.

Aren’t we all guilty of having this same attitude about what we are believing God for? Don’t we sometimes get a prayer answered but because He did not answer the way we thought He would often times we miss it. We let it go by for something we believe to be better. 

All of our gifts come from Him. They are good and they are perfect. We should stay in communication with our Heavenly Father so that we can be sure we don’t over look anything or anyone because of the “wrapping”.

This devotion was written from the heart of Beth Reed. My prayer this week is that each of us will look past the wrapping to discover the good and perfect gift He has for us.



Monday, December 1, 2014

Victory

1 Corinthians  15:57 - But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

Thanksgiving day was yesterday. Many people around the world counted their blessings which God gave them and rightfully so. Big meals were cooked, hungry people were fed by different organizations showing the love of God. Most families,Christian or not say grace over their Thanksgiving dinner. God is remembered for a short period of time how good he is to us. I personally am amazed how God worked in my families life this year. So thankful!!!

But throughout the day people that have lost loved ones this year came to my mind. Great loss, pain and suffering for them. Some were by long sickness or a terrible tradegy. Through out the day I lifted those people up to God in prayer and what God deposited in my spirit was the above scripture. 

Take much comfort in knowing that your loved one, if they knew Jesus Christ as their savior went to heaven and is victoriously reigning with him.  We have victory in Jesus! No more suffering or pain when we leave here. A miraculous transition takes place immediately after a persons physical body dies. Yes, we no longer have that person here on earth with us, it is very sad for humans to experience, but Gods word say for us not to grieve like one that has no hope! Our hope is in him. Thanks be to our God that loved us so much that he gave his only begotten son, Jesus, to buy us back! God will carry you and yours by his grace to a place where the above promise becomes sweeter as the days go by. 

We are victorious in Jesus Christ our Lord! I cannot praise him enough for giving me that victory! God bless each of you and I pray this devotion helps someone today. This devotion was written by the heart of Pat James.