Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, – Philippians 3:13
As we enter the last day of the year, let us make a conscious decision to be grateful for the past because it lead us to where we are today. Let us make a conscious decision to leave the past, well, in the past…and instead look to the future, which for the righteous is brighter and brighter.
This is what the LORD Almighty says: “In those days ten people from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.’” – Zechariah 8:23 (NIV)
Even in the Old Testament, the hem of the garment is mentioned. We touch the hem of Jesus’ garment when we press into the Word, when we believe it and stand on it because John 1:14 tells us that Jesus is the Word made flesh. Jesus and the Word are one. The more time you spend in the Word, the more time you spend resting in Jesus and His finished work at the Cross.
“The life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God.”
Christ is in us. Just yesterday, I commented to my great Aunt that too many of us are depending on our own strength to accomplish forgiveness, to accomplish the breaking of our addictions. If we would just say, “Lord, I can’t do this, but you can.,” we would discover how much power there is in leaning on His Strength instead of ours.
“’Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 NIV
Rest. This is something I don’t do enough of lately with work, church, the gym…and starting school. I am running around all the time. But God isn’t talking about physical rest here. He is talking about the rest of our spirits. When we rest in Him and His promises to us, we will be refreshed.
The LORD is near to the brokenhearted And saves those who are crushed in spirit (Ps. 34:18).
This is the first Christmas without my mother. As much grief as she gave me, I still feel brokenhearted over what could of, should of, been. I am saddened by her seemingly senseless death, but God has comforted me…and I am in totally different place than I was with my mother. God understands what losing someone feels like. He knows what I went through, and the feeling of not belonging anywhere any more. He understands me completely and still loves me.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing (Rom. 15:13).
Joy and peace comes from believing. Many people believe that believing can’t save you, heal you or prosper you in every area of your life. I do. Why? Because Jesus said, “Only believe. (Mark 5:36) All things are possible to him who believes. (Mark 9:23).” Do you believe Jesus and the Word of God? You are not truly a believer if you don’t.
…I bring you good tidings of great joy… (Luke 2:10).
What Jesus’ birth about is tidings of joy not sorrow. We are not to be upset about Jesus’ birth or death because this was His mission: to save us from our sins. Think about this: God came to Earth as a baby and died on a cross for our sins, the sins of His creations. What made man-made god did that?
They spread the word concerning what had been told them (Luke 2:17).
We need to spread the Word concerning what God has done in our lives. We don’t have to force Christ down people’s throats. All we have to do is tell people what God has done in our lives.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”(Joshua 1:9).
Things are not turning out like I expected them to turn out. I have an opportunity that is not exactly what I want, but that is practical. I am reminded by this Scripture not to be discouraged because God is in control, and God will get me to where I feel He is leading…only later than I’d like.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments. His praise endures forever. – Psalm 111:10
We need to put fearing the Lord in the right context.
In Matthew 4:10, Jesus is referring Deuteronomy 6:13, which says, “You shall fear the LORD your God and serve Him.” Only Jesus changed it to “You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.”
From this, we can gather that to fear God is to worship Him.
Worship God as much as you can during the day, and you will see wisdom show up in your life.