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"From the rising of the sun to its setting, the name of the LORD is to be praised," Psalm 113:3.

Heavenly Father, You are a great and awesome God, majestic, wonderous, highly exalted and to be praised. Thank You for Your abundant blessings. Transform us into Your image as we gaze on You and praise Your name.


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Wednesday
Dec172014

We Are Strong in the Lord

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might."

Ephesians 6:10

Why might this verse be in the Bible? What is the context? Do you recall? If not, you might want to open your Bibles to Ephesians 5-6. Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the apostle Paul has been writing that Christians are to be imitators of God, filled with the Spirit; subject to one another. And, now, as if we aren't already convinced that we need God's might to accomplish His will; we're getting ready to be warned that "world forces of darkness; spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places" oppose us. To be specific, "the schemes of the devil" (Ephesians 6:11) will overtake us IF we are not being strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Good words, don't you think? Good warnings for us as we approach the celebration of Christ's birth. Be strong!

Heavenly Father, what tremendous warnings You give us. But, do we heed them? I pray that each of us do today and every day. Make us increasingly sensitive to the spiritual warfare around us and to the devil's schemes. Make us increasingly STRONG in the STRENGTH of YOUR MIGHT. 

"Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas," a devotional to strengthen you in your walk with Christ.

Friday
Dec122014

We are LIGHT in the LORD

"you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light."

Ephesians 5:8

What does it mean to you that you are: Light in the Lord? Quite frankly, it's baffling to me. I was curious why the word "Light" was capitalized in the New American Standard version of the Bible. My research led me to a commentator's explanation that the word "Light" in this verse means, "One in whom wisdom and spiritual purity shine forth and who imparts the same to others."** Oh my! Am I living up to my identity in Christ? Are you? Are we those in whom wisdom and spiritual purity shine forth? Are we those who impart wisdom and spiritual purity to others? That is how GOD SEES US. That's our potential. That's how Jesus wants to use us today; and it is not "mission impossible." Rather, because Christ has cleansed us, set up apart as His temple, and His mercies are new every morning to forgive our daily sins; we CAN BE HIS LIGHT. We can walk as children of Light. Is it a dreary day for you? Why not open your heart to the Lord of LIGHT and ask Him to fill you?  

Heavenly Father, may we never forget that our identity rests not in us, but rather in what You have accomplished on our behalf. Forgive us when we fail to walk as Light. Fill us with the Light of Your presence so we walk as children of LIGHT. 

"Preparing Our Hearts for Christmas," a devotional to enlighten your day. 

**http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/Lexicon/Lexicon.cfm?strongs=G5457&t=NASB

Monday
Dec082014

WE ARE FORGIVEN

"Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as GOD in Christ also HAS FORGIVEN YOU."

Ephesians 4:32

Forgiven. A powerful word. Without God's forgiveness we're hell bound. With God's forgiveness, our eternity is secured in heaven. The word "forgiveness" in this verse means "to pardon." In our society, a pardon is "the forgiveness of a crime and the cancellation of the relevant penalty; it is usually granted by a head of state (such as a monarch or president) or by acts of a parliament or a religious authority.* There is no greater "head of state" than He who is "head of the universe." And it is HE, the LORD GOD, who has pardoned us of our crimes of sins and cancelled the relevant penalty due us. The babe from heaven came on a mission. Jesus was born to die so that we could be forgiven. May we keep our focus on God's GIFT of FORGIVENESS in CHRIST this CHRISTmas!

Heavenly Father, We sing Your praises! We shout "hallelujah" for pardoning and forgiving us. Glory and honor to belong to You. 

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*http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pardon

Friday
Nov212014

WE ARE MEMBERS of ONE ANOTHER

"laying aside falsehood, speak truth each one of you with his neighbor, for we are members of one another."

Ephesians 4:25

In recent years, our ears have been tuned to Washington where lying seems to be increasing. We've been shocked. However, our ears have also been tuned to people in positions of spiritual leadership who have lied, and we've been disheartened. Why does it hurt us to an even greater degree when Christians lie to one another? The answer is because we are members of one another. And, as Ephesians 4:24 reminds us, we are to be living by our "new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the TRUTH." What does this mean to us? We are not to lie to ourselves, God, or others. Before we hurl stones at Washington, perhaps we should check our hearts. Are we lying to ourselves about something? A sin? A promise? A relationship? Are we lying to another person-either directly or by withholding information? If we are, then today is the day God is calling us to "lay aside falsehood and speak truth; for we are MEMBERS of ONE ANOTHER." Our lie never just hurts us. It hurts others. It hurts Christ.

Heavenly Father, forgive us for any way in which we have not spoken truth. Forgive us for any way that we have lived in or spoken falsehood. May we by the conviction and power of Your Holy Spirit lay falsehood aside and may we speak truth to one another.  

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Wednesday
Nov192014

WE ARE RIGHTEOUS

"put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth."

Ephesians 4:24

Heh Righteous! That's right. I'm talking to you. If you're a Christian, the Bible says you and I are righteous because of the substitutionary work Christ did on the cross when He paid our sin debt with His blood. I wonder if you're thinking what I am? 1. Praise God for declaring me righteous.  2. I need to put on then new self, which has been created in righteousness. Why not greet your Christian family and friends with this reminder? Lets call each other who we are in Christ, and more importantly live accordingly.   

Heavenly Father, thank You for declaring me righteous. Help me live according to the new person You have created me to be. 

Have a great day, righteous friend. 

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