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The Significance of the Birth of Jesus

Scripture: Luke 2:1-20
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What appears to be insignificant can have eternal consequences.

From a human perspective, there was nothing special about Jesus’ birth. Mary and Joseph were poor, ordinary people having a baby, yet this event was the most significant incident in human history. This child, conceived by the Holy Spirit, was the fulfillment of Biblical prophecy.

In the same way, events that seem ordinary in our lives may be occasions when the Lord is doing something awesome. Because God is continually working to achieve His purposes, every event and choice in our lives has significance.

You can’t determine a person’s value by his or her environment.

When a king is born, he’s laid in silk and anointed with spices, but Mary gave birth in a stable filled with the smell of livestock, wrapped Him in strips of cloth, and laid Him in a manger (Luke 2:7). Nothing surrounding His birth revealed the significance of her newborn baby.

All too often the world judges a person’s worth based on his surroundings. But in the Lord’s eyes, every person is significant. He created each of us for a specific purpose and loves us unconditionally. The ultimate proof of our worth is the fact that Christ considered us to be so valuable that He died for us.

God often gives great understanding to lowly people.

Since the birth of the Saviour was the greatest news of all time, wouldn’t you think that the Lord would have announced it to important people like kings and nobles? Instead He sent His angel to proclaim this momentous news to shepherds.

God still speaks to those who are listening. What we do after hearing from the Lord is what’s important. Like the shepherds who left immediately to find the newborn Messiah, are you quick to obey His instructions? By hesitating, you could miss the greatest opportunities of your life. The key to experiencing all that God has planned is to listen and to obey Him.

When people have truly met Jesus Christ, they have to tell others.

The shepherds were absolutely awed by what they saw and couldn’t keep it to themselves. They knew their message would seem strange to others and might even result in ridicule, but they wanted everybody to know.

We need to be as bold as the shepherds. It’s our job to share the good news of the gospel with others, yet so many believers lack the courage to share their faith. Sometimes we feel like we don’t know enough, but we know so much more than the shepherds because we have the Word of God.

The Lord’s ways are not our ways.

Who could have ever imagined God’s plan. However, Christ came to live among us and can identify with us in our heartaches, frustrations, fears, and temptations because He’s experienced them (Heb. 4:15-16).

God uses ungodly people to accomplish His purposes.

At the time of Jesus’ birth, Caesar Augustus was the ruler of the Roman Empire and made important choices that determined the course of human history. When he decided to take a census, he thought he was in control, but the Lord was simply using him to accomplish His plan to fulfill the prophesy Micah made hundreds of years before.

In our limited understanding, we think God only uses righteous people to achieve His purposes, but history proves otherwise. He can use anyone to carry out His plans.

The birth of Jesus is primarily about God’s unconditional love for the world. Christ had to take human form so He could one day bear our sins and die on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24). Therefore, Christmas isn’t about gifts, shopping and parties. It’s not even about manger scenes and shepherds. Christmas is about Christ’s love for you. He came to earth to die in your place and if you are going to honestly celebrate Christmas, you’ve got to understand all Jesus is. Ignoring His free gift of salvation has terrible consequences, but accepting it results in eternal life in heaven with your Saviour.

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Scripture Reference: St. Luke 12:35-40

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You sometimes hear someone make a casual remark such as, “I hope I don’t die suddenly. I want to have time to straighten out some things in my life.” The question is, “If there are things that need to be done, why don’t you do them now. “ We shouldn’t wait until the doctor tells us that we have three weeks to live to straighten out our lives. The truth is that none of us knows we have another three weeks to live.

You must be ready to move when Christ returns. Jesus spoke often of his return. He told his disciples in John 14:3, “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 Luke’s gospel (12:35) we find the first extended teaching on the Second Coming of Jesus and here he warns his followers to be ready. The relationship between Jesus’ prior words about treasure in heaven and watchfulness is obvious. The one who has his treasure in heaven will be ready and watching for the Lord’s return; the one who has his heart set on the treasures of this world will be caught completely unaware at His coming. In the verses of today’s text we are given three distinct characteristics of a “good waiter.” Waiting is not the absence of doing anything constructive. Waiting is not a static state, it is a time when God is working behind the scenes and his primary focus is on us. We try to wait patiently. The hardest part of waiting is just that waiting. Waiting involves time and we don’t know when our waiting will be over.

The first characteristic of a “Good Waiter” is Preparation. (35-36).What do we say to someone today that we want to be prepared to accompany us some place? –We say “be dressed and ready”
Jesus said in verse35, “Let your waist be girded and your lamps burning; (36) and you yourselves be like men who wait on their master, when he will return from the wedding, that when he comes and knocks they may open to him immediately.”

These servants were truly remarkable. They did not give in to fatigue, they displayed no irritation, they did not sport an “attitude.” Rather they kept the light burning and them-selves in a constant state of readiness to spring up at a moment’s notice to joyous welcome their master home. In 2 Thess. 3:13, Paul urges Christians “…. Do not grow weary in well doing.” We cannot give up and stop, or even tire and slow down, there is too much at stake. Whenever we as Christians take our eyes off of Jesus, we will begin to slack off, the church will begin to decline. We cannot stop because we are having a spiritual dry moment, we need to be faithful.

The second characteristic of a “Good Waiter” is Expectancy (v. 38) “And if he should come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants:” Though it was late at night these servants were still dressed and ready for service. That is, they were not only fully clothed they had their “waist girded,” which means they had their long robes tucked into their belts, making it possible for them to move quickly to the door. They had done everything in their power to be ready.
This verse reveals that the time of the Lord’s return should not be the Christians major concern. What is important is being prepared and living a life of expectancy. Paul describes the way that he tried to live his life in his letter to the Philippians (1:20) when he says “my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but will all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.

The third characteristic of a “Good Waiter” is Faithfulness. “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching. Assuredly, I say to you that he will gird himself and have them sit down to eat and come and serve them.” The master was so moved by the faithfulness of his servants that instead of sitting down at the table to be served, he dressed himself to wait on them ( in fact the same word is used in the original language to describe how they were dressed ready for service (v. 35). He made them to recline at the table and he served them! In a few short weeks Jesus wrapped a towel around his waist and washed the feet of the twelve as they sat in the upper room (John 13:1-17).

St. Luke 12:39, “But know this that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. (40) Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” So when will the Lord return? “The Lord is not slow about his promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish, but for all to come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.” (2 Peter 3:3-11.)

In the midst of our service to the Lord we are called to remain faithful to our Lord by being dressed in readiness, keeping alert in the midst of our ministry, knowing that the Lord will return, and then he will bring blessing to those servants who are faithful and judgment to those servants who are unfaithful.

Jesus is coming again. The first time he came with the offer of salvation; the second time the world will see him rule and reign on this earth as the righteous Judge. If we reject his wonderful offer of salvation now, we will have to meet him as our Judge at the time of our death or in his glorious second coming. Since now is the day of salvation, I beg you, don’t put off his offer of salvation today. You may not have another day on this earth to make your decision. Do it now!

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The Adulterous Woman

Text: John 8:1-11

One day as Jesus was in the temple they brought a woman to him who was caught in the very act of adultery.
I wonder what was going through the minds of the religious people of that day. I am sure they were thinking of the awful sin of this woman and they were probably angry about her sin. The Pharisees had hoped to trap Jesus by asking him what to do with that woman. In fact it sometimes scares me where I may fit in this story. Maybe I would have been looking down at this woman for her sin thinking I was better than her because I was not such a horrible sinner. The hard thing to do is to find a balance for how we are to treat sin.
It would be wrong to have wanted this woman stoned because we need to show grace to the sinners and show them love as well, but on the other hand we can not overlook sin and condone it, in fact sin should be sickening to the Christian.

I believe that Jesus sets us the perfect example for how to treat people and to view people.

When people came into the presence of Jesus they felt convicted about their sins that they had committed in the past. When Jesus went to Samaria and came across the woman at the well she was convicted about her past and wanted to change. When Jesus was passing through Jericho and went to Zacchaeus the Tax Collector’s house, Zacchaeus was convicted by the fact that he had mistreated people. When Jesus came to Simon the Pharisee’s house the sinful woman was convicted of her life of sin. Why is it that people were so convicted of sin in Jesus’ presence?

There is no doubt that when Jesus came he was fully God and his mere presence would have made sinners feel uncomfortable. There was just something about Jesus’ presence that could not tolerate sin and people sensed that.

When people came into the presence of Jesus he lived in a way that impacted people. He lived his life without sinning. When Jesus came across people in his life people were impacted and changed because of his impact on them and his love that he showed them. Think of the love he showed Zacchaeus, the unpopular, short, tax collector coming to his house and eating with him. Think of the unconditional love he showed to the sinners.

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing December 6, 2013

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Jesus A Friend to the Faithful

Text: St. Luke 7

Now understand that Jesus wants to be our friend, but there are some qualifications to His friendship. James 4:4 reads, “Don’t you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.” God wants to be our friend but He asks that we be a faithful friend to Him. Hebrews 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” If we are going to be considered God’s friend we must first believe that He exists and that He truly wants to have a relationship with those who seek after Him.

First, I want you to see that this was a powerful man. Luke 7:1-2 “When Jesus had finished saying all this in the hearing of the people, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die.  It is interesting to note that whenever a Centurion is mentioned in scripture he is always mentioned in a positive light. There was the Roman centurion at the cross who said, “Surely this man was the son of God. There was the Roman Centurion Cornelius who Peter spoke to and he and his whole family became believers. And finally this man mentioned here in Luke 7. This man was no loser, he wasn’t downtrodden, he wasn’t poor, he was a very powerful man.

Second, notice that this man was a compassionate man. Luke 7:3-5 “The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant.

This was no ordinary Centurion. It was odd for a Centurion to even less about the conquered people, but this man went above and beyond. He took care of the oppressed people and even went so far to build them a synagogue.

He was a humble man. Luke 7:6-8 “So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ’Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ’Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ’Do this,’ and he does it.” Imagine a Roman officer telling a poor Jewish rabbi that he was unworthy to have Him enter his house! The Romans were not known for displaying humility, especially before their Jewish subjects. But true faith always starts with humility, humbling yourself before God. Even though this Centurion was a man of authority he realized that it was limited.

Jesus said in Matthew 28:18 “Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.” When Jesus spoke, the demons came into immediate obedience. When He told the winds and seas to be still, even nature had to submit to His authority. Even the great enemy of death had no authority over our Lord all of creation is under His submission.

But the quality about this Centurion that I want you to see the most was that he was a man of incredible faith. Luke 7:9 “When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” This man had only heard of Jesus, and he believed in Christ so much that not only did He believe that Jesus could heal his servant, but also Jesus didn’t even have to be there. According to this Centurion, all Jesus had to do was merely say the word. He simply believed. In the scriptures, we are called to have that child like faith where we simply believe because Jesus says so.

There are a few lessons I want you to pick up on faith that I think we all need to know. First, faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. We believe even though we have never seen. Have you ever thought of all the incredible things we ask non-Christians to believe. We ask them to believe in a God who we have never seen. We ask them to believe that God is able to raise folks from the dead, even though we have never seen such a thing done before. But with that childlike faith we spoke of earlier, we believe…even though we have not seen. We are called to live by faith and not by sight.1 Peter 1:8-9 “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving.

The next lesson is that no matter the level of faith you have, you must act on the faith you have. This Centurion couldn’t prove everything , nor did he have all the answers, but what he did have and what he did know he acted on. Your faith will grow not from speculation but from using it, from action. James 2:17 says, “In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.”

Finally, realize that faith is a choice. Once you gather the evidence, you must decide whether you will believe or not. You must make the choice.

Now many of you right now are doubting God’s provisions, your doubting God’s will and you are having a rough time making up your mind. Yet when you examine the evidence, the choice to be made is yours and yours alone.

Faith is a wonderful thing. My question is. “Will you fully trust God no matter your circumstances today? The choice is yours.

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing                  December 6, 2013

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Use Your Time To The Glory of God

Reference Scripture: Mark 4: 8 and 20

God has a big plan for you and me; He wants us to make something out of our time. Time like electricity flows around us and remains unseen and useless — unless it is captured and harnessed into usefulness.

Fruit is what is produced by my life that will last forever – prayers from a clean heart, worship from a consecrated life, time lived under the direction of the Holy Spirit, acts of devotion prompted by love, souls won to Christ, saints edified, suffering endured for Him, sacrifices made for Him. And on and on we could go. The emphasis is ‘that which lasts forever produced by my life.

Life for each of us contains a lot of time. Each day a river of moments flows all around us, eighty-six thousand seconds to be exact. But if measured in minutes life can be seen as a constant flow of time traveling by us minute by minute.

According to what Jesus said in the verses before us, all that will last of your and my life on Earth will be the fruit that you and I produce while we are alive on this planet. Everything else of ours — will burn, rust, or rot. Have you paused lately and looked around all that fills up each of our lives?

Everything we ever have will turn to rust and ashes except for what was transformed by our ABIDING in Christ into Eternal Fruit. Christ’s rewards to us are based on what was GOOD or fruitful, all else attached to our lives Jesus Christ has promised He will burn away.

Mark 4:8, 20 “But other seed fell on good ground and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” 20 But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”

Posted by Fay-Ann Swearing December 6, 2013

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Where Is God When I Am Hurting?

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Reference Scriptures: Isaiah 40:1-31 Jeremiah 39:1-14; Lamentations 5:19-22; Psalm 137

Do you ever feel like hope is almost lost? That you are going to never see better days?

The hurts we experience may stem from abandonment or abuse, sorrow and loss, fears and failures, setbacks, chronic illness and pain and the list goes on. We all hurt for a variety of reasons.

The stories of suffering remain in the scriptures for a reason. Through them, we can gain an insight of dealing with our own sufferings.

Sometimes God’s hand of comfort and His compassion toward us in our pain and sorrow is so wonderful we can’t describe it. He appears on the scene of our calamity with assistance and provision and we stand in awe of His presence.

At other times however, He seems distant and disinterested, like He’s moved and hasn’t left a forwarding address. He has all the power and provision necessary to alleviate our misery but He doesn’t seem to be lifting a finger to come to our rescue.

It’s at times like that when our faith is tested. Our cries for help seem to go unanswered. If we’re not careful we can become fearful and disillusioned with God when we’re hurting.

Sad to say that I let that happen to me somewhat when I found out someone dear to me had cancer. The main problem was that it seemed so unfair from a human standpoint. Why would this happen to a faithful follower of Christ?

I must be honest there were days when I got frustrated and above all I was really hurting. I was mainly hurting because I hated to witness her suffering. And I know many of you know those feelings all too well.

But the amazing thing is I learned a lot about life and having a real relationship with God and the importance of my relationship with others.

This daughter of God had peace with God throughout her suffering. She had a winning faith. Yes she struggled greatly with the weight of her dilemma, but she didn’t turn her back on God. Instead she steadily kept on progressing in her faith.

It was then I prayed earnestly daily and wanted to learn to trust God and grow in my faith in Him even when faced with seemingly insurmountable odds.

It hasn’t always been easy and I haven’t always expressed the faith in God that I should have, but God is patient and longsuffering and His word shows us the way. I’ve searched for God’s hand of comfort and wisdom several times and sometimes I didn’t find Him right away. And I’m sure you can relate.

God speaks to you today through the Prophet Isaiah and wants you to know He understands what you are going through. He promises that if you wait on Him and trust Him you will find your strength renewed.

No matter the problem, pain or pressure you are facing right now, God cares and is concerned with the things that concern you. Being a child of God does not exempt you from hurting, difficult times.

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Deal or No Deal Part 2

Text: 1 Kings 21:1-4

No matter how reasonable the opportunity looks on the surface, take some time to look down the road and weigh out the consequences of your decision. Every decision you make has consequences, Gal. 6:7-8. Some are short-term. Some are life-long. Some are eternal. (Ask Eve today if she might make a different choice Genesis 3. Ask David today if he might have made a different choice 2 Samuel 11. Ask Judas today if he might have made a different choice, Matthew 26:49.

How much is your purity worth? What’s your price? Some have sold it cheap. They have given their purity to a pretty girl, or to some boy who said, “I love you.”Don’t sell the farm! Say, “No deal!”
        
How much is your innocence worth? What’s your price? Some have sold it cheap. They have given their innocence away to the internet, to movies, to pornography, etc. Don’t sell the farm! Say, “No deal!”

How much is your mind worth? What’s your price? Some have sold it for nearly nothing, they have filled it with the language and the images of the world. Don’t sell the farm! Say, “No deal!”

How much is your testimony worth? What’s your price? Some have sold it at bargain prices. They have sold it to keep a friend. They have sold it to impress others. They have sold it to fit in. Don’t sell the farm! Say, “No deal!”        

How much is your life worth? What’s your price? Some have sold theirs for nothing. They made stupid decisions when they were young that haunt them to the grave. Don’t sell you life for cheap thrills and wind up with an STD. Don’t sell your life for a few minutes of pleasure. Don’t give away your life and poison your years so that you can’t be used of God. Don’t sell the farm! Say, “No deal!” 
       
How much is your soul worth? What’s your price? Some have sold theirs for perishable things. Some have traded eternity for sex, drugs, alcohol, pleasure, friendships or what they think is love. Those things will all perish! The only thing you have of any eternal value is your soul.

Nothing in this world is worth losing Mark 8:36-37. Don’t sell the farm! Say, “No deal!”If you refuse to take the deals offered by those who would take what you have, you can expect to suffer because of it 2 Timothy 3:12.

You might be rejected by the crowd. You might be made fun of. You might be laughed at. You will miss out on a few of the experiences others around you are having. But, you will be the winner in the end.

So, who was the winner here? Naboth was the winner! How? In a number of ways; let me give you a couple.
First, he maintained his integrity. He lived and died knowing that he had done the right thing. That knowledge is priceless. It makes for a clean conscience and good night of sleep.
Second, Naboth may have died, but he went to be with the Lord. What good is any kind of life that leaves you lost when it ends? Where does this message find you today? Have you sold the farm? Have you taken the deal and lost some things? Bring that fact to the Lord. If you are lost, He will save you today. If you have walked away from Him, He will forgive you and restore you. Have you been thinking about taking the deal? Let me encourage you to come before the Lord and ask for the help you need to say “No deal!”

Do you have friends that are selling out cheap? You need to come and pray for them today. Do you need to step up and get to work in the vineyard? Maybe the Lord has been calling you to serve Him. If He has, come today. Will you obey Him today, whatever it is that He wants you to do? What is it going to be: Deal Or No Deal? 

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Deal or No Deal Part 1

Text: 1 Kings 21:1-4

In our daily lives, we face Deal or No Deal choices that could affect us for the rest of our lives and for all of eternity. The choices you make every day in friends, music, clothing, reading material, internet browsing, text messaging, etc. may seem trivial on the surface. Those things could change the course of your life. Your decisions about sex, drugs, alcohol and things of that nature will change your lives in ways you can’t begin to imagine today.

Your spiritual decisions are the most important of all. Will you receive Jesus? Will you live a godly life? Will you place His will above all things in your life? Will you pray, read your Bible and be a witness for Christ? All of questions and more are extremely vital.

Don’t sell out regardless of who does the asking. Someone who asks you to do anything that violates your conscience or the Word of God is not your friend. Choose the people you hang with very carefully 1 Cor. 15:33

Don’t sell out just to please the crowd. Remember until you do it, not everybody is. Sometimes it’s better to stand alone that it is to stand with the crowd. It was the crowd that cried “crucify Him”. There were just a few who stayed by Him that day. The crowd is headed to Hell, Matt. 7:13-14. Refuse to go along with them!∙        

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The Lord Is Good

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Nahum 1:1-7

The word “good” means, “pleasant, agreeable, rich, valuable.” That word describes the very character of God. In fact, our English word God is a shortened form of the word good. Circumstances may say otherwise, but “The Lord is good!

 Regardless of the realm of life: finances, government, people, pain, problems, sickness or even death, “The Lord is good!

 We are living in hard times, but “The Lord is good!” In fact, He is good to all people, in all places, in all situations, and at all times. (Psalm 145:9) in spite of how things look, feel, or appear, “The Lord is good!” That is the assurance we have in all situations, circumstances and conditions of life.

The Lord is good!” Consider Psalm 34:8; Psalm 100:5; Psalm 135:3; Psalm 145:9. All these verses teach us the same truth; they teach us that, “The Lord is good!” He is always good! Consider Romans 8:28.

It’s easy for us to say, “The Lord is good” when life is going well, but it doesn’t change the fact that, “The Lord is good” even when times are bad. The Lord is good all the time, and in every way.

Trouble will come to us all eventually. (Job 5:7; Job 14:1) . It speaks of those times when life closes in around us and the pressures of life come against us. In those times, the people of God have a refuge. Consider: Psalm 73:1; Deuteronomy 33:27; Psalm 27:5; Psalm 46:1; Psalm 50:15; Proverbs 18:10; Isaiah 43:2.

The Lord declares that He has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet. That’s simply reminds us, that He is in control.  Our God is a sovereign God. The winds and the waves obeyed His will.

When the storms of life rise against you, and the winds of adversity buffeting your life, you will discover that there is a place of refuge for the child of God. You will discover that there is peace in the midst of the storm. You will discover that God is directing your paths for his glory, Proverbs 3:5-6. Job understood this truth, Job 23:10. So did David, Psalm 37:23. We need to learn the truth that even when we cannot see the way, He is the way.

Just so you know, the Lord’s people are more than just defenseless, directionless sheep. We are elevated far beyond that. In John 15:13–15, He calls us His “friends. Let that sink in. We are His friends!

I just want to remind you that “The Lord is good!” This might be a good time to come before Him and praise Him for His goodness. This might be a good time to come home if you have wandered away. This might be a good time to get before the Lord and ask Him to forgive you for doubting His goodness in your life.

He Is Great

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Text: Psalm 145:1-3

I will extol You, my God, O King, and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.

There are so many revelations of God in His Word. The Bible boasts of His greatness, glory, honor and character. We know that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8), that God’s grace is sufficient for every repentant heart and that His power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). We know that His name is above all other names (Philippians 2:9), that there is no other like Him (Jeremiah 10:6), and that His wisdom holds secrets that are hidden from before time began (I Corinthians 2:7). And for as much as we know and know about the LORD, our knowledge of Him is but a fraction of a grain of sand as held up to all the beaches on earth.

He is the mysterious master Creator who hung each star in the sky and calls them by name, yet He wants us to love Him, to trust Him, to know Him and to worship Him. Our amazing Heavenly Father bids each and every one of us to come to Him to be held by His love, to find peace, hope and healing in His Son. He wants us to seek Him through prayer and to experience new revelations of Him through His Word and through the Holy Spirit.

The voices of all of creation shout His praise! I encourage you to pause in this moment to consider Him… to respond to Him… to meditate on His glorious splendor. As you do He will increasingly become the all-satisfying desire of your heart. Even more than that, as you worship He will stir up a hunger in your soul to know Him even more.

Let’s say with the psalmist, “I will extol You, my God, O King, and I will bless Your name forever and ever. Every day I will bless You, and I will praise Your name forever and ever. Great is the LORD, and highly to be praised, and His greatness is unsearchable.” Psalm 145:1-3

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