And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’
This is a season of giving and receiving. We celebrate our savior’s birth by exchanging gifts and presents on Christmas day with our loved ones.
Have we thought about giving a present to Jesus? He already gave us more than we deserve.
We can give our time, of undivided attention to Him, which He treasures the most. Consider spending more time in prayer talking to Him and worshiping Him and adoring Him.
We can do also do lot of other things like feed the hungry, giving a drink to thirsty, welcome a stranger, cloth a homeless, visit the sick, and take care of imprisoned. In Matthew 25:40 says if you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.
This year, let’s give a present to Jesus by giving hope to others.
2 Corinthians 9:11
You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
God is more concerned about the condition of our heart than the number. He wants us to be generous in every area of our life, which creates the heart of thanksgiving (2 Corinthians 9:11). So, start giving Him your highest sincere praises, your genuine love, your unending dedicated service and your whole heart.
Start your thanksgiving by acknowledging Him and praising Him with a song and magnify Him only, and be enriched in every way. Psalm 69:30 says, I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
Remember all your life’s blessings and give thanks. When your heart is full of gratitude there is no space for complaints. Psalm 107:8-9 says, let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.
Let’s have the heart of thanksgiving and always sing praises to Him.
2 Corinthians 9:7, NLT
You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don't give reluctantly or in response to pressure. "For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.
One of main characteristic of our God is giving. He gave His Only Son so that we can have everlasting life (John 3:16). God is love and those who are anchored in His love have a genuine generous heart. The compassion and kindness that we show reflects the generous heart.
There are many opportunities around us to show generosity. Not just material possessions but giving of talents and gifts that edify the body of Christ. But when you give make sure your left hand doesn’t know what your right hand is doing (Matthew 6:3).
2 Corinthians 9:7 says God loves a cheerful giver. All that we have belongs to God anyway, so let us give it back to God what belongs to Him. Each one of us should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in various forms (1 Peter 4:10).
Let our generous heart be reflection of Him.
The godly may trip seven times, but they will get up again. But one disaster is enough to overthrow the wicked.
Living a Christian life can be hard. But you can do it with the help of Holy Spirit and having consistent relationship with Jesus Christ.
Maybe you had a disaster in your life. Or you maybe lagging in yours to do list or you don’t have perfect health. It’s okay not to be okay. But don’t let that get you behind in your faith walk.
Never compromise anything for your faith. Don’t let fear or bitterness takeover your faith in God. Jesus always comes first. Your relationship with Him should never lag behind. Romans 12:11 says, not lagging in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
Mistakes happen or misunderstanding might take place but don’t let that dictate your life to wander and get lost in wilderness. Get back to His word and focus right back to walking with Him and serve Him cheerfully. Though a righteous may fall seven times but he will get back again.
Let’s keep on moving forward in our faith without lagging behind.
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint”
When storms come, other birds seek shelter but eagles soar even in that storms. They are known for their strength to soar in the storms and protect their young ones by carrying them away from predators. They are very strong and brave.
Isaiah 40:31 assures us that when we wait upon the Lord for strength, we will mount up with wings like eagles that are super strong and can face any storm in life and overcome obstacles with courage and strength that comes from Him.
Instead of looking in the world for strength and energy, seek the real source. Be faithful to God and trust Him and, receive renewed strength from Him to face the enemy and live victorious life.
Wait for the Lord for Renewed Strength and SOAR.
And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
As believers, we live by faith for our everyday needs. Each of our needs differ one from another. Some pray for finances and some for health, and some pray for protection from the enemy while some pray for salvation of their loved ones. Some pray for food and clothing, while some pray for new life.
While we pray for our needs, believe in your heart that God will surely meet all your needs. We may be tempted to doubt as we get anxious, if our need will ever be met or not. Don’t listen to the lies of the enemy.
May be there will be delay, but God will surely answer our prayers in His timings. God’s riches in glory are inexhaustible. We have an awesome God. We should not worry about our future. Entrust every area of your life in Him today.
Trust God, He is the provider of all our needs.
2 Timothy 4:7
I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
This verse reminds us of Paul’s life before his death, and encourages us in our everyday lives. Christian life is not easy, it’s a constant struggle against the evil. Everyone is fighting a battle.
Paul reminds us to endure the hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ (2 Timothy 2:3). Put on the armor of God and seek the weapons of warfare: Prayer, Praise and the Word of God.
The battle we fight is not of flesh and blood but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12).
Don’t give up but continue to fight and keep the faith.
Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”
“No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”
When Scribes and Pharisees were judging a woman of her sin of adultery, Jesus said “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.”(John 8:7) No one came forward to stone her. Everyone left, because they all sinned.
Jesus forgave us all and asks us to sin no more. He died for our sins and fulfilled the Law on our behalf. There is no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. (Romans 8:1).
Now is the day to receive forgiveness. Confess your sins to Christ and sin no more. Live an abundant life that is led by the Holy Spirit.
Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
Prayer is not just talking to God, it’s the time you spend with God intimately (Matthew 6:6), where you open up your heart and mind so that He can work out things according to His will (1 John 5:14) and purpose for our lives.
Prayer of the righteous (James 5:16) impacts our situations in making decisions so that His kingdom will move forward and rise up towards Him and prepare us for His return.
Prayer is the ultimate solution to all our problems, big or small. So, take time to pray always (1 Thessalonians 5:17) before you try to find solutions to your everyday problems and decisions.
Prayers results in miracles and helps us to have humble spirit with the attitude of gratitude.
For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
We go through emotions every day, whether that is happy, sad, disappointments or pleasant surprises. And we control our mind by the emotions that we feel. Our mind is a battlefield.
As Christians, we need to let the Holy Spirit control our mind, which leads to life and peace. All the carnal decisions that we make always lead to death.
Most of the time, we are not aware of it. Learn to check your minds every often and steer towards spiritual thinking which will keep us calm and composed because of His presence.
Don’t let emotions dictate your everyday life. Let the Holy Spirit control your mind.