I love this devotional speech! Especially the part about structural coupling. Who we spend time with IS who we naturally become like! Are we spending enough time with our Savior?
Have a beautiful day celebrating the birth of our Lord!
Song: Born on Christmas Day by Brad a Paisley
Song: It’s Christmas Day by Marri Nallos
Over time I’ve found that the most important thing we can do to stay close to our Savior Jesus Christ is to intentionally choose to walk with Him.
We must make an effort each day to connect with Him. We must regularly study His life and His teachings. We must use the sacred powerful gift of prayer to commune with Him. We must choose to remember and honor the covenants we have made with Him. And we have to choose to do these things again and again, day after day. If we do not, we slowly drift away from Him and become lost in the worries of the world.
But if we will choose to do these things we can collect on the promise made in Isaiah 40:
31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Song: Unto Us by Aaron Shust
Song: Emanuel God With Us by Point of Grace
Christmas and studying the Nativity are such a great annual reminder for me to check my bearings, assess my priorities, and to determine where adjustments need to be made. Then I take the week between Christmas and New Year’s and decide on a focus word I want to use during the upcoming year.
Challenge: What will your focus word be for 2019 to help you more steadily walk with Christ?
There are so many examples of ways to worship in the Nativity Story. The thing they all had in common was their attitude of reverence and adoration.
Defining worship Dean M. Davies said:
When we worship God, we approach Him with reverent love, humility, and adoration. We acknowledge and accept Him as our sovereign King, the Creator of the universe, our beloved and infinitely loving Father.
We respect and revere Him.
We submit ourselves to Him.
We lift our hearts in mighty prayer, cherish His word, rejoice in His grace, and commit to follow Him with dedicated loyalty.
Worshipping God is such an essential element in the life of a disciple of Jesus Christ.”
Such a great talk: The Blessings of Worship
Like the angels we can sing praises of Him. Like the shepherds we can act in obedience seeking Him and sharing the good news about Him. And like the wise men we can put time and effort into serving Him and those around us.
Song: Here With Us by Joy Williams
Song: Come and Worship by Bebo Norman
Challenge: How can you worship the Lord today?
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“Grace” such a small word with such an incomprehensible impact! In this word is contained the hope of the world, the key to free each of us from the binding chains that hold us back from our Lord and God. It is by the grace of Jesus Christ that both eternal salvation and immediate peace are possible!
40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
As I sit here thinking about all I have learned and felt this year through experiencing the Nativity Story on this walk, this word seems to be the glue that holds it all together. Grace is the reason He came, the vehicle He used to love us, forgive us, and serve us. It is how He showed his kindness and mercy to us, it is the very expression of His humility and patience. It is His offering of joy and peace and light to each of us individually. And yet our own agency, our individual right to choose, is so respected by Him and the Father, that we alone must make the decision to accept this gift or reject it, one by one. But there it hangs waiting and offered freely to each of us.
Song: When Love Was Born by Mark Schultz
Song: When Love Crossed Over by Paul Baloche
Challenge: What will you do to more fully accept or show more appreciation for this glorious gift of grace?