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Celebrating the Jesus I know

During this Christmas season, whether in isolation or otherwise; in whichever manner you are going to celebrate ask yourself: what is the reason for the season?  

“For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, The prince of peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgement and justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.”

Isaiah 9:6-7.

Let us for a moment stop and focus on the cross and embrace the finished work of Jesus Christ. 

His death and resurrection. His ascension to heaven. Seated at the right-hand side of God, far above all principalities, powers and dominions; and any other name in this world and the world to come.

You and me (who identify ourselves with him) seated with him. Here on earth not alone but Him, the Holy Spirit, in us, comforting us, helping us, teaching us, counselling us, guiding us…

What great love, victory, power!

If you identify yourself with Jesus Christ, you are the most celebrated person as Jesus is. The value He has is the same value you have because you were bought with His precious blood.

Now you can start celebrating yourself instead of celebrating the so-called celebrities. You are going to celebrate the life you have but not the things you own. Because you are not the stuff you own. 

Instead of being attached to things, you can choose to be attached to Jesus Christ. The things you own are temporal; if they are lost you’ll live in distress. If you have Jesus you’ll be grateful for what you have, and trust Him to provide what you don’t have.

When you have Jesus you have everything. His blessings are eternal.  You live because Jesus’ victory over death was vested on you. 

If you understand this, you are going to live a victor’s life instead of a victim’s. You are going to live in glory instead of gloom. Amen! You’re a hero because you’ve won many battles. You’re more than a conqueror!

Your victory through Jesus Christ is the reason for the season.

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas, full of love, joy, order, peace, justice…

You are wonderful people!

God bless you abundantly.

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We must value the sanctity of life, because we all live to perish

I’m appalled by the murdering of George Floyd and other black lives.

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All of us. Regardless of our race, colour, creed or worldview. Regardless of how strong and powerful we are, or how wise and intelligent we are.

No matter what you say or think. No matter your affluence, no matter your dreams…, in the end, you must go the way of our ancestors. Yet, you don’t know when.

It’s a truth we all must come to terms with; whether we’re young or old.

David, the psalmist understood this when he said:

“The days of our livesareseventy years; And if by reason of strengththey areeighty years,
Yet their boastisonly labour and sorrow; For it is soon cut off, andwe fly away.

Psalm 90:10.

We are all like grass in the same beautiful garden of life, scorched by the same merciless heat of life. And soon we droop to final extinction.

We are all tiny grains of dust of the same earth…

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Don’t kindle your own fire

“Who among you fears the Lord?
Who obeys the voice of His Servant?
Who walks in darkness
And has no light?
Let him trust in the name of the Lord
And rely upon his God.
Look, all you who kindle a fire,
Who encircle yourselves with sparks:
Walk in the light of your fire and in the sparks you have kindled—
This you shall have from My hand:
You shall lie down in torment.”

Isaiah 50:10-11.

Nay, God forbid! We aren’t going to kindle our own fire based on our limited efforts while circumventing God’s ability. Ours won’t provide enough light to illuminate our way out. Fire kindled in this manner is merely sparks in God’s eyes. We’ll be astounded how soon it goes off and we get into grim darkness and sorrow.

Instead, we can determine to proceed with the bumpy ride up the rugged mountain, as we confidently rest in the power of the Lord to shine His full light upon our pathway. Himself is light!

Beloved, it is not enough to draw our confidence from our own wisdom, power or strength. Like many heroes of faith in the Bible, we can purpose to focus on the Lord in the face of trouble.

Our efforts may generate positive results but when our actions silence God’s presence; when we disobey God’s will, the results won’t stay for long. However, when in unwavering confidence we surrender our efforts to God and patiently wait for Him, He is going to show up with a supernatural, lasting remedy.

God loves you!