Christian history reveals quite a bit of controversy over the actual date of Jesus’ birth, raising the question, why do we celebrate Christmas at all?
Psalm 100King James Version (KJV)
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.
2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.
Are you stuck in a bad situation? God will pull you out.
Time and again God came through for people who were in dire straits. Whether it was Daniel in a den of hungry lions, the swindler, Jacob fleeing Laban, scrawny young David biting off more than he could chew and agree to duel the giant, Goliath, Peter locked up in prison awaiting execution, or the three Hebrew boys in a fiery furnace.
God never failed to come through for those who genuinely need help. He is always there for you. And though He may not come when you want Him, he is always on time.
Nothing is impossible with God. So, whatever the situation you are stuck in, God is more that able to pull you out. Whether it’s something in your past, the nagging supervisor at your job that you cannot stand, or something to do with your finances or your relationships.
But it is important to understand that God does not impose His will on anyone. Here is what Jesus says about this. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be open for you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.“” (Matthew 7:7-8).
Therefore, my friends. God is the silver line beneath your dark clouds. You only have to reach out to Him. He is the same Yesterday, today and forever. He parted the seas, calmed storms, closed the mouth of hungry lions and quench the heat of fiery furnaces. He always makes a way when it seems there is no way.
Habakkuk 3:17-18 (New King James Version (NKJV)
A Hymn of Faith
17 Though the fig tree may not blossom,
Nor fruit is on the vines;
Though the labour of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food;
Though the flock may cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls—
Still yet I will rejoice in the Lord and
I will be joyful in the God of my salvation.
Worship Wednesday: Psalm 34:1-9 (King James Version KJV)
I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me and delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the Lord encamped round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
8 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
9 O fear the Lord, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
Dear Father, forgive me when I lose sight of what is really important in life. Help me to keep my eyes focused on Your truth. Enable me to show others that you are the real treasure in life.
1 Chronicles 16:23-31 (NIV)
Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
proclaim His salvation day after day.
Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous deeds among all peoples.
For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
He is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the Lord made the heavens.
Splendor and majesty are before Him;
strength and joy are in His dwelling place.
Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations,
ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name;
bring an offering and come before Him.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of His holiness.
Tremble before Him, all the earth!
The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”
Psalm 103King James Version (KJV)
Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all thine iniquities; who heals all thy diseases;
Who redeemed thy life from destruction; who crowned thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfies thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like an eagle’s.
The Lord executes righteousness and judgment for all who are oppress.
He made known His ways unto Moses, His acts unto the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
He will not always strive with us: neither will He keep His anger forever.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward them that fear Him.
As far as the east is from the west, so far hath He removed our transgressions from us.
Like as a father pities his children, so the Lord pities them that fear Him.
For He knoweth our frame; He remembers that we are dust.
As for man, his days are as grass: as a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passed over it, and it is gone, and the place thereof shall know it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;
To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.
The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all.
Bless the Lord, you His angels, who excel in strength, that do His commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word.
Bless ye the Lord, all ye His hosts; ye ministers of His, that do His pleasure.
Bless the Lord; all His works in all places of His dominion: bless the Lord, O my soul.