God's Plan. As I sit down each Saturday morning to prepare "The Words of Encouragement", I seek God to find out what he wants us to hear from him. This week, we will take time to prepare our hearts for the Christmas season.
Prayer: Lord if my own disobedience has caused me to move from the place you have called me to, help me to turn back to your way. I thank you that you have a plan for me. During this season we celebrate let us see your plan for our lives and walk in it.
Holiness. One of the most important things we can seek during our time with God is a purified life. God is calling for our lives to be set aside from whatever would contaminate body and spirit.
Prayer: Lord help me to live holy. Help me during this season to exhibit attributes that reflect you at work, at school or wherever you send me. Help me not to show the selfishness of modernity but the holiness of you.
Service. God gives so much into our lives. He opens up provisions for us and he does it to show us his love. If God is willing to show his love for us, then he requires us to show our love for others. That may call for us to be willing to sacrifice for others even in the midst of our needs. We often buy presents for those we love but how often do we really stop and ask God, who do I need to support during this season to reflect your love? We need to ask ourselves some questions during our time with God. (1) Do I support your people as you desire? (2) What is my special assignment for this Christmas to show someone to the savior?
Prayer: Lord you my provision. Your love for me is evident every day of my life. Lord help me to give back out of the same love. Help me to be of service to your purpose and your people. Help me not only to pray for the needs of others but help me to be actively involved in the solution. This season help me make a difference to someone that is losing hope. Help me to restore someone to a place of hopefulness in you.
Worship. People sometimes become comfortable trusting in what they know. We all do it. We have our routines that we follow every day. If something comes along and changes those routines we become flustered or upset. Yet, we do not realize that it is God's hand that allows the upset. Why does he doe it? He wants us to remember that he is still in control. That is what happens with our worship and our time of corporate worship. We become comfortable in doing what we know and if anything comes along and changes that we become flustered. What we do is we instead try to keep things under our own control and in doing so, we hinder God's Spirit.
Prayer: Lord, I give you my heart. I give you my complete self. There is no part of myself that I hold apart from you. I live for you alone. Every breath I take, ever moment is for you. I was created to worship you. Lord help me during my time with you to have a greater understanding of how to worship you. Help us as a body to worship you more completely. When we do we will prosper in our spirits, in our love and in our life.
Witness. We know this can be the busiest time of the year with parties, family and church gatherings and so much more. Yet it is also one of the most important times of the year (along with Easter) that we can share our testimony. During this season can we plan to tell someone about the gift of Christ? We can tell but even more importantly we can exhibit in our lives the truth of or salvation. Are we loving? Are we caring? Do people see us and see Jesus? Or are we like the frantic crowd of people so set on getting what they want that the do not take the time to see who they are trampling under foot? Let us speak of the glorious splendor of our savior. In your time with God ask these questions, (1) Open up to me this day who I can tell about you. (2) Who have you given me as an assignment that I have ignored? (3) What are you requiring from me during that season different from any other time of the year?
Prayer: Lord today help me to be a witness to someone coming behind. Help me tell someone about the goodness of you. Help me to spread cheer to the overworked cashier. Help me to say thank you to the unappreciated teacher. Help me during this time to take my eyes off the pursuit of my own ideas and to have a vision that sees the world your way. Help me to be the avenue that the gift of light is given to someone that is grappling in the darkness.