Glory Seed Devotional’s, 2016: Year of the Blessing…
Everyone needs the Christmas Child…
“Please, Lord, rescue me! Come quickly, Lord, and help me. May those who try to destroy me be humiliated and put to shame. May those who take delight in my trouble be turned back in disgrace. Let them be horrified by their shame, for they said, “Aha! We’ve got him now!” (Psalm 40:13–15, NLT)
When reading the Psalms have you ever wondered who “those,” “them,” “their,” and “they” are? I do. In some circles people put names and faces, to them. In other circles they are identified as problems, adversities, and difficulties. I’ve been in those circles but I’ve come to the point where in most cases I identify them as the man in the mirror, me. And when I stop long enough to listen to the man in the mirror I hear him praying, “LORD, I do believe, but help me overcome my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24, NLT)
There was time when I beat myself up pretty bad when I found unbelief getting the best of me but then over time it began to dawn on me that it was through unbelief my faith was becoming stronger. Faith not just in the LORD rescuing me but faith in His ever presence in my heart and life.
Probably the only thing out of Jesus’ mouth was baby talk and a few cries, yet his birth itself was his forever message to YOU and to ME. “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”” (Mark 2:17, NLT) There you have it, Sinners need Jesus! And I certainly qualify. I don’t want to glorify sin but it is what it is, but with our lives securely anchored in Jesus what it is isn’t what it needs to be… “Well then, should we keep on sinning so that God can show us more and more of his wonderful grace? Of course not! Since we have died to sin, how can we continue to live in it?” (Romans 6:1–2, NLT)
Remember the fellow who admitted his unbelief? Apparently Jesus wasn’t bothered by the man’s unbelief instead He responded to what was in the man’s heart. He not only rescued the man from his unbelief but rescued his son as well. Jesus does that with us as well, He responds to what’s in our heart not what’s in our head!
Jesus is a sinner’s best friend! However, a sinner without Jesus is his or her own worst enemy!
May your focus be on Jesus and may the Holy Spirit nurture and grow the Seeds of Blessing planted in you.
GRACE and PEACE,
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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”