Overcoming Uncertainty

One of the scariest places to live on planet earth is in you own universe of uncertainty. What will be happening in the coming year or the coming weeks?  Who is telling you the truth about what is taking place in the world with the virus and job losses and all the prophetic voices?  Whatever happened to the bands of people coming to the southern borders and how about the stimulus change thrown at the American people while millions go into foreign accounts?  Instead of a $2,000 stimulus, why not $5,000 or $10,000 since the national debt doesn’t seem to be a big deal?  When you reach the peak of uncertainty in a world that at one time made some kind of sense and seemed somewhat normal, you have only a few options left. You can panic. You can prepare. You can pray.  And you can rehearse what you know is true. Don’t panic, but pray, prepare and rehearse what you know is true.

1.  God is in control of all things and even the things that are out of control. John 19:11

2. God loves me and wants me to live as close to Him as I can. James 4:8

3. The power of God’s peace has no impact on me unless I live in a personal relationship with Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

4. God is for me and not against me. Romans 8:31

5. Jesus is coming again.  John 14:3

6. God is my protector and provider. Philippians 4:19

7. The government can’t do for me what God can do. Acts 5:38-39

8. I know I am His, and He is mine. Song of Songs 6:3

9. I know my time here is short.  James 4:14

10. I know God ultimately wins because He has never lost. Luke 24:6-7

Don’t live in uncertainty, but move towards what you know (The One who) is true.

“And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” John 8:32

Everlasting Joy

Nothing can match the joy of the birth of a child.  That joy silently grows for nine months with unseen movements. And possibly no one experiences the joy like the mother, but it is a shared joy with the father. My wife and I experienced such joy the day after 9/11. Our little girl was born and we had joy in the midst of tragedy and sorrow. The unexpected events of 9/11 were never included in the plans of our joyful moment.  Nineteen years later, that joy is still with us and has grown. God meant for the joy He gives us to be everlasting, but it can be stolen or taken away. If you have never done this, find the connection to your joy. If you connect your joy to your circumstances, it will be short-lived and always stolen.  But if you connect your joy to Jesus’ birth and life, it will be everlasting. 

Luke 2:10-11 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior,  who is Christ the Lord.”

Anyone can lose their joy by allowing unexpected circumstances to steal it away.  You can lose your joy when you lose a loved one or even when you fail to do those things that keep your faith strong. You can lose your joy when you constantly associate yourself with joyless people. But if Jesus Christ has been born in your life, by faith, you have joy forevermore. This Christmas rediscover and connect your joy to the One “born to you” at Bethlehem. Jesus is our everlasting joy, and nothing can take that away.

John 16:21-22 “A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that a human being has been born into the world. 22 “Therefore you now have sorrow; but I will see you again and your heart will rejoice, and your joy no one will take from you.”

Guarded and Guided by Angels

God’s activities are always guarded by God’s angels.  Just from reading the stories surrounding the birth of the Messiah, there was a significant uptick in angelic activity.  The angel Gabriel spoke with Zacharias concerning the birth of John, and not long after that, he visited Mary about the birth of Jesus.  Joseph was visited in a dream by the angel of the Lord.  At the birth of Christ, the angel of the Lord spoke to the shepherds nearby in a field.  At that time, a heavenly host of angels appeared before the shepherds praising God.  After some time had passed, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and warned him of the threat on the infant Jesus’ life from King Herod.  The angel of the Lord told Joseph where to go and how long to stay.  

Matthew 2:13-14 And when they were departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream, saying, Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt, and stay there until I bring you word: for Herod will seek the young child to destroy him. 14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt:

The angels of God are still fiercely working, guarding, guiding, and fighting on behalf of every born-again child of God.  Right this moment you are surrounded by angels assigned to your care.  You have not been left alone, even though it feels like it at times.  The angels don’t want your worship, but they do want your cooporation, as they are messengers of God.  The angels of God know how to communicate to you, and they play such an incredible practical and spiritual role in your life.  There are angels all around you, but that doesn’t mean you can act foolishly and tempt God.  God may send an angel to you this very day in the form of a complete stranger so be alert and attentive especially in the time we live.  I sense there is another uptick in angelic activity, so just be ready to hear and do as advised.  “Thank you Father, for the angels you have placed to care for us.”  Amen. 

The angel of the LORD encamps all around those who fear Him, And delivers them. Psalm 34:7

Passing Through

The entourage of wise men who came into Jerusalem raised quite a stir as they begin to ask, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?”  This stirring reached as far as the king, and he also was troubled.  The king was so troubled about the possibility of another king rising up that he invited the wise men to speak privately about their quest to find this king.  Given the position of the star they followed and knowing the history of Jerusalem, it stood to reason the King of the Jews would be born there.  However, after the visit, they continued on straight through the religious center of Jerusalem.

Matthew 2:9-10 (CSB) 9 After hearing the king, they went on their way. And there it was — the star they had seen at its rising. It led them until it came and stopped above the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overwhelmed with joy.

Unfortunately, too many people have stopped at the religious centers of men and have never found Jesus Messiah.  Perhaps they have mistaken activity and service as the personal relationship and fellowship with God. Still there are others who have passed right through unfazed by the rituals of religion to find the Living Hope.  Let me ask you, have you been held up at Jerusalem and bogged down with the heavy burden of religion?  How was it the wise men didn’t fall into the religious trap at Jerusalem?  They passed through the city because the One they were looking for was not there.  Be like the wise men, and by faith, keep going just a little bit further beyond religion to a relationship and fellowship with the King.  

The Prince of Peace

His name shall be called—“The Prince of Peace.”  Is it even possible to have peace in such a noisy and chaotic world?  Say, Yes!  At the moment the Messiah was born, the prospect and power for peace was made possible.  With great excitement and in concert, a host of angels announced to nearby shepherds the birth of the “Prince of Peace.”  They declared, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Real peace is not possible without the presence of the “Prince of Peace” in your life.    

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

There is One who rules over life’s greatest dispositions.  It is Jesus, “The Prince of Peace.” He makes peace possible to anyone, at anytime, and in every place and circumstance you could be in. His peace overrides the fearful and worrisome circumstances around you by supplying a greater understanding of the sovereign One who lives in you.  His peace shows up only where He is—a job interview, a classroom for an exam, a doctor’s office waiting for a report, a prison cell separated from family, and even a cemetery mourning a loss.  His peace is so powerful that when the world falls apart around you and panic strikes the hearts of men, you do not fear because the “Prince of Peace” is the Prince of your life.  You’ll never control the circumstances around you, but you can always draw near to the “Prince of Heaven” who lives inside you.  

Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep [him] in perfect peace, [Whose] mind [is] stayed [on You,] Because he trusts in You.”

The Everlasting Father

His name shall be called—Everlasting Father!  I’ve been blessed to have an awesome dad in my life.  My Dad has always set such a good, godly example for me to follow.  He has always provided for our family and been faithful to teach us about the love of God.  My Dad is the best man I know, and not only because he is my earthly father and has given me a good example in life, but he was the one who led me to believe and accept Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord.  Not everyone has that kind of history with their father.  Many have never had a chance to even know their father, and for many, their father just didn’t come around much.  Many have had the sad and unfortunate experience of having an abusive father.  And many have had great fathers, but have already seen them pass from this life.  So just knowing the Messiah coming into the world would be a Father to the Fatherless is a great comfort. 

Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder.  And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.”

<p class="has-drop-cap" value="<amp-fit-text layout="fixed-height" min-font-size="6" max-font-size="72" height="80">The name itself speaks of family.  Every family needs a father who provides, protects and guides.  Our broken world is full of orphans left alone for many different reasons, living with foster parents or orphanages.  But as a child of God, you are not an orphan.  The fear of an earthly father leaving or abandoning the family can be a thing of the past, because you have “The Everlasting Father” who will never leave you nor forsake you no matter what may come.  Let me ask you, do you live in constant fear of being separated from your Father in heaven?  Have you lived with the pain of rejection by an earthly father?  Be healed today of that pain and by faith embrace “The Everlasting Father.”  You are not alone, because by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, you are accepted and adopted into the family of God. The name itself speaks of family.  Every family needs a father who provides, protects and guides.  Our broken world is full of orphans left alone for many different reasons, living with foster parents or orphanages.  But as a child of God, you are not an orphan.  The fear of an earthly father leaving or abandoning the family can be a thing of the past, because you have “The Everlasting Father” who will never leave you nor forsake you no matter what may come.  Let me ask you, do you live in constant fear of being separated from your Father in heaven?  Have you lived with the pain of rejection by an earthly father?  Be healed today of that pain and by faith embrace “The Everlasting Father.”  You are not alone, because by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, you are accepted and adopted into the family of God. 

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