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January 7, 2019, 7:16 AM

Daily Inspiration: Epiphany 2018 1


Isaiah 60:2-3

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples;
but the Lord will arise upon you, and his glory will be seen upon you.
And nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.

 

Matthew 2:1-2

Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the east came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

 

Thought for Today

One of the most amazing things that happened to proclaim the birth of God’s Son was celebrated by the celestial bodies. A star appeared, or possibly a convergence of planets that spoke of a new king in Jerusalem. Astrology is no new fad in the world. Studying the heavenly bodies has been one of the chief studies of wise men in most cultures from ancient times. God used this practice to draw representatives of the nations of the world to the birth of the Messiah. This is one of the most important events in the birth narrative, for this is where all of the non-Jews enter the story of redemption in Christ. God had declared that Jesus would be the Savior of the whole world. The arrival of the Magi make this declaration a tangible reality. Therefore, drawn by the light of His love, like the Magi before us, we too the new born King.

 

Prayer

Lord of All, thank You for the star that led the Magi to Your Son and demonstrated that I, too, am covered by His love. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

These [magi] from the east had come to Palestine with but one purpose: to find the One born King of the Jews and worship Him. That truth in itself shows that they were true seekers after God, because when He spoke to them, in whatever way it was, they heard and responded. — John MacArthur

 

Quote of the Day

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. ― Roy L. Smith

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January 4, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Hope for the New Year


Proverbs 13:6 
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. (NLT)

 

Thought for Today
History is filled with the stories of men and women who lost hope and gave up too soon. Conversely, many of the most inspiring tales are of those who endured incredible trials by holding onto hope. The key is to fix your hopes upon something that is certain. If you fix hope on something fleeting; the love of another person; a promotion; and the like, they will often fail when you need them most. However, in God we find things that are certain. His love for you is without question. His promises to provide for you are sure. He is working out a plan through your life that will bring Him glory. He guarantees you a home in His presence in heaven. When you place your hope in these things you will see your dreams fulfilled and, even in the most difficult circumstances, it will be for you a tree of life. On what are you placing your hope today?

 Prayer
Heavenly Father, today I place my hope in You and Your promises. Use me to Your glory and help me see Your promises fulfilled in my life. Amen.

 Devotional Quote for Today
Anything under God's control is never out of control. ― Charles R. Swindoll

 Quote of the Day
We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. — Martin Luther King, Jr

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January 3, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Resolutions


2 Timothy 2:15 
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed. . . (ESV)

Thought for Today

When was the last time you made a genuinely new New Year’s resolution? Have you ever wondered why we make the same resolutions each year? The reason is because we know in our spirit who we are supposed to be. We have a longing to become the person God created us to be. So we take the opportunity each new year affords to resolve to be that person. Whether it is to be physically, mentally or spiritually fit, we continually resolve to be more of we know we need in our lives. So don’t get discouraged if you haven’t fulfilled last year’s resolutions and put them back on your list. If it is who God is calling you to be, keep at it. However, this year resolve to regularly ask God for the strength and determination to see the new you come to fruition. The problem has likely been that you have been trying to become the new you in your own strength. Try it this year in God's strength. It is the only way to become all that you were created to be!

Prayer
Holy Spirit, I know who You are calling me to be. Give me the strength and determination to grow more into that person in 2019. Amen. 

Devotional Quote
I have never heard anything about the resolutions of the apostles, but a good deal about their acts. — Og Mandino  

Quote of the Day
Good resolutions are like babies crying in church. They should be carried out immediately. ― Charles M. Sheldon 

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