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January 8, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Epiphany 2018 Matthew 2:2


Matthew 2:2
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

The wise men are some of the most mysterious people in the entire Bible. They leave behind more questions then they answer. Where did they come from? West of Jerusalem is all we know. How many were there? They brought three gifts so we assume they each brought one. That is not necessarily the case. There could have been ten of them or just two and one of them and one brought two gifts to show up the other. What we do know is that they were scholars who studied to the skies to try and determine what God was up to. And what we discover is not the validity of astrology, but the willingness of God to use anything to get our attention and draw us to the truth. God used the stars, as the magi understood them, to send a message that the King of kings was to be born near Jerusalem. This demonstrates the depth of God’s desire to reach us with the message of hope when the wise men were ready to listen. What has God used to communicate hope and love to you? If you are not sure, open your eyes and heart. God can and will use what is meaningful to you to speak to you of the love He sent in His Son.

 

Prayer

Lord of Creation, I thank You for all the ways You show me You love in Jesus my Savior. Give eyes to see each new expression. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

If the Magi had come in search of an earthly King, they would have been disconcerted at finding that they had taken the trouble to come such a long way for nothing. Consequently they would have neither adored nor offered gifts. But since they sought a heavenly King, though they found in Him no signs of royal pre-eminence, yet, content with the testimony of the star alone, they adored: for they saw a man, and they acknowledged God. –John Chrysostom

 

Quote of the Day

The opportunity is often lost by deliberating. — Publilius Syrus
 

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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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