Faith in action: Live each day for God, always doing your best.
Faith in action: Tell someone about how God’s love has changed your life for the better.
Verse of the Day: Lamentations 3:22-23
It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Today is finally the last day of 2021. Tomorrow is the first day of the new year, it’s a chance for a new beginning. Put the past behind you and start this new year with your focus on God. He loves you, He is merciful and His compassion never fails. Our current circumstances may be overwhelming and our bodies may fail us but our soul will not be crushed as long as we have faith, hope and love. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and see that He is good. I pray that the new year will bring you closer to God than ever before. May the LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)
Heavenly Father, I’m so grateful for everything You have done for me over the past year. Your love and compassion have never failed me. Help me to put the past behind me and allow me to walk into the new year with confidence knowing that no matter what I may face, You are always with me. Great is Your faithfulness! In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen
Verse of the Day: Matthew 6:33
But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
This is the time of year when we start thinking about our New Year’s resolutions. We decide to make changes and declare goals that will help to improve our lives. The year 2021 was another difficult year for many people. Yet, if we believe in God, we have hope for a better year in 2022. The Bible tells us that that if we seek the kingdom of God and His righteousness, He will take care of all our needs. Our main focus for 2022 should be to have a closer relationship with the Lord, studying His Word and living according to His will. Set your mind on things above and let your thoughts and goals be focused on Christ and your future home, heaven. As you contemplate your New Year’s resolutions be mindful to include goals that allow you to put God first in your life. Set goals that bring you closer to God daily and long-term. You can reach your goals when you make specific plans and stick to them.
Heavenly Father, as we begin to make plans for the new year, help us to seek You first. Help us to put You first in our daily lives and in our long-term goals. Let us focus on You in all we do so that we may grow closer to You. Amen
Verse of the Day: Isaiah 40:31
But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
As the year 2021 comes to a close we can thank God for seeing us through another year. We thought by now, we would be over the Corona Virus yet, we are still dealing with it and the new variants as well. Life before the virus has somewhat resumed but we have faced many new challenges, but a new year will soon be here and it’s the perfect time for new beginnings and new possibilities. It’s the perfect time to look toward the future and to hope for better days. Whatever you may currently be going through rely on God and put your hope in Him to give you strength and fortitude. Trust in the Lord to renew and refresh your spirit. Don’t forget, you are more than conquerors through Christ who loves you and each new day brings new beginnings, new opportunities and new possibilities.
Heavenly Father, thank You for getting us through another year. Our hope for the future is in You alone. Lord, renew our strength and refresh our spirit. Let this be a year of new beginnings, new opportunities, and new possibilities. Be with us today and every day. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen
Verse of the Day: Jeremiah 29:13
You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
A new year is the perfect time to start over. It’s a time of new beginnings, second, third, even ninety-ninth chances. It’s okay to start over, we serve a God of new beginnings. None of us are perfect but as long as you don’t completely give up, God will work with what you have right where you are. When you seek the Lord with a sincere heart you will find Him. God hears your prayers and knows your heart. God promises that if you humble yourself, pray, seek His face and turn from your sinful ways He will hear you. Make God a priority in the coming year by making time to read His Word and spending time with Him in prayer. God loves you and wants to have a personal relationship with you but it’s up to you to seek Him.
God almighty, I need You, I want to know You better, and I want a personal relationship with You. I pray that as I seek You with all of my heart, praise and worship You, You will reveal Yourself to me. Help me, Lord, to keep you first in everything. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Verse of the Day: John 14:23
Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.”
If you really love Jesus, obey His teachings and His commands. Saying you love Him is easy, anyone can say they love Jesus, proving you do is another matter. When you understand and appreciate what Jesus did for you at the cross it changes you, you’re no longer the same. Having a real relationship with your Lord and Savior becomes a lifestyle not just a Sunday event. True love and gratitude responds in obedience, dedication, and passion. Open your heart to God and invite Him into every part of your life and into everything you do.
Lord, I am so grateful for Your love and mercy, please forgive me for the times I have not been obedient to Your Word. I invite You into my heart and into every part of my life. Be with me and help me to live a life of obedience and dedication. Amen.
Verse of the Day: Matthew 6:19-21
Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
There’s nothing wrong with having nice things. The problem is idolizing material things over treasuring what we have in Christ. It’s more important to focus on eternal things which are more valuable than anything here on earth that is only temporary. Start thinking about ways to use your money, gifts and talents for God’s purpose and make it a priority in the coming year.
Heavenly Father, as we begin to prepare for the new year, help us to not be tempted by the things of this world but to keep our focus on eternal things. May we use our time, money, gifts, and talents for Your purpose, honor, and glory. Amen
Verse of the Day: Luke 2:1-20
The Birth of Jesus
1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest heaven,
and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
16 So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, 18 and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. 19 But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.
Heavenly Father, thank You for sending Your only Son to save the world. Thank You for the precious gift of salvation through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Thank you for the hope we have through Christ that one day we will call heaven our home. Thank You for every blessing that comes from above. Lord, we glorify and praise You for all You have done and we pray for peace on earth and joy to all. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Verse of the Day: John 3:17
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
The star was shining brightly in the City of David on the night the Savior was born. God sent His only Son to offer the grace of the gospel, salvation, and eternal life that the world through Him might be saved. The birth of Christ, the Messiah, was proclaimed by angels to the shepherds who went to Bethlehem and found Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus lying in the manger. This Christmas Eve, reflect on and share what it means to you to have been given the greatest gift ever, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.
Heavenly Father, no greater gift has ever been given than the gift of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Through Him, we have been offered salvation and eternal life. As we come together to celebrate, may our hearts be filled with gratitude, peace and joy. Amen