God is my strength and power; and He maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet: and setteth me upon my high places.” (II Samuel 22:33-34, KJV)
If we don’t ask, we won’t receive. If we don’t knock, the door will not open. If we don’t seek, we’ll never find. But Matthew 7:7-8 tells us to do these things and we will receive and find. Each of us must ask to be perfected and for Him to make our way perfect. Personally, I’m enjoying my life, my ‘Journey into Perfection.’ Did I say it was easy? No! But it is exciting and so worth it! It is so much better than cruising along with just-getting-by attitudes and lifestyles.
We continue using “Alone with God at Christmas” in our PTSD group. If you do not have the book, come to the Ark and ask. It will be your Christmas gift. Christmas season can become almost overwhelming at times. Do not allow Satan to rob, steal, kill, and destroy your Joy! (John 10:10)
The joy of the Lord is our strength. (Nehemiah 8: 10) Remember to “Put on the whole armor of God…having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace.” (Ephesians 6:11, 15, RSV)
To protect ourselves from attack we must first be aggressive as Christ’s servants in today’s world. Sometimes we must say yes and sometimes no. Remind yourself that God rested on the seventh day and told us to do it every seven days, as well. REST is a commandment. (Exodus 20: 8-10) It is both a human and a godly need!
Yes, we are to celebrate the Christ of God with boldness and love. His is a kingdom of peace. Remember that we need equipment to complete our warfare to destroy evil and bring light into darkness. We can develop and enjoy the kingdom of right relationships in every area of our life.
Evil can’t be vanquished by moral platitudes or ethical ideals. We must act in faith for the Lord Jesus to make us sufficient for everything! Our spiritual eyes must be opened, our minds renewed to the mind of Christ. DAILY! (Romans 12:2)
Some experiences warp our minds toward all authority, or against friends and family. Grant us this Christmas season the gift to align our thinking, lives and service with God’s will, so we can do greater things than even Jesus did. (John 14:12) Say it with me: Holy Spirit, strengthen us. Give us Your wisdom to handle God’s household and our family households as You delegate. “Let us watch and be sober…putting on the breastplate of faith and love. (I Thessalonians 5:6, 8) We need our minds renewed to act in line with God’s will instead of worldly wisdom or thinking.
Thank God for Jesus, our Lord and Savior, and the gift of the Holy Spirit! Let us celebrate this year knowing we will not lean to our own understanding. (Proverbs 3: 5-6) Instead, Holy Spirit, lead, guide and strengthen us to share with people in need. Help us determine whether the righteous choice is to say yes, or no. As Sy Miller and Jill Jackson wrote in 1955, Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me.