Scripture: Psalm 126, Habakkuk 2:1-5, Philippians 3:7-11
Reflect: All year round we have toiled, labored, sown; it is time to rejoice in our harvest. We have been a people oppressed, but the Lord has granted freedom in Him.
We celebrate our freedom from the bondage and pain of sin and look forward to our home in heaven. In the Lord’s appointed time has He remembered us and made good on His Promises for our lives. As we join in with countless number of saints in this season, we rejoice in the glorious freedom the Lord Jesus brought into our lives.
How great and marvelous are His works in our lives?
Those who had known us prior to our freedom will come into His glorious Kingdom because of the kindness our Lord has shown us.
We have come into His freedom by faith and we are assured of our heritage in Him by faith.
Like Apostle Paul, we have suffered but our afflictions are not in vain because now we have gained Christ (Philippians 3:7-8).
And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. Mark 10:29-30
Let us with unveiled hearts come to the place of surrender as we find Christ filling our hearts and overflowing us with His blessings.
As we prepare our hearts in these moments, let us remember tiny grace filled actions that will bring joy to the lives of those around us.
As we have profited in God’s grace let us extend our gracious gifts with love to those who need our kind words instead of criticism, our prayers rather than pointing fingers of accusation, our loving embrace to soothe their weary souls instead of sharp rebuke, listening ears as a healing company rather than meaningless words.
Someone needs our gracious gifts of love. It may be the single mom struggling to make ends meet, the dad who just lost his job, the sick child next door or the homeless young man who lives in our streets. Someone needs us to open our doors and give them a decent meal.
Just as Jesus has done for us, let us do the same to those He sends on our way.
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Discuss: What is something tangible you can do for someone struggling around you during this Christmas season?
Pray: Dear Lord, thank you for turning our weeping into rejoicing. I see your hand of grace on my life. You have replenished and restored me. Thank you for making good on your promise upon my life. I know you are leading me into the place you have prepared for me in Jesus Name. Amen.
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