After I wrote my last blog, a sudden rush of heaviness and depression came upon me for no reason apparntly. I lay in bed most of the day, my chores on hold and had the most intense spiritual affliction for no reason, appantly! But when I got better and could think a little clearly, I had overlooked the fact that there's a malady that happen around Christamas and even Thanksgiving...Holiday Depression!... My daughter called me a she too wanted to call it quit and needed something to cheer her up fast. I couldn't think of anything but hang the phone and begin praying. And I noticed later that this holiday spirit, takes but does not give! I takes money, mental energy, devotion, oblation to I don't know what? We like to believe we are celebrating the birhday of Christ and some do, bless them... But I must say that we should focus on biblical matters. The season passes and it is all forgotten but the debit and credit card bills. But do not dispair! We have redemption! If we turn Christmas into another second Thanksgiving holiday, we will accomplish something spiritual! But we must step up the New Year's day resolution ahead of time to pray and start early before this fiscal year ends and then it is all history and forgotten... And one thing or two we need to to do is to focus on the Lord with quality time in meditation and prayer. And second to pray for each other and remind each other and God that we are still together on this. With rising unemployment and money issues we really need to get down and pray. We turn to Acts 24:1-5, ["... 1Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. 2And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. 3And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) 4And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people. 5Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church unto God for him..."] And we need to pray for each other, those of us who are still together. It may come the occassion that the enemy might sneak up on us and behead us spiritually... May you be blessed. Amen. thbg
I quietly hung a copy of John's blog on my 500th blog mark. Everything came into place, the document frame at the store, the $6.00 I need to pay for it, and I put on the frame and to my shock the nails on the wall were already there waiting for it to hang on the wall. Somehow that troubled me that the nails on the wall ready to recieve the document, reminescent of the nail who were waiting to come ontu Jeusus hand and feet...
It lies quiety in a dark corner away from the busy traffic of my house. And so was the cross of our Lord, not a Christmas celebration with the jingling bells or reindeer adorned in scarlet. What was adorned in scarlet was the cape the put on him to mock him and abuse him and his dignity. Going on the scalet, I think about my sins and the blood he shed for me. He said to Pilate, "For am King, and for that purpose I, we were born,...!"
Reminescent of the placque, it's a worthless document to some in my family. I'm not worried about the placque on my wall, I am worried about the nails that recieved Jesus, whether they hung him in vain. Only each one of us can answer that question personally. We pray that his birth become more meaningful to many who need to know him...
May you be blessed. Amen.
["...18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing (A) with the glory (B) that is going to be revealed to us. 19 For the creation eagerly waits with anticipation (C) for God's sons (D) to be revealed. 20 For the creation was subjected (E) to futility (F) Â€Â”not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it (G) Â€Â”in the hope 21 that the creation itself (H) will also be set free from the bondage of corruption into the glorious freedom of God's children.
Romans 8:18 : 2Co 4:17; 1Pt 4:13;
Romans 8:18 : Rm 1:5; Col 3:4; Ti 2:13; 1Pt 5:1;
Romans 8:19 : Php 1:20;
Romans 8:19 : 1Co 1:7; Col 3:4; 1Pt 1:7;, 13; 1Jn 3:2;
Romans 8:20 : Gn 3:17-19;
Romans 8:20 : Ps 39:5; Ec 1:2;
Romans 8:20 : Gn 3:17; 5:29;
Romans 8:21 : Ac 3:21; 2Pt 3:13; Rv 21:1;..."]
Perhaps we never thought about it, but what we gain between here and New Year's is absolutely nothing. But if we pray and grow in Christlike Character, we gain everything. Taken from Bible Resources, we live you or leave you, with this study to meditate upon and think of New Growth in Christ for the next year. The Santas will come and go, and so will the reindeers, but we need to keep growing in real knowledge and grace about our Lord. Make room for quality mediation and prayer time with the Lord this busy, festive season...
May you be blessed. Amen.
Thank you 'ptl2008' for your kind comment and reminding us that we do have something great to celebrate, Jesus, from beginning to end, eternity! Above all we want prosperity and communion with our Lord, as we pray more people are poor and more souls come to the knowledge of God and his annoited Son, Jesus...!
Have a great festive holiday, all you in Signapore...